Or – “The Secret of 52 Is… Gardner Fox Was A Frickin’ Genius.” There are those who find the Silver Age of comics ridiculous, and the situations laughable. They cite simpler art, weird stories, and a general lack of realism as sticking points, whereas I cite them as the main selling points. In those days, the language of comics was still in it’s formative years (after all, the time difference between the debut of Superman and the debut of Barry Allen as the new Flash was a mere 15 years), and every story essentially came from whole cloth. And nowhere is this
I’m still catching up in my reading, and just finished Tales of the Unexpected #6. As expected, Crispus Allen and The Spectre are getting to a very scary point in their relationship, and the Dr. 13 backup story continues to spiral to the weird. Which brings me to the Fun Panel of the Week; Dr. 13 and his entourage of I. Vampire and talking gorilla Nazi find themselves in a subway tunnel. As cars pass, we get a glimpse of those inside. Is it me or from left to right do we have Wolverine, Clark Kent, some fat lady, Matt
How to bring a man-god down Last week Black Adam discovered the Mads of Oolong Island were behind The Four Horsemen project that resulted in the death of his wife and brother-in-law. Having the power of seven gods should be enough to make anyone mess his lab coat, but not these crazy bunch of bastards.
DC Comics has announced Justice League of America #1 will be going back to press for a third printing. “This is totally awesome,” says Benes. “I feel like we did a great job and delivered a great story! I’d like to thank the fans for all the kind words on the message boards and blogs – and I also would like to thank Dan DiDio, Brad Meltzer and Eddie Berganza for all their faith in my work and . . . I still can’t believe it!” The third printing will feature a pencil only version of the Michael Turner variant
DC Comics has cancelled orders for the first two issues of Doctor Fate. The company says the issues will be resolicited later, but it brings into question what exactly is going on at the company. While it is able to deliver a weekly series with nary a problem, other titles continually miss target dates. While Marvel received a mountain of criticism over the delays with Civil War, readers don’t seem as upset with DC. What are your thoughts?
“I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger!” There is a cliché in every action movie where the hero loses his loved one(s) and goes on an angry rampage seeking vengeance until he reaches the big boss. Black Adam takes on that cliché this week as 52 reaches a dark turning point in the DC Universe.
DC Comics has sent us cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in June 2007. Take the jump to find more about Countdown, Batman, Amazons Attack, and much more. DETECTIVE COMICS #833 Written by Paul Dini Art by Don Kramer & Wayne Faucher Cover by Simone Bianchi Zatanna guest-stars in Part 1 of a 2-part tale of magic, murder and madness by Paul Dini! When her former assistant is killed in a dangerous trick gone wrong, the Maid of Magic turns to Batman to uncover the real circumstances behind the young woman’s death, leading them to a confrontation with
Looks like the Jake Gyllenhaal playing Captain Marvel rumor, was just that – a rumor. At least according to John August, screen writer for the flick. But the thing is, he’s not considering. I can pretty much assure you he’s never heard of the project. And we’ve never discussed him. We’ve never seriously discussed anyone. After several months of meetings, casting has come up exactly zero times. There’s no casting list. If there were a list, Gyllenhaal’s name would probably be on it, but trust me: there is no list. There’s no start date, no release date, no movie whatsoever.
Or – “If They’re All From Earth-X, What Happened To A Through W?” One of the problems with alternate Earths (after the obvious trying to remember which character resides on which Earth) is the name designations. Marvel’s current numbering system makes sense, but is also ridiculously obscure and complicated. The designation “Earth 616” (invented by Alan Moore, who says it’s arbitrary, though some claim it’s derived from the shipping date of Fantastic Four #1, the year 1961, and 6 standing for the month of June) making it clear that their world is one of many, but the overwhelming evidence that
There’s an interesting little bit in the New York Daily News gossip section that claims Jake Gyllenhaal is in talk to play Captain Marvel in the Shazam! movie. Personally, I don’t see it, but then again, I never thought Tobey Maguire was the best person to play Spider-Man before I saw it for myself. Another tid-bit says New Line is trying to make this movie as big or bigger than the DC Batman and Superman films with a rumored budget of $200 million. Remember, for now this is all rumor until contracts are signed. via NY Daily News (link)
Daniel Robert Epstein has an interview with Ron Perlman over at Newsarama, in which the actor says he may be up for the role of the Comedian in the Zach Snyder directed Watchmen movie. Interesting if it is true! Daniel Robert Epstein: Besides Hellboy what has been necessary for your work in terms of reading comics? Ron Perlman: Well, Frank Darabont is a really close friend of Guillermo’s and they share a boyish passion for comic books. The first time I ever met Frank was in a comic book store here on Melrose in Los Angeles. In aisle three we