Tuesday, May 14, 2013
(Uncanny) X-Men # 101 is usually the
homaged cover in question that most people
attribute to like images.
And, it is a classic, purely cool
Dave Cockrum cover spotlighting
the introduction of Phoenix.
But I say that image itself is owing in
at least part of its inspiration to the above
work by Jim Steranko, from X-Men # 50
from many years prior!
The composition is varied slightly,
but it's still the prominent debut of a
powerful (X) woman which has the other
characters beneath them in lesser positions!
Friday, May 10, 2013
A smattering of favorite issues and story lines
that had outrageously over sized casts...yet
still managed to handle the story well!
Wonder Woman (3rd series?) # 173-175,
"The Witch and the Warrior"
Phil Jimenez magic with Andy Lanning
and (pictured) Adam Hughes cover.
Avengers # 181
(and the ensuing buildup issues,
# 167, 168, 170-177, "The Korvac Saga" by
David Micheline, Jim Shooter, Bill Mantlo,
George Perez, Sal Buscema, and more!)
"JLA/JSA: Virtue and Vice"
original graphic novel by
David S. Goyer, Geoff Johns, Carlos Pacheco
A beautiful rendering of the classic team-up
with characterization and interaction
depicting the teams' personalities and histories.
"Project: Super Powers" from Dynamite Comics and Alex Ross
doing a splendid revitalization of a host of Golden Age
characters, including Daredevil and Black Terror.
The beloved "Defenders for a Day" storyline from
the 1970s, from "Defenders" #s 63-65, featuring
a slew of B and C characters of the day!
JSA: OUR WORLDS AT WAR Special # 1, featuring
nearly every legacy character of the time!
Great for Golden Age fans!
Hanna Barbera's "Laff-a-Lympics" featuring
the entire cartoon universe of Hanna-Barbera.
Published by Marvel Comics, Charlton, and more.
"Crisis on Infinite Earths," the standard-bearer and first
kitchen-sink-cast comic of this magnitude. Hated
the end result, but the cameos and art was stupendous.
James Robinson and Paul Smith's splendid
"The Golden Age" mini-series with a great
smaller human interest story, but with a
bunch of Easter eggs and a final scene that
delivers for 'big fight scene' fans.
The original super-team-up at DC Comics
with a really cool story combining all the characters
previously featured in SHOWCASE!
Story by Paul Kupperberg and Paul Levitz,
and art by Joe Staton!
Friday, April 26, 2013
"Calamity Jack," the original over-sized graphic
novel from Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale, is
actually the follow-up to "Rapunzel's Revenge"
(same creative team, also recommended.)
It's nice to see the graphic novel format
being used so well, and with stories that
don't talk down to younger readers.
Hopefully, this will foster interest in
traditional comic books, too.
These books are all-ages desirable,
not merely 'appropriate.'
The books give a unique take on
updating old tales, with a lot of fun
takes and twists on some classic characters.
It's not merely a culturally diverse spin,
but a rich and textured back-story.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
I guess this special (documentary) was supposed to highlight the impact
of the positive female role model of "Wonder Woman" on real life women
through the ages.
I don't know, since my local PBS affiliate preempted it for a spotlight on
tarpon fishing. Yay.
Anyway, check it out at the link below, which should show you the complete
episode in full! (Link valid through June 14th, 2013!)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
As is often the case, I found a true
gem while cruising the 'Juvenile' section of the
library (minds out of the gutter, pervs!)
searching for mislabeled and hidden graphic novels
that are all-ages accessible.
Shaun Tan's masterpiece "The Arrival"
is a brilliant work, a groundbreaking piece
of art and story that took 4 years to research
and produce the richly detailed and shaded art.
The best way to approach this work, I believe,
is to know NOTHING about it!
Don't read previews, don't read the synopsis,
Don't read previews, don't read the synopsis,
don't read the reviews on the back cover.
Just pick this phenomenal book up raw,
and delve into it like the beautiful and
poignant adventure that it is.
This is a life story told with 'nothing' but pictures,
and it's more fluid and involved than most
text-heavy tales could ever hope.
Interpreting, determining, dissecting the imagery
and experiencing the detail for one's self is
a big part of what makes it work. Afterwords,
you can read the inspiration for the work, and then
re-read it with a new level of appreciation.
Like a fine wine, it's best savored and enjoyed
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
"GET READY...CUZ HERE I COME!"
Possibly the greatest idea EVAH!
Check it out and find out what's
hopping in your area!
(And if you can't go or don't have shops nearby,
check out deals on e-bay/etc. afterwards to get
the entire array of offered comics!)