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BATMANOLOGY IS FOR NERDS, BRO: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF CHRIS SIMS

This day in history marks the anniversary of the 1982 birth of Cristobal X. Sims, the internet’s foremost Batmanologist. Known for his incisive sense of humor and “shoot from the gut at all times no matter what” philosophy, Sims’s greatest accomplishments include super wrong ideas about Aquaman and sandwich racism.

Sims blogged for many years at his eponymous Invincible Super-Blog, where he amassed a following by making jokes about 1960s Jimmy Olsen comics and 1990s Punisher comics, before moving that schtick to another URL as the senior writer at Comics Alliance. He also hosted the internet’s most explosive comic book and pop culture podcast, War Rocket Ajax, and also a different one about an anime for little girls, in addition to often repeating the phrase “anime is for nerds, bro” into an empty room.

He also contributed his writing talents to the comic books he loved to make money talking about so much, in a series of what appeared to be unconnected one-shots that all ended with cliffhangers, as if they were intended to continue. Truly a mystery for the ages. Furthermore, according to Wikipedia, Sims was also a macroeconomist, a game designer, and the Chief Constable of Great Britain. An amazingly varied career for a simple man from the swamps of South Carolina.

Although Sims passed away in the fall of 2011 at the instant of the dissolution of his beloved post-Zero Hour DC continuity, nevertheless we honor his memory every day when we look at Batman, think about Archie, listen to “Be My Baby,” or insist that our ideas are right no matter what.

anonymous asked:

Somebody said on scarletwitching that nat is suppoused to look like 28-32 thanks to the serum on her veins, is it true? I thought she took the serum way before that

According to Deadly Origin, which is the most recent and most explicit timeline we have of Natasha’s early days, Natasha recieved her “chemical” in 1956, when she was about 28.

My superiors offer you both this chemical in exchange for your renewed loyalty. It will heal him— and increase your life spans…

But this isn’t exactly treated with laser precision.  In an interview with CBR before he started his Black Widow run, Duane Swierczynski joked that “she doesn’t look a day over 26,” which implies, well, that I’ve spent more time adding up dates than most Marvel writers. Because comic book time is its own special category of wibbly-wobbly, I don’t think Marvel benefits much from pinning down all the particulars.

Natasha has always been characterized as an older hero, one who had a long unseen career in espionage before her first appearance. While most women of the Silver Age, like Sue Storm or or Wanda Maximoff or Janet Van Dyne were presented as much younger than their male counterparts, and not much past eighteen, Natasha was more experienced than Clint.  He was the one falling into desperate, swoony first love, while Natasha had been married and widowed once already. When we first see Natasha as a small child during the Siege of Stalingrad in 1973, it implies she’s a few years past thirty. Richard K. Morgan pegged her as “nearly forty,” even if she didn’t quite look it.

So, Natasha was probably never meant to read young, and I’d say 28-32 is right, since we don’t really know if the “chemical” slows her aging or stops it entirely. Which is the only thing many superhero artists can draw semi-reliably. Comic books can depict action, explosions, and ultratight pants, but not so much feminine age categories outside youngish adult. What a neat coincidence!

Also, this is as good a time to shout out scarletwitching if people are looking for another Wanda blog to follow :’)