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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2019 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   spiderich   (Member)

Rich, you love every panel Aparo ever drew. You've just picked up some bad ideas over at that "The 1960s were the best/Jack Kirby was God/let's bind our books!" comic book message board. wink

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some Bob Haney "Brave and the Bold" stories to deconstruct...


LOL! While I do love prime Aparo, I don't think that he would crack my top ten list of favourite comic book/strip artists. It's possible, but then again, I haven't compiled a top ten list! smile

As for Kirby, I like his prime stuff too, but he would definitely not be in my theoretical top ten list.

Bob Haney is one step higher than Neal Adams as a writer! embarrassment

Richard G.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2019 - 12:05 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Jim Aparo channeling Joe Kubert or perhaps Russ Heath in The Brave and the Bold #162, a Batman-Sgt. Rock team up:

 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2019 - 9:11 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway Vol. 3 has been published--at long last!

Here's an "oral history" of Robin (Jason Todd) and the fate which awaited him, all of which began with Conway's run.

https://www.comicsbeat.com/the-lives-and-death-of-jason-todd-an-oral-history-of-the-second-robin-and-a-death-in-the-family/

 
 Posted:   Sep 21, 2019 - 5:54 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Happy Batman Day!



For those interested, Comixology is currently having some great deals on Batman digital comics. I picked up the first three collections of the classic Batman and the Outsiders collection for under $20, which collectively reprint the first 30+ issues and annuals. Now I just need to find the time to read them!

 
 Posted:   Sep 22, 2019 - 9:31 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Now you're stuck with all that great Jim Aparo art! wink

(I forget who dislikes Jim Aparo in this thread).

I'm enjoying the heck out of the Gerry Conway Vol. 3. It's also most likely my final comic purchase, as I essentially have every comic from my long-gone youth I could ever want.

Almost. smile

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 8:00 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Gerry Conway Vol. 3 includes the 4-part "vampire" story. Conway is assisted in the script by Paul Levitz in one issue and Paul Kupperberg in another. Maybe it was for a schedule crunch, but I wonder why those two were brought in just for this story.

Whatever the case, dislike supernatural stories in general and I find them especially intrusive and out of place in Batman. Yeah, yeah, it's comic books and it's all nonsense, but I just don't like supernatural stories in my Batman tales. wink

Having said that, the vampire story wasn't bad, but it was also nothing exceptional. Superb art by Gene Colan, though. He had some experience with that sort of thing. wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Gerry Conway Vol. 3 includes the 4-part "vampire" story. Conway is assisted in the script by Paul Levitz in one issue and Paul Kupperberg in another. Maybe it was for a schedule crunch, but I wonder why those two were brought in just for this story.

Whatever the case, dislike supernatural stories in general and I find them especially intrusive and out of place in Batman. Yeah, yeah, it's comic books and it's all nonsense, but I just don't like supernatural stories in my Batman tales. wink

Having said that, the vampire story wasn't bad, but it was also nothing exceptional. Superb art by Gene Colan, though. He had some experience with that sort of thing. wink


I haven't got the Gerry Conway, vol. 3 book yet, but I have the Gene Colan volumes, and I wonder if that vampire story is reprinted in one of those volumes.

I love supernatural stories, but I 100% agree that it doesn't really belong in a Batman book. They push the envelope enough with stuff like the Lazarus pit. Batman in his own books work best in stories that are grounded. To the extent that there are supernatural components, it should be Scooby Doo type supernatural, i.e., it is all smoke and mirrors.

When I want to read Batman dealing with the supernatural, or over the top tropes like alien invasions, I will read Justice League or other character's books featuring Batman as a guest star.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 9:42 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

Gerry Conway Vol. 3 includes the 4-part "vampire" story.

Ooh, that's interesting. I've always been a fan of the later Moench/Kelley Jones Batman elseworlds stuff. Now I'm really looking hard at this.

(Apparently I'm not so much against the supernatural in Batman. wink)

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 9:52 AM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)

Gerry Conway Vol. 3 includes the 4-part "vampire" story.

