Nothing But Comics is about to hit our two year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite series, runs or issues of all time. This week it’s Tyler
In addition to the previously announced Clean Room by Gail Simone & John Davis Haunt, Vertigo announced 11 more new series to be released in the fall of 2015. They include work by Gilbert Hernandez & Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, Ryan Kelly, Tom King & Mitch Gerads, Peter Milligan & Lee Garbett. More details at CBR
Before the idea for Flash February or even Flash Appreciation Day was an inkling in the brain-trust of NothingButComics, DC had the idea to turn January into a variant month prominently showing the Scarlett Speedster. To help close out Flash February I thought it would be nice to look over some of the covers that struck me for one reason or another.
Inspired by this week’s celebration of Presidents Day, Nothing But Comics! perused the adventures of the DC Comics character Prez Rickard. Created by writer Joe Simon and artist Jerry Grandenetti and debuting in the comic Prez #1 (August-September 1973), the young, idealistic Prez is elected President of the United States, becoming – as the cover for the first issue proclaims – the “First Teen President of the U.S.A.” However, the events depicted in Prez #1 make it doubtful that Prez was actually a teenager when he was elected President, and a subsequent adventure written by Neil Gaiman also suffers from a narrative flaw regarding Prez’s age and the year he was elected.
Hello friends, this week at The Banana Stand it’s #Marvel75 week. As you may already know, this week we’ve all been writing articles about our favorite issues from the past 75 years of Marvel. I come into this a novice as far as Marvel goes, so while I’m sure there may be more important or significant issues out there, I decided to go with an issue that I really enjoyed and felt I could nominate honestly. In no way at all do I consider myself qualified to state what issues are “the best”, but this issue is one of my favorites that I’ve read, and I hope you enjoy reading about why I chose it. Continue reading #Marvel75: FF #4
So here we are again with ALL NEW MARVEL NOW WHERE NOTHING WILL BE THE SAME BLAH BLAH ZOMG whatever. The big difference now is that instead of shuffling most of their current creative talent like they did with the first Marvel Now initiative this time we are getting a lot of new writers and artists while Marvel is introducing a lot of comics featuring characters that have traditionally had a hard time selling consistently the way your X-Men, Thor or Iron Man comics have. I’m not bothering with titles that are being relaunched after less than a few months so don’t expect my thoughts on the upcoming Daredevil or Captain Marvel relaunches (there going to be awesome. Duh.)
OUR STORY THUS FAR: Over a month ago, Alan Moore traveled to Portland to discuss comics with his fellow comics creators. Today he’s having coffee with Brian Michael Bendis…
Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis were not involved in the creation of this not-for-profit parody comic strip review of All-New Miracleman Annual #1. The opinions expressed by the characters above are the opinions of the author, and not the opinions of Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis.
“His [Kirby’s] Surfer had been a being of pure energy who had to learn from Earthlings what emotion and individuation were all about. Stan’s was a man from another planet who’d made the supreme sacrifice in becoming Galactus’ herald.” – Gerard Jones and Will Jacobs, The Comic Book Heroes (1997)
Fantastic Four collaborators Jack Kirby and Stan Lee had conflicting visions for Marvel’s Silver Surfer character. Created by artist Jack Kirby, the Silver Surfer debuted in Fantastic Four #48 (1966), a silver-toned alien being travelling through space on a vessel that resembled a surf board (some context – it was the 1960s, there was a surfing craze going on, and Kirby was one of the most daring and imaginative comics creators who ever lived) to scout out worlds to be consumed by his master – the immensely powerful alien being Galactus. The Silver Surfer, moved by the humanity he encounters on Earth, rebels against his master and helps the Fantastic Four defeat Galactus.
The Silver Surfer was a popular character and his adventures continued. Writer and editor Stan Lee saw the humanity in the character, and envisioned the Surfer as an alien man who had volunteered to serve Galactus in order to save his home planet. Kirby intended the character to be a cosmic alien being whose compassion would be learned by his interactions with humans. As editor, Lee had the final say, and his vision for the character endured.
Reading the first issue of Silver Surfer by writer Dan Slott and artist Mike Allred, it seems that the creative team is trying to reconcile the conflicting visions of Kirby and Lee. Slott and Allred’s Silver Surfer is a powerful cosmic traveler with a conscience, trying to make amends for his past actions, saving planets and hoping to atone for helping Galactus destroy worlds. The Surfer gets recruited by a mysterious alien civilization that he has never encountered before to help it repel a powerful threat.
The aliens introduce the Surfer to an Earth woman named Dawn, believing her to be of great importance to the Surfer. On Earth, Dawn and her twin sister Eve are very different; Eve likes to travel the world and have adventures, while Dawn likes to stay in her home town and help her Dad. The two sisters reflect the qualities that define the Surfer – compassion and adventure. It will be interesting to see how the Surfer reacts to Dawn’s presence in future issues.
Mike Allred’s art is brilliant; he’s clearly having fun rendering all the alien characters and worlds in the comic. Allred also nicely contrasts Dawn’s small town world with the Surfer’s strange cosmic universe. Colorist Laura Allred reinforces these differences with very bright colors for the Surfer’s panels, and slightly more subdued colors in Dawn’s.
Slott and Allred’s Silver Surfer combines cosmic strangeness with very human compassion, a neat reconciliation of two very different visions for the character.
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