Tuesday, November 30, 2010
The Avon packaging is as cool as the product inside. Three more things in a long list of items I should track down for my collection.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Artist: Jennifer Graves
Publisher: DC Comics (2002)
Includes: Gotham Girls #1-5
Clipped from www.comicsbulletin.com and written by Ray Tate:
Jennifer Graves has done a fine job with the series as has Paul Storrie, and it could not have been easy to...
a) find a means to bring all the women of Batman's animated world together as well as
b) make the story coherent as well as more meaningful than one may expect.
Much has been implied and inferred in Harley's and Ivy's relationship both in the series and the comic book spin-offs. Ivy's betrayal of Harley here while making perfect sense still is hurtful, but it's this type of character-driven moment that takes you by surprise and makes the book different than the empty dross in the so called original Universe.
Batgirl also comes out of the series a little more haggard than usual. She's been beaten up, run ragged and forced to question, without angst thank Rao, why she puts on a mask to fight crime every night. She sees her similarities and differences to the much meaner Selina Kyle.
These little nuggets of thought are simply unexpected but welcome. It's the kind of writing that used to be so easy to find but now is a rare treat.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Artist: Norm Keith Breyfogle
Publisher: DC Comics (1999-2000)
Includes: Flashpoint #1-3
Clipped from www. speedforce.org posted by Kelson:
In this story, a paralyzed Barry Allen has turned his super-fast mind to scientific research and development. A mission to Mars discovers a key designed to open a gateway to (essentially) the speed force, which they call the Flashpoint, and which appears to be linked to other realities.Dork Note: The buzz on-line (back in April-I'm slow to these things) is that a series called Flashpoint from Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert will be coming in 2011. Does this new series tie into the original mini-series...uh, of course. So if I was a betting man I'd say the Flashpoint mini-series as a TPB will be coming soon to a shelf near you.
Only one problem: the last time it was used, it destroyed all life on Mars. (Interesting side note: The current Flash logo is actually based on the Flashpoint logo, rather than the other way around!)
Friday, November 26, 2010
Publisher: DC Comics (1981)
Includes: World's Finest Comics #274-278. Including Justice League of America #187 and New Teen Titans #4-5 would be cool.
These solo stories; which ran through the World Finest books were great. We had Hawkman, Green Arrow, Zatanna, and others. It would be nice if these solo adventures were each collected into their own TPB for each character.
I would start with Zatanna.
Dork Note: By the way, it's great DC has brought back the back-up stories or secondary stories as they are calling them now. So they might as well bring back DC's World's Finest; which was comprised of nothing but secondary stories.
Side Note: A LOT of people prefer the current and retro Zatanna in her original stage performer outfit with top hat, coat tails, and fishnet stockings. Bruce Timm, Alex Ross, Ryan Sook, Adam Hughes, Terry Dodson, and Frank Cho all seem to fit into that category.
However, I prefer her Satellite-Era Zatanna outfit.
George Perez created the Satellite-Era costume for Zatanna; which first appeared in print in Justice League of America issue #187 drawn by Don Heck. George Perez did not draw this new costume until New Teen Titans #4; which came out a week later. Both were listed as February of 1981.
Fun Fact: During Zatanna's Satellite-Era she began a flirtation relationship with the Flash (Barry Allen). See below the costume change and the suggestive pages.
A few years back I wanted a pinball machine in a big way . I debated over and over again between these two mighty 1970's iconic marvels, Evil Knievel or Superman.
Both wore the American colors proudly...Red, White (yellow-is sort of white ), and Blue. Both had bad ass bitchin' names, and finally both could leap tall things in a single bound.
Sadly, life happened and I got neither, but I can still dream.
Thank you to Power Records Plaza for archiving and making these old 45s available.
THE SILENCERS, written by Fred Van Lente and drawn by Steve Ellis
They did release a four issue mini-series from Moonstone Press; which was later reprinted in a trade paperback called The Silencers, The Black Kiss. Unfortunately, when the series moved to a new publisher for whatever reason only one issue was produced in the second volume. Some pages from the second issue and the scripts for the remaining three unproduced books can be found on the writers website...www.fredvanlente.com/silencers.htm
Clipped from Wizard Magazine:
Thursday, November 25, 2010
This book needs a serious reprint. If you can find this book on Ebay and that is a big "IF" then it usually runs hundreds of dollars!
