Gabbing Geek 53: Slice And Dice, has 100% more female whale genitalia than you were expecting! First we cover Lego Dimensions and some Marvel TV news before bringing you an epic, impromptu space adventure featuring things about whales you never knew you always wanted to hear. Finally, we wrap things up with an upgraded spelling test to see who knows their fictional swords! You can listen to the episode right now or jump after the break to read more!
Hey, I remember these! It’s not exactly an update to the stagnating Spider-Man Complete Chronology that I claim to be working on, but it’s an excuse for me to post some brief Spider-Man cameos. I called this set “The Mighty Thor” edition as all cameos will come from that title, spread out over almost a quarter of a century.
Check out Spidey and Thor after the break…
In American comics, for obvious reasons, most superheroes are Americans. If other countries even have superheroes, they tend to be few enough that you can count them on the fingers of one hand, and many are blatant weird stereotypes to boot. Big crossovers will show teams of superheroes going all over the world, but local heroes often seem to be missing.
As a result, every so often, DC or Marvel will attempt to create more international heroes. Some of these efforts are more successful than others. While the original X-Men line-up was entirely American, the “All-New, All-Different” team was composed of mutants from Africa, Canada, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and Soviet Russia. The two Americans there were a leftover from the original team and a Native American. Half of those characters would stick around. Marvel has also introduced a couple international superteams, most notably Alpha Flight and Excalibur, with special mention made to the Soviet Winter Guard.
One of DC’s attempts to follow suit was the Global Guardians. They were a team of international heroes, most a stereotype of their native country, and among their number was the Tasmanian Devil.
Most geeks first experienced seeing Patrick Stewart in the role of the very un-Kirkish Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart had been an actor for years at this point, having been trained as a Shakespearean actor who played the London stage in tights that looked every sillier than the spandex uniforms he was asked to don for the first two years as Picard (Gene Roddenberry’s death allowed the producers to switch to more comfortable wool uniforms later in the series run). Later on, he played a character that sheer dumb luck was designed to look exactly like him, Professor Charles Xavier. Ask a number of geek fans if they know any other role he’s done, and they might be hard-pressed to name something.
Geek Love is not misplaced in this instance. We should love Patrick Stewart if for no other reason than he seems to be having fun most of the time, and he may very well be up for anything.