Happy birthday, Lynda Carter!
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman 1x01 - “Wonder Woman Meets Baroness von Gunther” (1976)
1989 - Anatomy of a Cover - The Punisher (1987) #20
by Whilce Portacio and Ron Randall.
THAT’S IT. I’M TAPPING OUT. I CAN’T TAKE THIS ANYMORE.
Usagi’s determination to protect Ami, her anger on behalf of someone taking advantage of Ami and using her so coldly like that was a major strike to my fannish heart in the first place.
But then you have Ami standing off to the side, blank-eyed and glassy, dazed and not really there, except that she’s clutching the pen that she couldn’t be stopped from picking up. Even as she saw Usagi transform, she doesn’t move, she just stays there, her eyes out of focus and her hands clutched around the pen.
But then Usagi says I WON’T LET YOU HURT MY FRIEND ANYMORE and that gets through to Ami, softely repeating the word back and nope, that’s it, I’m out of here, I can’t take these feelings anymore.
Because, for Ami, she doesn’t really have any friends, she’s lonely and doesn’t really have the time or know how to make them, she doesn’t know how to interact with friends. But along comes Usagi and, oh, Ami likes her so much and Usagi just beams all this sunshine right into Ami’s life and then she stands up and angrily says YOU WON’T GET TO HURT MY FRIEND ANYMORE, this is Usagi who is so determined because AMI IS HER FRIEND, and that’s what really cracks the hold over Ami.
That Usagi called her friend and meant it, that Usagi stood up for her and defended her, that Usagi was angry at the way the youma hurt Ami like this.
Just. That’s everything Ami has ever deserved to have, RIGHT THERE, because she is wonderful and Usagi gets that. Because Usagi is so wonderful, because he loves Ami, even if she doesn’t know it yet or knows why she loves Ami yet, but SHE DOES and AMI LOVES HER, TOO.
I have too many feelings about this moment and they are all trying to burst out of me at once because YOU CANNOT DEFEAT THIS FRIENDSHIP, NOTHING YOU CAN THROW AT IT CAN DEFEAT THIS FRIENDSHIP, and that is just right there in my heart.
One of the things that’s always been wonderful about Sailor Moon isn’t just that it has a variety of female characters with loads of different relationships between them (though, that is indeed wonderful to have!) but that also they’re inspired by other women.
This is one of the smaller ways, as we only briefly see Ami’s mother much later in the series, but it’s still important to Ami’s characterization, that she wants to be a doctor like her mother. Her mother inspires her and Ami works so damn hard to live up to that role and she’ll be able to do it, she’ll be able to balance her dream and her future, both of which are inspired by and affected by other women.
But also is Usagi’s reaction, where she hears that Ami is studying to be a doctor, and her immediate response isn’t to say that’s going to be really hard for a girl or to express distaste at the idea because it involves a lot of studying. Instead, it’s a small moment, but it says loads about how Usagi sees Ami’s dream to become a doctor like her mother—THAT’S SO COOL. It’s something to admire, that another girl was inspired by her mother to be a doctor.
It’s such a small moment, such a throwaway moment, but it still means a lot to me, because Ami’s entire life is inspired by her mother, because she WANTS to live up to her mother’s image. MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS, GODDAMN, I AM HERE FOR THAT.
THIS IS USAGI ASKING HER OUT ON A SECOND DATE
I WILL HEAR NO ARGUMENTS TO THE CONTRARY
THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AND MY HEART IS SO FULL THAT I FEEL LIKE I COULD PUKE RAINBOWS
"Douse yourself in water and repent!" 1995 // 2014
Character selection in the new Guardians of the Galaxy game. Some surprises include Phyla, the 90s-era Guardians, Angela and some Planet Hulk characters.
Bizarro Back Issues: The Jokers Solo Series (1975)
Looking back on it, it’s pretty easy to see why they’d want to try putting the Joker in a starring role. Even in ’75, he was far and away the most popular of Batman’s villains, he’s visually interesting, and he has the kind of personality that makes him an unpredictable character that’s fun to read about.