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Art Adams Career Missteps Are Still Pretty Good

I really hated this crossover(?) and I didn’t think it was Adams’ best work. That said, it’s still better than 90% of comic artists, dead or alive. Celebrate that tacky “let’s drop every character who sells into the same book for a week” nonsense with this poster. Take it up to Adams at a con and see if he doesn’t wince just a little.

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Posters get clowned on this site, by me especially. They are clear evidence that you’re under 24 and make less than $23k per year. OR AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT I USED TO THINK. Now I recognize that posters are cool, have always been cool, and will always be cool. Yeah, it might be hard to convince your wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband, concubine, maid, person you pick up at a bar, etc that a Hulk poster hanging in your living room is the behavior of an adult professional with upward mobility. But what if that poster is a Lee Weeks Hulk illustration that perfectly captures the childlike nature and constant frustration of the character? What then? Who can deny it?

And what if it’s classic? People collect vintage Coca-Cola signs and proudly put them in their homes; why not Fantastic Four posters?

Or what if it has a great message attached? What sort of anti-education troglodyte would poo-poo this pro-literacy poster featuring C3PO? A monster, that’s who.


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Hey Ben why so Grimm?

My friend Ben is an interesting man. Growing up poor in New York City down on the L.E.S. he was able to overcome adversity. Ben was a highschool football star who excelled at science and math two things I was not good at. He earned a full scholarship to Empire State University where he met Reed Richards. I never really cared for Reed because he hooked up with Sue while I was dating her. Any way after his accident Ben changed. He became more depressed thinking he would not meet any chicks. Until I hooked him up with Alicia Masters. Yeah I know she’s blind but you know what? She is smoking hot, but then that prick Johnny had to go and take her from Ben. Ben got her back and guess what turns out Johnny was porking some shape shifter from Skrull. A few years ago Ben was lucky enough to be featured in a movie about his life with the Fantastic Four. I told him things are starting to look up for him and he should start to feel better about himself. I mean if I had movie about me and toys and clothing with my picture on it I’d be happy. I told him ladies are going to be lining up for a piece of that rock. Ben is in better spirits today he has come to terms with himself, and as long as he gets to say “Its Clobberin Time” all is good. So I say Ben why so Grimm?

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Lest We Forget

Yesterday Marvel announced their upcoming event Fear Itself to much (any?) fanfare. Details are hazy at this time as are general ideas and even the vaguest conception of it aside from “it will involve Marvel characters, likely facing a struggle of some kind, with conflicts of some sort sprinkled throughout.” But we can all be certain it will be super important to our understanding of the Marvel comics universe and our own.

While we’re on the events train, let’s look back at my favorite* Marvel event: Atlantis Attacks!

Don’t remember AA? Shame on you. Get caught up with the following auctions.

The books themselves. Don’t look like a fool when someone references these truly unforgettable books. You know, maybe they’d talk about that epic fight in… er… or the real human drama that took place in… hm … or the really significant impact of the events detailed in… nope. No one will reference these. Buy them because it’s a slice of comics history.

The very important promo poster that invites you to “take the plunge” and buy all the books. Crucial. Great design work.

And what would any irrelevant crossover be without an even less necessary What If? book to hypothesize on slight variations on the original outcome we can’t even remember?

*After The Infinity Gauntlet, Inferno, probably even the Mutant Massacre… I don’t know, maybe Secret Wars 2 even. Actually Atlantis Attacks really sucked.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #28

If there was another Fantastic Four movie, there’s only two conditions under which I will pay to watch it.

1. Complete straight up hard sci- slant, like some straight Greg Bear level of heaviness and galactic implications. Normal version – 3.5 hours. Extended DVD version 5+ hours.

2. If they could get that bunk cast from the first two involved in a movie based LOOSELY on this issue…

#28 – Fantastic Four Annual 23

Movie version: FF return home, but something’s wrong. Little things. They are then attacked by a dated, retro version of themselves, full with grown son Franklin, looking like the loose fitting psycho from this issue, in tow. Make Franklin someone who seems to be teetering on the edge of sanity, searching for his time displaced girlfriend (let it be vague here, no need to drag x-continuity in…) and have some time villain chasing him.

Look, there’s a lot that wouldn’t work in a straight translation. I love Ahab, but he’s not good enough for a movie appearance. How about Kang? No cutesy, sassy , time traveller garbage. I want him to look like his face went through a purple dyed meat grinder. Some loose resolution, a quality Jessica Alba v. Jessica Alba fight, retro garb… it would be awesome.

