This Will Make You: Happy! #1 But You’ll Need A Loan For Joe Kubert’s Tarzan Of The Apes: Artist’s Edition On The Wednesday Run – September 26, 2012
Image Comic, one of the “independent” publishing companies, keeps on knocking new comic book series’ out of the park! Their titles have been making the headlines across the top of Wednesday Run columns throughout 2012 – and today, September 26, is no different.
But there are two picks to choose from this week. One that will be sure to put a smile on your face (it’s in the title of the new series, after all) and one that you might have to mortgage your house in order to purchase (but worth every penny of interest you’ll have to pay)!
Choice is a good thing, right? Check them out after the jump!
Flying rodents seem to be popular this month on The Wednesday Run.
Throw in a heroine with a dash of fiery red hair, a bunch of monsters, an urban legend and a certain Amazonian princess, and you’ve got a can’t miss hit of epic proportions.
And that’s just the story! I haven’t even started on the artistic merits of such a comic book! The twelfth issue of the monthly Batwoman series is the one comic you must run out and pick up today! Read the rest of this entry
Dreamer. Artist. Creator. Inspiration. Teacher. Legend. Only a handful of appropriate words that describe Joe Kubert. Sadly, Joe Kubert passed away yesterday at the age of 85.
A prolific artist, Kubert started in comic books in the early 1940s and continued to draw up until earlier this year. He was best known for the co-creation of World War II hero, Sgt. Rock. He would go on to draw other heroes, such as Enemy Ace, The Viking Prince, Hawkman, and Tarzan, putting his unique mark on all of them. Not only did he influence many great artists through his artwork, he founded The Kubert School in the late 1970s that has and continues to produce fine talent.
Joe Kubert’s legacy will live on through his sons Andy and Adam, those inspired by or taught by him, and his many, many fans. Rest in Peace, Mr. Kubert.
Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
Today’s special guest Tales From The Long Box columnist is JP Fallavollita.
It’s summer in the early 1980’s and I’m standing alongside a couple of buddies in the sequestered “Horror Movies” room of our local Jumbo Video. For the last few weeks, we’d been renting the types of VHS films our parents would never rent for us. But this was summer holidays. And our parents were at work. And we were mobile on our banana-seat bicycles, with a penchant for trouble and an idle time thirst for some scary stuff.
Over the past twelve months, since the launch of DC Comics’ “New 52” wherein the publishing company re-numbered every title with a new #1, writer Scott Snyder has been crafting a Batman tale long in the making. Well, long in comic book terms.
You see, he’s gone back to the origins of Gotham and reshaped the architecture of what we, as readers, had grown accustomed to: that the city was Batman’s. That no one knew its streets, alleyways, buildings and history as well as the Dark Knight Detective.
Over the last twelve months, Scott Snyder has made an overconfident Batman weak with his distinct lack of historical knowledge. He discovers, in essence, that he doesn’t know his own city! And we readers have followed the character in his naivety, making for some startling – and amazingly fun – reading!
If you’re waxing poetic, you could say that everything old is new again. If you’re mildly neurotic, you might say that history isn’t done with us just yet. If you’re a bit of a pessimist, you may very well say that there’s no such thing as a new idea.
With today’s publication of National Comics: Eternity #1, you would definitely exclaim that all these above statements – and more – are absolute truths. But you wouldn’t be entirely right.
Oh, boy! I still remember the illumination of the “Filmation” animation company letters fall across my cathode ray tube television like colourful dominos, on some mid-week day, after school, in 1983.
How about these famous words: “Fabulous secret powers were revealed to me the day I held aloft my magic sword and said…”
No, it had nothing to do with puberty.
It was a cartoon, for heaven’s sake. Based on a line of action figures. Toys! It was He-Man and the Master of the Universe!
I remember, age ten, collecting the various He-Man set of action figures: He-Man, Skeletor, Man-At-Arms, Ram-Man, Fisto, Extendar, Snout Spout, and Man-E-Faces amongst many others. Sure, they’re unfortunate (and somewhat homo-erotic) sounding names now, but for a while, they were right up with G.I. Joe and his swivel-arm battle grip.
But it was the cartoon series that sold me on all the toys.
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One of the most well respected artists working in sequential art forum on one of the most beloved comic book character story arcs to ever see print.
If there was only one reason to run to your local comic book shop today, this is it: David Mazzucchelli and Daredevil: Born Again Artist’s Edition.
Please, allow me to gush throughout my explanation.
I can still remember the summer of my thirteenth year. I was part of a group of close friends that bought and read comic books. We weren’t collectors, necessarily. Well, maybe some of us were. What we did do, as I’m sure many kids did, was trade comics with each other. We’d trade ones that we had already flipped through for ones that we really wanted to read. We’d sit on our porches, huddled over our piles of monthly periodicals: Fantastic Four, Batman, Team America, Scalphunter, talk about movies hockey players and offer a random comic book issue for another that enticed.
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