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The Comic Book Origin Story Of The Simpsons’ Radioactive Man

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Gotham City has Batman, Metropolis has Superman, Springfield has Radioactive Man. The star of Bart Simpson's favorite comic book and what some locals may refer to as the "Best. Hero. Ever." made his TV debut in the early days of The Simpsons, with a 1991 season two episode, Three Men and a Comic Book, focusing on a first edition of the hero's origin story. But what exactly is his origin story? Fans would have to wait until 1994 to find out, when the character got his own Radioactive Man comic book.

Opening with tongue in cheek, Stan Lee-esque letter to fans, Matt Groening presents the tale as a look at the character's 1952 Golden Age origin story, promising the rest of the series would take the character, "...all the way from the laughably prehistoric Golden Age to the laughably comical contemporary Polybagged Age." It's all very meta.

Related: The Simpsons: Every Superhero Alter-Ego

The opening panels see a charity ball for the orphans of Radioactive Man's Zenith city. In attendance is gallivanting playboy Claude Kane III and radio reporter Gloria Grand. After Grand rebuffs Kane's advances, brushing him off as a, "frivolous socialite," he returns home, where his scientist father chastises him for spending another night out dancing. Kane is left wondering if there's something more he should be doing with his life. The next day, Kane gets lost on his way to his father's lab and finds his car stuck in sand. But as he tries to find his bearings, communist spies are busy raiding his father's lab, with the plan to detonate the "Mega Bomb" he'd been working on and steal his data. Seeking refuge at a distant town, Kane doesn't realize he's actually stumbled into a fake community built for the test site. The thugs start the timer and by the time Kane realizes where he is, it's too late. The bomb explodes and after a very Doctor Manhattan looking panel, Kane finds himself somehow alive, only with a lightning bolt-shaped piece of shrapnel sticking out of his skull.

After returning to his car to try once more to move it, Kane realizes he can not only move it, but easily lift it. The next panel sees him realize he can fly and heading off to his father's lab. He defeats the spies that had been holding the lab hostage and realizes crime fighting was his purpose all along. As Kane stares through the window of his reading room (in some very Batman: Year One reminiscent imagery) he opines to himself that he'll need to take steps to protect his father and Gloria. "I'll need a disguise - something bold - something powerful - with future merchandising potential!"

And thus was born The Simpsons' perennial in-universe superhero. Maybe he'd have fared the blast better with a pair of goggles, but people have said they do nothing. Either way, if you want to learn more about the exploits of Radioactive Man, check your local comic shop. The Android's Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop apparently is well stocked has very friendly staff.

Next: The Simpsons Future Timeline Explained (Properly)

Spider-Man: Oscar Isaac Becomes 2099 Version In Spectacular Fan Art

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Actor Oscar Isaac becomes Spider-Man 2099 in impressive fan art by Apexform. As the name implies, Spider-Man 2099 is a future version of the character. However, in this case, the man behind the mask is Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist. He receives his powers during an incident with a co-worker, which causes his DNA to be altered, giving him Spider-Man like powers. The character made his first full appearance in the 1992 comic Spider-Man 2099 #1. The Marvel 2099 imprint not only features a future story for Spider-Man, but also Hulk, Doom, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and several others.

Spider-Man 2099 has appeared in other forms of media, including TV shows and video games. So far, the character has made only one film appearance, in 2018's critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animated movie follows the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man as he helps return many other Spider-characters to their own worlds. Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Isaac, doesn't appear until a post-credits scene. However, it's likely he'll have a role in the movie's upcoming sequel. In the scene, he uses a watch that lets him safely move between dimensions, which would prove helpful to other Spider-characters. Ultimately, the moment with Spider-Man 2099 ends up being a humorous one, as he visits the world seen in the 1967 Spider-Man animated series.

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse's After-Credits Scene Explained

As Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film, Isaac doesn't actually appear, but instead voices the character. However, artist Apexform has suggested a jump to live-action for Spider-Man 2099, thanks to fan art showing Isaac in the role. Apexform specifically suggests a Disney+ show for Isaac's Spider-Man, though that would be prove tricky, considering Sony still owns the character. Check out the image featuring Isaac as Spider-Man 2099 below:

Though a live-action series with Spider-Man 2099 isn't too likely right now, hopefully fans will find out soon exactly what role he'll play in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. The upcoming sequel currently has an October, 2022 release date. During a watch party for the first film earlier this week, producer Phil Lord revealed the movie will feature many "surprises," but also admitted he wasn't allowed to tease anything more specific. Some general plot points are already known, such as that it could feature Japanese Spider-Man. It will also focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen.

