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Paul Lloyd
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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 12:51am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2111041-glasses-make-fa ce-recognition-tech-think-youre-milla-jovovich/


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Neil Lindholm
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No form of technology would ever confuse me with Milla Jovovich. 
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Eric Sofer
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No, see, the moire patterns on the glasses hypnotize the viewer into thinking that the wearer looks milder and more frail than is the truth... but they only work with Kryptonian plastic...

Someday, Marty Pasko... someday... TO THE MOON!.
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John Byrne

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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Someday, Marty Pasko... someday... TO THE MOON!.

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Don't blame Marty. According to him, he did not want to do that story, but Julie Schwartz insisted.

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Brian O'Neill
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Posted: 05 December 2017 at 12:36pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Blame Al Schroeder III for the idea! 
To be fair, that story was one of the first comics I ever had, so there is some nostalgia tied to it...but even Mort Weisinger would have laughed at how contrived it was.
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Brian Floyd
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I liked it better when it was Clark's mannerisms that prevented anyone from realizing he's Superman, and the glasses were just part of the act.


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Eric Sofer
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I like it more when no one really cared who Superman was, or even IF he had a secret identity; I don't recall he ever admitted in public that he "hid out" as a civilian.

I know it makes a good story hook, but realistically, why would anyone want to know who a super hero is? Kurt Busiek did a story in Astro City where a criminal sees a hero change to his secret identity - and realizes that there's nothing he can do with that information.

I believe the pre-Crisis take on it was a Cary Bates story, :"The Amazing Return of Jonathan Kent" where Pa Kent reveals Superman's Clark identity to Lois - who doesn't seem to react. After Superman leaves, he asks her why she isn't surprised. Lois answers, "How do you know I haven't known all along, and just haven't said anything?:"

That works for me. And I take back sending Pasko to the moon.
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Brian Floyd
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I like the idea that some cast members either know and act like they don't, or just plain don't want to know or care.

Seems pretty obvious to me that Commissioner Gordon knows Batman is Bruce Wayne, but doesn't admit to knowing. 
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Ron Grant
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Someday, Marty Pasko... someday... TO THE MOON!.

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Don't blame Marty. According to him, he did not want to do that story, but Julie Schwartz insisted.
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Superman 330
"The Master Mesmerizer Of Metropolis"
Based on a story concept  by Al Schroeder III
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Brian O'Neill
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Featuring the less-than-unforgettable 'classic' Batman villain, the Spellbinder.
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Eric Smearman
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That’s one of those bad ideas best forgotten like Bruce Wayne’s older
brother Thomas or Jor-El and Lara still alive but floating through space
in suspended animation.
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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 07 December 2017 at 9:23am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Eric S. - wait, what the...?

Eric Smeaman, the events you cited are sometimes known as Mopees... events that didn't really occur, or that happened on "Earth-B". It's named after the fifth-dimensional (or wherever) imp named Mopee that appeared in a story in The Flash. Mopee indicated that HE caused the accident that turned Barry Allen into the Flash. It was roundly and entirely dismissed as a "nah, that never happened" story.

I don't want to hijack this thread, so I'm going to start another one about Our Favorite Mopees... don't miss it. Coming soon to a forum near you.
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Warren Scott
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I think superheroes do need secret identities for two reasons:
If their enemies knew who they were, their loved ones would be at risk and they would never have a moment's peace. I know it's been argued that cops, prosecuting attorneys and judges don't have secret IDs but they also don't have archenemies like Doctor Doom and Venom.
The other: it enables readers to relate more to the characters.
Sure,I like the Fantastic Four, who never bothered with secret identities, and can still relate to them as people. But they also live in the same universe as Spider-Man, who is appealing partly because he has problems like regular people.
The problem is some silly stories have been done where people tried to uncover or reveal a hero's secret ID or the hero went to extreme lengths to conceal his identity.
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Brian O'Neill
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Reminds me of that 'Candid Camera' story in ACTION COMICS in the '60s, in which Superman prevents his secret ID from being revealed on the air by flying back and forth between the Fortress, Clark's apartment, and 3 or 4 other places...all in the fractions of a second before Allen Funt opens the door to catch him.
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Brandon Carter
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Posted: 12 December 2017 at 10:07am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

Reminds me of that 'Candid Camera' story in ACTION COMICS in the '60s, in which Superman prevents his secret ID from being revealed on the air by flying back and forth between the Fortress, Clark's apartment, and 3 or 4 other places...all in the fractions of a second before Allen Funt opens the door to catch him.

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Flash did something similar on this cover. 

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