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Remembering Stan the Man

November 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

So as I’m sure anyone who could possibly be reading this has already heard, Stan Lee passed away yesterday, at the age of 95. He had a good long run by anyone’s standards, and this week is being mourned by millions around the world, many of whom have never read a funnybook in their lives. But on the whole, he leaves behind a complicated legacy. To the world at large, Stan will be remembered [...]

FUNNYBOOK BATTLE: Heroes in Crisis vs Action Comics!

November 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it strikes me that there are two dominant strands of super hero writing these days: the Iconic Take, and the Revisionist Approach. I know I’m over-simplifying there, and maybe stating the obvious, too. But I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. With long-running corporate franchise characters, writers tend to either look at what’s made them work in the past and [...]

Grotesques: The Terrible, Awful, Wonderful Days of Pre-Code Horror

October 23, 2018 // 1 Comment

So it’s still Halloween time here on the nerd farm. The air’s turning cold, the leaves are falling, the dead are walking the night, keeping us all up with their mournful caterwauling… You know, the usual. It’s our favorite time of year, and we thought we’d continue our celebration this week with a look at the covers of some Pre-Code Horror Comics. If you’re [...]

Psychos and Wonder Women: Grant Morrison’s Latest Strikes a Chord

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

So it’s been kind of a busy week here on the nerd farm. We’re not entirely sure where all the time went, but one thing’s for sure: it’s definitely gone. Which means we’ve only got time to talk about one book this week. But it’s a doozy… Wonder Woman: Earth One vol. 2 by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette  In this second volume of his “Earth One” [...]

Beauty, Myth, Nostalgia… and Batman

September 18, 2018 // 5 Comments

So I think maybe it’s time to dig into this giant stack of funnybooks on my desk… League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest 2 by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill I forget sometimes how… exhausting this book can be. You’ve got Alan Moore doing his thing, writing straightforward adventure stories with more going on than is obvious at first glance. Then he and [...]

Again With the Bendis! Jinxworld Relaunches Strong

September 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we haven’t talked current comics in a while, as the dangerously-high stack of unreviewed books here on my desk attests. I was going to launch into a round of quick reviews to catch up, but then I started looking at Brian Michael Bendis’ latest work, and got a bit carried away… Pearl 1 Cover 1 Scarlet 1 United States vs Murder Inc 1 by Brian Bendis, Michael Gaydos, David Mack, [...]

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 [...]