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Monday, November 30, 2009
 
  Posted by Craig on 11/30/2009 10:53:00 PM :

       Way Back Machine

Micronauts #7, sort of...

Today I learned that you can go home again.

I would have been eight years old when I first saw the ad pictured above. I didn't know Michael Golden by name, nor his inker Neal Adams, but the cover pictured here knocked my socks off (and even the copy on the ad rocks). There's only one test for an effective comic book cover, and that's if it makes you want to read the story inside; this one made a gigantic impression on young Craig. I had only picked up the first couple issues of Micronauts, and I was not yet the Man-Thing fan I would become about a decade hence, but the sheer coolness of this cover art filled me with nothing less than a burning desire to read this comic, it just looked so friggin' awesome.

Marvel Comics was even kind enough to provide the date the issue was going to go on sale-- right there near the bottom of the page, it says April 10th. I had a couple weeks to wait, but I marked my calendar and endured the days of anticipation that followed. While I looked ahead to that day, my older brother said something odd: "They probably won't have it", he told me. What a cruel thing to say to an eight year old who had been promised such a treasure. I don't know what prompted him to tell me that. He had no special insight into Marvel's network of distributors, the comic book ordering practices of the Groveport Pharmacy, or the demand that might await the copies of the magazine in question when it was removed from the bundle of new comics. Nevertheless, his pronouncement gnawed at the back of my mind even while the approaching date stoked the fires of my excitement at the thought of getting my hands on this beautiful, beautiful book.

Sure enough, I showed up at the store early on the appointed day and there was no Micronauts #7 to be found. I'm sure I found something to take home in its place, but the fact of my writing this passage three decades on illustrates the depth of the disappointment which filled my young heart. In 1979 there were no comic stores with back issue bins to be found, no conventions in the small burgs here in flyover country. A missed comic was lost to time, a dim memory of promise unfulfilled. At least that's how it felt.

Years later I would occasionally find this ad in an old comic I was reading, making note of it with more than a little interest. I never actually got around to tracking down that particular issue, though it was always in the back of my mind that I had to one day. Recently while browsing eBay for something to spend a buck or two on, I came across a listing for this very book from Mile High Comics and decided to take the plunge. I would grant that saddened eight year old kneeling at the magazine rack his wish, albeit many years late, to finally hold that comic in his hands.

Of course, the intervening years bring a more jaded sensibility even to the most idealistic of fools. I knew when I placed my order that the renewed feeling of anticipation I felt would far surpass the actual payoff of reading the book. Built up in my mind as such a milestone in my earliest years as a comic reader, the actual comic was bound to fail to live up to the excitement I felt rippling through time. I only hoped it made for an enjoyable enough diversion when it arrived.

Today I came home after picking up my daughter from preschool and found the package from MHC waiting inside the door for me. More than a little delighted, I tore it open and pulled out the books inside. There was part three of the first JLA/JSA crossover I ever read, there was the first issue of Night Force... and there was a note from Mile High Comics, printed on a dot matrix printer, telling me they did not have Micronauts #7 in stock. For just a moment I thought I heard my brother laughing.

Nostalgia distorts memory, adding a rosy glow or exaggerated significance to all manner of experiences. Nevertheless, I'm remembering April 10th, 1979 with a powerful clarity on this day which so perfectly evokes the memory of not getting the same book as a child. Maybe I'll try again when I'm 68.

(It's worth noting that MHC gave me a refund and an additional credit for my troubles, so I could pick up another handful of books for the same price. I'll hardly complain about the service itself... though a quick peek on eBay shows they returned Micronauts #7 to their active listings the very same day.)

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Sunday, November 29, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/29/2009 03:21:00 PM :

       Weekend Versus

Hope you've all had a good Turkey holiday. Here's this weekend's inter-company crossover is a veritable clash of the cash cows: the 1976 Superman vs. Spider-man.



The oversized one-shot was written by Gerry Conway, with art by Ross Andru. Neal Adams and John Romita provided some character touch-ups as well.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009
 
  Posted by Tony on 11/28/2009 06:28:00 PM :

       star wars vs. star trek

I'm not sure this wouldn't be me.

Animated Kirk says, "You can sort all that out later."

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Thursday, November 26, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/26/2009 10:31:00 AM :

       Happy Turkey Day!



