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Sunday Brunch: 10/3/10

Finally, it returns…! Beneath the fold, I discuss recent episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and survey this wretched hive of scum and villainy we call the comics internet.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK(S): What would EC Comics look like, feel like, read like today, if the company never closed its doors?

BRAVE AND THE BOLD DEPT:

Batman: Brave and the Bold is also back on the air, though only 26 (well, 23 now) episodes remain until the show vanishes from the airwaves. Bah, I say!

“The Siege of Starro!” Parts 1 and 2 Written by Joseph Kuhr, whose name sounds about as real as Edward Nigma’s

Ever expect to see Ultra the Multi-Alien in a cartoon? How about Anthro? Even my old favorite, Elongated Man? Or how about the lowly B’Wana Beast, a character so unloved and esoteric that his three issue run in Showcase only lasted two issues? Well, they’re all in this two-parter, the most epic pair of episodes the show has yet attempted. Even B’Wana Beast– a character given quite a bit of spotlight in this show– finds redemption as the greatest of heroes. Even a loser can save the day, as this story shows– as Aquaman dubs it, “The Time the C-List Heroes Barely Helped Save the Day!”

After several past teasers have played up the threat of Starro, the big starfish finally rears his ugly, uh, eye, played up as a Galactus-level extinction event, right down to his own herald, the Faceless Hunter from Space, a far more irredeemable character than the Silver Surfer. When Starro subjugates most of the population of Earth, including its superheroes, it’s up to Batman and a motley crew of Booster Gold, Captain Marvel, Firestorm, and B’Wana Beast to save the day, but the plot is peppered with appearances by obscure heroes– Space Ranger shows up, for crying out loud, and there’s even a Sugar and Spike cameo!– and enough geeky references to choke Mark Waid, from a stuffed Gleek in the Faceless Hunter’s trophy room to a stunningly accurate line-up of Batmobiles in the Batcave. Batman even uses his own villain’s weapons against the Hunter, including an action scene featuring the robot dinosaur. Heck, the animators recreate the very first Justice League cover from Brave and the Bold #28, except with Batman and the League of Also-Rans.

There’s more to this show than just nerdy references, however. Remember Grant Morrison’s attempt to reconcile all of Batman’s past adventures as the life of one man, even the crazy Silver Age stuff? This show does that for the entire DC Universe, crafting it as a place with an immensely rich history, and giving each hero his or her due. B’Wana Beast will never carry his own comic in today’s market, but here he can carry an episode or two, and make the viewer fall in love with him, no matter how silly he is. We see him as Billy Batson sees him– crazy awesome. Whilst modern DC Comics draw the characters further down into violent degradation, or, even worse, mediocrity, this television show acts as an uplifting breath of fresh air, polishing off the forgotten and unloved superheroes of yesteryear and portraying the DC Universe the way it should be– as a gleaming galaxy of imagination, adventure, and pure sense of wonder, in which the good guys always do the right thing, and Aquaman can kick anyone’s ass.

“Requiem for a Scarlet Speedster!” Written by Greg Weisman

Hey, remember Flash: Rebirth? Some folks seemed to think it was needlessly convoluted and nigh-incomprehensible for anyone who didn’t have a Ph.D in DC continuity. On the flip side, we have this episode of a cartoon, ostensibly aimed at children (but really aimed at their nerdy parents) which introduces Barry Allen, kills him off, expands his legacy, utilizes every major Rogue, and brings him back to life in twenty minutes. This is how it should be done, everybody.

Look at how brilliantly this has to be paced to fit into a single episode: After the opening teaser pairing Batman with a revamped line-up of Outsiders (the classic Aparo teaming, with Black Lightning ‘froed up, as well as Halo and Geo-Force, who has comical Yakov Smirnov accent, yes?), we’re treated to a series of flashbacks showing us Batman and Barry teaming up in the good old days, then a smash cut to a memorial statue of the dearly departed Flash. Batman intercepts a handful of Rogues doing dastardly shenanigans in Central City, and the Rogues, being the world’s biggest Flash fanboys, lament the loss of “their” scarlet speedster. Jay Garrick, “Geezer Flash,” and Wally West, “Baby Flash,” show up to help Batman out, but for the Rogues, it’s just not the same. Wally’s got a chip on his shoulder, and Jay confides to Bats the real way Barry died– in a dimensional tunnel trailing Professor Zoom– and that he’s been seeing Barry’s ghost. After Batman sees the same, the rest of the episode spools out with the trio of heroes taking a cosmic treadmill journey to the 25th century where Zoom rules like a king and increases his speed by trapping Barry Allen– still alive– in a giant hamster wheel of doom. And it all ends with Batman stealing some speed of his own and Barry kicking some butt, as these things go.

