Sunday, July 28, 2013

Crisis on Other Earth by Perez and Englehart

Before there was Crisis on Infinite Earths
Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, April 1985
there was Crisis on Other Earth!
from Avengers #144, February 1976
This is a precious little gem I uncovered while reading through the Serpent Crown saga of Avengers #141 - #149.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Chris Ware’s “Thrilling Adventure Stories”

With “Thrilling Adventure Stories” Chris Ware shows his intentions right on the title page. A heroic figure, stands boldly in his brightly colored long underwear while lightning peels out of the foreboding cloudy sky! And across this image is the bold title, “I Guess” adorned in the usual bright primary colors. It’s an image we are all very familiar with, though the title “I Guess” is a little jarring. “Isn’t that a lame title for a comic? Is that supposed to be a joke?” your mind screams at you. And Yeah, it kind of is, but it’s suppose to be because this is no ordinary super hero comic. This is a study in what makes comics work the way they do.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman and crew

Cover by John Bolton
In the late 80’s and the early 90’s there was a trend in the business to create sophisticated “adult” books. There were those in the business that wanted it to grow up fast. As a result many fully painted mini series and graphic novels produced by a group of “mature” writers like Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman and illustrated by the best artists of that time.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Afrodisiac by Jim Rugg

Like the best comic creators, Jim Rugg is an amazing blend of low brow pop culture and high brow conceptual art.