Monday, November 28, 2011

DC Comics, One of America's Hottest Brands

Advertising Age has named DC Comics as one of America's Hottest Brands.  This coincides with DC's New 52 and the high sales shares of the comic market that DC has enjoyed since the relaunch.  Good news for DC comic fans and comic fans in general as it looks like the medium is making a come back.

http://adage.com/article/special-report-americas-hottest-brands/america-s-hottest-brands-dc-comics/231168/

Friday, November 25, 2011

Doctor Fate on Television Appearances

Below is a list I compiled of Dr. Fate appearances on screen.

2011- Young Justice: Revelation
                                   Denial
          Batman Brave and the Bold:  Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above the Earth (Dr. Fate appears with the JSA in a non-speaking role)                                                 
2010-Smallville: Absolute Justice
2009-Batman Brave and the Bold:  Eyes of Despero
                                                        Fate of Equinox
2006-Justice League: The great Brain Robbery
2004-Justice League: Wake the Dead
                                    The Return
2003-Justice League: The Terror Beyond Part II
                                   The Terror Beyond
1997-Superman: The Hand of Fate

Video Games
2011-DC Universe Online

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dr. Fate Tribute Videos

I went through Youtube and tried to look for some fan made tribute videos and these are what I could find.  Hope you enjoy and thanks to all the fans that took time to put together the videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkU1pzc3ayU by whitelionfrag101

Dr. Fate Ultimate Tribute by BlackvilleGrave33

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8pznNGkFTY by TheMtVernonKid

DCU/JSA: Dr. Fate Tribute by BrandonHexHD

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Comparison of the Assyrian Mythology of Nabu and the DC Mythology of Nabu

As part of Dr. Fate’s history, I thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast the actual ancient Assyrian mythos of the deity Nabu, with the DC mythos the Lord of Order Nabu.  In the actual, historical mythos of the ancient deity, Nabu is a Babylonian god, the son of Marduk and his consort Sarpanitum, and grand-son of Ea. His power over human existence is immense, because He engraves the destiny of each person, as the Gods have decided, on the tablets of sacred record. Thus, He has the power to increase or diminish, at will, the length of human life. His symbols are the clay/stone tablet with the writing stylo, and his sacred animal is the winged dragon who is initially his father´s. He wears a horned cap, and stands with hands clasped, in the ancient gesture of priesthood

Originally, Nabu was a West Semitic deity, mentioned among the Ebla gods. By the beginning of the second millennium BCE, the Amorites had introduced him to Mesopotamia, probably at the same time as Marduk. The two gods continued to have close connections throughout their history (well into the Persian period and beyond). While Marduk became Babylon´s main deity, Nabu resided in nearby Borsippa in his temple E-zida. He was first called the "scribe and minister of Marduk", later assimilated as Marduk´s beloved son from Sarpanitum, Marduk´s consort. Nabu is accorded the office of patron of the scribes, taking over from the Sumerian goddess Nisaba. His consort is Tashmetum, whose name derives from the Akkadian "shamu", meaning something like "the granting of requests", thus being a merciful mediator, protector against evil and goddess of love and potency.

Nabu was also worshipped in Assyria: Shalmanesser I built the first Nabu sanctuary in Ashur ca. 1300 BCE, and others followed in Nineveh, Kalah and Khorsabad. Following the expansion of the Assyrian empire from Sargon II onwards, he became one of the great gods of the realm and was frequently invoked in royal inscriptions. His popularity among the Assyrians is also well documented by numerous private names, letters and prayers. Being the patron of the scribal arts, he also represented the cultural traditions of the South, which were greatly admired. After the downfall of Assyria, Nabu rose to a high rank in the Neo-Babylonian pantheon, first as Marduk´s son and then in his own right. His cult in fact endured well into the Parthian period. With his elevation to the ranks of the great gods, Nabu became a cosmic deity, entrusted with the Tablets of Destiny, 'pronouncing the Fate" of humankind. The texts equate him with Ninurta. He was also sometimes mentioned as the god of water and of the fertility of fields, maybe through his descent from Ea/Enki, with whom he also shares the epithet of god of wisdom.

