In which the blogger continues to attempt to find his feet where Jack Kirby’s immediately pre-Marvel Revolution career is concerned; (continued from here) In the comics new to the newsstands and spinner racks of August 1958, Kirby’s work appeared in the titles of no other publisher but DC. For the fourth issue of the bimonthly […]Read More On The Challengers Of The Unknown, Green Arrow & House Of Mystery: Jack Kirby’s Comics In August 1958 (2.)
In which the blogger, intending to write a little about Jack Kirby’s 1958-1970 career at Marvel Comics, attempts to gain a little perspective on the storyteller’s work immediately before his return to what he’d help transform into ‘The House Of Ideas’. To go by the titles published in the mid-summer of 1958, Jack Kirby would […]Read More Jack Kirby’s Comicbooks On The Newsstands In The Summer Of 1958 (1.)
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.
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
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.
Every week’s comics reading seems to bring its own unexpected theme. Recently, I’ve been repeatedly bumping into takes on Vikings in the stories I’ve been reading. None of them have lacked charm … 1. from 2012’s The Judas Coin by Walter Simonson with Lovern Kindzierski and John Workman. 2. from 1949’s Radio Fun Annual, creator/s […]Read More The Vikings Are Coming!: A Modest Gallery Of Comicbook Reimaginings Of Viking Age Culture.
A two-part essay I wrote for The Comics MNT about Jack Kirby’s work in the 70s has just been brought out from behind the sites’ Patreon paywall. I wrote it during the well-celebrated hundreth anniversary of Kirby’s birth last year, when it was heartening to see the media, mainstream as well as niche, paying respectful and […]Read More On Jack Kirby In The Seventies.
In which the blogger discusses aspects of the storytelling in three of this year’s Free Comic Book Day titles. Attempts to express opinions shouldn’t be mistaken for attempts to express facts. Please also be aware, spoilers will very much be lying in wait; What a strange, strange tale it is that we’re given in Marvel’s […]Read More On The Avengers, Doctor Who & Black Hammer: Some Thoughts About A Few Of 2018’s FCBD Titles.
What is Superman’s greatest weakness? Kryptonite? Magic? Over-mighty humanoid weapons of mass destruction? The cynics amongst us might include his faith in humanity’s better nature. In 1961’s The Death Of Superman, the character’s co-creator Jerry Siegel and artists Curt Swan and Sheldon Moldoff explored how the Man Of Steel’s unshakable decency might render him over-trusting […]Read More The Good God Brought Down By Compassion & Trust
I seem to recall that John Peel always imagined himself broadcasting to a single, sympathetic listener. Anything less 2018 is hard to imagine, and for that alone, it’s an approach worth emulating. After all, blogging and more traditional forms of broadcasting are in some essential ways rather similar. Both project the one side of a conversation out into the void in the hope of establishing a connection of some sort. But what kind of imagined conversation to have?Read More It’s Only Fair That You Know What’s Been Happening At My Place