Recent Dorkiness

The Toyetic Kirby

June 12, 2018 // 4 Comments

So at some point in the early 80s, Jack Kirby was asked to do some concept drawings of his New Gods characters for the Super Powers toy line. He obliged with some cast drawings… …albeit mostly of the bad guys. Which makes sense. The Super Powers line was based largely on the Superfriends cartoon show, which already gave them a large cast of heroes. Also, to be honest, the New Gods [...]

Seeing Past the Icon: Bendis Gets It Right on Man of Steel

June 5, 2018 // 6 Comments

So last week was a great week for funnybooks. We got a tidy stack of on-going nerd farm favorites, all of which had great hooks for review. But unfortunately, as it turns out, we’ve only got time to talk about one book. And it’s a newcomer, at that… Man of Steel #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Ivan Reis Superman is a difficult character to get right, in the modern era. [...]

Jack Kirby and the Art of the Pitch

May 29, 2018 // 7 Comments

So I’ve been digging again recently into the art of Jack Kirby. I mean… I’m ALWAYS digging into the art of Jack Kirby. He’s the King! But even when you’re the King, you still have to make pitches for your kingly ideas. Luckily, Kirby was also the King of the Pitch. Restlessly creative, he churned out new characters and concepts all the time. It was his thing. [...]

Aliens, Gods, and a Walk Through Hell: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

May 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been reading some funnybooks! Let’s see how they were… Avengers 1 & 2 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGinnis So these were fun. I normally wait to read Jason Aaron work-for-hire stuff until I can find a digital trade on sale, but I decided to give this new Avengers relaunch a shot because… Well, I dunno. Because what the hell, I guess. I like Aaron’s larger than [...]

Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Eight: Infinite Benjamin

May 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

So here we are again with the Fantastic Four Remix, our on-going exercise in relaunching the Fantastic Four from scratch. We’re pretty deep into it now, so if you’re just joining us… Well, god help you. But if you want to catch up, previous chapters can be found here: https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/tag/fantastic-four-remix/ This time around, I had planned to back away from the [...]

The Life and Adventures of Lois Lane

May 15, 2018 // 4 Comments

We here on the nerd farm were saddened to hear this week of the passing of Margot Kidder, who defined the role of Lois Lane for a generation. She may have been the best screen Lois ever, in fact. Smart, funny, brave, and abrasive, with a penchant for getting in over her head. She was a force of nature, and I’m not sure anyone else has ever matched her in the role. For that matter, [...]

A Month of Wednesdays

May 8, 2018 // 2 Comments

So while I kept going off and talking about other stuff, funnybooks kept coming out. Weird how they do that. But that means the review stack’s gotten tall. There’s a whole month of Wednesdays sitting there, waiting for my attention. And THAT means it’s time for a quick round-up of all the stuff I’ve read in the last month (or at least everything that’s given me [...]

Retro Review: Mastering Space With Kirby and Wood

May 1, 2018 // 3 Comments

So it’s going to have to be a quickie this week. Why? Well… As it turns out, I spent most of the time I would normally spend writing this column on reading comics instead. Which, granted… “Reading Comics” is something I spend a lot of time doing in any given week. But this week is special. Because this week, I finally laid my hands on something I’ve been wanting to [...]