(yes, I know this is the most overused image for this holiday, but it was the easiest to find)


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Wednesday, November 25, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/25/2009 08:46:00 PM :

       Now it can be revealed: Ghostbusters

IDW's solicitations for February 2010 are out, which means I can officially announce my next project for them: a Ghostbusters Valentine's Day one-shot!

Ghostbusters Holiday Special: Tainted Love

Dara Naraghi (w) • Salgood Sam (a) • Salgood Sam, Nick Runge (c)
Love is in the air—literally!—as Winston befriends an attractive woman with a ghostly problem in her apartment. But trapping the love-struck apparition proves to be more complicated than the Ghostbusters originally thought. Can Winston step up and save the day? Just how far will Peter go to find a date? And do Ray and Egon ever stop to think about girls, or is it always about trans-dimensional ectoplasmic anomolies with those two?

FC • one-shot • 32 pages • $3.99

Artist Salgood Sam is turning in some great pages on this book. Check out his cover:



I always thought that Winston got short shrifted in the movies, so I wrote a Winston-centric story. It's got ghosts, a love interest, and plenty of humor. Hopefully it'll appeal to die hard GB fans as well as casual readers.

Ask your retailer to save you a copy: Diamond Order Code DEC09 0906

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Sunday, November 22, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/22/2009 11:47:00 AM :

       Weekend Versus

This weekend, let's take another trip down (bad) memory lane to the bad girl craze in comics. And nobody brought the genre to the forefront of mainstream comics better than Image Comics studio/imprint, Top Cow comics. I present for your viewing pleasure, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider vs. The Wolf-Men.



Alternate titles considered, but ultimately rejected:
  • Lara Croft: Helium Boobs vs. Witchblade's Ass (oh, and some werewolves)
  • Lara Croft: Leotard Queen vs. Witchblade with Porn-posing Action ™
  • Lara Croft: Boob Raider vs. TNAblade (with some wolf-men thrown in for good measure)
  • Lara Croft: Empowered Strong Independent Female Character with Guns vs. Some Monsters, featuring Empowered Strong Independent Female Character with Liquid Metal Bikini

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Saturday, November 21, 2009
 
  Posted by Tony on 11/21/2009 11:00:00 AM :

       Space Patrol!

Wheat Chex, Rice Chex and good, hot, Ralston present: Space Patrol! High adventure in the wild, vast reaches of space! Missions of daring in the name of interplanetary justice! Travel into the future with Buzz Corry, commander-in-chief of the Space Patrol!

Today we learned about sodium-potassium alloys.

We'll be back in a moment with today's exciting Space Patrol story: "The Lady from Venus!"

This is the best stuff ever for drawing. Watching a movie takes up too much of my visual attention. You can stream them right off of iTunes (if you do iTunes).


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Thursday, November 19, 2009
 
  Posted by Tony on 11/19/2009 09:13:00 AM :

       Dansen?

A "Geoffrey Tolle" had a letter to the editor in yesterday's Dispatch. There couldn't be two of them, could there?

The writer is decrying reefer madness in a story about a driver who was drunk and also high.

(Updated with link)


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  Posted by Dara on 11/19/2009 08:07:00 AM :

       WATCH t-shirt

Today only at teefury.com, for a mere $9:



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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
 
  Posted by Matt Kish on 11/18/2009 08:30:00 AM :

       They start from their...oh, forget it

Via Slashfilm.com, only 2 of top 30 grossing films of the last 10 years are original ideas.

Think about that for a minute.

Only 2. Out of 30. And these films account for tens of billions of dollars of revenue in media and properties as pervasive as film, DVD releases, videogame spinoffs, t-shirts, graphic novel adaptations (and prequels and sequels), action figures, key chains, and on and on ad nauseam.

Only 2. Out of 30. Wow. What a wonderful world of influences we live in.

Originality strikes again!



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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
 
  Posted by Craig on 11/17/2009 11:20:00 PM :

       No. Seriously, stop this now.

Alex Ross has played more than a small part in people taking crime-fighters in tights far, far too seriously. Here's his take on a serious, brooding... Adam West Batman???


I call bullshit on this. I want to see him on a rope ladder with a shark hanging from his leg.



