A Throw-Away Post About Comics and Mary Lou Retton

Paperwork Ninja noticed that Sparkler (despite being a Hispanic dude) looks like he may have been modeled after Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton.

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Given that the Force of July a) debuted around the same time that MLR was at her Olympic peak and b) was created as a strawman to beat up on Reagan-patriotism, it’s actually plausible!

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Ronald Reagan photographed endorsing Sparkler just following the announcement that he’d be joining the Force of July.

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All members of the Force of July were killed off in the godawful hodgepodge Checkmate/Suicide Squad crossover event, The Janus Directive. Here’s Sparkler getting killed by Dr. Light.

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Mayflower was my favorite member of the Force. Her deal was that she had control over plants and talked with a cheesy Dickensian urchin accent, all “‘ello, guv’nor!” like.

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She got garroted by some shmuck :/Ravan_0009

Now for something to be happy about.

Halo is so chipper that Raven has a hard time being a wet blanket around her.

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This panel is hella ironic, tho, given Halo’s origin story and what a train-wreck Violet Harper was before an alien consciousness inhabited her dead body.

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