A very eclectic batch from a wide variety of contributors, mostly with unusual characters. Roll call:
- NEW ART. Replacement (and occasionally) inset art is continuing to trickle in. And the following entries have new art:
- Bezoar (a homebrew now illustrated via some nice original 3D art by Bil)
- Blackout aka Copycat got some HeroMachine work by her creator
- Super-minor character Folio is now illustrated
- Weatherman I (Henry Bendix)
- Doc Savage
- Matt Parkman
- Death’s Head I
- Karolina Dean (Lucy in the Sky)
- Deathlok the Demolisher
- Capitan Furia, written by Capita_Senyera from Laberinto comics, was a Fascist ‘hero’ of the 1960s in Spain, with a dark secret.
- The two main characters from the Planet Terror movie in the Grindhouse Tarantino extravaganza have now found some sort of refuge on WORG thanks to Pur_see_i8′s guidance ! Introducing Cherry Darling the go-go dancer (with the infamous machinegun leg) and El Wray the tough guy.
- One of the stars of this batch is Gareth’s extensive and detailed profile of fan-favourite Peter David character the Fallen Angel. This profile includes a sub-article on the mystical town of Bete Noire and some hypotheses on how to bring the Angel back to the DCU.
- Man of Miracles is one of the original Rockworld characters by Chad – that is, based on Styx songs. Which also means Man of Miracles gets to be known as ‘the guy who took seven years to get his entry published on WORG’ – talk about bad luck.
- STORMWATCH PHD. In this batch we have Liam Mendoza, callsign Paris, the legendary badass Special Forces operative with an instinctive gift to find the best way to hurt and kill whatever needs killing.
- The other star of the batch is the acclaimed movie version of Tony Stark aka Iron Man as written up by Mike and Roy, with a nicely-illustrated writeup that has cool shots of the armours.
- Oculon is a classic and annoying Champion villain, brought to MEGS players by REZcat.
- It has been a long time since we had a 1963 writeup – so from the FF analogues of Mystery Incorporated… there’s a Planet comin ‘ !
- STRIKEBACK. Now is the turn of Purity, the nice girl of the group.
- During the research on the three Razor-Fist mad killers, a collateral benefit was a writeup for a couple of spacey dilettantes – Razorfist and Spiral II ! (the Razormonkees were also done at that point)
- POWER COMPANY. Slowly continuing our entries on that group from Capita_Senyera (so I guess at least two of us found the series cool), here flies in Skyrocket, trying to be a big hero despite the vagaries of real life.
- Civafan2 contributed a detailed writeup of the larger-than life omni-expert and SAS man Taichi Hiraga-Keaton from the anime Master Keaton
Current number of entries is a neat, round 3800.
A quick and art-heavy batch. I’m not entirely sure about the status of the inset images (that is, where in the world and on which browser they show), but there is a good chance we might just leapfrog to the next version of the site and solve the issue.
- NEW ART. The high quality of the printing and paper of the hardback Marvel sourcebook allows to do excellent illustrations very quickly, so here is a wave of those. Buy the hardback A-Z Marvel Handbooks ! They’re really cool. New art (inset or column) for :
- Arabian Knight I
- The three main BAD Girls
- Baron Zemo II
- Big Wheel
- Black Knight (Dane Withman)
- Captain Axis
- Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)
- Cobra II
- Diamondback I (Willis Stryker )
- Dracula (Marvel Universe)
- Diamond Lil
- Lester Girls is not a Marvel character, but his writeup (from the previous batch) is now illustrated (and may get a few more pictures later)
- Several Marvel characters have had the hardback OHOTMU illustration replacing the previous one – usually meaning it’s the same illustration but with more definition and more intense colour.
- Cauldron is a very minor Marvel villain with cool visuals. Handy for GMs.
- To complement our old Remo the Destroyer writeup, here comes fellow secret agent Conrad McLeary, by Peter.
- REWRITES. This batch’s rewrite is a complete overhaul of Amazing Grace, the subtle manipulator of Darkseid’s Elite.
- Another set of quite low-powered mercenaries who look like extras from GI Joe – those can be very handy in street-level scenarios and for beginning characters. This batch has the member of Cannibal Catch – Fastback, Folio, Hardhat and Transom.
- Helter Skelter is a villain based on Charles Manson, from an old campaign ran by Pufnstuff.
