Kill, kill, kill
I jumped back into role-playing with gusto in late 1985, armed with Champions 3rd edition and a handful of enthusiastic friends. Before too long I was meeting lots of others playing the game, in person and through The Clobberin’ Times, and I got a good look at how plenty of people expected to play their heroes. How was it? Easy. In a word, they were killing all over the place.
Posted in Supers role-playing, The 70s me, The 80s me
Tags: Batman, berserk, Bill Willingham, Cadence Industries, Champions RPG, Code vs. Killing, Comics Code Authority, DC Heroes RPG, Dennis O'Neil, Elementals, God Loves Man Kills, GURPS: Supers, Marvel Super Heroes RPG, Punisher, The Clobberin' Times, Villains & Vigilantes, Wolverine
I completely missed war comics as a kid, and the reason is easy: the covers scared the shit out of me, the few I found in the pile of comics I’d inherited, e.g. Sgt. Rock, no less than those I’d see on the stands when I started buying comics, like Weird War Tales and War is Hell. Read the rest of this entry →
Posted in Politics dammit, The 70s me
Tags: Archie Goodwin, Blazing Combat, Carmine Infantino, Comics Code Authority, Dick Ayers, Entertainment Comics (EC), Frontline Combat, Harvey Kurtzman, Jack Kirby, Joe Kubert, Joe Orlando, Robert Kanigher, Sam Glanzman, Two-Fisted Tales, War is Hell, Weird War Tales
The big bad
This is one of the follow-up Cosmic Zap posts trailin’ in the wake of September, certainly related to Cosmic villainy, because we’re talking about metaphysical evil here. Especially the kind who favors red, fire, and underground habitation, and has something to do with death and sin and treachery. I know! It’s Set, from the ancient Egyptian pantheon, right? Uh, no …
Here’s what happened: in the course of a series of Spider-Man issues which included more and more youthful voices and more and more explicit political positions, Stan Lee and Gil Kane did a pretty intensive story including street drugs.
Posted in Politics dammit, Vulgar speculation
Tags: Art Linkletter, Carroll O'Connor, Comics Code Authority, Dexedrine, Diane Linkletter, Diggers, Fredric Wertham, Gil Kane, Haight-Ashbury, Harry Osborn, LSD, marijuana, Reefer Madness 1936 film, Seduction of the Innocent, speed, Spider-Man, Spiro Agnew, Vietnam, Vietnam War, William Safire