I had never come across the phrase ‘dead-catting’ until a few weeks ago. The last thing I had expected from Emma Smith’s (quite magnificent) This Is Shakespeare was an introduction to contemporary slang, let alone a phrase associated with the loathsome political operator Lynton Crosby. But a term to describe a deliberate distraction that obscures […]Read More That Dead-Catting Dr Strange
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.
When the ninth issue of The Invaders arrived in 1976, Frank Robbins was already one of superhero fandom’s least favourite artists. Or so it seemed, from the anecdotal evidence offered up by fanzines and conversations overheard in London’s Dark They Were And Golden Eyed. Along with the likes of Jack Kirby and Don Heck, Robbins […]Read More A Favourite Panel From 1976’s The Invaders #9, by Thomas, Robbins, Springer et al.
In which the temporarily preoccupied blogger offers the fourth of six galleries featuring fine comicbook storytelling; 1. by Hunt Emerson, from the 2014 anthology Above The Dreamless Dead. 2. from Star Spangled War Stories #142 featuring Enemy Ace, by Bob Kanigher and Joe Kubert. 3. from the 2007 HB collection of Charley’s War: Blue’s Story, […]Read More The War To End All Wars: A Modest Gallery Of Comicbook Pages Inspired By The First World War.