Sunday, June 8, 2014

4 Blue Devil #0!

Set your Wayback Machine to March 8, 1984 -- it's time to talk about the debut of Blue Devil, in a special insert from The Fury of Firestorm #24!

This mini-issue starts out with a sense of symmetry, with The Trickster and "Gopher" (Dan Cassidy's friend) separately reading and reacting to the same article, with leaked information about the Blue Devil suit that Cassidy designed for an upcoming movie. Even before the internet age, leaks were still a problem! Trickster decides that if it's "anywhere near as good" as the article describes, that he must have it for himself!

Back at the studio, Dan is busy telling Gopher about how he's still under his budget for creating it, and so he's using the money he's got left to try out new things -- "mini-gills, night-vision", when Marla Bloom walks in. Gopher's aunt and Dan's boss, Marla comes in, having solved the problem of their leak by hiring a photographer to take publicity photos.

When Jesse James (the civilian identity of the Trickster) arrives to steal the suit, Dan is still working on the real suit, so an arrogant actor named Wayne Tarrant is in the unpowered mock-up suit, and the Trickster kidnaps him by mistake! Gopher alerts Dan, who suits up and realizes he might be the only hope against this supervillain.

After a drawn-out fight, bounding around rooftops, Dan takes down the Trickster. As he gets away, he says that stealing the Blue Devil outfit might not have been a good idea, and that he still thinks "Cassidy's a jerk!"

This insert was a lot of fun. It was written by Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin, and the art was by Paris Cullins and Pablo Marcos. The story never felt dragged-out, and each character has a distinct personality, rather than being "set filler" for the main characters of the story. As an attempt to get new readers to buy the title, it would have definitely worked for me!

If you've read this story, what did you think? If you haven't... get on it!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

0 Devil's Due: Doctor Devil!

This time around, I want to give a hat tip to Tower of Fate, an awesome Doctor Fate blog. Last year, I caught wind of this fantastic DeviantArt picture from him, and then I bookmarked it and... kind of forgot about it until now.

Don't hold that against the art, though. This piece is amazing, and I would love to see it in the comics at some point. Maybe another Flashpoint-esque alternate universe would be a good place for it?

Credit also goes to the artist, Jamon Mercado, whose work you should definitely check out!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2 Crisis on Infinite WHOA!

Everybody knows about Crisis on Infinite Earths, right? DC's super-big multiverse-altering storyline in the 80s, that streamlined everything (and has been flipped the bird by the New 52)?

Of course you do. It's huge.

What I didn't know about until yesterday, though, was the oversized 60-something inch wide poster with just about every DC character, with pencils by George Perez and painted by Alex Ross. A friend of the family showed it to me yesterday, proud of her boyfriend's thrift store find.

I'll take a picture when they hang it up, but among many other gorgeous scenes like the death of Supergirl and Flash's heroic sacrifice, there is one amazing-looking part that is relevant to this blog. At the bottom right, along with many other characters, BLUE DEVIL is there!

Want to know how much he found this thing for? $3

He spent three bucks, and the cheapest I can find the full-size version online is over $100. Definitely a hell of a find. Think he made a deal with Nebiros?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1 BLUE DEVIL, coming this summer...

... in the Arrow universe!

Thanks to eagle-eyed Reddit user MCTerrific for posting it in two subreddits that I subscribe to! I missed it on my first watch-through of the episode, but watched it a second time specifically to look for this. Now, let's go in to Speculation Land for a few minutes....

In the comics, Dan got his bonded with his costume during the filming of the Blue Devil movie, when Nebiros was unleashed and hit him with a demonic magic attack. People watching Arrow know that they are branching out and introducing super powers in a few different methods: a serum that enhances physical abilities extremely (which has been used to introduce Solomon Grundy), and recreating the "lightning bolt + chemicals = super speed" origin of The Flash's powers (with Flash getting a spin-off pilot!).

With all of that, would it really be a stretch for some sort of Blue Devil introduction next season? Sure, maybe not going full-on magic and demons with it, but at the very least, it'd be great to see Dan fighting crime in his Blue Devil suit, a la the New 52 version.

What do you all think? Should we be hoping for a third season introduction of BD, or is this all a pipe dream from me?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

0 A Demon in The Devil's Domain!

When Hell's Kitchen can no longer contain it's darkness, it becomes clear that the horned hero needs help. In comes Blue Devil, a hero of a similar sort! But can the two work together, or will horns lock as they try to crack down on Hell's Kitchen?

Sadly, this story will never happen, unless I make it happen on here. But I definitely have to give credit to Ross over at Super Team Family once again, because this is an awesome cover. This time, Dan is in the costume that I'm most familiar with, because I got to know this character during the Shadowpact days.

Who else out there would love to see this match-up? Anyone else out there doing team-up covers like this? 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

0 Theory: BUSTED

Well, we're almost done with the New 52's giant Forever Evil event, with only one or two quick signs of Blue Devil anywhere.