- Hammer and Sickle – the previous, NON-CONTINUITY version of those entries (chiefly based on my campaign notes) have been by popular demand (that is, one person) reintegrated as an annex to the current writeup.
- STRIKEBACK. This Malibu series is not very well-known, so most people will discover it through Gareth’s writeups. In this batch Rascal – and his scarf.
- We got more scarabs ! For instance, while they are not the best known Marvel characters, Chris wrote up two of the major Egyptian superhumans – the first and the second Scarlet Scarabs. They respectively fought the Invaders and Thor and more than held their own, you know.
- INFINITY INC. Another Scarab with Egyptian ties is Hector Hall – the Silver Scarab. This large rewrite of the official entry covers his whole career until his destruction by Dream of the Endless.
- And finally we have yet another Summers brother – Gabriel aka Vulcan, the powerful and insane mutant who came to rule over the Shi’Ar empire, written up by Gareth.
Current number of entries is 3787.
Here we go again, with a batch largely devoted to revision of published stuff since we can’t let people read deprecated old stuff when better stuff has been written. And stuff. Also, the DNS of the ancillary domain should have properly propagated by now and people should be able to see the inset images. Hopefully.
Roll call (and note that there are many more major and semi-major characters this time around):
- NEW ART. A handful of new inset images of course, mostly replacements of lost content ; the pre-Crisis Huntress (Helena Wayne) got a new mugshot ; and the Conan (comic books) entry is now fully illustrated.
- The Gargoyles from the 13th Floor are the strange antagonists of a weird 1951 story (republished once in 1972) with Venus. It was… odd.
- Pufnstuff’s entry for fan-favourite character Rogue (at the time of Xtreme X-Men) is finally in. Nuff said !
- AGENTS OF ATLAS. We have a number of elaborate entries for the Agents, which are now getting ready for publication. Gareth opens up with his entry for Ken Hale, the Gorilla-Man – the sardonic, immortal man in an ape’s body. With guns.
- Lester Girls, the lead character of The Trouble With Girls, now has an entry thanks to Peter. He’s what James Bond dreams of becoming !
- Since people kept asking for the old (ancient, in fact) Shadowcat entry, we have summarily cleaned up Kitty’s entry and published it. It is *not* considered as a “real” writeup – it’s more of a placeholder, really, but since people want it…
- REWRITES. That’s one of the big things for this batch – and of course we will keep on rewritin’ ‘em. As usual everything is entirely rewritten, reassessed, reillustrated, etc. Roll call:
- Andromeda. A somewhat big writeup covering her career as a Defender, a Dragon Circle heroine and the Peacelord of Atlantis. Imperius Rex !!
- Ma Gunn, the undercover Fagin and schoolmarm of Gotham, has had her entry overhauled.
- Two of the People’s Heroes (the Soviet super-group of the DCU in the 1980s) have been entirely redone – which is appropriate since the *characters* themselves have seen been rebuilt. Both Hammer and Sickle are in this batch. Marvel at how one-dimensional Reagan-era villains have become pretty scary, creepy modern cyberpsychos – and waaay more dangerous !
- The deadliest martial artist on DC’s Earth is back – the writeup for Lady Shiva in the 1980s (in O’Neil’s the Question and the Death in the Family Batman story) has been entirely redone and extensively covers what many consider to be the definitive version of that fan-favourite character.
- Our community includes several huge fans of the Question, and thus we have a new entry – a detailed look at the pre-Crisis, original version of the character, and chiefly his adventures written and drawn by comic books genius Steve Ditko. As bonuses, this big entry includes a special continuity/chronology section covering the Question’s publication history, and a list of versions of the character.
- HEROES. As we continue discussing the series, here’s Adam’s entry for Matt Parkman, the cop who can hear thoughts.
- With a resolve as strong as Adamantium, Roy has dared to start tackling the terrifying Ultron ! Wish him luck ! In this batch, Ultron-5.
Pretty good lineup, eh ? And we even got in the same batch the villain in the first Jason Todd story and a character in the last Jason Todd story before Hush.
Current number of entries is 3774.
Another quick, short, sweet batch – the luck of the draw (and the use of ‘black’ as a keyword) giving it a oddly dark and strange theme.
The DNS issues are fixed, WORG silent partner Paul has scripted a few tools to make short batches easier to do (so they will remain the norm), and the work on the next version of the layout continues to advance at it usual glacial pace.
