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History gets illustrated in three new graphic novels

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

The teetering tower of review copies has yielded a bumper crop of historical goodness. Let’s take a look chronologically:

 

* Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels (NBM, $14.99) is a history textbook disguised as a graphic novel, much along the lines of Larry Gonick’s Cartoon History of the Universe and Michael Goodwin’s Economix: How Our Economy Works…

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Added by Captain Comics on September 28, 2012 at 2:16pm — 3 Comments

Does Hollywood 'get' Judge Dredd?

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Sept. 18, 2012: Can a faithful movie adaptation of Judge Dredd be made?

 

One reason I ask this question is because the last one missed the mark so badly. (That was Judge Dredd, made in 1995 and starring Sylvester Stallone.) Another is that I’m not sure a faithful adaptation could work on the big screen, and maybe it shouldn’t be tried.

 

That’s because…

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Added by Captain Comics on September 21, 2012 at 7:50pm — 7 Comments

CBG #1695: Psychoanalyzing Batman Part II

Back on the Couch

Bat-Therapy, Part 2

(Editor's note: Last issue, The Captain began his interview with Robin S. Rosenberg, PhD, a psychotherapist, textbook writer, book author, lecturer, and the author of What's the Matter with Batman? An Unauthorized Look Under the Mask of the Caped Crusader. She is also series editor of…

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Added by Captain Comics on September 17, 2012 at 12:57pm — No Comments

CBG #1695: DC's The New 52: One Year Later

Succesful Series and Starts Equals Sales Surge

DC's The New 52: One Year Later

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

The launch of DC’s “The New 52” in September 2011 was a huge gamble, and a huge controversy. Arguments will rage on about various aspects of The New 52 until we’re all old and gray,…

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Added by Captain Comics on September 17, 2012 at 12:50pm — 5 Comments

'Economix' not just an entertaining GN -- it's a necessary one

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Sept. 4, 2012 -- Michael Goodwin hasn’t just written a great graphic novel – he’s written one that should be required for every school, newsroom and library in America.

 

Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures (Abrams ComicArts, $19.95) condenses and explains how modern economies work, from roughly the beginning of capitalism to the present. In…

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Added by Captain Comics on September 9, 2012 at 3:30pm — 6 Comments

Sea-going Superheroes, Mysterious Murders, Curious Cats -- oh, my!

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

What do sea-going superheroes, mysterious murders and curious cats and have in common? They all make for great comics.

 

Let’s start with Aquaman, a character almost everyone’s heard of – and made fun of at one time or another.

 

Conceptually, it’s deserved. Aquaman debuted in 1941,…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 31, 2012 at 2:07pm — 2 Comments

Morrison's Superman very good, but not great (yet)

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

There’s a new Superman in town, and he’s … OK.

 

When DC Comics re-launched the titles comprising its superhero universe last year, they took the opportunity to re-tool the Man of Steel a little bit. Action Comics started over with a new first issue, showing Superman in his earliest days – which, in this new universe, is five years ago. (Superman began again, too,…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 23, 2012 at 3:37pm — 10 Comments

A legend passes: RIP, Joe Kubert

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

The comics world is in mourning this week as a giant has passed. Joe Kubert died Aug. 12 at age 85.

 

Kubert isn’t a household name, but if you’ve ever read a Sgt. Rock comic book, you’ve probably seen his work. In addition to decades on DC’s war titles, Kubert…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 18, 2012 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

CBG #1694: Psychoanalyzing Batman

How obsessed is too obsessed?

Psychoanalyzing Batman

Part 1

Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

If you’ve ever wondered if Batman was certifiable in any way, you’re in luck: A clinical psychologist has written…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 13, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Valiant returns from the dead -- and is even better than before

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Comics characters often return from the dead – but sometimes publishers do, too. Such is the case with Valiant Comics, which has burst back on the scene in an explosion of high-quality books.

 

First, the history:

 

Valiant first launched in 1989…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 13, 2012 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

"Batman: Earth One' lives up to hype; DC offers 3 more decent Bat-collections

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

If Dark Knight Rises gives you a hankering for some more terrific Bat-stories, you’re in luck.

