The Legend

This cave painting appears to be the first depiction of six immortal men whose immortality stemmed from this incident.The central figure has been known as a savage, a bloodthirsty conqueror, and a killer of his brother men. The other five men are the focus here, the two curious bystanders more so than the fleeing three men. You may be able to identify these men when I say that the three men from the other tribe were all rather short. One had a shaven head due to a ritual whose origins are lost in time, another was balding but with large tufts of hair on either side of his head, the last had a haircut that would one day be called the bowl haircut, also probably some ritualized style. Of course this information comes from other sources and cannot be seen from the cave painting. The two particular cavemen who are the subject of this group were ne'er-do-well's, probably low on the pecking order of their tribes and fairly inept at tool making or hunting. If it had not been for the falling meteorite that imbued them with immortality, they probably would have lived short violent lives. As Immortals they carried out this pattern of their lives. The pair was represented by numerous actors retelling their stories and jokes: Mutt and Jeff, Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello. But the originals were actually Ollu and Buzsla.
Dennis Power-ImmortalBefuddled at the Wold-Newton site

Unbeknownst to the active participants in the foreground, there were also four persons in the area nearby otherwise occupied. There was the tribe's chief Shaman, The Wizard of Ugghh (W. C. Fields), the number 2 Shaman at this time tied up on the ground and being readied for sacrifice, Old Tumnus (Buster Keaton) and the latter Shaman's daughter and granddaughter, Cedar and Willow. Quite by accident these people were also passively granted Immortality. The two women were known to wander into and out of Ollu and Buzsla's lives throughout the ages and they were represented in later times by such actresses as Thelma Todd, Hillary Brooke, Christine MacIntyre, Leslie Easterbrook and Bobbi Shaw for the large and imposing woman Cedar; and ZaSu Pitts, Betty Grable, Jean Harlow, Vera-Ellen, Dorothy Provine and Teri Copley as the slighter and slightly forlorn woman Willow. On the Flintstones, Willow was represented as Wilma, and the women were joined by another Immortal (actually the daughter of Hercules, it was said), the darker-haired Beech, Betty Rubble on the Flintstones, most notably shown on films as Clara Bow and in cartoons as Betty Boop. The Wizard of Ugghh was created by Joe Kubert for Tor comics. The characters of Old Tumnus (Tunka), Cedar, Willow and Beech are all the sole property of Dale A. Drinnon

Monday, April 14, 2014

Luc's Speculations on the Big Boss in Metal Gear Series

My Good Friend Luc Garrett has another blog entry following along in the series about the Snakes of the Metal Gear series:

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Are Deathstroke and Big Boss the same man, or is there more to it than that?

I saw that part of the problem is that the creator of the Metal Gear series keeps revising the story line and throwing in more Snakes. What seems likely at one point becomes less likely with a new revision. I think generally Luc Garrett has the right idea but I think there are other loose ends that are still left loose, and those are puzzling

One thing is, Snake Plissken is not the Big Boss, he is an analogue of the Big Boss and is counted as separate. There are several snake characters (clones) which makes sorting the entire matter out much more complicated. However I do think we are generally in the same ballpark with the concept.

One thing is that Luc suggests a connection between Deathstoke's wife Adeline Kane and Silver Sable and The Boss, the ex-wife of the Big Boss. I do not think so in either case BUT I can easily see that Silver Sable is an associate and regular co-worker with Snake Plissken. This makes her one of the Furies (Silversuited offshoots from the Wonder Women annual electees) and more than likely means that Silver Sable is the "Russian" operative cover for Agent 13, Sharon Carter, also known as "Silver" and as "Marilyn" on other occasions. However Adeline Kane is clearly related to both Batman and Batwoman from the cursed line of Caines (including also Kanes and MacAins) which is probably just as important to know. Deathstroke is probably in the running as "A" Snake associated with the Metal Gear Naked Snake, the Big Boss, and married to Adeline, but it is difficult to tell if they are actually the same. It is also important to note that Deathstroke had two legitimate sons, now deceased: we don't have a clue as to how many other sons the Snakes may have given rise to.

