Hey, have you bought any comics recently? Here are some suggestions in case you need a place to start!
Okay, the election is behind us and the holiday season is not yet here. We have been given a breather, a moment in which to pause and reflect. So let’s fix Planet of the Apes!
In which your columnist demonstrates to current and former students that he is not afraid to attempt the same challenges they do… nor of the consequences of belly-flopping in public.
Of all the things the new TITANS television series gets wrong, the Dick Grayson stuff is the most grating. But it’s certainly not a NEW mistake….it’s been going on since the Boy Wonder became the Teen Wonder.
From where I sit, as a professional artist, cartoonist, occasional comics journalist, and comics reader of 50+ years, I see four areas in which the comics industry has at various times gone off the rails: Format, Content, Distribution, and Marketing. Each of these areas has been affected by a number of foolish, short-sighted, fear-driven decisions over an extended period of time, the cumulative effect of which has led to the current state of the industry.
Former comic industry professional Irene Vartanoff, who was a staffer at both Marvel and DC back in the 1970s/early 1980s, penned two light-hearted super-hero novels: Temporary Superheroine and its sequel.
The convoluted history of the various Captains Marvel (and their knockoffs) is probably the subject of more urban legends and misunderstandings than probably any other segment of comics history. Throw in the widespread confusion over the difference between copyright and trademark, and it’s a pretty deep swamp. Let’s go wading!