Help Batman co-creator Bill FInger get his own Google Doodle

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February 8th will mark the 100th birthday of Bill Finger—the unsung writer who actually created most of the Batman mythology that we know and love. Although Bob Kane had the contract and the creative credit, as most comics scholars have been pointing out for years, it was Finger and artists like Jerry Robinson and Dick […]

Stephen Bissette makes an important point about Miracleman

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The long LONG awaited arrival at long last of Marvel’s Miracleman reprint series has led to many conversations: on pricing, on censorship, on credits. But Steve Bissette, points out something very important about the reprints: the original creators who wish to do so are getting some money out of it: Read (though no real new […]

It’s Martin Luther King Day

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It’s a holiday for many of us, and what better way to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luthor King than to suggest that if you haven’t already, you may purchase a digital copy of MARCH by Rep John Lewis, which comes bundled with a digital copy of MARTIN LUTHER KING AND THE MONTGOMERY STORY, the […]

One year sub to The Comics Journal archives now available for $30

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That’s right for a mere thirty beans, you get access to The Comics Journals digital archives for one year. This was previously available as a bonus along with $75 (I think) three issue sub to the print edition—since the print edition comes out every 18 months or so this was a longer bargain, but is […]

2014 Happy New Year, Everyone!

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Well the minutes are ticking down in this timezone, and as is tradition we see out 2013 with the JC Leyendecker Saturday Evening Post cover from 100 years ago. While 2013 wasn’t as profoundly crappy a year as 2012, it had its…challenges. But The Beat sailed on through. And you all made it here. Thanks […]

RIP: Smithfield

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Well, another bar is closing in New York: Smithfield on 28th Street. This was mostly a soccer/sports bar, as the above photo of Six Alex Ferguson, legendary manager of Man United, hanging out with the owners shows. But as Ben and I knew these owners and much of the staff, this was also a little bit of a comic book bar.

Jenette Kahn Interviewed at the Chicago Humanities Festival

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Former DC publisher Jenette Kahn isn’t mentioned too much around comics these days, but was undoubtedly a pioneering force in comics, helping shepherd in royalties, creator owned comics, Vertigo, Watchmen and many other important things. These days she’s making movies, but here’s a hour long interview with her that was conducted recently at the Chicago […]

A new clip The Image Revolution: how it went down

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The Image Revolution is the latest documentary from Sequart/Patrick Meaney and it covers the whole story of how seven of the most popular Marvvel artists broke uot and started something crazy…and lasting. Latino Review has a new clip in which Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane and Marc Silvestri talk about the fateful days when they announced […]

Mark Evanier may have solved the Al Plastino/JFK/Superman mystery

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Just before he died a few days ago, Golden Age artist Al Plastino got a lot of ink for what seemed like a sad story: in 1963, he drew a comics story featuring JFK and Superman extolling fitness that was canceled when President Kennedy was shot. Although the story eventually ran, Plastino was told the […]

50th Anniversaries: Doctor Who and the Kennedy Assassination

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Fifty years ago today a SF show called Doctor Who debuted in England. Festivities and surprises are planned to celebrate this anniversary. In more unhappy news that day, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I’ve never actually got to the bottom of either of these things.

MARCH soars to #12 on Amazon after Rachel Maddow appearance

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MARCH made it to Maddow last night, as Rep. John Lewis, co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell appeared on the Rachel Maddow show for a full 10 minute segment which you can watch here: Maddow, who is a regular graphic novel reader, showed love for Powell and the whole project and also mentioned Martin […]

One Year Ago: Josh Neufeld remembers Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath

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Over at The Nib, Josh Neufeld, the comics laureate of Hurricane Katrina, has stories stories of Hurricane Sandy one year later.

Go See! Kate Brown and Paul Duffield’s ‘Crown of Blood’

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Now playing at the Tower of London, comic creators Kate Brown and Paul Duffield have created a two-minute video about the princes in the tower story – which is being screened every day in the Bloody Tower itself, where the pair allegedly spent their last night.

Gene Deitch’s Nudnik joins Tumblr, Twitter and so on

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As long as we’re talking about the groovy 60s, the angular, sketchy cartoons of Gene Deitch (father of Kim) were a staple of the decade, from Tom and Jerry to Tom Terrific. Fantagraphics recently published Nudnik Revealed, a retrospective of a series of animated shorts Deitch created to run before films of the time. (Apparently, […]

The day Archie’s publisher put the heat on J. Edgar Hoover over dirty comic books

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Back in 1960, Archie Publisher John L. Goldwater told FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover that he was WRONG about dirty comic books

Best idea ever: Shatner and West kibbitz at Salt Lake City con

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HOW has no one ever thought of this before? Putting William Shatner and Adam West—the two most mellifluous, self mocking and endearing of legendary nerdlebrities—together on stage: It was “The Shat” and “The Bat” for the first time ever on a stage together Friday night at the Salt Lake Comic Con, and their presence was […]