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 Posted:   Oct 3, 2018 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

5 o'clock shadow guy reminds me of Tom Selleck after a bender!

 
 Posted:   Oct 6, 2018 - 3:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

5 o'clock shadow guy reminds me of Tom Selleck after a bender!

Ever see Magnum, P.I.'s season five episode "Mac's Back"? Magnum was definitely in bender mode then!

 
 Posted:   Oct 13, 2018 - 10:55 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Taschen's The Bronze Age of DC Conics, by Paul Levitz:

https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/02834/facts.the_bronze_age_of_dc_comics.htm

The sample pages look great; I have many of those conics. It looks to be a well-written book, too.

 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2018 - 1:03 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Given the month, I thought I would read some horror comics. Right now I am reading the earliest Hellblazer issues by Jamie Delano. Although I consider the Alan Moore Swamp Thing stories and Garth Ennis's Hellblazer run as the definitive John Constantine stories, it is fun to read these early stories, including the infamous Newcastle encounter that haunted Constantine for quite a while:





 
 Posted:   Oct 14, 2018 - 10:33 AM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Taschen's The Bronze Age of DC Conics, by Paul Levitz:

https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/graphic_design/all/02834/facts.the_bronze_age_of_dc_comics.htm

The sample pages look great; I have many of those conics. It looks to be a well-written book, too.


Grand. Can't go wrong with Levitz or my favorite era of comics!

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2018 - 8:46 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Speaking of Paul Levitz, I've been reading my small collection of LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (LSH) lately (issues 290s-early 300s) and I like the art and scripywork of Levitz and Giffen, though not so much for its style, but for its very "look", if that makes sense (it does to me). I like the minimalist, futuristic backgrounds, the "surrogate family" atmosphere among the youthful characters, and the "early-'60s, but not" feeling always hanging in the air. I also appreciate it that Superboy still shows up on occasion. I have the one in which he leaves, as well as issue #300, which I'm presently reading.

LSH has a devoted following, though I only read the occasional issue back in the early '80s. Reading it now, I find it to be just as enjoyable as the contemporaneous Wolfman-Perez New Teen Titans and Marvel's Uncanny X-Men. I'm looking forward to getting more of these pre-CRISIS stories.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2018 - 4:31 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Speaking of Paul Levitz, I've been reading my small collection of LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES (LSH) lately (issues 290s-early 300s) and I like the art and scripywork of Levitz and Giffen, though not so much for its style, but for its very "look", if that makes sense (it does to me). I like the minimalist, futuristic backgrounds, the "surrogate family" atmosphere among the youthful characters, and the "early-'60s, but not" feeling always hanging in the air. I also appreciate it that Superboy still shows up on occasion. I have the one in which he leaves, as well as issue #300, which I'm presently reading.

LSH has a devoted following, though I only read the occasional issue back in the early '80s. Reading it now, I find it to be just as enjoyable as the contemporaneous Wolfman-Perez New Teen Titans and Marvel's Uncanny X-Men. I'm looking forward to getting more of these pre-CRISIS stories.


I was too young to read that run but loved the Giffen early 90s stuff where there's lots of Matter-Eater Lad and 9 panel pages.

 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2018 - 5:25 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I'm older than you, Wanderer? Yikes. You must be from the highly-annointed "Thor-Lehah Generation." wink

That LSH run is an entertaining one, based on the few issues I have. There's a Darkseid storyline that's supposed to be epic stuff. By 2014, the entire run had been repeinted in two trade paperbacks, but they look to be out of print. They'll no doubt be back.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2018 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

I'm older than you, Wanderer? Yikes. You must be from the highly-annointed "Thor-Lehah Generation." wink

That LSH run is an entertaining one, based on the few issues I have. There's a Darkseid storyline that's supposed to be epic stuff. By 2014, the entire run had been repeinted in two trade paperbacks, but they look to be out of print. They'll no doubt be back.


Yes, the Bestest generation - Generation B. And apparently the one that disagrees the most within itself. Or i'm just to old and missed out.

I'd looked to see if there were trades of the run i mentioned in the local comic shop but hadn't seen any. i always remember a nice few panels from it. There's a planet gonig to explode and they're lifting people off on a ship, they lift a family off, some younger good looking types, then there's an old guy with wonky eye and they just close the doors and say they'll be back and the guy just says "you're not coming back are you". I think the planet explodes about 20 minutes later.

Mostly i just remember Matter-Eater Lad eating his way through handcuffs and goofiness mixed wither serious stuff really well.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 4:50 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Wow, a humble post of mine inspired The Wanderer to go outside and seek out DC Comics! I'm beginning to warm up to "The Thor-Lehah Generation."

If not, please disregard. wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Although I am familiar with the Legion of Superheroes, I haven't read many of the stories. The only Paul Levitz era that I have read was the Great Darkness Saga, and then post-Crisis I have dabbled in some of the many relaunches, including the Keith Giffen era where he moved the timeline forward 5 years or so, the Mark Waid relaunch, and I think another relaunch. The Giffen era was the strongest, but it didn't feel particularly new reader friendly, so I don't think I got as much out of it as a longtime fan would.

