"In comic books, as in the moving image, the frame is the constituent element of narrative. Each page of a comic book is a frame which itself frames a series of frames, so that by altering each panel's size, bleed or aesthetic variety, time and space can be made elastic. Weisinger and Boring's Phantom Zone took this mechanism further, behaving like a weaponized frame free to roam within the comic book world. Rather than manipulating three-dimensional space or the fourth dimension of time, as the comic book frame does, The Phantom Zone opened out onto the existence of other dimensions. It was a comic book device that bled beyond the edge of the page, out into a world in which comic book narratives were experienced not in isolation, but in parallel with the onscreen narratives of the cinema and the television. As such, the device heralded televisual modes of attention." - Daniel Rourke on Superman's Phantom Zone
posted by artof.mulata
on Sep 11, 2013 -
Superman is a good guy. More than that, Superman is the best guy. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932, he's the archetypal superhero, a man of enormous power who places himself in service to the powerless. To borrow a famous phrase from the 1940s Superman radio serial, he stands for "truth, justice and the American way".
- Why Orson Scott Card isn't the right man to write Superman
. [more inside]
posted by Artw
on Feb 14, 2013 -
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]
posted by Toby Dammit X
on Aug 25, 2011 -
"Until about 1964 most comic books in the Middle East were in either English or French.... Then a forward-looking editor began to wonder why comic books could not be translated into Arabic." Illustrated Publications, a Beirut-based company, did just that
, starting with Superman. As a reporter for "Al-Kawkab Al Yawmi" he swooped into the Middle east from distant Krypton on February 4, 1964
. The mild-mannered report, Clark Kent, became Nabil Fawzi, whose name roughly translated to "Noble Victory"
. The text of the comics was translated, but the rest of the comic looked an awful lot like the Superman of the United States, except the covers lacked context, Superman's S logo was reversed, and some of the colors were skewed in odd ways
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jan 31, 2011 -
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
posted by gamera
on Apr 30, 2010 -
Cleveland, Ohio, c.1932: A young American writer named Jerry Siegel teamed up with a young Canadian artist named Joe Shuster to create science fiction comic books. Out of this collaboration, a superhero was born. In 1938, the duo sold their creation to Detective Comics, and the rest, as they say, is history
Ten years and several lawsuits later, Siegel and Shuster, after being fired from the company they had helped to build, signed on with a fledgling comics publisher called Magazine Enterprises. Once again, their collaboration yielded fruit. But... would lightning strike twice?
Sadly, it would not.
posted by Atom Eyes
on Aug 13, 2009 -
Darkseid tries to join the Legion of Superheroes, Batman wrestles the serpent in the garden of Eden, Clarke Kent shoots Abraham (Brainiac) Lincoln... Hall of Silver Age Elseworlds first pages
- from DC Silver Age Elseworld stories that never happened, from the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant collection, which was pulped after controversy surrounding Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter
- which later became the only story in the collection to see print again.
posted by Artw
on May 14, 2009 -
"The K-Metal from Krypton"
is one of the most important "lost" stories by the original creators of Superman
, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Written and drawn in 1940, but never published, the story would have vastly altered much of the Superman mythos for the next 65 years. Aside from the early introduction of Kryptonite
, the issue would have disclosed Superman's secret identity to Lois Lane, leading to a completely different relationship in which the two worked together as a team. Thanks to the work of readers and fans, including writer Mark Waid and artist Alex Ross, original art and scripts are slowly being recovered, and the entire issue is being reproduced online
, with full color treatment and missing pages being replicated in Shuster's original drawing style.
posted by XQUZYPHYR
on Aug 9, 2006 -
And so begins the startling adventures of the most sensational strip character of all time : SUPERMAN!
posted by crunchland
on May 7, 2006 -