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1987 And All That: Matt Champion #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.

CoverMatt Champion #1 (Metro) by Robert Loren Fleming, Ernie Colón, Elaine Lee

There’s a lot working against Matt Champion, the comic and its eponymous character. The book itself is the first of what was meant to be a four-issue mini-series, but as far as I can find online, nothing was ever published beyond this debut. I’m not sure if the title was canceled or Metro Comics closed shop or what, but whatever the external circumstances, this comic is trapped forever as an unfinished story. There’s not a lot of payoff or resolution, because the goal of this issue is to make introductions instead. With only the introductions to go on, though, analyzing the book becomes a bit trickier. I’m not entirely confident I know what Matt Champion is about on a thematic level. I understand the plot—anyone could—but I don’t know what it wants to say or why it was created, because this opening chapter does not get that far. But does that make it a failure as a first issue? Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 111: Keith Giffen, Part 3 – Ambush Bug Nothing Special

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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 issue is Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 110: Keith Giffen, Part 2 – Ambush Bug #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 Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1985. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 280: Secret Origins #48

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month (for a while) I will be showing pages chosen by you, the readers. Today’s page is from Secret Origins #48, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1990. This page was suggested by commenter The Crazed Spruce, but I couldn’t run it on the day he wanted me to. Sorry, sir! Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 210: Ambush Bug Nothing Special

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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