Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Grief, Fire

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  The giant fire blazing out of control in California has taken Charles Schultz's house.  His wife is fine, but I wonder, Charles had an office, skating rink and diner nearby.  I wonder if any Charlie Brown important documents have been destroyed. 

     Good Grief, no record of Snoopy?  My stomach hurts.

     Take care and adopt a (Peanuts) comic book today!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wolverine and Swamp Thing Crying!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Just last week, Len Wein, long time comic creator and writer passed away.  He created Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson, who also passed earlier this year, and with a couple others created Wolverine, the seminal anti-hero of the 70s.

     Len had done so many things in his life it is too much to list, but I did meet him a few times and we enjoyed talking about our mutual love of Batman.  Read Len's "Untold Legends of Batman," You won't be sorry.

     His good friend Marv Wolfman, who came into the comic field at the same time no doubt is still in mourning.  I think every person who has read a Wein comic is also.

     Take care and adopt a (Len Wein) comic today!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Kirby at 100

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  This week marks the 100th birthday of Jack "King" Kirby.  he is probably the greatest creative force comic books has or ever will see .

     Having a hand in the creation or co-creation of Captain America, Challengers of the Unknown, Boys Ranch, Boy Commandoes, Fantastic Four, Hulk, X-Men, Dr. Doom, Sgt. Fury, Agents of SHIELD, Antman/Giantman, Iron Man, Thor, (aka, the entire Avengers) and Darksied and all of the New Gods, Inhumans ect. I guess that sort of tells the story.

     What I'm saying is, next time there's a Marvel movie released, maybe the screen should just say (with no slight to Stan Lee and his great dialogue)...Jack Kirby presents!

     Take care and remember to adopt a (Jack Kirby, there are so many of them) comic book today!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Mentor "Noble" Con.

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Saturday, July 29th, from 11:00 am -8pm, Barnes and Noble will be hosting an all day event chock filled with Comis, Harry Potter and Cosplay, complete with prizes and experts giving lectures in their chosen fields.

     I'll be there showing off items from my collection highlighting super hero movies from 2017.  My lecture about comics starts at 1pmand it is entitled, "Comics: Don't Get Me Started."  It is named after my News-Herald blog.  So stop by and let's talk comics and enjoy the "Noble" Con.

     Take care and adopt a comic (from Barnes and Noble) today!

Check U Tube for San Diego Con Clips

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  Now that the big comicon out west is over, check out U Tube for all the panels that you might have missed.  I'm already checking it myself...loads of fun.

     Take care and adopt a (purchased at a con) comic book today!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Origins of Marvel...Stan and Jack...and Joan?

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  A few days ago, Stan Lee's wife, Joan Lee passed away, she was in her 90s.

     It has always been stated by Stan in the past that when Marvel Comics were on the ropes in the late 50s, early 60s his wife Joan told him, "If you are going to quit comics anyway, start doing them the way you want to do them."

     That advice to Stan gave him the idea to go out with a bang, featuring  characterization, a connected universe and a lot of dynamic action, along with heroes with flaws.

     This new direction of Stan's, along with Jack Kirby's and Steve Ditko's (among others) unique artwork saved the company.  But who knows, it might just have started with Joan's simple suggestion to her husband, Stan.

     Take care and adopt a (Marvel) comic book today! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Upon Reflection...Adam West!

     Hello everyone, hope all is well.  After a month of thinking about it, I've got to say that Adam West was the saving bridge at DC Comics, between two points of cancellation.

     You see, after a decade of Batman fighting aliens and monsters in the 50s and early 60s, it was about to be cancelled.  Julie Schwartz brought the Caped Crusader back to being a detective, not a Global Guardian.  But I must admit it was a very bland and dull detective.

     But that all changed when Adam West made Batman a world wide icon.  Now that only lasted for a few years, but it was three years that attracted The Kinney Corp. to merge with Warner and buy DC Comics.  It was also three years that DC used to buyout Bob Kane and his tame approach.  It was three years that DC used to bring in a whole new staff of creative people to better Batman, laying the groundwork to where he is today.

     So maybe Adam West was Batman's life to today's dramatic Batman...who knows?  I think he was that important.

     Take care and adopt a (Adam West) comic book today!