Sunday, December 16, 2007
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li and Dhalsim
Friday, December 7, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I ran into these new pics online of Bale as Batman in the New Batsuit and Heath Ledger as The Joker.
I'm very curious to see how this all turns out, even though I really liked "Batman Begins" I'm very weary of sequels.
But then again it looks spot on!
He looks Nucking Futz, ( me likey )
It feels More Insane(closer to a Kelly Jones illustrated Joker from the comics)
than the Angry , revenge driven JOKER by Nicholson,
or the flamboyantly gay clown prince of crime portrayed on the 1960's
TV show by Caesar Romero.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
about a new Battlestar Movie? Sci Fi channel sucks ass.
oh well, at least I have Italian Spiderman!!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
One of My favorite Movies from the 80's was the original Ghostbusters and I've always felt that the concept of the movie would have made an exclellent videogame.
Vivendi now plans to make my dreams come true with a full fledged 3 person next gen game. the best part, Creators Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd have confirmed that they will be writing for the game and lending their voices to there game counterparts along with Ernie Hudson and Bill Murray!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
designed with a purpose in mind By Shirow.
Shiro Lead to Otomo, Otomo to Miyazaki and the rest is Nerd History
Now there's a new appleseed OVA coming out and it's looks better than the last attempt. Now if they can only make a game for it that looks this good.
Here's the trailer
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
This looks to be the mobile suit game that everyone's been waiting for, taking a page from Mechassault 2 Lone Wolf & Lost Planet, you now start the game on foot as a soldier in either Zion or Federation army running around fighting while these towering Mechs fight around you.
Tired of almost getting stepped on by a giant Mobile Suit?
highjack a mech and do some real damage!
no release date for the US has been announced but given the popularity of Gundam here in the States, we should see this over by Summer 2008.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
here's a youtube clip of the original:
and here's an image of what the redesigned game character looks like so far:
AND IN EVEN BIGGER NEWS: STREET FIGHTER 4!
FOR THE STREET FIGHTER 4 TRAILER CLICK HERE!!!
No details have been announced other than it's a completely new street fighter, and it will be released for next gen consoles. No word yet if it will be 2D or 3D. it would be nice if they gave us a new 2D street fighter with high res graphics ala Guilty Gear. We'll just have to wait and see....
Friday, October 12, 2007
Today I Learned that CAPCOM, once known as fine video game makers, (Street Fighter, Resident Evil etc....) Are counting down to something...AND ITS MAKING ME NERVOUS.
I Know it's probably some shitty remake of one of their fighting games for, but the countdown looks so ominus that I CAN'T HELP THINKING THE WORST, is it the end of days? Jesus Returing to slay my enemies? Another iphone price drop?
It's driving me nuts!
well, whatever it is well find out in less than five day...
Here's the link
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Now in production, "Astro Boy" is set for release in 2009. It is a computer graphics adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's famous manga about a boy robot, first published in 1952.
The film is Imagi's third theatrical feature, following "TMNT" ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles") and "Gatchaman," also now in production. "TMNT" debuted at No. 1 at the U.S. boxoffice when it opened in March, with $25.45 million in ticket sales.
But unlike Imagi's "TMNT" and "Gatchaman," both action-heavy films, "Astro Boy" has a largely emotional core, pushing the performance, acting and movement principles of the animated main character into the spotlight.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I was researching some mickey mouse art online for one of my wife's projects and I stumbled upon this guy, Sergie Kliaving.
He basically does mash up of Disney style imagery with some horror themes Ala EC comics. Weird but I thought I should share it with the Two people who view this Blog.
click here for the link to his Gallery
Monday, September 10, 2007
Here are some Summit 2007 pics from the good Folks at Hobby Link Japan. An SOC BAIKANFU ( with the Pilot that goes into a mech that then goes into a bigger robot!) expect this piece to be about $169 USD.
