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(Bleeding Cool)   Today is the 75th anniversary of the release of Action Comics #1, which would mean a lot more if a certain dumbass comic book company hadn't chucked that 75 years of history out the window for a new #1 and a minor 6 month sales bump   (bleedingcool.com) divider line 103
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2013-04-18 11:52:04 AM  
I don't know, the new 52 has some benefits.

img843.imageshack.us

I like the new outfits
 
2013-04-18 11:55:53 AM  
If a company has to keep relaunching books to keep sales even, maybe they should take the hint that their books are failures.
 
2013-04-18 12:09:02 PM  
I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

www.popgunchaos.com
 
2013-04-18 12:21:04 PM  
 To be fair, DC stopped Action for John Byrnes Man of Steel Reboot. That was decades ago.
 
2013-04-18 12:23:58 PM  

Sybarite: I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

[www.popgunchaos.com image 600x795]



I don't like All-Star Superman, nor Grant Morrison, but I like his summary of the origin story:

ifanboy.com
 
2013-04-18 12:32:40 PM  

Sybarite: I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

[www.popgunchaos.com image 600x795]


I'd never realized that originally ALL Kryptonians had inherent super powers NOT derived from a yellow sun.  Interesting.
 
2013-04-18 01:03:41 PM  

PizzaJedi81: Sybarite: I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

[www.popgunchaos.com image 600x795]


I don't like All-Star Superman, nor Grant Morrison, but I like his summary of the origin story:

[ifanboy.com image 850x1314]


why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?
 
2013-04-18 01:08:56 PM  

ManateeGag: PizzaJedi81: Sybarite: I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

[www.popgunchaos.com image 600x795]


I don't like All-Star Superman, nor Grant Morrison, but I like his summary of the origin story:

[ifanboy.com image 850x1314]

why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?


I'd say that's more a bad Frank Quitely art choice than a Grant Morrison thing.
 
2013-04-18 01:10:25 PM  

ManateeGag: why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?


They're trying to understand the plot?

Seriously...I've read a grand total of ONE Morrison penned book that I enjoyed (We3) and was able to, mostly, follow.
 
2013-04-18 01:13:14 PM  

ManateeGag: why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?


It's Frank Quitely's(the artist) shtick.
 
2013-04-18 01:14:05 PM  

PizzaJedi81: They're trying to understand the plot?

Seriously...I've read a grand total of ONE Morrison penned book that I enjoyed (We3) and was able to, mostly, follow.


and this
 
2013-04-18 01:17:17 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I don't know, the new 52 has some benefits.

[img843.imageshack.us image 363x750]

I like the new outfits


Gotta admit, both Supergirl's pre-new 52 and post new-52 looks are great.

/Yeah, I feel ya subby
//DC needs to go DIAF quickly
///or, at least, their editors
 
2013-04-18 01:17:24 PM  

PizzaJedi81: ManateeGag: why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?

They're trying to understand the plot?

Seriously...I've read a grand total of ONE Morrison penned book that I enjoyed (We3) and was able to, mostly, follow.


Try his original Animal Man run from the 1980s.

It's from before he started doing drugs, so it's a very good read.
 
2013-04-18 01:21:16 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Try his original Animal Man run from the 1980s.

It's from before he started doing drugs, so it's a very good read.


When he wrote himself in? Are you sure it's BEFORE he did drugs.

I will try it out though...to the library to request for purchase!
 
2013-04-18 01:22:29 PM  
DC doesn't actually want to publish comics. I've had this theory for more than five years and no one has proven me wrong yet.
 
2013-04-18 01:22:49 PM  

PizzaJedi81: Sybarite: I've always liked Superman's original one page origin story.

[www.popgunchaos.com image 600x795]


I don't like All-Star Superman, nor Grant Morrison, but I like his summary of the origin story:

[ifanboy.com image 850x1314]


If you haven't check out the direct to video  All-Star Superman, I think it might have been Dwayne McDuffie's last work (or near to it). Aside from that it actually makes the characters of Superman and Lex Luthor interesting and more than just stock comic book characters.
 
2013-04-18 01:22:55 PM  
Because DC has never ever trashed their continuity in the past 75 years...
 
2013-04-18 01:24:13 PM  

PizzaJedi81: FirstNationalBastard: Try his original Animal Man run from the 1980s.

It's from before he started doing drugs, so it's a very good read.

