Monday, October 13, 2008

Superheroes, Story Telling and Soda

The Avengers are getting their own movie. So is the Justice League.
In fact, SupeHero movies are all the rave.
(I saw some cool 'fan made' trailers on You Tube for a Justice League movie...but as cool as they were, they were just speculations...)

I’ve been collecting comics since I was 14 or so. (actually, I got my first subscription to Amazing SpiderMan when I was 9. I remember it because my parents were still married.). I don’t avidly collect any more (Alternate Mutant realities and DC reboots have ruined it for me) but I have friends that do and I keep my eye on what is going on out there.

What does this have to do with Pepsi or Coca Cola? Keep reading…

One of the fun things about loving comics books and super heroes is creating your own teams. Who’s the best guy to have in ‘this’ situation. Or that one? Who’s the smartest? The toughest?

One year…maybe 3 or 4 years ago…I was part of a group that each created a team and then each week wrote an issue of a comic book based on the team. You were allowed to change the cannon fodder any way you wanted. So, to be clever, I created a team that combined DC and Marvel heroes. I based the team in Los Angeles and I chose heroes that were considered either ‘good looking with an ego to match’ or otherwise Hollywood Fabulous material.

The team turned out to be:
Green Arrow
She Hulk
Northstar and
Human Torch

I even called upon the name of a defunct Marvel team from the late Seventies and called them the Champions of Los Angeles.

What does this have to do with Pepsi or Coca Cola? I’m getting to it! Hang on …

It occurred to me…today…3 years after the fact….that if I wanted to abbreviate the name of the team into letters (the way that Saturday Night Live is referred to as ‘SNL’) then my Champions of Los Angeles would be C.O.L.A.

COLA! What are the odds…?!?!?!?!?

Not only did I intentionally write the stories as a team of clumsy, inner fighting, not-accepted-by-the-public heroes…but in HINDSIGHT, who could take them seriously if they were referred to as COLA?!

Crazy, right?!

Could Pepsi be a team of Super VILLAINS??
“Powerful Enemies Perpetrating Severe Indecencies”

Coca Cola could stand for:
“Concerned Octogenarians Clamoring About the Champions Of Los Angeles”

Dr. Pepper could be a dangerous Mega Villain.
Mountain Dew could be his hidden lair in the mountains (obviously)

Soda and SuperHeroes…the possibilities are endless.

Share your acronyms in the ‘comments’…

Brought to you by Coke vs. Pepsi (the greatest battle of 'em ALL!) and John McCain Campaign Cola...

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