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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 »

1987 And All That: Zatanna Special #1

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

Zatanna_1Zatanna Special #1 by Gerry Conway (not credited), Gray Morrow, Ben Oda, Carrie Spiegle, John Costanza

I was very excited to dig into this comic, because Zatanna is an awesome and often underused character, and the special is 64 pages, meaning I was in for a triple-sized treat of backwards magic greatness. Unfortunately, 64 pages ended up being far, far too few for the narrative told here, so instead of a dense punch of Zatanna awesome, I got a poorly-aimed slap. That’s not to discredit the book entirely, because there are some juicy ideas and lots of excellent artwork, but there’s also a jumbled rush to the pacing from top to bottom that greatly lessens the effects of any enjoyable bits.

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Year of the Artist, Day 73: Gray Morrow, Part 4 – The Dreamwalker

02-15-2014 02;26;52PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the graphic novel is The Dreamwalker, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated 1989. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 72: Gray Morrow, Part 3 – Heavy Metal volume 2, #5

02-15-2014 11;33;53AM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “Orion, Chapter 6″ from Heavy Metal vol. 2, #5 (or #18, if you prefer), which was published by Leonard Mogel and is cover dated September 1978. This scan is from the trade paperback Orion and Edge of Chaos, which was published by Hermes Press and which came out in 2012. There’s a fair amount of nudity below, so beware! Be aware! Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 71: Gray Morrow, Part 2 – Savage Tales #1

02-14-2014 02;00;52PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “The Origin of the Man-Thing” from Savage Tales #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1971. This scan is from the trade paperback The Infernal Man-Thing, which came out in 2012. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 70: Gray Morrow, Part 1 – Blazing Combat #3

02-11-2014 03;38;29PM (2)

Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Gray Morrow, and the story is “Water Hole!” from Blazing Combat #3, which was published by Warren and is cover dated April 1966. This scan is from Blazing Combat, a trade collecting all four issues, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2009 and is well worth your ducats. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist archive!

Here is a listing of all the artists featured in my daily posts, “Year of the Artist.” Easy-peasy!
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