Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to comics from one decade. This week’s decade: the 1970s! Today’s page is from Star Wars #6 and was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1977. As with many of the comics this month, I borrowed this from Howard Harris, my comics retailer, who was nice enough to let me take them home and scan them. He’s been very helpful this month, so why not finish with a comic from his collection? Enjoy! Continue Reading »
Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated 1991 (although this scan is from the trade that Dark Horse published in 2006). Enjoy! Continue Reading »
I just finished reading the nice hardcover of American Flagg! It was the first time I had ever read the original Chaykin issues. “Overrated” is the word that immediately springs to mind. I don’t get the love, I’m afraid. Off the top of my head, I can think of three seminal, independent comics from the 1980s that are far better – Dreadstar, GrimJack, and Grendel – and I could probably list more (Scout? Coyote? Elementals, even?) if I thought about it. American Flagg! features pretty good (but not great) art and pretty lousy writing, which averages out to “mediocre.” Oh well. Live and learn, I suppose.
I asked for others to send in articles about their very own comics shop, and someone actually did! Whoo-hoo! Let’s head to Perth in Western Australia, a city I’ve never been to but would very much like to visit. Frequent commenter Kris Bather would like to tell us all about Comic Zone! Continue Reading »