I Am Curious (Geek)
Do You Remember When Lois Lane Tried To Be Black?
Not really. It was a little before my time although I have heard of this story.
“Relevant” comics were the rage in the early 70s but the stories don’t always age well. Did the story seem awkward at the time? I have no idea.
Can Marvel or DC take the same risks today?
They consider it a big deal to have a major character gay or muslim (and it is a big deal) but could they take on a hot issue like police shootings? I remember back in the 90s DC took a lot of heat for a Batman one shot on gun control.
OTOH, they are businesses with shareholders. Making political statements isn’t their business and it is a legitimate issue if doing so conflicts with running a profitable corporation. If you work for a big company, you've got to pick your battles if you want to make a statement.
Just because I am curious (geek), I looked up the credits on that issue of Lois Lane.
Script: Robert Kanigher
Pencils: Werner Roth
Inks: Vince Colletta
That people are still taking about this comic today says something. Well done, gentlemen.
8 Items Up For Auction
What? You think this is a library or something? 😉
A new batch of comic related items are now on eBay. Two of the more unusual items are the History of the Comic Strip — a serious academic book — and a Batman Night Light.
I was always under the impression that the night light was from the ’60s since the logo borrowed from the TV show but doing some searching, it turns out it was made in the 80s. I was given it as a gift in the 80s so it makes some sense.
Anyway, please take a moment to check out the items there. Here’s the link, effendi…..
Collecting comics is mostly a solitary thing.
Sure, the Internet makes it easy to discuss comics with fellow aficionados but offline?
The movies and TV series based on comics have made being a collector more socially acceptable but it’s not like you can have a deep conversation with most people about Bendis or how DC would be a better company if you ran it.
The main offline outlet for regularly discussing this thing we love with like-minded people is the local comics shop. Not only is it a place to meet other fans but the best owners and staff — to my mind — are those who know their store is a social hub and spare time to engage their customers in conversation about the medium.
For the past 18 years, Rob Charpentier, the owner of Comics’N’More, was who I had those conversations with nearly every week.
We sometimes discussed running a small business (something we also had in common) as well as the issues that Life presents us all.
But mostly we talked about comics. While there were times he was cynical, he never lost his love for them.
Others have talked better than I can about the kind of man he was and the kind of example he set. He was a leader in the community — contributing and doing what he felt he could to help. Everyone considered him their friend and he was.
Rob died recently and collecting comics has become that much more lonely without my friend to talk to.
(From my friend, Mark Luebker’s FaceBook feed…)
Friends, if you’ve ever read a Marvel Comic or seen a Marvel Comics movie, please share this.
Greg Theakston is a friend of mine and is getting a raw deal.
He loaned an irreplaceable collection of photocopies he received from his friend and mentor, the late Jack Kirby–one of two or three people who legitimately can be described as the creators of Marvel Comics–to a guy who runs the online Jack Kirby Museum so those copies could be scanned.
Greg recently asked when the copies would be returned, and now the guy refuses to return them, claiming Greg’s loan was a gift.
A Cool Bonus from Marvel Digital
I bought Savage Hulk #1 partially because Alan Davis is a guaranteed good read but also because it guest-starred the X-Men set just after their original run — a favourite era and a favourite team (I’m a sucker for the originals).
I recommend this comic but what was really cool was what happened when I redeemed the comic on Marvel.com .
In addition to getting the digital copy of this issue, Marvel also included a copy of X-Men #66 — the 1960’s issue that, in continuity, immediately precedes Savage Hulk #1.
I had never read this issue before so it was new to me. Couple that with there was no indication that the issue was included with registering, this was a very cool surprise from Marvel.
I wonder if they’ve done this with any other of their comics?