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The Letters Page: Episode 154
Black Fist: Grandmaster of the Streets #1

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Primary Topic

Mr. Fixer

Intro

Hey, friends! Adam's back, and he did an AWESOME cover!

Show Notes:

Run Time: 1:20:44

It's good to be back recording together again. It feels like it's been a long time, even though it's only been a week away from each other.

After only a reasonable amount of goofs, we get right down to the brassiest of tacks. We start overviewing around 4 minutes in.

At the 40 minute mark, we get to your questions! We take questions on the topic at hand (or, rather, at fist), and we also some K.N.Y.F.E. questions, as well!

In the overview and question sections, we address some pretty heavy things. Unsurprisingly, writing a 70s comic about a black hero based on blaxploitation tropes would have been weighty in the 70s, and it's definitely still a rousing topic today. We want to make one thing clear here: black lives matter. If you feel like "all lives matter" is a fair statement, it's important to note that only when black lives matter will all lives matter. Nothing we say in this strange, performance art podcast where we tell real stories about fake comics should take anything away from that truth. We trust our listenership to understand that.

Finally, at about an hour and 17 minutes in, we talk a bit about the cover. But you've likely already seen it above in the show notes!

Oh, and Adam sent me a photo of his pan and spatula that he uses for making eggs. Here it is:

Don't mind the ghost hand in the lower left corner. Adam's house might be haunted, but at least those ghosts love his eggs!

