August 16, 2002 |
The Film at the Prince folks have come up with another winning program: comic books. Taking a cue from the recent box office successes of Spider-man, X-Men and The Flaming Carrot (OK, forget that last one - but check out Bob Burden's book featuring "the world's first surrealist superhero"), the Prince people have put together a late-summer series teeming with caped crusaders, Japanese anime, vintage noir, '60s camp, and other cool stuff adapted from and influenced by comics. The action begins tonight with Joseph Losey's 1966 study in pop-art cinema, Modesty Blaise.
November 16, 1992 |
Superman dead? Just how can they kill off a comic-book hero, not to mention one that stands for truth, justice and the American way, after some five decades of crime fighting? Before wondering what they'll say in the eulogy, keep in mind that comic- book companies, like television networks during sweeps weeks, are plenty crafty at conjuring up ways to boost circulation. Lots of characters have "died" in comic books over the years, few actually making it to the morgue. Bucky - "Captain America," a title popular during World War II, was revived in the '60s, but with one hitch: writers retroactively rubbed out Bucky, the title character's Robin-like pal. Captain Marvel - Forget about the whiny wimp who screamed "Shazam!"
June 29, 2009 |
Although most of the public thinks of comic books as "kids' stuff," there are few titles being published for small children. Indeed, the average superhero comic is either too violent, sophisticated or boring for those 10 and younger. There are far more "Mature Readers" titles like "The Boys: Herogasm" (see below) than books like "Scooby Doo. " The convenient excuse is that with so many other entertainment options available to them, kids have left comics. In reality, comics have left kids - young boys and girls will happily read comics that are aimed at them and that engage them.
December 9, 1993 |
I read an interesting article this week. It was out of one of the comic distributors' newsletters. It said that from January of 1992 to June of 1993, the comic industry grew more than 400 percent. From June through October of this year, the same market shrunk almost 200 percent. Most of this was attributed to investors getting into and out of the market, but other factors have contributed. Image burst onto the scene and initially created a great amount of interest. Most of the comic industry's hot artists jumped over to Image.
August 6, 2012 |
Shakespearean classics as comic books? Dante reduced to some sleazy strip out of the Sunday funnies? The Great Books - all those texts teachers told us to revere as holy, inviolate - increasingly are showing up on the graphic-novel shelves. For some, it's a potential nightmare: Homer's Iliad sitting next to Homer Simpson; Shakespeare's Tempest next to Peanuts . Yet artists and teachers alike are embracing recent graphic novelizations of a dozen great books, from the Bard of Avon's greatest tragedies to novels and short stories by Franz Kafka.
February 3, 1986 |
There were better ways that 41-year-old Ralph Deyo could have spent a Sunday than crowded into a room with about 50 young comic-book fiends, all heavily engaged in the commerce of heroes and villains. It wasn't exactly that it was undignified. It just felt a little odd, Deyo indicated, to be the only guy in the room wearing a coat and tie and not cradling carefully selected comic classics in his arms. But then, Deyo could empathize with the passion, if not exactly with the cast of characters.
September 6, 2013 |
It's back-to-school season, so put these applications on your smartphone or tablet to help with the important educational matters of free reading, writing, and comic books (yes, comic books). Free Books , from Digital Press Publishing L.L.C., provides access to an advertised 23,469 classic books. The Apple version is 99 cents, the Android version from the Google Play site is free. You'll find everything from Alice in Wonderland to the Kama Sutra . In Free Books, search for a book you've been assigned to read, or browse by genre or among the featured selections.
August 21, 1997 |
First it was "Batman & Robin. " Then came "Men in Black," "Spawn" and, last weekend, "Steel. " With all these movies in theaters, this season should be dubbed "The Summer of the Comic Book Superhero. " One main factor brings audiences to these live-action films based on comic books again and again, said Kevin Smith, writer/director of the movie "Chasing Amy," which centered on characters who wrote and illustrated comics: "The guys in tights kicking ass. " Smith, 27, is also owner of Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash, a comic-book store in Red Bank, N.J., the town where he was raised and still lives.
November 30, 1993 |
Whenever Chuck Dixon got very quiet in math class, his teachers always knew exactly what he was doing. Drawing. Pictures of Superman, Batman, Spiderman - anyone and anything except equations. "I used to get in trouble because whenever I was bored, I would draw," Dixon said. "I learned to read from comic books. Now, I realize how important math is, but I also want my former teachers to know I make my living through comic books. " Dixon, 39, who grew up in Upper Darby, is a writer for Batman and Robin comics, two of D.C. Comics Inc.'s biggest sellers.
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.