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A Random Collection of Beautiful Things

January 29, 2019 // 1 Comment

So instead of working on this week’s column, I’ve gotten distracted by a new project the last few days. Which means it’s time to dip into our vast supply of funnybook images. We do this kind of thing all the time over on the nerd farm’s social media (a few of the images below are appearing there this week, in fact), but not so often on the main site. We can do things bigger and better here, though, so I decided to pick out 25 pictures, by 25 different artists, featuring [...]

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 as Smilin’ Stan! Stan the Man! Everybody’s funnybook grandpa! And that’s an image he honestly [...]

Countdown to Halloween 2018

October 29, 2018 // 0 Comments

So we’re on Halloween vacation this week, and as such aren’t really around to deliver the usual long-winded enthusiasm. So instead, we’re just going to direct you over to our social media, where we’ve been sort of unofficially participating in the annual Countdown to Halloween with a new comics-related Halloween post every day. Usually, it’s just a piece of artwork, but sometimes there’s a little story to go with it. Somewhere in there, we even put up the [...]

The Comics That Made Me, Part Two

August 28, 2018 // 2 Comments

So this week we’re right in the middle of doing the dorkiest thing possible: making a list of funnybooks we like! The idea (taken from a social media challenge thing) is to make a list of ten comics that had an influence on me, and that I still enjoy reading today. I covered the first half of that last week, with comics from my childhood and adolescence. And we’re wrapping it up this week with stuff from high school and beyond… BOOK SIX: SWAMP THING Alan Moore took over Swamp [...]

NOT A NUMBER: Jack Kirby vs. The Prisoner

July 24, 2018 // 3 Comments

So last week, I indulged in a rare splurge on an objet d’art: The Original Art Edition of Jack Kirby’s adaptation of The Prisoner, which reproduces his pencils at the size he drew them. I’ve bought a few of these art board reproductions over the years (Kirby’s Mister Miracle, a collection of Wally Wood stories for EC Comics), and I’d sworn I’d never buy another one. Not because they’re not nice; they are, especially for a comics historian and process [...]

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 villains are better than the heroes, for the most part, so concentrating on Apokolips was probably a [...]

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. Particularly in the 1970s, when he envisioned himself as an idea factory, coming up with new comic series, [...]

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 life, hell-bent-for-leather approach to the big corporate toys. As long as I keep in mind that [...]

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 super-detailed plots of the last couple of entries, and into more general overviews covering several [...]

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 read for ages… Sky Masters of the Space Force by Dick & Dave Wood, Jack Kirby, and Wally Wood [...]