September 2009 News Posts (30)

A Taste of the Bat from the '50s

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Sept. 29, 2009 -- Bear with me, because I’m about to recommend a reprint … of a reprint.



The book in question is the hardback DC Comics Classics Library: Batman – the Annuals, Volume One ($39.99). It reprints Batman Annual #1-3 which, when originally published in 1961-62, reprinted 21 Batman stories originally printed from 1950 to 1958.



I was really eager to read these stories.… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on September 30, 2009 at 1:00pm — 6 Comments

More on 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies'

Today is when DC's sixth (I think) straight-to-DVD animated movie goes on sale, and they've offered up more fun stuff for us to look at. Here are two new clips from the movie (thanks to Doc Beechler for showing me how), followed by an interview with Tim Daly, who does the voice of Superman in the movie, as he was in Superman: The Animated Series.



I've also got a PR interview with Keven Conroy, the voice of Batman in both the movie and Batman: The Animated Series, if… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on September 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

Clearing the Cupboards 5 - The Amazonian Avenger

These days, we probably have become enamoured of radical re-thinks of characters, of changes in their status quo which means they “never will be the same again.” Somehow, even the most fanatical comics fan becomes jaded when it happens, realising that sooner or later someone will press the reset button… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 29, 2009 at 10:24am — 1 Comment

My Crazy Blog 9/28/09 - Why "Dollhouse" May Become My New Favorite Show

I saw the Season 2 premiere of the Fox series Dollhouse this weekend, and it absolutely blew me away. Dollhouse, by Joss Whedon of Buffy fame, is about a company that has technology that allows them to "wipe" a person's mind and imprint them with an entirely new personality. It's the sort of technology that could take over the world, but instead, the "Dollhouse" is a sort of high-tech employment service. Wealthy people can request a "doll" with a certain personality and set… Continue

Added by Joan Carr on September 28, 2009 at 1:41pm — 11 Comments

New Clips from 'Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,' Streeting 9/29

Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is the latest animated DVD from DC, which will be released Tuesday. Here are some video clips from DC, followed by the latest press release:…





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Added by Captain Comics on September 28, 2009 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

New Comics for 30 September 2009

No one else has posted, so here goes. Copied from the site memphiscomics.com:



25000 YEARS OF EROTIC FREEDOM HC

ABSOLUTE PROMETHEA HC V.1

AL WILLIAMSON FORBIDDEN WORLDS SC

ALEX HORLEY SKETCHBOOK HC

ALIENS #3 (OF 4)

ALTER EGO #89

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #606 CAMPBELL VAR

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607

APPLEGEEKS TP V.2 WEIRD SCIENCE

ARMY OF DARKNESS #25

ART OF TOP COW SC

ASTRO CITY ASTRA SPECIAL #1 (OF 2)

AVENGERS INVADERS HC

BAD DOG… Continue

Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on September 27, 2009 at 5:55pm — 11 Comments

Recommended: 'Big Kahn,' K. Smith's 'Batman' and Maneely's 'Black Knight'

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Sept. 22, 2009 -- Rabbi David Kahn was a well-respected spiritual and community leader when he died. That’s when his wife, three children and synagogue found out he wasn’t a rabbi. And he wasn’t Jewish. Heck, he wasn’t even David Kahn.



He was a con man named Donnie Dobbs, a cheap grifter who fell in love with a Jewish girl, and transformed into the good man she though he was.…



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Added by Captain Comics on September 27, 2009 at 3:59pm — 2 Comments

Creating Conflict: X-Men Utopia and Justice Society of America

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The key to any story is conflict. Without conflict, there’s no drama. Without conflict, there’s no action. Without conflict, there’s no story.… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on September 25, 2009 at 10:28pm — 1 Comment

Clearing The Cupboards 4 - You Can't Come Home Again

Okay, okay – I take a deep breath, sit down, calm myself and make sure everything is in place. Think clean thoughts, chum, think clean thoughts…..



I am not alone in stating that Frank Miller is one of the outstanding talents in comics’ history. From the way he revitalised and re-invented… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 25, 2009 at 6:54am — 2 Comments

Clearing The Cupboards 3 - The Tangent Era (Part 3)



At the end of the second volume, which printed the first of the 1998 issues of the Tangent comics, it was obvious that something had gone terribly wrong in the world. In the third and final volume, we learn just how bad things have become – but not before meeting some more major characters. The… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 23, 2009 at 9:44am — 6 Comments

Clearing The Cupboards 2 - The Tangent Era (Part 2)

Let’s continue our look back at the original run of Tangent comics, as collected in the second of three editions put out in the last year by DC. The Tangent line, as conceived by Dan Jurgens, was designed to do the same thing in 1997 as Julie Schwartz had achieved with the onset of the Silver age of comics in the 50’s – new approaches to established names, in a world where superheroes have had a direct impact on the world.

