Thursday, April 22, 2021

Super Head-Butt Update

Most of this content appeared in a Super Blog post from September, 2006.  But the ending is new and improved!
The Left-Out Super-Power
Though it had its problems, Superman Returns was fun in some ways. The fanboy in me was tickled and thrilled to see him use Super-Breath to blow out a fire.

However, as I read through some of my Superman comics from the late 1950s, I see the Man of Steel often using a super-power that seems to be mostly ignored by today's comic writers...

The Super Head-Butt!

 Check out these examples from just three issues! 

The boulder smash-up (art by Wayne Boring) and the cannon panel (also by Boring) are BOTH from Superman 126.
The gong-shot (Kurt Schaffenberger) comes from Superman 128.
The helmet crunch (Al Plastino) is from Action 251. 

And now, my friends, the added bonus footage: 

In Superman #186, in order to fool a fake psychic (is there any other kind?), Superman and Supergirl stage an earthquake (art again by Al Plastino).

Oi vey! What a headache they’ll be having! Maybe it's time for a little Super-Aspirin!

See you next Monday for more April Foolishness!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Proofread Player Two!

I enjoyed both books, Ready Player One and Ready Player Two, and even the film adaptation of the first book.  But here're a few things I noticed in Player Two:
Of course, the correct way of stating the above would be to say that "each band comprised xxxx" or that "each band was composed of xxx."  You should never say "comprised of."

Both IMDB and Wikipedia agree that the James Spader character in Pretty in Pink is named Steff.  I can easily imagine an overworked proofreader coming across the mention on page 215 and automatically changing "Steff" to the common shortened name "Steph" -- except it was wrong.  When I got to page 215, my memory was tickled, and it took me about 15 minutes to find where "Steff" appeared on page 200.

I invite you to join my quest for the mistake-free clump of words, ANYWHERE.  (I freely concur that plenty of howlers exist on this hyar blog, that's fer true!)

See you on Thursday!

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