Superhero posts

Garth Ennis’s Knights of the Sky, Part One: The Phantom Eagle

Posted by on January 19th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In this six-part essay, Kristian Williams tracks Garth Ennis' treatment of aerial combat across various titles. In Part One, he looks at War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle, which places the classic Fawcett/Marvel hero in World War I, and stresses how badly his heroic ideals and his peculiarly American arrogance clash with the nature of a big, bloody, pointless war.

Strange Quality: Strange Tales II #1-3

Posted by on January 12th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Nick Gurewitch returns with an untitled two-page strip that shall henceforth be named “Magneto: Refrigerator Magnet of Galactus,” and Kate Beaton’s “A Distraction” has Kraven the Hunter saying, “You may not go home until tonight has been magical.”

Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Five (of Five)

Posted by on January 11th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the conclusion of this five-part interview, Bob Haney talks about collaborating with artist Ramona Fradon on Metamorpho, working for Filmation, the failure of cartoonists to unionize in the '60s, Carmine Infantino's undoing, Jenette Kahn's arrival at DC, reviving Batman and leaving DC for good. From "The Astounding Separated Man" in The Brave and the Bold #60. Drawn by Bruno Premiani ©1965 DC Comics

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Four (of Five)

Posted by on January 10th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the fourth part of a five-part interview, Bob Haney tells Michael Catron about Arnold Drake and The Doom Patrol, Eclipso, The Brave and the Bold, rapping ex-hippies and the relationship between comic books and movies.

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Three (of Five)

Posted by on January 7th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the third of a five-part interview from TCJ #276 and TCJ #278, Bob Haney talks about the origin of Sgt. Rock and telling off Mort Weisinger.

Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part Two (of Five)

Posted by on January 6th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the second of a five-part interview (which originally ran in TCJ #276 & #278), Bob Haney explains how he broke into writing comics, interacted with the personalities at DC before the "Marvel Revolution," the Comics Code and the withering of genres other than superhero in mid-century comics.

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Bob Haney Interviewed by Michael Catron Part One (of Five)

Posted by on January 5th, 2011 at 12:01 AM
In the first of a five-part interview (which ran in TCJ #276 and #278), longtime DC Comics writer Bob Haney, creator of The Brave and the Bold series and known for his work on Metamorpho, talks to TCJ co-founder Michael Catron about growing up during the Depression and his experiences in the Navy.

Spider-Man Saga

Posted by on January 4th, 2011 at 1:00 PM
Individual paragraphs in this Saga remind one of the desperate bedtime ploy where, turning the tables on an adult narrator, a child makes up his or her own story to ward off lights out: “… an’ then the dragon comes back but he can’t beat up Frankenstein, who’s a giant now, `cause he’s got a ray gun from these space aliens who came from inside the earth, but they were invisible …”

Spider-Man: Fever by Brendan McCarthy

Posted by on December 21st, 2010 at 12:01 AM


Here we have the much-vaunted return of Brendan McCarthy to comics. After years adrift in the world of television and movies, the British artist finds his new home at Marvel, riding the wave of '70s revivalism with a series that channels two of Ditko’s most pop creations.

Freddie E. Williams II Talks Digital Part 2 of 2

Posted by on December 14th, 2010 at 12:02 AM
In the conclusion of this two-part interview with Freddie E. Williams II, conducted by Nathan Wilson, the artist talks about working within DC's editorial structure, his collaboration process and criticism.

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