Podcast Alert: Word Balloon surpasses 4 million downloads

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The Word Balloon podcast is one of the most important thing to happen to comics in the last eight years.

Convention mistakenly advertises X-men Creators reunion, apologizes

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The other day I received an email from comics historian and artist Jim Amash on behalf of inker Terry Austin to alert people that a mailer sent out by retailer Joseph Koch wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. The mailer, part of which you can see above, claimed that this Saturday at their […]

Help Jim Lee put his kids through college by buying Jack Kirby’s ARGO art

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Well that’s the short hand version. Basically, back in the 90s, Jim Lee bought two piece of Jack Kirby art. At the time everyone was unaware of the backstory as to how they were created: as told in fictionalized form in the Best-Picture winning film Argo, Kirby had created the concept art for a film […]

SDCC’13: Wonder Women: On Paper and Off

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From 1983 until 1997, Mary Mashcal assembled an extensive collection of memorabilia and aritifacts, filling virtually every room of her Golden Hill home with historic documents, banners, posters, and books. Her collection eventually became the Women’s Museum of California, located in the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma, San Diego.  This summer, another historian, […]

Steranko-ing: the early years

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Thanks to Sarrah Horrocks, this undated but 80s ish photo of Jim Steranko and Jack Kirby shows that Steranko-ing has a long, proud tradition. Steranko has recently gained a whole new audience with his addictive Twitter feed which includes stories of escape tricks, comics history and general “I was there” testimony—although it has yet to […]

Columbia University acquires Al Jaffee archives

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Anyone who has ever met him knows that they want to be Al Jaffee when they grow up. The master of MAD’s fold-ins is vital and witty well into his 90s, with a vocal delivery that would make hims a great voiceover star if he didn’t have his cartoonist skills to fall back on. And […]

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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Here are some comics to get you in the mood for hot dogs and fireworks. And some videos.

Catch up on your comics history with The Superhero Reader

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The University Press of Mississippi has published many excellent scholarly works on comics and here’s a new one: The Superhero Reader, a volume of critical essays edited by Charles Hatfield, Jeet Heer, and Kent Worcester with a cover by Dean Haspiel. After reading the description, I’m sold. The book is available now. The Superhero Reader […]

Alan Moore talks Superman in Occupy Comics: “The seamy and disreputable practices of comics past”

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  The second issue of Occupy Comics is coming, they’ve sent out an lengthy excerpt of a lengthier essay by Moore on Superman, comics Original Sin and more.   Excerpts from BUSTER BROWN AT THE BARRICADES by Alan Moore [excerpt from Part 3] Cover of “Spicy Mystery Stories.” December 1935. With the end of Prohibition during 1933, […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?

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I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra Hope. […]

Comics History in Photos: Stan Lee and Jenette Kahn at Temple University in 1978

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In 1978 Stan Lee was the publisher of Marvel Comics, and Jenette Kahn was the publisher of DC, and together they made a speech at Temple University on the occasion of the oversized epic Superman Vs Muhammed Ali, which was termed of equal value to the Sistine Chapel. I like that comic, but even I […]

Meet Kate Lane: the early days of Siegel and Shuster

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Brad Ricca digs into Siegel and Shuster comics from More Fun and Fun Comics that featurevarious precursors to Lois Lane from comics they did before Superman.

Poisoned Chalice Part 14: Back to Marvelman

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse, 12 - All About Angela, 13 - More Angela, More Courtrooms, and Much More Todd] In Prince of Stories, towards the end of the chapter on Neil […]

Retro Zeus Comics line is now on Kickstarter

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  Note: This Zeus Comics is in no way associated with the well known Texas store Zeus Comics. Back on April 1, we told you about Zeus Comics—a purported line of salacious 50s comics that had recently been rediscovered. Given the date and people involved we correctly deduced it was an elaborate April Fools Joke, […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 12: All About Angela

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[Previous chapters: 1 to 8 - 1953 – 1985 Roundup, 9 - The Dawn of Eclipse, 10 - Alan Moore at Eclipse, 11 - The Twilight of Eclipse] In February 1992 Todd McFarlane, along with six others, announced the founding of Image Comics, after having failed to negotiate more favourable terms for themselves at Marvel […]

Poisoned Chalice Part 11: The Twilight of Eclipse

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Although Alan Moore had finished with Miracleman, it wasn’t the end of the character, or the comic. Knowing he was nearing the end of his story, Moore had rung up Neil Gaiman and asked him if he wanted to take over the title. Talking to Kurt Amacker of the Mania.com website in September 2009, Moore […]