Superhero posts

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of the Year: A Dark and Shining Moment

Posted by on January 20th, 2010 at 1:00 PM
In the past year, three massive “crossover events” from those two companies were established on genuinely intriguing premises. Each, particularly at their outsets, had real moments of honestly-come-by frisson. Two gained additional power from sad resonances of real world parallels. All have since succumbed to vitiating commercial routines, have fallen back on tired genre practice and come to broadly pander to the least common reader denominator. But regardless of how they grew up, their baby pictures are worth showing around.
Cover by Mike Deodato ©2010 Marvel Characters, Inc.

B.P.R.D. to the Rescue!

Posted by on January 19th, 2010 at 10:00 AM
The Black Goddess gives us more of what we've come to expect from the B.P.R.D. series: monsters, magicians, daring rescues, raging conflict, and heroes returning from the dead.

Michel Fiffe interviews Ty Templeton Part Four (of Five)

Posted by on January 8th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Fiffe and Templeton cover Bigg Time and American Splendor.

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Vom Marlowe Vs. X-Men Forever

Posted by on January 7th, 2010 at 5:58 PM

At the Hooded Utilitarian, Vom Marlowe tries to find something worthwhile to do with X-Men Forever.

Michel Fiffe interviews Ty Templeton: Part Three

Posted by on January 7th, 2010 at 12:01 AM
Michel Fiffe and Ty Templeton discuss the latter's work on Batman Adventures, Justice League International, and Mad Dog, among other titles.

Michel Fiffe interviews Ty Templeton: Part Two

Posted by on January 6th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Previously: Part One.

A page from Stig’s Inferno #7 (March 1987).

How did Stig’s Inferno come about?

Back in high school, I’d done a strip for my high-school paper called Doc. This strip was an embarrassing Doonesbury rip-off

Michel Fiffe interviews Ty Templeton Part One

Posted by on January 5th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Ty Templeton penciled Batman Adventures #3 (December 1992), written by Kelley Puckett and inked by Rick Burchett. [©1992 DC Comics]

Ty Templeton is an exceptional cartoonist, whose work shows a playful mastery of the form, sometimes giving unprecedented depth and

The Sign Language of Steve Ditko

Posted by on December 31st, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Panel from “…Corrector” in Ditko Package [©2001 Steve Ditko]

For TCJ #258 (February 2004), the Steve Ditko issue, Bill Randall wrote a piece entitled “Ditko’s Hands: An Appreciation.” He pointed out that the way in which Steve Ditko drew hands

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Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 4

Posted by on December 30th, 2009 at 1:00 PM
Strange Tales is a thoroughly mixed bag as a whole, yet one that pretty much assures there’s something, somewhere, for everybody, particularly those familiar enough with the Marvelous Marvel Manner to get a laugh out of the abuses.

Rich Kreiner’s Yearlong Best of 3

Posted by on December 19th, 2009 at 10:00 AM


Previously: Part 1, Part 2.

My last “best of 2009” entry dealt with Roger Langridge’s Muppet Show comics for Boom! Kids.

This year Langridge and Scott Gray also revived a conceit they’d come up with in 2005 for

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