Saturday, October 09, 2004
Amazing Heroes #77 (August 1985) - cover by Steve Bissette, Michael T. Gilbert, William Messner-Loebs, & John Totleben
The Mr. Monster article in this issue does briefly discuss the intentions of all the above-named parties, as well as a Mr. Alan Moore, to create a Mr. Monster/Swamp Thing team-up comic. Nineteen years on, I think I can probably stop waiting for it.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Pal Andy links to this overview of video game comics. As Andy notes, DC Comics' Atari Force is overlooked completely. This site fills that void nicely, however.
I did finally see this week's episode of Smallville...you know, the "Kryp/Tuck" episode. It turned out not to be as bad as I was expecting from last week's preview...but really, it wasn't all that good, either. Ethics seem to be right out the window (Lana's boyfriend becoming an employee at her high school, and continuing the relationship; Clark trying out for the football team), there's more rampant nudity, there are plot complications right outta nowhere (Lois didn't pass her senior year, so she has to make up credits...at Smallville High)...and for some reason, Abby's mom, the villain of the piece, seemed to remind me of the kind of villain you'd see in Lois and Clark's later seasons, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I don't really have much to say on this episode, but go read Jason's insightful review. He makes some good points, particularly about Chloe's new position in the show.
Speaking of Lois and Clark, I found this charming review of the show on the Internet Movie Database. I hope it's a joke, but somehow, I don't think it is. Was Dean Cain's apparent ethnicity ever an issue (part-Japanese, not Vietnamese, despite what that "reviewer" thinks)? I thought Cain did a pretty good job as Superman/Clark, myself.
"'Mature readers' Youngblood" is a self-cancelling statement if ever I've seen one.
Don't worry, kids aren't interested in Youngblood. Adults are barely interested in Youngblood. Remember how I've said that despite apparent prevailing opinion, Rob Liefeld work tends to sell? Let me amend that to "Rob Liefeld's Marvel work tends to sell."
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Shane at Near Mint Heroes has a season-appropriate contest for all you comics fans, in which you could win either a copy of the Walking Dead trade paperback or a copy of the 24 Hour Comics book! See his site for the scary details.
Scott Saavedra has been posting some funny stuff over the last couple of days...I particularly like this panel from a "Bizarro World" story.
A few more comments about yesterday's new arrivals:
In other news (mostly about me, me, me):
* DISCLAIMER: Book may not actually be better than The Grapes of Wrath. Book probably is better than The Old Man And The Sea, however.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
New funny books, ahoy! (Possible spoilers, ahoy, as well.)
Other new arrivals (more SPOILERS):
So, due to various circumstances, Yogi finds himself having to fill in for his lady friend Cindy in her stage play. After the show, a showbiz bigwig (who, you'll note, happens to be human) hits on the "female" lead:
from Yogi Bear #26 (June 1975) - art by Ray Dirgo
Okay, if you're already hitting on a bear, you're in no position to start getting squeamish when it turns out the bear is a guy. I mean, c'mon.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
The people have spoken!
Well, it looks like my current week's trend of winning friends and influencing people is continuing, as my comment about New Warriors not appearing to be any good has brought out some defenders for the series, mostly saying that it was in fact good, at least for a while. Er, no offense intended! Every comic book series (and character) is someone's favorite, and I probably should keep that in mind. But really...Night Thrasher?
And Jason and Nathan both step right up and tell me that the fella in that picture I posted isn't the victim of bad perspective...he actually has a giant right arm! Now, could he shrink his arm back to normal size when he wasn't using it to clock somebody? And wouldn't his balance be all screwed up? And am I putting more thought into this than the people who actually did this particular issue? Probably.
Fred Hembeck picks up on a naughty Brian Bolland joke (under Oct. 2nd - no permalinks) from Bolland's illustration of Lady Blackhawk for Who's Who in The DC Universe! I'd always thought there was something up with that image...of course, it is Brian Bolland....
Speaking of odd images, regarding that New Warriors pic I posted yesterday...yeah, I know what "forced perspective" is, but, as Augie indicates, that perspective is downright broken! When something like this is done in Megaton Man, it's supposed to be funny...here, it's...um, well....
