continued from here; 4. The Unreconstructed Devil The figure of Satan in The Black Widow is in one sense at least a rather daring, and even provocative, adversary for a 1940 comicbook. For the explicitness of his nudity matched to his habit of, as above, displaying buttocks to the readers while parading even more transgressive […]Read More The Devil As A Charming Chap, Murder As Entertainment: 31 Days Of Atlas #9
Continued from here: One way of showing how little attention Michael Fleisher chose to pay to the post-Marvel Revolution norms of action/adventure storytelling is to compare 1975’s The Grey Ghost #1 with 1940’s first appearance of the Golden Age Black Widow. The latter, by writer George Kapitan and artist Harry Sahle, has long been a […]Read More The Black Widow & The Grim Ghost: 31 Days Of Atlas #8
Continued and concluded from yesterday’s piece, which can be found here. 2. Worst of all, Robinson’s script displays a fatal misunderstanding of how Steve Rogers needs to be portrayed in the period prior to his transformation into Captain America. There are, after all, limits to how far a reinterpretation can go before it starts to […]Read More ‘The Thing That Makes Captain America Great’: On ‘Captain America Comics’ #1 (Part Two Of Two)
James Robinson, Marcos Martin, Javier Rodriguez and Cory Petit’s What Makes The Man, from 2009’s Captain America Comics #1, is a fond and respectful tribute produced for the 70th anniversary of Marvel Comics’s precursor publisher, Timely. Fleshing out the period immediately prior to Steve Rogers’ transformation into Captain America, it strives to add to his […]Read More What Not To Do With Captain America’s Origin: On 2009’s ‘Captain America Comics’ #1. (Part One Of Two.)
As the British heatwave blazes on, the most common visual theme in my recent comics reading has been snow. Here are but the first five examples of a tendency that continued incongruously throughout this week. 1. from Dudley D. Watkins’ Desperate Dan, in 1939’s The Dandy Monster Comic. 2. from Crime’s Dumbest Wise Guy: Peter […]Read More Not Giving A Soft White Damn: A Modest Gallery of Snowbound Comicbook Pages
In which the blogger, preoccupied as he is with a host of, sigh, real-world obligations this week, offers the welcome visitor the first of a series of galleries of fine comics pages, this one united by the theme of the sea, in lieu of normal service, which will, he trusts, resume shortly …. 1. from […]Read More The Sea! The Sea! A Modest Gallery Of Comics Pages Featuring The Ocean.