I had nothing much to do this afternoon so I thought I’d visit my vault where I keep Tymbus.  He’d been in there all week with only Amazing Spider-Man #583, Final Crisis #6 and The Spirit movie for company.  In the dark and damp he stewed all week over these limited stimuli.  Here’s what he had to say to me:

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21 Responses to “Gary Lactus’s Vault of Tymbus #1”

  1. Zom Says:

    Not liking the “white skull” look of the chameleon, neither

  2. Zom Says:

    “Sit at a fucking typewriter”

    LULZ. Welcome to the 21st century, Tym

    Great mini-podcast, guys. Look forward to hearing more

  3. Thrilltone Says:

    I quite liked the 90s Chameleon, as Kraven’s pathetic manservant, desperate for his dead master’s approval, always seeming to be at the end of his tether, trying not to end up shooting himself. Actually, did I like him, or just remember him? The slippery slope of actual memory and opinions, which may lead to ‘I love the 90s’-esque nostalgic lies.

    Has he not always had the stupid white skull face, though?

    I thought Final Crisis 6 was alright, really. The weakest issue so far, though. I enjoyed Batman’s Kirby gun, and the fact he now seems (seemed) to come with ‘God Sight’, though the final page didn’t make me think “OMG Batman is deadddd” so much as “harhar, how will the writers get out of THAT one?”. It’s good to see an actual corpse in superhero comics, and a shriveled-up one at that.

    The Miracle Machine scene, apart from making me wonder if it has in any way spoiled surprises from Superman Beyond, made me wonder if the Green Lanterens are involved in any way, what with them having weapons that can do anything they think of. Maybe used their magic rings to make Mr. Miracle white in this issue (or maybe it was just the result of a muddled art team).

    Talky Tawny ripping Kalibak’s guts out was underwhelming and lazy, I felt, and the whole “look! Mary Marvel is using provocative language and thrusting at people!” thing was done much better last issue.

    Mr. Terrific is ace, though. Fair Play!

    And I want Doug Mankhe to draw every superhero comic that Frank Quitely isn’t.

    Regarding a band made up of world leaders, this may be of some vague interest, in that there are around 3 good lines:


  4. Zom Says:

    Final Crisis annocommentations should be up this evening

  5. Gary Lactus Says:

    Re: Chameleon, I think the upturned skull-like nose is fairly new. Mr. Terrific. Gotta love him. He’s basically a well-adjusted Batman. I will be doing a special celebration of Terrific in the near future.

  6. Zom Says:

    He needs an enemy called Mr Mean. Foulplay

  7. tymbus Says:

    Thanks for the comments Thrilltone. Yes, as Gary says on the podcast, a group of world leaders could take the world by storm. Instead tey took it by Desert Storm. Ho. Ho. I should find out the Chamelion can shape change or the slurping effects were him removing his mask off pannel. I liked the Ditko version. No powers just a mask. Very Ditko.

  8. John Cage Says:

    There is a Mr. Terrible running around the DC universe in an outfit similar to Mr. Terrific, but I don’t know that they’ve actually encountered each other.


    Have a good day.
    John Cage

  9. Zom Says:

    Are the americans among us familiar with the Mr Men, I wonder?

  10. Thrilltone Says:

    I also found myself wondering that. A new, gritty Mr. Tickle?

  11. Zom Says:

    Mr Tickle is quite disturbing enough as it is

  12. MikeCr Says:


    You are of course aware that Barack Obama’s status as something of a high school basketball star has been widely reported in the American media? I’m pretty sure that there’s even been talk that he’d like a basketball court installed in the White House. Racial stereotypes notwithstanding it’s pretty unfair to criticize Zeb Wells for just playing off a popular theme that most Americans would have been aware of. Not that the story was any good (or that I bought it).

  13. Zom Says:

    No I don’t think Tymbus was aware of that

  14. Tymbus Says:

    Hey MikeCr thanks for the heads up on that one. No, I didn’t know Obama was a High School basket ball star. I wonder if his Harvard speach on ethnic diversity was as widely known. Pretty stunning. Maybe he could have challenged the Chamelion to a debate? I must admit I was desperate for Marvel to be in Seventies appeal to student politics mode, but those days have gone (for better or worse). Thanks for clarifying the scenario-and listening. Go on-buy the comic. It was a historic day-in real life.

  15. Tucker Stone Says:

    Hey, Virgin Read satellites in the great UK!

  16. Zom Says:

    Eh? Ain’t none of them comic’s virgins. Wot you on about?

  17. Tymbus Says:

    “Hi Tucker. I take it you mean Virgin read in the sense I lifted from your blog: “I believe that the idea behind the Virgin Read is to pose these kind of questions to the various comic books, comic book companies, writers and artists that this project runs into. Who are you really writing for? Did you get them? Appeal to them? Would it benefit you to appeal to a wider audience? Does your audience include women? Do you want it to? Does your audience include people in their 30s? Do you want it to? …So often the answers to these questions is just…sort of odd.”

    Or did you just mean I am an ignorant tosser? :-)

  18. Tucker Stone Says:

    At the beginning of the podcast! You said “virgin read”!

  19. Gary Lactus Says:

    That was me. By “virgin read” I meant I hadn’t read/seen two of the three things we talked about. I was too busy battling Lou Reed Richards and the Fantastic Underground to go and see the Spirit movie or read Amazing Spider-Man.

  20. Tucker Stone Says:

    I don’t think anybody should ever come up with reasons why they haven’t seen the Spirit movie.

  21. Damn the Torpedos! Says:

    Lou Reed Richards and the Fantastic Underground is the comic I wish I were reading right now.

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