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Flowerpot Sundaes Lady Bird Johnson, a dedicated environmentalist , had White House chef Henry Haller serve flowerpot sundaes at her daughters' engagement parties in the s. The seasonal sweet consisted of layers of ice cream, meringue, and sponge cake served in clay flowerpots and topped with fresh blossoms—the perfect combination of the First Lady's wildflower beautification measures and dessert duties.
With her love of gardening, we're a little surprised Michelle Obama didn't bring this tradition back to Pennsylvania Avenue during her time as First Lady, though an entire flowerpot full of sugar probably wouldn't pass her healthy eating initiatives. A Nebraska businessman and amateur chemist added the powdered product to his existing lineup of goods like Nix-O-Tine to help with tobacco dependency and Motor-Vigor a gasoline additive in the late s.
Originally called "Fruit Smack," it came in six flavors raspberry, grape, lemon, orange, cherry, and root beer and debuted right around the time Coca-Cola was catching on nationally. Business was good but things really took off when the Great Depression hit and consumers realized they could stretch one little packet into a pitcher to cool down the whole family. Kool-Aid's still around, despite its s association with the Jonestown mass suicide though the evidence indicates they actually mostly drank a Kool-Aid competitor, Flavor-Aid and today's health-conscious parents, but that smiling pitcher with limbs doesn't seem to hold the same wall-breaking power he once did.
Iced Water Buffalo Milk There's some debate as to where ice cream officially originated, with various people with varying amounts of accuracy and evidence ascribing it to Marco Polo or Catherine de Medici, and even some attributions to King Solomon and Alexander the Great.
China's Tang dynasty CE has a pretty solid claim on the feat, though. Emperors from that time were known to have enjoyed a frozen "milk-like" treat made from buffalo, goat, or cow's milk heated with flour and spiced with camphor. Elizabeth R. In the late 19th century, vendors sold dishes of ice cream from carts cooled with ice blocks , which meant customers would lick their dish clean and then return it to the seller to use for his next customer.
Not exactly a model of hygiene. Before widespread milk pasteurization, ice cream also came topped with the threat of bacteria that could cause scarlet fever, tuberculosis, and other extreme ailments. The frozen treat became safer to order after studies of typhoid in New York implicated raw milk, causing most cities to require pasteurization, and inventions like the ice cream cone made that whole sharing dishes issue disappear.
Technological advances around the same time made refrigeration easier and scoopers traded in their carts for cars. Ice cream trucks, which first appeared in the s, have seen something of a resurgence in recent years as other food trucks have flourished and anything vintage has become hipster cool, but the once-ubiquitous carts tend to remain relegated to zoos, amusement parks, and other touristy areas.
Easy Cheese Yes, Gwyneth Paltrow famously said she'd prefer crack to cheese from a can, but for the rest of us, spray cheese remains the stuff of nostalgic summer roadtrip memories. Easy Cheese first propelled its way into America's hearts—and arteries —in , when it was known as Snack Mate. Like TV dinners and Campbell's soup casseroles, the nitrogen-pressurized product was right in line with the era's obsession with speed and efficiency.
The name change came about in when Kraft took over and embraced its portability and ease over the quality it had been peddling in its early years.
Among their numerous launch titles, Spawn would prove to be by far the most popular. While he began as a traditional — if unorthodox — vigilante hero, Spawn grew increasingly dark over time, slipping further into an anti-hero role as the theology-heavy storylines became increasingly twisted.
His popularity has since waned, but Spawn remains an iconic crusader, both for the characters in his stories and creator-owned comic books. Trademarks: A Billowing, semi-sentient cape, trailing chains, glowing green eyes and hell-derived magical powers. On Screen: An award-winning HBO animated series ran in the late '90s, as well as a markedly less successful live action movie starring Michael Jai White.
Did You Know? The energy fuelling it, however, is not and if Spawn ever exhausts his reserves it's a one-way ticket back to hell. The full-bearded alcoholic, rageaholic, commitment-phobic British sea captain lucked into a fortune Red Rackham's Treasure and wound up drinking himself insensible in Marlinspike Hall, occasionally giving vent to amazingly picturesque salty language often through a megaphone when assailed by bashi-bazouks, troglodytes, prize purple jellyfish, Incan mummies and Signorina Bianca Castafiore, 'the Milanese nightingale'.
