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1987 And All That: Strange Tales #1-7

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

StrangeTales_1Strange Tales #1-7 (Marvel) by Bill Mantlo (#1-6), Peter Gillis, Bret Blevins (#1-6), Chris Warner (#1-4), Larry Alexander (#5, 7), Terry Shoemaker (#6-7), Al Williamson (#3), Bob Wiacek (#6), Gerry Talaoc (#7), Randy Emberlin, Christie Scheele (#1, 3), Glynis Oliver (#2, 4-6), Paul Becton (#7), Bob Sharen, Ken Bruzenak, Jim Novak (#1-3), Janice Chiang (#4-5, 7), Ken Lopez (#6), Carl Potts

With a book like Strange Tales, where every issue is divided between two different narratives (or any number of narratives, but in this case it’s just the two), you always want some sort of connection to tie the stories together, something to bring unity to the title. Obviously the stories should work individually as well, but it’s nicer when there’s a bond between them, an identity to the series as a whole that fits with each section’s own goals and attitudes. Strange Tales is split evenly every issue between Cloak and Dagger and Dr. Strange, the two titles which it replaced. Because they’re both continuations of previously existing comics, it would be understandable if there wasn’t a ton of cohesion between their respective outlooks or aims. Whether through editorial design, creator collaboration, or sheer dumb luck, though, the two halves of Strange Tales find common ground almost immediately, and continue to examine the same core concept, though still in their own ways, right up through issue #7 where their narratives actually collide and briefly become the same. Both Cloak and Strange wrestle with remaining heroic while sometimes needing to act unheroically, and this struggle quickly becomes the center of Strange Tales. But the two men deal with their shared problem differently and end up in different places because of it, so their stories stand apart even as they come together, thematically and literally. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 224: Tony Harris, Part 3 – Obergeist: Ragnarok Highway #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Tony Harris, and the issue is Obergeist: Ragnarok Highway #2, which was published by Image/Top Cow/Minotaur and is cover dated June 2001. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Stalkers

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Admit it: You thought Starman was next, didn’t you? Well, so did I, and then I re-read this underrated gem. Let’s dig into it!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for October 2013

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“The ghouls all came from their humble abodes / To get a jolt from my electrodes”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 362: Amazing Spider-Man #298

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 Amazing Spider-Man #298, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1988. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 320: JLA #72

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from JLA #72, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 2002. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 136: Moon Knight (volume 3) #1

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Moon Knight (volume 3) #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1989. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 96: JLA #4

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This week: Grant “Crazy superheroics is what I do best!” Morrison. Today’s page is from JLA #4, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1997. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – Namor, the Sub-Mariner #1-25

Handily enough, Marvel has just released the first part of this in trade, so it’s easy to pick up! How about that?
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