Unexpected good fortune has rather done for this blog. Due to a totally unforeseen stroke of luck, the time and energy I’d intended to invest in Them Darned Superpeople has ended up being funnelled elsewhere. I shan’t bother you with the details. It’s not a particularly interesting business. But up until a few brief months […]Read More When In Doubt, Turn To 12 Years Of Jack Kirby, 1958-1970.
With the late summer’s unexpected, if purely everyday, travails thankfully receding, there’s now time to return to blogging here at Them Darned Superpeople. Accordingly, if all goes to plan, there’ll be a post appearing here in the next few days about the differences between Jack Kirby’s original version of Darkseid and those that followed. But […]Read More 30 Recently Read Comics: An Autumn Declaration Of All The Blogger’s Been Perusing Since He Last Posted Here.
1. Writing in Rolling Stone about Steven Tyler’s 2012 autobiography Does The Noise In My Head Bother You, Rob Sheffield suggested that ‘If you can find a single coherent sentence in this book, write and tell the publisher, so they can correct this error in future editions’. It’s in no way a snarkish comment. Tyler, after […]Read More Spider-Man Before Spider-Man Was Born – On Comics-Related Carelessness In Steven Tyler’s “Does The Noise In My Head Bother You?”
While you’ve been reading all the comics that you’ve been reading over the past month or so, I’ve been reading these. Or at least, these are the ones that I most enjoyed. Or at least, the ones I found the most interesting. Those that I felt less positive about … can be left for another […]Read More August’s Declaration Of Interest: 23 Comic-Related Reads That The Blogger Has Been Enjoying In Recent Weeks
The above page comes from Jim Harter’s ‘Transportation – A Pictorial Archive From Nineteenth-Century Sources’ (1984). It’s a collection of more than 500 largely anonymous and copyright-free illustrations from a variety of American and British publications of the period. I picked it up some weeks ago from a charity shop for the meagre sum of […]Read More The Best Historical Graphic Novel Pages That Never Were.
Sometimes a week’s comicbook reading doesn’t immediately suggest a common thread. But on consideration, the closest to a shared thread over the past seven days has been air power. Hence the examples in the modest but admiring gallery below; 1. from 1972’s The Incredible Hulk #148, by Archie Goodwin, Herb Trimpe, John Severin. and Artie […]Read More I Have Slipped The Surly Bonds: A Modest Gallery Of Fine Comicbook Pages Featuring Military Airpower.
It’s common to hear that the storytelling of a particular period in action/adventure comics is all of one piece. ‘I don’t like the comics of today’, goes the lament, ‘but I still like the way that they used to be’. A few qualifiers might be added to explain the more obvious differences – country of […]Read More Maximum Impact! Speedy, Impactful Storytelling In Gerry Finley-Day & Dave Gibbons’ Dan Dare, from 1978’s 2000 A.D. #50