History Comicbook / Planetary

21st Sep '17 11:25:38 PM Kalaong
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** The Secret Society is a group of PulpMagazine adventures. Ellis describes them lovingly, and though all but one of them are dead, many of them had an impact on the entire world - just like the pulps had an important if unrecognized impact on comics.

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** The Secret Society is a group of PulpMagazine adventures.adventurers. Ellis describes them lovingly, and though all but one of them are dead, many of them had an impact on the entire world - just like the pulps had an important if unrecognized impact on comics.
18th Sep '17 12:45:33 AM Kalaong
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** The Secret Society is a group of PulpMagazine adventures. Ellis describes them lovingly, and though all but one of them are dead, many of them had an impact on the entire world - just like the pulps had an important if unrecognized impact on comics.
***The sole survivor, Axel Brass, is Franchise/DocSavage AKA "The Man of Bronze". He has ''lots'' to say about those times, and turns out to be an excellent source of information on how the Four came to be.
***Hark is Literature/FuManchu. [[spoiler:His daughter, Anna Hark, is one of the most powerful individuals in the world]].
***Lord Blackstock is Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, AKA "Lord Greystoke." Notably, [[spoiler:he's Jakita's father, begat on the high priestess of a HiddenElfVillage in DarkestAfrica]].
***Literature/TheSpider is the Franchise/GreenHornet with Radio/TheShadow's "mind-clouding" abilities. He's even the son of the Dead Ranger, just as the Green Hornet was originally Franchise/TheLoneRanger's nephew. [[spoiler:One of the Four, William Leather, is in turn his son - except the Spider's wife cheated on him with a loanshark, leaving William bitter about what could have been and ripe for recruitment into Dowling's plans. For bonus points, Dowling's grandfather was the leader of the Dowling Gang, the bandits who [[DeathByOriginStory murdered the Dead Ranger's family]].]].
***Jimmy is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operator_No._5 Operator #5.]]
***Edison is Literature/TomSwift.
***The Aviator lacks a direct source, but he could be any number of {{Ace Pilot}}s from the DeadHorseGenre of aviation fiction.



** Even many minor and background characters fall into this. For example, Axel Brass is Franchise/DocSavage (AKA "The Man of Bronze"), the Dead Ranger is Franchise/TheLoneRanger, Hark is Literature/FuManchu, Lord Blackstock is Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the caped man in the Vertigo homage is Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}, and the Bride is [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Madame Hydra/the Viper]].
** Bret Leather, [[LegacyCharacter the second Dead Ranger]], is a subtle CaptainErsatz of Brit Reid, the Franchise/GreenHornet. Bret Leather is the original Dead Ranger's son, just as the Green Hornet was originally the Lone Ranger's nephew. His hallucinatory abilities come from another mystery man of the era, Radio/TheShadow.

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** Even many minor and background characters fall into this. For example, Axel Brass is Franchise/DocSavage (AKA "The Man of Bronze"), the Dead Ranger is Franchise/TheLoneRanger, Hark is Literature/FuManchu, Lord Blackstock is Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the caped man in the Vertigo homage is Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}, and the Bride is [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Madame Hydra/the Viper]].
** Bret Leather, [[LegacyCharacter the second Dead Ranger]], is a subtle CaptainErsatz of Brit Reid, the Franchise/GreenHornet. Bret Leather is the original Dead Ranger's son, just as the Green Hornet was originally the Lone Ranger's nephew. His hallucinatory abilities come from another mystery man of the era, Radio/TheShadow.
Viper]].
18th Sep '17 12:11:53 AM Kalaong
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* TheCanKickedHim: A guard suffers this fate thanks to Elijah and his freezing powers.