Basically only differentiated by a slightly paler shade of blonde out of the bottle.

Silver Sable (=Blonde Catwoman)

Agent 13, redrawn from late 1960s comic (I have that issue).
This is a pretty direct redrawing of a Stella Stevens pinup pose.
Compare to the one HERE AT BOTTOM but reversed

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Suicide Squad


 The original Suicide Squad featured in The Brave and the Bold consisted of Rick Flag, his girlfriend Karin Grace, Dr. Hugh Evans, and Jess Bright. This team was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru. Later continuity established that the team's earliest incarnation was expressly formed to fight monstrous menaces [common to the 1950s]
Special guest appearance by "Giant Turtle Olsen"

"Rick and Karin" ("Johnny Hazard/Johnny Dynamite and his Girlfriend")
Are actually Tommy and Chickie, "Rick" also has a regular substitute backup guy
who has both of his eyes and so that is how he is usually portrayed.
Actually "Rick Flag" is the more officially-acceptable portrayal of "Snake Plissken"
It can be assumed that "Rick" (="Snake") was doing time in a military prison during part of the Korean War and was given this chance to lessen his sentence by doing hazard duty.
Below, Chickie going under the name "Karen Llewellyn ", as a "Ghostbuster"
As noted on this blog before, Karin of the Suicide Squad was the same as
 (The Psychic) Corrina of the Challengers of the Unknown (Both are aliases for Chickie)
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"Llewelyn" is her alias as taken from an Occult publishing house
The other scientists on the Suicide Squad were experts on loan from the
 Pacific Technical Institute which is transparently another name for Caltech
And the pool of experts was ordinarily more than the two regulars shown in DC's Suicide Squad comics (they simplified things). These scientists were involved in the events fictionalized in such diverse films as THEM!, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS, THIS ISLAND EARTH, INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA,  and many other such films made during the 1950s, but sometimes the characters were so altered they could hardly be recognized. These were actual scientists engaged in real research.                                                                                  

Gene Barry / Dr. Clayton Forrester ("Forrester"="Sauvage" and "Clayton" from his mother's family name, he is related to both Tarzan and Doc Savage) He is usually called "Dr Bright" on the standard Suicide Squad team.
Ann Robinson / "Sylvia Van Buren"
                                                                               (GLORIA LUTHOR), later his wife.Les Tremayne
                                                                                General (Hugh) Mann, Military liaison Robert Cornthwaite
                                                                                Dr. PryorSandro Giglio
                                                                                Dr. BilderbeckEdgar Barrier
                                                                                Prof. McPhersonRuss Bender
                                                                                Dr. CarmichaelAnn Codee
                                                                                Dr. DuPreeAlex Frazer
                                                                               Dr. JamesIvan Lebedeff
                                                                                Dr Gratzman, Associate
WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953), Synopsis from IMDB: The film begins with a voice (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) telling the audience that greedy eyes are watching the blue planet. They envy our water, clean air and plenty of resources. Also, it tells us that there has been a WWI and a WWII, but that there is going to be another kind of war, The War of the Worlds.

A strange fireball streaks across the southern California skies and lands in a gully in the San Gabriel mountains east of Los Angeles. Firemen quickly extinguish the fire that has broken out, but authorities are puzzled by the long, cylindrical object that fell to earth and started the fire. The object attracts tourists--and also the attention of Dr. Clayton Forester (Gene Barry) of the Pacific Technical Institute. While everyone else regards the object as anything from a tourist attraction to a potential treasure trove, Forester knows that something is wrong: the object did not come down like an ordinary meteor, and was much more lightweight than any meteor ever reported. What's more, the object is not only hot, but also radioactive.

