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CBG #1697: Happy Birthday, Stan!

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

 

When writing about a legend like Stan Lee, one whose career is as long as the history of comics, you have to narrow the focus to just a few of The Man’s many accomplishments. For that I turned to Legion of Superfluous Heroes and asked for what they remember most fondly about Lee’s contributions to planet Earth. Their answers, as usual, were both surprising and satisfying.

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Added by Captain Comics on February 12, 2013 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Capeless wonders entertain with six-guns, SF and young detectives

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Tired of super-heroes? There’s plenty of good stuff out there without capes.

 

One of the best is DC’s All-Star Western, a book featuring the ongoing adventures of bounty hunter Jonah Hex, with back-ups starring other DC Western characters. The first collection, All-Star Western Volume 1: Guns and Gotham ($16.99) is out, and I’d recommend it to just about…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:53pm — No Comments

'Pogo' returns and he is ours -- in classy hardbacks

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

“We have met the enemy and he is us.”

 

That famous quote is from the comic strip Pogo, and truer words were never spoken – even though they were spoken by an anthropomorphic opossum. That little fella, Pogo, was the star of a comic strip written and drawn by Walt Kelly (and his heirs) from 1948 to 1975, and is well remembered for its whimsy, political satire, sociological…

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Added by Captain Comics on February 2, 2013 at 1:46pm — 2 Comments

'Zero Omnibus' big in every sense of the word

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

DC Comics shipped something big just before the holidays. So big, it might take you two hands to lift it.

 

The New 52 Zero Omnibus ($150) collects 55 comics DC published beginning last September, all of which were numbered “zero” and chronologically preceded…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 19, 2013 at 1:46pm — No Comments

A Dark Day for Comics: CBG closes

Here's the bad news, via press release. My heart goes out to Brent Frankenhoff and Maggie Thompson. And we've all lost something unique. I'm too choked up to say much more, but here's a history of the magazine at former editor John Jackson Miller's Comics Chronicle site.

F+W Announces Closure of Comics Buyer's Guide

 

January 9, 2013 – Krause…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 9, 2013 at 1:00pm — 52 Comments

How you can help Peter David

For those who haven't heard, Peter David, writer of stuff, reported Dec. 30 that he had suffered a stroke. On Jan. 4, his wife Kathleen answered the many who asked how they could help. I'm reprinting her post from peterdavid.net:

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Even though we have health insurance we have co-pays and the like. And since this stroke fell at the end of the year, we have all the new co-pays to deal with (I can honestly see those of you who have had to deal with…

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Added by Captain Comics on January 7, 2013 at 7:01pm — 1 Comment

Snyder's "Death of a Family" Joker story aims high

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

He’s the evil doppelganger of Batman, the giggling evil to the Dark Knight’s humorless heroism, the garish chaos to the Caped Crusader’s dark order. He’s The Joker, and after a year absent from all DC Comics, he’s back for what DC is calling “the seminal Joker event of our time.”

 

That’s saying a lot, given the many terrific stories starring the Clown Prince of Crime. But this tale…

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Added by Captain Comics on December 30, 2012 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

How to Remember You're a Tarzan fan

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Happy birthday, Tarzan!

 

The legendary Ape-Man first saw print100 years ago in the pulp title The All-Story Magazine, and Titan Books is celebrating with a gorgeous hardback, Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration ($39.95). Written by Scott Tracy Griffin, one of the foremost Edgar Rice Burroughs experts extant, Centennial covers aspect of the fabled adventure…

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Added by Captain Comics on December 25, 2012 at 3:00pm — 9 Comments

DC gift guide: From fairy tales to Gotham's nightmare

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Last week, DC Comics sent me a Batman-shaped thumb drive with holiday gift suggestions on it. My first thought was: “A Batman-shaped thumb drive exists! And I’ve got one!”

 

After I stopped giggling, I scrolled through the suggestions on the drive, and found that quite a few had merit. Some, in fact, I had meant to recommend anyway.

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Added by Captain Comics on December 16, 2012 at 7:22pm — No Comments

2012 Gift Guide: Have a very geeky holiday

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

It’s that time of year, when Captain Comics quaffs an egg nog or two and makes gift recommendations for the geeks in your life.

