Comics: Neal Adams overview illustrates his lasting impact

Neal Adams changed how comic books were drawn in America.

I remember the first time I saw his artwork. It was in the late 1960s, and I was familiar with the major artists at the bigger companies, the A-listers all the B-listers were copying.

Jack Kirby was “The King,” and set the pace at Marvel Comics. Dan DeCarlo was the de facto house style at Archie Comics. DC Comics didn’t have a single house style, but several, split up by editorial office — Curt Swan on the Superman books, Joe Kubert on the war books, Carmine Infantino on the science-fiction books and so forth.

But those artists, while terrific, were basically cartoonists with excellent individual styles. Adams was something altogether different. He came from advertising, and was a master of the “photorealism” school. His characters had weight and texture. Instead of “spotting blacks” where convenient, his people and objects threw shadows as you’d see in real life. And all his superheroes were anatomically accurate, bursting with the kind of power you see in professional weightlifters.

For the first time, Batman truly became a creature of the night. For the first time, Superman really looked like he could bend steel with his bare hands.

Adams has reportedly said, “If superheroes existed, they’d look like I draw them.” That may be apocryphal, but when I heard that remark as a boy, I could only nod in agreement. It wasn’t bragging; it was simply true.

Adams quickly moved from backbench comics like “Strange Adventures,”where he drew Deadman, to big guns like “Batman” and “Justice League of America.” When he didn’t have time to draw whole books — and Adams was notoriously slow — he did covers. He drew many books that remain famous today: the racism and drug-abuse stories in “Green Lantern/Green Arrow”; the Kree/Skrull War in “Avengers”; the apocalyptic Sentinel story in “X-Men.” Everybody wanted to draw like Adams, and before long a lot of artists did. But that was the 1970s. It’s been decades since Adams was a major player in comics, and other artists are the trendsetters now. But Adams isn’t really gone. When you look at work by superstars like Jim Lee (now co-publisher of DC Comics), you can see Adams. He’s still an influence, and will probably remain so for generations.

So it’s appropriate that Vanguard Productions has published “The Art of Neal Adams” ($24.95), an overview of his career. Written by Adams himself, the book has slick paper and high-quality printing to show the art to its best advantage.

Adams has done everything you can do with illustration: Advertising, comic strips (“Ben Casey”), every genre of comic books, even movie posters. Plus, he’s had an art studio and his own publishing firm (Continuity Comics). “The Art of Neal Adams” covers it chronologically, in Adams’ own words. If you want to understand why today’s comic-book artists draw the way they do, you need only glance through these pages.

Elsewhere:

Captain Britain was the first superhero created by Marvel UK — the British arm of Marvel Comics — back in 1976. “Captain Britain Vol. 1: Birth of a Legend” ($39.99) reprints roughly the first year of the character’s adventures, and it’s surprising how terrible they are.

“Captain Britain” was first written by Chris Claremont, who went on to fame in X-Men comics, which in the early days of Claremont’s career basically strung together snippets of Stan Lee dialogue to poor effect. In the first story, he gives Captain Britain a nonsensical origin and lame superpowers that amount to being kind of strong and kind of fast. He carries a stick.

The art was by Herb Trimpe, a second-stringer whose biggest claim to fame was a long run on “Incredible Hulk” in the ’70s. Captain Britain sported one of the ugliest costumes in a genre that’s seen a lot of horrendous haberdashery.

In short, early “Captain Britain” is just awful, a mishmash of cliché, amateurism and worse. It gets marginally better when journeyman Gary Friedrich picks up the writing and the art shifts to several other B-listers. But it’s still nothing to write home about.

Captain Britain is now a big player in the Marvel Universe, with A-list superpowers, an X-Men affiliation and a much spiffier outfit. But it’s easy to see why his earliest adventures weren’t included in the “Captain Britain Omnibus” that came out a couple of years ago, and why it’s taken 35 years for these stories to appear in the United States at all.

