Posts tagged: SUPERVILLAINS
Screen captures from The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), directed by Fritz Lang, adapted from Norbert Jacques’ novels by Thea von Harbou.
This week Comics Editor Carol watches The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and thinks about Fredric Wertham and William Moulton Marston.
I had a strange flash of insight while watching The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933). I had intended to use the film with my article about comics’ new crime wave, but I was haunted by resonances, so many that once I started writing I had almost two articles worth of material. So his month I offer a strange mix of mad scientists imagined and real—a fictional psychoanalyst and real mental health professionals seeking to perfect or protect society: Dr. Mabuse on one side, Dr. William Moulton Marston on the other and Dr. Fredric Wertham right in the middle. All with manifestos they believe will change–or destroy–the world.
I asked for guest posts making the case for the finalists for the Favorite DC Couples matches and reader Natalie Reed sent me this on Harley and Ivy. Her thoughts follow:
Before I begin, I suppose I should admit a slight bias: I’m not entirely of the opinion that Harley and Ivy’s clandestine tryst was precisely “non-canon”. More like “quasi-canon”. Or “deutero-canon”. Or “scholarly confirmed apocrypha”. And if you go by the whole Word Of Authorial God theory, it was straight-up, well, canon (at least for a given value of Paul Dini’s godhood; and regarding Harley’s infamous statement that her immunity to Ivy’s toxicity was granted so they could “play” together).
Basically, unlike the vast majority of non-canon ships, whereby fans go out seeking sexy (or not-so-sexy) subtext between two characters who seem to pair well together, what was going on between Harley and Ivy was, as often as not, just plain old text. The writers planting those seeds (no pun intended) weren’t simply toying (no pun intended) with us, they were quite deliberately implying a relationship there, and moreover implying a relationship that had a pretty meaningful impact on the story. And on at least one occasion I can think of (Ivy’s confrontation with Harley in Arkham during the finale of Gotham City Sirens), those seeds bore fruit, and became a meaningful, climactic element to the narrative.
Happy Valentine’s Day! The Brain and Monsieur Mallah finally admit their love for one another. What could be more romantic?
“From Latveria With Love” by Daniel Cox
Sexy Red Skull Pin-Up by Evan Munday. One of the 5 sexy supervillains Evan kindly donated to the Cultural Gutter’s fundraiser. Click through for more supervillains. And check out our indiegogo campaign, where we offer sexy supervillain prints and a postcard set of all 5 of Evan’s pin-ups.
Gutter-A-Go-Go campaign! http://www.indiegogo.com/gutteragogo/x/261328
Sexy Supervillain Pin-Up of Lex Luthor by Evan Munday. Evan kindly donated 5 of his sexy supervillains to be “used as [we] see fit” in our indiegogo campaign to raise funds to keep paying our writers. We saw fit to make postcards and prints as premiums, which you can get here: http://igg.me/p/256766/x/261328
See a gallery of all the supervillains here.