kryptonite man

anonymous asked:

Hey, talk somewhat on Superman's B-list villains? Livewire, Atomic Skull, Silver Banshee, Terra Man, Prankster, and any other low-level but recurring ones. Any ones have potential or cool powers there?

With minor Superman villains, I’ve already touched on Silver Banshee, Prankster, Riot, the Galactic Golem, and J. Wilbur Wolfingham. Delving into some others who maybe don’t have that much name recognition, both B-listers of some degree of note and not-quites who I have some fondness for:

Livewire has always felt like she should be a bigger deal among the Superman villains, but at the same time I get to a certain extent why she hasn’t been. She’s got a great design, and Lori Petty’s voice did as much to define her as Arleen Sorkin did for Harley Quinn, but the more I think about her, the more she runs into problems. She’s not especially meant to be taken seriously - her ‘criticisms’ of Superman are deliberately framed as petty and shallow, to an extent that changing them would essentially rewrite her already pretty well-defined personality. So what you’ve got is a villain who won’t really hurt Superman (given one of his most iconic covers is taking a lightning bolt to the chest with a reply of “It tickles!”, electricity isn’t much of a plausible threat to him) who can still avoid him while causing a ruckus throughout Metropolis, mocking him all the while…and, well, that’s Mxyzptlk. Plus, while Mxy while might bring a vague air of sleaze with him in a way that can leave Superman a touch out of his depth, he’s still deliberately ridiculous, while Leslie Willis is typically much more straightforward and pointed in how she tries to take him down a peg or two in a way that can too easily slide into showing him as stodgy and boring by comparison.

The solution then I think is to bend her away from being a character who has direct confrontations with him all that often. One of her big shticks is that she can manipulate media broadcasts, usually just to make fun of Superman before they throw down. But what if that got pushed further? Make her instead a ghost in the machine riling up idiots on message boards who find the idea of tearing down Superman simply for the sake of it a riot; she could be a one-woman Anonymous, the Bad Media to the Daily Planet’s Good Media, drawing a line under how much of Metropolis hasn’t been hearing Superman’s message at all, needing both to be stopped, and to themselves be saved from far more than a meteor or robot (which would also do a lot to counter the image of Metropolis as a generically perfect city). Ironic, detached cynicism vs. unapologetic sincerity. In short, 4chan vs. Superman, winner take all.

Atomic Skull is, what, an actor with amnesia who thinks he’s a movie villain or something? Meh. I guess there’s something to play with in the idea of his powers as inherently dangerous, evoking Superman’s own fears of losing control, but that seems kinda shallow. I know Superwoman has shown him as somewhat reforming, which seems like a good hook (some of his villains really should), but that’s a whole other angle that hasn’t really been developed yet. The one time I have really liked him was in a set of stories immediately after Electric Superman where each of the four Superman titles briefly told stories set in different eras, with a version of the Skull in the first Golden Age story. A movie star who parlayed his fame as an American Nazi propagandist, he tried to attach himself to Superman’s own increasing public recognition - given he too wore a caped uniform in the serial Curse of the Atomic Skull - claiming they were both examples of the emergence of ubermenschen to reclaim the world. Mesh that with his traditional powerset and contemporary context, and I have an idea of him as some kind of hyper-reactionary, ‘realpolitk’-espousing nihilistic superman of skinheads, alt-righters, and crazed survivalists, who see him as the firey atomic nu-human of an apocalyptic tomorrow. He could even hook up with the Supremacists from Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder’s time on Action Comics for some easy recruits and henchmen.

Subjekt-17; now here’s a guy who I wish had popped up again. Largely forgotten as a consequence of Kurt Busiek’s time on Superman being criminally overlooked, Subjekt-17 was a worst-case scenario: not able to pass for human in the same way as Kal-El, he was taken in by the Soviets as an infant and experimented on his entire life, only to be confronted by Superman when freed and trying to cut a swathe of blood through humanity as payment for his suffering. There was an interesting, painful dynamic in play there - he saw Superman as something like a brother, but in spite of his telepathy couldn’t understand why he would protect the humans who coldly tormented Subjekt his entire life, ultimately seeing Superman as so desperate to assimilate that he would fight an innocent to protect the guilty. I feel like there’s a lot more stories in him, and when it comes to the perennial question of “Are you sure you’re really doing the right thing, Superman?”, I feel like he as a victim of the establishment would have a much more consistent batting average for good stories than yet another edgy new antihero lecturing Superman about the Real Issues.

