The Best Sidekicks

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One of the more bizarre tropes throughout all of comicdom is that of the sidekick, no one seems to question the idea of taking an underage minor, giving them some sort of horribly inappropriate costume (they’re called trousers batman, all children should own them) and then taking them into some sort of life or death situation which in many circumstances wound up in their deaths. But here are some of the better ones.

Bucky

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Sidekick to Captain America, who unlike Captain America, didn’t have superpowers and wasn’t old enough to even join the army, but never the less, still was taken by Captain America behind enemy lines into Nazi Germany, where he was eventually blown up, left for dead, brainwashed and then became a soviet assassin for the better part of the next 60 years.

Batgirl

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Less of a sidekick and more of an homage, but Barbra Gordon worked closely to batman and robin than anyone else until being shot by the Joker.

Toro 

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Thomas Raymond was a sidekick to the original Human Torch during world war 2 and served as a member of the Invaders, his powers derived from a genetic mutation (which would have made him an x-man later in life) but gave him the power to burst into flames while remaining unharmed, he retired from crime fighting following world war 2 before being killed by the villainous Mad-Thinker.

Jimmy Olsen 

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Superman’s pal, and at one point adopted son Jimmy Olsen has been the Man of Steel’s most trusted friend and confidant, and yes, owing to one to many strange coincidence greatest sidekick and sometimes worst enemy.

Alfred Pennyworth  

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The Batman’s most loyal retainer through thick and thin.

The Lazy Ramblings Of A Lazy Guy (On Being In Love)

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I was recently introduced to the Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome. The book consists of 14 essays on 14 topics

  1. ON BEING IDLE.
  2. ON BEING IN LOVE.
  3. ON BEING IN THE BLUES.
  4. ON BEING HARD UP.
  5. ON VANITY AND VANITIES.
  6. ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD.
  7. ON THE WEATHER.
  8. ON CATS AND DOGS.
  9. ON BEING SHY.
  10. ON BABIES.
  11. ON EATING AND DRINKING.
  12. ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS.
  13. ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT.
  14. ON MEMORY.

Jerome K Jerome is pretty much me down to a tee. He’s lazy and just writes whatever comes to mind. He doesn’t care who he offends, and I often felt that he may have been somewhat high when he picked up the pen. But Mr Jerome has inspired me, so I am going to be writing a series of posts on the topics that Mr Jerome turned his hand at. (I know I’m ripping the guy off, but quite frankly I don’t care)

On Being In Love 

Have you ever seen someone and known that they would be a terrible distraction to your life. That was how I would describe it, that feeling of knowing that this person is going to really change your life. That knowledge that this is going to be massively inconvenient.

That’s how it all begins then you slip into it, the early days are all wine and dinner and flowers and dancing, but then comes the big pants and netflix, the cups of tea, the farting and the lack of make up, if you can get through that, that is true love. The enduring real world version of the thing.

Foreigner wanted to know what love is, well its two people who have decided to just give up and settle with each other because they find the other person somewhat less detestable than the rest of humanity, that my friends is love.

This is the second in series of posts ripping off the work of Mr Jerome K Jerome and his seminal piece The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Man.

 

The Lazy Ramblings of A Lazy Guy (On Being Idle)

 

The Man Down My Local (1).pngI was recently introduced to the Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Fellow by Jerome K Jerome. The book consists of 14 essays on 14 topics

  1. ON BEING IDLE.
  2. ON BEING IN LOVE.
  3. ON BEING IN THE BLUES.
  4. ON BEING HARD UP.
  5. ON VANITY AND VANITIES.
  6. ON GETTING ON IN THE WORLD.
  7. ON THE WEATHER.
  8. ON CATS AND DOGS.
  9. ON BEING SHY.
  10. ON BABIES.
  11. ON EATING AND DRINKING.
  12. ON FURNISHED APARTMENTS.
  13. ON DRESS AND DEPORTMENT.
  14. ON MEMORY.

Jerome K Jerome is pretty much me down to a tee. He’s lazy and just writes whatever comes to mind. He doesn’t care who he offends, and I often felt that he may have been somewhat high when he picked up the pen. But Mr Jerome has inspired me, so I am going to be writing a series of posts on the topics that Mr Jerome turned his hand at. (I know I’m ripping the guy off, but quite frankly I don’t care)

On Being Idle

Laziness is both a blessing and a curse, there is nothing more satisfying than spending a day lazing about on the sofa, especially when you know that there are plenty of more important things that you could be doing, and therein lies the curse. Having to put aside that bliss, can prove difficult and indeed a real hardship and can even lead to outright resentment. Or at least this is how I feel. I’ve now reached the point where I actually hate to have to do things. When people interrupt my doing nothing I really do get a little bit angry about the whole thing.

