When most folks think of Jack Kirby at DC Comics, they think of the Fourth World and Kamandi, the older fans might say the Challengers of the Unknown or the Newsboy Legion, or even the Sandman. Would anyone say Green Arrow? But it’s true, for seven months in 1958 the King gave us a Green Arrow unlike anything we’d seen before, and it could have been even wilder. Meet me after the jump for Jack Kirby’s The Green Arrow!
My father had collected and read collected those books during the mid-to-late 1970’s. in the early 1980’s, I found them on the shelf, dusted them off, and stared at the covers for what seemed like forever! The Beasts of Tarzan, Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar, Tarzan Triumphant and Tarzan and the Leopard Men, as well as the others, are remembered very, very fondly.
Those covers by artist extraordinaire, Neal Adams, leapt off the page with thrills, menace and dramatic excitement! They introduced me to pulp adventure and fueled my imagination, leading me towards a burgeoning love of the fantasy and science fiction genres.
They also cemented a common pop culture bond between father and son.
Through Tarzan, other Burroughs classics came to my attention, chiefly, the strange and fascinating worlds of Barsoom and Pellucidar and all the characters that inhabited those continents.
Today sees a childhood imagination rekindled with the intermingling of disparate characters in the pop culture world of comic books.
Of course, that series would need to have the greatest pulp title ever devised…and it does with: The Greatest Adventure #1!
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With the debut of the 1966 Batman television series, a craze of camp swept through pop culture, especially comic books, and would infect the world for more than a few years. Whether you lived through this era, or it’s brand new to you, this is the book that has it all: Hero-A-Go-Go! from TwoMorrows, a swinging journey through nostalgia for pop culture and comics fans alike!
A couple of weeks ago, friend and compatriot Glenn Walker (he of @monsura and regular contributor to all things cool on this very website), came to visit my hometown city of Toronto for Biff Bam Pop!’s Editor-in-Chief, Andy Burns’ monumental birthday celebration.
It was a wonderful affair, full of frivolity, chatter and seemingly endless shot glasses of Jägermeister (many of us are still shuddering at the taste in our mouths).
At a breakfast get together the next morning, Glenn and I stated talking about our love of comic book industry-changing creator, “King” Jack Kirby (creator of so many of your favourite comic book heroes and villains), and his 1972 post-apocalyptic protagonist, Kamandi. He reminded me of the mid-eighties DC Comics series, the DC Challenge, on which today’s Wednesday Run column comic book pick is based.
And Kamandi, the beloved Last Boy On Earth: in a brand new, limited series, full of story and art and wonder and industry legends working on the creation of the industry’s all-time Legend.
Today sees the release of the hugely-anticipated The Kamandi Challenge #1!
31 Days Of Horror 2016 Brings A Gothic “Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1” On The Wednesday Run
It’s October – and that means that the weather is getting cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn shades of yellow, orange and red, and you’re probably mulling over what Halloween costume you’ll be wearing at the end of the month.
It’s October – and that must also mean…horror! How delicious!
As Biff Bam Pop! brings you the 2016 edition of our annual 31 Day of Horror features, the next four Wednesday Run columns will attempt to highlight some of the more (a-hem) seasonal comic book releases.
Who better to kick that off than everyone’s favourite dead man, Deadman – in his new, Gothic-tinged miniseries, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love!
I’ve talked about this before, how the 1966 “Batman” television series was probably the gateway drug for every comic book fan out there. Even as ‘the old man’ here on the Biff Bam Pop! crew here, even I didn’t experience Batmania as it was happening, but I felt the aftershocks for years and decades afterward. Meet me after the jump as to why this one television program changed the world, and is still one of the best gifts ever.
Back in the autumn of 1971, comic book writer Mike Friedrich had been chronicling the adventures of the Justice League of America for almost two years, and it had occurred to him that he hadn’t created a major lasting opponent for the team. He decided to go all out, and not only manifest their most dangerous and powerful villain, but a true horror as well. In Friedrich’s grand finale of his time on the JLoA, he created the emotional parasite, Starbreaker. Meet me after the jump as I discuss the Justice League Vs. the Cosmic Vampire!
Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things. Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years. Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too. Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.
It’s been a year or so since this superhero team has had their own title in the DC Comics Universe, but perhaps soon that will change. The Legion of Super-Heroes began as a one-off, a silly concept in a Superboy story, then grew into one of the most enduring continuities in the DCU, almost an entire universe unto itself. Meet me after the jump when I’ll talk about my love of the Legion of Super-Heroes.
We saw the first part of this “Flash Vs. Arrow” crossover event last night on the CW’s episode of “The Flash,” and tonight it concludes on “Arrow.” Who is really better, the Flash or the Arrow, and how will the menace of Captain Boomerang complicate matters? Join me after the jump for my thoughts on “The Brave and the Bold.”
Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week the topic of discussion is that pesky upcoming movie from Fox, The Fantastic Four. Ray is a huge FF fan and recent reports and rumors of what to expect in this new film version of Marvel’s First Family have him climbing the walls. See and hear more after the jump.