When he wrote himself in? Are you sure it's BEFORE he did drugs.

I will try it out though...to the library to request for purchase!


Eh, he wrote himself into the final issue of the 26 issue run.

Plus, making himself into a character meant John Ostrander could kill him off in Suicide Squad

http://www.comicvine.com/the-writer/4005-46248/
 
2013-04-18 01:36:15 PM  
When Rob Liefeld quits on you, you have a problem.
 
2013-04-18 01:42:54 PM  

BafflerMeal: When Rob Liefeld quits on you, you have a problem.


Um...no...no, not really.
 
2013-04-18 01:44:25 PM  
So Action Comics, Detective Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Uncanny X-Men, and Fantastic Four have all thrown out their numbering? The Constitution should be amended to prevent that nonsense.
 
2013-04-18 02:01:13 PM  

BafflerMeal: When Rob Liefeld quits on you, you have a problem.



That's more like a step in the right direction.
 
2013-04-18 02:04:38 PM  

Old enough to know better: BafflerMeal: When Rob Liefeld quits on you, you have a problem.


That's more like a step in the right direction.


My point was rather he quit DC.  He was not fired.  When a Liefeld doesn't think you're good enough to work for when you've given him three separate books of his own and carte blanche you've sunk pretty low.
 
2013-04-18 02:06:30 PM  
I'll say it. I have really enjoyed both the 2011 justice league and aquaman. Sue me.
 
2013-04-18 02:11:47 PM  
Morrison's last good work was his JLA run. It allowed him to be Morrison-weird, but he had to keep it reigned in to stay withing DCU parameters. ASS was pretty well written, but Quitely's art drove me away. I f*cking LOATHE Frank Quitely.

that said, it's a goddamn shame DC rebooted the universe so shortly before the anniversary. There should be a monstrous book out celebrating 75 years so Superman stories, tons of guest writers and artists, all of whom made an impact on the Super books, or were inspired to get into comics because of Superman. The 50th anniversary had a Time Magazine cover story, fer chrissake! 75 years of Superman should be a huge deal. Instead, it's just another day.
 
2013-04-18 02:17:30 PM  
I'm as big a nerd as they come, but I still flinch when I hear comics referred to as "books". Seems a bit "action figure" to me.

\They're dolls.
 
2013-04-18 02:20:53 PM  

Pepperjack: I'm as big a nerd as they come, but I still flinch when I hear comics referred to as "books". Seems a bit "action figure" to me.

\They're dolls.


Comic books aren't dolls!
 
2013-04-18 02:24:22 PM  

Pepperjack: I'm as big a nerd as they come, but I still flinch when I hear comics referred to as "books". Seems a bit "action figure" to me.

\They're dolls.


Dolls doesn't bring an image of something made of fabric in your mind? I can't imagine seeing, say, a plastic Master Chief and thinking, 'doll'. 'Toy', maybe.

Yeah, no need to say books after comics. Comic strips aren't a big thing these days.
 
2013-04-18 02:25:19 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Morrison's last good work was his JLA run. It allowed him to be Morrison-weird, but he had to keep it reigned in to stay withing DCU parameters. ASS was pretty well written, but Quitely's art drove me away. I f*cking LOATHE Frank Quitely.

that said, it's a goddamn shame DC rebooted the universe so shortly before the anniversary. There should be a monstrous book out celebrating 75 years so Superman stories, tons of guest writers and artists, all of whom made an impact on the Super books, or were inspired to get into comics because of Superman. The 50th anniversary had a Time Magazine cover story, fer chrissake! 75 years of Superman should be a huge deal. Instead, it's just another day.


And that's where DC fails spectacuarly.  Then again, Marvel had a chance to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fantastic Four #1 and blew that too.
 
2013-04-18 02:25:47 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Morrison's last good work was his JLA run. It allowed him to be Morrison-weird, but he had to keep it reigned in to stay withing DCU parameters. ASS was pretty well written, but Quitely's art drove me away. I f*cking LOATHE Frank Quitely.


I don't get why Quitely still gets work. Almost all his characters are drawn like they were fathered by the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. The only artists worse than him are Igor Kordey and Kaare Andrews, who take his style and ugly it up x 10.

Here's an example of Kordey's work:

adlo.dreamers.com

and here's what Andrews' "art" looks like:

img20.imageshack.us

Even Bill Sienkienwicz's worst art on New Mutants wasn't as bad as that crap.
 