Ooh, that's interesting. I've always been a fan of the later Moench/Kelley Jones Batman elseworlds stuff. Now I'm really looking hard at this.

(Apparently I'm not so much against the supernatural in Batman. wink)


Good point. Batman + supernatural can work very well in an elseworlds story. Actually another good Batman dealing with vampires story is this Action Comics Annual with some fantastic art by Art Adams:



It is in Superman's book, so it is consistent with the preferences I listed above. wink

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

For heaven's sake, I already own the Batman vampire storyline in the Gene Colan vol 1. I've got to get to reading that!

And I love the idea of Art Adams doing Superman/Batman with vampires, I'm looking that up. That is, if I don't already own it! wink

EDIT: No, I don't own it, but it is in Byrne's Man of Steel vol. 6. Hmmm.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 11:13 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Like Michael Scorefan said, Batman is fine with supernatural stories as long they're within the confines of the JLA or perhaps Brave and the Bold teamups.

That Art Adams cover does no favors for Superman's neck. I also find myself rapidly losing interest in DC post-Crisis on Infinite Earths. I used to love 1990s Batman, but not so much anymore. I've become one of those "Only the Comics of My Youth Matter" people. Sadly.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 11:23 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Kevin Nowlan was a very good batman artist in the 90s too. Liked his style a lot.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Kevin Nowlan was a very good batman artist in the 90s too. Liked his style a lot.

Denys Cowan is my pick for most unheralded (Batman) artist of all time.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 2:13 PM   
 By:   Sean Nethery   (Member)

That Art Adams cover does no favors for Superman's neck....

Maybe he's just protecting his neck from the vampire's kryptonite fangs!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

Kevin Nowlan was a very good batman artist in the 90s too. Liked his style a lot.

Denys Cowan is my pick for most unheralded (Batman) artist of all time.


He had a very distinct style. Sort of gritty. Full of energy.

 
 Posted:   Sep 25, 2019 - 5:42 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Had a chuckle at Superman's most painful reaction to getting zapped. I do love his "creative" expression of agony:



Rich Buckler is often dismissed as a Neal Adams wannabe, but no one ever drew The Man of Steel with more enthusiasm.

 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2019 - 7:49 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

After a four-issue vampire tale followed by the dopey, two-part, not-scripted-by-Conway "Colonel Blimp" misadventure, it's refreshing to read Batman #353, a Conway-scripted Joker story with Jose Luis Garcia Lopez art.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 27, 2019 - 11:08 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

That's a real nice page of comic art.

I checked a few comics in a comic shop the other day. The Marvel and DC seem, for the most part, to try and save bad to mediocre art with computer colouring. Though i couldn't give exact examples, it was just my impression leafing through. No art really leapt out either. In the indie comics, of which there now appear to be about 45,000, there was more range but a lot seemed to fall into big-eye leaning towards manga, can't really draw but hopefully the overall pleasing style and colouring will trick people category. If that's a category.

 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2019 - 7:07 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

That's a real nice page of comic art.

I checked a few comics in a comic shop the other day. The Marvel and DC seem, for the most part, to try and save bad to mediocre art with computer colouring. Though i couldn't give exact examples, it was just my impression leafing through. No art really leapt out either. In the indie comics, of which there now appear to be about 45,000, there was more range but a lot seemed to fall into big-eye leaning towards manga, can't really draw but hopefully the overall pleasing style and colouring will trick people category. If that's a category.


Glad you liked the Bats page; the issue itself is a quick, breezy read--a cartoony fill-in story, really--but it's worthwhile just to admire the interesting art layouts.

I rarely even look in the direction of new comics. Besides, for the $5.00 cover price most new books go for, I could put that towards the Bronze Age books I don't have--but even then, I have pretty much stopped buying even those since I have so much as far as DC books are concerned.

 
 Posted:   Sep 28, 2019 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I gave the "Colonel Blimp" story of Batman #352 and Detective Comics #519 plenty o' grief, but it does boast some typically magnificent Don Newton art:





John Calnan, an artist whose Batman work I dislike, does a fine job inking The Don's pencils.

 
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