Women Who Conquered the Comics World
Robbins knows something about the glass ceiling for women cartoonists because she first hit it herself in the early 1970s, when she tried to join the male-dominated “underground comix” movement based in San Francisco. After the men cartoonists shut her out, Robbins joined forces with other women cartoonists to create their own women’s-lib comic books. She went on to become a well-respected mainstream comic artist and writer, as well as a feminist comics critic who’s written myriad nonfiction books on the subject of great women cartoonists and the powerful female characters they created. Naturally, Robbins has spent some time hunting down the original cartoons from the women who paved the way for her career, and as luck would have it, she found the very first comic strip ever drawn by a woman, “The Old Subscriber Calls” by Rose O’Neill, practically in her backyard.
DC vs Marvel: Kitchen Stadium Edition -- In The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook
, "Mighty Marvel Superheros show you how to perform heroics in the kitchen creating meals that are out of this world!" Meanwhile.... The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook
simply promises "good food kids can prepare themselves." Let the battle begin! [more inside]
Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle
Here's a would-be documentary miniseries that PBS has buried in a single 3-hour bloc. It conatains the perspective that has been lost in all of the reimaginings and reboots durinng the last 15 years.
It will broadcast in repeats during the nest 2 weeks, or you can watch it online
How DC Contracts Work. Mark Waid
, author of Superman: Birthright
(drawn on heavily for the recent film Man of Steel
), "explains how professionals are generally compensated for working on company-owned characters".
"As near as I can tell, throughout DC Comics' more than 75-year history, the publisher has only ever hired two black women writers on monthly titles
: Felicia Henderson on Teen Titans and Angela Robinson on The Web, both in 2009. That should be put in some perspective: If those numbers are accurate, it would mean that DC has more white women writing monthly books for them right now than they've had black women in the same role in more than three quarters of a century. That said, they are potentially doing better than their principal competition: Try as I might, I cannot find a single black woman who has ever written a monthly ongoing comic for Marvel in the publisher's history." -- Joseph Hughes talks about the lack of Black comics writers at Marvel and DC both right now and historically. [more inside]
! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
Mike's Amazing World of Comics
has a section called The Newsstand that lets you select a year/date/publisher and then view a collection of cover images from that time period. [more inside]
Photographer Senen Llanos likes profiles and costumes, so why not combine them both with The Faces Of New York Comic Con
2012 Part 2
So The Avengers is a very successful movie
. This has lead many comics fans to express their concern over the treatment of original creators in the industry, specifically of Jack Kirby
. Creators' Rights controversy is nothing new, and there remains to this day ample reason to question the business dealings of The Big Two when it comes to how they compensate the men and women who work for/with them. Alan Moore has been and continues to be the victim of numerous shady deals at the hands of DC comics
. But no one, with the possible exception of Seigel and Shuster, has suffered more than Jack "King" Kirby. [more inside]
Their universe-wide reboot only weeks away, DC Comics has released 52 new logos for their books
; they've been met with some praise and much griping
. But what makes a good superhero logo?
Maybe the design history of Daredevil
), The Hulk
), The Atom
, (parts 2
), World's Finest
, ), The Legion of Superheroes
) or Superman
can shed a clue. [more inside]
"...authorities would try to find the culprits and would seek to clean up the monument
, but it was unlikely to happen right away."
The Brave and the Bold...Lost Issues!
- in which Batman teams up with everybody.
Frankenstein Defeats Evil Computer. Mysterious Grass-Roots Gal-Revolt Rocks Gotham! Are Hippies Slowing Down Space Progam in Protest? Headlines ripped from the pages of such great newspapers as the Daily Bugle and the Gotham Gazette await you at Dateline: Silver Age
They've been rumoured to be an item
for some time, but in X-Factor #45 Rictor
, formerly of X-Force (the most 90s comic of all time), finally kissed
- giving the comics world two more confirmed gay superheroes
and making the X-Men Universe Relationship Map
out of date (Shatterstar creator Rob Liefeld
has however vowed to undo it
). Meanwhile over at DC flagship title Detective Comics is now fronted by the new lesbian Batwoman
- ironically a character who was introduced to make Batman seem more hetro
Fans of both Dead Space
(and comic books in general), will be happy to learn that the first issue of the new comic book mini-series based on the game has been released online, in full, for free here
. Not a fan of Dead Space
but like comic books? There are lots of other comic books online that can be viewed for free, like stuff from DC Comics, Marvel
. There's also a few Buffy the Vampire Slayer
and Doctor Who
comics online for your viewing pleasure (in fact you can even make your own
with the latter).
For over the past year, John Seavey
has been reading through Marvel's Essentials
and DC's Showcase Presents
reprints in order to examine the title comic's storytelling engine
. From classic characters
, much of the bedrock of Silver Age heroes are represented in the column's archives
. [more inside]
Co-creator of Spider-Man
, Steve Ditko
is famous for weird
, distinctive art
, his 1966 departure from Marvel Comics
, and granting very few interviews in
the course of his decades
, preferring to let creations
such as The Creeper
, the Objectivism
-inspired Mr. A
, and Squirrel Girl
speak for him.
Okay, Squirrel Girl not so much.
turns the spotlight on the artist in the BBC4 documentary
, In Search of Steve Ditko
. Did they find him?
Well, that's The Question
, isn't it?
Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC.
A collection of videos on youtube targeting both the Mac/PC ads and comic book based movies. Ten videos
so far, with more coming "Soon. I promise."
rings in the new year with the best
in comic book medicine from 2006. While this entertaining blog's subjects are not limited to four color minutiae, it is the source of some of the most entertaining posts. Please to enjoy Flatlining, Hippocrates, Originitis,
and the scourge of a generation, Metal-Eating Disease!
David Cockrum has passed on.
The cause of death was apparently complications from diabetes; he died peacefully, in his sleep. Comics fans would know him from a number of projects, amongst them Giant Size X-Men #1
where he helped introduce Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler to the world, his run on the Legion of Super Heroes, and possibly his self-published work The Futurians. You can find some nice retrospectives on his career
and what he did for Marvel and for DC Comics.
Election day 2006 - Whose side is your favourite superhero on?
"The Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider is the ultimate protest voter. He always votes against the incumbent and anyone who endorses helmet laws. Vengeance is his." [via
Just Imagine Stan Lee's Watchmen!
Back in 2002, DC Comics extended an olive branch of comics industry peace to Stan "Excelsior!" Lee
, the founder of rival Marvel Comics. The result was the Just Imagine line
, wherein we find several DCU heroes reimagined
in one-shot comics as only Stan Lee could. Some titles were good
. Some were okay
. Most were just so
. But never in a million issues would DC have let him take on Watchmen
-- perhaps the most critically-acclaimed
series this side of Maus
. So since Stan couldn't or wouldn't, Kevin Church has
is a new site tackling the portrayal of women in comics, written in the same vein as Women in Refrigerators
and sequential tart
is reporting that the DC Comics company has pulped the entire print run of the fifth issue of LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
because it reprinted an actual Victorian-era ad for a douche syringe that included the word 'vaginal'. The maker of the syringe was the MARVEL CO. It's not clear whether DC publisher Paul Levitz destroyed the comic because of the term or the reference to Marvel. Marvel Comics
is, of course, DC Comics
' main competitor.