SlushPile Challenge

Sunday, April 08, 2007

That Seventies Challenge


Challenge: Your comic company aquired the rights to a 1970's sitcom. You've been given the assignment to transform this show into a super-hero comic.

Bob's Pitch: The Super Heroic Adventures of Sanford and Son.

The Concept: Lamont and Fred are forced to sell their junkyard in Watts and make the move to New York City where they collect the junk that the Marvel universe leaves behind. If Damage Control cleans up the mess, it's the Sanfords who have to keep the junk. Set in the 1970's, he story taps into the rich legacy of the 1970's Marvel Universe

LAMONT: Look, you know I never wanted to work in a Junkyard. Joining SHIELD is my chance for a job that could really lead to great things!

FRED: Junkyard? This is an emporium! It's the family legacy! 'Sides, ain't no place in the superhero community for a black man. You think they ever gonna let Luke Cage in the Fantastic Four or Avengers? You're place is here.

LAMONT: Pop, you got to stop living in the past. It's the 70's, man. Even Aunt Esther says I can move up working for SHIELD.

FRED: That gorilla? She so ugly the skrulls won't take her. I'm going to lose my business! [PAUSES DRAMATICALLY]. Oh! My heart! 'Lizabeth, I'm comin' for you honey, I'm comin' for you!

LAMONT: [sighs] You haven't had a heart attack since you found that scrapped Iron Man chest plate. Knock it off.

FRED: Stay with me, Lamont! We can start our own SHIELD! No honkeys! All brothers. Tell 'em, Grady. Tell 'im we'll use the scrap parts to build our own helicarrier.

GRADY: No way, man. Remember when we tried fixing up that flying car? It's still on my roof. If I still had a roof. Man, trying to use that rebuilt Ronin to get it down was a mistake.



Mike's Pitch: "Kiss my grits, Lobo!"

Aspiring country singer Alice Hyatt was accompanying her trucker husband on a cross country haul when fate cruelly intervened. An errant Zeta Beam struck the highway in front of their semi, causing it to leap the concrete divide and crash head-on into oncoming traffic. Don Hyatt was killed instantly in the wreck, but Alice was trapped in the Zeta Beam's pull and whisked across the galaxy. One moment Alice's life is flashing before her eyes, a split second from death, and the next she's shaking in the fetal position on the floor of Mel's Diner, orbiting the planet Rann.

Mel Sharples, retired Khund mercenary is a veteran of the Invasion of Earth. Taking his back pay and pension he owns Mel's Diner, a restaurant and interstellar shipping rest stop orbiting the planet Rann. Mel's a grizzled old fry cook who hides the fact that he's a soft touch with a grim exterior. After his time on Earth during the war he grew to like humans... on the bone, with a brown sauce.

Mel's soft touch is reflected in the collection of cast-offs and misfits under his employ. The head waitress, who's also the head waiter (depending on who she's sleeping with at the time), is Flo Castleberry, a sassy, sex-hungry Durlan shape shifter.

Ver Go-man is a neurotic, scatterbrained Psion exile. Ver's trapped in the characteristic Psion loop of self denial, but lacks the typical Psion talent for science, hence a life of slinging Thanagarian hash at Mel's.

Rounding out the cast is an aquatic Gil'dishpan dishwasher and Mel's line cook, a snarling cyborg, one-armed Okaaran who served with Mel during the war.

Recurring characters will include Adam Strange and his wife Alanna, and Lobo, intergalactic '90s stereotype.

NEXT PAGE, NEXT PANEL. WIDE ANGLE OF A DINER. IT'S A TYPICAL GREASY SPOON BY WAY OF THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA. OUTSIDE THE WINDOWS IS THE BLACKNESS OF SPACE. CURLED UP ON THE FLOOR IN THE FOREGROUND IS ALICE. SHE'S DISORIENTED AND TERRIFIED. SURROUNDING HER IS THE ZETA BEAM'S FADING GLOW. STANDING OVER HER, DRESSED IN THE OUTERSPACE VERSION OF A 1950'S WAITRESS UNIFORM, IS THE REDHEADED DURLAN FLO, BALANCING A TRAY OF STEAMING PLATES.

FLO: TABLE FOR ONE, SUGAR?



The Winner: Mike



Bob's thoughts: The pitch has everything. Sanford and Son seems downright mundane compared to pure unflitered crazy of Mike's idea. The guy has everything in it. Aliens, set up for zany adventures, you name it. Mike is now in the lead 2-1. I did, however, really love the visual of Fred Sanford wearing an Iron Man chest plate under his shirt.

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