Harry Harry Harry!
Who has hair like that in reality, anyhow?
Quote Of The Week:
" What I don't want is for this to turn into a public pissing match."
--JMS, at the end of a loooooong e-mail to Newsarama "clarifying" "One More Day" issues
"Old Superman"/Thirtysomething Slacker Spider-Man
On a Byrne Board thread discussing "One More Day," John Byrne reflects on the phenomenon of comic book characters aging along with their creators & editors:
"This is something that has long bedeviled Superman. He has a tendency to turn into a middle-aged guy, as his writers, artists and editors turn into middle-aged guys. I remember vividly a model sheet Curt Swan did of the character back in the late Seventies. There he was with a kind of jowelly face and a thick midsection, looking a whole lot older than his traditiona "29". When Jose Garcia Lopez was hired to do the style guide for the characters, it was something of a revelation to have his Chris Reeve- like Superman being held forth as the official version!"
This brings me to the apparent Mary Jane-less Peter Parker in "Brand New Day." He is back to living with Aunt May, unemployed, oversleeping, and over-qualified even for crap jobs. In a word, there is a slightly disturbing injection of realism into Peter's current situation. I had to move back to the family home for three years when I was in my late twenties. Your mom waking you up for breakfast the first few days is cool and awesome. Several months later, it becomes depressing. It must be even more depressing if you are a dude and get that nice five-o'clock shadow going.
Should comic books grow with the readers? Should they reflect the realities of life such as your elderly Aunt yanking your lazy unemployed ass out of bed and refusing to cook you wheatcakes? Should middle-aged readers read a middle-aged Superman?
Harry, what do you think?
The Bible, Manga Edition
I knew this would happen eventually...
Welcome to the kick-ass Jesus of The Manga Bible, "God's Word as you've never seen it before!" The first English manga version of the world's bestselling book was released in February last year. The publisher, Hodder Headline, describes it as "a faithful adaptation of the Bible, injected with new energy" by the "dynamic, action-based artwork" of Siku, "one of the UK's hottest comic talents". Siku's other work includes Judge Dredd in the comic 2000 AD and a computer game, Evil Genius.Check out the notes the publisher provides for youth group leaders to make Jesus more palatable for today's kids:
Teachers and youth groups can consult online notes on how to introduce The Manga Bible. "Start the session by going around the group and asking everyone to answer the question, 'Which celebrity do you most admire?' " the notes advise. "Explain to the group that we're going to look at one of the most admired 'celebs' of all time: Jesus …That's right, kids: You have Tom Hanks, Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, and Jesus. Not necessarily in that order.
You can read more about the Manga Bible here.
Epochs of Val
You know how various segments of Earth's history has been separated into epochs? I've realized that my life so far can be separated into four general epochs:
Turn Those Old Comics Into Gold
On New Comic Day (The Holiday Delay Edition) on Friday, why not use your brand new DIY comic book wallet to dispense your cash for more comic books? Keri Smith takes you step-by-step through the process of making one.
Still the best wallet:
Jules don't do any DIY.
Video: Spider-Man With Wah-Wah Guitar
For a long time I thought the 1070s Spider-Man Tv series was just a dream I had as a toddler. But no, it was real. Complete with wah-wah guitar.