I know what you’re thinking. In the old days, comics could pull this story off in eight pages! They didn’t need twenty minutes of animation! But compared to the comics of today, this show is on speed– pun intended. This episode also marks the only time I’ve cared about a Barry Allen that wasn’t dead (and no wonder– he was voiced by Alan Tudyk!). I will miss this show when it’s gone. It reduces me to that eight year old boy that fell in love with these characters in the first place, the same boy whose entire adult sense of morality and responsibility came from the examples these superheroes set. Do the right thing. Never give up. There’s always hope. Only nothing is impossible.

ITEM(S)! Two good bits of business from Tom Spurgeon over the past few weeks. First, he asks Twelve Questions About DC’s Restructuring– pre-Bob-Harras-announcement, sure, but worthy of consideration, such as:

So, if you’re a DC employee, it’s possible you just spent several months thinking you might lose your job — a comics job! — in a shitty economy or have to move to California and away from your friends with an unknown incentive package, or none at all, as the basis for making this possible. This was followed by a couple of weeks just past where you were told that an announcement was imminent. This may have been followed by a moment of relief — that’s how it was described to me — when the New York publishing offices were announced as staying open. And yet this was followed by word that divisions are being closed, which was followed by further news that everyone is being evaluated — with firings on the table.

Tom also discusses the state of comics journalism over at our sister blog, Robot 6. Here’s what he says he’d like to see more of in comics:

I’d like to see significant development in the non-commercial, non-publishing aspects of comics. I’d like to see greater library collections, I’d like publishers to maintain a high standard when dealing with the life’s work of some of these creators. I’d like to see some nonprofit comics companies. I’d like to see more comics stores and many more models for comics stores. I’d like to see us move from less of a collector’s model for previously published work and more of a used-books model, because I think that’s a boon to readers. I’d like to see DC’s sales figures.

I’d like to see fewer efforts on behalf of sick, broke and ailing creators, although I’m afraid we may see more of those.

That last line is… interesting…

ITEM(S)! Colin Smith is a blogging robot, surely made in the same factory where Brian Cronin was built, posting what feels like (and may have been?) dozens of essays whilst I was too busy getting shot in the face by foul-mouthed twelve-year olds in Halo: Reach. The last several pieces involve the Micronauts, American Flagg, war comics, the original, aborted six-issue Hulk run, and JMS’s Thor. So go to his site and read until your eyes fall out. And then get some new eyes.

ITEM(S)! Some good bits over at the 4thletter during my video game vacation, as well. Firstly, Gavok takes a look back, with The Year in Panels, spotlighting his favorite comic panels from the past year– Booster Gold’s sad face makes me laugh.

Next we’ve got David Brothers talking about Flex Mentallo, and if there’s one thing I’ll always link to (besides Chris Sims stuff, things with Aquaman in them, and Axe Cop), it’s critical writing about Flex Mentallo:

Just like romance movies, fairy tales, sitcoms, and every other thing that tells us how life is before we get to experience it ourselves, superheroes sell us a reality that only works with archetypes. Every romance is an atom bomb of passion or strife. Lovers embrace against all odds and damn the consequences. No one gets to settle for someone they didn’t want or to be content with somebody who is just okay. Love triangles aren’t a ball of stress and drama so much as an entertaining diversion. No one comes home, hugs their wife, and goes to bed early. Everything is larger than life. Superheroes go hard or go home. There is no in-between.

It’s just the first in a series of posts! I’m excited. I’m also excited that David bought the new Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry Thor issue for the John Workman lettering. You know they’re shooting for the heavens if they brought Workman in to letter that title again. Thor has suddenly become the most beautiful comic on the stands:

OBLIGATORY CHRIS SIMS LINK(S): Over at ComicsAlliance, Sims takes the Marvel universe speed dating with Max Huffman, which leads to images like this:

Sims, in concert with David Uzimeri, is also taking twenty-two for the team by reviewing/analyzing/suffering through every episode of Smallville’s final season. Godspeed, little doodle. Says the Uzi:

It’s kind of weird, since the original plan for this show was that it was going to be the Young Bruce Wayne Adventures. And if they’d done that, we’d have this Bruce Wayne by now who’d fought the Joker, gotten his back broken by Bane, solved his parents’ murder and turned in Joe Chill, saved Dick Grayson at a circus, had Dick Grayson grow up and go away, found a kid lifting tires off of his car and started hanging out with him, had him killed by the Joker, and then taken a dip in a Lazarus Pit before finally at the beginning of season ten someone goes “Hey, what if you dressed up as a bat?”

