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Mystery Play 01Grant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: The Mystery Play

The Mystery Play is another short-form Morrison work from the “adult comics” era of the early ’90s.

21a“The Anatomy Lesson”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #21

Saga of the Swamp Thing #21: “The Anatomy Lesson” Cover date: February 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Steve Bissette and John Totleben (co-penciled by Rick Veitch). Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates.… [more]

1 coverOn Jeff Hawke: Overlord, by Sydney Jordan and Willie Patterson (1960)

“Adult” all too often has a different meaning now. But in the very best sense of the term, Jordan and Patterson’s Jeff Hawke was a newspaper science-fiction comic strip for adults.

Improving the Foundations: Batman Begins from Comics to ScreenUnproduced Attempts to Film Batman’s Origins

Batman Begins was, in fact, preceded by other attempts to dramatize Batman’s origins, both on film and on television. In 1999, one production company proposed a weekly series about the boyhood of Bruce Wayne prior… [more]

MilesMiles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man, Part 1

I don’t like to address politics very often when I write about comics.

fun-home-coverComics as Catharsis: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Comic literature is truly an exciting field, as it expands its canon to include more than the super-hero genre that got things started in the 1930s and ’40s.

image 5Meet the Magus, Part 4: Phantasmagoria and the Occult in Saga of the Swamp Thing

The most pertinent question to ask of ourselves at the outset of discussing fictional works by Moore that deal in some way with magic or even the occult is “what is the difference between a… [more]

9 khOn Hawkworld, by Timothy Truman and Alcatena (1989)

In the shadows of the planet Thanagar’s great High Towers, where the three billion souls of the Empire’s alien underclass are segregated away in the most squalid and soul-butchering of conditions, there’s a statue of… [more]

from Planetary #20Warren Ellis and the Fantastic Four

Warren Ellis hates super-heroes. At least, that’s what people say. He certainly has played his part, through a few off-the-cuff remarks, in this misconception. But it would be more accurate to say that Ellis hates… [more]

St Swithins Day coverGrant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: St. Swithin’s Day

During the early ’90s, Grant Morrison was wrapping up his acclaimed runs on Doom Patrol and Animal Man and moving away from mainstream super-heroics.

20cov“Loose Ends”: Alan Moore’s First Issue of Swamp Thing

Saga of the Swamp Thing #20: “Loose Ends” Cover date: Jan 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Penciler: Dan Day. Inker: John Totleben. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Cover: Tom Yeates. Editor: Len Wein.

1 comicsOn Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s Captain America (1941)

1-2-3-4! Joe Simon and Jack Kirby’s “The Case of the Hollow Men” is punk super-heroics.

The Fever of Urbicande, bottom of page 45The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4 Concludes

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and most of four (parts one, two, and three). We now conclude our… [more]

Image 7jMeet the Magus, Part 3: The Deep Green, Jack of the Green, and the Swamp Thing

Ten years before Alan Moore informed friends and family that he would be pursuing the path of a practicing magician, he began working for the megalithic American comics company DC on the production of The… [more]

1 Cover ResizeOn Green Arrow, by Mike W. Barr and Trevor Von Eeden (1983)

Any amount of risible super-pirate Cap’n Lash is far, far too much, and there are five pages and more of the wretched character in writer Mike W. Barr and artist Trevor Von Eeden’s 1983 mini-series… [more]

from Fever of Urbicande, page 42More The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and most of four (in two parts). We now continue our look… [more]

Kill Your Boyfriend 01Grant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: Kill Your Boyfriend

NOTE: Rather than start chronologically in the early ’90s, I chose to begin my exploration of Grant’s Day-Glo Years with a work that best exemplifies the themes, motifs, and energy of that era of his career

HouseOfSecrets92A Ghost Dressed in Weeds: Unearthing Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing

Alan Moore began his career as a minor cartoonist working for his local newspaper and U.K. music magazines, producing humour strips like Maxwell the Magic Cat, Roscoe Moscow, and The Stars My Degradation.

1 CoverOn Charley’s War, by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun (1979-80)

You have to be careful what chapter of Charley’s War you pick to introduce yourself to the strip. It’s all too easy to stumble upon a three- or four-page episode that, at first, seems to… [more]

from The Fever of Urbicande, page 41The Fever of Urbicande, Chapter 4 (Cont.)

We’ve previously looked at The Fever of Urbicande‘s prologue (and some of its implications), as well as chapters one, two, three (in two parts), and the beginning of four. Although it’s been a while, we… [more]

Mont BlancMy Introduction to Manga, Part 2: A Mechanical Emerson for the Future in Urasawa’s Pluto

In 1942, Isaac Asimov introduced the world to the three laws of robotics and, in doing so, set the stage that later science fiction writers interested in writing about robots would have to cross.

Image 1Meet the Magus, Part 2: The Universal Dance in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s Snakes and Ladders

When we discuss the relationship between Alan Moore’s artistic works and magic, clearly marked boundaries become, instead, borderlands of relationship.

mercyOn Planetary #3, by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday

“After this, there’s nothing,” explains the ghost of the murdered Hong Kong cop. There is, he assures Planetary’s “mystery archaeologists,” no afterlife awaiting them, or indeed anyone else, when death arrives. Something has brought the… [more]

from Miracleman, Chapter 6, page 8 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 6 Concludes

We’ve previously begun discussion of chapter six of Alan Moore’s Miracleman and continued through page five. We now conclude discussion of this pivotal chapter.

grantportraitblkGrant Morrison: The Day-Glo Years

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years writing about Grant Morrison, talking about Grant Morrison, and making a film about Grant Morrison, and it’s now time to continue that work with… [more]