Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Cass Batgirl and Conan yet again!

Here’s another version of Cass swinging in to rescue a cartoon mouse.  Why is Conan attacking such a cute li’l critter?  I don’t know.  Just a whimsical idea I had.  This is still pretty crude, done in a hurry over the “bones” of a previous version.  I still need to fix Conan’s right pectoral muscle, but this isn’t too horrid a drawing.  It’s not great, or even good, but it’s almost to the level of an especially clever monkey holding a pencil with his tail.

Yesterday during a meeting I did some beautiful drawings!  My linework flowed and the results were very pretty.  I’m slowly getting back into practice, trying to draw a little every day.  Let this be a lesson—you do lose abilities you don’t use.  I don’t have a lot of time for art these days and my skills suffer for it.  Practice, practice, practice.  Draw every single day.

Last week I read a couple of message board discussions about Cass fighting Conan and Karate Kid. 

I have to admit I know next to nothing about Karate Kid.  I do know enough about Conan to say this fight is problematic for Cass even though Conan doesn’t have Cass’ predictive or evasive abilities. 

Conan greatly exceeds Cass' strength, weight and reach, plus he also has more than enough practical fighting experience to more than match her in hand-to-hand skill, even if he lacks her finesse.  After all, Conan was literally born on a battlefield, spent his entire life practicing every type of combat imaginable in his era, showed considerable tactical brilliance in commanding troops in battle, has been depicted as single-handedly defeating entire groups of armed warriors, giant snakes and even a strange man-ape named Thak in a hand-to-hand fight, albeit with assistance. 

The last happened in the 1934 story "Rogues in the House," by Conan creator Robert E. Howard.  Comics creators have adapted this story at least twice and a scene based on it appears in the 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger film Conan the DestroyerConsider Conan versus Thak for a moment.  We're not exactly sure what Thak is other than a "man-ape," but it's safe to say he's strong.  In the real world, there isn't a human alive who can take an adult ape.  A gorilla or even a fully-grown chimpanzee could rip the strongest man apart.  I think it's fair to assume Thak isn't as powerful as a gorilla or chimp, but he's probably many degrees more so than any given human.  As unlikely as it is, this is all in the Conan canon (hee hee!), so we have to take his success-- aided or not-- into account.

However, because she has speed and defensive skills far in excess of Conan's, Cass's position isn't completely hopeless.  If she has some time to observe Conan in action before engaging-- which would be a best-case scenario and highly variable depending on the circumstances of their meeting-- Cass will soon realize her best chance is to keep her distance and try to incapacitate Conan via some tranquilizing chemical agent and trap him with a very strong net or ropes.  Otherwise, Conan will beat her when it comes to actual one-on-one combat.  Possibly with a broad sword or even an axe.

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