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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    1968
    Another childhood memory I got hold of.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    A bit uneven, but some of it is quite good.
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    Found another old magazine I had as a kid, containing series such as Kerry Drake, Silver Colt, Rex the Gladiator and Simon Smart.
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    PRINCE VALIANT by Hal Foster, Fantagraphics book 8: 1951-1952.
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    Foster was one of the Masters.
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    PRINCE VALIANT by Hal Foster, Fantagraphics book 14: 1963-1964.
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    None above.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    PRINCE VALIANT by Hal Foster, vol.15:1965-1966.
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    The magnificence goes on.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE DC UNIVERSE BY MIKE MIGNOLA

    In the late 80s, Mignola collaborated on series such as the Phantom Stranger, Batman, Superman and Swamp Thing. Not as good as his later output, but interesting to behold.
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE EC ARCHIVES: IMPACT
    Collects all five issues of Impact,first published 1955, with stories by Jack Davis, Jack kamen, Reed Crandall, George Evans, Bernie Kriegstein, Joe Orlando and Graham Ingels.
    Great stuff.
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    If you liked Impact, Thundy, I recommend you check out Shock SuspenStories. Published from 1952-1954, it had art by the same folks you mention here -- plus several stories (and some covers!) by the incomparable Wally Wood. Plus, the stories in these earlier volumes (generally by Al Feldstein) are even more impactful (or shocking, if you prefer) than those EC was able to offer in 1955, with the Comics Code coming into effect and censorship an inescapable fact of life for the entire comics industry. Sure, "Master Race" (from Impact #1) is probably EC's most-reprinted (and therefore most famous) story -- but wait until you see "Under Cover" or "The Monkey"! Pretty heavy stuff for the '50s!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    If you liked Impact, Thundy, I recommend you check out Shock SuspenStories. Published from 1952-1954, it had art by the same folks you mention here -- plus several stories (and some covers!) by the incomparable Wally Wood. Plus, the stories in these earlier volumes (generally by Al Feldstein) are even more impactful (or shocking, if you prefer) than those EC was able to offer in 1955, with the Comics Code coming into effect and censorship an inescapable fact of life for the entire comics industry. Sure, "Master Race" (from Impact #1) is probably EC's most-reprinted (and therefore most famous) story -- but wait until you see "Under Cover" or "The Monkey"! Pretty heavy stuff for the '50s!

    I have read much of the EC output before,as much of it was translated to Norwegian in the 80s and 90s in the magazine ISKALDE GRØSS (Ice Cold Shivers). These Impact stories were new to me, though.
  • If you liked Impact, Thundy, I recommend you check out Shock SuspenStories. Published from 1952-1954, it had art by the same folks you mention here -- plus several stories (and some covers!) by the incomparable Wally Wood. Plus, the stories in these earlier volumes (generally by Al Feldstein) are even more impactful (or shocking, if you prefer) than those EC was able to offer in 1955, with the Comics Code coming into effect and censorship an inescapable fact of life for the entire comics industry. Sure, "Master Race" (from Impact #1) is probably EC's most-reprinted (and therefore most famous) story -- but wait until you see "Under Cover" or "The Monkey"! Pretty heavy stuff for the '50s!

    I have read much of the EC output before,as much of it was translated to Norwegian in the 80s and 90s in the magazine ISKALDE GRØSS (Ice Cold Shivers). These Impact stories were new to me, though.

    Ah. Am I correct in assuming, then, that the New Direction titles were generally not among the material translated? While MD and Psychoanalysis can be some rough sledding, Valor has some gorgeous artwork by the likes of Wood, Williamson, Crandall and the like.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    If you liked Impact, Thundy, I recommend you check out Shock SuspenStories. Published from 1952-1954, it had art by the same folks you mention here -- plus several stories (and some covers!) by the incomparable Wally Wood. Plus, the stories in these earlier volumes (generally by Al Feldstein) are even more impactful (or shocking, if you prefer) than those EC was able to offer in 1955, with the Comics Code coming into effect and censorship an inescapable fact of life for the entire comics industry. Sure, "Master Race" (from Impact #1) is probably EC's most-reprinted (and therefore most famous) story -- but wait until you see "Under Cover" or "The Monkey"! Pretty heavy stuff for the '50s!

    I have read much of the EC output before,as much of it was translated to Norwegian in the 80s and 90s in the magazine ISKALDE GRØSS (Ice Cold Shivers). These Impact stories were new to me, though.

    Ah. Am I correct in assuming, then, that the New Direction titles were generally not among the material translated? While MD and Psychoanalysis can be some rough sledding, Valor has some gorgeous artwork by the likes of Wood, Williamson, Crandall and the like.

