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  1. Marvel is apparently publishing it themselves.
  2. It was probably a retcon, but like I mentioned in my post, Enemies for Hire made them cousins.
  3. There was also Kryogen in the 4e book Enemies for Hire. He was the son of Icicle and Starburst, aging at an accelerated rate, so that he's currently a child who looks like an adult. His parents were kidnapped by a villain and he started working with Crusader (who is apparently Icicle's cousin) to pretend to be a villain in order to infiltrate the underworld and try to find his parents. Crusader then died in the events described in Underworld Enemies, leaving him alone and stuck with everyone thinking he's a villain.
  4. I don't think it was in the original, but the new Strike Force sourcebook revealed that their Earth was being manipulated by a powerful cosmic alien that became known as the Governor, in the sense of a device that limits the speed of a vehicle. It was conducting an experiment on how it would affect a civilization if its technological advancement was artificially stagnated. It was the explanation for why super-geniuses and super technology never caused general increases in the world's technology level. Once the Governor was driven off, heroes and villains could suddenly reliably mass produce their technology and it started transforming into a more science fiction superhero setting.
  5. It wasn't until years after I read it that I realized the last panel in this Special School comic was referencing the Jester.
  6. Marvel once did a limited series that ended with Juggernaut being given the opportunity to be a sanctioned bounty hunter for the US government, maybe connected to the Justice Department or the US Marshals. I don't remember. The next time he appeared though, the writer tossed it away with a casual line about how it had been a scam to escape from custody. It pissed me off, since his government liaison had been the woman who was his wife and the mother of his Avenger son J2 in the MC2 universe.
  7. As an extension of his known germophobia, I didn't think he would be willing to let scientists tamper with his body, so I went with technology.
  8. Issa Rae has been cast as Jessica Drew in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2.
  9. I recently read an alternate history short story in which a young Donald Trump attends the historic 1951 playoff game between the Giants and the Dodgers* and catches the game winning home run ball. The attention, this being the first nationally televised baseball game, causes him to become obsessed with baseball. For the rest of his life he brags about the amazing catch that nobody else could have made and the multimillion dollar offers he receives for the ball. He buys the Mets and builds them a new stadium (Trump Field, naturally). Baseball becomes the focus of his life. It made me think. In a superhero universe that incorporates real-life people, what if he became obsessed with superheroes? He hires heroes to form a team that works for his company. No doubt called Team Trump, Trump Force, or something similar. Gaudy costumes with lots of gold trim. Either a large "T" or the word "Trump" on every costume. Possibly incorporating the outdated excesses of `90s "EXTREME" comic book costumes. A large ugly headquarters, probably resembling a tacky casino. Maybe they even operate out of a casino in Atlantic City. Lots of public appearances, PR work, and business promotions. Team-related merchandise of every imaginable type. Rumors of staged fights with criminals and supervillains. Maybe Trump himself makes public appearances as a member of the team sometimes, using powered armor or other technology. It would definitely be gold plated. *The author admitted at the end of the story that Trump would have only been five years old at the time of the game, so he adjusted things to make him older.
  10. This is the same group that claimed a cicada landing on President Biden during a speech was a secret message too.
  11. There was a short-lived TV series called "APB" that was basically what if Bruce Wayne used his fortune to upgrade the GCPD instead of becoming Batman. One of the elements was a free app that people could use to report crimes directly to the district's central dispatcher to improve response time. There was a problem with people submitting false reports because they wanted to see what would happen and didn't think anyone was actually going to show up.
  12. It almost looks like cover art from one of those old "men's adventure" magazines, where a guy in tattered clothing would be getting attacked by a swarm of coconut crabs or fist-fighting a mountain lion.
  13. Void got an update in a later book, sort of. Underworld Enemies revealed that the shadow hand he could generate actually belonged to a predator from another dimension that eventually fully emerged into the world, sucked him dry of life force, and went out to continue preying on humans.
  14. There was also the intelligent cockroach swarm that could possess human bodies, that infiltrated and destroyed the SHIELD Helicarrier in the 1985 Sensational She-Hulk graphic novel.
