Archive for September, 2010

Mac Raboy’s Other Superhero

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 at 9:12 AM


Golden Age Friday: You know who Hitler was really worried about? The Green Lama

Architectural Plans and Comics

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 at 7:55 AM

At HU, Aaron Costain, an architect and cartoonist, compares architectural plans to comics.

Barton Myers' Wolf Residence

Journalista for Sept. 30, 2010: Closed for disaster

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Hey, guess whose computer locked up like a vice and wouldn’t start again? I spent the whole night re-installing the operating system and searching for back-up discs, so no ¡Journalista! today. The blog returns tomorrow.

Our Hero: Superman on Earth

Posted by on September 30th, 2010 at 12:46 AM

When I saw that Yale University Press was releasing a study of Superman, Our Hero: Superman on Earth, and read the book-jacket reviews, I was so excited that I purchased the book immediately and opted for next-day shipping. Although many books and numerous articles and essays have been written about the Man of Steel, this was the first book-length study published by one of the leading, academic presses world. My enthusiasm, however, was somewhat misplaced. Tom De Haven begins with the impetus of questioning Superman’s relevancy for contemporary audiences but in the 206 pages, little to no criticism or analysis or historical context is actually provided.

Hazardous Work in the Funnies

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Guest (Cameo) Appearances Hither and Yon

Moto Hagio’s Incoherent Dreams

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 9:03 AM

At HU, I review Moto Hagio’s short story, “A Drunken Dream,” from the collection of the same name.

“Incoherent” in this case is a good thing, incidentally.

Minicomics Round-Up: Kelberman, Baddeley, Reed

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 5:08 AM

Rob reviews a smattering of recent minicomics, including The Regular Man #11 & #12, by Dina Kelberman; Aloha and The Island, by Desmond Reed; and Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.

Silent-V #2, by Kyle Baddeley.  This is another …

Journalista for Sept. 29, 2010: Old and threadbare

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 3:23 AM

Three arrested in Danish Muhammed Cartoon attack plot ♦ Zunar in hiding from Malaysian government ♦ more

Simon & Kirby’s Newsboys

Posted by on September 29th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I’ve always been mildly discombobulated by the question of who inked Kirby. In the early years of their partnership, we’ve all assumed that Kirby penciled (because that’s where the energy in the pictures originated, in the pencils, and Kirby was notorious for not wanting to ink his work (like drawing it twice, he’d say) and Simon inked. In various places, however, I’ve read that the only authentic Simon and Kirby collaboration, with Simon inking Kirby, was in the Blue Bolt stories, the first of their joint endeavors. Simon’s contribution to the partnership was to write the stories and to market their product. Very soon, apparently, these assignments had elbowed any possibility of inking out of the studio, and the two recruited inkers from whoever was walking by the door, which, in those early days, included a lot of highly talented artists.

September, 1980 at Marvel

Posted by on September 28th, 2010 at 12:02 PM

At HU, Richard Cook completes the celebration of his 30th birthday with a look at Marvel’s output in September 1980, the month Richard was born.

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