If you found a genie (djinn) in a bottle, what would your wish be? Roberta joins me as we discuss that topic in our latest episode of #thinksipwrite.
It’s been awhile since we’ve done a comic book battle. This time we bring in possibly the most difficult of battles yet. DC Comics has Mr. Mxyzptlk, Marvel’s imp is Impossible Man. Classics Illustrated Junior has properly portrayed Rumpelstiltskin. And Finally, sCrypt Comics has Djinn. Below is a brief description of each character. Vote for your favorite below or add your own worthy competetor.
Mr. Mxyzptlk (pronounced Mix-yez-spit-lick according to Superman the Animated Series) is an imp from the 5th dimension, who enjoys pranking Superman and the residents of Earth. He has the ability of reality manipulation, and is not bound by 3rd dimension rules. Basically, he can do anything imagined. His only known weakness is to get him to say his name backwards. Once that is accomplished, he is banished to the 5th dimension for 90 days before being able to come back to our world and begin his pranks again. He first appeared in Superman #30 in 1944.
Impossible Man has been at ends of the Fantastic Four as well as Silver Surfer and others over the years. He is an asexual alien race called the poppupians, and although he is not particularly a villain, his childish actions often make him appear that way. He has the ability to rearrange molecules to any way he wants, teleport, and shapeshift, giving him the nickname of Impossible man. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #11 in 1963.
There are many variations on the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but recent adaptations have described him as a dark lord that is able to spin gold from straw. He has a tendency to make deals with people for something in exchange, but it always has a price. The deals always work out to his advantage and not to the person making the deal with him. He has virtually limitless magical abilities, and a wicked agenda. His notable comic book appearance was in Classics Illustrated Junior #512 in 1967.
Finally, Djinn was an Arabian thief who was caught stealing from a King. When the residents of Atlantis made a deal with the King, Djinn had his soul extracted and placed within a magical lamp. The longer Djinn remains in the lamp, the greater his power becomes. It is only when one rubs the lamp that he is temporarily released from his confines and must expend some of this energy. He does so in the form of a wish, but the wish has unforseen consequences, and unless worded absolutely correctly to detail, something always goes unexpected. Djinn first appeared in “Souls 4 Supper” the novel, and is illustrated by artist Kelly Swann in “Souls 4 Supper: Ghostly Hauntings.” (artwork above is the first concept art done by Kelly Swann in the coming graphic novel)
At the end of every year, the media plays a montage of famous people who have died that year. I decided to put together a little list of characters in comics that died this year. Of course, with comic books, characters often never stay dead, but they still deserve mention. Unless of course it is sCrypt Comics, because whoever we kill STAYS Dead… 🙂 Here is the list. If you have any others that you can think of, please list them below. (information aqcuired through wikipedia)
In DC Comics:
Boodikka was killed by the corrupted Alpha Lantern, Varix, in Green Lantern Corps Vol 3 #12
In Marvel Comics:
Black Talon was shot in the chest by The Punisher in The Punisher vol 8 #11
Daken was killed by his father, Wolverine, in Uncanny X-Force #34
Death Adder had his neck broken by Venom in Venom Vol 2 #20
Demolition Man was killed by a brainwashed Sharon Carter in Captain America vol 6 #14
Echo was killed by Count Nefaria in Moon Knight vol 4 #9
Fantomex had his heart ripped out by Skinless Man in Uncanny X-Force #27
Gateway had his neck broken by Ultimaton in Uncanny X-Force #27
Hybrid was shot by Eddie Brock in Venom vol 2 #15
Mandarin was killed by Zeke Stane in Invincible Ironman #526
Master Of The World had been killed by Alpha Flight in Alpha Flight vol 4 #8
Megatak was killed by Toxin in Venom vol 2 #21
Professor X was killed by a Phoenix Force possessed Cyclops in Avengers vs Xmen #11
Scream was stabbed in the head by Eddie Brock in Venom vol 2 #15
Ultimate William Stryker was killed when Kitty Pryde phased through his organs in Ultimate Comics X-Men #6
In the sCrypt Comics Universe (includes the novels):
S.H.A.N.E. 2.0 had his body destroyed in Souls 4 Supper the novel
Fox, Liz Powers, & Snake were all killed by terrorists in Souls 4 Supper the novel
Detective Hwong committed suicide in Souls 4 Supper the novel
The Lycan Queen was killed in an alternate future story called “What If…” in Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf
Hector Alvarez died of starvation in the short story “Salty Dog” in Bones At Breakfast: In Case Of Werewolf
Pandora, Gilgamesh, Simeon and Miriam had their souls devoured by Cain in Souls 4 Supper the novel
Djinn was crushed out of existence in Souls 4 Supper the novel
Zed was destroyed by a house fire in Souls 4 Supper the novel