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Dwayne McDuffie, RIP

February 22, 2011 1 comment

Static creator, Justice League story editor, and one of the key contributors to the DCAU, Dwayne McDuffie, passed away earlier today.  The CBR story is here; Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment, gives the company’s thoughts here.  Given the breadth and scope of his work and influence on both comics and animation, I expect you’ll see more tributes go up throughout the day.

What makes it even worse is what I imagine will be Dwayne’s final project, All-Star Superman, hits stores today.

I’ll probably have more thoughts when I can come up with something more articulate.

Categories: Uncategorized

Young Justice 1×03: “Welcome to Happy Harbor”

January 22, 2011 4 comments

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Originally Aired: January 21, 2011
Written By: Kevin Hopps
Directed By: Jay Oliva

Summary: While waiting for their first mission, the team has to deal with a villain with a suspiciously familiar set of powers.

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Categories: C-minus, Young Justice

Batman: The Animated Series, Epsiode 081: “Harley’s Holiday”

December 2, 2010 5 comments

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Written by: Paul Dini
Directed by: Kevin Altieri
Originally Aired: October 15, 1994
DVD: Batman TAS, Volume 3

Summary: Finally declared sane and released from Arkham, Harleen Quinziel tries to put her criminal past behind her, and is actually successful… for ten minutes. Read more…

Justice League 2×19-20: “The Secret Society”

November 29, 2010 7 comments

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Written by Stan Berkowitz
Directed by Dan Riba
Originally Aired: November 22, 2003
DVD: Justice League, Season Two

Summary: Gorilla Grodd assembles a team of his own to battle the Justice League, who seem to be falling apart at the seams.

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Young Justice: “Independence Day, Parts 1 and 2”

November 27, 2010 12 comments

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Written By: Greg Weisman
Directed By: Jay Olvia (Part 1), Sam Liu (Part 2)
Originally Aired
: November 25, 2010
DVD: Full episodes are available to U.S. viewers on the Cartoon Network website.

Summary: After a disappointing first day in the Hall of Justice, Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad investigate a situation at Cadmus Labs that rapidly spirals out of control.

Notes: I know the blog’s been dormant for most of the year, but I couldn’t resist this, could I? Turns out that my new practice doesn’t leave me as much time for writing that I can’t bill a client for… but with the holidays coming, let’s see how things work out. Expect this to be the most timely entry for this show, however – I at least want to finish off season two of Justice League first, which will give Young Justice some time to find its sea legs.

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Categories: B-plus, Young Justice

Pre-Long-Weekend Quickie Aside: New JLU Figures

May 19, 2010 2 comments

These have hit the web over the last 48 hours, but in case you haven’t seen them, take a look….

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Categories: Weekend Asides

Batman: The Animated Series, Episode 94 – “Growing Pains”

May 19, 2010 1 comment

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Written by: Robert Goodman
Story by: Paul Dini & Robert Goodman
Directed by: Atsuko Tanaka
Originally Aired: February 28, 1998
DVD: Batman: TAS, Volume 4

Summary: Robin becomes involved with a young girl, only to find that her father is hiding a dark secret.

Arc Notes: Clayface is captured by the authorities at the end of this episode; he eventually finds his way to crime boss Morgan Edge’s private collection at some point between this episode and Justice League.

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Weekend Aside: Justice League Task Force (SNES)

May 9, 2010 1 comment

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One area where Marvel’s always had a massive, massive edge on DC was in the fighting game department. Marvel had the good fortune to have their characters licensed to Capcom, who produced first the X-Men fighter (complete with voices from the animated series) and later the vs. series (which is apparently getting revived fairly soon). DC, on the other hand…

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Categories: Weekend Asides

Static Shock 036: “Toys in the Hood”

May 3, 2010 1 comment

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Story by John Semper Jr., Ernie Altbacker
Teleplay by John Ridley
Directed by: Another weird uncredited director
Originally Aired: May 3rd, 2003
DVD: (grumbling)

Summary: Toyman arrives in Dakota on the trail of an old friend, but it turns out that they’re conspiring to threaten Static’s girlfriend.

Arc Notes: Static’s first meeting with Superman. Some loose ends are tied up from Toyman’s second S:TAS appearance, “Obsession.” Read more…

Categories: D, Static Shock

Justice League 2×17-18: “Hereafter”

May 2, 2010 4 comments

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Written by Dwayne McDuffie
Directed by Butch Lukic
Originally Aired: November 29, 2003
DVD: Justice League, the Complete Series

Summary: Superman is apparently killed, and while the League mourns his loss he has to team up with Vandal Savage to fight killer cockroaches.

Arc Notes: Aquaman is established as the unofficial “eighth member” of the team (explaining his presence at some sessions of the “inner council” of JLU); Vandal Savage’s final appearance; Batman is confirmed to only have part-time membership status. Read more…

Categories: B-plus, Justice League