According to the DC mythos, Nabu was born over 10 billion years ago after the formation of the univers and the birth of the elemental forces of Order and Chaos.  On the world called Cilia, the Lords of Order manifested themselves as the first sentient race in the universe, a race of energy beings. After millennia, circa 3500 BCE, one of the Lords of Order, descends to Earth from Cilia and became Nabu the Wise, an adviser to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt.
Nabu became the keeper of several powerful talismans. In the 26th century BCE, he created the Scarab of Kha-ef-re with the help of a time traveler from the 20th century. This was an attempt to overthrow Vandal Savage, who was at that time the pharaoh called Khafre. (Regardless, the Scarab was lost for 4,500 years before being rediscovered in the 20th century by archaeologist Dan Garrett, who became the first Blue Beetle).

Nabu's most powerful talisman, the Amulet of Anubis was created a few centuries later (c. 2025 BCE), but the circumstances are not certain. According to the devious creatures called Flaw & Child, Nabu commissioned the Amulet of Anubis from The Cutter, of the magical Gemworld. Another tale asserts that in the Egyptian city of Bubastis, the mad priest Khalis slayed his followers in the name of the god Anubis, who then granted Khalis the Amulet of Anubis as a reward for his service. Whatever its origin, this Amulet then became home to the Lords of Order.

During the reign of pharaoh Ramses (c. 1260 BCE), Nabu became a royal adviser and court magician. He was humbled in battle with the Spectre, who killed Ramses for his crimes against the Hebrews.

He was also on hand when a Thanagarian starship crashed. From it Nabu recovered a portion of the anti-gravity metal that powered the ship, called "Nth metal" by the dying Thanagarian pilot. Nabu and his ally, Teth-Adam used a portion of the Nth metal to forge a war gauntlet called the Claw of Horus, which they predicted would be instrumental in a battle thousands of years in the future.

Archaeologist Sven Nelson and his son, Kent, then a boy, were exploring an ancient temple in the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia. Kent found the entombed body of the giant ancient wizard Nabu the Wise, who was in suspended animation. orm. In 1940, Nabu (kept in suspended animation) was wakened by the young Kent Nelson, the son of archaeologist Sven Nelson.  This led to the birth of the Golden Age, and modern, Dr. Fate.

Nabu was apparently killed by the Spectre Force.  His death ended the 9th age of magic and ushered in the 10th age of magic.  It’s interesting that, although adding much of their own story, DC kept some details of the original Nubu mythos.  For example, the original Nabu was able to decide the fate of human beings and his consort was thought to be a protector against evil, which one could think of Inza Kent in much the same way.  It’s always fun when our superheroes and history collide such as the JSA fighting evil during WWII. 



Information for this article was taken from http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Nabu_(New_Earth), and http://www.gatewaystobabylon.com/gods/lords/lordnabu.html

Sunday, November 13, 2011

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 2

Eric and Linda Strauss

In 1987, DC published a 4-part mini-series passing the mantle from and aging Kent Nelson to the next Dr. Fate. Nabu, having to deal with his powerful brother Typhon who has manifested chaos on planet Earth, began the search for a new host. This search took him to a young man named Eric Strauss (aged to an adult by Nabu's magic) and his stepmother Linda Strauss. Over Nabu's wishes, Kent Nelson urges Linda and Eric to merge so that they had to merge to become Doctor Fate, but could live apart when Fate was not needed.  The new Dr. Fate defeated Typhon restording order back to Earth. Once the new Dr. Fate was established Kent Nelson asks Nabu to "release" him, and Nelson passed away.  However, Nubu is brought back to his home by the other gods and is subsequently kicked out for wishing to continue to fight for order on Earth.  Nabu then possesed Kent Nelson's corpse to serve Eric and Linda as adviser and instructor. Since the tower Nelson used as a sanctum had apparently been destroyed, the pair operated out of Linda's apartment. Over time they were joined by a small, kind demon they dubbed Petey and a lawyer named Jack C. Small. Petey and Jack provided moral support and managed to assist in some of their battles.
During a battle on Akropolips, Eric was killed, leaving Linda to take over the role of Doctor Fate. However, Eric did not pass on to the afterlife and instead his soul was placed in the body of a recently deceased man named Eugene DiBellia.  Soon, the Lords of Chaos attacked Linda and killed her.  Her soul also took the body  of Eugene's wife Wendy DiBellia.