Which brings me to a related point...was New Warriors ever any good? We'd recently sold a boatload of New Warriors issues at the shop recently, and as I was restocking them I couldn't help but note how unappealing this series looked. Granted, this type of cover was the norm for Marvel at the time, but something about New Warriors really repelled me. I did read the first issue of the series, way back when...well, more accurately, I read about half of the first issue, as I found it pretty much unreadable. It was just so aggressively...average, I guess. Just filled with cliches and unlikeable characters...I mean, Night Thrasher? Honestly.*
And, finally, courtesy Dave of Legomancer, an even more terrifying version of Psycho-Man:
* Speedball is exempt from any New Warriors criticism, if only because pal Kurt would kill me if I said anything bad about that character!
Monday, October 04, 2004
from New Warriors #54 (Dec 1994) - art by Richard Pace & Bruce Patterson
Dorian knows that he didn't invent the idea of finding subtext in comic images, but the "Subtext? What Subtext?" thing is sort of his continuing schtick. That's all he's saying. That, and that he doesn't want to look like he's "borrowing" from someone else the next time he does "Subtext? What Subtext?" -- which is what it would have looked like since the site in question is one of the more highly-visited comics weblogs.
The person who posted has since apologized and added a link to Dorian's site in that post, which is cool, but a couple other people in some of the related threads continue to miss the point. Unsurprisingly.
In happier news, Dorian is now the top Google search for "Nanny Dickering," so his cunningly evil plan has come to fruition.
In 1983, Eclipse Comics released this portfolio of images based on the just-released Swamp Thing movie directed by Wes Craven. Why it was released by Eclispe Comics rather than Swamp Thing's publisher DC Comics, I have no idea...perhaps DC wasn't set up to publish portfolios (though they started doing so just a couple years later, to the best of my knowledge), so perhaps the Swamp Thing movie licensing was left up to the film's producers, with no say by DC. (Maybe someone reading this can set me straight.)
Anyway, this set features four 11 by 14-inch full-color plates by Paul Gulacy, so they at least look nice, despite being drawn from scenes and characters in the film. The first plate is the same image as on the cover sheet above (sans logo).
Plate two is probably the best image in the set, and I'm not just saying that because of its focus on Adrienne Barbeau. Well, okay, maybe I am, but in this picture Swamp Thing actually looks like Swamp Thing, and there's a feeling of suspense as "Alice Cable" waits for the approaching "monster." (An aside for those few Swamp Thing fans who aren't familiar with the movie...the government liason Matt Cable in the comics was changed to "Alice Cable" for the movie, and Alec Holland's wife Linda in the comics was changed to being his sister, as to allow for a "Beauty and the Beast" relationship between Swamp Thing and Alice. However, by the time the second movie rolled around, Swampy was gettin' it on with Heather Locklear, but that's another story.)
Plate three features Gulacy's most "guy in a rubber suit" image of Swamp Thing in the entire batch, with Swampy just looking like a bald green guy with some fairly prominent veins. Despite this, it's still not a bad image, with a good sense of motion and great detail on the figures and faces (which don't show up very well in this picture I took, I realize).
The classic battle of muck-encrusted mockery of a man versus chemically-mutated Frenchman is represented here in this image, from the film's climatic battle. Interesting to note that even when drawn by Paul Gulacy, the mutated Arcane costume doesn't really look any better. And I know that it wasn't really Louis Jourdan in that costume, but I'm going to pretend that he actually was, because that idea makes me very happy. Anyway, it's a nice image -- points for showing Swampy knocking Arcane around with a club, points off for a marked lack of Adrienne Barbeau.
(Another aside...holy frijole, Louis Jourdan is 85? And yes, he's reportedly still alive.)
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Here's a nice feature on pal Randy regarding his illustration work for Star Wars.
Randy's a good guy, and has been doing our front window paintings for years...we've had Plastic Man fighting Wolverine, we've had Darth Maul in a Santa hat, we've had Spider-Man kicking back at the beach, and we've had this:
You can find a clean copy of that image on this page.
All of Randy's window designs are lots of fun, and always get a great deal of attention and positive comments from customers and passers-by. If you like his art, you have a chance of getting an original piece by him from the Star Wars Heritage card set, as he's one of the artists supplying the sketch chase cards.
On a completely unrelated note, apparently Bazooka Joe has had new people join his gang. (I can't believe we lost our chance to have a Goth girl appear in Bazooka Joe comics. Crud!)
Felix the Cat #55 (September 1954)