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#1 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

According to "Avengers Annual" #20, the Subterraneans were were once stronger and more intelligent. "Interbreeding over the millennia caused them to decline in intelligence and strength. Ultimately, most of them lose even the ability to speak".
 
Interbreed means "To breed by crossing different stocks of animals or plants". In other words to mix breeds. In humans it is a synonym of exogamy: 1) "the mating of non-related beings", 2) "marrying outside the specific group where one originates". 
 
By Implication, the Subterraneans suffer because of mating with individuals outside their own race. Any idea with whom did these sub-species of humanity mate? This isn't addressed in the issue.

#2 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

Sorry for reviving an old forum, but I hadn't noticed that last question. In general, the microstates have so far avoided joining the Union mostly because of the financial cost of the entry process. But all have agreements with the Union so far. 
 
Andorra, Liechtenstein, Monaco and San Marino have partially adopted European Union law on several matters. The Vatican has not. But in any case, the Vatican is the only country in Europe than is not a potential member of the Union. The "Fundamental Law of Vatican City State", its equivalent of a constitution, gives the Pope the powers of a Supreme Monarch:  “The Supreme Pontiff, Sovereign of Vatican City State, has the fullness of legislative, executive and judicial powers.”  
 
This concentration of power in the hands of a single person does not comply with European standards of democratic representation. There are also several elements of European law which would require extensive reforms to apply to the Vatican: 
 
*"Any discrimination based on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation shall be prohibited."  
*Equality between men and women must be ensured in all areas, including employment, work and pay. The principle of equality shall not prevent the maintenance or adoption of measures providing for specific advantages in favour of the under-represented sex."
 
The laws of the Vatican provide no equivalent. While the state is essentially an elective monarchy, the female citizens of the Vatican do not vote. 

#3 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

The internal dialogue inside Deathlok's head is an essential element of his series in "Astonishing Tales". But I am not sure if the Computer has to get a detailed profile, nor if any other Deathlok versions are relevant? Any ideas? 

#4 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

There are certainly moments in Roman History that would provide good material. How about:  
*The conspiracy of Julia the Elder against her father Augustus c. 2 BC. Resulting in the arrests of Julia herself and several of her lovers/fellow conspirators.  
*The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest (9 AD). Publius Quinctilius Varus leads legions XVII, XVIII and XIX right into a Germanic trap. Resulting in the death of Varus and most of his legionnaires at the hands of Arminius and his alliance of Germanic tribes. The Romans are forced to flee from Magna Germania, loosing a province for the first time. 
*The political conflict between Tiberius and Agrippina the Elder (19 to 29 AD). 
*The conspiracy of Lucius Aelius Sejanus, commander of the Praetorian Guard. He attempted to gain the throne for himself  and ended up executed(31 AD). 
*The violent assassination of Caligula, his wife Milonia Caesonia and their 2-year-old daughter Julia Drusilla in 41 AD. The parents were smashed to death, the girl had her head smashed against a wall. 
*The attempt of Valeria Messalina to depose her husband Claudius (48 AD) and her subsequent execution. 
*The assassination of Agrippina the Younger by orders of her own son Nero (59 AD). " Nero designed a ship that would open at the bottom while at sea.  Agrippina was put aboard and after the bottom of the ship opened up, she fell into the water.  Agrippina swam to shore so Nero sent an assassin to kill her.  Nero then claimed Agrippina plotted to kill him and committed suicide.Her reputed last words, uttered as the assassin was about to strike, were "Smite my womb", the implication here being she wished to be destroyed first in that part of her body that had given birth to so "abominable a son."  "  
*The deposition and assisted suicide of Nero himself (68 AD). 
 
These only being events from the first imperial dynasty of Rome. More than four centuries of conspiracies, political struggles and political battles followed.  
 
Are there any moments of the Roman Republic that you would like to see depicted? 

#5 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

It took this long for anyone to name the good psychiatrist responsible for the anti-comics crusade? Dr. Fredric Wertham (1895-1981) and his ever-famous "Seduction of the Innocent" (1954). He cited "overt or covert depictions of violence, sex, drug use, and other adult fare" within    the comic books of the 1940s and early 1950s. Instead of considering any of it reflective of either the social enviroment or the haunted imaginations of the creators, Wertham insisted the behavior depicted was emulated by the readers. While always assuming the readers were exclusively young children. He didn't even figure that some of the comics he criticized, particulary actual crime and horror comics were aimed at older readers.  
 
Wertham also saw homosexuality as a disease and believed comic books were promoting it. Batman and Robin sharing a house and being partners. Clearly homosexuals. He had a case in noting the strong bondage subtext in Wonder Woman, actually part of creator's William Moulton Marston's fascination of the subject. But he found even worse the strenght and independance of the character, identifying her as a lesbian. Superman was Un-American and clearly held to a "fascist" ideal (sic).  
 
Among his other rather poor observations was: "I have known many adults who have treasured throughout their lives some of the books they read as children. I have never come across any adult or adolescent who had outgrown comic-book reading who would ever dream of keeping any of these 'books' for any sentimental or other reason."     Basically he asserted that nobody could be sentimentally attached to this material. How many people in comicvine would agree?  
 