ITEM! Zom of the Mindless Ones discusses The Bat-Signal:

Kane’s Batman was frequently to be found outside the city, in the wilderness. The use of the Bat-Signal in that kind of fictional landscape, while undoubtedly possessing a symbolic and aesthetic dimension, also feels more practical than it often does in the today’s comics. The introduction of the countryside, a second distinct environment beyond the city, lends the idea of calling Batman home with a beacon considerably more weight, as does the brute fact that this Bat-Signal was regularly seen from the distance, and was explicitly tasked with hailing Batman. This more concretised sense of the Bat-Signal as beacon is at odds with the more woolly role of the Signal plays today. Given the sophisticated technology that Batman is seen to deploy in other contexts, our modern Signal barely makes sense as a communication device, which means that it’s use within modern comics often has much more to do with its power as a symbol than any practical function…

ITEM! Matt Seneca writes about one of my favorite overlooked comics from the past indeterminate length of time, the Veitch/Edwards Question mini-series (dig that John Workman lettering!):

And page 2 is something else entirely, a bright nine-grid of POV shots that trace the Question’s alter ego, crusading reporter Vic Sage, on a train ride from Chicago to Superman’s stomping grounds in Metropolis. From the muddy, glowing, impressionistic muck of the Question scenes, we’re catapulted into an almost-too-real world of human figures with lines drawn over them, bits of Sage’s hands or the newspaper he’s reading moving into his sightline every once in a while to give the proceedings the surrealistic air of a first-person shooter video game. What Sage sees, we see. What happens to him, happens to us. And nothing more. It’s a supremely effective way of placing us in this enigmatic, prickly guy’s shoes, but even more impressive than the story conceit is the formal one. Save for a killer post-Steranko splash, these two pages’ elements compose the entire issue’s structure, as the Question’s dark, rock-hard scat-narration action pages (set “yesterday”) alternate with Sage’s sparkly, eye-squinting realist views (set “today”) for every page left in the comic.

ITEM! The Let’s Be Friends Again guys show us the real fallout over DC’s West Coast move (click here for the full strip yo):

ITEM! Previews talks to the director of the upcoming Grant Morrison documentary, which we will all buy like good little Whorrisons, yes?

ITEM! Chip Zdarsky runs for mayor of Toronto, and you can’t stop him!

ITEM! Hey, it’s that Isaiah-Mustafa-as-Luke-Cage-sorta video that’s going around. Now send it to thirty friends or you’ll never find true love.

AXE COP MOMENT OF THE WEEK(S): What does Axe Cop do with all those chopped-off heads?

REMAKE/REMODEL this week is Captain America, that strange American scientific experiment let loose on the USA’s enemies! Here are three great entries by Paul Sizer, Thomas Perkins, and the mysterious Robb:

Aaaaaand that’s it! So what TV shows are you watching this season? And which of them have been canceled already?

[My TV thoughts, in few words. House– boring! Lone Star– should have been on AMC. I didn’t watch it. I am the reason it’s dead. The Event– also avoided it. Jason Ritter has the world’s most punchable face. Hawaii 5-0– orange. I only watched it for James Marsters. (He played a vampire before, as did O’Loughlin, and Len Wiseman, who directed the pilot, is responsible for Underworld. Eee!) Castle– solid as ever. Raising Hope– not very good. Running Wilde– worse (my expectations were high). Undercovers– solid but fluffy, should be on USA instead. No Ordinary Family– didn’t bother. Modern Family– chuckle-worthy. Terriers– best new show on TV. Community– best show on American TV. 30 Rock– flippin’ hilarious, back on form. Shat My Shat Shats– less funny than genocide. Outsourced– racist. Always Sunny– slipping. The League– getting better ever episode. The Good Guys– good, has guys. Blue Bloods– boring! (Sorry, Mr. Selleck). The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret– not my cup of tea. Family Guy– watching out of inertia. Cleveland Show– same. Venture Bros– good, but complex in its continuity. Childrens Hospital– caught it on a whim, surprised by how good it is. Metalocalypse– metal.]

Yes, I watch everything except the stuff that wins Emmys.

