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In case you haven’t seen it yet, Darwyn Cooke died last night at the age of 53. He had been battling cancer and was receiving palliative care, but lost the fight early this morning, according to his family. Cooke was a great artist who did amazing work on a lot of DC’s characters, and his graphic adaptations of Richard Stark’s “Parker” novels are excellent. As the link notes, if you want to make a donation, you can do so to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Hero Initiative.
It’s a sad day for the comics world, but go get your copy of New Frontier or Selina’s Big Score or any of the other superb Cooke comics out there and give them a read and remember what a staggering talent he was. And let’s hope that someday, we can figure out a way to cure cancer. That would be nice.
The comic industry lost a great artist yesterday with the passing of Paul Ryan at the age of 66.
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Jerome Walford (of Nowhere Man fame) is doing an anthology called Gwan and he’s looking for open submissions for comic stories. As Jerome describes it:
The Gwan Anthology will be a collection of creator-owned shorts centered on the themes of foreign lands, the immigrant experience, and cultural fusion. The anthology will highlight and celebrate work that expresses both the joys and the challenges of the immigrant/expat experience. It is open to all genres: sci-fi, fantasy, or slice of life, as well as to both real and imagined experiences.
Check out the full press release here.
Sadly, we lost the great Herb Trimpe yesterday. He was 75 years old.
Herb Trimpe was an excellent comic book artist for his entire career. He was still doing fine work right up until his death.
Our pal Scott wrote an excellent write-up on Herb Trimpe’s underrated greatness here.
I featured a number of his stunning comic book covers here.
Herb was a funny guy. In an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, I detailed a rather randy joke he sneaked into an issue of G.I. Joe during the 1990s.
Later in the decade, Trimpe changed his style to appear closer to artists like Rob Liefeld. People thought Marvel forced him to do so, but in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, he told me that he did it on his own volition.
He was not only a great artist, but in all of my interactions with him over the years he was also a sweet, nice man. He will be greatly missed.
I say this not as a criticism, as it’s all good to me, but it is pretty surprising that Marvel decided to just abruptly drop a number of major bombshells all at once today. I know it is a response to DC’s announcements, but I figured Marvel would wait for some big event to announce of all these big pieces of news. Still, these are some awesome announcements!
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One of the last remaining artists from the earliest days of the Marvel Age of Comics, Dick Ayers passed away yesterday, a few days past his 90th birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
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)!
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.
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.
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!
I wonder if I have something to rant about in this post?
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