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  Posted by Craig on 11/17/2009 02:46:00 PM :

       Irony

From the letters page of The Cat #3, April 1972:


Many years later, young Frank will pioneer the genre of "Someone's messing with my whores" in multiple Sin City stories.


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Sunday, November 15, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/15/2009 04:35:00 PM :

       7 Covers: Samurai

Since last week I showed you some oddball ninja comics, I thought I'd keep with the theme and showcase some weird-ass samurai covers next. Here you go:



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Saturday, November 14, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/14/2009 10:04:00 AM :

       Genghis Con - Sat. Nov. 28th

Hey folks, I wanted to get the word out about a brand new indie/alternative comix and zine show being co-organized by friend-of-the-ferret John G. The show is called Genghis Con, and it will ake place in Cleveland 2 weeks from today, Saturday November 28, from noon - 6 pm.



They've got a nice little roundup of indie talent so far. I'll be attending, along with fellow PANEListas Andy Bennett, Tom Williams, and perhaps a few others. Also exhibiting are S.P.A.C.E. show-runner Bob Corby, alt-weekly cartoonist Derf, Image and Dark Horse artist Andy MacDonald, and others. Be sure to check out the Genghis Con site for more info.

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  Posted by Dara on 11/14/2009 09:57:00 AM :

       Weekend Versus

I know I brought up this comic recently in a conversation...I think it was with Matt Kish. Anyway, it fits in perfectly with our theme of titanic comic book crossovers for this weekly feature, so without further ado, I give you Robocop vs. Terminator:



This 4-issue limited series was written by Frank "I'm the god damn Batman!" Miller and drawn by Walt "Nobody will match my run on Thor" Simonson. I'll be honest and admit that I don't remember the exact details of the story, but I did buy, read, and actually enjoy this series quite a bit. At least, that's how it is in my memory. But hey, how could you ever go wrong with Simonson art? And this was Frank before he went off the deep end or burned his brain cells out with drugs.

Hmmm, maybe I should dig this out of my longboxes and give it another read...

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Friday, November 13, 2009
 
  Posted by Tony on 11/13/2009 08:27:00 AM :

       Dod gast it! Golden Age Wonder Woman

I'd always heard that Golden Age Wonder Woman stories were a font of easy blog posts filled with out-of-context panels. But I had no idea how much until I got Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 2 from the library the other day.

This is like blogging fish in a barrel.



Yes, that's Wonder Woman using her bondage chain as a listening device. Yes, W.M. Marston was seriously into bondage.



I didn't realize they knew Hitler was so crazy back in 1942. I thought they didn't find out until later.



"Dod gast it" is my new favorite swear, with "lickety loodle" right behind.

These three panels are just in the first 28 pages of the book. I don't dare read farther for fear my head will explode.


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
 
  Posted by Craig on 11/11/2009 09:57:00 AM :

       Blood & Fibre

From Tomb of Dracula #17:


Hey, the guy's five centuries old-- I'm certainly surprised by his continence.


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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
 
  Posted by Craig on 11/10/2009 01:09:00 PM :

       The interview I've been waiting for, pt. 2

Following on the heels of a previous post comes a few words from Dick Giordano, the (among many other things) DC editor who in 1986 had a hand in bringing us Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. What does he think of that part of his legacy?

"The Dark Knight Returns additionally helped start the "grim and gritty" trends in comic storytelling that still exist today. That was an unintended result, and I am truly sorry it happened. Comics are much too dark today. Er – in my opinion ..."

I don't blame him for the effect those works had. Dark Knight was an excellent series which portrayed "my" Batman who went bugnuts after seeing the world go to hell after his retirement; it was the fools who followed, deciding that the character was always insane, who ruined it for me. Likewise, Watchmen was a powerful, multi-layered story whose tone doesn't actually translate to the regular superhero model-- but a bunch of tools later decided to do it anyway.

Maybe today's creators should take note that the far more talented guys who paved the way for them are starting to apologize for doing it.


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  Posted by Tom on 11/10/2009 01:01:00 PM :

       Happy 40th birthday you foamy S.O.B.


It's the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street. I have fond memories of the show growing up. It would cheer me up on the sick days (like now). Still better than America's Top Model. (Stoopid Oxygen was on Saturday as I lay knocked out on the couch with a sinus infection. control no where to be found).

Something wants me to burn Elmo's head.

