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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2013 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Thirty-five years ago this June and August. The DC Explosion/Implosion.

 Posted:   Nov 9, 2013 - 9:00 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

For most of us, Mick, our four-colour introductions came courtesy of the Distinguished Competition
(in Smilin' Stan's mischievious phrase) ...

 Posted:   Nov 10, 2013 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Artist Nick Cardy, R.I.P.

 Posted:   Apr 2, 2014 - 1:28 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The 75 best Batman comic book covers, according to the Comic Book Resources site. A lot of great picks, to be sure, and from every era. Batman was never better than when he was in those "funny books."

 Posted:   Apr 3, 2014 - 11:18 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I'm looking forward to the big comic con here in Detroit this year. Guest artists include Jose Louis Garcia-Lopez, Arvell Jones, Kevin Maguire and Frank Brunner.

 Posted:   Jul 27, 2014 - 9:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

In the earliest days of the Nickelodeon cable channel, "Video Comics" was one of the programs I remember being hooked on. This was circa 1980. Thankfully, someone on YouTube has posted one of the programs. This one is Swamp Thing but I also remember them doing Adam Strange, as well:

Here's the program promo. Probably the first time I ever heard "Ride of the Valkyries":

 Posted:   Nov 21, 2014 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

DC Comics: A Visual History

 Posted:   Nov 24, 2014 - 4:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I've droned on about this before, but I feel like doing it again. smile

My brief return to regular comic reading began in 1997, where I caught the excellent run of Batman by Doug Moench, Kelley Jones, and John Beatty. I loved the "ugly", Expressionist look of the art and I agreed wholeheartedly with a letterhack who predicted that their run would be remembered in the same breath as Len Wein-Bernie Wrightson's Swamp Thing. It may never reach those heights, but the Moench-Jones-Beatty Batman stands tall in my memory. I think it's a "Love it or Hate it" proposition, however.

Read about it here:

Now it's being reprinted in this fine hardcover. Here's vol. 1:

 Posted:   Dec 25, 2014 - 7:27 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Sad news to report on the Batman artist front, as Norm Breyfogle has suffered a stroke.

A few months ago I had picked up his entire run on Detective Comics, as I enjoyed those books which were published right around the time I finished high school. It's an unheralded run but one that has gotten some overdue attention in recent years.

 Posted:   Dec 26, 2014 - 11:20 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Norm also was the artist on Malibu Comic's Prime.

 Posted:   Apr 12, 2015 - 3:20 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Ink- Alter Egos Exposed

Ever see this series? It's not nearly as in-depth as we'd like it to be, but it's a step in the right direction (even if the Elfmanesque music is a wee too loud for our aging orejas)

"The Creators" (featuring Joe Kubert!)

 Posted:   Apr 22, 2015 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Re-Read Dept.

In preparation for the "Batman vs. Superman" onslaught/hit/debacle/etc., I've dragged out my copy of Frank Miller's forever-changing of the Batman mythos, The Dark Knight Returns. I haven't read the thing since the first Batman film's release in 1989, but in flipping through it, so much of it is still remarkably fresh in my mind. It forever purges the idiotic camp of the West-Ward series and too many years of the comic doing the same (though thankfully not in *my* lifetime).

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