From: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2015459335_comics30.html

How Superman Should Be Portrayed

Since the news of Superman being rebooted in 2008, I was excited to know that someone else would be portraying Superman and bringing something fresh to table leaning toward the Superman we know and love in the comics. I love Christopher Reeve’s performance as Superman and always will to the grave but I feel that it is time for something original and more leaning to the comics than Reeve’s performance. That is one of the major reasons why Superman Returns sucked because instead seeing Routh’s take on Superman, we got his take on Christopher Reeve’s Superman and it was terrible.

Don’t get me wrong, Christopher Reeve did a great job and nailed the role as Superman but we never truly saw Superman cut loose like what we saw in the 1996 animated series especially in the episode where Superman’s enemy Darkseid killed Dan Turpin and sent him on the edge wanting to kill Darkseid. Superman finally got to cut loose in the series finale when he was brainwashed by Darkseid and returned back to his normal self then almost killed him. Another great example is the finale of Justice League Unlimited where Superman and Darkseid faced off once again which is considered to be the greatest Superman moment ever.

Superman does not have to be as dark as Batman; he could cut loose when it comes to facing a worthy opponent. Since the news that Zod is going to be the main villain even though I was hoping for Brainiac, this gives Superman the chance to cut loose and be on the edge with bigger threats like Zod, Brainiac, Mongul, and so on than with Lex Luthor. I have faith that Snyder, Nolan and Goyer will do a great job and wash out the bitter taste left by “Superman Returns”.

From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/UltimateSuperman/news/?a=40571

The casting so far for Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’

So far, I’ve got to say, I am in LOVE with the casting decisions made thus far by director Zack Snyder for the upcoming Superman reboot. All the roles seem to be filled with A-list celebrities, academy-award winners and just all-around good 90’s veteran stars. I mean so far we’ve got- Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Russel Crowe and rumored still are Julia Ormond for the role of Lara and Antje Traue for the role of Faora. This is the type of cast that just leaves me in pure astonishment at the amount of pure and utter TALENT in one film alone. Not only that but also for a film for my most favorite superhero of all-time SUPERMAN.

Now, I believe it was around the time that the role of Jor-El was finally filled, a report stated that Jor-El was one of the final roles to be filled.

This leads me to wonder…what is Zack Snyder planning to do about Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen and Perry White?

These three characters are essential cornerstones to the Superman mythology. They’ve been a solid part of his history and removing them would only alienate fans who’ve grown up to love those characters as I’m sure many here on CBM would feel.

However you might feel about Lex Luthor…I think it can be agreed upon that he has YET to have a proper nor decent live-action portrayal in any of the Superman films thus far. So some might argue- “We’ve seen him too many times! Give him a rest already!” well yes and no. Yes we have seen him in many films but technically we never saw the REAL Lex Luthor in any of the films. In the Donner films he was a hack, hokey-jokey real-estate scammer and nothing more. In Superman Returns he was just a gold-digger- (slept with some old lady for her fortune) none of that is Lex Luthor. He is capable of sooo much more but the films never bothered to explore his character the way the comics and cartoons had.

I’m not saying they need to make Lex a major role in the film but he should rightfully have a part to play nonetheless. Give him a cameo…SOMETHING.

The only time Snyder has been asked about Luthor was in this little question-answer segment-

“Will this Superman be Luthor-Less?”

And Snyder’s response?

Zack Snyder: “I can’t answer that [laughs].”

Now I don’t know what this means…I don’t know WHY he laughed about the Lex question but as our friend “GODDAMNSUPERGUY” has stated in the past- Snyder has been trained in Nolan-speak.

Here’s to hoping…

Now on to Jimmy Olsen.

I think we can all agree a Superman film just isn’t complete without that lovable little dork Jimmy. He represents the ULTIMATE fanboy. Constantly there to snap photos of Superman, constantly there with his quirky quips and most of all he’s a character that really deserves some movie-love. He was great in the Donner films played excellently by Marc McClure. But in Superman Returns he seemed somewhat lifeless…the happy/enthusiastic/childish Jimmy we once knew was gone. Here’s to hoping we’ll at least catch a glimpse of our favorite little ‘ginger’ ;D

