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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Random Collection of Images For Your Edification and Enjoyment

April 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

So time and energy have been in short supply on the nerd farm lately. Allergies, taxes, busy days… We just couldn’t get the usual long-winded essay done. Which means it’s time to post up a bunch of pretty, pretty pictures. A lot of these are things we’ve shared over on the Dork Forty Facebook page, so folks who follow us there may have seen some of this before. But [...]

Infinite Bastardry: Jim Starlin Gets Prog with New Thanos OGN

April 10, 2018 // 1 Comment

So I had planned to do our regular round of funnybook reviews this week, but then I read this one book, and plans changed… Thanos: The Infinity Siblings by Jim Starlin and Alan Davis I should preface this review by saying that the only reason I bought this book (a 112-page hardcover OGN that retails for $25) is because Comixology had it on sale for 99 cents. I don’t mean that to sound [...]

Fantastic Four Re-Mix, Part Seven: The Trial of the Thing!

April 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been a while since we did any Fantastic Four Re-Mix. A full year, in fact. What can I say? I hit a snag in the plot and let myself get tripped up on it. And I’ve always felt just slightly silly doing these things, anyway, so it seemed better to just wander off. But I re-read the earlier chapters recently, and realized that I liked them quite a bit. That lead me back in, and I [...]

Randoming Random Randomness: FUNNYBOOKSINREVIEWAREGO!!!

March 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

So I was thinking… You know what we haven’t done in a while? Just a bunch of random reviews with no connecting theme. And it’s probably a good time. We’ve got a couple of new number ones in the stack, some old favorites returning, some on-going concerns we can’t escape from… So let’s get right to it. Eternity Girl 1 by Magdalene Visaggio and Sonny Liew I [...]

Lord of the Quiet Moments: A Look at Jeff Lemire

March 13, 2018 // 3 Comments

So we’re pretty big Jeff Lemire fans here on the nerd farm. While he doesn’t write the complex, thematically-dense kind of stuff we like the best, he is the King of the Low-Key. The Lord of Quiet Moments. And that’s a tone he applies to a wider variety of genres than just about anyone else in comics. Science fiction, super heroes, adventure, literary naturalism, small-town slice [...]

Murder, Gods, and Art

February 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

So I suppose you’re wondering why I’ve called you all here… The Wicked + The Divine: 1923 Special by Kieron Gillen and Aud Koch At times, I think The Wicked + The Divine is brilliant. It’s an exploration of mythology and godhood, well-researched and with hidden depths that reveal themselves when you really look at the gods the various cast members represent. And I love [...]