With the return of the Needless Character Analysis, we feature the Golden Age Phantom Lady. I can hear you saying, "you just did Plastic Man! Another DC character?" The Golden Age Phantom Lady isn't a DC Character, she's actually in the public domain for anyone to use as long as they don't violate DC's trademarks.
This week, we feature Plastic Man. This is the character from the Pre-Flashpoint era. Since he, of all of DC's characters is more satirical, his reliance on continuity is almost optional.
This week, we feature Devil Dinosaur. Fresh off the announcement of a new Devil Dinosaur series this fall, my excitement for this character is high. She was created by Jack Kirby in the late 1970s in response to a rumored Kamandi animated series. Her series ended with Kirby's departure from Marvel Comics, and the character floated around, guest starring in several comics. However, being a big red dinosaur, Devil Dinosaur remains a favorite of fans to this day, which probably makes her new series nowhere near as surprising.
Dream Girl is one of those members of the Legion of Super-Heroes that becomes the center of almost every story she is involved in, no matter what version of the character it is. Of course, precognition is one of those powers that you almost have to write the story around, and it really wasn't until Paul Levitz came on as the writer of Legion stories that we got to see Nura used to her fullest. Of course, Mark Waid did very well with his version of the character in the "threeboot" Legion as well. For the purpose of this article, I am restricting my coverage of the version of Dream Girl that existed in the Pre-Crisis DC Universe, up until the end of the third Legion series, Legion of Super-Heroes #63.
Doc Samson came about as our Needless Character Analysis due to his first appearance showing up one of my Facebook groups. Immediately, a few of my favorite appearances of the character came to mind. Before I get into that, let's look a little of the history of Marvel's resident psychiatrist.
One of the best things to come from the new Marvel Universe is that the Wolverine that died last year is staying dead, and the Logan that's returning is Old Man Logan, first seen in the popular 2008 Wolverine story by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines. Old Man Logan was published in Wolverine # 66 - 72 and Wolverine Giant-Size Old Man Logan. Some of you might not realize that the character also appeared in the first part of Mark Millar's Fantastic Four run and it's spin-off mini-series, Fantastic Force. Now let's begin the analysis of Old Man Logan...
It never fails, that someone will decide to do a click bait article on the worst, dumbest, or lamest super-heroes or super-powers and near the top or at it is Matter-Eater Lad. Well, I'm sick of it. He is silly, but do comics always have to be serious, gritty, and dark? Of course not. This where a character like Matter-Eater Lad comes in, and really great writers have used him successfully in such a manner.
On April Fool's Day, we made up a story about Sony making a Dazzler feature film. Yes, I know Fox has the film rights for Dazzler, but since it was a fake story anyway, we really didn't need to correct that detail. Since we haven't done a character analysis in almost a month, I decided we'd revisit that well for a certain mutant named Alison Blaire.
A long time ago, I mentioned how much I wanted Marvel to make a movie featuring Nighthawk because it would essentially be their version of a Batman film. As I felt the need to do another character analysis, I decided that not enough has been said about Nighthawk.
Saturn Girl was one of the three founding members of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Spend a little time in the comics section of our site and you'll notice some serious Legion love here. Inspired by an article on another web site about the Legion, I've decided to do another of our character analyses on one of the founders of the Legion, Saturn Girl.
I don't know if it's the upcoming Supergirl TV series or not, but I got to thinking about Supergirl, and not the current one, or any of the variety of ways DC writers have tried to resurrect her over the decades, but the original, Pre-Crisis Supergirl. Since it's also been a while since we've done a Needless Character Analysis, it seems like a good time to do another one.
One of the perks of this job is the complimentary review copies that we get from publishers, and it inspired me to revisit some characters that I had let fall to the wayside in the evolution of my taste in comics. One of those characters was The Savage Dragon. The last time I read any Savage Dragon was around issue #107. I just kind of fell away as the story seemed to have no direction for me after the resolution of the "This Savage World" storyline. Over the holidays, I had the chance to read the past year and a half, which features Dragon's son Malcolm taking over the mantle. This has prompted me to seek out the issues that I've missed and here's what I've learned about the character.