January 2011 News Posts (21)

Cavalier's Notes: What Makes a Good Cover

COVER RULES

 

By Jeff Alan Polier

 

         A comicbook’s front cover is almost always going to be the first thing that a potential reader will see. As the saying goes, ever issue is somebody’s first. The cover needs to be the first step in convincing them that this issue, right here, is the one to buy. There are many of readers, especially these days, who are already buying and will be…

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Added by Cavaliere (moderator emeritus) on January 31, 2011 at 5:05pm — 11 Comments

This place is infested with Smurfs

It's been odd to see that in the last year or so, the appearance of Smurf merchandise has really picked up steam. Part of this is the remnants of Smurfs 50th anniversary celebration, which occurred in 2008, and the rest is a slow build to the upcoming live-action and CGI Smurf movie.

But the strange thing about this little trend is that almost none of what you might see on the store shelves is all that new. In fact, much of it is recycled…

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Added by Lumbering Jack (M'odd-R8-Tr) on January 31, 2011 at 3:31pm — 7 Comments

Comics for February 2, 2011









AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #653 BIG

ANITA BLAKE PREM HC CIRCUS OF DAMNED CHARMER BOOK 01 (MR)

ARCHIE #617

AVENGERS THOR CAPTAIN AMERICA OFF INDEX MU #10

AZRAEL #17

BATMAN BEYOND #2

BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL #53

BATMAN ODYSSEY #6 (OF 13)

BATMAN THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE DELUXE ED… Continue

Added by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on January 28, 2011 at 4:11pm — 15 Comments

Uncanny X-Force vs. Generation Hope

Last October, Marvel debuted two new titles as part of the X-Men line: Uncanny X-Force and Generation Hope.  I’ve been an X-Men fan for a long time and I’m still a regular reader of the line so, naturally, I decided to give both of these new titles a try. 

            However, I entered these two titles with…

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Added by Chris Fluit on January 28, 2011 at 3:13pm — 2 Comments

Archie 'marriages' collected in die-cut, slip-cased hardback

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Jan. 25, 2011 -- Archie Comics has been making a lot of headlines lately, none bigger than the two recent stories of the Riverdale redhead’s “what if” marriages to Betty and Veronica. Somebody at Abrams ComicArts…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 27, 2011 at 6:20pm — 22 Comments

From the Archives: Deck Log Entry # 17 Death in the Silver Age: Menthor, R.I.P.

In the mid-1960’s, an infatuation with spies gripped the American viewing public, birthed from the phenomenal popularity of Sean Connery’s series of James Bond films.  The “spy craze” wasn’t fated to last long---two years tops---but during that time, it left an indelible mark on fiction of all…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 25, 2011 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

AMSA #1: Superman's Trials & Tribulations

Welcome to the new Ask Mr .Silver Age blog!

I'm Craig Shutt, who writes the Ask Mr. Silver Age column for the Comics Buyer's Guide. I'll be posting regular articles and essays in this space, mostly concerning Silver Age comics but possibly topics of other types of interest to Silver Age fans. Who really knows?

Many of the posts will feature…

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Added by Mr. Silver Age on January 22, 2011 at 1:25pm — 35 Comments

The All-New X-Men of 1998

Recently, I’ve been re-reading my X-Men comics from the late ‘90s. These are comicsI enjoyed quite a lot at the time and I’m having fun reading them again now. However,I’m also aware that these comics have fallen out of favor with the wider fandom. I say “fallen out of favor” because X-Men was still the…

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Added by Chris Fluit on January 21, 2011 at 10:41am — 1 Comment

'Noche Roja' a convincing crime noir

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Jan. 18, 2011 -- Original graphic novels are hitting bookshelves like a tsunami these days, but DC’s Vertigo Crime line is always welcome. They’ve released another winner, Noche Roja ($19.99), that is nerve-wracking from first page to last.

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Added by Captain Comics on January 20, 2011 at 11:34pm — 7 Comments

New Comics for 26 January 2011

ACTION COMICS #897

AGE OF X ALPHA #1

ALTER EGO #99

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #648 2ND PTG

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #649 2ND PTG

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #650 2ND PTG

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #11 (MR)

ANGEL #41

ANGEL ILLYRIA #3 (OF 4)

ARCHIE & FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #2

ART OF RED SONJA HC

ARTIFACTS #5 (OF 13)

ARTIFACTS TP VOL 01

ASTONISHING THOR #2 (OF 5)

AVENGERS #9



BACK ISSUE #46

BATMAN VS THE UNDEAD TP

BLACKEST NIGHT SER 8… Continue

Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 19, 2011 at 7:30pm — 14 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 119 From a Fiery Horse to a Rolling Arsenal

The most iconic figure of America’s Old West never lived.  Except in the hearts and minds of generations of fans.

 

A fiery horse…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 17, 2011 at 11:00am — 9 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 118 The Silver-Age Challenge---DC Edition . . . Answers!

O.K., back to comics.

 

A month ago, I posted a Silver-Age quiz on DC comics.  From the activity on comics-based trivia thread and my own Comic-Book Jeopardy! threads that we had back on the old site, I expected to see more participation. A lot of you fellows are pretty sharp and, as a whole, almost…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 16, 2011 at 2:50pm — 21 Comments

Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys reboots let personalities shine

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Jan. 11, 2010 -- Papercutz is re-launching the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys graphic novels – and the first volumes of each are a delight.

 

"Hardy Boys: The New Case Files" #1 ($6.99) is titled…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 15, 2011 at 11:30am — 6 Comments

New Comics for 19 January 2011

27 #1 (OF 4) VAR CVR 2ND PTG

28 DAYS LATER #19 

 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #652 BIG

ARCHIE & FRIENDS #151    

ARCHIE & FRIENDS TP V8 ARCHIES & JOSIE &

ASTOUNDING WOLF MAN TP VOL 04

AVENGERS ACADEMY #8   

AVENGERS VS PET AVENGERS #4 (OF 4) 

 

BATMAN #706   

BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM #19 

BOYS #50 (MR)   

BPRD PLAGUE OF FROGS HC VOL 01

BRIGHTEST DAY #18  

BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 14, 2011 at 8:05pm — 7 Comments

Firestorm, the Next Everyman or the Anti-Spider-Man

I’ve always had an affinity for Firestorm. 

My first recollections of the character come from my childhood.  I remember that he was introduced on SuperFriends as a new, young hero along with Cyborg.  I remember being excited when his action figure was added to the excellent Kenner SuperPowers line.  I…

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Added by Chris Fluit on January 14, 2011 at 11:47am — 17 Comments

Gotham High

http://blastr.com/2011/01/gotham-high-the-teen-batm.php#4 Do you tink that this concept should have been given a chance to become a series?

Added by Julian Gift on January 10, 2011 at 7:57pm — 35 Comments

New Comics for 12 January 2011



ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on January 7, 2011 at 9:02pm — 13 Comments

'Dapper Men,' 'Mouse Guard,' cool, but not for all

By Andrew Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Jan. 4, 2011 -- Some times it’s more obvious than others that comics are ultimately a matter of taste.

 



Take for example Return of the Dapper Men ($24.95, Archaia), by comics writer…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 6, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Deck Log Entry # 117 My Wife . . . Woman of Steel

I married a super-heroine.



Now, most of us think that about our spouses at one time or another, or perhaps, much of the time. But…

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Added by Commander Benson on January 5, 2011 at 11:00pm — 13 Comments

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