Monday, July 04, 2005

Sweet land of Liberty

Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans. I hope you're enjoying a safe and pleasant July 4th.

In honor of our nation's 229th birthday, I selected from my art collection a drawing by the artist known as Shade (aka Scott Jones) that combines everything that has made America great: powerfully iconic imagery, comic book superheroes, and good-looking babes.

From the left, the ladies are:
  • Liberty Enlightening the World, or, less formally, the Statue of Liberty. A centennial gift from our perennial allies (snicker) in France in 1886 (ten years late, but then, that's the French for you), Lady Liberty was designed by sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi; engineers Gustave Eiffel and Maurice Koechlin created her interior structure. Easily the world's most famous giant green woman, with apologies to She-Hulk.

  • Liberty, the American Girl (real name: Jesse Lynn Wells). The "Platinum Patriot," as she's known, was created in the late 1990s by Alan Brzozoski as the lead character in a 3D comic published on the Internet. (Unfortunately, Brzozoski recently disabled Liberty's Web site, so her online presence is diminshed for the time being.) When not battling the forces of evil, Liberty is a student at UCLA — probably as good a place as any to look for evil forces.

  • Liberty Belle (real name: Elizabeth "Libby" Lawrence). A classic heroine from comics' Golden Age, Liberty Belle made her first appearance in 1942. She was featured in Star-Spangled Comics for the next five years. More recently, she turned up as a member of DC Comics' All-Star Squadron. Liberty Belle holds the unique distinction of being the wife of a superhero (Johnny Quick) and the mother of another (Jesse Quick) while maintaining her own career as a costumed adventurer.
Let freedom ring, baby. Play safely with the fireworks tonight, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

4 insisted on sticking two cents in:

Anonymous Tom Galloway offered these pearls of wisdom...

Tried to think of whether Liberty Belle is unique in having all three of those aspects, and I came up with the following others:

Susan Storm Richards; Invisible Woman in her own right, married to Mr. Fantastic, and her son Franklin has been a superhero with Power Pack as Tattletale (we'll leave out the confusing Fantastic Force bits with his future self).

Shiera Sanders Hall; Hawkgirl in her own right, married to Hawkman, son Hector has been Silver Scarab, Sandman, and Dr. Fate. Which leads to...

Lyta Trevor Hall; Fury in her own right, married to Hector Hall, and depending on whether you can count him as a "superhero", mother of the current Dream of the Endless.

Madeleine Frank (not recalling her maiden name): Miss America, married to the Whizzer, mother of Nuklo. He's borderline, but I think his membership with the Penance Council/V Battalion gets him in.

Jean Grey Summers: Marvel Girl/Phoenix, married to Cyclops, mother of Rachel (Marvel Girl/Phoenix) Summers via an alternate timeline. I count this due to the alternate timeline Jean having those ids as well.

1:13 PM  
Blogger SwanShadow offered these pearls of wisdom...

Nicely done, Tom.

I briefly puzzled over Sue Richards, knowing that Franklin has powers of some kind, but I wasn't aware that in the current timeline he'd ever been an actual superhero. I didn't know about his Power Pack experience.

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Tom Galloway offered these pearls of wisdom...

The Power Pack stories were back when Weezie Simonson was still writing the book, and were quite good. Nice elements with Franklin were that while it was clear that Reed and Sue loved him, they really weren't very good parents for a 4.5 year old, and Franklin was frequently lonely. Thus, he really enjoyed becoming friends with the Power kids.

The other good bit was that Katie Power, at 5, had been the cute youngest hero and she was significantly jealous of Franklin, although there was also cute pseudo-flirting between them as well. All very well handled.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Joel offered these pearls of wisdom...

I've heard of Shade but didn't know his/her name. Thanks!

8:07 AM  

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