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Characters Mentioned

Summary

Overview

  • We’re doing a story about Black Fist today. For the uninitiated, this was the character later known as Mr. Fixer in an earlier era and genre. He first appeared in January of 1951 in issue #129 of Justice Comics. At that time, his fighting style was boxing but the idea was still that he’s a talented hand-to-hand fighter and he took to the streets to clean up his city. He was modeled, in part, on Joe Louis [heavyweight boxing champ from 1937 through 1949]. He continued to appear as a regular in the back-up stories in JC for a while, but that’s not the era we’re dealing with today. [Hint here that History of Sentinel Comics is probably going to be a 2021 release.]
  • In the early ’70s, the notable Bruce Lee martial arts films started coming out and being seen by western audiences it started a bit of a fad. Sentinel Comics hopped on board that train by bringing back Black Fist as a kung fu expert. This took the form of a new title that started in September ’72 - Black Fist: Grandmaster of the Streets which ran for 60 issues [final issue August ’77]. It’s simultaneously a kung fu book and solidly in the Blaxploitation genre. It’s action-packed, cool, sexy and a lot of fun. There had been a lot of call for a solo Black hero to have his own title.
  • It was pretty well-received, but after about several years of doing whatever he wanted, taking the fight to the street, and breaking some hearts they decided to shake things up a bit in ’76. This took the form of a bunch of kids on the street that didn’t have a lot of direction in their lives. This is where we first see him acting as shifu Walker. The kids wind up doing wacky kid stuff - they draw comparisons to the presence of the children in Transformers or G.I. Joe cartoons; why are they even here? This style derailment results in the book’s cancellation the following year. That’s the end of “Black Fist” and the character isn’t seen again until he’s reinvented as Mr. Fixer [in ’86] as a much older man, the opposite of how Comic Book Time generally works. His backstory involves the tragic deaths of [most of] his students, so that’s wrapped up neatly.
  • This week, they’re doing issue #1 of that solo Black Fist title as this kung fu/Blaxploitation character is typically the iteration that people think of when that name is used. The ’50s version of the character is the same person, but lacking most of the style/panache/bravado/swagger/you-get-the-idea of the later version.
  • Things we need to see here: Black Fist fighting with a variety of different weapons (including improvised ones taken from the environment, although not to Jackie Chan levels - more like throwing a pot at a guy or hitting somebody with a chair and then continuing to use the broken chair legs as clubs).
  • When do we introduce ninjas? Was that aspect present from the first issue or does he start with just cleaning up street crime in general? Christopher suggests from the first issue: they only have 5 years’ worth of issues to begin with, there’s room for more stuff, but they want to establish this right away. It’s the ’70s so going with a double-sized issue for the #1 book is an option anyway. They can take the first half doing the standard street crime thing to establish that Black Fist outclasses everybody. Guy pulls a knife? No problem. Guy pulls a gun? BF stares him down and talks at him while slowly inching close enough to disarm him. He’s on top of his game. Then some ninjas can show up who might actually prove a bit of a challenge. Zhu Long’s been around in comics well before this, so having the first issue be a declaration of the title’s mission statement can work. Street crime, ninjas, Zhu Long shows up at the end. Boom. You know what this book is now.
  • He’s surprised to run into ninjas, to be sure. Their presence is an indication that something else is going on here. Zhu Long doesn’t even have to be a reveal to BF himself, but to the reader so we know what’s behind the ninjas even if our hero doesn’t.
  • Ah, one more thing that’s necessary for the issue: Black Fist makin’ time for the ladies.
  • What’s his job? Cleaning up the streets is all well and good, but he needs an income. Is he a mechanic already? Even if he doesn’t own the shop? That sounds good. They like the idea that he’s got his nice clothes and all, but has this dirty greasy job. Even better: he has those zip-up coveralls that he’s wearing for work, then he hears the hoodlums causing problems/pushing drugs whatever, and he unzips it to reveal his kung fu outfit.
  • What else is there to even do for the book? They’ve got the outline here. They think maybe one of the things he stops if a mafia shakedown of the auto shop - another era-appropriate thing would be powerful white people “running” the poorer black neighborhoods (whether it’s outright criminals like the mob, but also shady real estate developers/slumlords).
  • One thing that probably happens in this title without being in this first issue would be him dealing with white cops who don’t care. The element of “the authorities won’t protect this neighborhood, so it’s up to me”.
  • So, stuff in this issue: works in the auto shop, stops drug dealers, makes time for the ladies, fights ninjas, Zhu Long is after him.
  • Idea: he’s roughing up the drug dealers to find out where they got their product and they tell him about this syndicate running a warehouse operation a few blocks away. They just give the stuff away for the gangs to sell. “What would they have to gain?” It’s not explicitly the Triads, but it’s basically the vibe given.
  • They comment that this story basically wrote itself. The era of blaxploitation stories were already high action/drama and ran on rule-of-cool as it was. They were low-budget and were “exploitative” in that they were lurid stories that the producers cynically figured they could make a quick buck by making Black-centric movies that Black audiences would go to based on that aspect alone; they weren’t expected to have a wide appeal and so had little oversight in terms of content [I note, however, that the 1971 film Shaft at least won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for its theme by Isaac Hayes and was nominated for its score in general and so they got at least some wider attention]. Translating those tropes to a comic book takes very little effort.
  • They need to name: the auto shop, the owner, some friends (or maybe not if he’s this stoic man of mystery - but at least one co-worker who tries to get him to hang out to establish this fact), the drug dealer he shakes down can be a recurring character (Black Fist can let the small fish go in order to focus on the big ones).
  • Also a delicate question: how many ladies get named in this issue? Does he have a main squeeze? Maybe he does have one, but the question of “when are you gonna make an honest woman of me?” doesn’t get the sort of answer she’d likely want as he’s noncommittal. She probably doesn’t die (certainly not in this issue), but she (and other ladies) probably leave him, others might die, some are villains/betray him somehow. Ladies being at-odds with what he wants is an ongoing theme. That could even wind up as something that, while maybe not intentional at the time, kind of becomes a thing from the writers: love isn’t for him. Sure, he does well with the ladies in general, and he’s got his job as a mechanic, but what he really loves is kung fu. He lives in an increasingly dangerous world and as time goes on more of what he does puts people around him in danger.