Pursuit of whisky is his defining motive — he even got drunk on a trip to the Moon! One of the most human and perversely admirable characters in fiction. Trademarks: Captain's hat, bushy beard, tumbler of whisky and a roll-neck pullover. Catchphrase: "billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles! Eventually, the irregularly-published comic book - and its several sequels Our Cancer Year, Our Movie Year, The Quitter - made Pekar a fringe celeb, better-known for his fractious, controversial appearances on The David Letterman Show until the film adaptation brought attention to his ongoing comics.
Besides covering his courtships, marriage, illnesses, career reversals and brushes with fame, Pekar has opened up the comic to chronicle the lives of his friends.
Trademarks: Poor fashion sense, middle-aged frustration, dour outlook and general whining. In the often simplistically macho world of superheroes, these two were introduced as an off-kilter Superman and Batman into Warren Ellis' excellent Stormwatch series, but after a series of gradual hints were revealed as a couple in the Authority series which followed, hopefully shaking at least a few fanboy prejudices out of existence.
Now married, with an adoptive super daughter, the pair have starred in a number of controversial storylines including an implied rape as befits the darker tone of the more adult Authority, but have recently been reunited after a mind-wipe took Midnighter away and broke up their home these things are why the superhero divorce rate is so high. Now reunited, expect them to keep flying the rainbow flag and beating up anyone who gets in their way. Trademarks: Apollo can absorb solar energy and convert it to superstrength, flight and heat beams from his eyes; The Midnighter has enhanced physical abilities, a spare heart, and the capacity to anticipate his opponent's moves.
Marvel's gay pride poster-boy is Alpha Flight's North Star. Only implicitly gay when the series was launched in , Northstar has since come out and even developed a crush on Iceman during a stint with the X-Men in Jonah Jameson, editor-publisher of the New York Daily Bugle — a newspaper which has run a campaign against Spider-Man and other masked vigilantes that has often turned the public against superheroes.
Initially annoyed that Spider-Man got more acclaim than his astronaut son, whom he wanted to boost as 'a real hero', Jameson's hatred of Peter Parker's alter ego has grown into an overpowering obsession which has threatened his health and business. Ironically, he is also Parker's most frequent employer, downloading the freelance photographer's blurry, out of focus shots of Spider-Man in action for the front page — and paying as little as possible for them.
Trademarks: Hitler moustache, brush-cut and an ever-present cigar. On Screen: J. Or, rather, the mutant rip-off of Spider-Man, right down to the red costume with coloured rings around the eyes, the extraordinary agility and a propensity for delivering one-liners in the middle of a fight. The constant regeneration of his brain cells has turned the former Weapon X subject certifiably insane — so much so that he realises he's in a comic book, and frequently refers to the fact.
Although he began life as a villain, the Merc With A Mouth was given his own title in and is now officially a hero.
Well, an anti-hero. And one of the most entertaining ones around. Trademarks: Mutant with a healing factor which constantly regenerates his cancer-ridden body , enhanced strength and agility, a variety of swords and daggers and the ability to wisecrack like no-one else. And, boy, did it connect with fans, electrifying first Comic-Con and then the box office to sequel-guaranteeing effect.
His healing factor kicking in once the errant noggin was reattached. Though she was introduced as a new recruit to fairly conventional superhero team Stormwatch, she became a key player in the more ambitious, ambiguous and generally cooler line-up mostly known as The Authority. Various flashbacks have filled in her previous history as a World War II spy, a s space-woman and a s British superheroine, involved in a longstanding conflict with an alternate reality Sliding Albion where England rules the world thanks to collaboration with aristocratic aliens.
Trademarks: Union jack t-shirt, bad temper, alcoholism, tough-but-posh British accent and control over electricity. Besides having superheroic powers, the naive young robot grappled with human emotions and personal interaction. He also got into at least one destructive fight with another robot or super-powered baddie each issue.
Trademarks: Spiky shiny 'hair', red boots and his theme song: "There you go, Astro Boy! On your flight into space! On Screen: There was a live-action TV series in Japan in , and several episodes were cut together into a feature film, but Tetsuwan Atomo became internationally known well, famous in America thanks to the animated TV show which began in Choosing from the likes of Cassidy, Arseface, Herr Starr and Jesse Custer was tough, but if we hadn't plumped for the Saint Of Killers, he might have found us and killed us.
A grim, taciturn, implacable killing machine charged by God himself to be his gun for hire, the Saint is an engine of pure hatred, driven by his thirst for vengeance his family were killed, which precipitated his fall from grace. He's like the Terminator with a mullet. Indestructible and inexorable — like death himself — he's so badass that he manages to kill both the Devil and — spoiler warning! Which makes him just about the most powerful character in the history of comic books, as far as we're concerned.
