Truth, Justice, and the Soviet Way
What if baby Kal-El's spaceship had crashed on Earth 12 hours earlier, in the Ukraine instead of middle America? The new 3-issue comic book series Superman: Red Son
envisions the Man of Steel as a good-hearted citizen of the USSR, helping to spread communism across the world. Wonder Woman is his girlfriend; Batman is an anti-Soviet terrorist; Lex Luthor becomes U.S. president. This alternate-universe jaunt is not just for fun: writer Mark Millar says
it's a timely exploration of what happens when one all-powerful country anoints itself leader of the world.
posted by Artifice_Eternity
on Jun 9, 2003 -
The toughest Chelonia to every grace the media.
Come on. Everyone had to love them at some point, with their pizzas and funny weapons. This
page has some interesting sketch art. This
one includes the complete cast of the cartoon and movies, with links to their career since said roles. This site
, my favorite, has the entire "Coming out of our Shells" tape for download. Remember the classic, Cowabunga?
posted by lazaruslong
on Dec 12, 2002 -
is "the Ed Wood of internet cartooning", according to some
. He is a frustrated but relentless artist whose "passion far exceeds his aptitude", and who seems destined for mediocrity and ridicule
everywhere but in the panels of his own comics
, where he treads the earth like a living god -- a misogynistic, racist, and ultimately unintelligible god, yes, but man, he sure can dance
posted by Hildago
on Sep 4, 2002 -
When I was a newspaper-slinger back as a youngster, I became acquainted with that odd funnypages subgenre-the soap opera comic strip
(i.e. Winnie Winkle
,Rex Morgan, M.D.
and the pinnacle of the genre Gasoline Alley
Moving at the brisk pace of 4 panels a day, these entertainments must have seemed quaint even in their early radio days infancy, yet they gained devoted followings and Dr. Rex
and Skeezix and the Gang
are actually still active. While the strips are published on the web, I'm surprised that there hasn't been a whole-hog revival of the genre. Heck, Brenda Starr
could be truly funky hip modern woman if the right person retooled her a bit and I imagine many web community administrators could relate to Mary Worth
posted by jonmc
on Apr 28, 2002 -
The Vertigo Tarot
by Dave McKean
, illustrator of among many other good things the Sandman
comics, was reissued
in August. The cards, loosely based on characters from DCs Vertigo comic inprint, are among the most uneasily beautiful interpretations I've ever seen.
The original set was in a limited edition of 5000 copies and is changing hands for suitably outrageous sums on ebay. The new edition (slightly smaller cards) retails around the $30 mark.
posted by thatwhichfalls
on Nov 14, 2001 -
Aaron McGruder has brass balls.
I know that the Boondocks strip has been mentioned elsewhere in the course of another thread somewhere, however this is the strongest statement in a commercial format I've seen to date. Or maybe I need to get out more.
posted by ethmar
on Oct 17, 2001 -
"The Spiders" I see another sky turd straight ahead, and a mob of unescorted women picking over it.
The first episode of a three part e-sheep
posted by arielmeadow
on Oct 16, 2001 -
Daily comic strips have started to react to the attacks. The only two I noticed in today's paper were Fox Trot
and The Boondocks
. Their tones are, predictably, somber. The one comic I'd expect to have something to say, Doonesbury
, is still stuck on an older storyline. Have other strips referenced September 11?
posted by sandor
on Sep 24, 2001 -
Big Changes for the Web-Slinger and Children of the Atom!
In an effort to lure kids back to the quiet, almost antiquated pastime of reading paper magazines filled with stories about do-gooders, Marvel Comics announces an AMAZING re-organization of the X-MEN and SPIDER MAN. Yes, loyal arachno-fans, Peter Parker is going to start life anew as a "webmaster" for the Daily Bugle! The X-Men will go back to high school ... for MUTANTS! (PS: Captain America to be laid off.) Marvel's editor in chief announces other changes.
posted by rschram
on Nov 30, 2000 -
The best Comic in recent memory NOT written by Scott McCloud
Remember the Real World in San Francisco? That was the one with Pedro dying of AIDS and Puck getting kicked off. Well, I just read a book about Pedro and Judd's friendship called Pedro and Me. This is the best comic I have read since 'Jar of Fools' or 'Understanding Comics.' I read it today at lunch and it moved me to tears. Anyone who knows someone with AIDS should read this book.
posted by DragonBoy
on Sep 27, 2000 -
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.
posted by bjennings
on Apr 28, 2000 -
Excelsior True Believers!
I have to hand it to that old bastard. Marvel's been a bit late in the game and they're still rather overboard design-wise, but Stan Lee's little hole in the wall on the 'Net ain't none too shabby. 7th Portal is just as cheesy as Stan Lee's always been, and just as heartwarming for an old comic bum like me. Anyone else like 7th Portal? Or am I the only one who has a copy of "Contest of Champions" 1-3?
posted by ZachsMind
on Mar 17, 2000 -
So Charles Schulz
ran out of ink about two hours ago, preceded in death by about five hours by Tom Landry
. The worst part is, both were in my dead pool
, which starts in about 24 hours. (The second-worst thing is all the "It's a sad day for Snoopy" and "Good grief" ledes we're going to have to endure. Blech.)
The Dallas Morning News obit went over the wires at 85 inches before Landy was even cold. Gee, you think they saw this one coming?
posted by luke
on Feb 12, 2000 -