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  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Donald Duck magazines from 1960.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Edgar Rice Burroughs TARZAN OF THE APES (1929)
    Reprint of the 1929 dailies from LOAC Essentials, illustrated by Hal Foster and Rex Maxon.
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    Okay, so I have a long-lived love for the Legion of Super-Heroes and now is not the best of times for the LSH. As far as I'm concerned, the Shooter & Swan era of the late '60s was unsurpassed in quality offerings for this group, but the Levitz & Giffen years were pretty close. Other people may have fond memories for the Cockrum or Grell tenures, or Waid & Kitson, or whenever -- but absolutely NOBODY has fond memories of the LSH of today, because DC is not even PUBLISHING a Legion book today. They started a Bendis Legion a little while back -- then dropped it like a rock for reasons no one has bothered to explain. And now they're trying again with a "Justice League of America Vs. the Legion of Super-heroes" series. Issue # 1 was released in January, #2 in February... and then nothing for a LOOOOONG couple of months. Issue # 3 finally came out in mid-May. And I have just a couple of problems with it: it's essentially a Batman book, with a couple of pages of Brainiac 5 saying, "Ooh, this is bad; this is REALLY BAD." Nothing much happens in this book, except oh! Here's Kamandi for a page and a half. With one member of the JLA and a couple of the Legionnaires saying "What the heck are you doing here, anyway?" Gold Lantern can be seen in a couple of pages, Saturn Girl or Jon Kent for a panel here & a panel there... but really, nothing much of any real substance happens in this book and here we are in Issue #3 of 6. The JLA and the LSH are in no way opposing each other so far in this series, and while I don't really NEED to see a group vs. group throw-down for 20 pages at a time, let's not forget, folks: the title of this series is JLA VS. LSH. So far: mission NOT accomplished and we're half way through the 6 issues slated for this book. (Don't even get me started on "The Death of the JLA" also running concurrently with this series....)
  • edited May 2022 Posts: 3,564
    It's no secret that the folks at DC Comics are seriously jealous of the success the Marvel movies have been enjoying, especially when compared to the... relatively mediocre results... achieved by the DC movies. Why the disparity, you may ask? Well, here's my take on it. Don't tell the folks at DC (unless you've got stock in Warners)...

    Marvel movies are FUN. DC movies take themselves -- and their world view -- way too seriously. Marvel and DC movies have similar levels of action and special effects and all that... but a viewer can leave the theatre in a very different emotional state after a Marvel movie than they tend to after a DC movie, and the difference is in the fun factor. You get several good laughs in a Marvel movie along with the world-shaking adventure...but sadly, not so in most DC movies. Adventure, sure. Laughs?... not really. "This is serious super-hero stuff," the DC flacks seem to be saying...and consequently, their movies just don't tend to be much fun.

    Now, finally, comes a DC movie with the fun level front & center... and I have just read the FREE COMIC BOOK DAY release promoting that movie. Ladies & Gentlemen, kids of all ages: I commend to you The League of Super-Pets. Now, I love me some Super-Pets, and ever since I saw the first promo for this movie, I've been looking forward to it. Originally scheduled for release in the merry month of May, this animated flick now looks to be released in late July. Fine, whatever -- maybe a July release will work better for the presumed audience of this film. Does it skew younger than most DC movies? Maybe... but here's another poorly-kept secret in the comics biz: EVERYbody wants to promote the comic book format to a younger audience. Once upon a time, the presumed audience for comics was 8-12 years old. Nowadays, that expected audience is more like 13-18, and the few that stick with the format into their adult years are the hard-core fans that just aren't enough to really sustain the form as a mass market commodity.

    Frankly, that's why we've even GOT something like a FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (and if you're an American member of this forum then I certainly hope your Local Comic Book Store participated in FCBD!) I'm looking forward to the upcoming Super-Pets movie -- and I think the results of this flick may really surprise the bean counters at Warners!
  • edited May 2022 Posts: 3,564
    Of course, if you have an interest in super-pets that can't be satisfied with one mere Free Comic Book Day offering -- and you're impatiently waiting for the upcoming movie -- then I have an even bigger & better suggestion: just released, a trade paperback compilation, Tails of the Super-Pets. This one's for the Big Dogs: it includes the introductions of Krypto the Super-Dog, Streaky the Super-Cat, Beppo the Super-Monkey, and Comet the Super-Horse! Plus a couple of "tails" featuring the super-rivalry between Krypto and Streaky... followed by offerings including Ace the Bat-Hound... the "origin" of Paradise Island's kangas... and a story featuring Aquaman's octopus pal, Topo. PLUS! Not one -- not two -- but THREE stories of the Legion of Super-Pets, fighting, biting, and kicking alongside the Legion of Super-Heroes. With artwork by Curt Swan, Ramona Fradon, H.G. Peter, Jim Mooney, Sheldon Moldoff and more -- this is where the fur really starts to fly! Some folks may claim that stories about super-animals are inherently... well, just silly ...and I reply, well of course they are! So are super-heroes stories in general! As much as I enjoy stories of people in capes with powers & abilities far beyond those of mortal men (and women,) at my advanced age I am finally willing to admit that they're sort of silly no matter HOW seriously their publishers try to present them. Accepting the inherently nonsensical nature of the super-hero doesn't require me to give up on them... it just puts the genre into a more reasonable perspective.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    A bunch of Donald Duck magazines from 1961.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    PRINCE VALIANT VOL. 4 (1943-1944) by Hal Foster, from Fantagraphics books.

    This is where Foster got grid restrictions from the syndicate, limiting how he could orchestrate his panels. Although affecting his means of creativity somewhat, it doesn t take away anything from his magnificent artwork.
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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Napoleon Dynamite: Impeach Pedro. A funny follow up, the closest thing we’ll ever get to a proper Napoleon Dynamite 2. Recommended for laughs and little drama.
  • Slazenger7Slazenger7 Gothenburg, Sweden
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    I’ve started reading the dark fantasy manga Berserk by Kentaro Miura, bought the first 20 of 41 volumes. It’s amazing, the drawings are incredible and the story is really capturing.
    It’s very far out when it comes to brutality and some of the monsters are among the most hideous sick things I’ve ever seen. It makes me wonder what was going on in the authors head.
    Sadly he passed away last year and the manga will probably not be finally concluded.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Marvel Epic Collection: MOON KNIGHT-BAD MOON RISING
    Collects all the first Moon Knight stories 1975-1981.
    I hadn t read any of the pre-1979 stuff before, but 79 was when greatness arrived anyway in the form of Bill Sienkiewicz (Although Gene Colan drew one in 78 which wasn t too bad). The stories by Doug Moench also rose up in quality by then. Late 70s/early 80s was peak Moon Knight. Just awesome.

  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Marvel Epic Collection: MOON KNIGHT-THE FINAL REST
    Collects Moon Knight 1982-1984. Bought this just to get the last of the Moench/Sienkiewicz run which ended in 83. Formidable.

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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
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    Superman 78. The real Superman 3. Looking forward to the planned sequel.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    HEAVY METAL from 1978.
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  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    edited November 2022 Posts: 4,168
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    MADWOMAN OF THE SACRED HEART by Moebius and Jodorowsky, 2016.
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    Excellent!
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    edited August 2023 Posts: 17,698
    Just got Titan's new Conan comic (2nd issue came out today), and boy is it good. Like the old Savage Sword Of Conan but in colour.
    https://aiptcomics.com/2023/08/01/conan-the-barbarian-1-review/
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