In case you missed it, today’s comic reveals what Capt. Heroic’s dad alluded to in the May 11th strip. Tune in tomorrow for answers to more questions!
Harryhausen Comics To DebutThis one’s for Harry…
[SCI FI] A new comic-book line will debut in December with new adventures based on creations of legendary film visual-effects master Ray Harryhausen. Blue Water Productions will release the comics under the “Ray Harryhausen Presents” banner.
“We’re basically taking things a step further,” Blue Water head Darren Davis told SCIFI Wire. “These will not technically be sequels to Ray’s original stories, but rather new stories based on his artwork and ideas.”
The first three titles will be Wrath of the Titans, 20 Million Miles From Earth and Sinbad, Rogue of Mars. Harryhausen will also contribute his ideas to an updating of the original, long-running Blue Water project 10th Muse. Read more.
Wonder Woman turns 65!
The Philadelphia Daily News has an excellent package on Wonder Woman today. It talks about how her mythos has lasted sixty-five years and previews the new WW book as well. It also features an illustration by Yours Truly, so if you’re in the circulation area, pick up a copy. Click on the thumb on the right for a better look.
[PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS] “She is the first female superhero that has crossed generations and is important to everyone as a role model,” said comic writer Jimmy Palmiotti (“Painkiller Jane”). “And that costume… woo-ha!”
“She is empowering to women and irresistible to men,” opined comic and TV writer Christos Gage (“Law and Order: SVU”). “She embodies female strength, beauty and character.” Read more.
Unfortunately, the story doesn’t spend any time with the most fascinating aspects of Wonder Woman — like the fact that she was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston, to appeal to young girls. The psychologist fell in love with his creation, writing the comics for six years. But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the Wonder Woman mythos is the predominant themes of bondage.
The Wayans Brothers rip off Warner Brothers!
I just caught a movie trailer that made me really sad about the state of creativity in America today. Shawn and Marlon Wayans have made a movie in which a 3-foot adult poses as a baby to advance his crime career. He arranges to have himself left on some stranger’s doorstep — in a basket — so he can lay low while the cops search for him and his stolen loot. The unsuspecting strangers welcome the abandoned baby into their home, setting the scene for countless madcap antics.
Midway through the trailer, I started to feel a little deja vu coming on… then, as the “baby” smoked a thick stogie while shaving his 5-o’clock shadow in the bathroom, it hit me. I’ve already seen this! It was originally an animated Bugs Bunny short called Baby Buggy Bunny. The trailer makes it look as if the movie is a scene-by-scene reshoot — with a little sex and violence thrown in to put butts in seats.
There’s nothing much new there, but the writer, Hank Stuever, uses some absolutely fantastic imagrey. My personal favorite was “DC was about younger kids in back yards, wearing bath towel capes, leaping from treehouses. Marvel was about older kids in basements, possibly stoned, deconstructing Thor.”
[Washington Post] Of the great brand-loyalty debates — Ford or Chevy? John or Paul? Road Runner or Coyote? Newport or Marlboro? Orthodox or Reform? — only a very few people still sort themselves along one of the narrowest consumer dichotomies of all:
Marvel or DC?
Back when it mattered, you used to be certain. You would ally yourself and endlessly argue the merits in comic-book stores or at a convention at the airport Ramada. DC Comics, led by Superman, was for people who adored the fantasy, the Ubermensch triumphant. These readers loved skyscrapers and archvillains and sidekicks, billowing flags, unerring ethical strength. Read more.
Dare I ask? Marvel or DC? I started as an absolute Marvel zombie when I first delved into comics in the 80s. When I returned to comics a few years ago as a thirty-something prodigal geek, I was stunned to realize DC titles outnumbering Marvel titles on my reserve list by a long margin.