Posts Tagged ‘Guardian (Heather)’

Sasquatch with no swimsuit in a swimsuit issue!

March 22, 2010

Sorry to get your hopes up again, but if you scroll down, you’ll see he’s not wearing a swimsuit so GOTCHA again! Will you ever learn not to click on naughty post titles on FUNDay? Will this joke ever stop being funny? Will it ever start being funny? Great questions, answered in today’s FUNDay post!

Marvel Swimsuit Special #1
1992

Those of you who keep track of frivolous details like issue numbers will be surprised to read yet again about a swimsuit issue from Marvel numbered #1, but yes, they started over with a slight re-naming. The title of this issue was changed from “Marvel Illustrated: Swimsuit Issue #1“, presumably to avoid litigation from Sports Illustrated, but that’s a comic book legend, we think. Along with the name change, the issue number reverted to #1. The format of the swimsuit special changed dramatically from the previous issue to include only pin-ups and fake ads, but no articles nor interviews. The theme of the pin-ups was a photo shoot of party guests at T’Challa’s engagement party in Wakanda. Guardian (Heather), Aurora and Sasquatch appear in pin-ups wearing swimsuits, or less.

On a full-page pin-up by Terry Shoemaker and Bob Wiacek, Aurora, Guardian (Heather), Meggan and The Wasp appear, flying about among the birds.

The caption incorrectly describes the scene:

These native birds used to be the most colorful, beautiful sight in the Wakandan skies. But, when the Wasp, Guardian, Meggan and Aurora joined them for some early morning aerial antics, these feathered fantasies found themselves taking a back seat to the flying females. The Wasp sports an always trendy solid color bikini while Guardian wears a functional yet formfitting circuitry bikini. Meggan displays her fish print two-piece with Rio cut bottoms. And last but not least, Aurora boasts a rousing wrap-around one piece.

As you can see in the image, the Wasp (below) is the one wearing the fish print two-piece, not Meggan (left). Meggan is wearing the one piece and Aurora (above) is wearing the solid color bikini. The circuitry bikini explains how Heather (right) would be able to fly in that scene, assuming it’s a version of her EM suit, but I don’t want to know where the power pack is hidden.

Later, a pin-up by Mike Mignola features Logan, Sasquatch and the Beast. Sasquatch is the one with the chimp on his head. Bizarrely, Sasquatch is not drawn with a swimsuit, but rather in his natural fur. Maybe Mike didn’t get the memo. I mean, it just doesn’t make any sense to draw him that way in a swimsuit issue.

Here is another version of the same image, corrected to fit in with the rest of the book!

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Alpha Flight panel in X-Men Forever #15

January 21, 2010

X-Men Forever #15
Mar 2010

Chris Claremont’s reimagining of the X-Men, which continues after X-Men #3 in 1991, takes place in a universe that happened so long ago that readers need a guide to refresh their memories of that era. Luckily, at the end of the main story, there’s an 8pp roundup of what was going on in the Marvel Universe at the time. On the page, “Meanwhile…”, a panel taken from Alpha Flight #101 (Oct 1991) shows the team assembled at Mac’s grave, again, along with accompanying text.

The page following the 8pp roundup is a full page advertisement for trade paperbacks that contain many of the highlighted stories. Notably absent from the advertisement is a trade paperback containing the Alpha Flight series, which, at the time of this post, has not been collected in a tpb past the 8th issue. The advertisement sours the roundup from an interesting educational segment (or a trip down memory lane for us old guys) into a blatant shill for your tpb dollars. The same 8pp could have been a new 2nd story or even a preview of the next story arc instead of re-printing old material as a giant advertisement, but Alpha Flight got into the roundup, so it’s more sweet than sour.

The accompanying text to the right of the panel reads:

Canada’s premier heroes in Alpha Flight had newly reaffirmed ties to their government; they were briefly rejoined by the long-dead Vindicator (James Hudson), only to lose him again during a confrontation with Galactus. Still led by Guardian, the team included Puck, Sasquatch, Northstar, Aurora, Windshear, Diamond Lil and the mystery man Weapon Omega.

Note that Aurora was listed as a member, but at the time, she had resigned from Alpha Flight (issue #95), reassigned to Gamma Flight as a counselor in the psychiatric unit. In issue #98, she had seemingly been teleported away by Laura Dean (Pathway), which explains why she’s not in the panel above. The Weapon Omega listed above is not Michael Pointer, but Kyle Gibney, a.k.a. Wild Child. He wouldn’t resurface until issue #102, which explains why he’s listed as a member of that era but not in the panel. Finally, Box (Jeffries) appears in the panel, but wasn’t listed as a member for an unknown reason.

To the far right are two other Alpha Flight associates: the bald General Jeremy Clarke and Department H’s Liaison Kerry Patrick, who is very much not bald at all. It isn’t exactly clear why the team showed up to the memorial service in costume. The most puzzling was Walter, who seems to prefer Sasquatch form for funerals.