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
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
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 again.
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
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
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.…
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 Daredevil, through his ground breaking work on titles such as… Continue
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 first of these gives a radically different take on one of the… Continue
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
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
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
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
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
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
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