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Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 11:10:42 am EST (Viewed 337 times)
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Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 10:32:02 am EST (Viewed 383 times)
Didn't really care for the Dragon King to actually be reptillian in nature. Liked him better as a masked-world conqueror type, no different really than Fu Manchu, Per Degaton, Vandal Savage, etc.
The Spear also affected more than just magical types, it went after those with magical vulnerabilities, such as Superman (apparently, the Earth-2 Superman was especially vulnerable to magic, not just as vulnerable as the next guy). Of course, that seems a bit contradictory. One would expect that magic types would have a stronger defense against magic, not less. If it affects Superman because he's MORE vulnerable, then the magic types should be LESS vulnerable to the Spear or vice versa.
It's been awhile since I read it, somehow Hawkman was not affected even though he's a reincarnate, but his wings were a by-product of lost science and not magic. While Alan Scott was affected who was a completely ordinary man whose power existed solely in an artifact. Why it would turn his mind and not just make the ring unresponsive to his commands...?
THE GOLDEN AGE however posits that the Spear wasn't that big of a deal really, that they could work around that as there were plenty of non-magic based heroes incredibly powerful in their own right: Hourman, Flash, Johnny Quick, the Ray, Human Bomb, etc. It was the German Parsifal whose power was that he nulled superpowers that kept the powered humans at bay out of fear what the loss of a mysteryman would do to morale and not the Spear (an early example of Robinson's penchant for retconning Roy Thomas retcons in favor of his own version). The story does kind of demand it, for THE GOLDEN AGE is written without there being a Superman or Wonder Woman. Likewise the JSA mystics are absent: Dr. Fate, the Spectre. I don't recall if Uncle Sam, Zatarra or Sargon appeared in the big battle or not, though the Gay Ghost was there. Meanwhile characters like Captain Triumph and Green Lantern have turned their backs on their magic while Johnny Thunder is played up as a complete dupe and moron. Magic is downplayed if not completely ignored without reference. Thus the necessity of the Spear is lessened, the biggest characters it would have worked against are absent, the only notable two with immense power are the idiot Johnny Thunder and Green Lantern.
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