Friday, September 13, 2013

Baltimore Comic-Con #1: Green Lantern Meets Robin, Aquaman, Mera and Whiplash

Green Lantern (Rob) and Robin
I (Rob) returned to my favorite convention this year, the Baltimore Comic-Con, with our friend Tom R. Both Tom R. and I are huge comic book/superhero fans and we've been going to the convention together for the last couple of years. Last year I met two other Green Lanterns and participated in the costume contest, and the three of us won second place. This year, I opted not to participate in the contest but walk around as the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan version) and meet other costumed folk and take pictures (while checking out the comics). This is the first installment.

Green Lantern and Robin

ROBIN THE BOY WONDER -  One of my all-time favorite characters is Robin. As I came into the convention center, there was a 10 year old boy, about Robin's age, dressed up in the PERFECT Robin costume, so I had to get a picture with him. Robin is Batman's side-kick (for anyone that lives on another planet).  The character's first incarnation Dick Grayson debuted in Detective Comics #38 (April 1940). Robin grew up and took on the identity of Nightwing, and then Batman took in Jason Todd, who became the second Robin. Todd was killed by the Joker, and then Batman took in Tim Drake as Robin (after Tim actually figured out Batman's identity). Drake grew up and became Red Robin, and then Batman's illegitimate son, Damian took up the Robin mantle. Damian was killed in 2013 in the comics and the Robin role has yet to be re-filled.

AQUAMAN AND MERA - Aquaman is a superhero that I've loved since I was a kid. King of Atlantis with his wife and queen, Mera by his side. I ran into this couple on the comic-con floor and had to get a picture. Both Green Lantern and Aquaman are members of the Justice League of America. The Aquaman character is a lot older than most people think. He's been around since More Fun Comics #73 (November 1941). Aquaman was Arthur Curry, the son of Tom Curry, a lighthouse keeper, and Atlanna, a water-breathing outcast from the lost, underwater city of Atlantis. Due to his heritage, Aquaman discovered as a youth that he possessed various superhuman abilities, including the powers of surviving underwater, communication with sea life, and tremendous swimming prowess. Eventually, Arthur decided to use his talents to become the defender of the Earth's oceans.
WHAT IS MERA'S ABILITIES? -  Mera  has the unique ability to form "hard water" objects, as well as super strength and powers related to her adaptation to live under water. She has been shown to be powerful enough to control, albeit briefly, huge amounts of water, enough to pull an entire army out to sea.

WHIPLASH - If you saw the movie "Iron Man 2," the actor Mickey Rourke played the villain called "Whiplash." I didn't know who the villain is, because I don't read Iron Man, but I learned that he has a "cybernetic battle harness" that allowed him to wield a half a dozen whips at one time.



Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next