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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sandy was Always the Smart One

Golden Age Sandman rocks, and most of the time Wesley Dodds is smart and funny and a bit pompous...

But sometimes he's an idiot:

Wes, honey, flying headfirst into the Norse Thunder God is *not* a good idea, you know.

At least Sandy was smart enough to go feet first...


  • At April 02, 2006 6:26 PM, Blogger CalvinPitt said…

    If I didn't know better I'd say at the moment of impact that Sandman's head was actually driven into his torso.

    Or, the little impact light they drew is obscuring his noggin.

  • At April 02, 2006 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wait a minute...Is that Thor, with red hair? Wow, I never thought I'd see that in a comic book (outside of Neil Gaiman's Sandman). Interesting, very interesting.

  • At April 02, 2006 6:38 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    calvin: probably is. Sandman's even dumber then, going headfirst into Thor- *THOR's* torso.

    anon: Well, it is the DCU, and this is the original Sandman, so it probably makes sense. :-) This would likely then be the same character. Thor I mean.

  • At April 02, 2006 7:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Since you've read the story, how well do they handle the Norse gods. I've always been pretty disappointed with the Marvel version.

    Word verification: mohwc. Those went out with the mlet.

  • At April 02, 2006 7:14 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Well, this story is a one-shot from the 1940s, so probably not well by myth-experts. He does drink a lot and like to fight exuberantly

    And then pretty much bitchslaps a child trying to kick him in the head like a gnat.

    Then is defeated by Wes and a bunch of cops working together. :-)

    But from what I've seen of Gaiman, he's pretty good with that sort of thing, so he might be worth looking at for a good portrayal.

  • At April 02, 2006 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    He does drink a lot and like to fight exuberantly

    And then pretty much bitchslaps a child trying to kick him in the head like a gnat.

    Sounds like Thor to me.

    Sure, he has other, more positive qualities, but from reading the old stories, it's the rage, violence and vices (drinking and eating) that first jump out at you.

    His positive qualities do make him an ideal superhero though. He's a protector of common man, as well as the gods, so superheroics would be a good fit. He's fairly two-dimensional, without progressing much throughout the myths (unlike Loki and Óðinn), but he remains steadfast and loyal. He also has cool weapons; the hammer, iron gloves and a belt that increases his strength. And he's shown himself not to be a complete idiot (the bit with the dwarf Alvíss), although he's usually not depicted as all that bright.

    I think the Norse Thor would make a much more interesting superhero than that blonde guy. But that's just me.

  • At April 02, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    Ha, hard drinking, bearded, curly red-haired Thor is pretty consistent in the DCU (not even counting the Sandman comics).

    That's how he was portrayed in Action Comics when Superman and Wonder Woman fought Ragnarok for ONE THOUSAND YEARS! I think that's how he was portrayed in the JSA Ragnarok story as well...

    Looking up the information, I found this gem in Wikipedia:

    "a controversial 1994 crossover series called Zero Hour"

    What, um, was the controversy again? Damage not get enough face time? Kyle's ass not perfectly pert? Oh... I'm guessing it's the whole Hal indirectly killing the JSA thing, but still...

  • At April 02, 2006 8:37 PM, Blogger kalinara said…

    Steven: You got me. I *liked* Zero Hour. But I'm also a little crazy, so what can ya do.


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