Forester stays in the nearby town at the home of Pastor Matthew Collins (Lewis Martin) and his niece, Sylvia van Buren (Ann Robinson). Three men are left in the surroundings of the object when a hidden lid on the cylinder unscrews, and a long-necked probe rises out. The three try to approach the probe, declaring their friendly intentions--and the probe spits out a heat ray that incinerates the men and starts another fire. At the same time, power and telephone service fails in town, and everyone at the social discovers that his watch has stopped. Forester determines that the watches have been somehow magnetized, and also notes that someone's pocket compass points not to the north, but to the meteorite. Forester returns to the site with the sheriff and another deputy. They find the ashes of the three men, and then the probe attacks again, killing the deputy as he tries to drive away. Forester then determines that they are dealing with something from another planet and need to call in the military, especially as another fireball lands nearby as he is talking to the sheriff. While everyone waits for the soldiers to arrive, Forester appears on a radio program and deals with the increasing speculation on the otherworldly origin of the cylinders. A consensus arises that the cylinders come from Mars, now at its closest approach to Earth.

Marines from El Toro Marine Base roll in and surround the site, and an Air Force plane drops a flare on it from above. The long-necked probe fires its heat ray at the plane, and then sweeps the area, destroying a radio truck. That prompts the Marine colonel to call for reinforcements, and the 6th Army Command arrives, with artillery and tanks. Major General Mann, the commander, tells Forester that other objects like the one they are surrounding have landed in cities all over the world, and that all communication fails after that. Then the probe rises again, and we now see that it is part of a swan-like magnetically levitating low-altitude craft. Two other such craft rise out of the cylinder to join it. The officers give the order to prepare to fire, but Matthew Collins objects, saying that no one has tried to offer them peace before. Disregarding his own safety, he walks toward the three metal swans, reciting the 23rd psalm--and before his niece Sylvia's horrified eyes, the lead swan burns him to death. At once General Mann (Les Tremayne) and Marine Colonel Heffner (Vernon Rich) give the order to fire.

The soldiers unleash a barrage of artillery and missile fire--and none of it is effective. The swans possess a magnetic force shield that deflects any bombardment. The swans quietly take the measure of their opponents and then start to return fire, with heat rays and meson-disrupting energy bursts that disintegrate anything they touch. Forester urges Mann to inform Washington that conventional military forces would be outmatched. Mann leaves, and Heffner fights a holding action before finally ordering a complete retreat--and being disintegrated in mid-order.

Forester takes Sylvia with him in an Army plane. Flying low to avoid the Air Force jets flying in to try their hand, he clips some trees and crash-lands. He and Sylvia barely have time to escape before a squadron of swans surround the plane. General Mann returns to the city, where skeptical reporters cannot believe his reassurances--and of course he knows better, because nothing has proved effective.

Alone in the brush, Forester and Sylvia take shelter in an abandoned farmhouse. There Sylvia confesses her fears and her deep sense of loss following her uncle's death. In the middle of this tender conversation, another cylinder crashes into the side of the house. Hours later, Forester wakes up, and a terrified Sylvia tells him that the house is surrounded. Forester works diligently to clear a way out, while also trying to observe as much as he can. The Martians lower a different kind of probe, an eye-like camera; Forester, at first taking this for yet another weapon, chops the camera head from its extender, which swiftly withdraws. Then a Martian crewman enters the house and touches Sylvia on the shoulder; Forester blinds it with a flashlight and then throws an axe at it, putting it to flight. When Forester realizes that he is holding a scarf now stained with Martian blood, Sylvia loses all control, and Forester has to shout at her to calm down. They then escape, just before the Martians burn down the house.

As more cylinders come down all over the earth, the Martians' goal becomes painfully clear: to drive all of humanity before them and eventually to kill us all. In Washington, the Secretary of Defense prepares to order the dropping of an atomic bomb on the Los Angeles-area nest. Forester and Sylvia finally arrive at Pacific Tech and turn over the alien camera and the blood-stained scarf. The blood turns out to be anemic, and the camera yields little insight other than that the Martians perceive color a lot differently from humans. At the time, Pacific Tech officials think all this is a moot point, because the atom bomb is going to stop them anyway. But even the atom bomb proves ineffective against the Martians' magnetic force fields.