 

The much-anticipated Batman: Earth One is out ($25.99), and it lives up to the hype. Written by DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, it re-imagines the Dark Knight’s origin in the modern day, just as Superman: Earth One did for the Man of Steel last year. And…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 11, 2012 at 6:38am — 2 Comments

Clinical psychologist 'examines' Bruce Wayne in new book

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Clinical psychologist 'examines' Bruce Wayne in new book

 

Is Batman crazy?

That’s the central issue in a new book by clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, textbook writer, book author, lecturer…

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Added by Captain Comics on August 3, 2012 at 3:55pm — 5 Comments

Archia's content varies, but not its high quality

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

When I think of how amazingly versatile comics are, I think of publishers like Archaia Entertainment. They’ve just published six graphic novels – none involving superheroes, no two remotely alike, and all of them beautifully done.

 

Leaping to the top of the list…

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Added by Captain Comics on July 23, 2012 at 4:33pm — No Comments

CBG #1693: Preview-Palooza!

Upcoming Comics for Your Reading Pleasure

PREVIEW-PALOOZA!

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

 

2012 has been a pretty good year so far in comics. But what’s coming this summer may put  what’s come before in the shade. A number of publishers were enthusiastic enough to answer our call for a…

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Added by Captain Comics on July 11, 2012 at 3:03pm — No Comments

Who is Gwen Stacy?

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Who the heck is Gwen Stacy?

 

That is likely to be a question a lot of movie-goers will be asking as they watch The Amazing Spider-Man, premiering this week. For the answer, we have to go back to the early years of Spider-romance, even before the Wall-Crawler’s most famous girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson.

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Added by Captain Comics on July 6, 2012 at 2:43pm — 11 Comments

'Modern Cartoonist' explores multifacted Daniel Clowes; 'Kids Comics' necessary for parents

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

I’ve never been a fan of Daniel Clowes, but a recent art book has changed my mind.

 

Not that I don’t admire Clowes’ craft and skill – I do, I do. He’s the writer/artist of the Ghost World graphic novel, and the screenwriter of the 2001 movie (starring Thora Birch, Steve Buscemi and a teenage Scarlett Johansson). His writing is nuanced, subtle and open to interpretation; his artwork is detailed,…

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Added by Captain Comics on July 1, 2012 at 2:45pm — 1 Comment

'Happy Prince' a noble enterprise; Modesty Blaise reveals her charms

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

There’s nothing an ink-stained wretch like this reviewer can add to the poignancy and lyrical beauty of Oscar Wilde’s stories. Fortunately, there’s plenty legendary artist P. Craig Russell can add, as he does in The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde Volume 5: The Happy Prince (NBM, $16.99).

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Added by Captain Comics on June 21, 2012 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

'Gone to Amerikay' a quintessentially American story

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

The new Gone to Amerikay (DC/Vertigo, $24.99) is not only a terrific graphic novel, it is a quintessentially American one.

 

The plot is actually three plots, following three Irish characters who arrive in America in three different time periods (although the…

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Added by Captain Comics on June 14, 2012 at 10:41am — 3 Comments

CBG #1691: Rectifying a reprint wrong

The Captain confesses

Rectifying a reprint wrong

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

The Captain’s readers – honorary members of the Legion of Superfluous Heroes, all! – have been pretty vocal of late. This month’s mailbag contains questions about comic strips, the best “Favorite Find” story I’ve…

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Added by Captain Comics on June 10, 2012 at 3:09pm — 4 Comments

Legionnaire Lee Houston Jr. strikes again!

Lee Houston, who created "Hugh Monn, Private Detective," has another title out from Pro Se Press. Looks like "Project Alpha" has a superhero-y flavor, and deserves our support! Here's the press release:

From Pro Se Press

June 3, 2012

Pro Se Productions, a leader in New Pulp, announces its latest title from Pro Se author Lee Houston, Jr.!



From the creator of Hugh Monn, Private Detective, comes PROJECT ALPHA!  A tale of cosmic…

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Added by Captain Comics on June 9, 2012 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

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