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The Brave and the Bold is so good it hurts.

For space reasons, I buy fewer and fewer graphic novels to keep, but man, Flex Mentallo’s one of a maybe a dozen series that I’d keep by my bedside bookshelf if DC could arrange for Charles Atlas not to sue them.

TV that you dinna mention, captain: Eastbound & Down – hilarious in making its characters totally unsympathetic. Sunnyesque. Boardwalk Empire — such a grab bag of talent that it’s solid and hard to ignore, but slightly disappointing in that it doesn’t seem to be doing anything new with the genre yet. Sons of Anarchy — Over the top badassery. Not high art, perhaps, but fun. Plus, you know, Ron Perlman. Weeds — The cool kids tell me I’m not supposed to like this any more, and most of the criticism is valid. But it’s become such an insane mess that I can ignore the plot and enjoy the chaos and intermittant chuckles. You might be the last person needed for the critical mass that will convince me to give Terriers a go.

Re: EC comics…to be fair, they did their part in band-wagon-jumping, going for whatever was fashionable at the moment, even if usually taking everything to the logical end. So in 90s they did print a whole comic in holograms, and these days they would be closing down their manga imprint…

The only thing more fun than watching THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD is watching it with a bright six-year-old. Phenix adores it. I ended up pulling out a bunch of the old Haney/Aparo books for him to look at as well, when I told him it was a comic. Good times.

The Brave and the Bold rules!!! Loved the Starro episodes…and B’wanna Beast!!!

Both B’Wana Beast and Elongated Man appeared in Justice league Unlimited. B’wana Beast helped look for Wonder Woman when she was turned into a pig by Circe, and Elongated man was in two episodes (that I remember): playing Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots with Flash, and running crowd control with Booster Gold.

I wonder what EC would have done with their Picto Fiction line…love them all…key switch parties, teen age thrill killers and the books Psychoanalysis, MD…probably would be resurrected and involve malpractice suits.

Jason Ritter was awesome in the tv sitcom The Class, though.

I assume that Spurgeon’s “I’d like to see fewer efforts on behalf of sick, broke and ailing creators, although I’m afraid we may see more of those.” means he’s like to see the industry change so those efforts wouldn’t be needed.

Or he just hates Bill Mantlo.

I totally bought Thor for Workman lettering, as well. I was originally on board when Fraction and Ferry were announced, then it jumped to 3.99 and I jumped off. Then I heard Workman was lettering and I was totally sold (the fact that the first issue had 30 story pages eased the pain somewhat, too).

– Greg Weisman is awesome.

— I think the EC comics of the later years would have gradually become standard genre melodramas, some with recurring characters for brand ID, folowed bya sales slump in the late 1970s as a consequence. They’d then resurged in the 1980s and 1990s by taking advatage of the British Comics Invasion and turning into a more pure-fantasy and horror version of Vertigo. In the 2000s, a guy named Robert Kirkman would have taken over Tales from the Crypt with his “Tales of the Walking Dead” series; but by this point, a major media conglomerate would have bought them for the film options.

— B’wana Beast will always have the central problem of being a white guy in Africa calling himself “B’wana.” And then James Robinson pointlessly kills off the marginally more palatable Freedom Beast. Animal Man is still the best menagerie-themed superhero of all.

— Greg Weisman is awesome!

— On the practicalities of the Bat-Signal…I’ve always believed superheroes work better as allegorical or archetypal narrative figures than as “real” characters; for all the efforts to make characters emotionally engaging, the archetypal limits invariably define the superhero genre and limit the possibilities of a naturalistic superhero narrative. Even guys like Bendis, Ennis, and Brubaker are really just giving us similarly bounded archetypes from other genres — war story, noir, violent farce, police procedural — in superhero or superhuman drag.

— “Smallville is still on?”, he asked for the third consecutive year.

— Spurgeon’s vision for the comics industry is a noble one, but comics are more and more just a small subset of media companies in general and therefore increasingly reflect in microcosm the way such companies operate on a macro scale.

— Greg Weisman is awesome!!

I’ll go to my grave wondering how the hell Batman: Brave and Bold ever got made. Imagine the pitch!

Studio: “A Batman cartoon? Brilliant! Will it be grim and gritty and realistic like the mega-hit The Dark Night?”

Pitch: “Well, no. We wanna kinda get back to the 60s vibe. But there will be lots of guest stars.”

Studio: “Awesome! You mean like Superman and Wonder Woman?”