Magog doesn’t even feel like he should break C-list in the natural order of things, but he was in probably the most widely-read Superman-centric comic ever other than I suppose Death of Superman, so yeah, he counts as notable. The idea presented later on in The Kingdom with Gog as a worshiper of Superman whose shattered faith drove him to madness feels like it has almost a kernel of something interesting at the heart of it, but it feels much more so like a vehicle for semi-talented creators to write dumb comics with him that think of themselves as much more important than they are. A friend did have a decent take on what to do with him narratively though in a way that works with how he’s existed up until now: he’s not a threat himself, he’s not even a consistent or on his own necessarily important figure, but he’s a multiversal constant in that his arrival is always the prelude to a cosmic upheaval or an end of an age of heroes, and specifically catastrophe for Superman. His appearances even back it up: his time in Chuck Austen’s Action Comics was shortly before Infinite Crisis, he came on the scene in the New 52 shortly before Truth and the resulting death of that version of Superman, and now another seemingly new version of him is in Supergirl in the build-up to Doomsday Clock. There’s a lot you can play with there: he doesn’t even have to be the same character twice, but he always emerges to try and take Superman to task on some profound level as a harbinger to a greater doom for the DCU. Maybe over time he could have the same kind of narrative “him showing up means something” cache as Doomsday, but in the sense that seeing him means Superman’s going to have to ask some big questions about himself and what he does as preparation for a larger reckoning for him and his kind, rather than meaning Superman’s gonna have to punch a bone monster again.

I wanna love Terra-Man. He’s a cowboy who was abducted by aliens and got a winged horse to fly around the universe, who calls himself Terra-Man because he a spaceman from Earth! That’s great! But I can’t say the execution has ever much interested me; he’s so over-the-top without ever especially being played as a gag that I just can’t get into it. Luckily though, the solution has already been reached with him: Tom Strong’s Coleman Grey, the Weird Rider, is straight-up Terra-Man, played with the melancholy, cold competency and swagger of a killer out of time, and some fantastic stone-cold badass moments that sell the hell out of him. Just apply that personality to this guy - fearsome but not unreasonable in the right circumstances, out of time but comfortable with his new life even if it means sometimes running up against the Man of Tomorrow - and we have an instant winner; maybe not one of the greats, but not every Superman opponent needs to bring major thematic concerns to the table so long as they can pull their weight in entertaining storytelling opportunities.

And now for a few rapid-fire takes:

Kryptonite Man was one of those characters who just had to exist sooner or later, but there’s really nothing about him that Metallo doesn’t make redundant.

To my knowledge Blackrock has never particularly worked, but I like the idea of him as a reality show hero who gets in Superman’s way sometimes. It doesn’t even need to be that specifically if those trappings are passe at this point; so long as he’s another vigilante opposed to Superman, you can probably pull something out of Blackrock.

Mindlessones convinced me that Nick O’Teen has a place in the background of Superman’s world.

Paragon is a comically awful human being with the powers to back up his inane egotism and cruelty in a way that actually quite worked for me under Kurt Busiek; I think he hits on the same “oh god dammit, this guy” response from Superman that Mxyzptlk elicits, but of a different enough flavor to make him worth keeping around as a separate figure.

And finally, while Tempus would probably lose a lot of his charm if up against a more straight-laced version of Superman, in the context of how silly Lois and Clark got he was my favorite part of that show, and I think he’d work fantastically in any other tongue-in-cheek Silver Age revival treatment of Superman’s world as a way to poke fun at the foundations, hilariously enough so it doesn’t grate but so over-the-top villainously we know we’re not supposed to agree with him.

