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Libra wrote:Charles, I'm not going to be able to post a full write-up for the Golden Age Merged Universe-627, but I'm hoping ti have something for you by Tuesday and the Golden Age posts should hopefully follow after.
In the meantime I would interested in learning more about the Nautilus Atlantean Royal Family (As well as your version of Atlantis in general), please?
I would also be interested in learning more about the Grayhavens and their Lost World.
Perhaps Prince Dakkar is a bit too much like Namor there in his over-expectations of a warm welcome from surface dwellers but its part and parcel of the genre and I like to think a lot of the storylines in the Golden Age of Heroism don't always have to make sense.
Prince Dakkar: Puny mortals.
Only a thought, but if you wanted to add something, I might that there's also some irritation between the fact that Doctor Tsin (like Doctor Fu Manchu) was actually a peasant despite suppositions to the contrary while the Iron Khan was very much responsible for much of the worst excesses of Imperialist rule.
I would note that the Iron Khan is actually sharper than he appears.
Libra wrote:I rather imagine the dynamic between Sin and Temugin as similar to that of Redcloak and Xykon: Sin definately has devotion to his cause and a well thought-out plan for his version of Utopia - Unfortunately he's not had much success, in the short term at least. Still, he plans and works for the long term and is wise enough to recognise - and prize above all other virtues in his servants - true loyalty where he finds it.
Libra wrote:Aquarius had decided that if the democratic nations of the surface would not be made to recognise him by use of peaceful diplomatic means, then he would have to make a dramatic example, demonstrating the power his nation wielded to the World.
Libra wrote:(The former was a small joke between the League and the Liberty-Men, each referring to the other so, due to the well-publicized nature of their exploits and referring to the rareness of their meetings. The latter is simply a name picked out of newspaper article by Lady Liberty, reflecting the fact that the Liberators tended to operate most openly in the Pacific theatre, preferring covert and behind-the-lines operations in Europe, where the Allies of Freedom functioned as an overt battlefront team and Axis supermen were more numerous - and powerful.)
Libra wrote:Dr Tomorrow recruited most heavily in Freedom City due to the fact that what records of the period had survived in his world showed that while the heroes of Freedom City were in many cases just as - if not more - powerful than the Axis supermen on an individual level, they had never united and seldom operated outside of their city, a priceless resource untapped. It did not escape his notice that the Phantom League’s hold on the City was never strong, due to the superabundance of costumed criminals and the chaos they caused in it's underworld, meaning James Moriarty II was far less likely to interfere or take interest in the business of the League, a factor Tom suspected lay behind a number of the Liberty-Men and Liberators' woes.
Libra wrote:The team maintained friendly relations with the Liberty-Men, probably closer than their successors ever will be, particularly after the War, but seldom met. They faced much the same problems, although to a lesser degree and it’s a well-known fact that both teams – their more gregarious members, at least – would meet for Thanksgiving dinner every year after 1945 until the retirement of the Liberty-Men.
Libra wrote:The unmasking massacre did not directly affect most of the heroes of Freedom City. Given that the team had been at least partially aware of infiltration of the US Government by agents of an alien power since 1951 and its unpleasant experiences with the consequences, it is little surprise that the Liberty League decided that while the American Way was worth fighting and dieing for, there were certain things better kept a secret, even from the American Government.
Libra wrote:The Liberty-Men: Founded before the Liberty League and just as renowned during the Golden Age, but handicapped by a lesser degree of Government Approval – given the decidedly non-American origin of many of its members – as well as the malicious scrutiny and treacherous subtleties of the future Death Mask. Lacking Doctor Tomorrows special ‘sources’ this team still managed to serve its country and the World with a record of distinguished success second to no-one. (Although the Liberty League did equal them in terms of power and sheer impact.)
Libra wrote:Despite this they served with distinction in all Theatres of War, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, generally operating behind the enemy lines or on the battlefronts seldom seen by Capes, including brief stints on the Eastern Front during the desperate days of the Battle for Stalingrad – Although that battle was won by mortal men and the city never saw them, the Liberators helped out by temporarily assuming the commitments of their Soviet counterparts, the People’s Heroes, so that the latter could be concentrated in the City by the Volga.
I've always felt that Temugin was the Shang Tsung meets the Mandarin of the setting while Doctor Sin was your typical Fu Manchu/Doctor Zinn type.
A wonderful and hilarious story that ends with the ripping off of a mustache and makes both Aquaman and Namor's equivalent look good in the end. It's also an excellent homage to Namor's early status as a villain.
Now, regarding the Golden Age write-up, absolutely wonderful bits there.
Excellent analysis of the situation presented. I always had the idea that Doctor Tomorrow's version of the Liberty League was almost uniformly killed off during the war. Doctor Tomorrow's defeat of the bad guys in numerous places, resulted in them managing to survive.
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