Sunday, August 14, 2005

Jim Shooter vs. Green Lantern

I enjoyed this sequence featuring DC Comic's one, true Green Lantern Guy Gardner and a Marvel New Universe Star Brand clone when it first came out way back in the Legends mini-series from 1986.

It's the ultimate in-joke and it still makes me laugh.

from Legends #5, Creative team of Ostrander, Wein, Byrne & Kesel, et al

Sunspot appeared briefly just one more time as a patient on a hospital gurney, but I don't recall what title or company...darn it.

1 comment:

  1. I happened to notice this to put it into its shakespearian context:

    A line from William Shakespeare's Macbeth, from Act 5, Scene 5:
    Macbeth's plans are falling apart around him.

    She should have died hereafter;
    There would have been a time for such a word.
    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    The obvious meaning is that life is like a bad play (or as one wit commented, a decent play spoiled by a lousy third act).

    The second layer is Shakespeare the playwright commenting on what makes good theatre: bad drama is that in which sound and fury, special effects and battle scenes occur without context.

    Good drama doesn't need any special effects at all to interest us, just the portrayal of human beings. Give us effects with a human drama, a reason to care about the spectacle and we will be captivated.

    The sound and fury were there to be brought out from the script of Macbeth: staged swordfights, marching armies, costumes, wierd magicks, and as a finale, the villain's severed head.


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