Thursday, May 31, 2012

Happy 72nd Birthday to Dr. Fate!!

What kind of a fan would I be if I let the month of May slip by without wishing the Mighty, Magical, Mystical, Mysterious Doctor Fate a Happy 72nd Birthday?  Funny that the character and creator share the same birthday month, but indeed, Dr. Fate made his first appearance on More Fun Comics #55 that came out in May 1940.  Since then Dr. Fate has been protecting the Earth (2) from the evil forces of Chaos.  The Helm has been handed down several times, and even it's inhabitant (Nabu) has passed on, but the helm and Dr. Fate continue to fight the good fight.  So here is to Dr. Fate, a very happy B-day month and here's hoping to see him soon in the New 52.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Dr. Fate HeroClix Figure

HeroClix has revealed a new Dr. Fate figure with the Kent V. Nelson costume!  Needless to say, this is on my WANT! list.















http://heroclix.com 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

History of Dr. Fate Part 7

History of Dr. Fate Part 7 "Flashpoint"























In an alternate reality of the Flashpoint event, we find Kent Nelson (Dr. Fate) working as a fortune teller for the famed Haley's  Circus.  Although we are not sure which Kent Nelson it is, we must assume that it is the original Kent Nelson and not his grandnephew who was the last heir to the Helm in the pre-New 52 Universe.  This version of Kent Nelson works along side Boston Brand and the Flying Graysons at the circus.  At one point, Boston confronts Kent about helping with the set up as Kent is just sitting on a chair seemingly just watching others work.  When Boston attempts to touch Kent to see if he is sleeping, Kent grabs his hand and in a different voice (presumably that of Nabu) tell Boston that he will be haunted by death.

The Amazons invade the circus in search of the Helm of Nabu and at the same time killing Dick Grayson's mother.  As they chase a group of people that includes Kent Nelson, Dick Grayson, Boston Brand and Dick's father, one of the Amazons is able to kill Kent and fatally wound Dick's father with a spear.  Dick grabs the helmet and runs away with the group who now also includes Count Vertigo.  Dick later manages to escape the Amazons with the help of a recently deceased Boston Brand.  As he encounter members of the resistance and asked his name by one of the group, Dick Grayson replies by stating that they can call him Doctor Fate.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Dr. Fate and the Ankh Symbol






















Art by: http://brentpeeples.deviantart.com/

Dr. Fate has become synonymous with the Egyptian Ankh symbol.  Whether he is casting spells, teleporting or shooting energy from his hands, the ankh symbol is present.  I had to ask myself however, "when and how did this begin?"  When one looks back to the Golden Age Dr. Fate, the ankh symbols are not present.  And during the Golden Age, when Dr. Fate does shoot off energy from his hands, it is usually in the form of bolts.  


I asked Martin Pasko about Dr. Fate's association with the ankh symbol over a brief conversation via twitter private messages.  Mr. Pasko stated that he believed that it was he and Walt Simonson who first had Dr. Fate conjure up the ankh symbol in the Dr. Fate 1st Issue Special.




  
Mr. Pasko gave Mr. Simonson credit for incorporating the ankh symbol as a design element stating that "He used the ankh because of the Egyptian theme. My idea was that a different symbol would be used depending on which "theology" was being invoked."  Mr. Pasko also explained that "In the FLASH mini I did with Keith Giffen, he was supposed to have "manifested" Aztec glyphs as the visual, but I seem to recall Keith just did the ankh thing again, and that became his trademark visual shtik."  So there you have it, this is how Dr. Fate came to invoke the iconic ankh symbol.


As far as the original meaning of the ankh symbol, egyptianmyths.net gives the following definition and description: 

"While the origins of the ankh may be obscure, the meaning is certainly clear - "life". It is with this basic connotation that the sign is carried in the hands of many Egyptian deities.
The ankh may represent the life-giving elements of air and water. It was often shown being offered to the king's lips as a symbol of the "breath of life." Anthropomorphic pictures of the ankh sometimes show it holding an ostrich-feather fan behind the pharaoh in a variant form of this idea. Similarly, chains of ankhs were shown poured out of water vessels over the king as a symbol of the regenerating power of water. Libation vessels which held the water used in religious ceremonies were themselves sometimes produced in the shape of the ankh hieroglyph.
The popularity of the ankh is evident in the numerous and varied types of everyday objects which were shaped in the form of the ankh. In Tutankhamun's tomb, a gilded mirror case was found in the shape of the ankh (see above left). The artist clearly was enjoying a play on words, as the Egyptian word for "mirror" was also, "ankh." Other objects such as spoons and sistrums were constructed in this familiar shape.
The ankh was popular throughout Egyptian history and due to its cruciform shape remained so into the Coptic period. It entered Christian iconography as the crux ansata, the handled or "eyed" cross."
I want to thank Mr. Pasko for being gracious enough to answer my question.  Be sure to follow him at @MartinPasko and to follow Mr. Simonson @Waltersimonson on twitter.  

