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1987 And All That: Mister Miracle Special #1

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.

Mister Miracle Special #1 (DC) by Mark Evanier, Steve Rude, Mike Royer, Anthony Tollin, Todd Klein, Richard Bruning, Robert Greenberger

MrMiracle_1There’s something very comforting about Mister Miracle Special #1. It’s fun yet unremarkable, and takes itself exactly as seriously as it deserves. A lot of story gets packed in, but so much of it is so goofy and/or low-stakes, it ends up being airy overall. While some sections fall flat, most of the book is successfully zany, and there are even some legitimate superheroics in a couple of scenes. It’s hard to do something this feel-good without it becoming saccharine, but this is just sweet enough not to be off-putting, a nice, simple story about two super-people in love working on their relationship.

At the beginning of the comic, Mister Miracle/Scott Free is getting back into death-defying escapes, like being locked in a safe that is dropped from a plane, which his wife Big Barda is not happy about. She understandably doesn’t like to watch her husband willingly put his life on the line, but Scott loves escaping and is having a hard time giving it up. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 186: Jack Kirby, Part 10 – DC Graphic Novel #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the issue is DC Graphic Novel #4 (more commonly known as “The Hunger Dogs”), which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1985. These scans are from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus volume 4, which came out in 2008. Enjoy! (Hey, can you name all SEVEN of the DC Graphic Novels from the 1980s without looking it up? I certainly can’t!)
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Year of the Artist, Day 184: Jack Kirby, Part 8 – Captain America #211

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the issue is Captain America #211, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1977. These scans are from the Captain America by Jack Kirby Omnibus, which came out in 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 183: Jack Kirby, Part 7 – OMAC #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jack Kirby, and the issue is OMAC #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1974. These scans are from the trade paperback Jack Kirby’s OMAC: One Man Army Corps, which came out in May 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 109: Keith Giffen, Part 1 – The Defenders #46 and 49

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issues are The Defenders #46 and 49, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated April and June 1977. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 180: Star Wars #6

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!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 175: Mister Miracle #5

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 Mister Miracle #5 and was published by DC and is cover dated November/December 1971. This scan is from the trade paperback Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus volume 2 from 2007. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Defenders #46-50

Let’s go old school, people, to the days when Greg Hatcher roamed the spinner racks and bought stuff like this and LOVED it! Yes, it’s a flashback to … the Seventies!!!!!
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