*I searched and searched and could not find a pic to use that didn't have Elmo in it. What the hell?


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  Posted by Tony on 11/10/2009 11:52:00 AM :

       Remember eating pizza at Sbarro here?

From downtowncolumbus.com, here's a video of the demolition of the City Center.

Inside 43215: Behind the scenes at the demolition of City Center from Downtown Columbus on Vimeo.



No big explosions, just a bunch of guys hauling fixtures out and tearing out facades.

Here's the official site, along with a webcam of the demolition site, along with galleries.


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Monday, November 09, 2009
 
  Posted by Matt Kish on 11/09/2009 08:23:00 AM :

       "It starts from its influences..."

Via The Beat and more or less confirmed by IMDB, those generously and blindingly original creative spirits in Hollywood will be bringing us some kind "Yogi Bear" feature film in 2010. Dan Aykroyd is currently credited as the voice of Yogi with Justin Timberlake slated to do Boo Boo. One can only imagine that with these "voice of" credits, the film will be CGI.

Originality strikes again!



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Sunday, November 08, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/08/2009 11:07:00 AM :

       Weekend Versus

IDW editor in chief Chris Ryall and artist Ashley Wood have a creator owned series called Zombies Versus Robots, and occasionally they'll up the ante, such as this weekend's feature: Zombies Versus Robots Versus Amazons.



I think the book is just an excuse to have Wood draw what he likes.

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Friday, November 06, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/06/2009 09:59:00 PM :

       Kid's comic fail

I don't get as upset over the "maturing" of superhero stories and characters as Craig does, but man, something about this cover really, really bugs me.



Apparently this is a translation of an Italian-produced comic. But wow, Donald Duck with a gun? Really?


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  Posted by Dara on 11/06/2009 09:34:00 PM :

       7 covers: Ninjas

This week's 7 Covers makes me nostalgic for the "black & white explosion" of the 80s, where indie publishers were popping up by the hundreds, trying to capture the magic-in-a-bottle that was TMNT fame. Sure, a lot of crap came out of that era (most of the comics below fit that category,) but there were some gems to be found as well. Plus, that's the time when I first discovered comic book stores and found a whole world of comics outside of the Marvel and DC superheroes.

Anyway, enough rambling. I give you 7 bizarre, odd, and downright crappy ninja comics from the 80s:





(Have a favorite series of your own? Or an artist? Character? Submit your own set of 7 covers by sending me small files (i.e. 72 dpi for the web) to ferret at ferretpress dot com and include "7 covers" in the subject line. Also, let me know if you have a blog or website you'd like me to link to.)

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/04/2009 09:01:00 PM :

       The Cho-sen one

Ok, bad pun. So remember a few months back when I pointed out that Frank Cho was looking for an artist for his new series, 50 Girl 50? Well, they picked a winner. His name's Axel Medellin, and his art bears a strong resemblance to...well, Frank Cho. Which isn't a bad thing, all things considered. Whatever you think of Cho or his obsessions, he's a solid artist.

Actually, I'm kinda surprised they went with the guy who didn't push the t-n-a envelope too much. I thought that was the whole hook of the series.


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  Posted by Dara on 11/04/2009 07:53:00 PM :

       Scott Kurtz vs. Wizard

Scott (PvP) Kurtz is often opinionated, occassionaly controversial, and sometimes in the wrong. But on this one, he's got it exactly right:

Dear Kurt

"...super-hero boobs magazine" That's funny!


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  Posted by Tony on 11/04/2009 05:02:00 PM :

       The Shadow doesn't even know

The Onion's AV Club talks to Penelope Ann Miller about "Random Roles," including her turn as Margo Lane in 1994's "The Shadow" movie.



The Shadow (1994)—“Margo Lane”

PAM: Well, I love the period. I love the ’30s, I love the costumes, and my hair and my makeup, and it really reminded me of the sort of classic movies of the ’30s and ’40s, where there was fun banter. I’m working with the great-looking leading man, Alec Baldwin, who was also very funny. I just loved the style, the sets, the costumes, the cinematography, it was really cool. Ian McKellen played my father… good acting all around. Peter Boyle was in it, who’s also unfortunately passed. He was a great actor.

AVC: That one was pitched to be a blockbuster, and didn’t do so well. Why do you think that was?