Wertham was already quite famous before starting his crusade. He was responsible for psychiatric evaluations of convicted felons in New York since 1932 and his name was often connected to famous legal cases of the day. Naturally his findings about the criminal nature of comic books were taken seriously by the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency.  "Wertham repeated his call ... [for] national legislation based on the public health ideal that would prohibit the circulation and display of comic books to children under the age of fifteen."    He was even displeased with the rather draconian Comics Code Authority, largely formed in response to his crusade. He felt it was actually too soft! 
 
Wertham was not only against comics, he felt television had the same effect. In 1959, Wertham completed his anti-television book "The War on Children". This time he could not even find a publisher willing to put it on the market. In the 1960s he turned his efforts to books about the ill effects of racial segregation in society and the role of medical professionals in the Holocaust. He returned to comic book study in the 1970s, this time with the far more positive "  The World of Fanzines: A Special Form of Communication" (1973). He still was suspect of mainstream comic books but was delighted with fanzines and their supposed positive role in forming bonds in a wider community. He was even invited as a speaker at the New York Comic Convention. But once most attendants realized who Wertham was they heckled him. He never dealt with comics again.    

#6 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

"I think Ireland may be the only country in Europe that has no tensions with Muslims.  That could easily change though. " 
 
I am not sure how to define tensions around the continent, but Ireland actually has very few Muslims among its population. By recent estimates they are only the 0.8% of the population. Irreligious people (Atheists, agnostics, etc) are actually more significant, representing about 4,5 % of the population.

#7 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

Before any country joins the European Union it has to perform several legal reforms to conform with the regulations of the Union. By the official list, Turkey has to conform in matters of: 
 
*Free movement of goods
*Freedom of movement for workers
*Right of establishment and freedom to provide services
*Free movement of capital
*Public procurement
*Company law
*Intellectual property law
*Competition policy
*Financial services
*Information society and media
*Agriculture and rural development
*Food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy
*Fisheries
*Transport policy
*Energy
*Taxation
*Economic and monetary policy
*Statistics
*Social policy and employment (including anti-discrimination and equal opportunities for women and men)
*Enterprise and industrial policy
*Trans-European networks
*Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments
*Judiciary and fundamental rights
*Justice, freedom and security
*Science and research
*Education and culture
*Environment
*Consumer and health protection
*Customs union*External relations
*Foreign, security and defence policy
*Financial control
*Financial and budgetary provisions
*Institutions
*Other issues
    
 
Up till now negotiations have started on 13 of these fields and completed in one. There are other 21 fields to be placed under negotiation at a later date and Turkey is reluctant to undergo further reforms. One major issue in the Fundamental rights section is the controversial  Article 301 of Turkish law: "a person who publicly insults the Turkish nation, the State of the Republic of Turkey, or the Grand National Assembly [Parliament], shall be punishable by imprisonment of between six months and two years" and also that "expressions of thought intended to criticise shall not constitute a crime."        Despite the lattest provision (adden in 2005), the law has been used against novelists, historians and journalists criticizing the official stance on various matters. Several European officials consider this law incompatible with the freedom of speech laws of the Union, which is a requirement for every member state.  
 
The human rights record of Turkey is also questionable, as there are laws protecting the rights of various minorities but they are rarely implemented. Women's rights laws are in effect since the 1930s but crimes against women and family violence often never reach court. There is also the matter of Turkey's draft policies. Concientious objectors are not legally recognized and are given no alternatives for service. Of the various states in Europe, only Turkey and Azerbaijan still refuse to alter their drafting policies. 
 
On the plus side, Turkey's economy is highly developed and the country has the 17th largest nominal GDP in the world. It is still behind the United States, Japan, the People's Republic of China, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Brazil, Spain, Canada, India, Russia, Australia, Mexico, South Korea and the Netherlands. But it has long surpassed, countries such as Switzerland and Belgium.

#8 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

Wakanda has a large number of scientists, a technologically advanced army and the protection of the Panther God. Doom is brilliant but typically fights alone. He is outgunned here.

#9 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio

There is another situation I have seen while covering 1930s and 1940s titles by DC Comics. A couple of stories feature deities such as Odin, Prometheus, etc who have no prominent version by the same company. Since they only appear for one or two issues, I doubt they deserve a new character entry. I just add them to the most prominent version of said deity in comics, regardless of which company it came from.
#10 Posted by Byzantine (357 posts) - - Show Bio
@Cardslinger said:
" @bigmoneyb said:
"1 The Thing i know a lot of people like this guy but hes awful his main power was superstrength in a universie were there are about a 100 people stronger than him his main  reason to even be  was to show how strong other superheros were like tHE Hulk  hercules gladiator like honestly who has he ever beat that was good2 Ant man  awful he shrinks then gets tall seriously marvel you wanted to make him a orginal avenger what a mistake he's never beat anybody  but janet lol and he created ultron one of the avengers strongest enemies3 Aqua man he communicates with fish and when he gets out the water he starts to  lose his strength so hes pretty much  useles if  there is a huge threat goin on in the universie please continue to add  to the list"
Your main problem with the Thing is that they're are people stronger then him? Oh no! They're people stronger than the Hulk too but that didn't stop you from singing his praises. Also, at least the Thing shows intelligence.Aquaman is a lot better than people give him credit for.And what have you got against Ant-Man? What's wrong with his powers? "
I don't think it was his powers that were the problem with Ant-Man. His 1960s series had no supporting cast other than co-star Wasp, very little character development and rather uninspired villains. Egghead and Porcupine were probably the best of the lot. In comparison to other Marvel series of the times it was lackluster. Little wonder why the character did not get the fan following other 1960s Avengers got.
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