I will soon be diving into the Levitz era, as I received this as a present a while ago:



This volume reprints Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #234-240, All-New Collector's Edition C-55 and DC Super-Stars #17. There is also a second volume that picks up directly after this volume, which I will likely get if I enjoy this volume.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

What a happy coincidence that you're currently exploring an LSH run.

I find that I'm less interested in plotlines and more interested in character interactions and the whole look of the LSH universe.

Plus, even I need the occasional break from Batman, JLA, Superman, etc., once every so often. Much of this is unexplored territory for me.

Gerry Conway was the regular LSH scripter before Levitz, and as you know, I am an enthusiastic Conway fan.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 2:00 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

I can't believe (an abridged version of, consisting of Saturn Girl, Mon-el, and Brainiac-5) the LoSH has only recently turned up on CW's Supergirl.

If there's a DC property that's ripe for a feature film introduction, it's the Legion. Wild costumes, wilder superpowers, and an intergalactic setting. You don't even need Superboy. Look how successful the two Guardians movies were (and the second one stunk).

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 3:29 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Look how successful the two Guardians movies were (and the second one ruled).

Fixed that for you, df! big grin

More seriously, I wish I enjoyed the Legion as much as I have always wanted to. Kinda cringe at their launching in the 60's, though I loved it as a kid. Can't get into the Levitz 80's (?) era. Read and enjoyed some of the Mark Waid (is that right?) stuff what, ten years ago? - but then forgot all about it. And my daughter and I thought the short-lived cartoon was pretty good, but again, can't remember a thing. All the Lads and Lasses and Bouncing-Ball Boy and Karate Kid stuff just kind of makes me wish I didn't know as much about it as I do, and that ain't much.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   The Wanderer   (Member)

Given the month, I thought I would read some horror comics. Right now I am reading the earliest Hellblazer issues by Jamie Delano. Although I consider the Alan Moore Swamp Thing stories and Garth Ennis's Hellblazer run as the definitive John Constantine stories, it is fun to read these early stories, including the infamous Newcastle encounter that haunted Constantine for quite a while:




I used to know John Ridway. He was a very nice chap. He'd come in the shop i used to work in and chat away every other week in Bolton. He would give me some signed stuff and pre-production art. Really good guy and very interesting to talk to.

I loved the Ennis/Dillon run on Hellblazer with the tremendous Glenn Fabry covers.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2018 - 4:37 PM   
 By:   drop_forge   (Member)

Fixed that for you, df! big grin

Haha! That movie made me cringe at times. Between "Do you have a penis?" and Quill turning into a rocky Pac-Man, among many other things, I was glad Gunn got booted off the third film...and then he landed at WB. roll eyes

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2018 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Look how successful the two Guardians movies were (and the second one ruled).

Fixed that for you, df! big grin

More seriously, I wish I enjoyed the Legion as much as I have always wanted to. Kinda cringe at their launching in the 60's, though I loved it as a kid. Can't get into the Levitz 80's (?) era. Read and enjoyed some of the Mark Waid (is that right?) stuff what, ten years ago? - but then forgot all about it. And my daughter and I thought the short-lived cartoon was pretty good, but again, can't remember a thing. All the Lads and Lasses and Bouncing-Ball Boy and Karate Kid stuff just kind of makes me wish I didn't know as much about it as I do, and that ain't much.


Let me get this straight: Characters with names including the words Lad and Lass and Bouncing Boy are classed as regrettable knowledge, but a movie featuring characters like a walking tree and a talking, gun-toting raccoon named after a garbage Beatles song "rules."

Got it. I happen to like ALL that stuff. Good for me. wink

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2018 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

I know, right? What the hell is the distinction? I canna tell you cap'n, I havena the power.

I will just lean on Walt Whitman: Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am vast, I contain multitudes. Like Ego The Living Planet.

Contrariwise, the Legion is also kinda my favorite team because of their flight rings. I love power jewelry.

As always with these discussions, this'll make me pull out my Levitz collections and maybe buy the reprinted old stuff, so you win anyway!

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2018 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Some of us have been so deeply into this stuff for so long that we treat it as its own reality with a suspension of disbelief all its own. A friend of mine said he loved the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris "except" he "didn't buy" a Peugeot automobile as a time machine.

Time travel? No problem. But NOT in a Peugeot!

 
 Posted:   Oct 31, 2018 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)


Let me get this straight: Characters with names including the words Lad and Lass and Bouncing Boy are classed as regrettable knowledge, but a movie featuring characters like a walking tree and a talking, gun-toting raccoon named after a garbage Beatles song "rules."

Got it. I happen to like ALL that stuff. Good for me. wink


Having lad, lass, boy, or girl, in the name of most of the characters always struck me as a bit goofy, but to be fair, the creation of the Legion took inspiration from the heroics of SuperBOY, so at least the names make some sense. Of course, I am also someone who on the Marvel thread praised Mark Greenwald's Squadron Supreme series, which features a character named "The Whizzer" wearing a yellow costume, so who am I to judge?

 
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