Next we have a promo Blueprint teaser for THE SOC GODMARS (NO PRICE MENTIONED) personally I have no Intrest in this one but I'll post it Nevertheless.
Finally what I've been all a buzz about like a sonwblower in Columbia, the FIRST IMAGES OF THE SOC RAIDEEN WITH MOUNTAIN BASE!! (ohhhhhhhhhh joy) I've heard some people out there say that they have alot of Raideen stuff and
have no need for this piece (...vic...) BULLSHIT you know your going to get it stop lying to yourself. LOOK AT IT!! I SAID LOOK YOU FOOLS!!!
Love the casting and Visuals and the Suit looks spot on
check it out
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
I want you to think about how awesome that is for one minute. The videogame actually breaks your arm. And for some reason, they want to recall it. There is no justice.
"We think that maybe some players get over-excited and twist their arms in an unnatural way," a spokesman for the game' manufacturer said.
Arm Spirit players advance through ten levels, pitting their strength against a French maid, a drunken martial arts master and a Chihuahua dog before reaching the final challenge - a professional wrestler.
And it will break your fuckin' arm.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I personally did not know the man but I've enjoyed his work for years now.
From his work on the Flash, Spiderman & Fantastic Four comics to his own
Indie book Tellos.
His style stood out among the many talented illustrators who work in his field.
and he will be missed
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Friday, August 3, 2007
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
With a nice little nugget of an exclusive that probably won't last once the studios force this little video off the internet.
It's the IRONMAN Teaser trailer that they Showed at COMICON last week and I have to say Video quality aside, the trailer looks great. Now I myself have been the the victim on several occasions of "Great trailer/Shitty Video" syndrome but even the doubting Mustafa in me has to admit that if this is any indication of what to expect from John Favreu, I think this movie will lean more towards the "BATMAN BEGINS" versus something like Mind numbing "FANTASTIC FOUR" flick.
Without furthur ado here it is:
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Odin Sphere: the rumors, secrets, and hushed talk of the game have now lifted, and what could possibly be the most beautiful 2D game ever created has now been revealed to the world. Developed by Vanillaware - the team behind the legendary Sega Saturn title Princess Crown, and the upcoming PS2 SRPG Grimgrimore - Odin Sphere follows Gwendolyn, the daughter of the demon lord Odin, and four other heroes as they play their parts in an epic struggle of power over control of the nation of Valentine.
When I say that this is one game you'll absolutely want to keep an eye on, trust me on that one.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
THIS JUST IN FROM ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY...
Iron Man is the latest Marvel Comics superhero to jump from splash page to big screen. (The film is due May 2008.) Director Jon Favreau (Elf ) began shooting in March with star Robert Downey Jr. — in his first comic-book role — as the man inside the cybernetic Mark III suit (pictured) and Gwyneth Paltrow as his trusted assistant. In the film, Downey plays Tony Stark, a playboy industrialist who decides to don high-tech armor to fight baddies after suffering a life-threatening heart injury in war-torn Afghanistan. ''This is a decidedly adult superhero story,'' says Favreau. (Fanboy FYI: Look for Stark's legendary drinking problem to pop up in possible sequels.)
Faithful to the comics and constructed by Oscar-winning F/X maestro Stan Winston, the Iron Man togs — a far cry from Stark's normal black-tie attire — are robo-cool but make for restrictive, sweaty duds. ''Robert was very bullish on wearing the suit whenever possible,'' says Favreau of his star, who bulked up for the role. ''Now I don't know if he's such a fan of that idea.'
Thursday, April 26, 2007
STREET FIGHTER COLLECTION IS NOW BACKWARDS COMPATABLE ON THE XBOX 360 !
Almost 2 years after the release of the XBOX 360, finally some street fighter fans can rejoice. Street Fighter Anniversary Edition is finally backwards compatible with the 360. This makes Street Fighter 3rd Strike, and Anniversary Edition playable offline and online. Hop online and test your skills against some of the best players in the nation. Hopefully this is good news and we can get some more Street Fighter games playable on the 360.