2013-04-18 02:34:22 PM  

PizzaJedi81: ManateeGag: why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?

They're trying to understand the plot?

Seriously...I've read a grand total of ONE Morrison penned book that I enjoyed (We3) and was able to, mostly, follow.


Thanks, I thought I was the only one who can't get what Morrison writes.
 
2013-04-18 02:34:26 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Morrison's last good work was his JLA run. It allowed him to be Morrison-weird, but he had to keep it reigned in to stay withing DCU parameters. ASS was pretty well written, but Quitely's art drove me away. I f*cking LOATHE Frank Quitely.

I don't get why Quitely still gets work. Almost all his characters are drawn like they were fathered by the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. The only artists worse than him are Igor Kordey and Kaare Andrews, who take his style and ugly it up x 10.

Here's an example of Kordey's work:

[adlo.dreamers.com image 200x305]

and here's what Andrews' "art" looks like:

[img20.imageshack.us image 580x506]

Even Bill Sienkienwicz's worst art on New Mutants wasn't as bad as that crap.


I'm pretty sure the first requirement for becoming a comic artist is to take, and fail, a human anatomy course.
 
2013-04-18 02:48:12 PM  
A week ago today was the 75th Anniversary of SPEBSQSA, Inc., now more popularly known as "The Barbershop Harmony Society." The on-demand webcast video of their celebration concert that was performed a week ago tonight is linked near the upper right corner of their home page.

There are only a handful of artforms that can be truly said to have been invented in America. Two of them are Barbershop music and the comic book (others include jazz, bluegrass, C&W, and maybe the Broadway musical, though that latter is arguably merely a relatively minor continuation of the progression from opera through the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas). While both long predated 1938, I find it interesting indeed that both had their major revival that established their direction for all subsequent time to date.

It's a shame indeed that neither of them thought to co-celebrate their milestone anniversaries.
 
2013-04-18 02:49:29 PM  
Ack!

COMALite J: While both long predated 1938, I find it interesting indeed that both had their major revival that established their direction for all subsequent time to date, exactly one week apart.


/FT4M
 
2013-04-18 02:49:43 PM  
Superman sucks
 
2013-04-18 02:52:37 PM  

Electric_Banana: PizzaJedi81: ManateeGag: why do all characters in Grant Morrison books squint?

They're trying to understand the plot?

Seriously...I've read a grand total of ONE Morrison penned book that I enjoyed (We3) and was able to, mostly, follow.

Thanks, I thought I was the only one who can't get what Morrison writes.


i think you should both read his 2 part heaven war thing (i want to say 6 and 7) of his JLA run.  everyone does something awesome.
 
2013-04-18 02:56:01 PM  

JohnBigBootay: I'll say it. I have really enjoyed both the 2011 justice league and aquaman. Sue me.


It makes me sad that Jason Todd's like 4 pages in this weeks Justice League was better drawn and written than his stand alone comic which is just...awful.

Also never thought I'd say that I'm enjoying an aquaman book as well.
 
2013-04-18 03:01:20 PM  

FuryOfFirestorm: Dumb-Ass-Monkey: Morrison's last good work was his JLA run. It allowed him to be Morrison-weird, but he had to keep it reigned in to stay withing DCU parameters. ASS was pretty well written, but Quitely's art drove me away. I f*cking LOATHE Frank Quitely.

I don't get why Quitely still gets work. Almost all his characters are drawn like they were fathered by the Michelin Man and the Pillsbury Doughboy. The only artists worse than him are Igor Kordey and Kaare Andrews, who take his style and ugly it up x 10.

Here's an example of Kordey's work:

[adlo.dreamers.com image 200x305]

and here's what Andrews' "art" looks like:

[img20.imageshack.us image 580x506]

Even Bill Sienkienwicz's worst art on New Mutants wasn't as bad as that crap.


Man that is some bad art.  Kordey's work is worse than Andrew's though.  I'm a little puzzled by how anatomy works for them.
 
2013-04-18 03:13:29 PM  
Dan Didio is the worst thing to happen to Superman since Mort Weisinger. DC's Silver She should be thrown in a hole and set on fire, then Didio should follow.
 
2013-04-18 03:16:46 PM  
God damn farking auto-correct. How the hell does 'Age' become 'She'? I bet Didio did this.
 
