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If you haven't read Invisibles yet, that's even better.
I haven't, indeed, thank you for your tip STK... and the confidence that I could accept the challenge to approach such a content monster. I tend to read one or two issues per day, but from more than one run at the same time. I coupled DP with Lee/Ditko's first Strange issues, which are fascinating by the way, kind like entering a time capsule in real time. Since there's still a lot of Dr. Strange left and Ditko hooked me up for good, I already bought Morrison's Animal Man. Chaz Truog's old-school art caught my attention immediately. So this will be my next Morrison to go. Now, I still have to buy The Invisibles, yet. Coupling it with anything is probably not a good idea, though hahah. But I'm already curious how much Matrix will become visible then.If you haven't read Invisibles yet, that's even better.
That first Strange Tales run is the best Doctor Strange has ever been. I love that several issue story that begins with Strange on the run from Mordo. Unfortunately, once Ditko left (he'd actually been plotting the stories as well), it never really was the same... although the Steve Englehart/Frank Brunner run from the '70s is pretty good. I think they actually were doing the drugs people wrongly assumed Ditko had been on.with Lee/Ditko's first Strange issues, which are fascinating by the way, kind like entering a time capsule in real time.
Yeah, Dean Mullaney's preface in my edition mentions that Steve Ditko was given credit in #135 as the author. There's probably a reason why, even though in different variations, Ditko and Strange share the same first name, hehe. The atmosphere is so dense in those issues, I'll always marvel (pun intended, I guess) how it was possible to achieve this density and depth using such bright and elemental colors. It's ingenious, kind like reflections of neon-signs from the past in little pools of rainwater on a nightly street, used to fill the perfectly sized frames. It works perfectly with the script and I don't understand the reproach towards its descriptive nature. It creates a unique flow in my opinion, similar to the whispered thoughts in Lynch's Dune. In fact, I often read them this way.That first Strange Tales run is the best Doctor Strange has ever been. I love that several issue story that begins with Strange on the run from Mordo. Unfortunately, once Ditko left (he'd actually been plotting the stories as well), it never really was the same...
Speaking of Ennis, he just had a Peacemaker comic this week at DC. I guess to help promote the new show.One of the best ones I read last year was a trade by Garth Ennis called Sara. It was about a group of female Russian snipers in WWII. It was loosely based on a true story I believe. Great story. I generally like Ennis' stuff that I've read, particularly his Punisher stuff. Although while he's probably most famous for Preacher and The Boys, I've never read those.
I ordered a new one from Ed Brubaker called Friday a little while back because I usually like his stuff too. My local shop said it's been delayed though, so it may be a bit before I get it. Apparently it's available digitally, but I'm waiting for the trade.
Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas TPFriday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world.imagecomics.com
I didn't enjoy The Cult when it first came out, but upon rereading, it makes a lot more sense within the context of Starlin's ongoing Batman run of the time. Which I also didn't enjoy at the time it came out, but which I now think is incredibly underrated, as short as it is.I read two shorter Batman stories, first was The Cult, second was Gothic. The former was ok, felt like an antithesis to DKR, like Blackfire was Starlin's comment, even a portrayal of Miller's Batman creation. Envy? Perhaps. There's also an ongoing opinion about Starlin, according to which he's not as good as he thinks he is. After reading The Cult, I can understand why. Wrightson's art was more than gorgeous, though, so I don't regret reading it.
As mentioned in the Neal Adams thread, George Perez finally lost his battle with pancreatic cancer:Legendary comic book creator George Pérez says he has inoperable cancer
George Pérez in 2019
The comic book community is expressing its love and appreciation for George Pérez today, after the writer and artist who worked on some of the biggest and most popular comic books of all time announced that he’s been diagnosed with inoperable Stage 3 pancreatic cancer and is only expected to live for another “six months to a year.”
Pérez hasn’t actually worked in comics for a few years, having retired due to health problems from everything but convention appearances and commissioned drawings, but the impact of his best work is still felt today. In the early ‘80s, after working at Marvel on The Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and on the big cosmic crossover “The Korvac Saga,” Pérez went to DC to work with writer Marv Wolfman to launch The New Teen Titans.
It ended up being one of DC’s biggest books of the era, and the one that introduced now-beloved characters like Raven, Starfire, Cyborg, and Deathstroke The Terminator. Earlier this year, Wolfman and Pérez even appeared as themselves on an episode of Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network.
Impressed by their work on The New Teen Titans, DC then let Wolfman and Pérez loose on one of the all-time great comic book events and the one that established the model for a lot of comic book events going forward: Crisis On Infinite Earths. The miniseries blew up DC’s overly complicated multiverse and gave Pérez a chance to draw pretty much every DC character ever, and he even got an Easter egg shoutout when The CW’s superhero shows staged their own version of Crisis On Infinite Earths.
In the announcement about his diagnosis, Pérez says that he decided to forego “chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy” in favor of spending the time he has left with his family, friends, and fans. He plans to “coordinate one last mass book signing” for people and hopes to make one last public appearance” so as many fans as possible can get photographs with him—”with the proviso that I get to hug each and every one of them,” he adds.
He didn't lose his fight. When he died, the cancer also died. That is called a draw.s mentioned in the Neal Adams thread, George Perez finally lost his battle with pancreatic cancer:
I stand corrected, sir. Still a downer personally for me since my brother died the same way a few years back.He didn't lose his fight. When he died, the cancer also died. That is called a draw.
I'm really sorry to hear that. But rather than thinking of it as him losing a battle, honor your brother as a hero. He fought the most deadly disease on record to a standstill.I stand corrected, sir. Still a downer personally for me since my brother died the same way a few years back.
I logged into my iPad for the first time in forever and looked at some comics I downloaded from there. But now I can't buy anything. I chalked it up to China being China. But what problems do you have?Welp. Amazon has fucked up comixology, possibly beyond repair. They've turned it into a complete shitshow. Nearly unusable. There go my American comic books.
Yeah, this is another rough one. He was only in his 60s, too. I knew him a little from working on Dark Victory. He'd come by the office sometimes, and he was always a friendly, super-nice guy.Tim Sale died.
Bummer. Dude did some great stuff.
The entire DnA run is worth reading. Legion of the Damned 4-parter in LSH and Legionnaires, which led into Legion Lost 12-part series, which led into Legion Worlds, and finally, The Legion. I'm a huge Legion fan going back decades and this was the best the Legion has been in many years (and they haven't been as good any time since DnA left). It was a dream to be able to work on them.I missed the whole cosmic run of DnA + Coipel on Legion
Yeah, there's a series of omnibi. The first four of which will take you to issue #60. I used to have a bunch of random issues of that series. Always fun and better than the regular Marvel series back in the day. But if you like Conan, I also recomend the series done by Dark Horse Comics in the 2000s. The first several collections are all great.What's the best way to read the original The Savage Sword of Conan in print? Is there a TPB/Omnibus/Collectors Edition/Whatever?