 

To get in the mood I don my Yoda Holiday Hat, a Santa Claus hat with Yoda ears, which set me back a paltry $9.99 from the Overlords at Think Geek (thinkgeek.com). Then I decorate the tree with Star Wars holiday lights that light up Yoda or R2-D2 with…

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Added by Captain Comics on December 8, 2012 at 7:36pm — 3 Comments

Azzarello's 'Spaceman' rewards multiple readings

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

There are few graphic novels that not only benefit from multiple readings, but demand they be re-read. Spaceman (DC/Vertigo, $24.99) is an example.

 

The premise alone is fascinating: The “spaceman” of the title is Orson, a hulking bruiser in the near future, genetically engineered to survive a trip to Mars and do manual labor there. But when the controversial program that…

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Added by Captain Comics on December 4, 2012 at 1:04am — No Comments

'Nao of Brown' is very good, but falls short of great

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Not all graphic novels work on every level, nor are they to every taste. This week I’d like to look at some books that came oh-so-close to greatness, only to fall short just a tad.

 

At the top of the list is The Nao of Brown ($24.95, SelfMadeHero), by writer/artist Glyn Dillon. This is an absolutely beautiful book, executed with sparkling artwork, insightful…

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Added by Captain Comics on November 19, 2012 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

'Flash' gets next round of 'New 52' collections off to a fast start

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

The first round of collections from DC’s “The New 52” initiative featured the publisher’s strongest characters and titles. Now we’re reaching a little deeper into the catalog, with much more mixed results.

 

Which is not to belittle The Flash, a strong character with a…

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Added by Captain Comics on November 8, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

'Dave Stevens,' 'Normandy' are must-haves

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

Ever see someone do something so well it discourages you from ever trying?

 

As a wannabe comic-book artist myself, there have been a lot of masters over the years that have that have been that good. And of those masters, few are as magnificent as the man who created “The Rocketeer.” In Dave Stevens: Covers and Stories (IDW Publishing, $49.99) you can see how…

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Added by Captain Comics on November 1, 2012 at 5:33pm — No Comments

If you like AMC's 'Walking Dead,' more thrills await in the comic book

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

Oct. 23, 2012: The third season premiere of The Walking Dead Oct. 14 on AMC scored record-breaking ratings, with almost 11 million people tuning in.

 

And that’s deserved, because TWD is a terrific show. But it started as a terrific comic book, and if you’re not reading it, you should be. If you think the comics would spoil the TV show, or that the TV show makes the…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 26, 2012 at 3:03pm — 2 Comments

Things That Would Have Shocked My 12-Year-Old Self

Things That Would Have Shocked My 12-Year-Old Self

Oct. 26, 2012: As I may have mentioned a few thousand times, science fiction (and fantasy and horror) were nearly non-existent in American pop culture in the 1960s when I was growing up. The conventional wisdom in Hollywood was that "science fiction doesn't sell," perhaps because all the SF movies in the 1950s were dopey B-movies about giant radioactive insects with…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 26, 2012 at 2:30pm — 23 Comments

CBG #1696: Comics and convention economics

Two viewpoints on the financial aspects of the hobby

Comics and convention economics

By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing editor

 

Two excellent books involving comics and economics have arrived in time for this all-review issue of CBG; one is a book about general economics in comics form, another is about comics economics in prose. Both…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 22, 2012 at 6:16pm — No Comments

'Lovecraft,' 'I, Vampire' are top-notch scares for October

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

It’s October, so the scary is coming thick and fast – especially in books and comics.

 

Topping this week’s list is The Lovecraft Anthology Volume II (SelfMadeHero, $19.95), a collection of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories adapted to comics.  Volume I appeared in April, and was a similar quality anthology, using a variety of mostly A-list writers and…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 22, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

'Art of War' combines ancient Chinese text with SF narrative

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

A number of people have adapted Sun Tzu’s The Art of War into comics. But writer Kelly Roman is the first to tell an actual story.

 

Roman’s graphic novel is set in the near future, when China is the dominant economic superpower, and Wall Street is weaponized.…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 14, 2012 at 6:36pm — No Comments

New 'Swamp Thing' leads wave of scary graphic novels

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

It’s still a few weeks from Halloween, but the scary comics are already here. Some examples:

 

* Swamp Thing has a history of renewal, and the character has been reborn once again as part of DC Comics’ “The New 52,” the line-wide re-launch that started in September 2011. The new Swamp Thing is by writer Scott Snyder (Batman) and artist Yanick Paquette (Ultimate…

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Added by Captain Comics on October 5, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

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