April 6, 2008
FFF Results Post #116 -- Dead Ends
On Friday afternoon, participating CR
readers were asked to "Name Five Character Progressions That Didn't Really Last That You Liked Anyway" Here are the results.
Tom Spurgeon/Tom Bondurant
1. Anchorman Clark Kent (Tom Bondurant)
2. Smart Hulk (Tom Bondurant)
3. Robin in College (Tom Bondurant)
4. Buddy Bradley Manages a Band (Tom Spurgeon)
5. Charlie Brown Becomes Popular at Summer Camp (Tom Spurgeon)
This subject was adapted slightly from a suggestion by Tom Bondurant
Man, you guys really liked Barbara Gordon as a congresswoman.
Uriel A. Duran
1) Electric Superman
2) UDON's Taskmaster
3) Legionnaires Legion Of Super-Heroes
4) Oreo-lovin' Martian Manhunter
5) Wolverine without adamantium
1. Dr. Strange practices Chaos Magic, gets a new uniform, actually acts relevant for a while (under Warren Ellis- lasted only a few issues)
2. Spider-Man gets a bulletproof suit. I even have the silly action figure of that costume. It's not Ditko, but it was still neat.
3. Smart, split-personality Hulk, as written by Peter David.
4. Smart, split-personality Hulk, as written by Bill Mantlo. (I'm not accusing PAD of stealing Bill's stories, by the way. Both stories were very different, and yet still a lot of fun while twisting the character's central premise.)
5. Cerebus as Pope.
* Iron Man as a mean-ass unrepentant drunk.
* Silver age Peter Parker dating Betty Brant.
* Zonker Harris as perpetual college student.
* Sacco & company partying in Safe Area Gorazde.
* Howard the Duck for President.
Strictly John Byrne list:
* Ben Grimm getting spikey rocky skin instead of having flat stoney skin
* Reed and Sue moving to Connecticut and wearing disguises to fool the neighbors
* Johnny Storm going out with Alicia Masters
* Starbrand destroying Pittsburgh
* Northstar going gay
1. Thor's construction worker secret identity, Sigurd Jarlson
2. Cap as Nomad
3. Tony Stark's alcoholic relapse where he became homeless (if done today, I envision a YouTube marketing bit of panels interspersed with the word REHAB while Amy Winehouse's refrain of "No, No, No" plays in the background...)
4. Hulk as CEO/Turnaround Specialist (when he was with the Pantheon)
5. James Robinson's Cable (too unique to sum up here)
1. Bruce and Selina honestly exploring how their relationship could develop (mid-1980s)
2. Congresswoman Barbara Gordon
3. Hal Jordan, toy salesman
4. Metropolis without any Superman at all (the few issues after Superman #75 showed how interesting the supporting cast of the time could be on its own)
5. Food-powered Wally West
1. Pope Cerebus
2. Snapper Carr mentoring the android Hourman
3. Reed and Sue Richards' suburban sojurns, complete with secret identities
4. Jack Knight in the Justice Society
5. The evil, manipulative Niles Caulder of Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol
1. Senator Barbara Gordon
2. Black Canary raising a kid
3. Sasquatch trapped in a woman's body
4. Heather Hudson leading Alpha Flight without being a superhero
5. Sub-Mariner married to Marina
1. Good guy Solomon Grundy
2. Fourth-wall breaking Animal Man
3. Always Eating Wally West
4. Feminist-Friendly Steve Dallas
5. Congresswoman Barbara Gordon
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