March 25, 2016 |
Although Batman and Superman will appear and fight on the big screen for the first time in a film hitting screens this weekend, the seemingly odd matchup has happened several times in the comics. Why are Superman and Batman presented at cross purposes so often - and why do fans enjoy that conflict? "People find the conflict between Superman and Batman compelling because the disparity in power levels of the two characters means that Batman will always have to come up with some incredibly clever strategy to survive and even triumph," said comics writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, author of Superman on the Couch: What Superheroes Really Tell Us About Ourselves and Our Society . "On the other hand, Superman's character will be tested as he has to battle an adversary who is so much less powerful, without killing him or looking like a bully.
March 15, 2016 |
In the comic book world of author Pearl S. Buck, the superhero is on a crusade without a cape, mask, or phone booth for a quick change. Johnny Everyman, a civil engineer by day and night, fights for ethnic and racial justice using only his powers of persuasion. Billed as the "friend of the people of many lands," Everyman was the Nobel Prize-winning writer's effort to spread a message of acceptance and cross-cultural understanding in the 1940s, when the world was at war and prejudice and xenophobia were widespread.
December 30, 2015 |
Just in time for 2016, fans of community, coffee, and comic books will have a new place to visit. Although Philadelphia has a rich tradition of quality comic-book shops - and could brag that Showcase Comics on South Street was the largest black-owned comic shop in the United States for quite some time - Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will be the first black female-owned comic book shop to open its doors on the East Coast. This "geeky" hybrid hopes to contribute to the burgeoning Kensington section of Philadelphia.
July 13, 2015 |
Ant-Man is upon us. On Friday, another superhero heads to the multiplexes. A Silver Age brethren of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor, Ant-Man is, um, a little different. Sure, he has the superhuman strength, the supercool costume, and the supersmart-alecky retorts of a Marvel Comics crimebuster. But this guy is less than an inch high, and if he joined his fellow Formicidae in an invasion of your kitchen pantry, you'd grab the Raid and gun him down with the rest of the pests. How can this tiny speck possibly do battle with evil masterminds bent on world domination?
June 23, 2015 |
Patrick is a compassionate, earnest, friendly and polite 16-year-old with a great sense of humor. He cares deeply about other people's feelings. Patrick loves to be helpful and hopes to be a police officer when he grows up so that he can help protect his community. Patrick makes a great effort to please the people around him. He is happiest when he feels loved and respected. Patrick gets along well with his peers and with adults. A bit shy when meeting new people, he soon warms up and easily engages in conversation, especially when the topic is sports.
May 8, 2015 |
THOUGH Greg Horn has been a fixture at Wizard World Philly for years now, the one constant is that Horn remains one of the rare artists whose art on the cover alone moves comics off shelves. So much else has changed, though, in the industry and for Horn personally. "There's a lot more business to comics than I thought there was when I was a fan," he said. "You'd come in here and draw and if you drew the best, everything [was] going to go your way. "There's a lot of politics.
February 23, 2015 |
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
October 8, 2014 |
AFTER NEARLY 20 years, James Bond is returning to comics. Dynamite Entertainment, of Mount Laurel, N.J., has announced perhaps the biggest deal in its history, landing the worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics and graphic novels starring Ian Fleming 's Secret Agent 007. As part of the deal, Dynamite plans to create a series of brand-new adventures about the little-known early years of Bond's career, in addition to bringing...
July 10, 2014 |
Ryan Brady was volunteering at Cooper's Poynt School in Camden, helping 5- and 6-year-old kindergartners with early reading and math skills, when he noticed something super about their wardrobe and backpack choices. "The kids there, they all have Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, all these superheroes from faraway cities," Brady said. "I thought, maybe if they had a superhero who was from their city, they'd have something to be excited about. " Thus, the Bolt was born. Brady, 25, a self-described geek who has loved comic books since before he could read, created Sean, a college student at Ruttledge-Camden (a stand-in for Rutgers-Camden)
June 19, 2014 |
THE TERM "living legend" is thrown around pretty loosely these days. However, when it comes to Neal Adams, the description is more than apt - and richly deserved. It was Adams who defined the look of iconic characters like Batman, Superman and Green Arrow for the modern age. In other words, it was Adams who gave them the look that we associate with them today. "All I really did was bring Batman back to what he was supposed to be," Adams said with typical modesty. "I didn't really change him. " Nevertheless, it is Adams' look for Batman and the others that almost every artist who has drawn the characters since aspires to. That's pretty impressive, but it pales in comparison to Adams' advocacy for creator rights, which was seared into him when he saw scores of artists lose their jobs because of a congressional crackdown on comics in the 1950s that made horror and crime comics disappear and prompted a Comics Code Authority to establish guidelines on appropriate content.