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1987 And All That: The Question #1-4

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.

Question1The Question #1-4 (DC) by Dennis O’Neil, Denys Cowan, Rick Magyar, Tatjana Wood, Gaspar (#1, 3-4), Albert de Guzman (#2), Mike Gold

At the level of the most basic concept and plot, the opening few issues of 1987’s The Question seem almost too simple to work. A guy who wants to improve his hometown accomplishes it by creating a superhero persona for himself, not based on any special powers or skills he has, nor even really because of any personal vendetta, but simply because with a mask and a codename he can get away with stuff that would be harder to pull off otherwise. His opponents are agents of the corrupt local government, which is officially run by a drunk and inept mayor, though in reality the mayor himself is controlled from the shadows by an insane reverend. None of this is inherently bad, but it doesn’t scream originality, either, at least not on the surface. The creative team behind The Question uses the series’ core simplicity to their advantage, though, producing something rich and nuanced despite the relatively straightforward foundation. Every villain, including several of the smalltime minions, has a full and distinct personality. The titular hero has a fascinating, somewhat tormented, and often contradictory internal life, so following his thought processes is always an interesting experience. The action sequences are gorgeous and well-choreographed, easy to follow but still visually gripping and unique. And all of this is made possible by the clean, clear narrative—because the larger story isn’t all that complex, all of the players and individual scenes can be. It makes for some mighty fine reading, the sort of comic where every line of text and every new image pulls you in all over again. The ultimate destination of the narrative might be obvious up front, but the route it takes to get there, and the stops made along the way, are as surprising and exciting as anything I’ve read, from 1987 or any year. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 364: Joe Kubert, Part 4 – Detective Comics #500, Batman #400, and Tor #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issues are Detective Comics #500 and Batman #400, which were published by DC and are cover dated March 1981 and October 1986, respectively, and Tor #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1993. The Tor scans are from Tor by Joe Kubert volume 3, which was published by DC in 2003. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 363: Joe Kubert, Part 3 – Tarzan #220

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Kubert, and the issue is Tarzan #220, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1973. These scans are from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan: The Joe Kubert Years volume 2, which was published by Dark Horse in 2006. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 90: Steve Pugh, Part 2 – Animal Man #52

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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 Pugh, and the issue is Animal Man #52, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1992. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 297: Swamp Thing #151

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from Swamp Thing #151, which was published by DC/Vertigo and is cover dated February 1995. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 296: The Saga of the Swamp Thing #29

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from The Saga of the Swamp Thing #29, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1984. This scan is from Swamp Thing: Love and Death, the trade paperback that was published in 1990. This was suggested by our pal Third Man, but I figured it fit nicely in with Scary Comic Month, so I kept it in reserve! Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 275: The Saga of the Swamp Thing #21

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 The Saga of the Swamp Thing #21, a page you may have read before, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1984. This scan is from Saga of the Swamp Thing, the trade that was published in 1987 (yes, I own the original trade and have never upgraded). This page was suggested by noted commenter Third Man, the world’s biggest Joseph Cotten fan! Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 68: Swamp Thing #127

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Swamp Thing #127, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1993. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own flashback – Camelot 3000

Moving on with the reconstruction of the archives, we come to this. What could be the deal with this?
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