There’s always this fear when I hear that a comic book is getting turned into a television series or a movie. I understand that some liberties need to be taken and there needs to be some diverting from the source material. If every comic book movie were a straight up point-by-point recreation of a comic
Needing an independent comic to review, I found inspiration in Boss Fight Studio’s line of Bucky O’Hare figures. I have absolutely no background in reading these comics, although I remember them being advertised and perhaps even seeing them on a spinner rack, however, this period saw me getting most of my comics from a comics shop,
Hey! It's Star Wars month! With a new prequel coming out, I thought it would be nice to look back at exactly why we had a demand to continue the Star Wars saga. Sure, it was always there, bubbling under the surface. It wasn't until there was a demonstrated demand for new stories that the real effort began at producing an expanded universe to the Star Wars galaxy.
Let's set the stage for this week's Review of Old Comics. In 1992, Jim Shooter had been ousted as Editor-In-Chief of Valiant Comics. A year later, he founded Defiant Comics in the crowded direct market of the 1990s. To stand apart, it was decided that the first issue of their flagship series, Plasm, was to be produced as a trading card set. When the cards were put into binder pages, they would reveal the complete story. Due to varying allotment, gaining the entire story proved difficult. There was a print version made available through Diamond Comic Distributor's catalog, Previews, but aside from that, readers had to wait until it was collected in Warriors Of Plasm: The Collected Edition.
I'm resurrecting another favorite old series of mine, Elementals, by Bill Willingham. This time it's an issue that I remember being exceptionally good. Will this be another case of memory being fooled by a more critical eye years later? Let's have a look.
Morningstar Special #8 April 1990 Wouldn't you know that I went to find an independent comic to review, and I end up picking Morningstar Special from 1990, another Elementals issue. This one features story and art from creator Bill Willingham from later in his career when his art style was maturing and becoming a thing of beauty. If you only know of Bill Willingham as a writer on books like Fables, then you're missing out on a great artist. SYNOPSIS: In Avalon, Morningstar has just returned from her honeymoon with her new husband, Ambrose. Fantasia Faust is taking her on an excursion while he catches up on some work he has as regent of Avalon. Unknown to them, they are being followed by a cloaked figure. Their journey takes them by one of Avalon's biggest tourist attractions, King Arthur's tomb.
Elementals #8 June 1986 I set out to find an independent comic to review, and the first one I came across was one of Bill Willingham's early Elementals issues. I chose not to review it, as it came from the middle of a story. I searched for one that stood alone, and essentially what I could find was this one where it's a stand alone issue, although some subplots get set in motion. SYNOPSIS: At the Mercer Island estate serving as the Elementals' base of operations, Fathom is woken up by a phone call from Eddie, who had developed a crush on Fathom when she was captive on "the island." (NOTE: This is Nacht Island, where the Elementals were held captive by Saker before they defeated him.) He wants to meet her where they first met, as he apparently has a deep crush on her. Half asleep, Fathom agrees to meet him and then bolts up having just realized what she just agreed to.
TALES TO OFFEND #1 July 1997 With the Reviews of Old Comics, I try to alternate between DC, Marvel and other publishers, It gets a little hard sometimes to find good Independently published comics from before the 2000s. However, since the announcement of Frank Miller returning for a third Dark Knight mini-series, this comic has been sitting on my desk waiting for the opportunity to review it. It's Frank Miller doing politically incorrect material with a tongue-in-cheek treatment of it. SYNOPSIS: Somewhere in the galaxy, there is a dinosaur planet where a female tour guide uses it as a lesson that the dinosaurs lived peacefully and it was mankind that bespoiled nature's beauty. Right as she's making her point, a T-Rex snatches her flying tour car out of the air, devouring the guests on her tour. Even as it bears down on her, she maintains her view of nature's way being right and just.
E-Man #2 May 1983 I like reviewing older comics that may have been forgotten, either due to rarity or just a general lack of continuation over the years. E-Man is one of those series that has not had a large enough profile to keep visible, especially to newer readers. SYNOPSIS: In the office of Private Investigator Michael Mouser, E-Man works as his assistant. E-Man's girlfriend Nova Kane visits before leaving town for the weekend in her job as an exotic dancer. Mauser is hired by Mr. and Mrs. Porn to find their missing teenage daughter Kitty. She is the latest in a line of disappearing teenagers, all in the same area. Coincidentally, the area is where Nova is going this weekend. Nova is upset that E-Man and Mauser are tagging along, since it was meant to be the first opportunity she would have to come to terms with being an energy being like E-Man since gaining those powers a couple months ago.
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! #71 July 1977 My wife loves this series, if for no reason than her memories of reading it at her Granmother’s as a child. For that reason, whenever we go on shopping trips for comics, she looks for copies. SYNOPSIS: In the first story, a bird watcher in rural Scotland
BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA #3 December 1992 It was the boom era for comic books, as speculators drove sales into the stratosphere, where comics sold easily in the five and six figures. Sports Card company Topps, after branching into the non-sports market sought to diversify by launching a comic book line, starting with the licensed comic for