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Dare Devil the Man Without Fear Frank Miller Hard Cover

I have to say I was not a huge Dare Devil fan. I always felt like he was Marvel’s answer to Batman. I just could not get into it until I read the Frank Miller origin. Miller just has a way of telling a story like you’re reading a great detective novel or watching a film noir. The retelling of the origin made me appreciate the character more. I felt sympathy for the orphan kid who grew up blind as a result of an accident which taught him how to survive with his other senses. Matt Murdock’s need to feel alive through near death experiences resonates with Batman’s need to fight crime. Both characters have flawed love lives that are exposed, as well as, a need to distance themselves from people who care about them. John Romita Jr brings the character to life through amazing illustrations that pay homage to the silver age yet incorporate the copper age. flsptcards is selling a great hardcover graphic novel that collects all five issues of this limited series. This is a great way to rediscover the origin of Dare Devil.

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100 Days of Summer Comics… #96

John Romita Jr. is a favorite of mine.

Hopefully he’s a favorite of yours.

His Spider-Man is infamous. But what about his Daredevil? Because I LOVED it.

#96 – Daredevil 276

Acts of Vengeance will get it’s own post from me sooner or later. But goddamn, how cool is this cover? Basic gist of the crossover is that the villains got together and decided, in an attempt to finally usurp their enemies, to essentially “switch off”. So you ended up with some cooky battles, but this was my favorite. Daredevil versus Ultron. So grimy. So dirty. J.R. Jr was far from the fully developed artist he became by the 90’s, but he was already a master. His work was so perfect I don’t think I needed to do much more than post this cover. Do what you can and check out as much of his 80’s Daredevil work as you can. Forgotten classics.

$20 ?!?! ACT QUICK!!!

First thing I thought when I saw this –

What? This can’t be real.

But… it looks real. It matches up. And it’s only 20 bucks?!?

What this looks like is an early sketch idea for the final cover. This being an early John Romita Jr. piece for the cover of Iron Man #124. The price couldn’t be more right, and given the IRON MAN 2 movie coming out this weekend (I’ll admit, my interest is piqued) – I can’t believe this is going for so cheap.  Here’s the final cover, so just do some quick checking (both of the image, your gut, and your wallet) before you place a bid. Ends on Thursday night…

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Kick-Ass: The Comic Noize Review.

This past weekend, I settled myself down in the bowels of my local multiplex (as opposed to the bowels of my local Multiplex, which would just have been gross on all sorts of levels) and prepared to enjoy 2 hours or so of superhero satirizing snarkiness.

I’d say I got about an hour and a quarter. Maybe an hour and a half.

It’s not that Kick Ass was a bad movie, or even a bad adaption. It’s not. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s violent, it’s snarky, and at times it’s stupid. It’s everything you could want from a comic that was fun, funny, violent, snarky, and at times stupid. It’s just that somewhere along the line, they forgot what they were making fun of, and the movie turns into a full blown wish fulfillment superhero fantasy.

Production wise and acting wise, there’s nothing to complain about. The movie looks top notch. All the actors more than pull their weight, and Chloe Grace Moretz as Hit Girl especially is going to come out of this with a cult following (which given her age, and the age of the character, is kind of creepy).

And of course Nicolas Cage puts his usual unusual touches on his role, using what’s been described as an “Adam West” voice during his costumed scenes as Big Daddy (though to me it was far more William Shatner). And there’s a point later in the movie where he seemingly channels his own performance in the camp classic remake of The Wicker Man.

(No, really, it’s up for sale. And has a bid.)

Certain critics have been harsh on the movie for the character of Hit Girl, Roger Ebert especially. And after seeing the movie, while certainly not offended or disturbed, I have to say, I completely understand. One of the few notable changes the movie made was to remove a certain twist from a certain characters origin (I’m trying to stay spoiler-free here), and by doing so they dulled the clarity of the “a real world kid sidekick would be a sociopathic mess stripped of an actual childhood” idea. The movie took more subtle paths towards this, such as shooting a big rescue scene from her perspective, making it look like a first person video game. So it’s clear to me how someone could miss the point.

