Friday, June 11, 2021

Asian Avengers LADY SHIVA: HEROINE OR VILLAINESS?

Our "bother" RetroBlog Pop Art Martial Arts presented the premiere of...
....Lady Shiva, created by Richard Dragon co-creator/writer Denny O'Neil, penciler Ric Estrada and inker Wally Wood, who's had a rather checkered career in the DC Multiverse, including several, quite different movie/TV incarnations!
Depending on the situation/plotline and specifics of the given incarnation (DC's been rather loose with continuity since Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1984.), she's been a heroine, training and fighting side by side with numerous heroes and heroines...or she's trying to kill them!
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Monday, May 17, 2021

Asian Avengers TAJ OF THE ELEPHANTS

Probably the first Desi heroine in American comic books...
...this one-shot character (and princess, to boot) appeared in Fiction House's Jungle Comics #57 (1944)
For a "frail girl", she kicks serious a$$!
It's a shame she never got another appearance.
Sadly, both the writer and artist are unknown.
(The records for long-defunct publisher Fiction House are lost to history.)
Note: India is a subcontinent of Asia, so she qualifies as Asian even if she doesn't look stereotypically "Oriental"!
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Monday, May 10, 2021

Asian Avengers MARGO THE MAGICIAN

In the Golden Age of Comics, there was only one super-powered Asian/Eurasian heroine...
...and this is her only appearance...ever!
Note the last caption says "Read the next issue of Margo the Magician to find out!"
Sadly, there was never any issue of Margo the Magician!
This "origin" appeared in Quality's Uncle Sam Quarterly #2 (1941).
Margo was created by the Eisner/Iger Studio with no record as to who wrote or drew this story.
("Bill Bydem" was a pseudonym!)
The Margo strip was just as good as 99.9% of the other magician-superbeing stories, and she was one of extremely-few female magic-wielders in comics at the time!
Was it her ethnicity that kept her from being continued?
We'll never know.
Unlike almost every other Golden Age character, she has never been revived/rebooted, and this tale has never been reprinted!
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Monday, February 22, 2021

ADASTRA IN AFRICA Act 4

...banished from her homeworld, alien goddess Adastra returns to a village in Africa she had previously visited, where, due to her superhuman powers to control the weather, she was revered as a goddess.
She discovers the village is suffering a drought and resulting famine.
Just as she is about to act, another being causes rain to fall, but the people believe it is her doing!
She discovers who caused it and how doing so required a sacrifice by him from a shaman...

Life will always find a way...
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(Adastra's previous appearances all in one volume!)

Monday, February 15, 2021

ADASTRA IN AFRICA Act 3

When Last We Left the Alien Goddess...

 ...banished from her homeworld, Adastra returns to a village in Africa she had previously visited, where, due to her superhuman powers to control the weather, she was revered as a goddess.
She discovers the village is suffering a drought and the resulting famine.
Just as she is about to act, another being causes rain to fall, but the people believe it is her doing...
To Be Concluded...
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(Adastra's previous appearances all in one volume!)

Monday, February 8, 2021

ADASTRA IN AFRICA Act 2

We Have Already Seen...

...banished from her homeworld, the alien Adastra returns to a village in Africa she had previously visited, where, due to her superhuman powers to control the weather, she was revered as a goddess.
She discovers the village is suffering a drought and the resulting famine...


Problem solved...or is it?
To Be Continued...
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Monday, February 1, 2021

ADASTRA IN AFRICA Act 1

Before she married (and eventually divorced) T'Challa, aka The Black Panther...
...the only major romance in Ororo Munroe aka Storm's life was with Forge in a two-part tale chronicled by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator Barry Windsor-Smith  entitled "LifeDeath"!
Sadly, the third part of the trilogy (and it is a trilogy) wasn't published by Marvel.
Instead, the character was visually-modified into Windsor-Smith's own character, the goddess Adastra from his Young Gods series published by Dark Horse.
However, due to...problems...between Windsor-Smith and Dark Horse, they ended the book's run with #9, before the story could be printed, as planned in the remaining three issues.
Barry offered the project as a one-shot to Fantagraphics, who happily took it and ran with it.
Ambitious!
But if there's anyone who can achieve it, it's Ororo...I mean Adastra!
To Be Continued...
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