Sunday, November 6, 2011

Candidates of 2012-Herman Cain

I’ve been struggling with creating a valid/an interesting image of Former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain for months now-who really wants to see him try serving his stale $9.99 pizzas, um, tax ideas. What a darned shame that he’s not the CEO of Domino’s Pizza! “I am the Koch brothers’ brother from another mother … and proud of it!”  he said onstage in November of this year. Not that he is a bad guy as such, but I’m for the idea that President of the United States should not be the first office you get elected to. But then, with the recent attention Mr. Cain has received about events from a bygone era I was taken with the notion of depicting Herman Cain as a faded relic of the 1990s, M. C. Hammer!

M.C. Hammer was a pop star/early rapper that made his hits from using other people’s talent, such as music taken from a Rick James song.  Herman Cain is building his 9-9-9 “flat tax” idea on the foundations set by failed presidential candidate Steve Forbes but in this case Forbes is flattered by the tribute. M.C. Hammer became popular very quickly and almost as quickly became less so. Cain seems to be following that pattern, at least with his recent meteoric rise in the polls, though it seems everyone in the race (except Santorum) has led in the polls by having the singular quality of not being Mitt Romney!
Recently, Herman Cain’s campaign got very interesting; allegations of sexual harassment dating from the 1990s surfaced. While president of the National Restaurant Association, Mr. Cain was accused on several occasions of sexual harassment. The Association paid off several women for their silence. I hope these are groundless allegation but women were paid off, and a third party is willing to confirm harassment occurred so none of this looks good for Cain. Or does it? In the week or so since the “scandal” broke, Cain has received over a million dollars in campaign money. He still seems to test well with conservatives that believe the liberal media is persecuting Cain. In fact, if Romney gets the nomination I predict Herman Cain would be the most likely candidate for a third party run but since Herman has never been elected to any office I suggest that he concentrate on the world of music, where his sounds delight us instead of appall us. 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

DC Comics Silver Age Reboot-The Super Squad!

This is the Super Squad, mentioned in this blog before. All-Star Comics was about the adventures of the Justice Society of America at least until March 1951. But in 1959, DC called upon Gardner Fox to create new group for a new age, to be published in All-Star Comics, composed of these recent “old but new” heroes, but Fox reasoned it would be good to advertise they had super powers in their group name thus The Super Squad was born! However, in 1959 America was still reeling from the Eisenhower recession of 1958 and as it turns out, it was an awkward year in the comic book industry; too early perhaps for a team book to be a true success. 
The Super Squad limped on for years, never becoming as popular as other groups such as The Doom Patrol or the Blackhawks. Eventually the Super Squad traveled to Earth-2 and trying to displace their originals there! Later they added The Ant, a wisecracking acrobat with arthropod-based powers. Times change and by 1966 DC had grown weary of his juvenile antics and used a depowered version of The Ant as a Teen Titans villain! The Super Squad faded out on its own, a victim of its own unpopularity. It was not destroyed by a wave of antimatter but rather a wave of indifference.