(The point of this… much less clear.)

The long and short of it is, Kick Ass is a good movie. First and foremost, that’s what it is. And it certainly lives up to the superficial levels of the comic book. It’s the satirical part that it falls short on (and this is coming from someone who has his doubts as to just how much satire Millar was actually pumping into the comic in the first place; based on his past works, he strikes me as the type of guy who came up with the 11 year old mass murdering superhero idea first and the parody aspects of it second), as it drops the promised “these aren’t your same old superheroes” idea and settles for the standard Hollywood superhero movie route of big showdowns, big FX, and a happy ending. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, and it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it as just a plain old cartoony shoot em up action movie.

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It’s not often that a father-son lineage could both be considered among the best of their generation. 

Basically it comes down to the family Kubert and the John Romitas (Sr. and Jr.). 

John Romita Jr. has arguably grown into an even larger legend than his father – with over thirty years (and counting!) of work in comics, he has probably crossed the hands of anyone who has picked up comics even for a short time. His distinctive style has evolved over the years, bringing classical influences of the highest order such as Kirby, Steranko and his father together with a grittier, line heavy style that could be compared to Bill Sienkiewicz and even Neal Adams. If there were a bridge between Jack Kirby and Mike Mignola, JR JR would be it. 

Not surprisingly, original art by Romita Jr. can fetch a hefty tag, but if you dig, you can find bargains. 

This first piece would NOT be one of those bargains. It is, however, AWESOME.

An unpublished cover for Uncanny X-Men #310 

Call me crazy but I like this one more – I was never a huge fan of the cover that got published, it feels really crowded. I prefer the perspective given on this piece, but about 15 years too late to make any changes. Seeing art like this always makes me wish that when these companies repackage series in collections that they would include as much unused art as possible. I know they do this when they can, but I had not seen this before today and there’s got to be piles of this stuff around. 

Not quite as jaw-dropping in scope as the unused cover, but probably just as captivating visually. The only drawback on this, the original art for the cover of Spider-Man: The Lost Years #2 is the context – this is from the height of the clone years. So for all you Kaine and Ben Reilly fans, this ones for you. 

On to the more budget minded (or for anyone who doesn’t have an extra $2k+ sitting around)…

Here is a VERY awesome JR Jr sketch book / portfolio collection. Limited to what I would imagine is 500-1000 pieces, each hand numbered and signed by Romita Jr. himself. There’s another one of these up with a $69.95 buy it now, but this one, ending tomorrow, is currently sitting at $2.25. Check out the link and scope out what appears to be an awesome collector’s item.

Finally, a slightly different item. This is from an artist profile series of books, including lots of art, analysis and interviews with the artist. I have the Alan Davis book from this series and it’s a great read. A bargain at any price, but this one has an excellent buy it now. If you are interested in any and every aspect of the artist’s career, methods, and evolution, this is a must have.

Kick Ass kicks ass.

Since a new Kick Ass movie poster was just released (and does that movie look like it’s going to be awesome or what? Nicolas Cage alone is worth price of admission.), I thought it would be appropriate to showcase a few auctions featuring Kick Ass the actual comic.

For the autograph hound: issue #1, signed by writer Mark Millar, artist John Romita Jr, and… Jane Goldman? Yeah, I went “who?” too, then I googled her. She’s one of the writers for the movie, and she’s British and hot and usually has pink hair, and she hosts a paranormal investigation show… yeah, you kind of need her autograph.

For the art collector: A Romita sketch of Kick Ass… done on the back of a baseball jersey? Hey, whatever.

And for the uninitiated: all 7 issues of the comic. Yes, that’s right, an ongoing comic series that has only gone 7 issues has a full length motion picture coming out already. But it’s one that looks really, REALLY good, and the comic itself is really, REALLY good (when it actually comes out), so let’s give it a pass on getting a little big for it’s britches, shall we?

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