Saturday, March 27, 2004
"WANTED: Grant Morrison for Crimes Against Reason"
Text on poster is as follows:
FOR CRIMES AGAINST REASON
Doom Patrol writer Grant Morrison is accused of the following unnatural acts:
Previous offenses: Animal Man, Arkham Asylum
Those unfamiliar with Morrison's outrageously surreal writing should pick up the subversive Doom Patrol immediately.
But use extreme caution - weirdness can be addictive."
This is an official DC Comics promotional poster, dated 1990. I was going through some old boxes of stuff we had stored away in the back room and found this treasure.
I'm amused by the fact that the things DC trumpeted as Morrison's virtues on this poster are pretty much the same things said by comic book message board Morrison-haters. You know the type: "ew, it's weird and and I don't understand it, therefore it's bad."
And yes, those are lamps coming out of his head. I believe this is the "light bulbs = ideas" metaphor made literal. God bless Grant Morrison.
To wrap up my week-long tribute to Dave Cockrum, I give you another illustration of Cockrum's beloved X-Men character Nightcrawler. I'm sure we all wish Mr. Cockrum well, and, credit where credit is due, good on Marvel for helping out.
Special thanks to Tony Isabella for the nice mention of this site in his online column.
Friday, March 26, 2004
Submitted for your refusal...er, approval: another Dave Cockrum link, a page of live-action superhero photos (don't miss the tattoos), and a great Lois Lane cover:
Thursday, March 25, 2004
1. And the folly of attaching Free Comic Book Day to movie releases stands revealed. (via Fanboy Rampage)
2. Your Dave Cockrum link for the day.
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
For someone who said that he wasn't going to be posting a lot over the next few days, I sure am keeping Blogger busy. Anyway, just wanted to pop in and recommend Temptation by Glenn Dakin, out from Active Images in that new-fangled trade paperback format. Only $8.95 a copy, it is, and well worth mowing an extra neighbor's lawn or two to work up the scratch for it. Here's a link to the publisher's page for it, which includes a sample strip.
I remember reading these several years ago (either in Honk! or Centrifugal Bumblepuppy, or maybe both) and I'm glad I now have a whole slew of them in one place. Good stuff!
1. I don't know why everyone's so upset about Marvel publishing Identity Disc at the same time DC is publishing Identity Crisis. I mean, when they starting putting out JLA/Avengers at the same time DC was doing Avengers/JLA, you didn't hear any complaining then, did you?
2. Speaking of Identity Crisis, pal Dorian has the best guess as to the Silver Age DC character that gets offed...Hal Jordan! They bring him back on page one, kill him off on page two. Brilliant!
3. Also, how to solve the continuity problem caused by the Doom Patrol being removed from Beast Boy's origin? Easy - he's a relative of the Martian Manhunter. Yes, that's right, he's the Beast Boy of Mars!
For personal reasons, my weblogging will be a little on the light side for the next few days, so I may not be doing more than linking to other sites, like Flat Earth's discussion of a great Krazy Kat image pal JP posted on the Comics Journal message boards, The Hurting's review of Walt Simonson's Orion series, and your Dave Cockrum link of the day.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
I'm short on time today, so all you're getting is this Dave Cockrum link and an Archie cover:
Monday, March 22, 2004
1. Not much posting today...I actually got up and away from the computer for a while. Wow, there's air and sun and all kinds of neat stuff outside!
2. Next time you go to your local comic shop, walk in, sorta look around yourself in a puzzled fashion, then ask one of the employees "hey, you wouldn't happen to have any comic books with superheroes in them, do you?"
2a. I'm fully aware someone's going to try that on me at my shop...(sigh), yes, go ahead, I brought it on myself.
3. Today's Dave Cockrum link: Dave Cockrum's silverfish.
3a. Actually, the whole gosh-darn Silverfish Gallery is very amusing.
Peter David responds to Joe Quesada's rather crass Wizard World revelation of Captain Marvel's impending cancellation.
Sunday, March 21, 2004
Unnecessary slams against Marvel, the cruelty of Evanier, and Mike holds something big in his hands.
1. Mark Evanier is a cruel, cruel man.
2. Reading up on the lowdown from the Wizard World convention here in slightly overcast Southern California...so apparently, the Marvel Comics panel was basically the editor-in-chief announcing a bunch of new titles designed to cannibalize sales from other Marvel titles?
Oh, and DC apparently announced some new Batman mini-series. Oh. Hey. What a surprise.
Check out The Pulse for several articles about Wizard World.
3. Some comic selling observations:
4. I think it was pal Dorian who pointed out an article on ICV2 that stated, for the month of January 2004, DC Comics' Watchmen had already sold 800 copies in bookstores. This is for a graphic novel well over 15 years old. These are probably better numbers than some Marvel trades get brand new.
5. I came across this Time Online article about graphic novels where Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns is correctly described as a "black comedy." Finally somebody gets it. I've been saying that Dark Knight Returns is a "comic" book (in every sense of the term) for years. It's a parody that too many writers afterward took at face value.
6. Comic Treadmill is treading through the 1970s run of All-Star Comics...good stuff!
7. I held one of these in my hands today. Ooooh, it was neat.
8. Today's Dave Cockrum link: an interview conducted for Comic Book Artist magazine.