                                                     Picture Credit:dc.wikia.com
Most information for this article was taken from wikipedia.com and dc.wikia.com

Friday, November 11, 2011

DC Nation Preview Today?

Yesterday Geoff Johns tweeted: "DC Nation is Cartoon Networks block of DC programming starting in March - you'll see what it's all about tomorrow night. :)" Hopefully we get to see a sneak peek at the show during tonight's premier of Green Lantern the Animated Series.   Here's a preview we got to see earlier during Comic Con: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcRWyWeGGN8


You can follow Johns on tweeter at @geoffjohns.  And while you are following Johns why not follow the Tower of Fate Blog's twitter at @toweroffate


Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not thank everyone that has and is serving in the Military.  Thank you for your service on this Veteran's Day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Dr. Fate Fan Film on Youtube

This is a bit old but lots of fun.  This is a Dr. Fate fan film by Gary Lobstein, where Dr. Fate battles the evil forces of Chaos.  Part two features The Question and look for the Justice League cameos in part three!

Part 1: Dr. Fate and the Crawling Chaos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WXrUNuVs-s

Part 2: A Question of Fate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZkFPhsHzAQ

Part3: Dr. Fate Returns
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX5oDEi1620

Enjoy!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

History of Dr. Fate Pt. 1

Being that that this is a blog about Dr. Fate for Dr. Fate fans (new and old) I thought I should include the character's history.  This is mostly taken from Wikipedia and DC's website.  This article will only mention the original Dr. Fate, Kent Nelson.  I will post more articles on the Dr. Fates that followed Nelson in the future.     

Kent Nelson/Nabu

Kent Nelson, the young son of American archaeologist Sven Nelson, accompanied his father on an expedition to the Valley of Ur in Mesopotamia in 1920. When Kent opened the tomb of the ancient wizard Nabu, a poison gas was released which ultimately resulted in Sven Nelson's death. Nabu, taking pity on the orphaned Kent, raised him and taught him the skills of a wizard, and then bestowed upon him a mystical helmet, amulet and cloak.
By 1940, Nelson returned to the United States and resided in an invisible tower in Salem, Massachusetts. From this sanctum he embarked on a career fighting crime and supernatural evil as the hero Doctor Fate. During the early part of this career he met, romanced, and married a woman named Inza Cramer.
In late 1940, Doctor Fate was among the founding members of the Justice Society of America. He remained active with the group through the middle of the decade, resigning in 1944, and going into retirement. When the team came out of retirement to work with the Justice League in the modern era, he returned as well, rejoining his old teammates.

In 1942, Kent switched to a half-helmet when he felt Nabu's personality take control of his body whenever he wore the Helm of Nabu. The change, while stripping him of most of his magical power, left Nelson in full control of his actions and still more than a normal human. During this time, Nelson acquired a medical license and became an intern at the Weatherby Free Clinic. Shortly thereafter, when a supervillain stole the Helm of Nabu, Nelson lost all access to the helm as both it and the thief were cast into an alternate dimension.
Even with the return of the JSA, Doctor Fate's activities were less than public. These included assisting fellow JSA member Hourman against Solomon Grundy and the Psycho-Pirate.

When the Justice Society reformed in the modern age of heroes, Doctor Fate was among the returning members, now using the Helm of Nabu again. Though he had become increasingly erratic and withdrawn from humanity, he was still committed to protecting Earth against supernatural menaces. Kent also became an archaeologist like his father. During this time Nelson also went through a period where, in order to become Doctor Fate, he had to fuse with his wife Inza.  Kent later became the sole wearer of the Helm and joined the re-formed Justice League. The magic Kent used to keep Inza and himself young soon failed. This resulted in the pair aging and passing away in a short span of time.  Kent was reanimated as a member of the Black Lantern Corps during The Blackest Night.