Perry White…what can I say. As was the case with Jimmy, I don’t feel a Superman film is complete without the gruff Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet. Of the 3 characters I’ve dedicated this editorial to, I believe Perry White has the best chance of being in this film…mainly because I’m about 90% certain there will have to be a Daily Planet in this film what with Lois being in it and all and so regardless we’ll definitely be seeing Perry White make his appearance. But with lack of news on his casting…it is causing me to worry a bit. If Perry is not added to the film…my first remark will be- GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST! Then I’ll move on with my life ;D

This editorial and everything I’ve written is of course…premature. Filming isn’t expected to begin until sometime in August. We’ve still got another whole month of casting up ahead. These are definitely 3 characters I would LOVE to see reinterpreted in the new film…but if they for some reason don’t make the cut then I’ll of course still support this movie as this has always been since its announcement…my #1 CBM of all-time. I know this will be the Superman film to end all Superman films. Snyder WON’T let us down!

But in the scenario that these 3 are not put into the film…what kind of film universe is Snyder thinking of making? What kind of world will this new Superman exist in? We haven’t heard much on the Daily Planet or LexCorp fronts…there was a rumor a while back about the skyline of some cities being used for those two buildings but it was never actually confirmed. So in the event we don’t get a Daily Planet or LexCorp…just what kind of Superman mythos can we expect to see in this new film?

Post your thoughts below! =D

From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/LP4/news/?a=40501

DC Comics Relaunch: Flashpoint’s Project Superman IS Stormwatch’s Apollo …


Flashpoint: Project Superman #3At the beginning of the weekend we were speculating on who Project Superman was, but by the end of the weekend we knew.

The cover to Project Superman #3 pretty much confirms that the Project Superman mini-series leads up to a Kal-el versus Apollo crescendo.

Click on the cover to August’s issue #3 on the left.

Notice the “S” shield on the white haired Superman?

Very cool.

Signs point to Neil Sinclair being Apollo’s new secret identity. (See below)

The integration of Wildstorm begins this week with Project Superman #1.


Could that white haired Superman be Wildstorm’s white-haired Apollo (a Superman archetype) who integrates with the new DCU in September 2011?s DC Flashpoint: Project Superman #1Comics Relaunch title Stormwatch? Seems like a “yes”. And, makes sense too he is part of the DC Comics Relaunch in August / September 2011 with 52 new #1?s.

Other options initially included the following heroes too: The white-haired Captain Nathaniel Adam a.k.a. Captain Atom (who might be able to grow to consume a cover due to atomic energy); the original, Kal-el, from the doomed plant Krypton; Wildstorm’s white-haired Union (another Superman archetype); and a stretch option was Mr. Majestic who was also a “Superman” for Wildstorm, but without white hair.

Check out the cover released by DC for Project Superman #1 out this week on June 29, 2011.

My money was always on Apollo amongst all the choices particuarly after we saw the post-Flashpoint Stormwatch #1 cover with him front and centre.

Flashpoint: Project Superman #1 preview page 1Information on DC’s blog indicates:

Neil Sinclair was just the average soldier until he volunteered to become the military’s first line of defense against alien and monster threats as part of Project Superman. Alien DNA was grafted onto his own, transforming Neil into “Subject Zero”, giving him an entire arsenal of powers. But as his abilities continued to expand and his strength grew, Neil began to lose control. Too powerful to be controlled, he was locked away, until one fateful day in Metropolis during a meteor shower.

However, on the second page (see image on the left) of Newsarama‘s multi-page preview of Project Superman, Sinclair (seemingly Apollo’s new secret identity – he didn’t have one before) alludes to becoming a Superman in the past and being tasked to kill a Superman in the ‘Flashpoint’ present. As such, there are two Supermen in this series.

The cover to issue #3 in August seems to confirm Apollo pre-dates Kal-el and that both are the Supermen in the 3 issue mini-series.

I’m glad some of these Flashpoint books have characters thar carryover into the DC Comics Relaunch.


FYI – First pic from left is Apollo, then the “new” Captain Atom, then the classic Union from Wildstorm.


From: http://insidepulse.com/2011/06/26/dc-comics-relaunch-is-flashpoints-project-superman-stormwatchs-apollo-or-captain-atom-or-wildstorms-union/

All things Superman celebrated in Metropolis, Ill.