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* TheCanKickedHim: A guard suffers this fate thanks to Elijah and his freezing powers. Specifically, he's pissing into a urinal when Elijah ''freezes the urine stream from the basin right up his dick and into his bladder.''
-->Hello. There is now a solid rod of ice leading up into your body. If you try moving, [[CripplingCastration something very important to you is going to snap off]]. If you say a word, [[GroinAttack I'm going to kick it]]. Are we clear?
10th Sep '17 8:10:27 PM Doug86
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*** The Fourth Man is also an inversion of DoctorDoom. The source of his problems really is his Reed Richards nemesis, but the Fourth Man isn't really obsessed with his foe -- Dowling is an obstacle to be overcome, and once removed from the picture, the Fourth Man barely acknowledges his victory before returning to his real agenda. The Fourth Man is also a ThirdPersonPerson; much as Doom refers to himself, the Fourth Man usually discusses himself as "the Fourth Man" rather than in the first person. [[spoiler: Because Elijah spends most of this time unaware that it's him.]]

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*** The Fourth Man is also an inversion of DoctorDoom.Comicbook/DoctorDoom. The source of his problems really is his Reed Richards nemesis, but the Fourth Man isn't really obsessed with his foe -- Dowling is an obstacle to be overcome, and once removed from the picture, the Fourth Man barely acknowledges his victory before returning to his real agenda. The Fourth Man is also a ThirdPersonPerson; much as Doom refers to himself, the Fourth Man usually discusses himself as "the Fourth Man" rather than in the first person. [[spoiler: Because Elijah spends most of this time unaware that it's him.]]
6th Sep '17 4:11:59 PM Kalaong
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* AuthorFilibuster: "To Be In England, In The Summertime" is an issue-long satirical rant on how the so-called "British invasion" of comic book writers (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, etc.) changed the landscape of American mainstream comics in the late 1980s and 1990s. It may also count as SelfDeprecation, since Warren Ellis himself is a Briton who started writing American comics in the '90s.

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* AuthorFilibuster: ArtImitatesLife: "To Be In England, In The Summertime" is an issue-long satirical rant on how the so-called "British invasion" of comic book writers (Alan - Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, etc.) changed , which so intensely impacted the landscape of American mainstream comics in TheEighties - was simply a mirror of the late 1980s dark, cynical reality of the decade;
-->'''Jakita''': (Americans) had [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan a doddery old president]] who talked about the end of the world a little too often
and 1990s. was being run by the wrong people. But (Britons) had [[UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcherInFiction a prime minister]] who was genuinely mad. You know there were even feminists and women's studies theorists who denies she was really a woman anymore, she was so far out of her tree? She wanted concentration camps for AIDS victims, wanted to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_28 eradicate homosexuality even as an abstract concept]], made poor people [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_Charge choose between eating and keeping their vote]], ran the most shameless vote-grabbing [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falklands_War artificial war scam]] in fifty years... England was a scary place. No wonder it produced a scary culture.
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It may also count as SelfDeprecation, since SelfDeprecation; Warren Ellis himself is a Briton who started writing American comics in admits that the '90s.world ''survived'' it.
-->'''Elijah''': I dunno. Maybe it's ten years difference between here and the culture that produced them, but... Don't they look fairly ridiculous?
27th Jul '17 12:27:02 AM Tuomas
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* WhamEpisode: Issue #12. Elijah Snow's amnesia has finally been cured, and we find out that [[spoiler: he founded Planetary]], that [[spoiler:he himself]] is the Fourth Man, and that [[spoiler:it was the Four who put those memory blocks in his head]]. And now he's gonna take them down!

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* WhamEpisode: Issue #12. Elijah Snow's amnesia has Snow is finally been cured, [[spoiler:cured of his amnesia]], and we find out that [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he founded Planetary]], that [[spoiler:he himself]] is the Fourth Man, and that [[spoiler:it was the Four who put those memory blocks in his head]]. And now he's gonna take them down!down!
* WhamLine: "And the Fourth Man, the Fourth Man... [[spoiler:I'm the Fourth Man.]]"
27th Jul '17 12:09:55 AM Tuomas
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* AuthorFilibuster: "To Be In England, In The Summertime" is an issue-long satirical rant on how the so-called "British invasion" of comic book writers (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, etc.) changed the landscape of American mainstream comics in the late 1980s and 1990s. It may also count as SelfDeprecation, since Warren Ellis himself is also a British writer who started doing American comics in the '90s.

