April 9, 2015 |
MUCH HAS been made about the absence of fact-checkers and copy editors in journalism, but how about at the post office? The U.S. mail introduced a "Forever" stamp featuring the late Maya Angelou yesterday, with a quote on it that wasn't written by Angelou. D'oh! "A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song," the Angelou stamp reads. Alas, the quote was written by poet Joan Walsh Anglund and published in 1967. The Washington Post said that Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders initially defended the use of the quote, saying it had been widely attributed to Angelou.
September 11, 2006 |
A relaunch of the Justice League of America doesn't happen every day. Re-energizing a title that had been published almost continuously for more thanfour decades, featuring the world's most popular and recognizable characters - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern - is a daunting task. Fortunately for DC Comics, they found best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer. Meltzer (who will do a signing for his latest novel, "The Book of Fate," Sept. 21 at Chester County Book Co. in West Chester)
September 29, 2008 |
Comics Guy often finds comics based on genres other than superheroes to be disappointing. Why? Because a lot of the time they are attempts to do stories, like crime dramas, that are done repeatedly on TV and in movies - and often done better. Usually, such projects are attempts to have comics taken seriously in a medium dominated by superhero genre fare - a genre that Comics Guy thinks comics do better than anyone else. So when Comics Guy kept hearing how great Ed Brubaker's "Criminal" was, my gut reaction was, "Great.
July 24, 2006 |
AS INDEPENDENCE Month comes to a close - and the controversy over "the American Way" being deleted from "Superman Returns" still simmers - it is worth asking whether there are any patriotic heroes left in comics. Of course there is the Man of Steel, although patriotism has been downplayed lately. There is also Captain America, but his status as a symbol of America has not really been explored in his book recently (that's a subject for another column). But a book exploring the complexities and realities of the American dream is "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.
May 28, 2011 |
I WENT TO SEE "Thor" with friends at the movies. It is a must-see for any self-respecting comic-book fan from the Lee-Kirby era of Marvel Comics. We were a privileged lot, no doubt about it. My friend John and I would never have dreamed that the super-hero comics that we voraciously read in our youth would ever have received such fabulous treatment. It was beyond the pale. But here we are. And there you have them - Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and (soon!) Captain America.
March 24, 2014 |
AS HOLLYWOOD expands the boundaries of its "summer" season, the spring box office heats up a little earlier each year. This year, Captain America and various X-Men arrive before the solstice and long before school is out, and blockbusters like "Godzilla" turn up on the schedule. There are some interesting imports and independents, as well. Here are a few to watch for: "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," April 4. Marvel-ous sequel has the title character (Chris Evans) teaming with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)
July 5, 2007 |
HOUSTON - Philadelphia is a city that infamously threw snowballs at Santa Claus and venerates Ben Franklin. That never really warmed to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt while embracing the fictional Rocky as a symbol of its gritty spirit. But what will the city of cheesesteaks and scrapple make of Captain America? Captain America is the gee-whiz, red-white-and-blue comic-book hero who stands for all that's good and right. It's also what people who have been around Joe Savery call the 21-year-old lefthanded pitcher who was the Phillies' No. 1 draft choice out of Rice University.
June 20, 2006 |
IN ONE OF those no-longer-rare cases of a piece of the story reporting the story, tmz.com says that Bruce Willis has filed suit against L.A. paparazzo Anthony Goodrich for telling tmz.com that Willis had smashed his camera in his face outside a West Hollywood restaurant. Goodrich said the camera-meets-face confrontation caused a cut nose and a chipped tooth. Willis claims that to be a lie. The suit, filed by Willis' attorney, Marty Singer, alleges that Goodrich and other "stalker-paparazzi" flashed high-powered strobes at Willis and that he "put his hand up in front of his face to shield his eyes from the blinding flash.
June 24, 2006 |
Bruce Arena sounded more like a man ready to say goodbye than a coach eager to sign on for another World Cup. He was noncommittal after the Americans were knocked out in the 2002 quarterfinals, too, though he said then he was open to staying on and eventually agreed to a new four-year contract. Yesterday he spoke in the past tense and showed little eagerness to stay. "Four years ago I was completely burnt out after that whole thing. I was a zombie for about two weeks," he said.
May 2, 2003 |
Unlike other directors of movies based on comic books, Bryan Singer has never been a big fan of the genre. As a kid, he preferred Captain Kirk to Captain America. Yet the boyish director from Princeton Township, N.J., helped turn superheroes into a serious business for Hollywood three years ago, when his "X-Men" surprised everyone and earned huge box-office bucks, grossing $54 million on its opening weekend. Singer likes to think it's because he focused on the human side of the "X-Men" stories.