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BLACK PANTHER: PART TWO OF WAKANDA’S WAR WITH ATLANTIS

The Black Panther’s  war pitting his kingdom of  Wakanda against the Sub-Mariner’s kingdom of Atlantis proceeds. Will a certain Latverian dictator also get into the act?

Defenders 85 black pantherDEFENDERS Vol 1: Number 85 (July 1980) – Like A Proud Black Panther

We pick up the story two days after the nuclear missile caused the tidal wave that destroyed much of Kiber Island. The splash page would show Foolkiller and Hellcat (with her Shadow-Cloak wrapped around her) on a rooftop across from the Wakandan Consulate in New York City.    

Their back and forth dialogue would update the reader on developments between issues: both Wakanda and Atlantis would be denying responsibility for the nuke but various nations would be accusing one side or the other. (SPOILER: The Mandrill’s female agents planted the contradictory accusations with various high-powered figures.)

Another battle broke out between the Atlantean and Wakandan armies in the meantime, frustrating both Namor and T’Challa, who are trying to de-escalate the conflict. (Rogue military leaders in the two kingdoms are being supplied with the other kingdom’s top secret weaponry by the Mandrill, who is getting rich off the war AND plans to steal some vibranium from the sub-sea foot of Kiber Island, where Atlantean expeditions discovered it. )

The Black Panther has arrived by limo at the Wakandan Consulate in New York, where he will meet with various world leaders before addressing the U.N. the next day. T’Challa is surrounded by press and his own security as well as protestors who blame Wakanda for the nuclear poisoning of the sea near Kiber Island.  Continue reading

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LATEST POLITICAL CARTOONS

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON TOURNAMENT RESULTS FROM FEBRUARY 21st

CHICAGOLAND COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Saint xavier university cougars new logoFIRST QUARTERFINAL – The 6th seeded SAINT XAVIER UNIVERSITY COUGARS visited the 3 seeds – the TRINITY INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TROJANS.

The Cougars were chasing the Trojans by a score of 43-39 after an action-packed opening Half, but outscored Trinity International University 59-44 after the break. Saint Xavier advanced to the Semifinals with a 98-87 upset win led by Niko Cahue’s THIRTY points. 

Roosevelt U LakersSECOND QUARTERFINAL – In the 2 spot the ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS welcomed the 7th seeded CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES. The Lakers dominated the Wolves on both sides of the ball, keeping them under 30 points in each Half while getting a lot of separation Offensively.

At Halftime Roosevelt University held a 35-25 advantage and from there pulled further and further away from Cardinal Stritch U. Ultimately the Lakers won the game 74-54. Jake Ludwig tossed in 22 points to lead the way for the victors.  Continue reading

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MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER: WAR BETWEEN WAKANDA AND ATLANTIS

Black Panther and VenommWith Marvel’s Black Panther in theaters right now Balladeer’s Blog will take a look at an angle of Prince T’Challa’s run that is a bit overlooked. Panther’s Rage has been covered extensively as have other aspects of this Avenger’s career.

I will be taking a look at the war between the Black Panther’s kingdom of Wakanda and the Sub-Mariner’s realm of Atlantis in the pages of The Defenders in the summer of 1980. 

Throw in Foolkiller to this already volatile mix plus a potential shift in the balance of the world’s vibranium reserves and stir.  Continue reading

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FLASHMAN: LINKS TO MY TOP FIVE

Royal Flash posterWOW! Reaction to my Top Five Harry Flashman Novels blog post continues to amaze me! I’m always glad to share my odd enthusiasms with others so it’s been great to bring The Flashman Papers to the attention of new readers. Here in one convenient post are the links to my individual reviews of the Top Five and to my brief look at Flashman’s encounter with young Abraham Lincoln in Flash for Freedom

Flashman's Lady 25. FLASHMAN ON THE MARCH (2005) – Setting: Abyssinian Military Expedition of 1867-1868    CLICK HERE   

4. FLASHMAN AND THE DRAGON (1985) – Setting: Anglo-French Military Expedition to Peking in 1860    CLICK HERE 

3. FLASHMAN’S LADY (1977) – Setting: Campaign against the Borneo Pirates and captivity by Queen Ranavalona of Madagascar, 1844-1845    CLICK HERE 

2. FLASHMAN IN THE GREAT GAME (1975) – Setting: The Great Mutiny in India, 1857-1858    CLICK HERE   

Flashman at the ChargeAND 1. FLASHMAN AT THE CHARGE (1973) – Setting: The Crimean War, 1853-1856    CLICK HERE

*** FOR MY BRIEF TAKE ON HARRY FLASHMAN’S ENCOUNTERS WITH ABRAHAM LINCOLN IN FLASH FOR FREEDOM (1971) – CLICK HERE 

*** FOR MY LOOK AT THE TOP SEVEN ROBERT LUDLUM NOVELS CLICK HERE 

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL POSTSEASON TIPS OFF TONIGHT

Chicagoland CollegiateThe 2018 college basketball postseason tips off tonight in the Divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog!

The NAIA’s Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference starts their conference tournament. The matchups:

Roosevelt U LakersFIRST QUARTERFINAL:

The 2nd seeded ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY LAKERS (24-6) will host the number 7 seeds – the CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY WOLVES (15-15).

Tipoff is scheduled for tonight at 8:00pm Eastern Time.

Governors State University JaguarsSECOND QUARTERFINAL:

The top seeds – the GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY JAGUARS (22-8) – will welcome the 8th seeded OLIVET NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TIGERS (15-15).

Tipoff is scheduled for tonight at 8:00pm Eastern Time.

calumetcollegecrimsonwaveathleticsTHIRD QUARTERFINAL:

The 4th seeded CALUMET COLLEGE (SAINT JOSEPH) CRIMSON WAVE (21-9) will host the 5 seeds – the HOLY CROSS COLLEGE SAINTS (18-12).

Tipoff for this game is likewise scheduled for tonight at 8:00pm Eastern Time. Continue reading

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HISTORIANS PRONOUNCE OBAMA THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER

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The worst president in American history.

Well, it’s official. Barack Obama has been pronounced the worst U.S. president ever by a panel of experts. The weak, inept and crooked little man was denounced for his flagrant failures with the economy, his many scandals, his disastrous foreign policy and for his blatant corruption, including his misuse of the FBI as his own personal secret police.

I’m no fan of Obama, but even I think it was hitting below the belt for the historians to point out Obama’s horrible college grades and his continued embarrassment over them and refusal to be open and transparent about them.

Obama I dont alwaysThey were on much more solid ground pointing out the way Obama was patted on the head, coddled and lied about from day one, being granted a Nobel Peace Prize “on spec” after just a few months in office. And how youtube is loaded with videos of Barack making remarks every bit as stupid as any that the pathetic George W Bush ever made.

However, the experts have spoken and Obama now stands condemned by history for his many, many failures and dishonest acts. It’s no longer up for debate. Continue reading

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