Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Along with my regular haul of superhero books this week, I got the long-awaited E.C. Segar's POPEYE Volume 1. When this was first announced, they showed a mock up cover and it...I'm sorry, it was awful. It was bright red, and it looked like Popeye's severed head was being fired from an unseen cannon. I was horrified, and if Again With the Comics had existed at the time, you'd have heard about it. As it turns out, the bad cover was just a mock-up. The actual book looks fantastic, with the lavish design and high quality that are standard from Fantagraphics books. I've been waiting to see the collected Segar Popeye for a long time now, and this looks well worth the wait. It's also huge, with big, broad pages hearkening back to the golden age of newspaper comic strips. The reproduction is beautiful, capturing Segar's fine linework in it's original size to the smallest details. About a third of the book consists of color Sunday pages, and they even included the "Sappo" strips. Superb. Segar Popeye is some of the best that the comic strips had to offer, and before this I only had seen samples in various "best of" compilations throughout the years. The last few years have seen a ton of great classic strip reprints, with Peanuts, Dick Tracy, Gasoline Alley, and too many comic book series archives to list. Too bad they all want money!! I can't get everything I want, but I'll be sure to complete this series.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Dammit, Marvel, I want my INCORRIGIBLE HULK!
UPDATE: If you want to read The Incorrigible Hulk, leave a comment - even if it's as simple as "Yeah, me too!" or "Grunt! Hulk comic funny good now!"
Sunday, November 26, 2006
I have to admit, this page kicked Ass, the whole Ass, and nothing but the Ass:
"Cap, why do we need this psycho to get into the Baxter Building? We have Johnny and Sue! They lived there for years!"
"Richards knows them better than anyone! He's locked them out and every angle they've tried to get back in has washed out."
Something like that. I still maintain that Civil War is better and more involving than any other line-wide crossover Marvel have done... which isn't exactly shooting for the stars, but it's a big improvement over past performance, and sometimes that's the best you can hope for.
Amazing Spider-Man #536: Welcome back, Peter.
New Avengers #25 and Iron Man #13: Both basically said the same thing, but Tony gets his own Mary-Sue-by-way-of-Jerry-Garcia in the Iron Man comic. Executive Summary: Tony Stark is conflicted, and breifly "emo", but continues to support the registration.
More later, no doubt.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
And I built my MODOK. The six figures are pretty nice, with Beta Ray Bill being the best. Most importantly, MODOK looks GREAT!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Here's some more about Red Raven's insanely convoluted backstory.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Marvel did a series of promotions a few years ago where each month, a different book would get a promotional push and an introductory issue priced at 25 cents. In August 2003 Incredible Hulk #55 was priced low and hyped high. Too bad the Hulk was AWOL from his own book at the time! Bruce Jones had been writing the book as a conspiracy tinged man-on-the-run suspense thriller with Bruce Banner hunted by a bunch of mysterious government agents and God, was it boring. On top of all the black ops blabbity-blab, Jones was apparently determined to never ever ever EVER show the Hulk doing anything. NO MATTER WHAT.
This didn’t sit well with Hulk fans who, for some crazy reason, actually wanted to see the Hulk when buying a Hulk comic. I had quit buying the book after too many Hulkless issues, but when I heard that the 25-cent issue would kick off a new storyline bringing back the Absorbing Man, I figured I’d give it another shot. Of course I dig the Absorbing Man. He's a big brutal lunkhead with a ball and chain to lay upside your head - what's not to love? Surely, I reasoned, the Hulk would have to show up in a promotional issue, returning to battle one of his greatest foes? Surely there would have to be some action to be found? Not so fast, sparky.The HULK’S ELBOW made a one-panel appearance in this land mark issue.
The rest of the story was a slimy, unsavory, mess recasting Crusher Creel as a sort of body-hopping Hannibal Lecter serial killer/rapist type. Somehow, he had learned to use his absorbing abilities to possess others, and spent the entire issue in an energy cage, grinning manically as his mind hopped from body to body casually murdering people. There was a nasty attempted rape scene, as Creel possessed a woman to come on strong to a co-worker, then possessed the co-worker to try to rape the woman. Banner was in there, acting all emo, and there were some government types in a secret prison under a graveyard, holding Absorbing Man in custody. I’m not sure I explained all that very well, but rest assured, it was very stupid. Even at 25 cents, a crappy, boring Hulk comic with no Hulk whatsoever is still a rip-off.
Forgetting to put the Hulk in his own comic? That’s a Stupid Comic Trick.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Here's Part 2
Thursday, November 09, 2006
UPDATE: This may be a picture of Venom from a Spider-Man 3 videogame, based on the upcoming movie. If so, this site also has pictures of Harry Osborn in a sleek looking goblin-esque getup, as well as a traditional looking Sandman by way of Thomas Hayden Church. Keep in mind, I have no idea if these pictures are real or not, but I hope so. I like the looks for all three villains, and while regular readers will not be surprised to find out that Sandman is a favorite, '90s poster boy Venom has actually kind of grown on me as well. If accurate, this Venom is spot on, and the early pictures I've seen of Sandman are perfect. I don't ordinarilly get all that excited about other-media adaptations of comics, but good stuff is good stuff, and I find I'm very excited about Spider-Man 3.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Farewell, Stilt-Man. You may not have been a good man, or an especially successful one, but you still towered above us all. Because of the stilts.
Monday, November 06, 2006
I spent part of Sunday re-reading my copy of Fred the Clown, by Roger Langridge.
The rest of the 192-page book is just as beautifully illustrated. I was aware of Langridge's work before, but this really put him up there on my list of top cartoonists. In short: If you see Fred the Clown, get it!
Friday, November 03, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
They say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I say: If you think it is broke, and you don’t know what to do with it when you've fixed it, DON’T fix it.
Have a stupid day.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
From a Newsarama interview with Fred Van Lente about Super Villain Team-Up: Modok's 11 with artist Francis Portela:
FVL: As the title implies, it's about the super-heist of the century: Modok, sick of being hunted and hounded by AIM, gathers together an eclectic team of Marvel's Most-Wanted for one big, spectacularly impossible score... The opportunity for which would not be possible without the events of Civil War. While the heroes are distracted by in-fighting, the villains are free to flourish ... The ones that don't actually work for the government, that is.
Wow, looks like they might actually give 'DOK a personality, something he's always pretty much lacked. From the sample art, it looks like we'll be seeing his origin in this as well. I forgot that poor ol' George Tarleton was an unwilling participant in A.I.M.'s little gourd-expanding experiment. There was also a couple of pages shown earlier in the week that gave us a look at his team:
Looks like Armadillo, the Spot, the Living Laser, the Chameleon, the Rocket Racer, aaand...I still don't recognize the woman. A nice mix of misfits. Best of all, apparently they travel around in...BIG WHEEL:
Jackson Wheele is back in business, baby. I'm really looking forward to Modok's 11. It's interesting to see the old Marvel villains getting a pretty substantial push into the limelight, with books like this and Thunderbolts exploring the more complex side of characters who have, until now, been largely ciphers.