We continue to explore the underground while looking for some souls to steal. We’re in a bind and we’re far behind… something something something. On the deadly peninsula of Chult, an adventuring party must fight their way through dangerous jungles, labyrinths, and dungeons to find and reverse the cause of the death curse. Choose to play as one or more of the four adventurers to face many perilous challenges and deadly foes throughout the quest. Be sure to subscribe either on our YouTube Channel (Youtube.com/MajorSpoilersVideo) or on our Major Spoilers Twitch channel, so you know when we go live.
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Superman's trunks are back: Is this a great idea or THE GREATEST idea?
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The town of Barrow, Alaska experiences an unexpected and brutal murder that is the precursor to much worse things… the reimagining of 30 Days of Night continues in an all-new and all-horrifying direction!
This is Foggy Ruins of TIme, a feature that provides the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of “Seinfeld” will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal).
Reader Bruce P. wrote in to note the passing of a major British pop culture icon who also ended up playing a major role in the introduction of the Hellfire Club!
Peter Wyngarde was one of those celebrities that you don’t really get to see any more in the internet age, which is that no one really knows WHAT the heck happened to him during his early life. He told so many conflicting stories about his background that people aren’t even sure that the age he gave upon his death a few days ago was the correct one.
In any event, late in the 1960s, Wyngarde began to make a real career out of notable guest appearances in British TV series, including playing the main villain in the 1966 Avengers episode, “A Touch of Brimstone,” where Emma Peel has to go undercover as a member of the Hellfire Club, of which the leader, Honorable John Cleverly Cartney, is played by Wyngarde with all the over-the-top pomp and circumstance that you would expect from an underground “Sin” club…
John Byrne and Chris Claremont were both teenagers when this episode came out and, probably much like many teenage boys at the time, the episode (particularly Diana Rigg in a corset) likely left a very much lasting impression, as years later, they adapted the Hellfire Club to the pages of the X-Men….
(Oops, just noticed I didn’t have a single sample of anyone in a corset, which seemed like it was 90% of the reason for the existence of the Hellfire Club…
After his success as a guest actor in the late 1960s, Wyngarde was given his own series, where he played the over-the-top international man of mystery, Jason King, in Department S.
King clearly seems to be a visual inspiration for Mike Myers’ Austin Powers (King even said “Groovy, baby” in one episode of his series).
Wyngarde’s Jason King character was also the visual inspiration for Mastermind’s new look as a member of the Hellfire Club, as well as his new name, which was a combination of the Jason King character and the Peter Wyngarde actor to become Jason Wyngarde…
Farewell to an actor so great at being over the top that he left an impression in a multitude of media!
Thanks to Bruce for the suggestion! If anyone else has a suggestion for a future edition of Foggy Ruins of Time, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at email@example.com).
Reader Will G. wrote in to ask:
I don’t know if you’ve ever got such a question before like this but I was just curious though… Who in your opinion – or CBR as a collective – was the first true American masked vigilante in comics?
I’ve been told and read through various sources that claim The Spirit was, The Shadow was, Batman was, The Green Hornet was, The Lone Ranger was, etc. but mainly The Shadow was mentioned.
Excellent question, Will. I don’t really know that “opinion” really factors into this one, as it is simply a matter of “Who was the first masked vigilante to show up in comics?”
Looking at the options that you introduced there, the Spirit, Shadow, Green Hornet and Lone Ranger all made their first comic book appearance in 1940 or later. They all predated Batman as CHARACTERS, but he beat them into actually appearing in a comic book, even comic books that merely reprinted earlier comic strips (which was the case with most early comic books). Heck, Batman appeared in Detective Comics before most of those characters (not all of them, but most of them) even had their own comic strips, as most of them became famous in different media, namely pulp novels and/or radio programs.
Batman, though, was not even the first masked vigilante at National Comics (now DC Comics), let alone the first masked vigilante period! The Crimson Avengers debuted seven issues before Batman in Detective Comics #20 (created by Jim Chambers)…
However, the actual answer appears to be The Clock, created by George Brenner, in Funny Picture Stories #1 (by Comic Magazine Co.) in mid-1936…
The Clock was right out of the pulps. He did NOT mess around…
So that appears to be the answer, Will!
Thanks for the question! If anyone ELSE has a comic book question that they’d like to see answered, just drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
"The Last Day" seemingly answered a lot, but it also sort of created more havoc in its own strange way. Most notably however, the episode provided us with an unexpectedly sweet Melinda May storyline. As we began to see snippets of everyone's time in 2018 and beyond, including the collapse of humanity post-cataclysm and the survival deal with Kree overlords, we learned that May fell into a surprise maternal role with regards to young Robin.
Early on in the episode, May expressed distress over the fact that she couldn't fight or fly - the two skills she possessed that routinely helped keep everyone safe. Her role in all of this, we'd learn, would be key, but not in the way we, or she, would expect. As the one who grew close to Robin, over the years, she became the only one old Robin could confide in before she died. It was a really cool use of May, who hasn't been lacking in fight scenes this year (just wins), and a refreshing exploration of her emotional side. Her romantic interest in Coulson, I feel, was the beginning of this and now her motherly role toward Robin has capped it off nicely.
Wolverine may have returned to life in the pages of Marvel Legacy #1 last year, but readers have yet to learn how the iconic X-Man cheated death or why he's joined the search for the Infinity Stones. Those questions will finally be answered in Hunt for Wolverine #1, a new one-shot comic hitting stores in April.
Fittingly, Hunt for Wolverine #1 will be written by Charles Soule, the man who helped kill Logan in 2014's Death of Wolverine. Soule will be joined by Civil War II artist David Marquez. Death of Wolverine artist Steve McNiven will provide the main cover for this issue, which depicts Logan emerging from the adamantium cocoon that enveloped him in Death of Wolverine #4.