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1987 And All That: Strange Tales #1-7

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

StrangeTales_1Strange Tales #1-7 (Marvel) by Bill Mantlo (#1-6), Peter Gillis, Bret Blevins (#1-6), Chris Warner (#1-4), Larry Alexander (#5, 7), Terry Shoemaker (#6-7), Al Williamson (#3), Bob Wiacek (#6), Gerry Talaoc (#7), Randy Emberlin, Christie Scheele (#1, 3), Glynis Oliver (#2, 4-6), Paul Becton (#7), Bob Sharen, Ken Bruzenak, Jim Novak (#1-3), Janice Chiang (#4-5, 7), Ken Lopez (#6), Carl Potts

With a book like Strange Tales, where every issue is divided between two different narratives (or any number of narratives, but in this case it’s just the two), you always want some sort of connection to tie the stories together, something to bring unity to the title. Obviously the stories should work individually as well, but it’s nicer when there’s a bond between them, an identity to the series as a whole that fits with each section’s own goals and attitudes. Strange Tales is split evenly every issue between Cloak and Dagger and Dr. Strange, the two titles which it replaced. Because they’re both continuations of previously existing comics, it would be understandable if there wasn’t a ton of cohesion between their respective outlooks or aims. Whether through editorial design, creator collaboration, or sheer dumb luck, though, the two halves of Strange Tales find common ground almost immediately, and continue to examine the same core concept, though still in their own ways, right up through issue #7 where their narratives actually collide and briefly become the same. Both Cloak and Strange wrestle with remaining heroic while sometimes needing to act unheroically, and this struggle quickly becomes the center of Strange Tales. But the two men deal with their shared problem differently and end up in different places because of it, so their stories stand apart even as they come together, thematically and literally. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 190: Steve Ditko, Part 9 – Daredevil #264

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the issue is Daredevil #264, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1989. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 169: John Romita, Jr., Part 3 – Daredevil #260

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Daredevil #260, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1988. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2013

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“Well he said, ‘One thing, before I graduate / Never let your fear decide your fate.’”
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It’s time for a COMICS FACT!

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You will not read a more beautiful comic book this week or possibly this month than 50 Girls 50, the new collection of Al Williamson EC science fiction stories that is published by Fantagraphics. SO STATES OBVIOUS MAN!

Obvious Man is obvious!

Obvious Man is obvious!

Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 149: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #3

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated 1991 (although this scan is from the trade that Dark Horse published in 2006). Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 50: Daredevil #279

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to a single artist. This week: John Romita Jr.! Today’s page is from Daredevil #279, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1990. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Daredevil #283-300

You know, recently I got most of the early Nocenti issues of Daredevil, but I haven’t read them yet. I’ve read a few, but I can’t really comment on them. So you’ll just have to deal with these, which feature the end of her run!
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