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
posted by vhsiv
on Oct 17, 2013 -
"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 -
As soon as it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman
in the sequel to the Superman reboot, twitter-ers were a-flutter with jokes and bemoaning the choice
, and YouTube user started putting together a Man of Steel 2 Comic Con Teaser Trailer
, in the style of the original Comic Con MOS audience recording
. YouTube user soylentbrak1
, aka "Steve," recently released a slightly longer, cleaner version
of his fan-made trailer, pulling from 20 different video sources, including features of the rumored role of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor
. If you like that sort of thing, soylentbrak1 also made a Mad Max: Fury Road trailer
and over 100 other short clips in tribute to films, franchises, and dreams of what could be.
posted by filthy light thief
on Aug 28, 2013 -
A lovely recollection of pop-culture mentors, and finding culture pre-internet.
"Uncle Mike didn’t play D&D; paintball battles in the Everglades were more his thing. But for the next few years he kept passing along books he’d finished, including 1984’s Dragons Of Autumn Twilight. The first installment of the D&D-based Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, it’s by no means a classic in the genre. But it helped solidify my devotion to what would eventually be called geek culture. Back then, the term would have been meaningless to me. And it would have made my macho Uncle Mike laugh his ass off."
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard
on May 31, 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 -
: "The first nine Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942 are a wonder of animated retrofuturism, giving us a peek into a world that not only had a flying superstrong protector, but also filled viewers' heads with dreams of autonomous robots, comet-controlling telescopes, and machines that could shake the Earth. These films are in the public domain and have been available on the Internet Archive," but now Warner Bros. is releasing them (remastered) on YouTube. The first short, "Superman"
(also known as "The Mad Scientist,") was nominated for an Academy Award. Also see: The Super Guide to the Fleischer Superman Cartoons
. Find links to all nine episodes and more inside. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Nov 25, 2012 -
In 1977 Dial Press of New York published Robert Mayer’s first novel, Superfolks. It was, amongst other things, a story of a middle-aged man coming to terms with his life, an enormous collection of 1970s pop-culture references, some now lost to the mists of time, and a satire on certain aspects of the comic superhero, but would probably be largely unheard of these days if it wasn’t for the fact that it is regularly mentioned for its supposed influence on a young Alan Moore and his work, particularly on Watchmen, Marvelman, and his Superman story, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?
Alan Moore and Superfolks: Part 1: The Case for the Prosecution
, Part 2: The Case for the Defence
, Part 3: The Strange Case of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore
posted by Artw
on Nov 18, 2012 -
Undecided on election day? Sat through all the debates and still not sure who's right and who's wrong? What you're really looking for is an endorsment by people you can trust completely, you can look up to, true heroes? Well, J. Caleb Mozzocco has taken the trouble to interview a representative cross section of superheroes
and is starting to see a pattern. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse
on Nov 6, 2012 -
is far from perfect, yet its flaws don't diminish the film's impact. Its greatness originates in its respect for Superman's decency; in Routh's graceful, almost balletic incarnation of the character; and in Bryan Singer's decision to express the hero's goodness in a cascade of iconic images as beautiful as superman himself--challenging us, daring us not to fall in love with him." A video essay from Matt Zoller Seitz and Kan Cancelosi about Superman Returns.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi
on Sep 2, 2012 -
While the world ponders the impact of superheroes on the population in the wake of this weekend's tragic (and still unfolding) events in Colorado, and some ponder what a return to the bad of days
of comics might mean, Warner Brothers has released two slightly different trailers for their attempt at latest updating Superman for the modern era: The Man of Steel
, in Pa Kent or Jor El
posted by Mezentian
on Jul 21, 2012 -
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 -
The most recent issue of Superman, 712, was supposed to have a certain storyline, but it seems at the last minute, DC Comics decided to nix that storyline and instead publish a five-year-old story about Krypto the Super-Dog. These sorts of things happen, but Comics Alliance opined
(with some help from direct sources) that the change was due to DC not wanting to feature a Muslim superhero (the original story had Superman aiding "Sharif", a Muslim superhero.) The theory is, after the brouhahae surrounding the Muslim Batman
and Superman renouncing his American citizenship
, DC is hesitant to add any more fuel to the "DC hates America" fire.
"But," says comic-book muckraker Rich Johnston
, "I have inside DC stories that are telling me the REAL reason the story got nixed." He claims it's not about Muslims, it's about...well, just see for yourself what it's allegedly really about
posted by Legomancer
on Jun 23, 2011 -
"...authorities would try to find the culprits and would seek to clean up the monument
, but it was unlikely to happen right away."
posted by griphus
on Jun 19, 2011 -