2013-04-18 03:20:03 PM  

AdrienVeidt: God damn farking auto-correct. How the hell does 'Age' become 'She'? I bet Didio did this.


Ha, Silver She debuts next week in Action Comics.
 
2013-04-18 03:24:06 PM  
So, from what I gather from people on the Internet, Superman is both 1) a boring blue Boy Scout whose morality and tone are irrelevant to modern sensibilities, AND 2) a cultural institution that should remain true to its proud 75-year heritage.

I read the first 8 issues each of "Action" and "Superman" for the New 52, and they were all good. It's possible things got worse as time went on, but Morrison's younger Superman, struggling to make a place for himself as a young adult, fighting mobsters and corrupt businessmen the way he did in the original strips, and leaping rather than flying, was an interesting Superman. The older version in "Superman" had a harder edge but still maintained his sense of justice.

You can't complain about how a character has been boring and irrelevant and then complain when he's readjusted. I swear, comics fans are simply not worth catering to anymore. They're half perpetually sour whiners complaining about the status quo, and half nostalgia-obsessed troglodytes who complain when that status quo changes.

Besides, everyone knows that modern comics are just incubators for movie licenses, anyway.
 
2013-04-18 03:30:49 PM  

ExcedrinHeadache: You can't complain about how a character has been boring and irrelevant and then complain when he's readjusted. I swear, comics fans are simply not worth catering to anymore. They're half perpetually sour whiners complaining about the status quo, and half nostalgia-obsessed troglodytes who complain when that status quo changes.

Besides, everyone knows that modern comics are just incubators for movie licenses, anyway.


In the end, it's all about who writes the character best.  There are the rarities, of course:  Marvel's "Daredevil" and DC's "Batman" have pretty much maintained the status quo for years now.  More often than not, you'll have one writer nail a character "dead on" but then his/her successor FUBARs it completely.
 
2013-04-18 03:36:14 PM  

Rwa2play: In the end, it's all about who writes the character best.  There are the rarities, of course:  Marvel's "Daredevil" and DC's "Batman" have pretty much maintained the status quo for years now.  More often than not, you'll have one writer nail a character "dead on" but then his/her successor FUBARs it completely.


This is true. This has happened a million times over Superman's 75 years. Honestly, most of the stuff done in the 50s, 60s, and 70s was complete drivel. Byrne rebooted Superman in the 80s for a reason, and DC did the Crises and New 52 for a reason, as well. There is the variable of the quality of the stories being told, but New 52 is no more of an abandoment of Superman's history than the other reboots were.

The older stories are still around in collected form, and a ton of them are deeply, deeply retarded. New 52's and Man of Steel's attempts to rebuild Superman and make him more relevant are exactly the remedy the character needed to fend off all the "Superman is boring because he's unbeatable and too morally black-and-white" naysayers, but some of those same people are protesting the attempts.
 
2013-04-18 03:39:39 PM  
Dan DiDio hates DC Comic fans.
 
2013-04-18 03:47:46 PM  
Today is also the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Action Jackson.

(i checked and it's not, but I'm only off by a couple months)
 
2013-04-18 03:56:48 PM  
I like what Scott Snyder is doing with Batman and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with Superman Unchained.
 
2013-04-18 03:57:40 PM  
I was always more into Power Girl for some reason. I can't really put my finger on them it...
 
2013-04-18 03:59:54 PM  

Electric_Banana: Thanks, I thought I was the only one who can't get what Morrison writes.


Heh. I just finished reading <b>Supergods</b>, which I thought going in would be about the history of comics and an assessment of how/why they ended up where they did. It was exactly that for about half the book, then he got to his life and the rest of the book turned into a drug fueled binge through the 80's until today, bashing Marvel and glorifying DC. I loved We3, but there is no way in hell I'm ever going to touch any of his other stuff.
 
2013-04-18 04:03:18 PM  

hammer85: It makes me sad that Jason Todd's like 4 pages in this weeks Justice League was better drawn and written than his stand alone comic which is just...awful.

Also never thought I'd say that I'm enjoying an aquaman book as well.


I'm glad people know enough about this stuff to identify the artists/writers to follow their stuff and know what it is and remember it. I kind of just download the things every few months, read them quickly in a gluttonous comics orgy and repeat a few months later. I either like it and am compelled to follow it or I'm not. I do know I'm never gonna get to the story to follow it if the art isn't my cup of tea though but I'm no critic.
 
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