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1987 And All That: Blue Beetle #8-19

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.

BlueBeetle1Blue Beetle #8-19 (DC) by Len Wein, Joey Cavalieri (#12), R.J.M. Lofficer (#14-15, 17-19), Paris Cullins (#8-9, 11-14, 17-18), Chuck Patton (#10), Ross Andru (#15-16, 19), Dell Barras (#8-15), Danny Bulanadi (#16-17, 19), Carl Gafford (#8), Gene D’Angelo (#9-19), John Costanza, Karen Berger (#8-13), Denny O’Neil (#14-19)

To be a superhero requires a certain amount of optimism. It’s not just about having power, but also about believing that you can use that power to make an actual difference. It’s about picking the good side in the never-ending good-vs.-evil conflict that rages within and around us all, and convincing yourself and the world that you’re contributing something, that you’re genuinely helping your side win in the short- and/or long-term. I suppose this requires some level of ego/arrogance, too, and probably more than a little delusion. The titular star of Blue Beetle certainly possesses both of those traits, but it is the aforementioned optimism that shines through most brightly with that character and the series as a whole. Ted Kord earnestly, enthusiastically does good for it’s own sake, and seems to find that it is it’s own reward, too. His life is full of other rewards— money, status, romance, an entire corporation to run—but his superheroics are what take precedence and usurp most of his time, because that’s what most interests and satisfies him. It even, at times, gets in the way of his other obligations, but ultimately Kord chooses over and over to put his Blue Beetle activities first since he thinks of them as the most important, valuable work he does. Continue Reading »

1987 And All That: Silverblade #1-4

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.

Silverblade1Silverblade #1-4 (DC) by Cary Bates, Gene Colan, Klaus Johnson (#1), Steve Mitchell (#2-4), Joe Orlando, Gaspar, and Denny O’Neil

First of all, I do I realize that I’m reviewing only the first third of a 12-issue series, and that as such, my impressions of the book may be incomplete or skewed. For anyone who may think this is dumb/pointless, I don’t necessarily disagree, but the arbitrary rules I set for myself when I began this project were to read only comics with a 1987 cover date, and to select what I read largely at random, based on whatever I happen to come across or already own from that year. I’ve managed to stick to those rules so far, and I will continue even if it means reading only part of a whole. In the case of Silverblade, I picked it because I saw an ad for it in some other DC comic that I reviewed for this site before (I don’t remember which one…it may even have been more than one) and it looked interesting and weird so I figured I’d give it a go. I did no in-depth research, just went online and quickly figured out which issues were dated 1987, then ordered them right away. I legitimately have not read beyond issue #4 yet, because I don’t own anything past that point, since I only bought the ’87 issues to start. I will most likely end up getting the rest of the series eventually, partly because of being a completist, but mostly because this comic was every bit as bizarre and baffling as I’d hoped, and now I need to see where it all ends up. Before I do that for myself, though, let’s talk about these opening four chapters and how, despite a few big missteps, they manage to be a charmingly insane and delightfully horrifying start to this story.

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Year of the Artist, Day 290: Joe Quesada, Part 2 – Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #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 Joe Quesada, and the issue is Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1991. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 277: David Mazzucchelli, Part 2 – Daredevil #206

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is David Mazzucchelli, and the issue is Daredevil #206, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1984. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 229: Norm Breyfogle, Part 3 – So much BATMAN!!!!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Norm Breyfogle, and the issues are … well, there’s just so much Batman, I actually separated the post into four parts, just like Our Dread Lord and Master does with Comic Book Legends! Up first: Detective Comics #607, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1989. Enjoy all the comics!
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1987 And All That: Detective Comics #580-581

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

DetCom1Detective Comics #580-581 (DC) by Mike W. Barr, Jim Baikie, Pablo Marcos (#581), Adrienne Roy, Annie Halfacree (#580), Albert De Guzman (#581), and Denny O’Neil

I’m going to try as hard as I can not to use the word “two” too often in this column. That may be tricky, since it’s about a two-part story where there are two Two-Faces running around, and it features the version of Two-Face who is so obsessed with the number two that all his crimes are themed around it and most of his dialogue is chock full of two-based puns. But I will genuinely try. Because easily the most aggravating part of reading these issues of Detective Comics is how often the word “two” is used, along with “double” and “couple” and anything else that can be turned into a forced bit of not-so-clever wordplay. It’s lightweight comedy at best, and repetitive, uninspired filler at worst. And while this ineffective humor may be a low point, it’s not all that’s wrong with these comics. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 187: Steve Ditko, Part 6 – Beware the Creeper #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 Steve Ditko, and the issue is Beware the Creeper #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1968. These scans are from The Creeper by Steve Ditko, which came out in 2010. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 221: Batman #251

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from Batman #251, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1973. This scan is from The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, which was released in 1988. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 220: Flash #219 back-up story

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from Flash #219 (the GL/GA back-up story), which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1973. This scan is from Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern/Green Arrow #7, a reprint series which was released in 1983. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 219: Green Lantern #89

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from Green Lantern #89, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1972. This scan is from Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams’ Green Lantern/Green Arrow #7, a reprint series which was released in 1983. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 218: Detective Comics #410

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from Detective Comics #410, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1971. This scan is from Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams volume 2, which was released in 2004. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 217: The Brave and the Bold #93

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from The Brave and the Bold #93, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1971. This scan is from Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams volume 2, which was released in 2004. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 216: Detective Comics #404

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from Detective Comics #404, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1970. This scan is from The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, which was released in 1988. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 215: X-Men #65

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be looking at four writer/artist duos, as voted on by you, the readers! This week features Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams! Today’s page is from X-Men #65, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1970. This scan is from X-Men Visionaries volume 2: The Neal Adams Collection, which was released in 1996. Enjoy!
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