Monday, February 08, 2010

Admittedly, it's harder than it looks.




Since I can't remember that many stories with Guardian, I can't recall if I've ever actually seen him throw that shield. While it would doubtless be plenty painful to be hit with, it couldn't possibly fly that well...

Although, that wasn't what Jim Harper had in mind when he picked it: after getting a stout beating from some of Suicide Slum's finest thuggery, Jim decides to get some off-the-books payback. Breaking into a costume shop, he puts together the iconic costume of the Guardian, or rather finds some tights, puts shorts on over them, and adds a hardhat. Still, since the thugs had guns, he decides he needs a little equalizer: a shield. It was 1942, but even so, great plan, Jim.

It's the only one that matches, come on!
The shield is described as an antique, to lampshade it being bulletproof, but later Guardian would get an indestructible shield, but I'm not sure how or why it is. I don't know if there is in an in-story reason for it, other than Captain America's shield is, so...

Scan from Secret Origins #19, "The Secret Origin of Guardian and the Newsboy Legion" Written and adapted by Roy Thomas, pencils by Arvell Jones, inks by Greg Theakston. This one doesn't get into any of his later Project: Cadmus clone business, which may or may not be more interesting for you. And this issue also has the secret origin of Uncle Sam...who also doesn't do anything for me.

3 comments:

Pastrami said...

Hi! New follower of your blog. It's pretty cool. You have an insane amount of links over there to many other cool sites as well!

I was wondering about the font on the strips you do though? Any chance you could increase the size? I can usually just barely make it out. I must have old guy eyes already!

googum said...

Hey Pastrami!
Welcome aboard! And if you have a comic or action figure blog, let me know: the sidebar is by no means comprehensive, and a lot of those blogs are defunct, but I like to keep it good and full.

And I'm currently looking at some kind of fix on the strips, like a reader or something. If you click on them, they'll go full size, though; but I like the six-panel page grid plus an overabundance of dialog, so shrinking the fonts happens every so often. I may be monkeying with that, soon...

Pastrami said...

I have a blog, but it's not comic related-except when I feel like talking about comics-which isn't that often surprisingly enough.

I just talk about life, sports, dumb people that I encounter etc etc...

I've done a few Blackest Night related posts and one one Kirkman's Invincible.

You can check it out at:

capnkjv@blogspot.com

Mostly harmless nonsense, occasionally deeply profound.