After our first success with the backwards compatible campaign we did the first time, it is time for part 2. Lets see if we can get Capcom vs SNK2 and Marvel vs Cacpcom 2 backwards compatible now. It only takes 5 minutes to send the team an email , so don’t delay, as the team will probably be starting more in the upcoming weeks.
To mail the team, contact email@example.com and leave them a message saying you want your favorite Capcom games backwards compatible! GOGOGO!
STREET FIGHTER 2 ONLINE & HD for the XBOX 360!
While this title isn’t scheduled till late 2007, Capcom has announced that a redrwan version of this Street Fighter classic will be available for high definition on XBOX 360 and PS3. With online play and a perfect arcade translation, you can expect this oldie but a goodie to be an instant hit for any HD gaming system.
Udon and Capcom are working together to make this game impressive. Udon will be redoing not only the artwork for all the characters, but the endings and stage backgrounds as well. This should prove to be excellent eye candy for everyone.
Now if we could only see Street Fighter 4 in the near future…
Thanks to GameCult for the pic.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Here we go...enjoy.
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: DC almost had a black Captain Marvel.
As I discussed in the second installment of Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed, after a lengthy lawsuit with DC Comics and with sales dwindling, Fawcett Comics decided to simply cease publication of their comic book superheroes, putting such notable heroes as Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. into mothballs.
This is where they remained for many years, until the late 60s, when rumors began circulating that DC was interested in dusting the old Fawcett Comic characters out of the mothballs and publishing them again.
Earlier in the 60s, Marvel began trademarking various titles that had the word Marvel in it, but it was not until they heard that DC was interested in bringing Captain Marvel back, that they rushed out their own title, called Captain Marvel, to establish their trademark (this was all detailed in a previous Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed installment here).
Still, DC continued to consider publishing the Fawcett characters, and by the early 1970s, DC pretty much had determined that they WOULD give licensing Fawcett’s superheroes a shot (DC was in a pretty strong bargaining position - as who ELSE would try to license Captain Marvel from Fawcett and risk a DC lawsuit?), but they were unsure as to HOW to do the comics.
Ultimately, DC decided to just bring the character back the same way he appeared 19 years earlier, as Captain Marvel. They just decided to title the new book Shazam!, after the magic word Billy Batson says to become Captain Marvel.
The new title debuted in early 1973.
After the book ended, newly arrived at DC writer/editor, Roy Thomas had a proposal for a revamp of the character in the very early 80s. Along with artist Don Newton, Thomas suggested that, since they could not call Captain Marvel Captain Marvel, they rename him Captain Thunder. This was a reference to the Golden Age origin of Captain Marvel, as the character was ORIGINALLY named Captain Thunder, but Fawcett discovered before publication that another hero was going by that name, leading to the name change. Thomas presumably felt that it only made sense to return to the original name, if Captain Marvel was unavailable.
The twist, though, was that Thomas thought that the character should be black! Yep, an African-American Billy Batson and Captain Marvel!!
In the Comics Buyer’s Guide #16, in 1982, Thomas told the story, and (courtesy of the amazing Marvel Family website - the premiere website for Captain Marvel information!) here are some unpublished drawings of Billy and the good Captain from the proposal!!
The Marvel Family website also had the little tidbit of information that the inker of the above Newton piece was none other than future Power of Shazam! writer/artist, Jerry Ordway!
Friday, April 20, 2007
If anyone can shed some light on this ( is it a series or a movie or whatever ) please let me know. looks hot
here's the video on question
Online Videos by Veoh.com
Monday, April 16, 2007
His deceptively simplistic artwork is just simply beautiful to look it.
I found a nice gallery with an excellent collection of his pin up work.
Mr. Bruce Timm...
"WE SPEAK YOUR NAME"
Saturday, April 14, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
Bandai Japan and Jeweler GINZA TANAKA present an articulated Gundam FIX action figure made entirely out of platinum!