    I think it was mostly stories from Tales of the Crypt,Vault of Horror, Haunt of Fear,Weird Science, Crime SuspenStories and Shock SuspenStories.There could be more sources, not sure. Thanks for the recommendation.
  • edited July 2021 Posts: 3,564
    Among the original EC line-up, Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat are also highly recommended. These are Harvey Kurtzman's war books, which he edited, wrote and laid-out, then gave to artists like John Severin, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and the like for full illustration duties. Kurtzman spent so much time in research on these titles that he wasn't really making a whole lot of money producing them. When he complained about this fact to Bill Gaines, his publisher suggested he just do a quickie humor title as well. The result was Mad...the only EC title to survive the coming tide of comic book censorship!
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY(2003) by Matt Wagner.
    This is all right, but not great.

  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY(2003) by Matt Wagner.
    This is all right, but not great.

    Did you like the art, @Thunderfinger? Because I had issues with that in this book. Some facial expressions felt unpleasant to look at.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY(2003) by Matt Wagner.
    This is all right, but not great.

    Did you like the art, @Thunderfinger? Because I had issues with that in this book. Some facial expressions felt unpleasant to look at.

    Yes, some very good compositions here and there, but Wagner is probably a better writer than artist.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN/WONDER WOMAN: TRINITY(2003) by Matt Wagner.
    This is all right, but not great.

    Did you like the art, @Thunderfinger? Because I had issues with that in this book. Some facial expressions felt unpleasant to look at.

    Yes, some very good compositions here and there, but Wagner is probably a better writer than artist.

    I actually really enjoyed it. I feel that BVS should have been what it did (with other creative people in charge). I really need to reread it.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    BONANZA
    Got hold of a childhood memory, from 1971. The sentimental value is bigger than the artistic, for sure.
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  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Bigger than Hoss?
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    RIVER OF DEATH by Lawrence and Horak.
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    Fun reading this again. My favourite "continuation" Bond by far.
    Bigger than Hoss?


    Of course not, but certainly bigger than Little Joe.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    RIVER OF DEATH by Lawrence and Horak.

    Fun reading this again. My favourite "continuation" Bond by far.
    Bigger than Hoss?
    Of course not, but certainly bigger than Little Joe.

    It's good to speak the same language on that, @Thunderfinger.

    RIVER OF DEATH always looks interesting, since coming to see slivers of it here and on Bond-O-Rama.
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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    @RichardTheBruce , I can highly recommend it.
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    Christmas album that came out in 1973. The quality isn t great, but fun seeing it again.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    THE INCAL by Jodorowsky and Moebius.
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    Only read a little bit of this before, in Heavy Metal where it went by the title The Adventures of John Difool. After all these decades it s about time, since I am a big fan of both Giraud and Jodorowsky. Best-selling graphic novel of all time and the most influential.
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Batman Earth One: Volume 3. A decent story in itself, but it seems to be more interested in getting a Volume 4 than being it’s own thing.
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    HIT-GIRL IN HONG KONG by Daniel Way and Goran Parlov.
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    This is more like it. Very good.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    A more realistic approach. This is also very good. Maybe the best yet.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    THE DARK KNIGHT STRIKES AGAIN

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    This remains a tough one for me. No matter how much I love, adore, worship The Dark Knight Returns specifically, and Miller in general, I simply cannot plow through the utter narrative and artistic mess that is TDKSA. I am aware of certain facts, including how Miller wanted to shock us, how he was trying to cope with 9/11 during the process of writing, ... That knowledge doesn't help me, however, in finding any appreciation for the book. It's wild, it's crazy, it's outrageous, and even after three previous attempts, it remains nothing but that for me. I understand the story: it's very weak. I get the crazy art: I think it looks awful. There's a certain level of "all over the place" and "out there" that I can take (e.g. pretty much everything Morrison's done so far), and then there's this. The Dark Knight certainly did strike hard and heavy with this one, but I'm not a fan. Luckily, The Master Race is a lot better in my opinion.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    I can appreciate both sequels, but none of them can stand any comparison to the first arc.
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    STAR WARS-THE NEWSPAPER STRIPS VOL 2 by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson.
    Originally published 1981-1984 . Unfortunately, this is the coloured versions, reformatted for the traditional comic book format in the 90s. It doesn t look nowhere near as good.
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  • I have this material in the B&W hardcovers published by Russ Cochran in 1991. There's not an awful lot of comics I prefer in B&W over color...but this. This is special...
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