Trademarks: The Angel of Death reinvented as a cowboy: stone-cold snarl, battered hat and a green trenchcoat concealing Colts that can slay a small army in seconds.
On Screen: Ennis always saw the character as a combo of Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood although his artist, Steve Dillon, and Preacher cover artist Glenn Fabry made him look ten times more physically imposing.
The 'old' Green Lantern Allan Scott had a magic ring, but fearless test pilot Hal Jordon was given his 'power ring' by a dying alien who recruited him to take his place in a corps of space cops run by the Guardians of the Universe. As long as he kept the ring charged while reciting his oath, GL could project all manner of giant green objects boxing gloves, etc and travel through space.
Connoisseurs reckon he was at his best partnered with left-wing liberal superhero Green Arrow in a socially-conscious s run by Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams collected as 'Hard Travelling Heroes'.
Trademarks: Power ring, domino mask, figure-hugging suit and his catch-oath: "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight, let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light! And that was it. There was definitely no Green Lantern movie starring, say, Ryan Reynolds in, say, Never happened. Nothing to see here. At once self-assured yet nervous about his social interactions and encounters with Ramona Flowers, the girl who appears in Scott's dreams before he meets her, Scott is an enormously likeable character: droll and funny, spicing his conversation with pop culture references and, like Deadpool, he seems to be aware that he's in a comic book from time to time , finding inner depths, emotions and resources he never knew he had, as his slacking ways are rudely challenged by the small matter of defeating those evil ex-boyfriends.
The six volume comic part four was released this year , in case you've never picked it up, reflects Scott: it's a mish-mash of styles and tones, mixing observational comedy with, say, videogame-inspired fight scenes, with the tone zigzagging about wildly and joyously.
Go discover it. Trademarks: A year-old Toronto youth who's just like you — except for the Manga eyes, the gay room-mate, the band called Sex Bob-omb, and the girl of his dreams literally , whose seven evil ex-boyfriends he must battle before they can become an item.
The World , an adaptation that's by turns manic and marvellous. You may be the one who gets to save mankind all the time, but it's your arch-enemy, the mega-meloned Mekon who makes our list! As created by Frank Hampson in the pages of venerable British comic The Eagle, The Mighty Mekon of Mekonta is an emotion-free genius, always coming up with nifty weapons a weaponised black hole is one of his latest whizzes with which he spectacularly fails to kill pilot-of-the-future Dan Dare and his chubby pal, Digby.
Trademarks: A giant swollen green head to accommodate his mighty, over-sized genetically engineered Venusian brain; a levitating chair to hump his atrophied limbs around on.
Oh, and lots of evil plotting. On Screen: The Mekon has yet to be brought to the big screen, though there was talk of a Dan Dare movie, with Garth Ennis rumoured to be working on the script. If it ever happens we're sure it'll be CG, but we'd love to see someone in heavy-duty prosthetics, to be honest.
And that man is David Thewlis. The saga of Cerebus is made even more compelling by the fact that he's a borderline alcoholic hermaphrodite with according to his creator a voice like George C. Scott and a general dislike for everything and everyone he comes into contact with.
A character born of bizarre brilliance. Trademarks: Possessing of a bad temper, fine skills at hand-to-hand combat and a predilection for speaking in the third person. Oh, and he's an aardvark. On Screen: Despite numerous cross-fertilisation appearances in the likes of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Flaming Carrot comics, Cerebus has never and is rather unlikely to ever make the leap to the big screen - just look what happened to Howard The Duck.
If it did ever happen, however, we're thinking Warwick Davis in the aardvark suit and Danny Huston providing the voice. A mess of contradictions — he's a devout Catholic who dresses up as a devil, he's a lawyer by day, while getting up to some pretty intense, and illegal, vigilantism by night — Daredevil has never enjoyed the following of a Hulk or a Spidey, but he's a compelling, layered and visually striking character who's attracted some of the best talent in the business.
He also has incredible agility and balance.
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More recently, Charlie Cox took the part and run with it in a Netflix adaption that afforded plenty of screentime for both Daredevil and his lawyer alter ego. Appearing as the protagonist of Brian Azzarello's Bullets, Graves offers those who have been wronged the chance for revenge without consequences, if only they're prepared to take it.
A briefcase, a gun, 'untraceable' bullets and incontrovertible proof against the single person behind their woes, these are what Graves has to offer. Interestingly, neither Graves nor the writers pass judgment on whether taking up the offer is right or wrong. Graves' motives are never made clear but he used to be a member of a group called The Minutemen and harbours a great deal of resentment for the shadowy organisation known as The Trust, who betrayed him in the past.
