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Saturday, November 14, 2009

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It HAD to happen! Superboy meets Mon-El! Coming soon.
Previously seen on Idle, Steven Didas, as photographed by Kristopher Kelly, thanks to yvy mag:
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Friday, November 13, 2009

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It's been an interesting week, and, if there's one thing I've learned, it's how important family is to me. With Thanksgiving creeping up slowly, without getting too maudlin, I have to say I have an awful lot to be thankful for, and Steve, Judy, and Mom are right at the top of that list! "Marvel" Family indeed!

Catching up on Kerry Degman, we have from The Fashionisto, Kerry by Randall Mesdon:
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and a video from A/X:

and, lastly, Caleb Halstead, shot by Bruce Weber for A&F, by way of Nous
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Monday, November 09, 2009

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In a neat twist on catalog shopping,Armani Exchange introduces 'video shopping' with 4 short vids of the recent Holiday Campaign, previously seen here:



Sunday, November 08, 2009

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From Fantastics Mag, this is Alexander Beer, photographed by Christopher Sims for "Of Tree And Tempest". What can I say? I like the outdoors.
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Meet "Mon-El", the DCU's replacement for Superman while Superman is headlining the "New Krypton" series. Mon-El's been around for several decades, and is usually introduced as an amnesiac space traveler who meets Superman when Superman, as Clark Kent, is a teen, whether calling himself "Superboy" or not. The traveler expresses familiarity with Krypton's House of El, from whence Kal-El, Superman, was born, and Clark jumps to the conclusion that this is his older brother, whom he christens "Mon", because he arrived on a Monday, and "El", because they're siblings. (Yes, he could have been Tues-El, or Thurs-El, etc.!) Eventually, Mon succumbs to lead poisoning, and his memory returns. Seems he's a native of the planet Daxam, gets powers similar to a Kryptonian's by way of a yellow sun, but has a weakness to lead equal to that of a Kryptonian's to Kryptonite. Depending upon when the character's story is told, he either traveled to Krypton prior to the explosion and met Jor-El, Superman's father, or studied Krypton and learned the language, exlaining why Clark mistakes him for a longed-for sibling, or fellow survivor of his home planet's destruction. Mon's real name is Lar Gand. Clark places the dying Lar/Mon in the Phantom Zone, which is either a benign or dangerous place, depending upon when the story is told, but where Lar/Mon won't age while a cure is sought.

In most tellings of the tale, Mon is cured 1000 years into the future, by the Legion Of Supre-Heroes, and becomes a free man/boy (the LSH were teens generally), joining that team and becoming one of its most powerful members. In the current DCU, the Phantom Zone was destroyed, Mon/Lar had to be pulled out of there, and a mysterious temporary cure appeared in the Fortress. Clark asked Mon-El to look after Metropolis for him while he went to New Krypton, and Mon took the name of 'Jonathan Kent' as a trbute or something to Clark's recently deceased adoptive father, and took a job with the Metropolis Science Police. The 'Mon-El' name should mean nothing to the citizens of Metropolis, and the 'Jonathan Kent' thing is just lazy writing, but the books have re-established a connection between the planets Daxam and Krypton, and gone a long way toward explaining why the DCU is not overpopulated with superpowerful Daxamites, while giving Lar/Mon a tragic twist to his story as he explores the DCU while attempting to defend it. I realize that things will be status quo eventually, but it'll be interestig to see how they get there.
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