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1987 And All That: Little Shop of Horrors

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

LSoH_1Little Shop of Horrors (DC) by Michael Fleisher, Gene Colan, Dave Hunt, Anthony Tollin, John Costanza, Julius Schwartz

When examining an adaptation, in any medium, there are two obvious metrics to determine how good it is: 1. How true is it to the source material? and 2. How well does it justify its own existence, i.e. does it work as a standalone piece of entertainment, or is it merely a pale rehash of a story that was done better in its original form? Unfortunately for the Little Shop of Horrors comic, it doesn’t stack up in either area, failing to capture much of what makes the movie so good, and also ending up a subpar comicbook in its own right. It’s not unreadable, and there are a few things it does well, a handful of smart choices that pay off. On the whole, though, it’s boring, thin, and poorly paced, plus it fluctuates between remaining so true to the film that it reads awkwardly and straying so far from the film that it loses some of its core appeal.

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Comics You Should Own – Starman

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Hey, I’m back! With one of my all-time favorite series!
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Year of the Artist, Day 365: Joe Kubert, Part 5 – Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the graphic novel is Dong Xoai, Vietnam 1965, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 364: Joe Kubert, Part 4 – Detective Comics #500, Batman #400, and Tor #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issues are Detective Comics #500 and Batman #400, which were published by DC and are cover dated March 1981 and October 1986, respectively, and Tor #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1993. The Tor scans are from Tor by Joe Kubert volume 3, which was published by DC in 2003. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 363: Joe Kubert, Part 3 – Tarzan #220

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issue is Tarzan #220, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1973. These scans are from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years volume 2, which was published by Dark Horse in 2006. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 362: Joe Kubert, Part 2 – The Brave and the Bold #1 and Our Army at War #104 and #162

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issues are The Brave and the Bold #1 and Our Army at War #104 and #162, which were published by DC and are cover dated August/September 1955, March 1961, and January 1966 respectively. The “Viking Prince” scans are from The Viking Prince hardcover, which was published in 2010, while the solo Sergeant Rock story is from Showcase Presents Sgt. Rock volume 1, which was published in 2007. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2015

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The new Previews is out, and we all have to get used to writing “2015” on everything! Can you handle it?!?!?!?
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Year of the Artist, Day 352: Frank Miller, Part 5 – Fanboy #5 and The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Frank Miller, and the issues are Fanboy #5 and The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated July 1999 and [February] 2002, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 349: Frank Miller, Part 2 – Ronin #5

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Frank Miller, and the issue is Ronin #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1984. These scans are from Absolute Ronin, which was published in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 338: Howard Chaykin, Part 1 – Weird Worlds #8

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Howard Chaykin, and the issue is Weird Worlds #8, which was published by DC and is cover dated December 1973. These scans are from Ironwolf #1, a compilation of the entire story which DC put out in 1986. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 337: Mike Grell, Part 5 – Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Grell, and the issue is Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1987. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 1989. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2014

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It’s almost Christmas, so what better thing to do than treat yourself by pre-ordering comics from Previews #315! Whoo-hoo!
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Year of the Artist, Day 335: Mike Grell, Part 3 – The Warlord #49

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Grell, and the issue is The Warlord #49, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1981. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 334: Mike Grell, Part 2 – Superboy #221

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Grell, and the issue is Superboy #221, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1976. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 333: Mike Grell, Part 1 – The Phantom Stranger #33

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Grell, and the issue is The Phantom Stranger #33, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1974. Enjoy!
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