Magazine Archives for:

December 2012

page from DC One Million #1On DC One Million, by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks

DC One Million was published in September 1998 (the month cover-dated Nov 1998) as a weekly four-issue mini-series – or almost weekly, since the JLA tie-in issue effectively served as an issue of the mini-series.… [more]

superman_480x480Sitting Down with Superman: Q&A with the Man of Tomorrow

The world wasn’t ready for Superman. For what could be expected when comics were only budding and bursting from the confines of syndicated sequential art, with their pithy quips and political yarns? Fantastic worlds had… [more]

muslim superhero-1432704149_v2.grid-5x2Controversy Contrivances

I think it is part of human curiosity to be drawn to controversy.

CarnageChange or Die: A Farewell to The Amazing Spider-Man

The Amazing Spider-Man got me in to comics.

Saddam's Head Blown UpSharpening the Image: Rob Liefeld’s Youngblood, the Man and the Comic that Started It All (Part 3)

Part Three: When Pictures Aren’t Worth a Thousand Words

scan1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 3)

The Sorcerer’s Code committed Strange to the defense of the Earth, and it obliged him to place the welfare of humanity above that of any alien race.

Secret Wars #1 (May 1984)Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Development of the Universe-Wide Crossover

While Crisis on Infinite Earths was DC’s first universe-wide crossover, there’s some dispute over whether it was the first in comics. The answer largely depends on one’s definitions. Whatever one thinks about this, one shouldn’t… [more]

mayan calendarGrant Morrison on the 2012 Apocalypse

Well we’re still here. But for quite a while, Grant Morrison was, let’s say, fairly curious to see what was going to happen on December 21st, 2012.

Jack FrostTheology and Bullshit

To be honest, the end of the world has always scared the shit out of me.

Violent CasesPeeking from Behind the Sofa: The 25th Anniversary of Violent Cases

Violent Cases is the greatest comic ever written about an osteopath.

DetectiveComic38Yellow Capes and Nondescript Domino Masks: Examining the Recently Enhanced Value of the Sidekick

One of the most known comic book conventions is the insertion of a sidekick into the main character’s plot.

Saga of the Swamp Thing #33“Pog” and “Abandoned House”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Issues #32 and #33

Saga of the Swamp Thing #32 “Pog” Cover date: January 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: Shawn McManus. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza. Editor: Karen Berger.

scan42000AD, a British Institution: An Interview with Writer Al Ewing and Henry Flint

2000AD artist Henry Flint still recalls the excitement of encountering the first issue of the weekly SF-adventure comic. It was, he says, “nasty, brutal. Parents hated it. The morality of the heroes was questionable. After… [more]

The cover to Classics on Infinite EarthsThe DC Canon

This is the beginning of a series of articles on classic works of the DC Universe. It is the contention of this series that the DC Universe has been around long enough and has produced… [more]

man_of_steelBringing Superman Out of the Dark

Last week, I called DC a bunch of tone-deaf morons (or something along those lines) and said that they need to lighten up in their approach to super-hero cinema.

BM.WHCC.DJ.R1Deconstructing Death and Vigilantism: A Dark Knight Eulogy

Death is not welcomed in DC, but occasionally, and fortunately, an opportunity arises to talk about death and its greater significance in the DC timeline.

300px-Amazing_Spider-Man_Vol_1_698Changing of the Spider-Guard

There is a new Spider-Man in town and his name is Peter Parker….wait… If that statement seems a little off to you then you may not have read the shocking conclusion to Amazing Spider-Man #698.

darkseidlikestowatch-hdBThe Older Generation’s Farewell: The Hunger Dogs (Part 4)

As Jack Kirby’s The Hunger Dogs draws to its close, the arcs of two of its major characters, Orion and Esak, are resolved, as shown in the previous installment.

scan 1On the Profoundly Rational Doctor Stephen Strange (Part 2)

Having found his way to “India, land of mystic entanglement” in the hope of having the “Ancient One” heal his hands, the still entirely cynical Strange discovered that magic really did exist.

Alan Moore's Swamp ThingAlan Moore on the Couch

Previously, we’ve discussed and dismissed the charges that Alan Moore or Grant Morrison ripped off anyone in any serious way. We next discussed the timeline of Grant Morrison’s career, including his hiring at DC. We… [more]

john-blake-dark-knight-risesNo John Blake for Justice League, Please

A few days ago, some friends and I were embroiled in a discussion about the rumors surrounding the new Justice League movie. This is the film that Warner Bros. and DC have been talking about… [more]

fullarmorjusticeleagueJustice and the Hero: Encountering Archetypical Motives in Justice

There is a growing confusion of what to make of the archetypal Hero / Villain dichotomy in the postmodern world.

OmegaTheUnknownTPBEverything I Know I Learned from Comics: Some Words of Advice for the Inquisitive Child

I remember the moment I learned who I was as a reader.

Not the Israel My Parents Promised MeLive Chat with Artist JT Waldman at Tufts University

This is the page for the live chat with JT Waldman, artist of Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final graphic novel by autobiographical comics legend Harvey Pekar. The chat was recorded live… [more]

STannual-a“Down Amongst the Dead Men”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing Annual #2

Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #2 “Down Amongst the Dead Men” 1985. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Steve Bissette & John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Letterer: John Costanza.