Dan

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  1. Don, if you liked this (and yes, McGregor was THE T'Challa writer), you might want to seek out "Panther's Quest", a story that stretched across Marvel Comics Presents #13-37 (it was eight pages an issue, so it's not as insanely long as that sounds). T'Challa goes on an undercover mission into South Africa at the height of apartheid, and it was written by McGregor and the art was by Gene Colan. That was the story that got me loving the character back in the day.
  2. Yeah, the play was basically a cartoon, and they play it as such. Listening to the play actually makes the comic make a lot more sense. Big Apple Comix #1 (1975): A sort of semi-underground comix anthology, edited by Fabulous Flo Steinberg after leaving Marvel, with a running theme of paying tribute to New York City. Specifically, pre-Guiliani "haven of filth and crime but we love it anyway" NYC. It has that almost quaint quality where what was super transgressive in 1975 is almost adorable now, but this comic is filled with work from Marvel mainstays like Archie Goodwin, Neal Adams, Herb Trimpe, Al Williamson, Mike Ploog, John Severin, and Wally Wood, so unlike the vast majority of underground comix, this is actually pretty good.
  3. Starstruck: collects #1-13 of the 2009 IDW series, which in turn collected expanded versions of Starstruck #1-4 and Galactic Girl Guide strips from The Rocketeer from Dark Horse (1990), which in turn collected expanded versions of Marvel Graphic Novel #13 and Starstruck #1 from Marvel/Epic (1985), which in turn collected strips that had appeared in Illustracion+Comix Internacional and Heavy Metal (1982), which in turn adapted the 1980 off-off-Broadway play by Elaine Lee (Vamps). Yeah, there's a history. At one point mentioned alongside Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns in lists of groundbreaking adult-oriented comics from the 1980s, you don't hear a lot about Starstruck any more. It began life as a play with a decidedly Douglas Adams/Rocky Horror vibe, a modern-day, kitschy send-up of old fashioned space opera with a weird, sharp sense of humor. Written by soap opera actress Elaine Lee with set design by Michael Wm. Kaluta, the two of them collaborated on telling a story for the underground comix scene that led into the play, concerning space heroines in a far-distant future with multiple overlapping storylines, digs at religion, consumerism, and the Girl Scouts. Lee is exploding with ideas, arguably too many ideas, as it can be hard to follow the story at times, but the whole thing is epic, and sweeping, and very, very funny. The art, on the other hand, is some of the most beautiful I've ever seen. Kaluta was a master, and here he channels European SF comics storytelling, especially Moebius, to create rich and lived-in worlds that are all gorgeous in their own unique ways. Charles Vess does some of the inking, and it's all newly painted by Lee Moyer. Todd Klein even does some of the best lettering of his career.
  4. I don't give a thought one way or the other to the movie itself, but what we learned here today is if the fandom screams loud enough, and acts shitty enough, the studio might cave in and go back and change shit. It happened with ME3, it happened with Sonic, and it's happening now with JL. This is a very, very, very bad precedent to set, and I am not happy about it.
  5. Dan

    DC Purge

    I have no idea how far this will go, but the industry is going to look very, very different a couple of years from now. Nobody wants to see something like this, as inevitable as it's seemed for a while now. Some of these people will find homes elsewhere, but this is devastating.
  6. The studio hired Joel Schumacher to make a big-budget live action feature-length episode of Batman '66, and he created the Platonic ideal of that. Batman and Robin isn't the movie anyone wanted in 1997, but it is the greatest possible version of precisely what Schumacher set out to do.
  7. If you could throw BWP up there that'd be awesome.
  8. Thor, because I'm not a fucking psychopath.
  9. Sunstone, Vol. 1 hardcover - collects vol. 1-3 of the Image TPB collections, which in turn collected a bunch of webcomics off DeviantArt. The most adorable BDSM erotica you're likely to see. It's definitely NSFW, but the real focus here is Stjepan Sejic's utterly goofy sense of humor and loving characterizations of two people stumbling towards each other as they get deeper and deeper into what began as a FWB situation. Charming as all hell, and that's not even taking into account the absolutely stunning artwork.
  10. I cannot believe I forgot to mention that a pilot for a remake starring Hannah Simone (New Girl) was made a couple of years ago but wasn't picked up. To the best of my knowledge, it is nowhere on the internet, but I would very much like to see this.
  11. As of today, Doctor Who has been back on the air (since "Rose") for the same amount of time (fifteen years, three months, twenty days) as it was off the air (after Survival).
  12. Think "American McGee's Batman '66". You will like it. I'm not familiar with the actor but if I'm being 100% honest I won't miss Rose all that much. This opens the show up to some new avenues to go down and I'm here for it.
  13. The novelization by Alan Dean Foster (*cough*, sorry, "George Lucas") spent a lot of time on that scene. In the days before VHS it was very easy to convince yourself you had just forgotten about it.
  14. I saw this the other night and was absolutely fascinated by it.
  15. Again, not a lot going on there but please add it to BWP also.
  16. FFS. Say something if you need any help with any of this.
  17. DC Universe's series are doing alright, but not "prop up a streaming service all by their own" levels of success. The curious decision to stagger the shows so they air separately from each other means there's really only one show, maybe two, airing at any given time which makes it hard to justify the expense if you aren't super interested in reading old comics or catching up on old episodes of Superboy. Moving the shows that work to HBO Max or the CW makes a huge amount of sense.
  18. It wasn't Friends/Seinfeld level popular, but it was reasonably well watched and people knew who you were doing when you imitated Drescher. It was a bog-standard three-camera sitcom with a laugh track but it could get a chuckle every now and then.
  19. You can't underestimate what Christopher Lee brings to the party. His just being there brings this up a couple of notches.
  20. Turn Loose Our Death Rays And Kill Them All!: The Complete Works of Fletcher Hanks: Exactly what it says on the box, this hardcover collection from Fantagraphics puts together everything created by outsider comics artist/bugfuck angry nasty crazy person Fletcher Hanks during his brief career. For two years, between 1939 and 1941, Hanks churned out story after story of bizarre violence and weird vengeance, mostly for Fox Syndicate (Stardust the Super Wizard, an omnipotent alien who metes out ugly ironic punishments for evildoers that Michael Fleisher's Spectre would look at and say "Hey, not cool, man") and Fiction House (Fantomah, a jungle goddess who also spends a lot of time making various treasure hunters and poachers wish they'd never been born, and Big Red McClane, a lumberjack who never met a face he didn't want to punch), as well as a fleet of Buck Rogers/Flash Gordon ripoffs virtually indistinguishable from each other (Space Smith, Whirlwind Carter, Yank Wilson, son and so forth). These stories are absurd as fuck, clearly created by someone with a lot of anger at the world, and are a very bizarre blend of clean and cartoony while also being fascinatingly ugly. Most of this material was covered in two previous paperbacks, I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets! and You Shall Die By Your Own Evil Creation! As per usual, the actual book is a thing of beauty from Fantagraphics. Sturdy paper, beautiful design, just an incredible piece of work.
  21. Is this the one where Liefeld busts out his Todd McFarland impression?
  22. "Spoiler! It's not a real table!" is something I say nearly every day.