ACTION COMICS #981

  • Written by DAN JURGENS • Art by JACK HERBERT • Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • “REVENGE” part three! Superman races to save the Suicide Squad from General Zod, Cyborg Superman and Eradicator. Can the Man of Steel escape the Black Vault and stop the carnage before Harley, Deadshot and the rest of Task Force X are forced to make a final stand?
  • On sale JUNE 14 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

ACTION COMICS #982

  • Written by DAN JURGENS • Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC • Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER • Variant cover by GARY FRANK
  • “REVENGE” part four! General Zod takes command as he leads Cyborg Superman, Eradicator, Mongul, Blanque and Metallo against Superman—but his real motives are yet to be revealed and may have far graver consequences for Superman than anyone imagines.
  • On sale JUNE 28 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog! I am as obsessed with BC as you are and I love your all your great comments about him-including his beautiful physical attributes. It always lifts my spirits when I visit your blog!

Dear Anon, I’m sorry it took so long for me to send out my thanks for your kind compliments!  Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the here & now–especially the here & now of Our Beautiful Obsession, that I let slide simply courtesy. Merci, my dear–and I hope you can accept too many hours mooning over

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as a good enough excuse. For he really is the best inspiration for even the naughtiest sort of behaviors, don’t you think? And of course for waxing poetic when the moment calls for it.

(PS  I thought of you specifically on the reblogged post that follows, hoping you enjoy reading the tags as much as I did writing them!)

anonymous asked:

I absolutely love your art, and I was wondering if you have any tips on noses? Specifically drawn from the front??? I just can't get the hang of it. Btw you're really nice and awesome and I love you okay thanks bye

BOI PEF;ASLFJ i mentioned this before but I absolutely hate drawing front view faces… it’s my kryptonite, man. If you go through my art, you could see how I effectively avoid drawing front view faces at all costs lmao

I’m actually in the middle of doing a tutorial covering eyes, nose and faces in general! But it might take a while to finish so here’s a little snippet from the nose part of the tutorial! ;o;

You could use this prism thingy to draw in all sorts of style. 

e.g. Realism: 

e.g. My own crappy style:

I’ll try to cover more about noses in the actual tutorial, but I hoped this sort of helps! <333 ;o;

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH!! AND I LOVE YOU TOO  (ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡

Not His Fault

Originally posted by superbintentions


Clark Kent x Reader

Request: Reader and Clark are dating, she is also part of the Justice League. Metallo manipulates Superman, causing him to against the League, he almost hurts reader but before he can, he stops. Someone questions if they can trust Clark. 

Word Count: 2122


Streets were covered in chaos; civilians were running to take cover while two of the Justice League members took care of the situation. Metallo was robbing banks while he also caused a mass destruction of buildings. He had no feelings for any life form, except for his. He was too strong for majority of the League, so they decided that the first ones that will go into the city would be Superman and Wonder Woman. They were to distract him and make him weak before any of the other members joined in.

Superman soon realized that he could not touch this cyborg, he would have to stay a distance if he did not want to be weakened by the kryptonite that this man had on him. Wonder Woman was able to get close to him while Superman was able to use his laser vision. Soon the two became in unison, she hurdle the man in every direction while Superman shot at him with fiery red. She was about to throw a punch but before she could, a burst of energy came out of the blue. Shoving her and everyone back that was in reach. It was a soft magnifying red, it felt warm to everyone but to him it felt like he was burning and slowly losing his mind.

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SUPERMAN Vol 1 Issue 299 May 1976 … DC comics … In this issue: Xviar pits Superman against nine of his old villains, but if Superman defeats the last of the nine, the alien will gain the needed power to destroy Earth … Amalak , Lex Luthor , Brainiac , Kryptonite Man , Parasite , Prankster , Mr. Mxyzptlk , Terra Man , Toyman 

Another comic book that was bought for my brother Ken, but which eventually ended up with me. This issue of SUPERMAN was the concluding chapter to a then-unprecedented four-part epic storyline, one that would be collected a couple of times in the intervening years. In addition, it wrapped up a subplot that had ben brewing in the Superman titles since the early 1970s. Of course, I didn’t know any of this when the book first showed up.

