Really in love with these cover solutions for reprints of original American DC Comics material in these Super-Hombre (with regular rotating features for “Murcielago Y Robin”) comics from Argentinian publisher Editorial Muchnik.
These comics are A4 size (or, technically, I guess they’re printed on A3 and folded over), which is about the size of an American sheet of copy paper, although they look like they’d really stand up to a tabloid size treatment.
The typeset headline with insert masthead is surprisingly appealing. I might take a swing at designing this as a mockup…
On something of a Wonder Woman kick lately, if just because I’ve heard nothing but sneering at her different story arcs but I’ve never really read them for myself. The “All-New All-Different” Wonder Woman of the early 70s (during which period she was repeatedly saddled with “The Incredible I-Ching and…” hogging her masthead) was a frantic mess, sword-and-sorcery one issue, gothic horror the next, social drama following that, and then ninjas - but hey, maybe embrace that spontaneity, right? What if all the Wonder Woman story elements were considered legit, all the stupid and the stupendous alike, you’d have the most unique hero comic on the market.
Anyway, in the above two titles, Diana Prince crosses over with the legends of heroic lore, fighting against the armies of Ares with the valkyrie hordes of Brunnhilde backing her up, with an assist from Roland, SIegried, Lancelot, El Cid and “the rest”, and then meets up with Fritz Lieber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser (!) in their comic book debut!
(Working on an overview of Wonder Woman’s different eras right now for Gone&Forgotten, gonna be a lo-o-o-oong piece…)
COPRA is back! Issue thirteen is here and ready to go. I’ve been wanting to get to this issue for the longest time and I’m happy to finally get it out into the world!
(Did I mention that half the print run comes with a free fold out poster?)
There’s a lot of COPRA news brewing. Collections are beyond the planning stages and are being made — physically made! Super exciting! I’ll drop the details as soon as I know them. Compendiums are gonna happen, too, the 4th one at the very least.
Tell your friends and check in every month for new issues.
This is the worst superhero.
This clip from the radio show won’t end up on The Chronological Superman for a few months, but I just listened to it for the first time a few days ago and had to share it.
This is the broadcast from Christmas Day, 1945, the first Christmas Day following the end of World War II. Here, the show’s sponsor - Kellogg’s of Battle Creek - forgoes its usual advertisement space so that Superman himself (actor Bud Collyer, the voice of the Man of Steel for radio and cartoons) could offer Christmas wishes to his listeners.
More than that, though, Superman goes on to talk about tolerance, and good will, and the right that all men have to live free, unencumbered from injustice - It’s worthwhile to try to put yourself in the place of the audience of this show; an eight- or nine-year old kid, a family whose sons or fathers or brothers might just now be coming home from years overseas - if they were lucky - a world that’s celebrating having defeated a clear evil and now must redefine itself in peacetime.
It’s an oversimple speech, but touching. I won’t play this card often, but - I defy you not to choke up even a little when Superman speaks to you longingly of tolerance and goodwill.
Every fan of every character or storyline which has a multitude of incarnations across different eras and under different artistic direction has their personal favorites - you might prefer Star Trek in the Next Gen era, you might prefer your Connery Bond. When it comes to Superman, I love the character and the mythos across the board, but increasingly - as I listen to these old radio shows - I’m coming to realize that the Superman who most closely resembles my ideal of the character, of everything he stands for and the moral certainty he couples with uncomplicated, decisive action, is the radio show version.
"It’s … the Whiz Kids!"
I honestly have ze-ro stakes in whether Wonder Woman ever gets a movie or not, but this whole “Studios don’t know what to DO with the character” conversation is baffling. Hey, lookit this, she is RIDING A HORSE INTO A MACHINE GUN NEST. Lookit how she’s doing a lasso thing - SHE’S GOING TO LASSO A NAZI OR A MACHINE GUN OR SOMETHING. What the fuck, you can’t DO anything with that? She’s Audie Murphy with tits, there, I wrote your movie for you. “Girls can do anything” she says at one point, her horse kicking a Nazi in the heart. Gimme one of those movie clapper things, I’ll get you started. “Action!”
BOO!Halloween Stories is a digital-only horror comics anthology which will be having its second volume this year. You can see last year’s volume here.
Owing to schedule conflicts, we’re shy a couple of artists for this year’s volume. If you’re interested in participating (illustrating a Halloween/Horror-themed story between three and six pages, due at the end of July), please drop me a line at email@example.com. I’ll get back to all applicants after the weekend with more information.