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1987 And All That: 3-D Three Stooges #3

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.

StoogesCover3-D Three Stooges #3 (Eclipse) by Norman Maurer (and possibly others, see below)

I was pretty excited going into 3-D Stooges #3 to see what kind of fun Three Stooges gags might be pulled in a 3-D comicbook. It feels like an opportunity to really go nuts with the medium, because the Stooges’ comedy is so physical, and the 3-D gimmick potentially allows for enhanced physicality within the comic. The illusion of depth and motion should be able to add a lot, and I was hoping for things like pies that seem like they’re flying right at my face, or fingers threatening to poke me in the eyes, or even just the joy of seeing one Stooge hurt another from a weird, funny angle or perspective. Instead, this is a comic that’s 3-D for no reason, that takes basically no advantage of the one thing that could set it apart. Every panel has 3-D elements, but none of them do anything with that except to have some characters seem like they’re standing behind others, and to just generally mess with the reader’s eyes and make it hard to focus or follow the story. There’s some solid humor in here, but none of it comes from the 3-D or is even heightened because of it. Between that disappointment and a certain amount of editorial sloppiness, reading this comic is a more difficult, slow-going task than it ought to be based on the story content. It’s a collection of extra-lightweight comedic narratives held down by the weight of many creative missteps. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 46: Marshall Rogers, Part 2 – Detectives, Inc.

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marshall Rogers, and the issue is Detectives Inc., which was published by Eclipse and is cover dated May 1980. This scan is from the hardcover collection, published by IDW in 2009. Enjoy! (A small NSFW scene is below, in case you want to know!)
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines Archive!

Yes, it’s a list of all the posts in which I’ve been looking at the first pages of comics. You could just click the category tag, but in this post, I’ve organized them! Whoo-hoo! I placed this on 1 January for the entire year, but now that the year is over, I thought I’d move it to the final day of the year!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 356: Zot! #12

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Zot! #12, which was published by Eclipse and is cover dated March 1987. This scan is from Zot! 1987-1991: The Complete Black and White Collection, which was published by HarperCollins in 2008. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 309: “I Am Coyote,” Part Three

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Eclipse, the Magazine #4, which was published by Eclipse and is cover dated January 1982. It’s the story called “I Am Coyote,” of which this was the third chapter (and I really hope I picked an actual first page – I think I did!). This scan is from the trade paperback Coyote volume 1, which Image published in 2005. There’s also a bit of nudity below the cut, so be warned! Enjoy!
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