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Happy Birthday to Gardner Fox

 Today is the birthday of Gardner Fox (May 20, 1911 – December 24, 1986) creator of Dr. Fate and many other DC comics characters with large fan bases.  He also wrote the script for "Flash of Two World's" which essentially created the DC Comics Multiverse.  As a fan, I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Gardner for giving us such great characters that will forever carry on his legacy.


You can read more about Gardner Fox at his Wiki page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardner_Fox   

Monday, May 14, 2012

Dr. Fate to make another appearance on Young Justice














Looks like Dr. Fate will be making another appearance on the next episode of Young Justice titled "Salvage." The episode is set to air this Saturday 5/19/12.  How big a role Dr. Fate will play in this episode is still to be seen.  In this picture we see him along with Captain Atom, Zatanna, and what looks like Green Lantern (maybe?).  You can see some more pictures here: http://www.facebook.com/dcnation/photos

Friday, May 11, 2012

Fun Friday Post

Dr. Fate and Dr. Strange are at it again...























I can't recall the name of the artist, if anyone knows...please let me know so I can give him or her the proper credit.  Have a good weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

News from this past weekend

This Cinco de Mayo weekend was a pretty active weekend for comic book news.  Lets start with the Comic Vine Podcast that actually occurred on Friday 5/4/12 and featured James Robinson giving more information on the new Earth 2 books.  Unfortunately, this weekend was so busy for me that I have not had a chance to listen to it, but I was told by a few twitter friends that Dr. Fate was only mentioned because they read my question I posted online.  Per Flodo Span (@GL875) Robinson's response was:  His answer is: "I can't say... But I do love Dr Fate, and that's all I can say"

I guess we will have to continue to be patient and wait for Dr. Fate to make his appearance.  I hope that it is still Kent Nelson under the Helm.  Here is the link to the pod cast: http://www.comicvine.com/podcast/?podcast_id=133 

In other related news, DC's The New 52 free comic book issue had some pretty big developments.  It introduced The Question and Phantom Stranger (who has already appeared once before in the new Universe) to the New 52 world.  Also Earth Prime (or what ever Earth the new JL is on, I'm still confused) scientists receive a signal from Earth 2 setting up an event that could mirror past Crisis on 2 Earths type events.  It also gives a glimpse at how Alan Scott comes to receive his GL powers.  Overall it was a very exciting weekend for comic book geeks.  Also, The Avengers Movie was pretty darn cool.  




Friday, May 4, 2012

Review: Earth 2 by James Robinson


Fans of the JSA have been waiting for this comic for months, maybe even since the beginning of The New 52 when they were left without many of their favorite characters.  Well, James Robinson did not disappoint.  The story was really incredible and focuses on the sacrifice three of Earth 2's mightiest heroes commit in order to save their world, while two others go chasing after something (they don't even know what) into another dimension or perhaps another world leaving Earth 2 without anymore superheroes.  Robinson also introduces three (perhaps four?) iconic heroes who don't know yet that they will be Earth's next defenders.

I don't know how Robinson did it but after you finish reading the story it really feels like you have read an entire graphic novel, not just a regular comic.  There is so much action and feeling packed into it that the word "epic" is really the only word to describe this comic.  Also, Nicola Scott's art is just top notch.  She does a great job of bringing Robinson's writing to life.  Overall the first issue of Earth 2 was a home run, the only way I think it would have been better for me is that if Dr. Fate had been confirmed.  But I will have to be patient and wait for Kent Nelson to find Nabu or perhaps the other way around this time.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Happy Earth 2 Day!

Earth 2 arrives today! I can't wait to pick up my copy today after work.  So excited!!


Art by Michael Bair 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

To New Beginnings!

Tomorrow is the debut DC's second wave of the New 52, and with that the debut of Earth2 comics!  Although the JSA will be starting over, lets hope that they are still the same underneath.  Also, let's hope that it does not take too long for the debut of Dr. Fate.  Can't wait till tomorrow!