Pitch: “Um, no. More like B’Wana Beast and Enemy Ace.”

Studio: “Who?”

Pitch: “Don’t worry. Every comic fan over 50 knows who they are.”

Studio: “Over 50?!?” This is a cartoon!”

Pitch: “Don’t worry. We’re gonna have awesome music!”

Studio: “Oooh! Like Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber?”

Pitch: “Um, no. More like a full musical. With Neil Patrick Harris. He’s really gay. And a star on CBS!”

Studio: “CBS? Nobody under 50 watches CBS!”

Pitch: “Your point? Oh, we’ll also have a great big band swing song where The Huntress sings about Aquaman’s tiny penis!”

Studio: “Who? Whose’s penis? Wait, what’s an Enemy Ace?”

Pitch: “Trust me, man. The kids today LOVE Sugar and Spice.”

Studio: “Who? No. Never mind. Just tell me you’ve got an awesome, bad-ass actor to voice Batman.”

Pitch: “Um, ever see The Drew Carey Show?”

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 3, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Who voices Elongated Man, I wanna know?

That Flash ep sounds like it’s adapting the Flash part of COIE with a happy ending. Rock.

So that’s where the chopped off heads go! Wolverine, take note.

I too hope that Spurgeon’s last comment means that the industry should change to the point that benefits for sick creators are unnecessary. However, I happen to have the issue of TCJ that was the last one he edited, and he had some “ideas” for the industry in that that were…odd, let’s say.

I can’t think of anything about the EC question. I think Omar did quite nicely there. And, really, considering that Mad is still published, the company never DID close their doors. However, to me, the interesting implications would stem from the fact that EC not closing would almost have to be due to there having been no Congressional inquiry and/or Comics Code.

Does anyone even use the Comics Code today?

Is Raising Hope the one about the kid with the baby whose baby mama was the criminal? Yeah, that looked stupid as fuck from the commercials. I love your alternate title for Capt Kirk’s new show.

I missed you, Bill.

Curious to see what they do in Brave and the Bold when they do the Scooby Doo crossover (my daughter loves that show, and to be fair, it’s a more interesting version of Scooby than what I’ve seen before; I like how it continually makes fun of the original concept of the show while still telling stories that are within the original concept of the show). In any case, Brave and the Bold rocks, and I can only hope the final season villain will be an out of control Spectre.

I can tell that this last season of Smallville will be memorable for all the wrong reasons after two eps. But I’ve watched 9 seasons, and the comedy this year looks…interesting, so I’ll stick it out (though I fear what this will do to the villain that is central to all this).

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 3, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Ooh, smokescreen reminded me that I was reading an old (1997) DC issue, and the DC Watch this Space page (or whatever they called it then) said that at SDCC, the Scooby editor Bronwyn Taggart talked Grant Morrison and John McCrea into doing a Scooby Doo story. I doubt it ever happened, but MAN, that’d be cool. A series of accidents involving ghosts would give all of the gang super powers. We’d find out there are versions of the Mystery Machine gang across the country and around the world. Shaggy would say, “Scoob, I think there are people watching us!” Scooby: “Rah! Rye can ree ryou!” Then at the end, the “villain” would be unmasked to be “Grant Morrison!” “And I would have gotten away with raising everyone’s awareness of being fictional characters if it wasn’t for you meddling kids!”

I doubt I mixed the GMozz stuff with Scooby very well, but hey, I tried.

Hey, remember Flash: Rebirth? Some folks seemed to think it was needlessly convoluted and nigh-incomprehensible for anyone who didn’t have a Ph.D in DC continuity.

It was. Plus, it was messed up and stupid.

This show is the anti-Geoff Johns and I’m sorry to see it go.

And then James Robinson pointlessly kills off the marginally more palatable Freedom Beast.

Wait, what?

GODDAMMIT.

It took guts for Morrison to make that move, however poorly known the character was, however goofy and condescending white comics writers can be about post-colonialism. And now Robinson has been allowed to mess with that?

You know, it has been a straight terrible idea to give this guy any new work.

First, my son loses Spectacular Spider-Man and Wolverine & the X-Men, now Brave & the Bold? Bah! I know he won’t care in a few months (there’s always another cartoon), but I liked watching them with him and seeing how much he liked them. Grr.

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm

I always hoped B’Wana Beast had a brother, B’Wana Dik, but that’s because I listened to too much Zappa in my teen years.

So, Freedom Beast is like, a less colonialist B’Wana Beast? Hm.