Trademarks: An older man in a nondescript, government official-style suit, Graves is meticulous, calculating and rarely displays his emotions. On Screen: Someone unflappable, ice cold and possessed of extreme gravitas — we're thinking Chris Cooper or Alan Dale. Enhanced greatly by Mignola's artwork — pitch-black shadows and popping reds — Hellboy is a lumbering but lovable giant of few words although, "aw, crap" is usually high on the list who interacts with talking corpses and giant tentacled horrors while trying to deny the destiny he was created for.
For the movies, Guillermo del Toro gave Hellboy more inner turmoil and emotions, but the comics version is a blast as he investigates the paranormal in much the same way Gene Hunt investigates crime — fists first. Trademarks: Red skin, horn stubs, yellow eyes, prehensile tail, massive right hand made out of unbreakable stone and a penchant for cigars. There's rarely been quite as immaculate a marriage of actor to character, with Perlman perfectly capturing Hellboy's contrary air of world-weary cynicism, and boundless, childlike optimism, while giving him a truly human edge.
No wonder del Toro refused to make it with anyone else. He then learned to master the mystic arts and moved into a mansion in Greenwich Village, New York, to take up the job of freelance psychic investigator and protector of the universe from menaces like 'the dread Dormammu' and even Count Dracula.
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Never a big-seller, Strange has consistently featured in outstanding comics, especially when drawn by Ditko and Gene Colan. As the Marvel Universe's leading magician, he remains a mainstay of the company's crossover stories — and organiser of the occasional group of testy superheroes the Defenders with the Hulk, Silver Surfer and Sub-Mariner.
Trademarks: Cloak of levitation, Eye of Agamotto amulet, magical abilities, orange conjuring gloves, white-tinged facial hair. Catch-phrase: 'by the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! Benedict Cumberbatch currently wears the cape for the MCU. Also, one of Batman's earliest enemies, from the s, was Dr. Hugo Strange no relation. When Spidey rejected Venom's attempts for control, he latched onto the Daily Bugle's Eddie Brock, spawning a decades-long quest for vengeance. Arguably Spider-Man's biggest nemesis, Venom is the comic-book equivalent of a movie boogeyman like Freddy Krueger — he's meant to be terrifying and villainous, but readers thought he was so cool that eventually the symbiote became less obviously evil he always tries never to hurt bystanders , appearing in his own title.
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In fact, he was so neutered that not only did he occasionally team up with Spider-Man, but Marvel created an even more evil symbiote, the mass murderer, Carnage, in order to mitigate Venom's crimes. Currently, the symbiote is not bonded with Brock, but that remains his most famous persona. Trademarks: Black, organic fabric with shapeshifting capacity and all of Spider-Man's abilities. Tom Hardy took on the role for Sony's standalone Venom , which was critically mauled but did astonishing business worldwide.
A sequel is expected in And, even though it flowed over his skin like oil, Spidey never questioned where it came from. Enter Lex Luthor, the bad guy's bad guy. He doesn't usually have superpowers, but then he doesn't need them, even against the Man of Steel. No prison can hold him, it seems, no setback is too great to overcome, and there's pretty much no scheme too outlandish for his considerable brain power to cook up.
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Since Superman remains reluctant to just break Luthor's neck, there's always tomorrow for this perpetual rebounder. Talk about try, try and try again — Robert the Bruce's Spider had nothing on Luthor. Trademarks: Usually bald, smartest human on Earth, Machiavellian planning ability and a frequent prison escapee.
The Smallville incarnation has been one of the most interesting, if also the most inconsistent, although Jesse Eisenberg 's Lex Luthor added a intriguing tech genius streak to the usual Luther pathology in Batman V Superman.
But unlike those green-backed heroes in a half-shell, the ronin rabbit has kept to his adult-orientated roots with a saga that comprises all manner of murder, mayhem and the odd sexy scene in an anthropomorphic version of feudal Japan. This iconic bunny with a blade was originally conceived as a human and based upon historical Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. However, inspired by a doodle of rabbit ears atop his hero's head, Sakai was inspired to create a more unique and ultimately enduring comic book icon.
The noble leporine's longevity can be put down to an intriguing mix of historical and cinematic influence, cute fluffy bunniness and an ability to slice and dice with stunning efficiency. Trademarks: Highly skilled swords-rabbit with a deep-seated sense of justice and a bit of a mischievous streak.