Since the advent of the internet the whole staying in thing really has taken off, with the world of online streaming services and takeaway foods that you don’t even have to speak to people to get, the world of insular laziness has actually become more and more of a easy thing to achieve.

Laziness and indeed idleness itself is a state of mind, its where you sacrifice any sort of social life just to achieve the pleasure that comes from doing nothing. It’s hard to get into the head space required to want to do nothing but watch Game of Thrones in your pants while eating cereal straight from the box.

There are some people who couldn’t be lazy if their lives depended on it. They just lack that lack of drive. They have too much motivation, too much determination to just get things done. The world would stop without those people, without them we wouldn’t have anything. But thanks to those people the rest of us, those lazy fellows can enjoy the things those great enablers have given us. Thanks to them we can vegetate until we fuse to with our sofas, until bed sores set in and until we have to wash ourselves with rags on sticks.

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The world takes a dim view of laziness, but to those who say this is say to you…meh I’ll tell you later.

 

This is the first in series of posts ripping off the work of Mr Jerome K Jerome and his seminal piece The Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Man. 

Comic Book Movies and Why They Suck.

I’m a massive comic fan. my collection currently boasts over 1000 issues and 300+ collected editions, with plans for expansion always being kept in mind. I love superheroes, those roided men and miss-proportioned women all decked out in spandex beating the crap out of each other and saving the universe every issue.

However that being said I have to say that I have been thoroughly disappointed in the cinematic efforts of the two main comic firms (DC and Marvel respectively). Now I have a deep respect for superhero films of yesteryear Michael Keaton as Batman and Christopher Reeve as Superman were fantastic, but when Marvel made its first moves to the big screen that’s where things began to take a turn for the worse in 2000 when I was 11 I remember going to the cinema to watch X-Men (the first in a currently 9 part saga) at the time I was blown away by the special effects and the fight scenes, but not really by the story, luckily my next interaction with the X-Men came from rewatching the 1992 TV series and watching X-Men Evolution (and they now count among my favourite comics book characters). But this just began a series of underwhelming attempts to fit the pantheon of Marvel heroes onto the big screen, there was Spider-man 1,2 and (with Tobey Mcquire)  then there was that god awful Hulk film, then the less said about Daredevil, Elektra, The Punisher, the two Fantastic Four films and worst of all not one but two Ghost Rider films.

Then Marvel brought out the big guns, a multi film, shared universe leading up to the Avengers, Marvels flagship superteam. my main problem with these films were again lacking in the deep story that I love about comics, and I understand that you cant fit 50+ (and in some cases 70+) years of complex backstory into 2 hours, but to rewrite it completely is unforgivable and that’s the issue I have Captain America was discovered by the Avengers (which included Ant-man and the Wasp), Thor was a god, not an alien and Hawkeye shouldn’t have been in the Avengers until the Sequel.

But it isn’t just Marvel studios that has fallen into this trap the recent attempt by DC and Warner Brothers has been a massive failure in Man of Steel, Superman does not kill. Jor-el is not a super spy and does not interact with his son on earth on account of being dead. The most recent outing in the new DC cinematic universe was also something that annoyed the bejesus out of me. Suicide Squad, in particular Harley Quinn, who was portrayed as bimboish sexpot with some form of schizophrenia, when originally she was qualified physician, and trainee psychiatrist whose psychological maladies included transference and a dependent personality disorder.

I know I’m being petty and unfair, and know that these are homages rather than adaptations, but I do feel that due to the prolonged longevity of these characters film is not the best medium to portray them, and highlight that comic based television shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones manage to flesh out the depth of the characters involved in a way that a film cant. The typical superhero film goes: person gets powers, freaks out, then accepts it, second person gets powers, first person and second person fight for first time villain wins, introspective scene, then second fight, hero wins, end credits (post credit scene for Marvel). Whereas with television, even with a villain of the week style format, the necessary time can be allotted to  allow for necessary character development and to establish that rich backstory that has made superhero comics a great medium.