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Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? (Article) - 3/31/2011 11:02:42 AM

One little correction regarding comics produced in the 1940's.  They were in fact produced for adults - take a closer look at all the S&M references in Wonder Woman, and yes, both Superman and Batman did kill in those days.  Although they may seem tame by today's standards, comics were in fact considered incredibly violent and racey - much like the pulp novels of the 30's.  In fact US troops made up a rather large portion of the readership in the 40's, as they wished to escape the reality of war around them.  After the war readership decreased as the returning troops did not want to be reminded of battle (readership would later decrease further because of Dr. Fredric Wertham).  To get those adult readers back, comics produced super-heros books that focused more on the domestic lives of the super-hero.  As WWII vets were getting married and becoming "domesticated", we see this reflected comics as Superman goes shopping with Lois, and Batman has to answer to Batwoman as to why he was out so late - its what the adult reader could relate to at that particular period in their life.  The idea of comics for kids/young people would come later with high-school and college kids relating to Spiderman's "complex" and frustrating life.

BTW, great points made throughout.

BATMAN is Back! (Article) - 11/3/2010 2:52:19 PM

 Really Jim Cheung over John Romita Jr?  I guess if you want pin-ups over story-telling.

Watch Out! WATCHMEN 2 Is Coming! (Article) - 8/17/2010 6:08:32 PM

 I don't know how this turned into a DC vs Marvel event (oh yeah, jedibanner) when it should be on how "untouchable" stories and story lines get messed with when somebody asks the question...what if?  The examples given (from both publishers) are clear to any fan that some things are better left alone, or in a 'What If?' book - which Marvel should revisit.  Even if Moore is involved, how could it match the success and capture fans and literary types alike - Dark Knight sequel case in point.

And yes, Marvel surpasses DC in live action films while DC blows Marvel away in the animation department, but back on the printed page both publishers act, or react, out of desperation.  Bringing Bucky and Jason Todd back from the dead is equally lame and DESPERATE moves for both parties, and yet we still continue to buy and read because we love it. 

So move out of your parent's basement and stop whining about DC vs Marvel.

The iPad, Comics and Comixology Experience (Article) - 7/17/2010 2:52:26 PM

Is this the end of printed comics?  Maybe. Although many magazines and newspapers have suffered in sales of their printed copies due to the same stories being made available online for free (but, not for long) have not emptied newsstands of the major players, so Marvel and DC could very well stay in print.  However, the independents and smaller presses could actually benefit from online availability.  

True comic readers/collectors will still stick with printed comics.  Book readers, or more aptly put, book lovers do actually enjoy the tactile experience.  Then there is the joy of spending a couple of hours searching through walls or bins of books looking for a hidden gem or classic.  Digital may bring some new people into the comic universe, or more accurately bring some back back.  But to say that digital comics will increase comic book sales is like saying that the introduction of CD's brought new music buyers into music stores because they didn't want to buy vinyl for whatever reason.

Space is an issue yes.  I have 25 years of collecting stored away in my studio and I wouldn't have it any other way.  A real diehard fan and collector will continue with printed - as enticing and exciting as the new technology may seem.  Its the collectibility issue that will determine the printed comic's survival.  Will the scarcity of printed comics increase the value of printed books, or will people (young and new readers/collectors) even care about owning a hardcopy version of Incredible Hulk #181 when they could just download it for $3.99.  Who will care about first print or limited editions.

The threat of digital media replacing original printed work has been around for a long time.  It has evolved the art form but not replaced it.  The same thing was said about photography.  And photography hasn't replaced paintings or traditional artwork yet, and its been over 100 years.

BTW, I have to agree with Chad, if Marvel and the like can sell a printed comic for $3.99 then they'll sell digital for the same price because we'll still pay the $3.99.  So don't think you buyers will save your hard earned cash by going digital.

 

 

Mavel's HEROIC AGE (Article) - 6/10/2010 6:02:27 PM

Surprise, surprise.  Another pro-Marvel article/anti-DC article on this site.  No Marvel dissing in last weeks Brightest Day article, while this article is littered (littered with garbage) with anti-DC sentiment throughout.   Funny how there was no mention of Bendis and his unoriginal recycling of what made Marvel back in the day - Nice to see somebody recognizing Matt Fraction's awesome work.

DC is supposed to be behind in the times because of their minimal number of minority characters, at least DC's trinity contain a female character - a minority within the comic universe.

Never realized how much those at Mania.com are fart catchers for Marvel.

Thank you!

DC Universe: Brighter Days (Article) - 6/3/2010 5:39:16 PM

Wow, another anti-DC article...how original.  I guarantee next weeks Heroic Age article will be all positive for Marvel, because the Siege was a leap forward for the comic book industry.  I guess if fanboys like Bendis or Brubaker have their names on the cover then the book must be good, right?  Haven't they resurrected a few dead heroes themselves?  How original.  Talk about not writing anything original or worthwhile for Marvel in nearly a decade. Civil War just put Marvel back where they were before Civil War - what's the point.  When was the last time a Marvel hero passed the torch?  Steve Rogers passed the Cap mantle to Bucky, and before that...the Human Torch from the forties to the one from FF.  You can't count Hawkeye passing on the mantle because it was returned back to him just like it was to Hal Jordan and Barry Allen - oh, by the way, didn't Clint Barton come back from the dead too?  Don't get me wrong I like Clint, but dead should be dead - thats why I think Bruce should stay dead, Grayson is doing a great job.   No I haven't forgotten, where are those visible minorities at Marvel?  Black Panther, Luke Cage, Storm - thats it?  When have they ever carried a successful series? Its the reason why the Atom/Ryan Choi, the new Firestorm, or  the new Blue Beetle all failed.  Readers don't relate with these characters - its the reason that past series with the Atom/Palmer, Firestorm/Ronnie and Blue Beetle/Ted Kord failed.  On the matter of the Atom/Ryan Choi series, Gail Simone is a heck of a writer and with John Byrne illustrating that series, it should've been a success - top talent, a true commitment by DC, and marketed well.  Not even Grant Morrison's mad skills could save a series/character readers could not relate to.

I've been reading/collecting comics for over 25 years now.  And in all those years I've found two camps when it comes to super-hero books.  Marvel fans who hate all things DC (out of jealousy for their legacy and longevity) and DC fans who enjoy all super-hero books including Marvel books because they are comic book fans, period.  Now as one sided as my post may be I am Marvel fan as I'm a DC fan (my collection is split pretty much50/50). Remember a good read is a good read regardless of the publisher.  We should be celebrating the success both companies have had, and all the young minds they have inspired with fantastic tales for so many years.

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