During this week’s Major Spoilers Podcast, we touched on the topic of Gotham Central as a television police procedural in the DC Universe, and how the television show ‘Gotham’ might benefit from its example, which got me to thinking about the comic book genres that never get published any more.  Screwball comedies were the life blood of the genre well into the sixties, while westerns dominated the early fifties for many publishers.  Even the likes of Carl Barks’ funny animal/grand adventure books are hard-pressed to find an audience these days, which is a shame.  Of course, many of the most successful books of the last few years have folded in bits of other genres: ‘Saga’ uses tropes of science fiction, ‘Afterlife With Archie’ uses horror, ‘Sex Criminals’ an updated (and *very* graphic) helping of the tropes of romance comics, which leads us to today’s mashed-up query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) could stand with more romance in my comics, especially for the likes of Batwoman, Ms. Marvel and Benjamin Grimm, asking: What genre would you most like to see more of in modern comics stories?


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  1. Monster movie horror films. Most horror movies these days seem to be more towards psychological thrillers about crazy people rather than fighting a strange creature or a guy who can kill you in your nightmares.

    Space based sci-fi also seems to be a bit of a rarity these days. Sure, there is Guardians of the Galaxy for films, but quite a bit of TV sci-fi seems firmly based on Earth.

    And I miss comedy that didn’t rely on shock tactics or toilet humor for almost all their laughs. I don’t have a problem with it as much as I think it is overused these days to the point of often seeming lazy. I don’t want something cheesy like the old family-friendly sitcoms of the 70’s and 80’s, but I wish there were more comedies that tried using randomness and humor that I could watch with my friend’s kids.

    • I agree with the monster movies and comics too. Most of horror genre seems to be creepy little girls with messy hair or some kind of torture porn and im not a huge fan of either.

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