Such a novelty was a long serial of this sort in the DC books that, as he had done previously with the “Bat-Murderer” plotline in DETECTIVE COMICS, editor Julie Schwartz added a note to the first page indicating that this running serial took place after the Superman stories appearing concurrently in other titles. This was also still an era in which DC was a bit corporately embarrassed to be a comic book publisher, and so had adopted the unwieldy name National Periodical Publications. This splash page is one of the relatively few instances where that name was given prominence

The issue opens with the mysterious Mister Xavier, Clark Kent’s neighbor, recapping recent events for his alien masters, and in reality the readers. Xavier is the long-running plotline I mentioned earlier. He had been introduced several years beforehand as a reclusive figure with a mysterious and somewhat shady background, but while hints had been dropped over the years, his secrets hadn’t been revealed before now.

Turns out that–and I believe this story was written before the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy–Xavier works for an interplanetary organization that wants to build a teleportation route through our solar system–and to do so, the Earth must be destroyed. This project is so urgent and important that Xavier was placed down on Earth 30 years ago to figure out a way to do it, and he has–by harnessing the destructive powers of Superman.

But because this is a Superman story, that plot must be byzantine. So what Xavier has first done is to use his technology to affect Superman such that, when he is in his Clark Kent persona, he no longer possesses any of his super-powers. Thinking that this is being caused by the psychological strain of living a double life, Superman has spent the previous three issues experimenting–living solely as Clark Kent for a week, then solely as Superman, and discovering the benefits and drawbacks to each identity. 

What this has to do with Xavier’s ultimate plan is vague, but in any case, he’s ready to make his move. Using contrivance crystals, he teleports 9 of the Man of Steel’s greatest enemies first into Clark’s apartment, then across the globe, and when Superman arrives, Xavier charges him with energy, turning him into a living bomb. As Superman expends his energy battling his enemies, he’s burning through the fuse and coming closer to exploding and taking the Earth with him.

As Superman races from fight to fight, he’s got another worry–Clark Kent is desperately needed to testify in a court case to convict an Inter-Gang bigwig. So Clark takes time out from his marathon of villain-bashing to appear as Kent and make his testimony. But this time, he finds that he still possesses his super-powers in his civilian identity! This is a vital clue for him–but he can’t wait, there are still a half-dozen villains at large!

Three villains later, and Superman has enough of a breather to check back in at his apartment. And sure enough, he discovers that his regular Clark Kent wardrobe has all be treated to repel the yellow sun energies that give him his powers. (For his court appearance, Superman borrowed a suit from the WGBS wardrobe, rather than his own clothes–hence, his powers were unaffected this time.) Still, there are three more foes to contend with, and as Superman races off to combat them, Xavier makes his final preparations.

Two more enemies later, and Superman has a moment to use his super-senses to divine the brain-beam that’s beaming him the location of his enemies and follow it back to Xavier’s apartment, where the alien appears to be in a state of hibernation. Superman goes off to face his final foe, the Kryptonite Man and dispatches him with one blow. yet the Earth still lives, because Superman was wearing one of his doctored Clark Kent suits underneath his uniform, and struck the Kryptonite Man with only his regular human strength.

In the wrap-up, Superman captures Xavier, who has pulled a swap with the Kryptonian’s enemy Amalak to affect his escape. But given Xavier’s failure to eliminate the Earth, his people aren’t likely to rescue him. And in a nice epilog, we get the wrap-up to the larger story question of whether Clark Kent or Superman is the more important identity, in which Superman reveals that he’d already decided that, regardless of whatever psychological difficulties it might have caused, he intended to continue to live as both Kent and Superman.

And, like with other titles this month, the Metropolis Mailbag letters page includes the Statement of Ownership, which indicates that SUPERMAN at this point was selling 221,348 copies a month on a print run of 578,311. That’s a 38% efficiency, which is pretty miserable, even with that many copies being sold. I’d imagine that the print run was scaled back for future issues in an attempt to get that percentage number up and not be generating so much waste. This need to print three copies in order to sell one was what had the comic book industry on the ropes for most of the 1970s, and it was only the advent of the Direct Sales network of comic book specialty shops that bought books on a non-returnable basis that saved the industry.

anonymous asked:

Hi!! Do you think Kara's advices this past couple of episodes are out of character or is Kara just really bad at giving advice? Because telling Maggie to basically get over it and suggesting Lena to visit her abuser because "she's still her mom" are terrible advices in my opinion

Hi! Sorry for getting to this so late.

