Friday, August 28, 2015
I picked up a couple of Haunted Tank Showcase volumes just for the Joe Kubert art, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the stories. I was never a huge war comic reader as a kid, so all of the stories were new to me. The tales are action packed and filled with last minute escapes and sage advice from the ghost that guards the tank - great stuff!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
I became a fan of Mike Kunkel from his excellent if all too brief run on Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! It was an amazing all-ages titles and frankly one of my favorite depictions of the Shazam Family. His Herobear and The Kid looks to be a perfect title for folks missing Calvin and Hobbes. It too features a boy and his stuffed animal that he shares adventures with. Kunkel's artwork evokes Watterson's style as well - without aping it as some other artists do.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This is a pairing that I have been meaning to get to for a while. They seem like they would naturally cross paths sooner or later, They would certainly have plenty in common, both being Earth men that became champions of a faraway world. Truly it would be an amazing sci-fi adventure!
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I was glad to read recently of a conversation between Black Lightning creator Tony Isabella and executives at DC Comics regarding the treatment he and his character have gotten in the past and going forward. It sounded like a first step, but hopefully it will lead to bigger and better things for Jefferson Pierce. I'd love to see him finally break through to live action. it would be cool to see him show up on Arrow or even in the movies.
Monday, August 24, 2015
A recent request for an Axe-Cop team up had me curious about the character, so I decided to check out a bunch of the cartoons - both the black & white versions and the new color ones. The shorts are crazy, and it's no wonder when the series is co written by a five-year old. That's where it gets its charm though, it reminds me of the storylines that I might have come up with at that age.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Ghost Rider is another character that has had multiple big screen attempts by a non-Marvel studio that were not well received. Will the rights finally revert back as they did with Daredevil? If so, what path should Marvel take? The Nicholas Cage versions had some cool visuals but the villains didn't work and the tone was way off. I'd like to see a darker version, with less humor and less chewing the scenery. Maybe an animated version, even.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Even though I wasn't all that familiar with the DNAgents, I thought that it was pretty cool when they had a pseudo-crossover with the New Teen Titans. This Titans battled a very similar looking team called the RECOMbatants in their comic, and the DNAgents followed suit by meeting up with a team of Titans doppelgangers in their title. I never did get around to acquiring that side of the team-up though.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Aeon Flux was a freaky show. The animation was kinetic, and the fact that the main character was killed off in each episode was just one of the ways it broke the rules of traditional storytelling. I liked the movie version OK, but it didn't really capture the feel of the cartoons for me.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Yvonne Craig yesterday. I still maintain that she is my favorite comic book heroine to yet appear in live action. She played the character straight despite the camp around her, few others have ever looked as good in their superhero outfits and you had to dig that tripped out motorcycle. I hope she knew how many fans she had because of Batman and Star Trek. Rest in peace, Yvonne Craig.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The Gargoyle is one of those Marvel characters that I always hoped would gain more popularity and wider recognition. I love the design of his look and like that he is not your typical 20-something aged hero - his advanced age gives him a unique perspective. I haven't seen him getting much use lately and hope he can find a new home in comics again.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
The Falcon's guest appearance in Ant-Man was my favorite scene of the movie. I liked the new costume, which we only saw for a second in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and appreciated the addition of more red to it. Even though the movie's star got the upper hand in the battle, The Falcon still came off very well. I look forward hm having an even larger role in Captain America: Civil War, and hopefully his pet falcon Redwing will get introduced somewhere down the line.
Batman and The Falcon met once before, way back in B&B The Lost Issues...
Monday, August 17, 2015
I am looking forward to the new season of Arrow. Even if last season's episodes were uneven, the show seems poised to bring the Oliver Queen closer to his comic book counterpart. With promises of Starling City becoming Star City, The Arrow becoming The Green Arrow, and a new costume, it looks as though the patience of viewers will really be paying off in upcoming episodes.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
I knew this would happen eventually. Originally, the name of this team I came up with was "The Delinquents". Little did I realize, a team by that name was already created (a spin-off of Quantum and Woody). So, I had to go with my back-up idea for a name - not as cool sounding, but it still works, I guess!
Saturday, August 15, 2015
I don't know if it is because of the cool costume, simple set up or just nostalgia, but I have enjoyed Space Ghost in all of his incarnations. I loved the cartoon as a kid, thought that the talk show was pretty darn funny, and even enjoyed the DC mini-series that attempted a more serious look at the hero. It's a testament to the strength of the character that he can be enjoyable in so many variations
Friday, August 14, 2015
I remember the first time is stumbled on The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. In those pre-internet days I had no idea such a project was in the works, so I was delighted when I saw Issue #1 on sale at my local corner store. This was the kind of reference that I had always wanted to see. I devoured the issues and all the minutiae of the heroes and villains I loved. I especially liked Eliot R. Brown's contributions, where he would provide highly detailed diagrams of vehicles, buildings and weapons.
This isn't the first time the fate of the Marvel Universe was in Deadman's hand...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
I have been a fan of Sergio Aragones for as long as I can remember. His contributions to Mad Magazine were always my favorite part of the issues and I loved squinting to see all the cool tiny "Marginal" cartoons that he would draw in the borders. Now, a question: Have those Marginals ever been collected together in one edition? I am sure it would be a painstaking chore, but if there were such a complilation for sale I would purchase it in a heartbeat!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
We've seen Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn looking like her more recent comic incarnation for the upcoming Suicide Squad film, but will she ever don the classic look from the characters original appearances in comics and animation? While it may not fit in with the gritty look they seem to be going for with the movie, I'd love to see an attempt made. There's no reason they can't pull it off successfully when so many cosplayers already have.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Joe Queseda may be synonymous with Marvel Comics these days but I first took note of him in a mini series updating classic hero The Ray for modern readers. I liked his artistic style and made a point to check out his future work. I like the new version of the Ray too, and it's too bed he never became I bigger star. I even enjoyed his later membership in an updated Freedom Fighters and I hope we haven't seen the last of him.
Monday, August 10, 2015
With the dismal box-office performance of Fantastic Four, fans are once again hoping the rights will return to Marvel Studios. I am hopeful as well, but for another reason - Namor and the original Torch would be available to join Captain America in an Invaders film. Marvel has proven adept at presenting period piece comic movies and that would have the potential to be a great one!
Sunday, August 9, 2015
If I had to pick a favorite Wolverine story, I would still go back to his original self-titled mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller. I had been a fan of the character through his X-Men appearances, bur this solo outing really allowed the character to flourish. Miller's artwork was a revelation for me - I remember being amazed at the first image of Mariko. I also have to admit that I really enjoyed Wolverine: Enemy of the State by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., even if it did go over the top a bit.