METROPOLIS, Ill. – When there’s an ice cream social in Superman’s hometown, the flavors of superheroes can outnumber the flavors of ice cream.

Superman’s fictional city of residence in comic books, film and television is, of course, Metropolis.

Can you blame a real-life city – Metropolis, Ill. – for cashing in on the connection?

Metropolis, Ill., was founded in 1839, 99 years before Superman first saw print in Action Comics No. 1.

An Ohio River town on the southernmost tip of Illinois, the “real” Metropolis became the adopted hometown of Superman in 1972, thanks to declarations by the Illinois State Legislature and a more powerful entity, DC Comics.

Tourism-savvy Metropolis smartly embraces all things super. A 15-foot Superman statue on Market Street is photo-op central. Barack Obama once posed for a photo in front of the statue. Two blocks away is a statue of actress Noel Neill, who played Lois Lane in the “Adventures of Superman” TV series.

Inside the door of the JM Walters Professional Building is a phone booth, just in case you-know-who needs to change clothes.

Soft drink machines along Market Street are adorned with Superman logos. Soda-pop culture?

The chamber of commerce office doubles as a Superman gift shop.

Visitors can browse at a Super Museum, which is home to more than 20,000 Superman-related artifacts (including deceased Superman actor George Reeves’ poker and canasta set) from super hoarder Jim Hambrick’s multi-million-dollar collection.

And, one weekend per year, Metropolis is more supered-up than usual.

During the second weekend of every June, Metropolis stages a Superman Celebration that seems equal parts state fair and Capetown.

A meet-and-greet for the 33rd annual celebration was held at a Dippin’ Dots ice cream parlor near the Superman statue. Among those crowding the room were Clark Kent and Lois Lane impersonators, plus an assortment of costumed heroes and villains.

Dough (pronounced Doug) Hubler, an elementary school teacher from Tennessee, masqueraded as the Marvel Comics version of Hercules. Hubler said his scoops of vanilla bean ice cream looked like “clouds of Olympus.”

Hubler didn’t descend from Olympus to sample the ice cream. He came to Metropolis because he’s a lifelong Superman fan.

“My earliest memories are of George Reeves flying across the TV screen, so it has been embedded in me,” said Hubler, who has an “S” tattoo on his upper right arm.

Door prizes were given away at the ice cream social. Though costumes were not required, the first two winners were dressed as Wonder Woman (alias Barb Fisher, who traveled from the Chicago area) and Brainiac (alias Scott Doran, a Buckhead, Ga., resident whose wife attended the University of Tulsa).

Doran made a trial run as Brainiac at the previous Superman Celebration, but heat made his green makeup run. Now he’s equipped with a sun-resistant formula, and he sometimes goes without makeup so he can walk Market Street as Lex Luthor.

“I guess my baldheaded-ness inspired me,” Doran said when asked why he dresses up as evil-doers at Super-mecca.

On the first day of the celebration, an older gentleman clad in a yellow-and-gold Superman costume was often asked to stop and pose for pictures. If you want to see him smile, ask him what his name is. He pulls out a driver’s license that reads “Superman JH Horn” of Riverdale, Ill. He said he had his name legally modified.

Said Horn, “I got tired of people telling me I couldn’t sign my name ‘Superman.’ Well, yes I can.”

The official Superman impersonator of the celebration is Josh Boultinghouse, a 29-year-old actor who grew up in Richardson, Texas, and played football at Central Arkansas.

Boultinghouse zips from location to location to make appearances during a celebration that features celebrity autograph signings (Brandon Routh from “Superman Returns” was among guests this year), feats of strength and costume contests. Boultinghouse was present at a kid-oriented “science of Superman” demonstration and, when the instructor asked what Superman must overcome in order to fly, laughter followed when a child answered “gravy.”

Boultinghouse said the cool thing about the Superman Celebration is that it attracts people from all over the country and the world.

“You see people from all different walks of life that agree on the character and the principles that Superman stands for,” he said.

A short walk away from the celebration’s epicenter is the town’s “other” museum – a Hollywood Americana Museum where passers-by can sit on a “kryptonite” boulder. Sections of the museum are dedicated to singers, actors, robots and monsters. A headline from an old magazine questions whether Army life will change Elvis.