The original run in… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 22, 2009 at 5:36am — 2 Comments

At Last: Early Archie Comics Archives (via Dark Horse)

It's true -- Dark Horse is going to reprint early Archie Comics, beginning with Pep Comics #22 from 1941. This is one of the last major parts of comics history that isn't collected and available for research or reading, and I'm pretty jazzed about it! Here's the press release:



ARCHIE COMICS AND DARK HORSE JOIN FORCES ON ARCHIVE EDITION



Archie Andrews, America’s typical teenager was presented for the first time in PEP COMICS #22 in December 1941.… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on September 21, 2009 at 2:00pm — 15 Comments

President Luthor (from the old board)

From the old board, I launched the "President Luthor" thread with this post (July 21, 2003):





At my last visit to my friendly neighborhood comics shop, I say the President Luthor trade paperback. I haven't read the Superman titles for several years (heresy, I know), and the notion of Lex Luthor becoming President of the U.S. wasn't enough to entice me back.



It's a nifty idea, I'll admit ... but the time to do it was very shortly after the… Continue

Added by ClarkKent_DC on September 21, 2009 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

Death or Exile: Comparing Superman Titles without Superman

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You can’t have a Superman title without Superman in it, can you? Well, yes, apparently you can. DC has done it twice in their history. First, there was the… Continue

Added by Chris Fluit on September 18, 2009 at 11:30pm — 4 Comments

Comics for September 23

Thanks, ComicList.com!



AIRBRUSH ACTION

Airbrush Action Vol 25 #1 (May Jun 2009)(Release not confirmed by Diamond Distribution), $5.99



ARCHIE COMICS

Archie & Friends All Stars TP Vol 1 Veronicas Passport (resolicited), $9.95

Archie Double Digest #202, $3.99

Jughead #197, $2.50

Sonic Universe #8, $2.50



AURORA PUBLISHING

Cigarette Kisses GN, $12.95

Spicy But Sweet GN, $12.95



AVATAR PRESS

No Hero #7 (of 7)(Juan… Continue

Added by Alan M. on September 17, 2009 at 11:29pm — 15 Comments

Column: Tweeting 19 Reviews! Don't Ask, Just Read!

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service



Sept. 15, 2009 -- As practice for Twitter – which apparently is going to take over the world – I’m going to pretend I’m tweeting and do all of my reviews this week in 140 characters or less. While that necessarily means shallow content, it does have the benefit of blazing through a tremendous amount of review material at one whack.



Can I do it? Is this a stupid idea not worth doing? Let’s find… Continue

Added by Captain Comics on September 16, 2009 at 2:00pm — 16 Comments

Clearing the cupboards 1 - The Tangent Era (Part 1)

A little explanation is in order for these posts - I'm in the process of clearing out some old GNs before a move, and I thought it might be fun/interesting/egotistical of me to give my thoughts on them as I start to set them aside. Many of them are collected books of famous (or in some cases infamous) runs, so join me if you wish as we delve into the volumes before they go to a new home.





We start with an experiment DC carried out in… Continue

Added by Mike Williams on September 16, 2009 at 7:13am — 3 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 90 Death in the Silver Age: Mark Merlin, R.I.P.

If you lived in the DC universe in the 1950’s and were a greedy relative or unscrupulous lawyer trying to swindle someone out of his fortune by posing as a ghost or a space alien or a time-traveller, you didn’t stand a chance. Not with all the DC sleuths who made a living out of exposing the fantastic as simply larcenous fellows wearing sheets or bizarre masks.



There was the self-styled “Ghost Breaker”, Doctor… Continue

Added by Commander Benson on September 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — 7 Comments

I Like Ham 8: Masterpiece Comics

Well, Steve, I went into the City again this weekend, picked up a book that you might find interesting. The book is called Masterpiece Comics, by R. Sikoryak. This features various classics of literature re-told in the formats of various comic strips and comic books. The cover really caught my eye, it's in the style of an old-school super-hero comic, with Dante Alighieri, Emily Brontë, William Shakespeare, Voltaire and Oscar Wilde racing towards the reader as thought they were a… Continue

Added by The Baron on September 14, 2009 at 7:00am — 7 Comments

Help Wanted at Marvel Entertainment

For those who might be interested ... the Monster.com posting is here.





From: superspyro

Subject: [ACESjobs] Supervising Proofreader, Marvel

To: ACESjobs@yahoogroups.com

Date: Friday, September 11, 2009, 3:58 PM





Marvel Entertainment, Inc.



Summary: In addition to proofreading documents, the position is responsible for… Continue

Added by ClarkKent_DC on September 12, 2009 at 12:48am — 9 Comments

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