  15. One of the example characters in Ultimate Metamorph was a Cyber Hero character with chip slots that let him change his skills and personality, built as a Variable Power Pool. Numatsu Skillslot System, Model Delta, With Personachip Upgrade Variable Power Pool (Skill and Personality Pool), 40 base + 20 control cost; Extra Time (takes 1 Turn to change slots; -¾), Restrainable (-¼), Limited Use (see text; -½), No More Than Four Slots Can Be Active At Once (-¼), No Skill-Based Slot Can Have More Than 11 Active Points (-½) Personality chips are Multiforms that contain a complete personality with its own memories and mental skills. He doesn't have a version that lets him slot physical skills. With the latest rules, the 11 AP Limitation would be replaced by just buying the appropriate Control Cost.
  16. "How pretty is this stage?", from the CPAC live feed a couple hours ago.
  17. Dragon Magazine #207 (July 1994) had an article entitled "Great Responsibilities", about superheroes taking an active role in their communities instead of waiting for things to happen. Part of the article dealt with Pandora's Box, a nonprofit national hero team franchise that trains novice heroes on the condition that they volunteer in places like homeless shelters and hospitals during their training. Pandora's Box teams are funded by businesses in the communities where the teams operate and any profits generated by the teams go into a fund to benefit the communities. Only one large business can fund a team, but any number of smaller community businesses. A lot of the article involves superheroes volunteering for real world groups and how it could be worked into a campaign. Public appearances for the American Cancer Society. Volunteering at a halfway house or teaching classes in prison. Power-based construction and renovation with Habitat for Humanity. Powered collection and transportation of supplies for the Red Cross or UNICEF.
  18. There have also been examples given of powered armor characters who use OIAID instead of Focus. It takes time for them to put on the suit, and they can be prevented from putting on the suit, but once it's on, it never gets damaged or taken away. That's more a story function than something inherent in the suit though. Molybdenum Man's enemies never manage to break or remove his armor during an encounter in the comics, even if they knock him out.
  19. Especially considering that Barr was recently urging Federal prosecutors to charge any demonstrators after a hypothetical Trump reelection with attempting to overthrow the government.
  20. Star Hero 5e, page 197, said that the Earth has 86 BODY. "A rocky planet like Earth has a volume of about 1.37 x 10^20 hexes, if it’s considered a perfect sphere. Assuming it all counts as stone (19 BODY, 5 DEF), it has a total BODY of 86 (base of 19, +1 for each doubling of size)." Star Hero 6e, page 230, only talked about the BODY of one 2m sphere, but assumed you had to hit the whole planet at once. "A rocky planet like Earth has a volume of about 1.37 x 10^20 cubic meters, if it’s considered a perfect sphere. assuming it all counts as stone (19 BODY, 5 PD/10 ED), a character needs an attack capable of doing 29 BODY to every part of the planet at once." Those 6e volume numbers are off, since a cubic hex is roughly 7 cubic meters. 5e and 6e shouldn't be the same.
  21. If the Find Weakness is dependent on a roll, Lack of Weakness could be built as Change Environment, like using it to make yourself hard to see. The point cost doesn't come out to a flat amount per -1 though. Change Environment (-1 to Find Weakness PER Rolls), Persistent (+1/4), Reduced Endurance (0 END; +1/2) (3 Active Points); No Range (-1/2), Self Only (-1/2) Total cost: 1 point. -2 is 3 points. -3 is 5 points. -4 is 7 points. -5 is 8 points.
  22. What I always remember now is his 1999 show "You Are All Diseased". During a rant about how people have become too obsessed with being safe and have forgotten that danger is fun, he said that he was looking forward to terrorists attacking the US and would consider it exciting entertainment. But that's off-topic.
  23. Mexican violence? (Reference)
  24. The Body Control Powers chapter in Champions Powers also had "Let Me Lend You a Hand", allowing the character to detach their limbs and operate them as independent characters. It was a Summon, Slavishly Devoted, with Mind Link to the limbs and the Limitation that the character can't use his own limbs while the Summon is active.
  25. There's an expression I've seen, that the modern definition of "Liberal" is "someone slightly to the right of Ronald Reagan." Of course, that means the real Reagan, not the mythical Saint Reagan that many modern Conservatives revere.
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