- NEW ART. The art for our old entry for the Shadow has been upgraded, because we know what evil lurks in the heart of men.
- We’ve got two more kung fu enforcers for the Golden Daggers sect in the “Fu Manchu-verse” – an entry for dagger fighters Bolo and Kimba.
- STORMWATCH PHD. This time it’s Black Betty who gets to shine on WORG – the PHD’s supernatural warfare specialist. Those are cool characters, really.
- A batch with Black Betty in it just have to also include Black Mariah – not the Harlem criminal already on WORG, but the witch and information broker of Bete Noire in Peter David’s Fallen Angel.
- I would have loved to follow with Black Alice, but we haven’t written her up yet. However, since WORG will neither give you up nor will it let you down, here is another Bete Noire citizen – Shadow Boxer, the Magistrate’s enforcer.
- CHAMPIONS. More black, as this batch’s Champions character adaptation is the Black Harlequin – the Championsverse rough equivalent of the Joker.
- And to finish with the black, Black Claw – a ninja foe in Pufnstuff’s home campaign.
- The big guy in this batch is Conan ! This time Peter covers everybody’s favourite barbarian in his comic books version, our previous writeup having been the novels version.
- Another product of Kal El’s experiments years ago with his random character generator – Copycat.
- This batch also has two 1960s characters who clashed with Peter Cannon – Thunderbolt ! The Mummy is a mad archaeologist with his mind in a super-strong mummy conqueror, and Eric Gore is a mad scientist with a gorilla hand. Good times.
- More obscure stuff with the Razormonkees who are, well, costumed chimp soldiers with Wolverine-like claws. Really. Y’know, Nextwave stuff.
- Shadowoman aka Sepulcre is a minor Marvel heroine with a complex background, who had a cool comeback in the aftermath of Civil War.
- Last but not least, more material from the 1970s swords and sorcery DC books – the siren of swords and science, the first Starfire ! She’s got a cutlass, she’s got a laser pistol, and she’s even got a companion writeup for Thump, her giant assistant. Everybody needs a giant assistant.
Current number of entries is 3766.
Let’s keep reducing the backlog. As it turns out, despite being fairly short, this small batch has quite a few character that are somewhat major, at least by our standards.
Please note that the DNS for an ancillary server, which has been behaving erratically, is being changed. Which means that the painfully-restored inset images have not been available for a while, including those in the new entries.
Anyway… Roll call:
- NEW ART. Mayflower’s entry from last batch is now illustrated.
- This batch has a small team of obscure, low-powered mercenaries who feel a bit like GI Joe rejects – the Wanderers. For those GMs running 450 HPs campaigns. The team is composed of Billy, Chisel, Flintlock and Outback ; each has a separate entry.
- After Kylun, another popular early Excalibur character by Gareth – Cerise.
- STORMWATCH PHD. In this batch we have the field leader of the StormWatch PHD unit, Officer Doran.
- The Falcon is finally perched on WORG – and amazingly enough Gareth managed to fit his entire career into just one writeup.
- Another fairly high-profile entry is Mike and Roy’s article on the big screen version of Ghost Rider – as played by Nicolas Cage.
- REWRITES. Two entries that had originally been done around 1997 have been re-researched, rewritten, restated, reillustrated, etc. – Jack Marshall aka Hacker (one of the premier CS guys in the DC Universe) and Lethal (of the early versions of Brigade in the Image proto-universe). Furthermore, Kal El has rewritten our Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie in cult hit Labyrinth) entry. Further furthermore, Aristotle “Tot” Rodor’s entry has been through a quick update to reflect the events of 52 – and this foreshadows a set of big entries about a popular character.
- Speaking of sets of big entries for popular characters… Rachel Summers is now in the house. As usual for heavyweight characters, Gareth has broken down the entry into three big writeups — in chronological order, early Rachel (with the 1980s X-Men), Rachel as the Phoenix (chiefly with Excalibur) and Rachel as the time-displaced Marvel Girl.
- An obscure favourite from Pufnstuff – Powerpax, from an alternate Marvel continuity. She has the combined Power Pack… well, powers.
- Our old “generic Steven Seagal movie character from the XXth century” has been refreshed by Peter, and is now up (I think the very first version one on the very first iteration of our online database).
Current number of entries is 3752.