  • One more thought: he lives in a small apartment over a corner store and the owner of that store is also his landlord. Most of these relationships he has with other people are adversarial in some capacity. Like, he gets done stopping the mafia guys from rolling through the shop and then the boss comes out and wonders why he’s not working. The landlord can be an exception and a bit of a positive relationship in his life. Adam suggests that she’s an older lady. This develops into a fun running gag where they’re flirtatious with one another, with both of them understanding that it’s a joke.
  • Once again, during a pause to work on names they accidentally went and invented more story. Disclaimer up front: with the exception of the few mafia guys at the beginning and the people directly associated with Zhu Long (i.e. ninjas, who you can’t really see ethnicity either) all of these characters are Black. This would be notable in comparison to other comics of the era.
  • So, unnamed mafia guys are being aggressive towards the young guy at the counter of Reese’s Repairs. This kid is named Julius. The mobsters are not even bothering with the whole “it would be a shame if something were to happen to the place” innuendo and outright demanding to be paid. That’s when Black Fist rolls out from under the car he was working on. “I was hoping to not have to do this today” as he unzips his coveralls showing his kung fu outfit. “Who’s this guy in his pajamas?” A fight ensues, Slim wins easily and disarms the guys who run off with a “you haven’t heard the last of us” kind of parting shot.
  • As he’s getting Julius to stop cowering behind the counter the boss, Gordon Reese, comes out demanding what “you two kids” are doing instead of working. They get back to it.
  • After work, Julius asks if Hank wants to hang out/see a show/hit the town. “I would, but I need to see my girl, Camille.”
  • Two page montage as an introduction to Hank and his city. It’s a dirty, dangerous place, but it’s his home. And the home of lots of other people. But now there’s all these other people coming in trying to take over. It’s a little bit of a “my little corner of the world” inner monologue. At some point he passes a flowering bush and he picks one of its yellow blossoms and he carries it with him - it’s almost like he’s addressing the flower, if it weren’t just his inner thoughts.
  • He arrives at a door and knocks. A beautiful young woman answers, calls him “sugar”, accepts the flower, and invites him in. He goes in for a kiss, but she stops him. Here’s the “honest woman” bit - he brushes that off, but wonders if he can at least come in for dinner first, which they proceed to eat. About halfway through the meal there are gunshots outside, at which point he just gets up and rushes out to take care of business without a word to Camille. She sighs, gets up and collects both their plates and starts cleaning up. We get her inner monologue about “that fool” going out and getting himself into trouble, running out on her, but she still worries about him and the inevitable night that he doesn’t come back at all.
  • We cut over to him fighting the bad guys. Somebody’s already down on the ground with a gunshot in his arm, and several of the opposition have guns, but he’s making short work of them anyway. Maybe a dozen guys total with a variety of weapons. It’s clear that this is some kind of drug deal gone wrong involving a couple of different crews. The last one standing is a kid - like early teen. He’s got a pistol pointed (and trembling) at Black Fist. This is where we get him talking to/distracting the kid as he advances until he’s close enough to take the gun from him. The talk here is basically that people are causing problems in his town and he can’t let that happen, but you’re just a kid. Go home and clean up your act.
  • The guy with the gunshot wound is then who Slim approaches to get information. He’s really playing up how he’s dying and whatnot from what is obviously a minor wound (like, when Black Fist picks him up and peels his hand away from the wound it’s just a graze - looks more like a scratch on the page). “Man, you need to chill out.” “That’s what everyone calls me - Chill Out.” This guy becomes a major supporting character for the book. I mean, all of the named characters are, but Wayne “Chill Out” Jackson is seen a lot. He’s the guy that keeps getting involved in petty crime, often in over his head, and doesn’t have much of a sense of honor and rats people out to Black Fist all the time (and is frequently saved from himself by Black Fist in the process).
  • So, Wayne here is that “little fish” who gets released. Black Fist questions him about the drugs and learns about this new syndicate called the Dragon’s Claw. They’ve set up shop in a nearby abandoned building and are selling high volumes of drugs to the dealers at extremely cheap prices - they’re undercutting prices to the point that anybody who isn’t dealing with the syndicate are getting pushed out of the market.
  • Scene transition to the syndicate building where Black Fist is fighting ninjas and destroying the drugs. “Not in my town.” It’s a fun extended fight scene. At one point it takes a vial of the drugs (likely an opioid of some sort [which, in this era likely means heroin]) which has the Dragon’s Claw emblem on it. “Haven’t seen the last of these.” [Unintended(?) irony considering he’s blind.] We get a neat variety of weapons in this fight. The interior of the building has actually had a decent amount of work done on it, and so the ninjas have a variety of weapons available. That means that Black Fist has a chance to use a variety of them as well as he goes about taking them off the ninjas as the fight progresses. This is a much harder fight for him compared to the previous ones, but he’s still victorious.
  • He finishes mopping up the baddies and calls it a night. That’s when he goes home to his place above the corner shop. He greets the lady behind the counter at the shop (which is still open late, even if it’s not exactly a 24-hour place) as “Miss Kate” who in turn calls him “Honey” and asks him why he’s getting in so late. He’s “almost as late as his rent”. Some fine flirtatious banter back and forth and he heads up to bed.
  • Coda as one of the ninjas kneels before a shadowy figure, explaining the loss of their operation at the hands of a single foe. We see the shadowy figure is Zhu Long (complete with Dragon’s Claw emblem on a tapestry behind him) who tells the ninja that he “knows what he must do” (which is commit ritual suicide for his failure).
  • So there we have it. This first issue sets up a variety of threads that run through the book (Julius, Gordon, Camille, Chill Out, Zhu Long, and Miss Kate). One detail is that everybody calls him something different: Julius - Hank, Camille - Sugar, Miss Kate - Honey, Chill Out - Black Fist, and possibly the most interesting Gordon - Slim. When he opens his own auto shop later on, it’s “Slim’s Auto Shop” as a bit of a nod to this character who, from what we see here at first at least, he doesn’t have a great relationship with, but it does develop over time into something more avuncular. Adam’s of the opinion that this is very likely the same shop. Something may happen to Gordon in the meantime, possibly even in the course of the Black Fist book itself. It’s an unfortunate truth that it’s likely that most of these characters do not survive this book.

