Okay, now I
: what's a RFO?
Steve, since you obviously fast-forwarded through this part of Smash Tales
, I'll give you the awesome acronyms Stan Lee provided to the Merry Marvel Marching Society in one of his contributions to Incredible Hulk -1.
RFO (real frantic one) – a buyer of at least three Marvel mags a month
TTB (titanic true believer) – a divinely-inspired “no prize” winner
QNS (quite ‘nuff sayer) – a fortunate frantic one who’s had a letter printed
KOF (keeper of the flame) – one who recruits a newcomer to Marvel’s rolickin’ ranks
PMM (permanent marvelite maximus) – anyone possessing all previous titles
FFF (fearless front facer) – an honorary title bestowed for devotion to Marvel above and beyond the call of duty
Whaaat? The light blue outift with the pointy, Earth-2 Batwoman mask?
It took two decades for Marvel to back off Frank Miller's 'short hair and grey' depiction and finally 'go retro' and get back to the sleek Romita Sr dark Blue jumpsuit and sexy belt.....I'm not giving it up without a fight!
Oh yes, I much prefer slinky black catsuit Black Widow. It kind of like the same thing as Black Cat, so I'll admit that's why I like it, but I understand how someone would want Natasha to have her own look.
Those She Hulk covers were drawn by Ed McGuinness, while the inside art is by Ryan Stegman, who last, to my knowledge, drew the Sif one shot around the time of Siege. His art is a lot sharper and tighter than McGuinness', in my opinion (although McGuinness has really developed and is at the top of his game since cover over to the House of Ideas).
I absolutely LOVED the Sif one shot done by Ryan Stegman, and I am glad he's getting more work at Marvel because his stuff is usually very good. I've developed a bit of an opposite opinion of McGuiness, however. I loved his stuff when he did the 90's Deadpool series and his Fighting American books for Image/Awesome. Nowadays, I no longer enjoy what how style has evolved.
Another titantic blast of awesome comic goodness. Thanks to the gang for putting the work in (and posting such nice covers and content). You know it is going rough, if I have to crack open the Marvel Noise by Wednesday morning. What would I do without it?
Nice to have more Smash Tales. I always enjoy the stories although unfortunately I don't really dig origin stories normally. I also never really got into the whole history of Bruce Banner's family. I just sort of like the randomness of his original origin where he is a regular guy1
who is caught in the blast. Now he has this whole family basis? However the Smash Tales gang makes it the most palatable of any version I have experienced. Ang Lee should have called you guys.
Much appreciated, Rabbit! You and I are on opposite sides of the fence in this area, I'm afraid. Bruce Banner's origin is essential in appreciating his transformation into the Hulk. The fact that the green goliath is Banner's pent-up rage only begs the question: why has Banner bottled up all his rage over the years? His origin as expressed in Hulk #312 did not show
, so I dug up Hulk -1 to give the story a little punch while adding to the internal turmoil of Bruce.
Lastly, Steve, I totally agree with yours and Dave's opinion of the Thing and his leaping strength, but not with Luke Cage. My understanding is that the power levels of a character need to bend to the writer's story, not conform to the numbers they are assigned in the Marvel trading cards (not that I'm assuming that's what you're using). It's one thing to have Spidey pick up a car one day and a jet plane the next, but there are extreme changes that are just unforgivable, like Thing leaping buildings in a single bound.