This Gundam will be presented at the 2007 Basel World Exposition in Switzerland.
Basel World is the worlds largest clock and ornament show, and it begins April 12, 2007.
The Gundam figure is made out of 89 Pure Platinum (Pt 1000) parts, and features 0.15 karat diamonds in the head. The figure has spent almost two years in production.
Although there are no plans to sell the toy, the 1,400g gundam has an estimated value of $250,000 (30 million Yen).
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
And remember children, violence for the sake of violence is a wonderful thing so find a kid in your neighborhood ( friend or foe, it doesn't really matter) and sock em one right in the eye!!
The Hole - video powered by Metacafe
Sunday, March 4, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Tae Kim Hyung,Korean Video Game RPG artist best known for MAGNA CARTA for PS2, I enjoy his work despite the fact that I feel his designs are reminicent of the earlier works of CAPCOM artist Akira Yasuda aka AKIMAN, he manages to add his own flavor to his characters. From Color pallets , costume designs even unique choice of weapons are Unique to Tae.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Genre: Player beat em up
Conversion Class: Sega System 32
Number of Simultaneous Players: 4
Using one of four sprite-based humanoid characters overlayed on several layers of scrolling backgrounds, the player punches, kicks and jumps over enemies in a simulated 3-D playfield as he seeks to save Princess Luruna from the evil Sheikh Sazabiss. Power-ups enable use of magic and recharging of life energy.
A four-player simultaneous beat-em-up game based on the Sega System 32 arcade hardware. Four player-selectable Arabian-themed, anime-drawn heroes: Sinbat, Ramaya, Goldor and Datta fight through a number of levels to save the kidnapped Princess Luruna from the demonic magician Sheikh Sazabiss. The most interesting feature of Arabian Fight is the use of scaling.The sprites are huge,and as the player moves 'into' the screen,they decrease in size, increasing as you move 'out' of the screen.
This is a very rare game, I remember palying this game in between rounds of Street fighter Champion Edition and Samurai Showdown 2 in NYC penn station arcade before they closed down and turned it into a KMART, Very nice graphics With fun little out of the foreground action and large animated "Supers" that made this game unique.
I haven't seen this game anywhere else since then. If anyone knows where I can get my hand a
working MAME pack for this game please email me with the info.
Here are some pics and a video
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Here's some intresting news reported by Josh B. over at www.collectiondx.com :
We got to take a look at Hasbro’s new stuff for G.I. Joe and there are some big changes happening.
G.I Joe: A Real American Hero
Hasbro is doing a reboot of their 3¾ scale figures by going back to the original characters and original looks done with today’s engineering. Each figure sports at least twenty two points of articulations and numerous accessories. Figures will be sold in sets of five each, with two sets due in June, a Cobra set and a G.I. Joe set.
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Code: TKT71953 Series: Votoms
"Armor Hunter Merowlink," the 1988-89 OVA series spun off from "Armored Trooper Votoms," had a fervent following but no toys or kits back in the day. Now Takara makes up for lost time with this Micro Action Plus set of Merowlink Ality and his military bike with sidecar!
Pony-tailed Merowlink has 37 points of articulation, and comes with an optional goggle-wearing head, five pairs of optional arms, a removable nylon mantle, and of course an anti-AT rifle and pile bunker, his weapons of choice to give ATs back a faceful of their own kind of firepower! A lifesize dogtag base is included to display Merowlink standing, but he'll be most at home on his military bike. The motorcycle and its removable sidecar are loaded with details, from brake cables to opening sideboxes (and do not have the dirty splotches on the prototype pictured below). All in a sturdy display box with wide windows fore and aft that let you enjoy seeing the set if you'd rather not open it. Thanks, Takara!