Questions

  • [Christopher informing Adam about the hilarity of the fact that Trevor recorded a “Christopher and Paul Reading Letters” song for last week’s Publisher’s Note derails into a comment about how amazing the various people they work with are and that they hope they all become famous and continue to work with them. Specific name drops are Trevor himself (obviously), but also Jean-Marc (the composer for the SotM video game by Handelabra and whose work for that game is used for various things in the podcast as well), and Joe Zieja (who wasn’t exactly unknown at the time that he was hired to voice Guise for the video game and several other projects since then, like the Guise episode of this very podcast, but who’s gone on to do a number of more high-profile things since but still makes time for Guise who will appear in the Chapter 2 content of the Sentinels of Freedom game).]
  • Which traditional martial arts weapons (as opposed to Mr. Fixer’s tendency to use improvised weapons) did Black Fist use most often? Gotta assume nunchucks. He was retooled from being a boxer to a martial artist to capitalize on the popularity of Bruce Lee who used them in several of his films. Beyond that they’re just interesting They’re fun to draw, spinning is inherent to their function. They mentioned, though, that he’s not really the type to carry weapons around with him. He winds up fighting ninjas, so he winds up using their weapons after he disarms them.
  • While he seems like a street-level hero, how often does he wind up off the streets (dealing with vampires or alongside Legacy at the Enclave of the Endlings, for example)? Other hero stories? How widely-recognized was he in the Sentinel Comics Universe and the Metaverse? First off, vampires aren’t inherently “not street-level”. You can do street-level vampire stories (they might be “street level plus”, but so are kung fu heroes). That being said, the vampire stuff likely doesn’t happen in the Black Fist: Grandmaster of the Streets title. It’s already got Zhu Long taking up the “magical nonsense” slot. You wind up with some drug-fueled villains in here somewhere too, and this book might be something of a blueprint for stories in the ’80s (“okay, what worked in this other gritty street-level book we did 10 years ago?” sort of thing). Like, it’s not as gritty as the ’80s would get, but there’s room for something as a precursor for Spite in there. He didn’t cross-over with other heroes often, but it did happen. He’s probably decently well-recognized, but not always positively. This book was so different from everything else being produced - the people who loved it loved it, but there were plenty of other people who probably wished that it didn’t exist (although, historically, it’s held in fairly high regard). Street-level books lend themselves to the occasional situation where Wraith and Black Fist wind up crossing paths and fighting because “I don’t like the way you do things.” They can easily see Wraith showing up in a BF story and trying to make some changes in the neighborhood, only for Black Fist to object in a “How are you different from anyone else who comes in from outside?” kind of way.
  • Does he only have the one look wee see on the Enclave of the Endlings card or did various artists give him a variety of clothes and hair styles? You’d get a variety. He doesn’t have a standard costume in this book. He’s got the coveralls while working and his kung fu outfit, which is probably what you’d see in something like a video game that had him in the retro style for some reason as it’s the most iconic look for him, but he’s much less “costumed” than other heroes.
  • You mentioned previously that he had a variety of girlfriends, but none stuck around; did he have any significant romances? Camille sticks around for a while, but while it’s maybe not a new lady every issue there are plenty of them (and there’s a girl in every issue, just some stick around for more than one). Some good influences, some bad, some antagonists in some way, some partings are on good terms, others not, etc. He’s portrayed as being a ladies man, but not somebody with multiple girlfriends at once. There’s time passing between issues to give room for the romancing to happen off-panel.
  • [Commenting on “time passing” starts an aside about how Wraith is now in her early 30s at latest if not late 20s while Legacy is in his early 60s despite that they were introduced as basically the same age originally.]
  • Does anybody recognize Slim as being Black Fist from his various personas over the years (martial arts instructor, Mr. Fixer, Mantra)? Does anybody (other than the Operative) hold a grudge for things he did in his youth? The idea of “Black Fist” is largely ignored - if people remember Slim’s past when we meet back up with him in the ’80s it’s for him having run a martial arts school, not for having been a vigilante called Black Fist. We’re also operating mostly pre-internet, so unless you were a reader who was really keyed into things, you likely wouldn’t know who this old mechanic was supposed to be when he was introduced.