General Mann, clearly frustrated, orders an evacuation of Los Angeles. Forester tells his colleagues that now the anemic blood is important, because only biological weapons will stop the Martians now. The plan is to take as many lab instruments as possible into the mountains and set up another laboratory. But that plan comes to nothing, as looters seize the Pacific Tech vehicles and scatter or beat up all the personnel, including Forester, the pathologist who found out about the anaemia Dr. Dupre (Ann Codee), and Sylvia. As the swans arrive and start systematically burning every building in sight, Forester rushes about, going from church to church, hoping to find Sylvia waiting there, as she once waited after running away as a child. He finds church pastors everywhere praying for deliverance, comfort, or both, and at one church he even finds two of his colleagues. At last he finds Sylvia--and as the two rush toward one another, a nearby swan burns out a stained-glass window, frightening everyone inside.

But the attacking swan abruptly heels over, fires only two more seemingly half-hearted bursts, and then crashes into a building and falls to the street. Dead silence descends. Inside the church, Forester leads the people out into the street to see what has happened. They find the downed swan, and as they watch, a door opens and a Martian arm appears, trying to move out. Another swan crashes on the other side of the street and, as Forester watches, the Martian arm turns a mottled gray and falls still. Forester touches it and pronounces it dead.

And in fact, this story is repeating itself everywhere. The Martians had very underdeveloped immune systems, and as soon as they breathed Earth air, they became infected with germs that a human barely notices, but which proved uniformly fatal to Martians. The metal swans stop and fall where they are, and the invasion is over even more swiftly than it began.

WAR OF THE WORLDS (1953) Scientists  

In EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956), Dr Forrester is called Dr Russell Marvin, Gloria Luthor is shown as his wife Carol and General Man is shown as (Brigadier) General Hanley

Both WAR OF THE WORLDS and EARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS, the "Invasions" shown were actually limited to small areas but depicted as global events in the movies. in the latter film, the events actually took place at a state capitol and not Washington DC, with some damage to buildings in Washington, but the damage taken was much less than shown in the film anyway. The movie version overly dramatized everything. In WAR OF THE WORLDS, action was in an obscure town in California and was mostly contained there by our military.

Red (Rod) of the Challengers of the Unknown AKA The Time Traveler. The Challengers were also associated with the Suicide Squad and they were also originally a Suicide Squad ("Living on Borrowed Time")

The Smallville Suicide Squad

Early history

The Suicide Squad was a secret branch of Checkmate used when normal agents weren't suitable: either for political reasons, or because super-powered individuals were needed to get the job done. Checkmate believed that criminals with considerable skills and abilities can be suitable for this squad, as such they arranged for their release from prison and any record of them could never be found. The Squad was led by Rick Flag. [This is ordinarily the backup "Rick Flag"]
Rick Flag and the rest of the Squad were presumed dead (at least by Tess Mercer) after the destruction of Checkmate by Zod. However Flag survived and has been leading a new or at least a surviving incarnation of the group.

Season Nine

The Suicide Squad is mentioned by Amanda Waller when she welcomed Cameron Mahkent to their ranks immediately before firing a gun at him.

Season Ten

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After the fall of Checkmate, Rick Flag led the Squad in the abduction of Oliver Queen. He was kept in a secure location at the Metropolis docks where he was tortured and beaten for information on the terrorist attacks on monuments around the world by the Kandorian army. To free him, Chloe Sullivan traded herself to the Squad.
Somehow, Flag and the Squad learned the identities of Clark Kent, Oliver Queen and Carter Hall. Through various means they were about to tag these individuals with radioactive sub-dermal tattoos that could be tracked by the Squad: Clark Kent was tricked into intercepting one of Deadshot's bullets he thought was meant for Cat Grant.
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The Suicide Squad breaks Deadshot out of prison
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Where the bullet hit his skin, blue kryptonite was somehow used to mark him; while Oliver Queen was marked by Rick Flag during a fight, and Plastique was able to mark Carter Hall by posing as his servant and delivering tainted water for him to wash with. Though Deadshot was captured by the authorities, Plastique and Rick Flag were later able to free him from prison.
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Several weeks later, Rick Flag and Squad member Emil LaSalle came to Smallville targeting General Same Lane for assassination, due to his support of the Vigilante Registration Act. Their plan failed, and just as they were about to be apprehended, LaSalle used his teleportation abilities for them to escape. Later, LaSalle was seen placing a bomb in a building, displaying prominent anti-vigilante signs. He teleported away an instant before the building exploded.
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Deadshot and Rick Flag joined Chloe Sullivan to rescue the Justice League heroes, and Lois Lane, from the clutches of the VRA who trapped them in a cyberspace-based world where they were experimenting on them to find out how to control their powers.