Monday, February 5, 2007
case in point DC cancelled Garth Ennis's "THE BOYS" due to what they are calling "A difference in creative vision" the also released a statement saying that they are cancelling any future Trade publication of this book. Now I agree that "The BOYS"
is a little graphic with it's content, But considering DC's history with Garth Ennis ( PREACHER ) they knew what they where getting and what to expect from Mr. Ennis's writing style. DC should never have green lit the project if they where going to bail on the book by issue six. I'll do a retrospective on "the Boys" soon.
Here's a great article on the subject by Julian Darius From www.sequart.com regarding censored pages from "the Authority" originally published by WildStorm Comics ( DC ). Julians a far better writer than I ( with a lot less swearing ) and he makes great observations on the subject.
At the very least it's worth A look for the unpublished Brian Hitch, Frank Quietley & Aurthur Adams Art Work:
The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks upon the United States of America left many Americans, and much of the world, seriously shaken and disturbed. Almost immediately, the shockwaves echoed throughout the artistic world: many speculated that Americans craved escapism and many artists experienced an existential crisis, wondering what their occupations meant in the wake of the trauma of the event. While Americans repeated the mantra that "the terrorists win" if their lives were altered because of 9/11, a simultaneous concern about being "insensitive" -- or receiving bad press -- led many companies to tone down violence in art, particularly terrorist or mass-scale urban violence. The trailers for the movie Spider-Man, for examples, featured criminals caught in a web spun between the two World Trade Center towers -- which, of course, were no longer there; the trailer was pulled and portions of the film reshot. Other films were delayed indefinitely. No artistic medium was spared from these reactions -- or perhaps overreactions -- and comics were no exception.
The Authority, then in its famously trailblazing run under writer Mark Millar, seemed an immediate target of corporate censorship. Since its inception under writer Warren Ellis, the title had been known for its "widescreen" violence on the scale of city-wide devastation. But this controversy went beyond violence into sexuality and politics. Team members Apollo and Midnighter -- analogues for Superman and Batman -- had been implicitly homosexual since Ellis had created them, but Millar had made this explicit. The team had deposed otherworldly governments under Ellis, but under Millar had moved to deposing real-world governments and opposing the U.S. government. DC (owner of WildStorm, which published the title) had censored the book at least since Millar's first issue (#13, cover-dated May 2000), including obscuring panels depicting violence and removing a kiss between Apollo and Midnighter. Reportedly, the company was concerned that the mass media would pick up that it was publishing an alternate version of Superman and Batman who were involved in a homosexual relationship, leading to a crisis within the cross-media Superman and Batman franchises. As 9/11 hit, The Authority #27 was scheduled for publication, offering the second chapter of Millar's final storyline; the first chapter had been published at the beginning of 2001, after which the storyline had faced a long hiatus (although fill-in issues were offered).
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The cover, as publshed, to The Authority #27.
The first effect of 9/11 upon the Authority was the cancellation of The Authority: Widescreen, a special that had been scheduled to include a number of different stories -- one of which, it turned out, featured a battle in New York City with civilian casualties. The story would not have been out of character for the series, but were clearly regarded as unacceptable in the post-9/11 environment. Almost simultaneously, The Authority #27, with its long-delayed continuation of Millar's final storyline, was delayed in order to be reworked. Fans, already upset over DC's treatment of the revolutionary title, chaffed but generally prefered to see the conclusion of the storyline, even if it had to be delayed in the wake of history. The issue, pencilled by Arthur Adams, at last saw publication in December 2001.
It was only then that the real scandal hit. Rich Johnston, the comics gossip writer, broke the story that large-scale changes had been made to the issue. Apparently leaked by people at WildStorm who had been upset by DC's micro-management, many uncensored panels began appearing through Johnston. Some panels had been altered; others entirely redrawn. It soon became clear that most of the instances could not be attributed to 9/11. Many instances seemed related to sexual content and probably would have been censored anyway. Moreover, the fact that Arthur Adams had already drawn the issue prior to its censorship suggested a problem within the editorial ranks: the original version of the issue had apparently neared completion through WildStorm before being censored from further up at DC, itself owned by AOL / Time-Warner. It seemed to many that 9/11 had been used as an excuse for often unrelated censorship. All of this led to several conspiracy theories by the title's outraged fans.
