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This is must-see for anyone who truly appreciates the history of comics and the pioneers of the art form and industry. Unless you’re very young, uninformed or simply live under a rock, then you know how special the collaboration between Stan Lee and Jack Kirby was most notably in the 1960s. The Marvel Comics of yesterday, today and tomorrow would not be possible were it not for they synergistic collaboration of those two men creator what we know as Marvel Comics (and movies and TV) today. And I gotta say those images and pages of Kirby’s look so beautiful! I would love to have all 101 issues plus the annuals now. I had a few of Stan & Jack’s run as a kid, sprinkled in with the Silver & Bronze Age comics I’d acquired in the mid-1980s. At the time as a young teenager obsessed with comics, but all about the present offerings, I hadn’t yet possessed the proper respect and regard for the old stuff that I that I thankfully developed later in life.
~ For February 2017 ~ DC & VERTIGO Frostbite #6 (of 6) The Wild Storm #1 IMAGE Birthright #22 The Fix #8 Green Valley #5 (of 9) Image+ #11 Kill or Be Killed #6 Lazarus #26 Loose Ends #2 (of 4) Moonshine #5 Paper Girls #11 The Old Guard #1 Sex Criminals #16 Southern Bastards #17 MARVEL Jessica Jones #5 AFTERSHOCK Animosity#6 Rough Riders #1 BLACK MASK The Dregs #2 VALIANT Savage #4 (of 4) Z2 Grave Lilies #2
~ For January 2017 ~ ~ VERTIGO ~ Frostbite #5 ~ IMAGE ~ Birthright #21 The Fix #7 Green Valley #4 Image+ #10 Kill or Be Killed #5 Lazarus #26 (?) Loose Ends #1 Moonshine #4 Saga #41 & 42 Southern Bastards #16 & 17 (?) ~ MARVEL ~ Jessica Jones #4 ~ AFTERSHOCK ~ Animosity: The Rise #1 ~ BLACK MASK ~ The Dregs #1 (?) ~ ONI PRESS ~ The Damned: Three Days Dead ~ VALIANT ~ Savage #3
The poll Question I posed to the members of my Facebook group The Comic Book Underground last week: The majority of your monthly and/or trade paperback reads come from which of the following publisher? With only 21 participating votes, the results were: DC Comics (Including the Vertigo imprint) The resurgent #2 publisher in the market with 8 total votes, which ties them with the #3 publisher. +4 Image Comics (including the Top Cow, ShadowLine & SkyBound imprints) The #3 publisher took the early lead in the poll (a charge led by yours truly, of course), but ultimately tied with the house of DC: Rebirth with 8 total votes also. +4 Marvel Comics (including the Icon & MAX imprints) The currently battle-tested #1 publisher takes the third spot with only 4 total votes, which is a surprise because 12, 18, 24 months ago this would not have been the case. If the CBU is but a tiny microcosm of current fandom, then it appears Marvel has fallen from grace a bit. +1 Valiant Entertainment Arguably “the best” …
The Official Trailer for Luke Cage on Netflix is finally here!!!
In a recent Greg Rucka Debrief on the Word Balloon with John Siuntres podcast (dated January 15, 2016), Siuntres, the comic industry’s greatest comic book conversationalist (not named Jonah Weiland of CBR), discussed as usual a great deal of ranging and fascinating topics with writer/creator Greg Rucka. At one point in the 2-plus hour conversation Rucka answered a question regarding the work he did for DC Comics last Spring for their CONVERGENCE event storyline (CONVERGENCE: THE QUESTION #1-2 with artist Cully Hamner), it was an answer in which he also addressed the prospects of doing more work with the Big Two publishers of DC and Marvel. “Getting to do those two issues of Convergence with Cully were tremendous and for me were as close to closure as I’m ever going to get in this industry, at least working for the Big Two,” Rucka said. “That’s not to say I’m done period . . . I’ve learned that is a very foolish thing to say. But right now there’s just no plans. And the way the …
By Brandon L. Rucker Brian Hiibbs has historically overreacted to things happening in the market. And as usual I disagree with his chicken little perspective. As what’s very obviously just a niche market in this modern era (meaning the days of half a million-to-a-million-selling issues are waaaaaaay behind us), the only way the comics publishing industry takes a “crash” is if those faithful to the Big Two truly say “ENOUGH” and truly walk away cold turkey. As evident in the continued support of regurgitated ideas (mainly looking at Marvel on this), that’s just not all that likely to happen. So long as the Big Two maintain their market share, things will be ultimately “fine”. And if they do happen to lose more market share, and we do “crash” a bit, would that really be so bad? It would force the course-correction of the Big Two while the indie, licensed properties & creator-owned market (i.e. non-superheroes) continue to increase market share, truly creating a landscape of diversity. Remember, all that market share gained by Image over …
By Brandon L. Rucker It’s too bad I’ve lost the will to thoroughly engage in comics journalism anymore, otherwise I’d be writing a big ol’ thematic column about how the storytelling sensibilities of the 1980s — arguably the best decade critically for superhero comics — will never be allowed to return. The days of handing a character (i.e. Daredevil) or team (i.e. X-Men) to a writer and artist and letting them loose on the series for an extended legendary, uninterrupted and undisturbed by LOCKSTEP UNIVERSAL BANAL EVENT STORYLINES EVERY TWELVE MONTHS run. Yeah, that’d be great. Sure, everyone’s got their bitch about this, or about that, but for me it all comes down to somehow getting back to that approach, aesthetic and sensibility of the 1980s Marvel in particular. That is all. Thank you for your time. -B Facebook: Comic Book Fetish Twitter: @ComicBookFetish brandonrucker.com
An interview on Pop Mythology with the awesome Matt Fraction talking about the stellar series Sex Criminals (Image) one of my absolute favorites, and Hawkeye (Marvel), one of my new favorite series — yeah, I’m a little late to that particular party. Check it out. MATT FRACTION TALKS #SEXCRIMS and #HAWKEYE