In the Comics

Suicide Squad in the comics
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The Suicide Squad is a group comprised mostly of incarcerated super-villains who are sent on black op missions, by the government, that do not have a high chance of survival. The original Suicide Squad, called the Suicide Squadron, were a very expendable team that existed during World War 2. Comprised of trouble-making soldiers, they were led by a man named Rick Flag, Sr. The Suicide Squad is under the control of the government organization called Task Force X. Years later, the Suicide Squad returns under Task Force X, as it's now run by Amanda Waller. Most recently, The Suicide Squad captured many villains and shipped them off to another planet.
The Suicide Squad roster currently is Rick Flag Jr., Bronze Tiger, Multiplex, Plastique, Count Vertigo, and The General. Deadshot and Bane were part of the Suicide Squad only to be betrayed by the team. The Suicide Squad has fought the Justice League, Birds of Prey and Batman's family recently.
The New 52 series starts with a the Suicide Squad team, composed of Harley Quinn, Deadshot, King Shark, El Diablo and Black Spider, and Sportsmaster being tortured by unknown assailants for the purpose of extracting information, more specifically, they inquire on who sent the team. During the time that the team is bieng tortured, the reader gets to see a bit of their pasts, such as Deadshot's relationship with Batman, Diablo's mistakes and Harley Quinn's encounter with the Black Canary which put her to jail.
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Suicide Squad in the DCnU.
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Eventually Sportsmaster gives in to the torture and explains what happened for the team to be put together, namely the fact that they were all lifers in Belle Reeve prison and that the "only chance to see sunlight is to volunteer for Task Force X", the team's official name. The Team's first mission was to extract a rogue agent, whether this be dead or alive. When they go in, Deadshot immediately kills target and the team finds that it was a trap and the target is a decoy, set to explode. The team manages to escape the 'dead zone', but they are knocked out and then they wake up to be tortured. After Sportmaster confesses, the rest of the team are bagged and then when they wake up they are in full costume. It is then revealed that all of this was a simple test done by Amanda Waller, who is the government operative behind Task Force X and that even with all of their injuries they have to be immediately deployed.

The REPLACEMENT Suicide Squad  "is a team of imprisoned super-villains who perform high-risk missions for the U.S. Government in exchange for commuted sentences. They are formally known as Task Force X. The team's actions are highly classified, and the government is able to deny any involvement by claiming that they are not responsible for the damages of a random super-villain attack. Their commander is Amanda Waller, who runs the organization out of Belle Reve prison. The Suicide Squad was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru, first appearing in Brave and the Bold #25. (1959)"

"Task Force X" would be the title of the CalTech supervisors, later reworked to oversee the criminal Suicide Squads on the later missions. Harley Quinn is a member of the later Suicide Squad.

The DC Suicide Squad
(Later and Current)

Some of the other stories involving the Cal Tech scientists and the Suicide Squad as their agents:!

The Caltech team was the West Coast team, the Quest team (As in Jonny Quest) was the East Coast Team with headquarters on Spindrift Island, off of the New Jersey coast. Tommie and Chickie also did leg work for them, and so did Doctor Watson's descendant Marilyn Watson (Mara Corday): both of the women were later involved with the standard team of the Challengers of the Unknown.