Some changes were perhaps understandable from a commercial standpoint: The Authority was neither approved by the Comics Code, the censoring body established by the major comics companies in the 1950s in the wake of popular criticism (and the published theoretically sound but morally indignant articles of Dr. Wertham), nor labelled "suggested for mature readers" like DC's Vertigo line. Necrophilia, for example, just wasn't going to fly; the mere suggested desire for the same had been controvertial in Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut, and even DC's Vertigo imprint had not ventured so far. DC almost certainly was not interested in publishing the corpse of the team's dead leader, star of a recent mini-series, being used as a necrophilic object.
The censorship would continue in #28, which also saw censored panels leaked to Rich Johnston -- although not as many. Arthur Adams, who had himself been an artistic replacement on the storyline, himself quit -- while writer Mark Millar moved from polite understanding for DC to outright condemnation. Additional delays only compounded the outrage of fans. The storyline would at last conclude, under other artists, with #29 -- Millar's final issue and the final issue of the series. The Authority had become under Millar a top-selling title known for its aggressive and controversial nature, but this same nature lead to its censorship, delay, and ultimate cancellation.
The reality of leaked alternate versions, made possible by the internet, has allowed the following scholarly study of particular instances of censorship. I have attempted, wherever possible, to provide side-by-side comparisons between the printed and the censored versions. I have also included some material that, while not outright censored, simply never saw print.
The images themselves are copyrighted by DC Comics and are used here for scholarly purposes without depriving their owner of income. In fact, I encourage readers to purchase and study the comics themselves, conveniently available in trade paperback form. Both versions are enjoyable and The Authority, in either form, remains revolutionary -- which is, of course, why this scholarly study is of such importance. My hope is therefore that understanding these changes increases not only scholarly understanding but also interest and appreciation for the printed version.
Censorship of The Authority went back at least to Millar's first issue, #13, which originally specified the nation and its leader that the Authority invaded and toppled: Jakarta and President Habibe, then in the news for crimes against the population. Apparently, DC thought that the appearance of a murder fantasy against a living president was going too far, but thought too few people would recognize the president to change his visage.
Mark Millar's first storyline, running from #13 to #16, featured analogues of many Marvel Comics characters, most prominently including alternate versions of the Avengers. Neither Marvel nor the editors at DC were thrilled with this appropriation, and the design of the Commander -- the Captain America analogue -- was changed to render him more unique.
Right: the original version of page 16 from The Authority #14, showing The Engineer's killing of the character analogous to the Hulk. In the bottom panel, The Engineer gives the middle finger to her foe's corpse. The original was changed to the British "two finger salute" for the printed version, a change easily discernable because the raised finger was simply copied and pasted to create a second raised finger. There seems little logic in this change, given that The Engineer is not British, and it seems to have been made to obscure the gesture that is considered by many to be obscene: most readers of the American comic would not recognize the British version. (The change also has the effect of emphasizing the fact that Mark Millar is British -- which has considerable cache since the British invasion of comic book writers, including Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman, in the 1980s.)
Additional changes occured in #14 as obscuring red filters were placed on a few panels showing the Authority kill.
Reports vary as to how much unpublished work Frank Quitely had completed upon his departure from the title, almost immediately following the publication of #22. Most reports specify only a few pages of #23 had been completed, meaning that #23 would almost certainly have been delayed in any case. Quitely had completed the next few covers, however, in order for them to be included with those issues' solitication. These covers were not censored and were probably not used to emphasize the replacement artistic team.
Left: the main section, sans titles and indicia, of the cover, as it was printed, of The Authority #28, containing the third chapter of "Brave New World."
Right: the main section, sans titles and indicia, of Frank Quitely's original cover for The Authority #24. The issue was to have contained the third chapter of "Brave New World," which saw print as #28. Note that both covers show Apollo and Midnighter fighting Seth.
