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R.I.P. Al Plastino

The longtime Superman artist Al Plastino has passed away at the age of 91.

I’ll always remember Plastino for his wonderful design of Supergirl, who he co-created with Otto Binder (granted, it is likely that Plastino was “just” working off of Curt Swan’s earlier rendition of a temporary “Supergirl” created by a wish in a then-recent issue of Superman). Check out that facial expression! Wow!

Plastino also co-created the Legion of Super-Heroes with Binder.

He was a remarkable artist who never really got the recognition of the other Superman artists of his era (as he took a backseat to first Wayne Boring and then Curt Swan) but he was a true great. One of my personal faves.

My condolences to his friends and family.

R.I.P. Nick Cardy

One of the great Silver Age artists (and one of the best cover artists in superhero comics history), Nick Cardy, passed away today at the age of 93.

All of us comic book fans will miss him. Our condolences to his friends and family.

Ben Affleck Will Play Batman in Batman/Superman

Ben Affleck is a pretty surprising choice.

Honestly, I don’t think it is that bad of a casting choice. Weird? Yes, but I don’t know if it is that bad. Daredevil was a loooong time ago, ya know? He’s a more mature actor now. He was good in Argo. Not great, but good. In addition, they specifically wanted an older Batman and Affleck is 41. So while it is probably not the way I would have went, I think it is an okay choice.

Congrats to the Eisner Award Winners!

Chris Ware won Best Writer/Artist, Building Stories won Best Graphic Novel and “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch” by Michael Kupperman won Best Short Story, so all is right with the world!

That isn’t to say that I took issue with the other results. On the contrary, I found them to be quite strong picks for the most part, but the above three were the only three categories I would have been upset about had the eventual winners NOT won. Ware deserves a Nobel Prize for Building Stories and Kupperman deserves a cathedral devoted to the awesomeness of “Moon 1969.” Just for Quincy M.E. being sent on the moon mission in case there are any suspicious deaths on board!

Check out the rest of the winners here.

Sorry to our sister blog, Robot 6, for not winning their category. If they were going to lose, though, I know that they certainly couldn’t begrudge losing to someone as deserving as Tom Spurgeon.

Al Ewing AND Monica Rambeau? Sold!

Fans of British comics have known this for a while now, but Al Ewing is a damn fine comic book writer. I recently wrote about how impressed I was at the job he did on Jennifer Blood following Garth Ennis (a truly thankless task that Ewing somehow managed to really make work).

So when I saw Al Ewing got an Age of Ultron one-shot, I thought, “Oooh…maybe Marvel will be smart enough to give Ewing a book.” However, the problem with Marvel is that their writing staff is deep with good writers. It is sort of the same thing that happened with Kieron Gillen a few years back. Everyone knew that the guy was ready to contribute big time, but where do you find the room for him? Luckily, today Marvel announced how they were going to fit Ewing in – give him a brand-new title!

Ewing will be launching a new Avengers book called The Mighty Avengers, spotlighting the street level heroes of the Marvel Universe. Basically the same role that Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers had before that title changed focus under Jonathan Hickman’s authorship.

Best of all, the book has one of my favorite characters in it, Monica Rambeau (although, while Spectrum is actually likely the best name she’s had since Captain Marvel, I think Ewing should just embrace “Monica Rambeau” as her name – she doesn’t need a code name. She doesn’t need to hide)!

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As you can see, it is a racially diverse group of heroes, with the racial split leaning towards African-American heroes. That’s an interesting change of pace for a Marvel team book. I like, though, that just with Brian Wood’s X-Men title, the name of the book doesn’t try to highlight that fact. They’re “simply” Mighty Avengers. That’s the most important thing about them.

Looking forward to it (especially when the inevitable art rotation takes place)!

These DC Villains Month Covers Look Pretty Darn Cool

Here is a gallery of all the ones we’ve seen so far.

I can understand some legitimate concern about the concept of 56 special covers (with a $1 price bump for each issue) released in a single month (and the whole “at least thirteen Batman comics released in a single month” idea is an odd one), but boy, these covers are sweet looking.

NBC Foolishly Passes on Sixth Gun

Seriously, guys?

In a world where Walking Dead and Game of Thrones are doing crazy well, NBC doesn’t think that a Sixth Gun series would work?

Not a good move, NBC!

Of course, as commenter Peter notes below, it is fair to note that the comic might not have been adapted well. So my apologies for jumping the sixth gun to “foolishly,” NBC! Perhaps you were totally correct! It is just a shame to not see a great comic series get adapted.

Congrats to Robot 6 For Their Eisner Nomination!

The Eisner judges know their stuff and nominated our sister blog, CBR’s top notch news blog, Robot 6, for the Eisner Award for journalism. Congrats, guys and gals!

Also, I am happy to note that one of my favorite stories of 2012, Michael Kupperman’s “Moon 1969: The True Story of the 1969 Moon Launch” was nominated for Best Short Story! Great picks, judges!

R.I.P. Carmine Infantino

We have lost one of the greats of the Silver Age, as legendary artist and former head of DC Comics, Carmine Infantino has passed away. Our condolences to his friends and family.

Will We Really Be Seeing Six More DC Titles?

DC recently announced that they’re canceling six more titles (Hawkman, Firestorm, Sword and Sorcery, Ravagers, Deathstroke and Team 7).

What struck me about this is how are they going to debut six new titles? Is this the end of DC having 52 titles? It sure seems like it is hard to have 52 titles without 6-10 selling below 18,000 copies.

Then again, maybe we’ll soon hear about the announcement of six new Batman titles?

EDITED TO ADD: An Anonymous poster noted that two of the new books are going to be The Movement and the Green Team, books about the 99% and the 1%, respectively. Thanks, Anonymous!

R.I.P. Joe Kubert

We lost yet another master of the comic book art form today, as the legendary Joe Kubert passed away today at the age of 85. Kubert is known for his amazing artwork on comics like Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Tarzan, Tor, Enemy Ace, Unknown Soldier, Fax from Sarajevo and so much more.

Our condolences to his friends and family.

Read on to see some examples of how brilliant Kubert was…

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So Tim Drake Was Never Robin?

An interesting revelation at one of DC’s panels today at SDCC is that Teen Titans writer Scott Lobdell will reveal how Tim Drake became a superhero, and apparently he was always Red Robin, never Robin.

It seems as though the origin will stay pretty much the same (Tim Drake figuring out Batman’s secret identity) but he never actually takes on the Robin identity.

I don’t know if I like the idea, but I guess it does make Tim stand out a bit.

Read on to see the bit from Teen Titans #1 that seems to contradict this.

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A Comic Based on a Tarantino Screenplay – Why Have We Never Seen This Before?

One of the most surprising bits of news at Comic-Con was the news of DC Comics adapting Quentin Tarantino’s screenplay for his new film, Django Unchained. What’s fascinating about it to me is that Tarantino acknowledges the power of comics to do stuff you can’t do in movies, as the comic will adapt the original screenplay before he makes any changes, cuts scenes, etc.

Sounds good!

You can read more about the story (including a description of the film’s plot, which sounds NUTS) here.

The idea of adapting original screenplays into comic book form is a great idea for those screenplays that were just too long to make into a movie. There’s really no such thing as a comic being too long, ya know?

Congrats to the Eisner Award Winners!

Plenty of excellent winners this year.

Mark Waid, obviously, is amazing. I just gave a radio interview (or was it a podcast interview?) where I talked about how great of a job Tom Spurgeon does, so obviously I think that his win was most deserved. I love Snarked, I love Criminal and I love Habibi, so lots of great choices!

Read on for the full list of winners:

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