So I guess that means I have to throw in the towel on my New 52 Jack of Fire theory, because I doubt we'll get that over the next two issues of Forever Evil.

Still, the main book has been fun, and I think there might be some slight aftermath, what with him and other magic characters having been snatched up during the Blight story. I'm looking forward to that!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

0 Devil's Quest, Volume V: eBay to the rescue!

Hey, Blue Devil fans! Been a few months since I did one of these posts, but I finally had a chance to add to my Blue Devil collection! What issue, you ask? Secret Origins #24, starring Dr. Fate and Blue Devil (I can hear Shag having a "SQUEE!" moment already! With good reason, too -- Dr. Fate is almost as awesome as his Secret Origins co-star!

That is one hell of a cover, too. It's a bit simple, but I think that it works to good effect in this instance, and makes Dr. Fate look a little on the dark side -- it's those shadowed-in demon-from-Supernatural black eyes, man! I know a few people are scratching their heads at the reference, but others will get it!

I haven't read the Dr. Fate story yet, but I had to re-read the Blue Devil origin almost as soon as I opened the package. There's a slightly new-ish story framing the already-known origin, and that whole portion of the issue is written by Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn. Ty Templeton's art is solid throughout, and this story -- "THE ALL-TRUE, PREVIOUSLY RECORDED, PUBLICLY KNOWN, HERETOFORE FULLY REVEALED SECRET ORIGIN OF THE BLUE DEVIL" -- was worth every bit of the shipping costs. It's in great condition, and was bagged and boarded immediately after this picture was taken.

Have any of you read this issue? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

0 Blue Devil was (sort of) in Justice League Dark?!


I'm guessing none of you are reading the "Forever Evil: Blight" storyline, any more than I am. Only title involved in it that I'm interested in is JLD itself, so when the story is over, I'll look online and figure out what happened in Constantine, Phantom Stranger, and Pandora.

Lo and behold my surprise when I heard on the DC Radio podcast a few weeks ago that Blue Devil and Black Lightning were featured! I snagged a copy of the issue, and... well, at least he's getting some page time. Can't say I'm overall thrilled with it, but I am still happy with Blue Devil getting some "screen time".

(click to enlarge each picture)

If this issue is any indication, Fernando Blanco's art style isn't really my thing. Still, DeMatteis' writing fits the character in these few panels, and that's a good thing to see. Maybe if I knew anything about "Blight", I might know why they're apparently kidnapping Dan (and maybe other people with magic?). Looks like they might have set him up for more appearances, too!

Is anyone out there following along with these issues? Want to fill me in?

Hooray for Blue Devil appearing in something JLD-related!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

0 Devil's Due: Blue Devil art from around the internet!

Hey, Blue Devil fans! As the title may have clued you in on, it's time for a new segment on Sympathy for the Blue Devil: "Devil's Due"!

The title could probably use some work, but this is going to be the place for Blue Devil art, no matter where it is on the internet. A lot of what I've found to start it off with has been from DeviantArt, but if you know someone with some awesome art for our azure ass-kicker, let me know!

Blue Devil by VagabondX

I figured that a good piece to start it off with is the piece that I've already been using for my Devil's Quest posts, which is by an artist known as "VagabondX"! He gave me permission to use it for those posts, with the very slight add-on that I made. This one kind of captures the fun spirit of Blue Devil for me, but mixed with a costume much like he wore in Shadowpact. Maybe I'm the only one, but I kind of liked the simplicity of that costume!

What do you think of VagabondX's piece? Know any other artists out there for me to spotlight? Send me an email, or just comment here!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2 Mystic Match-Up! What Mayhem Is This?!

While investigating a magical mystery in the Marvel Universe, DOCTOR STRANGE discovers a demon is at fault. His attempts to summon the demon go awry, and from another universe, he traps BLUE DEVIL in his conjurations! What comes next? Will Dan Cassidy be able to convince the Sorceror Supreme to free him? Will Doctor Strange solve his mystery and save the day? Find out....

Unfortunately, this team up never happened and probably never will. Still, it's a fun idea, and I love what Ross over at Super-Team Family... THE LOST ISSUES! has done with this cover. Now, if anyone has a TARDIS so that I can go back and convince DC and Marvel to cooperate on something like this, let me know!

Thursday, January 9, 2014



Hello, Sympathy for the Blue Devil readers! I haven't forgotten about you, I just kind of fell in to a hole of inactivity due to things not involving the internet. Even my personal blog hasn't heard from me much.

I have plans in store for our favorite blue-hued dude, as well! To peel back the curtain a bit, I'm going to be getting a microphone and practicing my audio editing for a Blue Devil related project, and can't wait to show that off! And while I don't plan on postponing this until summer, starting this summer, I have a LOT of Blue Devil material planned -- make sure to have your Wayback Machine* ready!

*Wayback Machine phrase-usage stolen without shame from Shag and Rob, over at the Fire and Water Podcast (check the link in the Justice League of DC Bloggers!)

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