Metropolis also is the home of Robert Stroud, known as the Birdman of Alcatraz. Stroud is buried there. But the Birdman is no better than a second-fiddle attraction in the most super town on the planet.

Original Print Headline: Illinois town’s ‘super’ celebration defies gravity


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From: http://www.tulsaworld.com/site/articlepath.aspx?articleid=20110626_44_D1_CUTLIN677916

Holy Internet, Batman!

“Once one of my customers buys a comic online, then DC Comics has them forever,’’ Howley said. “They don’t need me. They have no interest in keeping people like us in the middle. This really is, in the long run, cutting our own throat.’’

That’s Entertainment also offers video games, toys, and other collectibles, but new comics, which arrive once a week, are a big part of business. The store stocks some 600 new titles a month at about $3 an issue. Many customers visit not only to pick up the latest adventures of their favorite heroes, but to hang out.

DC’s digital plan will make it easier to skip the trip to the store, though. Online comics will be available on any device with a Web connection, from a personal computer to a smartphone.

Matt Lehman, owner of Comicopia in Boston’s Kenmore Square, is hopeful that DC’s digital plan is good news. The easy access of the Internet could bring new readers to comics, he said, yet it can’t replace the clubhouse appeal of a store. “We’re not really that worried about it,’’ Lehman said. “This is a great way for new customers to check out the material online. That can only benefit us.’’

Lehman believes devoted customers will continue to come around, and newcomers who read a few comics online might come in to find out more about other titles.

“Customers value the interaction of coming to a store, the ambiance,’’ he said. “We’re definitely geek or nerd centers. People want to find out what’s cool … If we didn’t exist, they wouldn’t have that.’’

A DC spokesman declined to comment. But DC is in a troubled business, with a readership that appears to be dwindling. According to the online trade journal Comics Chronicles, sales of the 300 best-selling titles at Diamond Comics Distributors, the Maryland wholesaler that drives the industry, slipped from 82 million copies in 2006 to 69 million last year.

Although superheroes are golden in Hollywood, with such blockbuster movies as “The Dark Knight,’’ “Green Lantern,’’ and the Iron Man series, there has not been a similar boom for the comic books from which these characters sprung.

From: http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2011/06/24/some_retailers_fear_online_sales_of_comics_will_strip_them_of_revenue/

DC cancels Supermans team-up with Muslim superhero

Superman

(AP photo)

For months, DC Comics had been talking up “Superman No. 712? as an exciting new adventure in which the Man of Steel teams up with a new Muslim superhero, Sharif. Yet when the issue hit newsstands Wednesday, the story was gone, replaced by some “lost classic” written in 2006 but never published.

Instead of Sharif the Muslim, “Superman No. 712” features a different new superhero: Sharif the dog. (Yes, a caped dog. And a caped dog named Sharif. You can’t make this stuff up.) Understandably, comic-book fans now are wondering where the heck is Sharif the human.

The brouhaha quickly and predictably focused on Sharif (the human one) and his Islamic predisposition. Did DC Comics pull the scheduled “Superman No. 712? – which AOL’s Comics Alliance reports had been approved, written, inked and lettered – because it featured a Muslim superhero?

DC, a division of Warner Brothers, sent the following explanation to Comics Alliance:

This fill in issue contains a lost classic, “Lost Boy: A Tale of Krypto the Superdog,” set shortly after Superboy died in “Infinite Crisis” and Superman went missing. DC Comics determined that the previously solicited story did not work within the “Grounded” story line.

I’m not entirely sure what half of that stuff means (Superboy? “Infinite Crisis”? “Grounded”?), but the DC spokesperson admitted both that Krypto the Superdog was renamed Sharif and that the story featuring the human Sharif “did not work within” the current story line.

Since I’m not a comic-book reader, thank goodness Comics Alliance explains some of this. The current “Grounded” series focuses on Superman’s walk across America, and has an overarching theme that Superman is “feeling like an outsider and wondering if he should continue helping people,” Comics Alliance reports. Sharif the Muslim (not the dog), meanwhile, is a new superhero in Los Angeles who struggles with a mistrusting public that doesn’t want his help.