Publication history

More Fun Comics #55 (May 1940) introduced the first Doctor Fate. After a year with little background, his alter ego Kent Nelson and origins were shown in More Fun Comics #67 (May 1941). At this point, the character was shown to be an archaeologist's son who had discovered the tomb of an ancient wizard named Nabu.
 His love interest was known variably as "Inza Cramer", "Inza Sanders", and finally "Inza Carmer", which was amended to "Inza Cramer" in the  His enemies included (in order of first appearance) Wotan, Ian Karkull, Nergal, Mr. Who, The Clock, The Octopus, Mad Dog, and various mad scientists, mobsters, and thugs.

When the Justice Society of America (JSA) was being created for All Star Comics #3, Doctor Fate was one of the characters National Comics used for the joint venture with All-American Publications. He made his last appearance in the book in issue #21 (Summer 1944), virtually simultaneously with the end of his own strip in More Fun Comics #98 (July - Aug. 1944).

In More Fun Comics #72 (Oct. 1941), Doctor Fate's appearance was modified, exchanging the full helmet for a half-helmet so his lower face was exposed. The focus of the strip shifted away from magic to standard superhero action. By the end of 1942, the character had been changed into a medical doctor with fewer mystic elements in the strip. The character's popularity waned faster than many of his contemporaries', and the strip was cancelled before the end of World War II in 1944.

Doctor Fate was revived along with many other Justice Society members in the 1960s through the annual team-ups with the Justice League of America (JLA). These stories established that the two teams resided on parallel worlds. Unlike many of his JSA teammates, Doctor Fate did not have an analogue or counterpart among the Justice League.

Aside from the annual team up in Justice League of America, DC featured the original Doctor Fate in other stories through the 1960s and 1970s. These included a two-issue run with Hourman in Showcase #55-56, wherein it was revealed Kent Nelson and Inza Cramer had married since the end of the Golden Age; appearances with Superman in World's Finest Comics (#208, Dec. 1971) and DC Comics Presents (#23, July 1980); with Batman in The Brave and the Bold (#156, Nov. 1979); and a solo story in 1st Issue Special #9 (Dec. 1975), written by Martin Pasko and drawn by Walt Simonson. With this story, Pasko added the concept that the spirit of Nabu resided in the helmet and took control of Nelson whenever the helmet was donned.

In the early 1980s, Roy Thomas incorporated the retcon that Nabu inhabited the helmet into his All-Star Squadorn series, set in late 1941, as an explanation for the changes in Doctor Fate's helmet and powers. (In a caption box on the final panel of All-Star Squadron #28's main story (Dec. 1983), Thomas indicated an explanation of how and why Nelson returned to the full helmet and possession by Nabu when the JSA reactivated in the 1960s was forthcoming, but it was never published).

This led to Kent and Inza, combining into one Doctor Fate, featuring in a series of back-up stories running from The Flash #305 (Feb. 1982) to #313 (Sept. 1982). Cary Bates wrote the initial story, with Pasko taking over as writer in issue #306, aided by Steve Gerber from #310 to #313. In 1985 DC collected these back-up stories, as well as a 1978 retelling of Dr. Fate's origin by Paul Levitz, Joe Staton & Michael Netzer (Nasser) originally published in Secret Origins of Super-Heroes (DC Special Series #10, 1978, in the indicia), the aforementioned Pasko/Simonson story from 1st Issue Special #9, and a 1940s Doctor Fate tale from More Fun #56, in a three-issue limited series titled The Immortal Doctor Fate.

                                                          Image courtesy of dc.wikia.com

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Dr. Fate's Final Appearance in the (now) old DC Universe

JSA #54, the last issue of the Justice Society of America before the New 52 Reboot, and Dr. Fate's final appearance.  Let's hope he makes a come back into the DCnU sooner than later.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Intro and welcome to The Tower of Fate Blog

Hello,

I'd like to welcome everyone to the Tower of Fate Blog dedicated to one of my favorite superheroes: Dr. Fate.  Although there isn't much news for Dr. Fate at the minute, due to the whole DC Universe reboot, I hope that the character will be reintroduced into the new DC Universe in the near future.

In the meantime, this blog will focus on Dr. Fate's history, art, television appearances, etc.  I'll also focus on new DCU news that may or may not pertain to our beloved hero.  I hope you all enjoy it and if you have an idea for a story you'd like to read about regarding Dr. Fate do not hesitate to send me your idea.

Juan