PAM: You know, it’s so hard to tell the rhyme or reason, and why certain movies make it and some don’t. A lot of it’s timing, a lot of it’s how they promote it… I don’t know. I think it could have been, I really do. I think it’s a fun film to watch, so I don’t know why it didn’t catch on. It could be a lot of variables that I, unfortunately, don’t have any control over.


She mentions the costumes and the actors, but has to be prompted to say something about the overall movie. That's probably the classiest way to speak about "The Shadow."


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  Posted by Craig on 11/04/2009 01:39:00 PM :

       Nonsensical quote of the day

From a newsarama interview that's actually a week or two old; surprisingly, I've not heard anyone comment on this statement from Neal Adams:

“I wanted to do a feature for Marvel, so I’m saying, ‘give me a lousy feature that doesn’t make any money and I’ll make it into something’ and they say, ‘well, why don’t you do Wolverine?’ So, we’re kinda talking about doing Wolverine,” said Adams.

Uh, right.

Much of the interview deals with "motion comics", which must be totally different from cartoons, I just can't imagine how.


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Tuesday, November 03, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/03/2009 09:22:00 PM :

       First Impressions: V

I just watched the first episode of the "reimagined" V on ABC, mostly out of curiosity. I never really watched the original series, so other than knowing the very basic premise, I was going into this with no expectations.



So let's see: the cast includes Morena Baccarin and Alan Tudyk from Firefly, and Elizabeth Mitchell from Lost. Well, that's one way to pull in the target demographic. The acting was pretty solid, no complaint there. In fact, it's much, much better than ABC's other great hope for a Lost replacement, FlashForward. (I really want to like that show, and I'm completely hooked on the premise and the central mystery, but the writing and acting are often painfully bad. But I digres...) I'm most interested in seeing Scott Wolf's character's progress, and he also had the best line of the episode with his observant "Are all visitors pretty?" (or something along those lines, I don't remember the exact quote).

The special effects and sets and such were good, nothing spectacular but they don't need to be. So overall, I liked it well enough, but I'm not sure this is a series that will hold my attention for the long time. Seems like all the resistance has to do is take a few of the dead visitor bodies and expose them to the world, right? We'll see, I'll give it a few more episodes.

(Man, that damn Lost has ruined TV for me. Everything I see now just pales by comparison. Except Fringe; that show has kicked into high gear and is almost as good a ride.)

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Monday, November 02, 2009
 
  Posted by Dara on 11/02/2009 07:51:00 PM :

       Review: Gus and His Gang



I picked up the graphic novel Gus and His Gang (First Second Publishing) on a whim at Half Price Books. I didn't know anything about this western, or its creator, French cartoonist Christophe Blain. As it turns out, Gus won this year's Harvey Award for "Best American Edition of Foreign Materials".

This edition collects several volumes of the series, translated from French. The production values on the book are impeccable, which is something First Second has always been known for. My only complaint is that the book is printed in a small (almost digest) size, which does the art a great disservice. I'm sure the original bande dessinee editions were in the traditional large-format.

Gus follows the exploits of three outlaws in the old West: Gus, Clem, and Gratt. All the staples of westerns are here, from shootouts to bank robberies, but the book's narrative is mostly built upon the women pursued by the three protagonists. In fact, the relationships (or lack thereof) take center stage, even during the somewhat slapstick comedy of the first couple of short stories. And this is what eventually hooked me on the book.



To be honest, I didn't much care for the story or the humorous approach at first. I didn't think the comedy was particularly effective, and the characters were rather boring. But then an odd thing happened: Blain suddenly veered into some serious territory, exploring themes of marriage, adultery, and identity. Here, Clem's character takes over the spotlight, and I became engrossed in his adventures, replete with bad decisions, infidelity, guilt, and the internal struggle of a man trying to come to terms with himself.

That's not to say I fully enjoyed Blain's approach to women and relationships. The sex is sometimes very one-sided, and the dialogue and situations involving the various rogues' pursuit of women is clearly written from a male perspective. Let's just say there are parts of the book that definitely won't win any feminist accolades.