If you’ve never read this one, please do. Perhaps one of my favorite off kilter stories featuring the FF with a truly great take on insane Franklin.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #32

Mark Millar has a real wow factor. I feel as though he can turn non-believers into the faithful with his recent comic work, both with Marvel and his creator owned. In particular, his Fantastic Four run felt like a true redemption song for most readers…

#32 – Fantastic Four 555

The first issue of the run is good, but really just samples and sets the table. Here’s the first course, and it’s a doozy. Something for everyone – it has new characters, old characters, speed and the flow of the story is amazing. This is the poll setter of the first story arc, and just dominates. Read the first issue to become intrigued – read this to become engulfed.

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With Great Power Comes Mucho Responsabilidad

Those of you in the Southwest US and California are sick of Mexico. It’s been something you’ve had to be aware of since you were a little kid. It holds no mysteries for you and is likely as exciting as Canada is for me, a kid from upstate NY. But I’m new to California and find the whole Mexican thing charming as hell. I like the food, the girls, and the girls.

I have no idea what the present state of comics is in Mexico, but these auctions of books from the 70’s speak to the fact that they had it right for at least a minute. Hopefully it didn’t end up like France, where they treat graphic novels like museum pieces or Japan where they pump out billions of pages a year with no concern for quality.

Hopefully they’ve upped their lettering game since the 70’s. Check out the lettering on the Los 4 Fantasticos cover. Barf.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #44

After a long day of work (on a Saturday, yes) I was at a bit of a loss for what to write on.

Often the case, but I thought about the last time I picked up a book and it was refreshing. This book came to mind.

#44 – Fantastic Four 480 (or 60 depending on how you look at it)

Okay, this was definitely not the last time I picked up a book and it was refreshing. But at the time I was really into the X-Men run by Grant Morrison that had just ended and the Daredevil being put together by Bendis and Maleev – the Fantastic Four had been so stale for so long (read: the 90’s) I had given up.

And to be honest, I wasn’t completely sold by Mark Waid being the writer. It wasn’t that he wasn’t good, but nothing I had read by him resonated outside of a very brilliant, but short, run on Captain America. What grabbed me were the pencils, somewhat cartoonish but still stylized pleasantly for my palette. The now late Mike Wieringo was able to infuse some life into a comic book that desperately needed it, and the combination of  that with Waid’s solid writing created a great book. Good starting point for anyone who’s never read, or never enjoyed, the Fantastic Four.

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Top 100 Summer Comics #68


I’m guilty. Been crazy at work. But got time for this post, and a big handful tomorrow. As many, many, many wise man have said…

Git ‘er dun. (I Cringed.)

#68 – Fantastic Four 554

It was all new. It was exciting. It was… the same old Fantastic Four. The team we have known for going on 50 years VERY soon. But after some ehh years (excluding the Waid / Weiringo team) the FF have had a lot of poorly directed storylines.

Mark Millar came in and kicked ass. (Full of puns today, I’m trying to rein them in.) He took the original recipe, stripped away all the superfluous nonsense and revitalized this series, even if it was just a brief run. This being the first issue really gave the gravity that while this was your father’s fantastic four, it was finally as sharp, fresh, and quick as the original series had been in 1963. It had all of the equatable (galactic implications x family conflict) needs without any of the (convoluted history x complicated family melodrama) failings that plague the series. The dialogue speaks volumes – it’s been at least 30 years since anyone’s written Mr. Fantastic as well as Millar did here.

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Redesign gone wrong…

The new look for Wonder Woman has been a big topic. I without question agree with my fellow ‘Noizer and give this two thumbs down. It’s screaming 1994 in the worst way.

Speaking of… way back when Mrs. Richards aka Susan Storm aka the Invisible Woman had a pretty horrific makeover herself. To set the tone, Vampirella and Lady Death were hot and the “era of bad girl comics” was in full effect. So, someone with a great deal of originality and understanding of the character thought “Hey, why not?” and THIS was the result…

Hrm. Really?  And the jacket wasn’t really a part of the outfit. So for better reference…

Yeah. Thigh highs and cleavage peek-a-boo. Classy. And what about The Thing? Why’s he got a iron mask over his face?? Well, he got scarred. Yes, the giant rock dude had half his face melted, and being the vein creature he is, saw the need to cover that up. Maybe they threw in a “needs to heal” side story, but I don’t remember.

If anyone is unaware of this era of the Fantastic Four… I recommend it for the morbidly curious. Its dark, convoluted and overall pretty crappy. Yuck.

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