And according to DC comics, these two ideas do not work together.

The official reason is all but impossible to believe at face value, especially when you take into account (writer Chris) Roberson’s statement about the entire issue being approved up until just before it was set to go to print, at which time it was replaced with what they’re billing as a “lost classic” that’s actually an issue pulled from Kurt Busiek’s run in 2006. But if that’s not the actual reason, then it raises the question of what is.

It’s a tricky one to figure out too. If the problem is that the book features what’s essentially a “Muslim Superman” for Los Angeles, then that doesn’t add up with DC’s track record. They did, after all, publish a story along very similar lines where Batman recruited Nightrunner, a French-Algerian Muslim, to act as the Batman of Paris.

Why the sudden change of heart? There’s one glaring possible reason.

You may remember that, two months ago, Superman renounced his U.S. citizenship.

“I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,” Superman said in “Action Comics No. 900,” released April 28. “‘Truth, justice and the American way’ – it’s not enough anymore.”

Unsurprisingly, Superman’s expatriation caused a ruckus in among right-wingers, and gained plenty of mainstream media attention. The Stranger’s Slog pointed out some of the comments on Glenn Beck’s news website The Blaze:

My son will never read a communist comic traitor rag from these scum again. NEVER. This is an outrage. This is the enemy within. This is showing who the enemies of truth, freedom, liberty, constitution and the USA are. This is a coordinated assault on deconstructing the USA and replacing it with banking cabals, oligarchical collectivism and a globalist NWO.

From now on I am rooting for Lex Luther. Yes that is right, the American business man with a huge sum of money. Maybe that is why Lex kept trying to kill Superman, he saw this coming. The illegal alien turned UN patsy. Change his suite to the hammer and sickle.

If Superman has converted to Islam we are in a heap of trouble

Perhaps DC Comics got a taste of too much media attention.

Visit seattlepi.com for more Seattle news. Contact Nick Eaton at nickeaton@seattlepi.com or on Twitter as @njeaton.

From: http://blog.seattlepi.com/thebigblog/2011/06/23/dc-cancels-supermans-team-up-with-muslim-superhero/

Superman Controvery: Muslim Superhero Replaced With Dog Story

By: scott-johnson 

Superman 712 Muslim SuperheroEven when DC Comics tries to avoid controversy with Superman, they wind up just creating more Superman controversy. Back in Action Comics #900, DC Comics published a backup story where Superman threatened to renounce his U.S. citizenship, and many outraged fans thought DC had gone too far in publishing that story. Now, DC Comics is catching grief over the Superman story that they didn’t publish.

The big buzz in the comic book world is how the contents were changed in Superman #712, which arrived in comic book stores today. Superman #712 was originally solicited as starring a Muslim superhero called Sharif. The original description by DC Comics read, “Meet Los Angeles’s newest super hero in the latest Chapter of Grounded: Sharif! But Sharif discovers that in today’s current cultural climate, some people don’t want his help – they just want him gone. Can Superman aid Sharif and quell a prejudiced public, or are there some problems too big even for the Man of Steel to solve?”

However, when Superman #712 arrived in comic book stores, it instead featured a story about Krypto the Superdog. On the first page of the story, there was a editor’s note that said, “Sorry for the Grounded delay, but in the meantime, please enjoy this lost classic, set shortly after Superboy died in Infinite Crisis and Superman went missing.” DC Comics also sent an email to retailers informing them that the change was made because “DC Comics determined that the previously solicited story did not work within the Grounded storyline.”

Superman 712 Krypto Superdog
Because the change was announced last minute, even catching some of the creators involved off-guard, there has been much speculation as to the real reason behind DC Comics making the change. Most of the speculation revolves around DC possible wanting to avoid another controversial storyline in light of the uproar over Superman threatening to renounce his American citizenship. Having Superman take a stand against a “prejudiced public” could be interpreted in the press as portraying Americans in a negative light, and furthering the citizenship renouncement controversy. Interestingly enough, the change was apparently so last minute by DC Comics that the DC Comics website still shows the old content description for Superman #712 with the new Krytpo the Superdog cover image for Superman #712.