On the art front, I absolutely fell in love with Blain's brushwork. As a cartoonist, he manages to mix realism and cartoon sensibilities quite well, creating a landscape that's at once highly detailed and minimalist. His sense of movement and action is pure cartoonist, but the smoky saloons and period dresses are done with the eye of a master illustrator. This is why I think it's a shame that the American edition is printed so small. Not to mention the lettering is equally eye-straining.



Also, First Second should be commended for the excellent translation. I've read several other European books in the past, mainly from Humanoids, which suffered from stilted, clunky dialogue which I suspect was the result of poor translation. In Gus, the captions and dialogue read well, and flow quite smoothly.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, despite its flaws. I'm looking into reading more of Blain's work, including his Isaac the Pirate series, and The Speed Abater. He's also collaborated with fellow European cartoonists Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim on other projects.

Dara says: a gorgeous looking book with likable characters, though a bit flawed in certain storytelling aspects. Still, recommended.

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  Posted by Tony on 11/02/2009 04:38:00 PM :

       But the price will come down quickly, right?

Space hotel says it's on schedule to open in 2012


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Sunday, November 01, 2009
 
  Posted by Craig on 11/01/2009 04:22:00 PM :

       Way Back Machine

Amazing Spider-Man # 161

Geez, all these posts I've made and I've never gotten around to talking at length about how incredibly cool Ross Andru was. Alongside Herb Trimpe, he was one of the earliest artists that turned me onto comics. Like Herb on the Hulk, he illustrated the exploits of my favorite character for the better part of a decade during what may have been the peak of the series' popularity (someone check the sales figures and let me know if I'm right or not), defining Marvel's flagship character for an entire generation of readers like me. First with Gerry Conway then Len Wein, he helped guide the series from the full spectrum of urban gothic clone sagas and Punisher debuts to goofy 1970's Rocket Racer origins and giant dinosaur battles, keeping them all grounded in a world I could relate to.

I've mentioned before in a previous post regarding Gil Kane's Spider-Man comics: he and Andru breathed so much life into Spider-Man's New York City that it became a supporting character itself, far more even than Batman's Gotham. I had a sense of an almost real Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square from the issues in which Ross had carried the story's action through those settings. He didn't blow my mind like Kirby or Steranko later would, he just created a world with an amazing sense of visual depth and space for my childhood fantasies to be played out in. Add to that his wonderfully down-to-earth figure drawing (that panel of Spidey running on the ferris wheel-- really looks like a guy running on a ferris wheel. I don't know how else to verbalize it)-- and it felt like I wasn't being drawn into Ross' world; he was illustrating mine.

This particular issue is noteworthy for another reason: it was my introduction to a few of Len Wein's other creations, the all-new, all-different X-Men. Just a few months old themselves, one of their characters drops in on Spider-Man's title to try to draw a little attention to their own struggling little mag. It was 1976, and even for Marvel this was one screwed up group of characters calling themselves super-heroes, incredibly bizarre in appearance and kind of scary. During the glory days of the Byrne/Cockrum years, that was my favorite book, and Nightcrawler was probably my favorite character because of the introduction I received here. To top it all off, this is one of my favorite superhero battles between a couple of well-matched power sets and two of the coolest character designs ever. Len Wein even throws in the Punisher, who at this point was a cool supporting character rather than the overbearing and obnoxious presence he would later become.

Our story goes like this:a serial sniper is on the loose, and his latest victim was a friend of Kurt Wagner's from his circus days. He tracks the killer to Coney Island where Peter Parker and his girlfriend Mary Jane are spending the afternoon, only to witness the next murder. The murderer escapes, but Nightcrawler recovers the gun... just as Spider-Man appears, mistaking the mutant for the killer. Spider-Man photographs the inconclusive tussle that follows, so the X-Man must track him down for a rematch in order to destroy the evidence of his existance. The issue ends on a cliffhanger as the two are interrupted by the Punisher, who is certain one of them knows something about the killings.


One last word on Ross Andru, from the letters page of ASM # 169:
"...Not since Ditko has there been as conscientious a penciler on the strip, nor one as successful at capturing the mood and style that made the strip the most popular of them all. Comic-book fans are rarely as appreciative of honest craftsmanship as of flashy techniques or special effects, so the care and skill Mr. Andru have brought to the strip have largely gone unnoticed. ...Presently, Mr. Andru's work is second only to John Buscema's in the Marvel line."
The letter is signed by an aspiring artist named Frank Miller.

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