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Fantastic Four Remix, Part 5: Expanding Horizons

February 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

So here we are again, mixing up the Fantastic Four, recreating the strip from the ground-up for the modern era. I’m having a blast writing these things, and I appreciate the support the posts are seeing from a readership that doesn’t normally come here for this kind of crap. Thanks for letting me get this out of my system. It’s evidently been bubbling beneath the surface for a [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Three: Fiendish Plots

January 3, 2017 // 1 Comment

So here we are, three chapters deep in my self-indulgent imaginings about how I’d reboot the Fantastic Four. After spending some time pondering the basics of the series, and working out who the various characters are and where they’ve been, we finally come around to the meat of the thing: the stories themselves. When I was figuring out how to launch this theoretical reboot, it struck me that [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part Two: A Matter of Character

December 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

So here we are again. Nobody burned the nerd farm down after last week’s excursion into fan fiction (in fact, I appreciate the kindness a few of you showed it). So we’re back for Round Two. But if you were fortunate enough to have missed that first part, you can go here to read it now. The gist of it, though, is that a discussion I ran across of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie [...]

Fantastic Four Remix, Part One: The Basics

December 6, 2016 // 5 Comments

So I was reading, a few weeks ago, about the most recent Fantastic Four movie. You know, the Josh Trank one that everybody hated so much. Now, I haven’t seen that movie. But this piece I was reading about the production, Trank’s original intentions for it, and how it got turned into the film that was actually released, was fascinating. I’d link out to it, but it was one of those [...]

Happy Birthday to the King

August 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Today would have been Jack Kirby’s 99th birthday. I’ve written about him, his art, and his influence many times over the years, and I invite you to check some of that out. Even if you just look at the pictures. Because the pictures are what count, after all. The pictures are what made him The King. https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/tag/jack-kirby/ If you really want to get [...]

The Funnybooks of My Birth

August 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

It’s my birthday today, so I hope you don’t mind if I slack off a bit this week, and do another picture post. Inspired by this Bleeding Cool article featuring a list of the 100 best-selling comics of June 1984 (a cool read if you’ve got the time), I decided to look tonight at the covers of the funnybooks released in the month of my birth: August 1968. Or at least, the books [...]

The Visible Dork Forty: Random Hilarity

July 18, 2016 // 1 Comment

So my usual pattern here on the Dork Forty is to ramble on endlessly about some funnybook or another. But I like pretty pictures, too. I collect dozens of the things, more than I could ever find time to write about. Some of those go up on our Facebook page (JOIN…US…), while others just go in a folder for some future date when I don’t feel like talking. But lord knows THAT [...]

Upgrading the Apparatus

June 18, 2016 // 3 Comments

Atomic batteries to power… Turbines to speed… As you may have noticed, we’ve done a little remodeling here on the nerd farm. It’s the same place, more or less. We just slapped on a fresh coat of paint. Added a few windows. Got some clean gravel in the driveway. You know. Spruced things up a bit. Otherwise, you can pretty much expect the same service as always. The weekly [...]

The Red Sheet: Jack Kirby in World War II

June 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

So I’ve been feeling a little under the weather, and that hasn’t left me much time to prepare anything for the nerd farm. So instead of trying to rush putting together reviews for all the funnybooks I bought last week, I thought instead that I’d tell you a story about Jack Kirby that I ran across in a collection of essays called Comic Book Apocalypse: the Graphic World of Jack [...]

THINGBEARD: Staring into the Abyss

February 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

Beginning an irregular series, in which we look back at one aspect or another of the nerd farm’s favorite super-team, The Fantastic Four! This week: the first five issues, and the incredible importance of that time the Thing became a pirate… The Greatest Moment in Funnybook History occurred in 1962, in the pages of Fantastic Four #5. And it looked a little like this: Clearly, some [...]