Review Animation by Filmation by Thomas R. Cook posted on Amazon.com:
The book is Awesome so if you get a chance... pick it up!!! I happen to have been an animator at Filmation Studios from 1980 until they closed their doors. It was best place I ever worked as far as the friendship between the artists and the fun we had daily.
My heart almost stopped when I heard that a French company was going to purchase Filmation and that they mainly wanted us because of the large library of shows that they could release on video and that they had NO desire to keep the Studio open for any new production.
Lou Scheimer battled as long as he could to keep us in business and I am "Eternia"lly grateful to him.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Think of writer Brian Azzarello, you probably think grim and gritty: His acclaimed series, 100 Bullets, or his various Batman projects (hopefully you don’t think of his incomprehensible, Superman: For Tomorrow). In Doctor Thirteen: Architecture & Mortality, Azzarello does a 180 turn, surprising us with a very entertaining ode to DC’s pre-crisis continuity.
One of DC’s more obscure characters, Doctor Thirteen is a paranormal investigator who has always found a mundane explanation behind each of his cases. Reasonably, he has become a complete skeptic despite existing in the DC universe.
In this storyline, originally published as a backup feature to the Spectre in Tales of the Unexpected #1-8(2006-2007), we find the good Doctor, who has been experiencing strange dreams, led to a plane crash in the French Alps. There, he and his daughter, Traci Thirteen, encounter D-list, horror character, I… Vampire! Things only get stranger and more absurd as Doctor Thirteen soon finds himself at the head of a small army of silver age characters so obscure, they had this comic reader of 35 years rushing to Wikipedia to find out who the hell most of them were! After battling Nazi gorillas and an animated Mount Rushmore, this motley cast of characters makes their way to New York City to battle against the ominous Architects, a quartet of men you might find vaguely familiar. Doctor Thirteen and his friends fight not just for survival, but for relevance in a “realistic” world.
Don’t pick this book up thinking it will be a piece of straight, in-continuity storytelling. It is a meta commentary on the direction of mainstream comics, that at times reads almost stream-of consciousness. That being said, the characters in Architecture & Mortality are written with such wit and warmth by Brian Azzarello, and are so beautifully illustrated by the thick line of Cliff Chiang, that this book can’t help but be a delight to longtime DC fans. In particular, those who feel a seemingly infinite number of Crises have excised a lot of wonder and fun from the comic book world.
Currently available through your local comic retailer, DCBS, or Amazon.com
Publisher: DC Comics (1978-82)
Includes: Action Comics #484, Superman #327 and #329, The Superman Family #195-199 and 201-222
Clipped: In the 1970's, they also brought back the "Golden Age" versions of the characters in a combined book that took a lot of their prior serials and supersized them into one issue that featured Supergirl, Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen and others. One of the new features was called "Mr. and Mrs. Superman" which followed Kal-El/Clark Kent, his wife Lois, and their careers at the Daily Star where he worked as an editor.
I'm a sucker for Earth 2 stuff and this would be a great addition to my TPB library.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Artist: Daniel Brereton
Publisher: Eclipse Comics (1989)
Includes: The Black Terror #1-3
This three issue mini-series was the first comic book series; which Dan Brereton did professionally. He won an award for it in 1990: "Russ Manning Promising Newcomer" Eisner Award.
The 1989 version of The Black Terror is currently owned by Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn, who holds title to Eclipse's properties.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The "Kryptonian Language" has had many incarnations. In the early stages of the chronicles, it would sometimes appear as a set of random alien-looking characters. No concern was given to any sort of continuity, however, and from the 1950s to the 1960s, the appearance of these characters would vary wildly and were not always consistent from one story to the next.
Sometime in the late 1970s and/or early 1980s, DC Writer and Editor E. Nelson Bridwell researched these earlier incarnations of the language in order to consolidate them with the aim of creating an actual Kryptonian language. His language had its own complete grammar, a vocabulary, and an alphabet of 118 Kryptonian characters. His notes explaining this constructed language and its associated alphabet were never published, but a simplified version of it appeared in 1981's Krypton Chronicles mini-series and in other Bronze Age Superman books.In 2000, when DC Direct started designing items that required Kryptonian, Design Director Georg Brewer, with input from DC's Superman office, created an "official" Kryptonian character set. This was an all-new version of the Kryptonian alphabet and is a direct mapping to the 26 letters of the English alphabet. It is used by both DC Direct and DC Comics.The character-index was first released as a paper flyer insert with assorted DC Direct products, including the Kryptonite Prop and the Bottle City of Kandor Prop. This marked the first time that DC Comics had ever published an alphabet for the Kryptonian language.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I just finished reading the 6th issue and final issue in the first story arc and it stayed sharp from the first panel to the end. I've read The Damned series and enjoyed them both, but this series truly eclipses those previous mini-series.
