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Doug Moench Archives - Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July and August 2015

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I do these fairly haphazardly, don’t I? Oh well – that’s the way it is!
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1987 And All That: The Spectre #1-9

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.

Spectre1The Spectre #1-9 (DC) by Doug Moench, Gene Colan (#1-6), Cam Kennedy (#7-8), Gray Morrow (#9), Steve Mitchell (#1-6), Adrienne Roy (#1-6, 9), Michele Wolfman (#7-8), John Costanza (1-5), Agustin Mas (#6-9), Robert Greenberger

The Spectre is kind of a jerk, but that’s ok, because so is Jim Corrigan, the man who serves as the his human host. They’re jerky in different ways, which causes a lot of friction between them, and also makes them quite the entertaining pair to follow as a reader. Their relationship is kind of a mixed-up buddy cop thing; the Spectre is in some ways the loose cannon character, because Corrigan never knows what he’ll do next and can’t really trust him not to overreact to any given situation. Yet the Spectre is also the more serious of the pair, and all of his actions are motivated by the demands of a higher authority. Meanwhile, Corrigan is a wise-cracking rogue and anti-authority in general, yet wants to reign in the Spectre and stop him from always being so severe in his treatment of the various villains they face. So neither one of them fits neatly into a recognizable character mold, yet as a duo, they have a very familiar dynamic, one partner trying to keep the other in check as they work toward common goals with very different methods. And all the while, they are both largely unlikable as people, yet interesting as characters, and because they’re always fighting against much worse people than themselves, I’m on their side even when they’re being aggressively pigheaded and annoying. The Spectre does a fantastic job of making compelling figures out of its two miserable leads by pitting them against each other morally despite the fact that they are ostensibly on the same side. They’re both good guys, technically, but neither of them are necessarily all that good at being good. Instead, they make each other better, while simultaneously making one another feel worse, a conflicted team bound together against their wills who only barely make their partnership work. Continue Reading »

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 262: Marc Silvestri, Part 1 – House of Mystery #292 and King Conan #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the story is “… And Spoil the Child!” in House of Mystery #292 and the issue is King Conan #13, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1981 and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1982. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 218: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 2 – Moon Knight #23

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issue is Moon Knight #23 (with some context provided by issue #20), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated September 1982. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 217: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 1 – Marvel Preview #18

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issue is Marvel Preview #18, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated Spring 1979 (it went on sale in May). These scans are from the trade Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy, which was published in 2014. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 78: Kelley Jones, Part 5 – Batman: Unseen #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 Kelley Jones, and the issue is Batman: Unseen #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 42: Kevin Nowlan, Part 2 – Moon Knight #32

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Kevin Nowlan, and the issue is Moon Knight #32, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1983. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 25: Jim Aparo, Part 5 – Batman #534

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Aparo, and the issue is Batman #534, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1996. Enjoy!
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The Orange Won’t Peel | Color-coded knapsack

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Just as there’s something romantic of the lone cartoonist hacking away, chasing a high, there’s something fruitful of the collaborative writer/artist pair achieving unison.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 66: Detective Comics #529

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Detective Comics #529, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1983. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 33: Moon Knight #30

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. First up: Bill Sienkiewicz! Today’s page is from Moon Knight #30, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1983. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 32: Moon Knight #2

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. First up: Bill Sienkiewicz! Today’s page is from Moon Knight #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1980. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 4: JLA: Act of God #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from JLA: Act of God #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated 2001. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Moon Knight (volume 1)

This couldn’t have anything to do with a certain B. Sienkiewicz, could it?
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