Thursday, June 19, 2008

deadshot...

So, I guess I've been on kind of a roll with the comics posts lately, so why not keep that going? Man, I don't know. Whatever. Words. Anyway, one of the things I wanted to do was showcase some of my favorite comics characters, so I'm starting that here now with Deadshot. This is the kind of character I actually generally don't like, all he really does is shoot guns, he's kind of a tortured anti-hero type of guy, it's a recipe for a really bad, boring character. Somehow, though, Deadshot managed, and he's probably the only gun-wielding angst-ridden character to escape this fate, but he managed to avoid getting revamped and overexposed in the 1990s, which is cool because he was so well-developed in the 1980s as a member of the Suicide Squad, one of my favorite all time series, written by John Ostrander.

So what's the deal with Deadshot? He first appeared in 1950 as a Batman villain, then didn't show up again until 1977, with his cool-looking red, white and yellow costume with wrist guns and some kind of techy looking monocle thing. After the '77 revamp (by one of my favorite Batman teams- Englehart, Rogers & Austin), he didn't appear again until 1982, making a few fun but generally unremarkable appearances in "Batman" and "Detective Comics," including at least one (seen below) drawn by Gene Colan.

Deadshot got really interesting when he became, after DC's "Legends" mini-series, one of the members of the Suicide Squad, a team of ex-villains recruited by the government to run covert missions. Writers John Ostrander and Kim Yale kind of kept Deadshot as a peripheral character, but did a great deal to flesh him out and make him interesting. In a 1988 Deadshot spin-off miniseries by Ostrander and Yale, we find out a bit more about the character's background and his motivations (I'm not going to go into a ton of detail about this stuff here since I plan on posting some stuff from these over the next couple of weeks). After "Suicide Squad" ended in the early 1990s, Deadshot again became a (thankfully) marginal figure in the DC Universe, before becoming more prominent again in recent years with revivals of the "Suicide Squad," another solo miniseries, and appearances in "Villains United," "Secret Six," and "Checkmate."

Below, find some images from the character's 1977 revival and a couple of his early 1980s appearances in Batman and Detective Comics...

Detective Comics 474 (1977), written by Steve Englehart, art by Marshall Rogers & Terry Austin:


Batman 351 (1982), written by Gerry Conway, art by Gene Colan & Tony DeZuniga:

Detective Comics 518 (1982), written by Gerry Conway & Paul Levitz, art by Don Newton & Bruce Patterson, cover by Jim Aparo:




Detective Comics 520 (1982), written by Gerrt Conway, art by Don Newton & Alfred Alcala:

Hope this are appropriately pleasing. Stay tuned for more 80s Deadshot appearances in the days to come, then some stuff from Suicide Squad and the 80s Deadshot miniseries, then some more recent appearances, maybe. After this, I'll be focusing on some of the supernatural characters I'm into. And of course film reviews, coming soon, in abundance.

Meanwhile, still need a job, still need hope, energy blah blah blah etc etc etc

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