The only thing; which makes me worried like a mother hen is that when Hollywood comes a knocking and they will, if they haven't already. I just hope the stars align so this story gets told by the right people and in the right way, because The Sixth Gun deserves it.
The Sixth Gun, written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt and published by Oni Press.
Clipped from Comic Alliance and reviewed by Chris Murphy:
What's been so great about this series, and what continues to be great about it, is that it's created a rich, complex world while very rarely lapsing into any sort of long periods of narration. As in previous issues, we learn about the characters and the setting as we watch the action unfold before us. The book doesn't feel the need to hold the audience's hand and walk it through, carefully explaining everything. It believes that if it shows the character's actions, shows the weapons in use, shows use the fantastic creatures and magic in the book, we'll be able to understand what's going on ourselves as long as the story's well told. It is, and we do.
It's halfway through November now, so I feel safe in saying that The Sixth Gun is the best new original series from an independent publisher to come out this year. If you haven't read the book yet and you're the patient type, make certain to pick up the trade paperback of the first volume when it comes out next year. If you're not the patient type, then I recommend finding the first six issues as soon as you can and catching up on this great story.
I bought Spider-Man and Iron Man for my 2 year old daughter at my local comic shop's vending machine. However, before I could buy any more their supply was wiped out. She did however end up getting the Hulk too, because the shop owner had an extra one.
Every once in awhile I'll ask if they are going to get more in. They always say the same thing, "We ordered them and they haven't arrived. We don't know what's happening." I don't know what's happening either, but whoever is making these things needs to get on it!
Damn dude, seriously, you need to put them out there so we dorks can collect them all!
Clipped from On-line posted by WebMonkey:
I can’t get over how ingenious and cute these guys are. There are unfortunately only six figurines, The Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man. They are expected to retail at a vending machine near you for just $1 and they stand in at around 2″.
Whoever’s making these should make more and expand the roster to also DC. I would seriously buy them all.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Vanguard did it with Neal Adam's Monster storybook and record set...so I guess it's not totally impossible.
Thank you to Rob! at powerrecord.blogspot.com for making these available on-line.
Publisher: DC Comics (1978-85)
Includes: Justice League of America #153 , #158, #170, and #201, DC Comics Presents #87, and Superman #414
Clipped from Wikipedia: The Jack Grey version of Ultraa was the first superhero to appear on his particular parallel Earth. The second was Superboy Prime.
With all the hoopla with Superboy Prime you'd think this would be a no brainer for DC...well, for the Superboy Prime stuff. As for the Ultraa stuff I want it included in this TPB. Well...
-First, both come from the same pre-crisis planet, our "real" Earth.
-Second, because Ultraa said something in one of the Justice League issues; which always stuck with me. I can't quote it from memory, I can't find it on-line, and I am not digging through thousands of issues of comics to find it, but the gist of it is this...
Does the creation of superheroes cause the creation of supervillains?
As a kid I was like, WHAT?! And it really got me thinking about the whole chicken/egg aspect of the hero myth in comics. Would the Joker exist if Batman hadn't dropped him in the vat. Or Lex Luthor if Superboy hadn't burned off his hair. Are SUPER-villains born from superheroes?
Of course, that's just storytelling in comics. In other storytelling mediums like movies and books usually the hero is born/created from/by the action's of a villain. Luke from Vadar (literally) or Paul Mau'dib from the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen.
Anyway, food for thought.
By the way anyone who says, "Batman was created by the actions of Joe Chill when he gunned down his parents." I'd say to them, "Joe Chill ain't a SUPER-villain he's just a common criminal...so there in your face!"
-Thirdly, in Ultraa's favor, who doesn't like a name; which ends in two copyright avoiding vowels...like aa.
Bleeding Off [bled off]: –verb (used with a comic book series)
1. to leave or wean oneself off a series: He was bleeding off the X-Men for a few months.
Bulletproof : –adjective (used with a comic book series)
1. book sales are impervious to lateness: Planetary was bulletproof.