  • Looking at the timeline we are aware of and the fact that Black Fist and Wraith were introduced relatively close together along with that we know that Black Fist ran a martial arts school in Rook City - was Wraith one of his students? She first appeared in October ’48 and he did in January ’51, which seems really close now, but that’s over two years. Her backstory was well established before Black Fist first showed up, and even then his martial arts aspect didn’t come in for another two decades. It could have been retconned in by later writers, but it wasn’t. We likely even have stories in Wraith’s books where we get flashbacks to her training where we’d see her teachers. As alluded to earlier, they’re initial interactions would likely be at odds with one another.
  • Blaxploitation is a genre with many tropes and stock characters [interruption: that’s part of why they love it so much, using those elements to tell interesting stories gives you a lot of fun space to play around in, much like in comics generally. That being said, this comic doesn’t go fully Blaxsploitation - it takes some elements from it and it exists in the same zeitgeist that gave rise to it, but it’s not as gritty as most Blaxploitation stuff gets. Black Fist is a very good man - there’s no moral ambiguity or “antihero” to him at all.], how many wise-cracking pimps does Black Fist befriend in his adventures? While there are almost certainly some wise-cracking pimps in the book, he’s much more likely to be taking them down than befriending them.
  • How many times does he fight racist police in the pocket of big business? This is still a superhero book, so probably only a few times (walked back from “frequently”, which was the impulsive answer), but it’s definitely something that’s addressed in the book. That element is more likely to be a side element than a main antagonist, though.
  • Did he ever confront the Klan? Almost inevitably. Possibly with one “super-Klansman” who was pumped full of drugs or something.
  • How much was the legacy of slavery and segregation discussed? At least some. The inner monologue we get while he’s walking through his neighborhood in this one issue doesn’t come out and say things are the way they are “because we were slaves”, but it’s assumed that you know that. Granted, this letter asks it using a more current way to describe this phenomenon. This comic started shortly after what we think of as the “main” part of the Civil Rights Movement and while the book isn’t about that, the way that those topics are touched upon would be very much of that time and in a different “voice” than we’d talk about it today. [There’s some good back-and-forth between the guys about how much it has and hasn’t changed from about 54:40 through 57:00.]
  • Did Black Fist explicitly embrace the language of Black Power? The way the writers side-stepped that specific issue (which is similar to most Blaxploitation media) was that the majority of the characters in it were themselves Black. There’s less discussion of the power dynamics involved that way. Adam can even see there being a villain who is explicitly drumming up the Blacks vs Whites thing by targeting/killing White people and Black Fist opposing him on the basis that the divisiveness is the wrong way to go about things (plus the murder thing) and moving towards unity is better. They’re presenting his character as being one that’s written with the MLK/Malcolm X dynamic present in mind and that he’s right in the middle. Adam brings up the interesting trivia that the Marvel character Black Panther was around and named that before the real-life organization of the same name. Marvel even changed his name to “Black Leopard” for one issue before reverting it.
  • You’ve said in the past that if we see Mr. Fixer without his Rook City Renegades baseball cap, that’s an indication that he’s dead - then why do we see him without it on page 171 of the RPG book? By the RPG period, he’s no longer “Mr. Fixer” but is now Mantra. [Point of order anyway, I don’t believe that the guy on page 171 is even supposed to be Mr. Fixer but just somebody with a similar mask as his Dark Watch variant.] This starts a brief aside about how he’s probably the character who has the most names. Like, it just sort of happened organically that lots of people address him by different names, but he’s also had the most “comic book” names at 3.
  • From the Headhunter Writer’s Room, does time on Noraton pass faster or slower than the outside world (considering the people on the planet told her that the head had arrived “weeks ago” but she’s also lost the trail after leaving as weeks had passed and those two things are contradictory)? They’ll be honest, they got a few letters on this topic. Here’s the answer: they don’t know how time works. The writers wrote this story such time is weird there and that the above statements were both true. Maybe the head was there longer than the people knew. Maybe there’s some weird fluctuation to the effect and you don’t know which way it’s going to go for you until you leave and find out. Christopher: “That would mean that gravity isn’t constant on the planet, and that’s weird.” Adam: “Yeah.” Anyway, there’s so little time [heh] in the grand scheme of things spent there that the writers didn’t dedicate a lot of effort in explaining it.