The Spider-Man 2099 fan art shows just how well cast Oscar Isaac was in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It's no wonder the artist and others are hoping for a live-action series featuring him one day. Isaac's appearance in the movie's post-credits scene was a fan-favorite, especially because of his funny interaction with Spider-Man from the animated series. Hopefully, fans will see Spider-Man 2099 again when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 releases in 2022.

More: MARVEL 2099: Everything Comic Book Fans Need To Know

Source: Apexform

Spider-Man: Oscar Isaac Becomes 2099 Version In Spectacular Fan Art

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Actor Oscar Isaac becomes Spider-Man 2099 in impressive fan art by Apexform. As the name implies, Spider-Man 2099 is a future version of the character. However, in this case, the man behind the mask is Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist. He receives his powers during an incident with a co-worker, which causes his DNA to be altered, giving him Spider-Man like powers. The character made his first full appearance in the 1992 comic Spider-Man 2099 #1. The Marvel 2099 imprint not only features a future story for Spider-Man, but also Hulk, Doom, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and several others.

Spider-Man 2099 has appeared in other forms of media, including TV shows and video games. So far, the character has made only one film appearance, in 2018's critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animated movie follows the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man as he helps return many other Spider-characters to their own worlds. Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Isaac, doesn't appear until a post-credits scene. However, it's likely he'll have a role in the movie's upcoming sequel. In the scene, he uses a watch that lets him safely move between dimensions, which would prove helpful to other Spider-characters. Ultimately, the moment with Spider-Man 2099 ends up being a humorous one, as he visits the world seen in the 1967 Spider-Man animated series.

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse's After-Credits Scene Explained

As Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film, Isaac doesn't actually appear, but instead voices the character. However, artist Apexform has suggested a jump to live-action for Spider-Man 2099, thanks to fan art showing Isaac in the role. Apexform specifically suggests a Disney+ show for Isaac's Spider-Man, though that would be prove tricky, considering Sony still owns the character. Check out the image featuring Isaac as Spider-Man 2099 below:

Though a live-action series with Spider-Man 2099 isn't too likely right now, hopefully fans will find out soon exactly what role he'll play in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. The upcoming sequel currently has an October, 2022 release date. During a watch party for the first film earlier this week, producer Phil Lord revealed the movie will feature many "surprises," but also admitted he wasn't allowed to tease anything more specific. Some general plot points are already known, such as that it could feature Japanese Spider-Man. It will also focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen.

The Spider-Man 2099 fan art shows just how well cast Oscar Isaac was in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It's no wonder the artist and others are hoping for a live-action series featuring him one day. Isaac's appearance in the movie's post-credits scene was a fan-favorite, especially because of his funny interaction with Spider-Man from the animated series. Hopefully, fans will see Spider-Man 2099 again when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 releases in 2022.

More: MARVEL 2099: Everything Comic Book Fans Need To Know

Source: Apexform

Spider-Man: Oscar Isaac Becomes 2099 Version In Spectacular Fan Art

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Actor Oscar Isaac becomes Spider-Man 2099 in impressive fan art by Apexform. As the name implies, Spider-Man 2099 is a future version of the character. However, in this case, the man behind the mask is Miguel O'Hara, a geneticist. He receives his powers during an incident with a co-worker, which causes his DNA to be altered, giving him Spider-Man like powers. The character made his first full appearance in the 1992 comic Spider-Man 2099 #1. The Marvel 2099 imprint not only features a future story for Spider-Man, but also Hulk, Doom, Punisher, Ghost Rider, and several others.

Spider-Man 2099 has appeared in other forms of media, including TV shows and video games. So far, the character has made only one film appearance, in 2018's critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The animated movie follows the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man as he helps return many other Spider-characters to their own worlds. Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Isaac, doesn't appear until a post-credits scene. However, it's likely he'll have a role in the movie's upcoming sequel. In the scene, he uses a watch that lets him safely move between dimensions, which would prove helpful to other Spider-characters. Ultimately, the moment with Spider-Man 2099 ends up being a humorous one, as he visits the world seen in the 1967 Spider-Man animated series.