The Authority: Widescreen, a special featuring various stories, was cancelled in the wake of the 11 September attacks because it featured urban carnage in New York City -- including people being pulled out from under wrecked buildings. Reports vary as to how much of the contents for Widescreen were complete at the time of its cancellation.
By the time The Authority #27 was published, featuring the second part of "Brave New World" (originally intended for #23), Arthur Adams had replaced Frank Quitely as artist. His cover (Quitely's having been scrapped) was noted as a bloody close-up, although an earlier version has materialized.
Just as Authority #1 introduced the original team by showing them in combat accompanied by introductory captions, so Millar cleverly introduced the new Authority in #27. Here Teuton, the German replacement for Apollo, is introduced; in the entirely redrawn printed version, he throws some 30th-century teenagers to their deaths, but in the original he used himself as a projectile -- much as the terrorists used commercial flights filled with civilians as projectiles in the devastating 11 September attack.
Left: a portion of page 4 from The Authority #27 as it was printed.
The introductory sequence concludes with the Colonel, an English football hooligan who serves as replacement for Jenny Sparks. The printed and original versions are the same except that the details of the head being used as a football were obscured for publication.
Note the nipple in Adams's original.
The egoism shown in the printed version of the Colonel's personalization of the beer can-strewn entrance to his room felt amusing but fettered. And indeed it was; in the original, it was covered with derogatory expressions of every sort (except of course for lesbiens, who are welcomed). But the real shocker here is the Colonel's perks, provided after he mentioned he fancied the dead Jenny Sparks. In the utterly redrawn printed version, he is provided with three look-alikes, beautifully shown half-dressed and clearly well-used. In the original, however, the powers-that-be dug up Jenny's corpse, letting the Colonel have his object of desire more directly -- and having necrophilia committed upon a valorized dead central character! Though the replacement here was nice, the issue's theme was that the new Authority has utterly conquered and humiliated the originals, and this theme is considerably lessened by not extending it to the humiliated originals' dead leader.
Both versions of Swift's humiliation in #27 have a domesticated Swift in the kitchen. Whereas in the entirely re-drawn printed version she (formerly a vegetarian) is slaving over an elaborate meal of chicken, in the original she was doing the dishes -- with her tongue.
In both versions, the domesticated Swift interacts with her new master. In the entirely re-drawn printed version, he brushes off her cooking, putting his cigar out in it. In the original, he calls her over (probably in a word balloon in what became a silent panel) and uses her mouth as an ashtray in a shot that is heavily reminiscent of oral sex. Indeed, the original version has a remarkable orality: Swift's mouth is used as a garbage disposal and an ashtray, leaving us to wonder what else it has received.
The original clearly features George W. Bush, the newly-elected President of the United Sates known for his corporate sponsorship. Speculation raged, after this panel was released in January 2002, that Bush's visage had been removed because criticizing him had been deemed unpatriotic in the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks, especially since the cowardly word balloon assigned to him might recall his criticized fleeing the Eastern seaboard and his administration's evacuation of the White House on the day of the attacks. Compare this alteration with the depersonalization of President Habibe in #13 and the explicit depiction of President Clinton in the same issue.
This censorship continued into The Authority #28 (published in February 2002), though apparently to a lesser extent because Millar and Adams had adjusted the script and illustration in the wake of their experience on the preceding issue.
NOTE: The use of the word "censored" as opposed to "edited" can be troublesome, though I reject the notion that a publisher, even as the owner of the artistic property in question, should be said to "edit" when the same action, taken by a governmental institution or a distributor, would be called "censorship." I generally prefer lack of censorship for moral and artistic reasons, although I recognize a publisher's need to censor in certain circumstances as well as the fact that the result, especially when generated as a compromise by the artists, may sometimes be superior to the original, censored version. But let's call a spade a shovel, shall we?