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Shaved Yeti. Alien. Writer of stuff. Read my fiction at http://reportsfromthefieldblog.wordpress.com/. Read my thoughts on comic books and other dork culture ephemera at https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/.

Something Old, Something New… FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

So our Steve Ditko memorial post last week put us a little behind on the regular funnybook reviews, but it seems to have been rather widely enjoyed, so I suppose that’s okay. Still, though, there’s a lot to talk about. There were new issues of several continuing favorites, but also some new beginnings for old favorites, including a surprising amount of surprisingly interesting [...]

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps: An Appreciation of Steve Ditko

July 10, 2018 // 7 Comments

So I’m sure that, if you’re reading this, you’ve heard about the passing of Steve Ditko. A true giant of comics, Ditko stands in a position sort of opposite Jack Kirby in the funnybook pantheon. If Kirby is a pugnacious Thor, the god of a feisty heroic ideal, then Ditko is a nervous Hades, the god of dark obsessions and paranoia, his art best-suited to supernatural horror and [...]

A Lesson in Quality: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!

July 3, 2018 // 1 Comment

So last week was, as so many of them are, a damn fine week for funnybooks. But this was a particularly good week, one that saw the release of what might just be my four favorite current comics. And while none of them quite managed to earn that elusive five-star rating… If that’s not a hook for this week’s column, I don’t know what is… Kill or be Killed 20 by Ed [...]

Funnybooks on Vacation Are GO!!

June 26, 2018 // 1 Comment

So I am, technically, on vacation this week. Normally, that would mean a quick throw-away article if I was busy doing vacation stuff, or some crazy in-depth thing about something I’ve read, re-read, or dug into in my time off from the day job. This time, though… I’m not busy doing anything but goofing off. And I haven’t had time yet to dig into anything especially [...]

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 [...]