Related: Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse's After-Credits Scene Explained

As Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is an animated film, Isaac doesn't actually appear, but instead voices the character. However, artist Apexform has suggested a jump to live-action for Spider-Man 2099, thanks to fan art showing Isaac in the role. Apexform specifically suggests a Disney+ show for Isaac's Spider-Man, though that would be prove tricky, considering Sony still owns the character. Check out the image featuring Isaac as Spider-Man 2099 below:

Though a live-action series with Spider-Man 2099 isn't too likely right now, hopefully fans will find out soon exactly what role he'll play in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. The upcoming sequel currently has an October, 2022 release date. During a watch party for the first film earlier this week, producer Phil Lord revealed the movie will feature many "surprises," but also admitted he wasn't allowed to tease anything more specific. Some general plot points are already known, such as that it could feature Japanese Spider-Man. It will also focus on the relationship between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen.

The Spider-Man 2099 fan art shows just how well cast Oscar Isaac was in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It's no wonder the artist and others are hoping for a live-action series featuring him one day. Isaac's appearance in the movie's post-credits scene was a fan-favorite, especially because of his funny interaction with Spider-Man from the animated series. Hopefully, fans will see Spider-Man 2099 again when Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 releases in 2022.

More: MARVEL 2099: Everything Comic Book Fans Need To Know

Source: Apexform

The Flash Raced BEYOND The Death of DC’s Universe | Screen Rant

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Since the character's debut, The Flash's super-speed has always been used to defeat villains in creative ways. From becoming bullet-proof, to healing healing faster than normal, both Barry Allen and Wally West have used the Speed Force to accomplish more than just running fast. Though these feats are impressive, few of The Flash's accomplishments are more incredible than the time he raced Death... to the end of time itself.

Debuting in 1998's The Flash #141 is the Black Flash. It is revealed in this issue that the Black Flash is an entity that appears before the death of every speedster in the DC Universe, and he has been appearing behind Wally West. Flash allies Jesse Quick and Max Mercury intercept the second Flash before the Black Flash can claim him. This comes at a terrible price for Wally, however, as Black Flash instead claims his longtime girlfriend Linda Park. The grief and tragedy is so much for Wally that he loses his connection to the Speed Force, leaving him completely vulnerable when the Black Flash returns to take him.

Related: 15 Things You Didn't Know About Black Flash

Luckily, Wally has the support of DC's other speedsters. With the help of Jesse and Max, Wally is able to buy enough time to reestablish his connection to the Speed Force. He and the Black Flash race around the world until the two end up running so fast that they race forward through time. The DC Universe's future plays out in hyper speed. The Flash witnesses his descendants colonize an entire galaxy in eight hundred million years, sees a figure in red boots mourn the earth's death in two billion years, and finally sees the DC Universe end more than twenty billion years after all civilization has collapsed. It is only there, at the end of the universe and the end of time that Flash's plan is revealed. The Flash went so far into the future that 'Death' ceased to have meaning. Black Flash dissolves into nothing as Wally witnesses the universe being reborn in a second big bang. Before he returns to the DC Universe though, he makes sure to take Linda out of the Speed Force.

Fans of the Flash TV show will undoubtedly recognize the Black Flash, though his depiction in the comics is much different. Black Flash is just one form of death in the DC Universe. From Death of the Endless from Sandman, to the New God's Black Racer, and of course Nekron from Blackest Night. It was once stated in an issue of Captain Atom that each personification of death represents different aspects of it. Death of the Endless is the compassion of death, Black Racer is its inevitability, and Nekron is death as an adversary. Though creators such as Neil Gaiman have disagreed with this idea, it is generally considered canon.

The Black Flash might be viewed as a symbol of the speed and unpredictability of death. His focus on catching the Flash and returning him to the Speed Force could be viewed as an attempt to punish the Flash for all the times he has used his speed to narrowly escape death. It is also possible to look at Black Flash as representing the cyclical nature of death, with his desire to return speedsters to the Speed Force being a sort of recycling of energy.

Regardless of how Black Flash is viewed, his appearance in The Flash #141 shows that even death cannot catch the Fastest Man Alive.

Next: 5 Flash Costumes From The Comics We Love (& 5 We Hate)

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