Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pullin' Up Stakes

This will be the last post I'll be making here on this version of the Dork Forty. The blog will continue, but it will continue elsewhere. I've been having continuing log-in issues with Blogger, and since I've been wanting to expand the blog's focus anyway, I figured it was just time to move on.

So I hope that you'll join us at our new location,

Things are still a bit... under construction over there as of this writing, but we're whipping it into shape fast. The new version of the nerd farm will feature bigger fields devoted to stuff about movies, books, television, and music in addition to the funnybook coverage you're used to over here. It's the same skewed viewpoint, just applied to more stuff.

Thank you for reading.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Metropolis Mysteries and Eye-Popping Body Horror: FUNNYBOOKSINREVEWAREGO!!

Action Comics #3
by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales, and Gene Ha

This comic is good, okay? Fast-paced, don't-let-it-catch-you-sleeping action, equally tricksy character development, some really nice artwork from a guy who not only knows anatomy, but is also good at camera placement and visual storytelling... It's a class act all the way around. And this issue also gives us a peek at life on Krypton, illuminated by the incomparable Gene Ha, including a cameo by Krypto. It's the best thing to come out of DC's New 52 by far, with nothing else even close to being in its league.

So. Action Comics. Grade A. Got it? We all in agreement? Good! Now that we've got the "review" part of this review out of the way, we can move on to more interesting things...

Three issues in, the larger plot is starting to really take shape. This issue, we discover that Clark Kent has a secret source, a "Deep Throat" if you will, feeding him information on corrupt businessman Glen Glenmorgan. Deep Throat has some pretty specific knowledge of the events of issue one, and he's egging Clark on to keep pushing against the man known as "Mr. Metropolis." It's clear at this point is that someone is manipulating the major players in Metropolis. But who?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Steve Ditko!

That's right! It's Steve Ditko's birthday, and I can't think of a better way to celebrate the birth of Spider-Man's co-creator than with a big ol' gallery of his artwork. But, much as I love his Spider-Man, and much as I'll always be blown away by the surrealist landscapes he created on Dr. Strange...

click to embiggen ... then trip your ass off!
...I honestly don't think those books represent his best work.
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Okay, maybe Dr. Strange. Anything that could inspire such 70s blacklight poster insanity as seen above simply HAS to be among anyone's best work. Just because.

But his early work on 1950s horror comics was often more detailed and imaginative. And in his work for smaller publishers like Charlton, Ditko felt the freedom to experiment more wildly, and the results were often quite stunning. So it's that work I want to salute tonight: the early, the weird, the obscure Ditko. I'll try to keep my comments to a minimum for once, and just let the art speak for itself. Let's start at the beginning, with a few samples of the great man's earliest, pre-Code artwork...