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Friday, June 04, 2010

Background Characters you'd like to see again

One thing that alternately annoys and amuses me about comics is how background characters that are relatively important at some point just kind of disappear because series get cancelled or creative teams change or things like that.

And it's a shame because a lot of those characters are legitimately awesome. Buck Wargo, anyone?

So I was wondering, what vanished minor character would you like to see again? (It doesn't matter if they just disappeared, or got killed off, or anything like that because, hell, it's comics.)

For me, it's Buck Wargo from Warrior. Because nothing beats an awesome millionaire scientist cowboy who actually serves as a functional father/older brother-type figure for Guy. Also, probably the single greatest author-avatar character ever.

A runner up character I'd like to see again is Dawn Fury. Her few appearances in Howling Commandos were fairly awesome!

But as far as I know, she's never appeared in any comics set later than WWII. Which sucks because Jake Fury got to be a damn supervillain, and Jake was a tool. Dawn seems like she'd be fun to just add somewhere, maybe to SHIELD since Dugan and Jones are pretty clear indications that Nick likes nepotism.

It'd be funny if she were like a SHIELD psychologist or something. Just because I'm intensely amused by the idea of a Fury who's also a shrink.

So what minor and disappeared character would YOU like to see again?

19 Comments:

  • At June 05, 2010 3:56 AM, Blogger Brian Smith said…

    Kofi from "Power Pack." I figure, if we have Alex Power and Friday (yay!) and Kymellians running around in "Fantastic Four," then there's enough room for Alex and Franklin's best Kymellian pal, a teleporting teenage horse-boy.

    And I refuse to believe that Bambi, Randi and Candi are still roommates, so maybe they can get together sometime, talk about their professional and personal lives, and reminisce about the old days and that cute Daily Bugle photographer who lived across the hall.

     
  • At June 05, 2010 1:26 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    Maybe sleazebag photographer Nick katzenberg, though he died of lung cancer in the Spidey books in the 90s. Surely there's some way to undo that.

    Along those lines, reporter Neal Conan (a real person, apparently), who was present with the X-Men during the whole Fall of Mutants thing in Dallas, and recognized them as heroes, and said so publicly. How'd his career go? Did he cross Bastion during Operation: Zero Tolerance, or maybe Osborn during Dark Reign? has he soured on the X-men?

    Rocket Raccoon's supporting cast from his mini-series. Wal Russ and Lylla, and where's Blackjack O'Hare mercenary space rabbit?

     
  • At June 05, 2010 3:51 PM, Anonymous D said…

    Actualy read a fanfic that had Dawn being hired by Nick to train spies during the '70's. She even saved his life from a killer disguised as a waitress.

    As for minor characters, Sha-Shan from Spider-Man seemed interesting. Didn't Wonder Woman have a staff? I wonder what happened to them.

     
  • At June 05, 2010 6:52 PM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Seconding CalvinPitt's desire to see the return of Rocket's supporting cast. Abnett & Lanning made Star-Lord a lead character and brought back MONARK for fuck's sake. That proves no space-based character is too obscure for them...

    You know who can help defite the Cancer-verse? U.S.1. He's in space...

     
  • At June 05, 2010 7:30 PM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    The Flash's Waid-era supporting cast, and for that matter, Bart Allen's Impulse-era supporting cast. (Heck, just go and make him Impulse again; I usually hate backsliding like that, but that's when he was the best character ever!)

     
  • At June 06, 2010 1:57 PM, Blogger SallyP said…

    Buck Wargo IS awesome. And so is Rita, Desmond and Joey.

    I...miss L-Ron. And Oberon. And Guy's Mother. And Radu.

     
  • At June 06, 2010 5:45 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    And Wonder Woman's minotaur CHEF.

     
  • At June 06, 2010 5:56 PM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    ... you know, I'd be happy if Wonder Woman just kept the same supporting cast for more than two consecutive writers, which she hasn't managed since ...

    ... you know, I was going to blame Perez for this, but I think she's had that problem since Kanigher dumped Etta Candy back in the '50s and '60s, in favor of a bunch of generic Silver Age romantic complication characters.

    Y'know, there's a whole rant here about how NOBODY knows how to handle Wonder Woman.

     
  • At June 06, 2010 9:12 PM, Blogger Seangreyson said…

    How about Kitty's dance teacher from the X-men. I remember a later story where she was also doing some sort of physical training for the X-men as a whole.

    No idea what happened to her.

     
  • At June 06, 2010 10:00 PM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    And on that note, Lee Forrester! Scott's only non-superpowered girlfriend. Whatever happened to her?

     
  • At June 07, 2010 11:29 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    Let's be specific, Ununn: Lee was Scott's only non-mutant girlfriend. I suspect Charles didn't approve of his protégée marrying outside the species.

    Charles probably quietly nudged her neurons to wander into traffic, and then nudged Scott's so he wouldn't really notice.

     
  • At June 07, 2010 11:56 AM, Blogger Seangreyson said…

    Lee Forester showed up a few years ago during the period Cyclops was "dead."

    There was a bit of awkwardness with Jean not knowing her, and nobody wanting to tell her the connection. :)

    Also Cyclops did briefly date Colleen Wing (after Jean and Hank "died" in Antarctica), so he's had at least one other human girlfriend.

     
  • At June 07, 2010 1:21 PM, Blogger Ununnilium said…

    Yep, Colleen was human and powered. I thought Lee'd shown up at some point! Neat.

     
  • At June 07, 2010 1:46 PM, Blogger James Ashelford said…

    The mid-90s Spider-Man supporting cast: that Bugle reporter Angela Yin and the regulars from the Daily Grin coffeeshop most of all.

    Oh, and Jill Stacy and Other Captain Stacy.

    And Ben Reilly's girlfriend who was the daughter of the man who shot Uncle Ben.

    Damn, there were some awesome characters in mid-90s Spider-Man comics. Shame about the plots.

     
  • At June 08, 2010 4:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What, no one wants to see the return of Aunt Harriet?

    -- Jack of Spades

     
  • At June 08, 2010 6:32 PM, Blogger Menshevik said…

    Bernie Rosenthal and Arnie Roth. Haven't read Captain America in a while, so I don't know if either of them actually may have reappeared in the meantime.

    @ D
    A couple of months ago I read on a Spider-Man board that Sha Shan either already had returned or would be in the near future.

    @ Ununnillium
    Seconded re. the Impulse cast.

    @ Seangreyson
    Stevie Hunter also appeared in The New Mutants in the 1980s. Apparently she has not been seen since 1994.

     
  • At June 10, 2010 1:23 AM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Seangreyson: Cyclops and Colleen Wing didn't date so much as she slipped him her number. There wasn't enough time for anything else, sadly. So I wouldn't really count her as a human girlfriend.

    She was probably too sane for him anyway. :-)

     
  • At June 10, 2010 10:54 PM, Blogger Seangreyson said…

    Oh c'mon, only one of Cyclops S.O's actually destroyed a star system...of course another one tried to sacrifice a bunch of children (including her own) to drown the world in demons...and his current flame joined a secret society with Loki, the Green Goblin and Doctor Doom...

    hmm, I guess Cyclops really does have a thing for the crazy girls.

     
  • At June 13, 2010 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Eye-Scream! Seen once in 1983 and then vanished... I'd have loved for him to appear among the 198 and maybe, finally, have a name... A girl can dream, I guess...

    D

     

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