Emma Frost was introduced as an exceptionally nasty — and explicitly perverse — villainess, running a school for evil mutants in competition with Professor Xavier and high in the councils of the nefarious Hellfire Club in homage to the famous 'Touch of Brimstone' episode of The Avengers. Marvel made her a qualified goodie in the X-Men spin-off Generation X, and writer Grant Morrison reinvented the character when he took over New X-Men and wasn't allowed to use his original choice, Storm.
Now an actual X-Man, Emma remained the manipulative character fans loved to hate — and caused a minor kerfuffle when she began a 'telepathic' affair with Cyclops, long-term partner of Jean Grey.
Despite strong competition, Emma has consistently worn the most striking lingerie and little else in comics — the covers for her brief solo series Emma Frost are basically porn star poses.
Trademarks: Extremely revealing white fetish gear, icy personality, enormous mental abilities, psychic ability, is a qualified sex therapist always useful and can now turn to diamond and be her own best friend.
The first run of the comic featured marvellously grotesque Wrightson art, but it wasn't until writer Alan Moore took up the book — which was relaunched to tie in with the Wes Craven film — that ST really became a major player, even if he had to play straight man to Moore's John Constantine.
It turns out that ST isn't a transformed human, but animated swamp with the consciousness of the late Holland. He has had a long-term relationship with a human woman, which some have criticised as perverted or icky.
Trademarks: A big shambling, roughly man-shaped hunk of muck and vegetation with a distinctive nose, ST is the only superhero capable of producing halluconogenic fruit from his body. Television reboot from James Wan 's production company.
Blessed with a fantastic supporting cast of outlandishly-named nemeses — Chairface Chippendale, take a bow — and self-involved allies, from Die Fledermaus in the comics to Batmanuel in the tragically short-lived live-action TV show, The Tick is a lovable lunk, given to overly dramatic declarations on behalf of justice.
He doesn't know his own strength, which is prodigious and, indeed, fails to grasp even the most rudimentary basics of social interaction. Edlund's The Tick — his involvement runs through the comics, the animated series and the TV show — is characterised by sharply observed gags and a gift for hilarious hyperbole.
Trademarks: A blue costume with giant movable antennae, The Tick is, to quote the TV show, "the sterling silver ladle of justice, pouring his creamy foam over the freshly-picked strawberries of crime". His strength is mighty, his IQ is double figures. Low double figures. In Fox's utterly brilliant live-action show nine episodes!
Nine episodes! Peter Serafinowicz played him for two seasons on site Prime between and That's Batmanuel — in a Batman movie. Gotta love that. Alpha himself was, of course, a mercenary but despite working largely for greenbacks he was possessed of a strong sense of duty and honour. Equally, though, Alpha demonstrated a stubbornly unforgiving streak, brooking no slight or double-cross and punishing transgressions harshly — as the vampiric Durham Red discovered to her great regret.
In Alpha was killed off in a story that martyred him in order to saves all mutants from extermination. Ezquerra was so mortified by the decision that he refused outright to draw the story and replacements were brought in to carry out the deed. Wagner later admitted that Ezquerra was right and that killing Alpha had been a huge mistake. The character was subsequently revived by both of his creators for a brief resurgence in Trademarks: Glowing eyes, granite jaw, distinctive metal headpiece, trademark variable cartridge blaster handgun and electroknux.
Marv is his grade-A patsy, the fall guy, the hapless hero at the centre of a conspiracy that he can't even begin to understand — but with a traditional Miller tweak. This dumb brute can more than take care of himself, and fully embraces the self-destructive path he starts down when he vows to avenge the brutal murder of Goldie, a prostitute who showed him kindness, despite his face.
Marv is a force of nature, cutting a path through the corrupt power-brokers of the city, until his pound of flesh and more has been exacted.
His death scene — he's juiced repeatedly in the electric chair, obstinately refusing to die right away — sums him up: stubborn, intractable, intent on doing things his way. Miller killed him, but brought him back for several Sin City prequels. Not even he could stand to see the big lug truly die.He returned to DC in , where he worked until leaving comics in He has a noble side, like many of the best bad guys, but he's as disfigured psychologically as he is physically.
New characters were often introduced this way and did not receive their own titles until there was a proven audience for the hero. Our criteria were as follows: A page had to have either changed the way creators approach making comics, or it had to expertly distill a change that had just begun. The comic has really taken off with sales going through the roof, and the JLA is stronger than ever.
Usually it's applied to James Bond, but it really should refer exclusively to Jesse Custer, the anchor of Garth Ennis' masterpiece, Preacher. On 19 March , the British postal service, the Royal Mail , released a set of stamps depicting British comic-book characters and series.
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