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Your Top Teams: OPC part 4

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, July 13 2009 and posted in Features




Milk and Cheese

milk-cheese.jpgCheese began as an in-joke involving two friends of Dorkin who were sometimes called the "cheesy" Garcia sisters. He continued drawing little cheeses that would eventually become "Cheese," on cocktail napkins at clubs during the mid to late 1980s. One night, at a restaurant, Dorkin scribbled a little Milk character next to the cheese drawing, with the pair hitchhiking and holding beers in their hands. Dorkin continued to sketch the two characters at conventions until Kurt Sayenga of the now defunct Greed Magazine saw them at a San Diego comic book convention and offered Evan a spot for a Milk & Cheese strip in the magazine. The strip ran in the final issue of Greed, published in 1988. Several more strips were printed in various comic books and magazines before Slave Labor Graphics collected them and published Milk & Cheese number one. Since that time the company has published six more comic books featuring the characters. Several issues of the title were numbered as number one issues, making fun of the practice of buying comic books as an investment instead of as entertainment.

Dorkin has turned down several offers to turn Milk & Cheese into an animated series or a movie, feeling that the characters would not translate well to the small or large screen. Merchandise such as magnets, Zippo lighters and lunchboxes have been produced though, and vinyl action figures of the pair are currently in production.


The Leather Jacket-vengers

avengers-jacket.jpg"Leather Bomber Jackets, FTW."

Oh, the 90's were so, so hard on Marvel. This decade coincided with a speculators' boom, followed by an industry-wide slump and Marvel filing for bankruptcy in 1997. Bob Harras and Steve Epting took over the title, and introduced a stable lineup with ongoing storylines and character development focused on the Black Knight, Sersi, Crystal, Quicksilver, Hercules and the Vision. Their primary enemies in this run include the mysterious Proctor and the Shi’ar warrior Deathcry. During this period, the team finds themselves facing increasingly murderous enemies, and are forced to question their rule against killing.

This culminated in "Operation: Galactic Storm", a 19-part storyline that ran through all Avengers-related titles and showcases a conflict between the Kree and the Shi'ar Empire. The team splits when Iron Man and several dissidents execute the Supreme Intelligence against the wishes of Captain America. After a vote disbanding the West Coast Avengers, Iron Man forms a proactive and aggressive team called Force Works. During the team's first mission Wonder Man is apparently killed again (his atoms are actually only temporarily scattered). Force Works later disbands after it is revealed that Iron Man has become a murderer via the manipulations of the villain Kang.


Justa Lotta Animals

jlanimals.jpg"Eat it. This group only appeared for like three issues plus several references, but they were awesome. Seriously, an all-animal Justice League, with members like Super Squirrel, Bat-Mouse, Wonder Wabbit, the Crash, Aquaduck, Green Lambkin, Elongator, Zap-Panda, the Item (a shrinking elephant! Awesome!), Firestork, the Martian Anteater, Green Sparrow and Stacked Canary, and Hawkmoose? That's freakin' genius!"

Just'a Lotta Animals originally appeared in the series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! as the name of a superhero comic book written and drawn by Captain Carrot's alter ego, Roger Rodney Rabbit. Various panels of the Just'a Lotta Animals' comic that were shown in the Captain Carrot series were often parodies of classic Justice League storylines. The team was in fact the original proposal by Zoo Crew creators Roy Thomas and Scott Shaw for a funny animal superhero series for DC, but DC's editor Dick Giordano asked them to create original characters instead. They agreed and created the Zoo Crew, but still ended up introducing the Just'a Lotta Animals team in the series.

In Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14 and #15, in a storyline titled "Crisis On Earth-C!," Just'a Lotta Animals were finally revealed to actually exist, on a parallel Earth named "Earth-C-Minus" (versus the world of the Zoo Crew, which was named "Earth-C"). The two teams united to defeat the villains of the story, Dr. Hoot (an owl mad scientist) and Feline Faust (a cat sorcerer; an analog of Justice League villain Felix Faust).


The Watchmen

Here is the deal, I betcha you are all wondering what happened to this team and why they are in the OPC. Well, the Watchmen are a victim of people changing there minds, a lot of people had them on their list. They were pretty much Top 50 bound if I think back on it, but due to me allowing folks to edit there lists many people took them off for other teams while keeping the Minute Men who appeared like a split second in the book higher points. Frankly, I couldn't care less about this team. I was indifferent to the story, I know most people see it has the be all and end all comic book story, but it was just ok if you ask me. I wasn't blown away by it, but I can see how others might be.

I am pretty sure you all know who this team is, and how it changed the landscape for comic stories to come, correct? Good, cuz I am too tired to write up anything at the moment. If you haven't, just watch the movie, it’s actually better then the comic, imo.


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