The advice was definitely terrible advice. 

On Lena: 

Lillian emotionally (and I’m assuming physically based on what transpired last episode) abused/abuses Lena. Lena needed/needs to stay away from Lillian, not go visit her in jail where she can be emotionally manipulated.

On Maggie: 

It’s not even advice, just a terrible suggestion basically saying: ignore your trauma. Get over it. Which should never never never be something you tell a trauma victim. I’m sure being kicked out of her own home at 14 was extremely traumatic and it’s not something she should be forced to “get over”. 

[I know Kara didn’t know what happened to Maggie, but we do, and the writers do: so we know it’s terrible advice but more importantly so did the writers. And since fiction does not exist in a vaccuum, this is a huge problem.]

The scenes felt really out of character to me but I couldn’t figure out why so I talked with @superbigirl​ for a while (an awesome human you may know as salty anon) and came to this conclusion:

Kara giving said advice was definitely out of character.

On Lena:

Kara despises Lillian Luthor. This is the woman who, as far as kara knows, among other things:

• held kara in a cage for a long period of time, forced her to drain her powers, and then tortured her

• tried to commit genocide against all aliens

• is the leader of cadmus [a secret governemt organization that tortures aliens and has her foster father held captive]

• created a kryptonite man who tried to kill kara

• is “cold and dangerous” and Lena is nothing like her

And Kara knows this about Lena’s relationship with her mother:

• Lena “always seemed to fall short” as her daughter

• Lena wants to distance herself from the Luthor name

• Kara believes Lena is “too good and too smart to follow in [Lillian’s] path”

• Lena expects anything her mother has to say to her will be horrible [”What do you think she wants? Probably to tell me that my outfit in court was horrible and that I need a makeover.”]

• Lena thinks her mother is a monster and she doesn’t want anything to do with her [”You don’t think I should feel guilty for not wanting to go see that monster, right?”]

Which brings me to the analysis of the interaction between Kara and Lena. In CBS canon (which is what I’m going to go by because Kara has acted fairly ooc all season regarding certain things), Kara would never have given the advice she did.

After Lena asks Kara “You don’t think I should feel guilty for not wanting to go see that monster, right?”

The first thing out of Kara’s mouth season one would have been a resounding “No.” 

This is a person who understands what it’s like to have a family member so awful you hate them, so awful you have to kill them. No, I’m not talking about Astra. I’m talking about Non (we’ll get to why I am using him as an example in a bit).

Instead, Kara responds to Lena with “Well, do you think you would find peace of mind by visiting her and telling her how you really feel?”

This makes no sense. Kara is extremely empathetic. She would have made sure Lena had no doubt that her feelings were valid. But let’s consider for the sake of argument that this was a question Kara wanted to make sure to ask right away to make sure Lena doesn’t do something she regrets (even though she likely wouldn’t because Lillian is an awful human being, but I digress).

Lena’s response to the question is “Even if I did, it wouldn’t make a difference. You know She’s been the same way since the day I met her.”

At this, season one Kara, who understands that some people are too far gone to change, would have said something like “If it causes you too much pain to visit her, you shouldn’t have to. And you shouldn’t feel guilty for it.“ 

Instead, Kara replies with “I’ve spent most of my life wishing I could talk to people that are no longer here. She’s still here. And she’s still your mom.”

Here’s why that doesn’t make sense and why Non was the most relevant example: 

Lena’s relationship to Lillian is most similar, not to Kara’s relationship with Astra or her parents, but to Kara’s relationship with Non. 

How, you ask? Look at the lists above. Astra and Alura and Kara’s father all did terrible things, yes, but they loved her. And when it came down to it, though Astra fought Kara, it was abundantly clear to Kara that she still loved her. Non showed none of that, only ruthlessness and a will to kill her. Lillian, as far as Kara knows, does not love Lena. [Also both Lillian and Non tried to kill all [aliens, humans respectively] in national city, but I digress]

The reason the advice Kara gave makes no sense is that those people Kara wishes she could still talk to? I am certain Non is not one of them. Because the relationship with Lillian is so similar, it makes no sense for Kara to recommend a visit. 

