Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Free Form Comments

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scott91777 said...

Hey folks, a couple of things:

First of all, I am currently reading Mark Voger's The Dark Age: Grim, Great & Gimmicky Post-Modern Comics. It actually works as a pretty good, if less 'academic', companion piece to Geoff's 'How to Read Superhero Comics and Why' in that examines the same era but goes into a lot of the absurdity that came along with it as well.

Sample line: "I remember the day Superman died, back in 92" you may tell your grandkids one day "It was in Superman 75. What a beauty! It was polybagged with a poster and a trading card and an obituary and an arm band and stickers-- all for 2.50 [which is only a bargain in hindsight] Those were the days."

Also, within this book, I read a piece on Marvel's series The 'Nam and, if anyone here would like to write a piece on it (particularly if you also have a knowledge of the history of war comics in general), I think it would make a great bit to put under the "Rememberance of Comics Past" banner and if I may remind everyone, I leave that open to any one who wants to dig out some old issue or long forgotten series for some analysis.

And lastly, can anyone reccomend a really good Motown Boxed Set? Something that would give me a good overview of the label in its golden age?

Marc Caputo said...

Reminds me of ten or so years ago, when I read Peter Biskind's 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls', about the 1960s/1970s movies and then John Pierson's 'Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes', which flowed kind of nicely from that. But, not feeling that the story was complete, I found this

and THAT completed the story.

James said...

Batman and Robin #4 lunchbreak-read reactions: I knew Philip Tan would be bad, but secretly hoped he'd be better than that, whew. Don't know if you're planning on a post, Geoff, but I'd be interested in your thoughts re: Morrison vs. Miller and this issue. It canonizes the "Lose the hood - you're Robin" bit from All-Star Batman.

James said...

Unless that bit comes from an earlier comic - that I do not know.

ScottMcDarmont said...

Batman and Robin 4 is out? Need to pick that up!
I would also like to declare that- since I now have an active google account- that Scott91777 shall hence forth be known in comment threads as (trumpet fanfare)- Scott McDarmont!


Anonymous said...

Title of yesterday's NY Times article on Jay-Z immediately brought Prof. Klock to mind. (No mention of Bloom.)

The Anxiety of Being Influential

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Geoff Klock said...

James: Morrisons Batman and Robin has not moved me to write. You are right that the Miller Morrison fight continues there but Morrison is getting so pummeled (how else to explain how this is no where near as good as All Star Superman) it is kind of depressing to talk about. Someone else is welcome to though.

guys -- where do spoiler warnings go? I put one in the title of my Inglourous Basterds post but it seems like folks are missing it there. Should it put the warning in the first sentence of a post maybe?

ScottMcDarmont said...

A very telling anecdote from the 'Dark Age' of comics: Following the success of 1989's Batman movie and the subsequent popularity of a 'darker' Batman and other characters, J. O'Barr had trouble getting his Black and White 'The Crow' printed because there was A SHORTAGE OF BLACK INK! The Darke Age was LITERALLY DARKER!