Over-Publicized-Character (OPC) : –adjective (used with a comic book series)
1. when a character is in many titles: Wolverine was the most over-publicized-character in 2010.
Trade-Waiting: –verb (used with a comic book series)
1. buying the first issue of a series then waiting for the trade paperback: He was trade-waiting all of Grant Morrison's Batman books.
Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith
Publisher: Malibu Comics (1994)
Includes: Rune Aschan, Prequel, #1-6, and Giant Size Rune #1
Do I even need to explain why I want this as a TPB? I don't think so. But it would be nice if Barry Windsor-Smith and Chris Ulm could finish off the series for the TPB.
Fun Fact by Tom Mason:
Ultraverse had going for it was a strong licensing department. There were a couple of people in the office who were always out hustling up licensing partners for t-shirts, watches, pins and more. That led to a little creative fun from Rune artist Barry Windsor-Smith and his inker Alex Bialy. They sent this little fax to Chris Ulm with their humorous pitch for a potential licensing partner. For the first time outside of the Malibu offices, you can now see the Toy That Should Have Been Made: The Rune Pez Dispenser, the first in a new product line of “vampire Pez” or possibly “comic book Pez.” Enjoy!
Dork Note: Also something I just discovered; which Barry Windsor-Smith has been working on since 1984. Man oh man I want to see this book come out!
MONSTERS -- A graphic novel by Barry Windsor-Smith.
The story explores the life and times of two disparate American families fatefully connected by an abandoned Nazi project in genetic engineering that has been covertly revived by the US government. Told in a non-linear timeline spanning twenty years following the end of the Second WorldWar, MONSTERS depicts the conflicts and intimacies of a diverse castof characters whose lives are destroyed by a malignant legacy from the Third Reich’s misguided quest for the perfection of mankind. A testament to the potential of accomplished graphic storytelling, the complexand compelling tale of MONSTERS unfolds through the nuanced, naturalistic dialog and drawings of master writer and artist Barry Windsor-Smith.
MONSTERS is a work in progress, currently totalling nearly 300 pages.
Publisher: Marvel Comics (1974-77)
Includes: The Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Special and #1-32 (appeared as a backup story in the series)
This series felt so 70's it was crazy, man. Dig it, racial unity under Kung Fu!
"When three are called, and stand as one, as one they’ll fight, their will be done…
...For each is born anew, THE TIGER’S SON!"
Clipped from AtomicAvenue.com by Eric Garneau :
A crime story that ends up being an interesting commentary on fate, Arkadian: No Witness is driven by the character of Senator Haskell, a politician currently running for re-election who finds himself in some shady dealings that have gotten out of hand—in particular, he’s involved with a mistress who claims to be a witch and who says she’ll curse him and his family if he doesn’t leave his wife for her. So it is that Haskell hires Arkadian, a killer employed by the rich and powerful to do things they can’t do themselves. Haskell’s instructions to Arkadian are clear: “no witnesses. None.” But things don’t go exactly as Arkadian wants… first someone witnesses his kill of the “witch,” then another random stranger happens upon his murder of the first bystander, etcetera. At first it seems funny, almost like slapstick, but when the tale reaches its end and Arkadian has indeed eliminated all his witnesses, the result is both shocking and sobering.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Artist: Ovi Nedelcu
Publisher: Image Comics (2005)
Includes: Pigtale #1-4
Clipped from www.portlandtribune.com and written by Joseph Gallivan:
Nedelcu’s eye for design pays off in “Pigtale,” which is beautifully drawn. The pacing is electric, the observation keen, but what will really thrill Portlanders is the roller-coaster ride through real landmarks. There goes the Steel Bridge, there’s the pointy top of the KOIN Tower, there’s Carmen on stage at the Ash Street Saloon.Check out Ovi Nedelcu online comic strip Lunchbox at...http://lunchboxcomic.blogspot.com/
Publisher: DC Comics (1978-1983)
Includes: Green Lantern #100, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 and Action Comics #488, 511, 512, 513, 514, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 533, 534, 535 and DC Comics Presents #55
Air Wave III (Harold Jordan) , is the third person in the Jordan family to don the Air Wave mantle. Both his parents wore the costume, first his father then his mother to avenge his father's murder.
Air Wave III was one of those characters in the DC universe; which never evolved into their own series, but still had great stories being told about him.
Fun Note: Harold Jordan is cousin to Hal Jordan (Green Lantern)