Remember Astra’s funeral? Kara wanted nothing to do with Non. Nothing at all. Kara saying “she’s still your mother” is as unbelievable as Kara saying “he’s still my uncle” because blood related family can be crap and Kara knows this.

Kara’s past experience makes her far less likely, not more likely, to recommend that Lena visit Lillian in prison.

On Maggie:

Kara and Maggie haven’t interacted much on screen so we don’t really know what Kara know about Maggie but there’s still plenty of reasons to call bullshit on Kara giving that advice.

They talk for less than a minute and the only thing Kara has to say is “Look, I know Valentine’s Day might not be happy for you, but it means something to Alex to spend a romantic holiday with someone she cares about. Maybe you might want to consider making some changes for her. I gotta go.”

Kara giving this advice, especially in such an offhand manner, makes absolutely no sense. Let’s break it down:

Kara doesn’t know what we know. Presumably, we only know that Kara knows Maggie hates valentine’s day, she has no idea why or with what intensity. But that still doesn’t make Kara’s advice make sense.

I am sure Kara Zor-El understands what it is like to hate a day, to be immeasurably saddened by its existence. 

Kara lost her entire world and we have seen just how angry she is about this. Season one had scene upon scene of Kara enduring anger from tragedy: screaming, crying, firing lasers at holograms of relatives that were no longer there. I am sure that Kara Zor-El hates the day Krypton was destroyed.

And you may be thinking that Kara wouldn’t connect the tragedy with a simple holiday but I guarantee you she would. As we’ve seen in other episodes, Kara is highly empathetic, to the point where she apologizes for having to kill when the situation is kill or be killed. 

Kara would not give the advice she gave [which is basically “get over it to make somebody else happy”] without knowing the reason Maggie hated that day. Kara cares too much about strangers let alone people she knows to give advice without knowing the extent of the situation.

Which brings me to the other thing: Kara gave that advice in such an offhand manner. Kara would never do that. Again,  Kara cares too much about strangers let alone people she knows to give advice so lightly, as if what the other person is feeling isn’t valid or doesn’t matter.

Kara has experienced too much pain and is too empathetic to ever give advice in an offhand manner, to ever suggest a person should simply “get over” their feelings.

tl;dr: the advice was terrible and Kara was out of character because her past experiences and personality would suggest that she would give the exact opposite advice (and at least give Maggie a second thought)

Supergirl: City of Lost Children 2x20 [Speculation Fanfiction]

Ok guys, after seeing THESE PROMO PICS, my mind went a little crazy on how something like this could happen. This fic is basically my speculation on what may happen in 2x20. The ideas came together after talks with @busysciencegeek, @somos-poeiraestelar, and an idea I borrowed from @myfangirlinghq. Also, @starcrossed-comets asked to be tagged in this.

Summary: When the team gets a read on a large amount of energy, they go to investigate, and find themselves face to face with Rhea… And Lena Luthor. They square off against Rhea, but Mon El finds himself with an impossible choice to make. This encounter has Lena Luthor putting pieces together, while Mon El falls apart. 

WORD COUNT: 4,243 words (I’m actually pretty proud of myself)

NOTE: This is my first fic, so sorry if it’s not that good. This is my brain child of what I think may happen, and if I’m anywhere close to right, I’m EXCITED!

[Feedback is welcome, hate will be blocked. Thank you!]

“Whoa guys…” Winn exclaimed, turning from his computer to face the team. After the incident at CatCo, Kara and Mon El had went back to the DEO to regroup. James had stayed behind to comfort Eve; the poor girl was traumatized. After that, he had went to search for the little boy that was there as well.

“What is it, Winn?” J’onn asked, sounding as level headed as always.

“Does this have anything to do with Rhea?” Kara cut in, moving from the round table in the middle of the DEO to Winn. Mon El and J’onn followed her, all crowding around his computer.

Winn spun back around and started gesturing towards the screen. “I’ve been tracking any abnormal energy hits… And boy, did we just get a hit.” He pointed at a pulsing marker on the screen. “Right here… Is emanating an insane amount of energy.”

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