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* AuthorFilibuster: "To Be In England, In The Summertime" is an issue-long satirical rant on how the so-called "British invasion" of comic book writers (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, etc.) changed the landscape of American mainstream comics in the late 1980s and 1990s. It may also count as SelfDeprecation, since Warren Ellis himself is also a British writer Briton who started doing writing American comics in the '90s.
27th Jul '17 12:08:43 AM Tuomas
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* AuthorFilibuster: "To Be In England, In The Summertime" is an issue-long satirical rant on how the so-called "British invasion" of comic book writers (Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, etc.) changed the landscape of American mainstream comics in the late 1980s and 1990s. It may also count as SelfDeprecation, since Warren Ellis himself is also a British writer who started doing American comics in the '90s.



** Even Deconstructions are deconstructed; the widescale DarkerAndEdgier trend in superhero comics in the 1980s and 1990s is deconstructed with the appearance of a former [[TheCape Cape]] who, having apparently suffered one of these during that period and angrily blaming the [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] {{Expy}} for it for whatever reason, angrily rants that he didn't want or need such a deconstruction just for the hell of it and liked his former, more innocent life perfectly fine, thank you very much.

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** Even Deconstructions are deconstructed; the widescale DarkerAndEdgier trend in superhero comics in the 1980s and 1990s is deconstructed with the appearance of a former [[TheCape Cape]] who, having apparently suffered one of these during that period and angrily blaming the [[ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}} John Constantine]] {{Expy}} for it for whatever reason, it, angrily rants that he didn't want or need such a deconstruction just for the hell of it and liked his former, more innocent life perfectly fine, thank you very much.[[note]]The John Constantine expy is used as as a stand-in for Constantine's creator Creator/AlanMoore and the other "British invasion" writers, who played a major role in the deconstruction of American supehero comics in the '80s and '90s.[[/note]]
22nd Jul '17 8:52:23 AM moloch
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ComicBook series written by Creator/WarrenEllis. The series revolves around a trio of "mystery archaeologists" tasked to expose the secret history of the Creator/{{Wildstorm}} comic book universe and protect these secrets from a quartet known as "The Four" who seek to horde the secrets for their own selfish desires.

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ComicBook series written by Creator/WarrenEllis. The series revolves around a trio of "mystery archaeologists" tasked to expose the secret history of the Creator/{{Wildstorm}} comic book universe and protect these secrets from a quartet known as "The Four" who seek to horde hoard the secrets for their own selfish desires.
13th May '17 10:37:27 AM nombretomado
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* BadassCrew: Though Planetary and the Four definitely have their badass moments, the ''real'' standout is the Secret Society, a team of adventurers who were almost entirely killed in the line of duty in 1945. The team's roster is essentially an all-star lineup of early 20th century TwoFistedTales, including obvious {{Captain Ersatz}}es of Franchise/DocSavage, Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, Franchise/FuManchu, Franchise/TheGreenHornet, Operator 5, G-8 and Literature/TomSwift.

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* BadassCrew: Though Planetary and the Four definitely have their badass moments, the ''real'' standout is the Secret Society, a team of adventurers who were almost entirely killed in the line of duty in 1945. The team's roster is essentially an all-star lineup of early 20th century TwoFistedTales, including obvious {{Captain Ersatz}}es of Franchise/DocSavage, Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, Franchise/FuManchu, Literature/FuManchu, Franchise/TheGreenHornet, Operator 5, G-8 and Literature/TomSwift.



** Even many minor and background characters fall into this. For example, Axel Brass is Franchise/DocSavage (AKA "The Man of Bronze"), the Dead Ranger is Franchise/TheLoneRanger, Hark is Franchise/FuManchu, Lord Blackstock is Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the caped man in the Vertigo homage is Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}, and the Bride is [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Madame Hydra/the Viper]].

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** Even many minor and background characters fall into this. For example, Axel Brass is Franchise/DocSavage (AKA "The Man of Bronze"), the Dead Ranger is Franchise/TheLoneRanger, Hark is Franchise/FuManchu, Literature/FuManchu, Lord Blackstock is Franchise/{{Tarzan}}, the caped man in the Vertigo homage is Comicbook/{{Miracleman}}, and the Bride is [[Comicbook/CaptainAmerica Madame Hydra/the Viper]].
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