Any relation to the Fashion Beast in Sandman? No? Yeah, didn’t think so.

But on this new Sandman tv show that’ll be out whenever, Lady Gaga should totally play the Fashion Beast in it.

@Mike Loughlin:

You know, you should feel justified in being pissed off about that, no sarcasm at all.

One of the best things about these 70-year-old properties and the way the companies update them is how you can share the wonder of these modern-day myths with the generations preceding, and the generations to come. Your kid can have a Batman, just like you did. It’s great to dish with my dad, a big fan of the old live-action show who watched me grow up on B:TAS, and show him B&B and point out, hey, there’s a lot the industry still respects, and a lot I’ve come to respect myself, about those kooky, zany stories.

Losing this incarnation of Batman is lame. If we’re going to have Nolan’s, I think we should have this one as well.

EC woulda been the “real” publisher with enough guts to invest in the most popular comics of the ’60s: the undergrounds. Being that pretty much all the leading lights of that movement were hardcore EC Fan-Addicts, they would’ve had no shortage of top-notch material filling up their mailboxes. And their experience with the business side of comics would’ve kept the undergrounds profitable far after the hippy-counterculture market died off. EC would’ve published Arcade, and all the weird stuff that people had no choice but to take to Marvel in the ’70s (Howard the Duck, Warlock), and once Heavy Metal came out they would’ve poached some top notch talent, if they didn’t have a lot of those creators already. They would’ve published Raw and Weirdo, or at least something like them, by the ’80s. After that, who knows? It would have been a different world.

Travis Pelkie (My Beard Eats Monsters)

October 4, 2010 at 12:05 am

So, Matt Seneca, EC would have been Fantagraphics, say, 10 years earlier than Fantagraphics?

That would’ve been cool, really. Actually, EC might have published Wally Wood’s Witzend from the late 60s. Maybe Gil Kane’s His Name is Savage. Thinking about it, EC, had they gone an interesting route like that, might have “introduced” the concept of the graphic novel sooner. Hmmm. This is a fun mind game.

The Dc kids comic based on The Batman Brave and Bold cartoon has had some great issues, the one with Kid Eternity was EXCELLENT!

You missed the other great voice casting in the Flash episode. The Reverse-Flash was played by John Wesley Shipp.

EC would’ve kinda been Fantagraphics, BUT also just as much the early genre-publishing independents. The ones who took the ball from Heavy Metal and ran with it, using American superhero creators’ side trips as ammunition. Thing is, EC would’ve been powerful enough to make those side trips into the creators’ bread and butter, and I’d guess to make stuff like that, from American Flagg to Casanova, the real mainstream. In a world where we still had EC, the superheroes (if they’d ever even come back from their Golden Age demise) would carry, I’m guessing, less than a 25% market share. The Kirbys, the Ditkos, the Woods and Sterankos and Kanes who made the ’60s such a creative renaissance for the mainstream wouldn’t have done it at Marvel, at least not all of them — they would’ve been at EC with Crumb and Spiegelman and all the other undergrounders who Harvey Kurtzman (not just an EC creator but an editor there too, don’t forget) helped into paying comics work. Ditko would’ve gone straight to Mr. A, Kirby straight to Fourth World, with half or less of the superhero stepping stones that formed the way into that stuff actually getting produced.

Matthew Johnson

October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

“Geo-Force, who has comical Yakov Smirnov accent, yes”

In Markovia, DC editorial cancels you!

No wait, it happens that way in the US, too..

The Reverse-Flash was played by John Wesley Shipp.

Oh man! I need new ears. That’s awesome.

Wow, those CA redesigns were almost all incredibly crass political tripe. Yes, the original wasn’t without political intent, but that political intent was “Fuck the Nazis”.

In the beginning I really thought Brave and the Bold was going to be corny however its’ resilience and clever casting makes it probably the most underrated animated comic series in the past 10 years IMHO… (edging out the last Spectacular Spider-Man and X-Men Evolution in my eyes)

Can I use the BatB as my retcon instead of Flash: Rebirth???

Chuck has been as funny as ever… and it a shame Lone Star has been canned. That had potential… and now I hear that Undercovers and Chase are also on the chopping block…grrr

Terriers is amazing… and I think like it more than Sons of Anarchy.. (I know it blasphemy but I can’t help it… Terriers is what Dog the Bounty Hunter wishes should have been!)

That description of what the Bruce Wayne show would have been is about the awesomest thing i’ve seen, in relation to Smallville.

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