  • While I love spaceships that wind up getting used for something other than their design (mining, transport, freighter, etc. that get used in more action-heavy stories) and thus fell in love with the Yocker [a good bit throughout the letter that they didn’t know how to spell it], I also know that it’s not the ship that Rival and Vantage would be using in their adventures, so what happened to the Yocker? It definitely explodes at some point (probably in an ambush/attack). She’s been hauling around a lot of blightsilver that she needs to fight Progeny and the ship blowing up and her being worried that she’s lost all of it is a good story beat.
  • We know that Captain Cosmic is “Space Dad”, but now that K.N.Y.F.E. is out there and being herself, does she wind up becoming “Space Mom” at some point? Would any of these hypothetical children have weird energy blade powers? Adam comes out the gate with the assumption that the only way this happens is if there’s some alien out there that can get impregnated by her which immediately derails Christopher who jumps on board. She’s got some augments from her time with F.I.L.T.E.R. (like nanobots or something) that act as birth control, so she thinks she’s set until an encounter with some alien who can get pregnant from her and she gets very confused and concerned. That’s hilarious and potentially fun, so they might have to look into this one.
  • Why not include the Headhunter period of the character as a variant card for K.N.Y.F.E. in SotM? They didn’t have a lot of space for another variant for her, but they probably could have fit her in. To be honest, the Rogue Agent variant had been settled on before the Headhunter story even existed, but you can kind of think of that variant kind of leading into that story too. You’re right that it may have been a neat addition.
  • How does Rival’s hair look? Last we saw of Paige in the card game it was short, so is she growing it out or not? Go look at the Headhunter issue cover as that’s a more recent story. [Christopher: “but there’s also art of her in OblivAeon that…” Adam: “we’ll worry about that later.” This makes me believe that the Mission cards with the Rogue Agent-looking K.N.Y.F.E. art is likely to be changed in a Definitive Edition update.] Adam’s opinion is that she likely changes her hair a lot. Like, if there’s a bunch of weird space technology out there that allows for it she probably has it artificially grown, then cut, colored, etc. often (possibly after ill-conceived choices made while intoxicated). She likes change and if she can go somewhere to get it grown out trivially, then go wild with your experimentation. Likely lots of asymmetrical styles.
  • I’m mad at you, Adam; you did no arts of Parse where we see her shoes - what does she typically wear? If we’re talking her basic SotM look, then probably some kind of comfy shoe since that outfit is so utilitarian [Adam (softly): “and that costume might disappear.” so another candidate for big Definitive Edition retcon.]
  • What is Parse’s shoe size? Adam doesn’t know women’s shoe sizes. Christopher ballparks it as an 8.5 before going into a diatribe about how dumb shoe sizes are in the US compared to Europe where the size is just a measurement in cm [this isn’t quite accurate as the European sizes indicate length using a unit that is 2/3 of a cm - so if you measure your foot in cm and multiply by 3/2 you have your size whereas American shoe sizing is some complicated formula where you multiply the foot length in inches by 3 then subtract an arbitrary number which varies for men (24), women (23, sometimes 22 1/2), and children (11 2/3)].
  • What’s the deal with the spatula and pan that Adam uses for eggs (referring to a somewhat long runner in the podcast that Adam is the best at making scrambled eggs)? He always uses the same pan and spatula and he’ll take a picture that Christopher can add to the show notes. The spatula is some kind of rubber and the pan is stainless steel.
  • Which Sentinel Comics character makes the best eggs and are they as good as Adam? While nobody is as good as Adam, if they were to use his technique Expatriette would be good as it needs to be done very fast and she’s the type to do that (Tachyon would be too fast). Christopher was about to say that Haka’s would be the best, generally, but no - baking is his thing. His eggs would be fine, but that’s not his specialty. Man, we just don’t see a lot of domestic life stuff… They’ll say that Tempest has gotten really good at making Eggs Benedict, even though he doesn’t eat eggs himself.

Cover Discussion

  • So, Black Fist in a city street - seeing the environment is important. Ninjas? Nah - those should be a surprise so maybe just the generic thugs. Kung fu guy fighting thugs is the standard. It’s the ’70s so inset boxes with a few different scenes would be an option. Or maybe him in the middle and we have thugs on one side an mafia guys on the other like he’s having to deal with both of these elements in his city. Adam will try some things out and we’ll see.