Edit: I'm working on Golden Age USA Comics Vol. 1* and (SA) Sub-Mariner Vol. 4.** And Golden Age All Winners 1*** comes out in TPB next week. So the next post'll be one of those, unless I get distracted.
* Supposedly a companion book to Kirby's Cap.
** I need to read more Marie Severin stuff.
*** Haven't started it, but Kirby AND Everett (and Burgos and Gustavson and some other dudes)... Could be greate.
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All my life, my Great Dream has been to grow a triangular head - Roy Thomas
I read "I, Magneto" from Classic X-Men #19 about Magento's Nazi-hunting days....
And I read an FCBD reprint of old Moomin Valley comic strips from the 1950s.
Pulling for: HATE!; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen; Doktor Sleepless; S.H.I.E.L.D.; X-Factor; Sergio Aragones Funnies; The Manhattan Projects; MIND MGMT; Batman Black and White
Detective Comics #27 - #50 reprinted in the Batman Archives vol. 01. I think I enjoyed this more than the reprints of Batman #1 - #7 that I read awhile ago. My favorite is 'TEC #40 the first appearance of Clayface Basil Karlo which is a very good murder story. It almost plays out like a slasher movie. 'TEC #39 features one of the bloodiest panels I've seen in a golden age superhero book where they show a man get a hatchet to the face. Pretty gruesome and a good story as well.
The volume also contains the the first appearance of Hugo Strange in 'TEC #36 as well as another of his early appearances. I had no idea Strange created fear dust before The Scarecrow ('TEC #46 Professor Strange's Fear Dust). There is also a pretty good Joker story in issue 'TEC #45 called The Case of the Laughing Death!
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"It is wrong to assume that art needs the spectator in order to be. The film runs on without any eyes. The spectator cannot exist without it. It ensures his existence." -- James Douglas Morrison
I recently finished reading all of my Rom back issues. I have the majority of the title, though I'm missing several issues, especially from the late 50's through #71. Anyway, it started off strong for about the first 40 issues or so, but then it fell off. I don't know if Mantlo lost interest, or ran out of ideas, or what, but I didn't enjoy most of the latter half of the run as much as the first half. Artistically, when it went from Sal Buscema to Steve Ditko with #59, it took a real tumble.
I am now reading All-Star Squadron, and I am loving it! Roy Thomas is one of my favorite writers. I also love the huge cast of colorfully costumed characters, some of whom I know and love, some of whom I'm find out out about as I go along. Also, though the artists have been changing frequently, every artist so far (I'm up to #32) has been very good.
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Continuing my exploration of the terra incognita that is DC's Silver Age war comics, I've just finished reading Star Spangled War Stories #84-91, the 1959-60 issues featuring the "Mlle. Marie" series. Marie, of course, is the leader of a Maquis band (the French Underground, not the Bajoran) in Normandy who manages to kick serious Nazi ass while clad in a beret, a sweater and an impossibly tight skirt. I knew her from her appearances in other titles but this was my first exposure to her solo adventures. They're typical Kanigher combat fare for the most part with okay art by Jerry Grandenetti (#84-85), Irv Novick (#90) and the Andru/Esposito team (#91). The big revelation for me was the art in #86-89 by caricaturist supreme Mort Drucker. His art is amazing: moody, atmospheric, charged with dramatic tension. And of course his characters are vividly portrayed, particularly Marie's arch-enemy, the Gestapo commandant Colonel Von Eck. My favorite story features a running gun battle between Marie's freedom fighters and Von Eck's troops across the rooftops of a French town at night, which Drucker stages for both maximum drama and maximum clarity. Much as I love his work for Bill Gaines, the world of comics lost out when Mort went MAD. Alas, #90 also features the first "War That Time Forgot" story, the series that would bump Marie from the title in short order because, c'mon, it's soldiers vs. dinosaurs!!!
I summon my newest artistic hero!
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It's hardly a secret that something is badly wrong with me. - Dan B. in the Underworld
I am ... a condescending prick sometimes. But I usually mean to be. - Paradox
I'm not infallible. I just act like it. - Me
While I read Pratt's Enemy Ace which was an utter masterpiece. The script was utterly fantastic and actually better than the art which itself was a tour de force. One of the best things I have ever read. Kudos to everyone involved
"...so Hitler sends Iron Jaw's son to America to get revenge on Crimebuster." S.H.
Also, Steve Ditko is one of my all time least favorite artists. He's a great designer, and deserves a ton of credit for that, especially for what he did with the Spider-Man world, but I think that his actual drawings are just awful, especially in the 70's and 80's. I think he's rather overrated as an artist because of all of the early stuff he helped to create.
One lab accident away from being a super-villain