Superman 712 on DC comics website

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DC Continues To Show That It’s The Reigning Champion Of The Gimmick Comic

Ok, so DC announced at the end of May that they are going to essentially revamp their entire line of comics in order to, “give new readers a precise entry point into our titles.” I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. At first I was completely against it. And now? I’m completely against it and angered by it.

Really, why do we need every issue to start from scratch? When I started reading comics back in the early 80’s I had to figure out what happened before as I was reading (remember the footnotes that used to be in comics that would tell you what issue was being referenced?). That was part of the fun when I was a kid. It made me feel that I just walked into a whole new world and I was a stranger who had to make friends and get to know these weird people. And they were always easy to befriend because they never rejected you. I got to learn about their lives. I got to grow with some of them. And I got to feel their emotions over a lost comrade with them (and for the most part I got to be shocked when that comrade came back to life with them too). Starting from scratch is going to ruin that whole experience for kids starting to read these comics. Sure, the new readers will be able to relate to the characters more with the new modernization of them. But really, does that matter so much when it’s the ideas that count?

In my opinion, what it really boils down to is this; GIMMICK!

Remember when DC started the biggest streak of gimmicks in comic book history with The Death Of Superman? Everyone knew that Superman was going to die. And everyone had to have that issue. Whether the person read comics or not, it was something they had to have. Sure, it revitalized a dying industry, people who didn’t read comics bought up as many copies of the Death Of Superman issue as they could get their hands on, lured in more so by the sealed bag promising that the value of an unopened copy would soar. And the non-readers needed a copy to actually read, they were in the know with what happened then. And after that, well, you have more sealed bags, collectors trading cards in the comics, hologram covers, multiple covers and a whole load of other useless crap.

And DC knew what was going to happen. There is no way they couldn’t have. They printed so many of these comics that people assumed would be worth loads of money, that they’re essentially worth no more than the original cover price now. How many times has someone told you that they have copy of the Death Of Superman issue “still in the sealed bag” and tried to sell it to you, only to be completely confused when you tell them how little it’s worth? And if DC didn’t know that gimmick was going to work, why was the crippling of Batman done so soon after the whole Death Of Superman fiasco?

That’s what DC is doing again. They’re not trying to appeal to a new audience. People either are or aren’t going to read the comics whether they revamp them or not. But you are going to see a whole load of people buying up these issue #1’s figuring that they’ll be able to make some good money off of them. But they’re screwing themselves over because they would have made a ton of money off of Action Comics #1000 if it came out in a few years.

Oh well, rant over.

From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/thatscottguy/news/?a=40013

David S. Goyer Adapting 100 Bullets For Showtime

I’m not sure whether this qualifies as good news or bad news (or just news). For some reason, DC (well, Vertigo) and Warner Bros (well, Showtime) are once again turning to David S. Goyer to adapt one of their properties. This time, the medium is television and the comic book is Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets.

Deadline reports:

Goyer is attached to write and executive produce a drama series project for Showtime based on the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book that published 100 issues between 1999 and 2009, all written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Eduardo Risso, whose credits include the Batman and Superman comics.

Here’s the 100 Bullets synopsis from DC’s website:

The mysterious Agent Graves approaches ordinary citizens and gives them an opportunity to exact revenge on a person that has wronged them. Offering his clients an attaché case containing proof of the deed and a gun, he guarantees his “clients” full immunity for all of their actions, including murder.

There is a little more to it than this as the series progresses. Everything is connected and it allows for a nice mix of episodic and serialized storytelling. Anyway, 100 Bullets is such a great series, well written by Azzarello and impeccably penciled by Risso, I don’t know why they would turn it over to Goyer, whose last television project Flash Forward, didn’t last very long.

Sure the man had his hands in two of the best comic book movie adaptations (Batman Begins and The Dark Knight) but we all know why they stand a head above the rest of his work… Christopher Nolan. But, Nolan did go with Goyer’s Superman script. Hm. I guess if one of the best filmmakers in the world trusts him maybe we should too? And besides, I don’t want to rag on the guy too much (he gets that enough), so let’s hope he knocks this one out of the park.

From: http://www.cinemablend.com/television/David-Goyer-Adapting-100-Bullets-Showtime-32955.html

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