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What I bought – March 2014 selections

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On the narrow Augesd dam where for so many years the old miller had been accustomed to sit in his tasseled cap peacefully angling, while his grandson, with shirt sleeves rolled up, handled the floundering silvery fish in the watering can, on that dam over which for so many years Moravians in shaggy caps and blue jackets had peacefully driven their two-horse carts loaded with wheat and had returned dusty with flour whitening their carts – on that narrow dam amid the wagons and the cannon, under the horses’ hoofs and between the wagon wheels, men disfigured by fear of death now crowded together, crushing one another, dying, stepping over the dying and killing on another, only to move on a few steps and be killed themselves in the same way. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)
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Year of the Artist, Day 10: Steve Ditko, Part 5 – Creepy #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Where Sorcery Lives!” from Creepy #14, which was published by Warren and has a cover date of April 1967. These scans are from Creepy Presents Steve Ditko, my copy of which was published in 2013 by Dark Horse. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 9: Steve Ditko, Part 4 – Creepy #11

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “Beast Man!” from Creepy #11, which was published by Warren and has a cover date of October 1966. These scans are from Creepy Presents Steve Ditko, my copy of which was published in 2013 by Dark Horse. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 7: Steve Ditko, Part 2 – Strange Suspense Stories #32

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Ditko, and the story is “A World of His Own” from Strange Suspense Stories #32, which was published by Charlton and has a cover date of May 1957. These scans are from Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 2, my copy of which was published in 2010 by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 6: Steve Ditko, Part 1 – Daring Love #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 Steve Ditko, and the story is “Paper Romance!” from Daring Love #1, which was published by Gillmor Magazines (an imprint of Key Publications) and has a cover date of September 1953. These scans are from Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 1, my copy of which was published in 2009 by Fantagraphics. 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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 168: Strange Tales #117

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 1960s! Today’s page is from Strange Tales #117, which was published by Marvel (although the indicia lists “Vista Publications”) and is cover dated February 1964. I borrowed this and several other comics over the next few weeks from Howard Harris, my comics retailer, who was nice enough to let me take them home and scan them. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 166: Strange Suspense Stories #34

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 1950s! Today’s page is from Strange Suspense Stories #34, which was published by Charlton and is cover dated November 1957. This scan is from Mysterious Traveler: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 3, which is published by Fantagraphics and just came out a few weeks ago. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 21: Out Of This World #4

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is a story from Out Of This World #4, which was published by Charlton and is cover dated June 1957. This is a Steve Ditko story collected in Unexplored Worlds: The Steve Ditko Archives volume 2, which was published by Fantagraphics. Enjoy!
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Taking no chances: Mainstream superhero comics need a kick in the butt

I spend a lot of time coming up with provocative titles for my posts, you know! How’s that one?
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Sunday Brunch: 7/25/10

QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What announcements from San Diego, if any, excited you?

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Sunday Brunch: 5/2/2010

One day, I’ll just put up a Brunch composed entirely of links to Comics Should Be Good articles from the previous week. But until we hit that nadir of lackadaisy (which I have now decided is a word, regardless of what the dictionary says), I guess I’ll have to settle for sharing various bits and bobs (and carols and teds and alices) of the comic book internet with you, faithful reader.

And I’ve had absolutely no time to pull stuff together this week, so… lightning round!

QUESTION(S) OF THE WEEK: How was your Free Comic Book Day? Good? Bad? Neutral? Chaotic Neutral? Lawful evil? Via my two online retailers (DCBS and Heavy Ink, holla, etc.), I managed nine free comics! And a lot of not free ones. So I’ll tell you all about those. In June, probably.

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The Mona Lisa Can Officially Suck It

We have a new most inconic image in art. Unsurprisingly, it’s Solomon Stone giving Hitler a spinning backfist so powerful it fills the rest of the page with yellow, which is the universal symbol of residual awesome energy. It’s so awesome I can’t upload it directly, and can only link to it; our servers just can’t handle this much awesome. Jonah only has so much money.

Also, there’s Solomon Stone fan fic now, as only the International Society of Supervillains could bring you. It makes reading the Diary of Anne Frank worthwhile in the same way that Bioshock made slogging through Ayn Rand sort of tolerable to people who aren’t Steve Ditko. It’s that great. Not as great as Galactus/That ’70s Show fanfic, but what is?

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