Stan Lee, "Spider-Man!" Amazing Fantasy No. 15 (Sept. 1962)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Spider-Man and EW

The latest (22 July 2011) issue of Entertainment Weekly features images from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man feature film. A complete archive can be accessed at the magazine's web site.

Capes and No Ordinary Family on DVD

Last year's superhero-related television shows The Cape and No Ordinary Family are coming to DVD. The Cape will be released 7/5/11, and No Ordinary Family on  9/6/11.

More from TwoMorrows

The Quality Companion 
256 page Trade Paperback with COLOR - by Mike Kooiman with Jim Amash

This product will be in stock on Wednesday 26 October, 2011.

ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-037-3
ISBN-10: 1-60549-037-7

THE QUALITY COMPANION provides the first dedicated look at the prolific Golden Age publisher which spawned a treasure trove of beautiful art and classic characters, including the modern-day “Freedom Fighters”—UNCLE SAM, PHANTOM LADY, BLACK CONDOR, THE RAY, HUMAN BOMB, and DOLL MAN—as well as PLASTIC MAN, the BLACKHAWKS, and others now under the DC Comics umbrella. It provides the first-ever A-Z in-depth character profile of every Quality costumed hero, many of whom were superbly-produced but are now long-forgotten. It also reprints, in FULL-COLOR, several 1940s key stories of these characters from such rare 1940s collector’s items as SMASH COMICS, POLICE COMICS, NATIONAL COMICS, FEATURE COMICS, and CRACK COMICS, and features Golden Age art by the top artistic talents of that era, including LOU FINE, REED CRANDALL, JACK COLE, CHUCK CUIDERA, MATT BAKER, WILL EISNER, and others! There’s a contextual chronology, a unique oral history featuring commentary by many of the major Quality creators and their progeny, and studies that shed new light on Will Eisner's relationship with Quality! Plus: It covers the characters’ revival from the 1970s to today, including Plastic Man’s short-lived 1960s series, the classic Justice League/Justice Society crossover that introduced the Quality characters into the DC Comics universe, the Freedom Fighters’ own 1970s series, plus the Ray and Black Condor series of the 1990s, up through the current versions of the characters at DC. Creators who were instrumental in the revival of the Quality characters from the 1970s to today are interviewed, including ROY THOMAS, LEN WEIN, JIMMY PALMIOTTI and others! There’s also an introduction by ROY THOMAS, and a new cover drawn especially for this book by the late DICK GIORDANO! Written by Mike Kooiman with Jim Amash!

Marvel Comics In The 1970s 
An Issue-By-Issue Field Guide to a Pop-Culture Phenomenon
224 page Trade Paperback - by Pierre Comtois

This product will be in stock on Friday 26 August, 2011.

ISBN-13: 978-1-605490-034-2
ISBN-10: 1-60549-034-2

By popular demand, TwoMorrows Publishing presents Marvel Comics in the 1970s, the sequel to Pierre Comtois’ heralded first volume on the 1960s! This book covers Marvel’s final historical phase: the twilight years of the 1970s, after the initial ’60s wave of popularity pushed the company to the forefront of the comics industry, and made many of its characters household names. This full decade of pop-culture history saw Stan Lee’s role as writer diminish as he ascended to Publisher, the stunning departure of Jack Kirby to DC (and his later return to Marvel), the rise of Roy Thomas as editor (and eventual Editor In Chief), and the introduction of a new wave of writers and artists who would expand the boundaries of comics beyond super-heroes, while planting the seeds for the company’s eventual self-destruction. Comics such as the Spider-Man “drug” issues, Conan the Barbarian, Tomb of Dracula, Master of Kung Fu, Howard the Duck, the new X-Men, and more are covered in detail—along with the creators who wrote and drew them, including Chris Claremont, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gene Colan, Marv Wolfman, Steve Gerber, John Romita, Gil Kane, Sal Buscema, and many others. So don’t be satisfied with only half the story! Check out Marvel Comics in the 1970s and find out why Marvel was once hailed as The House of Ideas!

Alan Moore Book

Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel 
By Annalisa Di Liddo
Great Comics Artists Series

192 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 40 b&w illustrations, bibliography, index
978-1-60473-212-2 Unjacketed cloth $50.00S
978-1-60473-213-9 Paper $22.00T

Eclectic British author Alan Moore (b. 1953) is one of the most acclaimed and controversial comics writers to emerge since the late 1970s. He has produced a large number of well-regarded comic books and graphic novels while also making occasional forays into music, poetry, performance, and prose.

In Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel, Annalisa Di Liddo argues that Moore employs the comics form to dissect the literary canon, the tradition of comics, contemporary society, and our understanding of history. The book considers Moore's narrative strategies and pinpoints the main thematic threads in his works: the subversion of genre and pulp fiction, the interrogation of superhero tropes, the manipulation of space and time, the uses of magic and mythology, the instability of gender and ethnic identity, and the accumulation of imagery to create satire that comments on politics and art history.

Examining Moore's use of comics to scrutinize contemporary culture, Di Liddo analyzes his best-known works--Swamp Thing, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, From Hell, Promethea, and Lost Girls. The study also highlights Moore's lesser-known output, such as Halo Jones, Skizz, and Big Numbers, and his prose novel Voice of the Fire. Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel reveals Moore to be one of the most significant and distinctly postmodern comics creators of the last quarter-century.

Annalisa Di Liddo is an independent scholar and translator based in Milan, Italy. She has been a contributor to Cityscapes: Islands of the Self, Londra tra memoria letteraria e modernità, and Cross-Cultural Encounters: Identity, Gender, Representation, and her work has appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art.

Image--Cover of Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Amazing Love

Agonizing Love: The Golden Era of Romance Comics 
By Michael Barson

On Sale: 5/10/2011
ISBN: 9780061807343; ISBN10: 0061807346; Imprint: Harper Design ; On Sale: 5/10/2011; Format: Trade PB; Trimsize: 8 3/8 X 11 1/4; Pages: 208; $29.99; Ages: 18 and Up; BISAC1:ART023000

Return to the tear-stained, melodramatic heyday of romance comics in this fantastic anthology of the genre's best stories, covers, advice columns, and more! In a valentine to a bygone era, perfect for fans of modern love stories, Archie comics, and series like Strangers in Paradise, pop-culture expert Michael Barson celebrates the stories that captivated the American imagination during the 1950s and 1960s. Readers of books like From Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Female Comics From Teens to Zines will be captivated by this one-of-a-kind look at four-color female portrayals, while collectors of the history of Golden Age comics will be entranced by crucial stories from Fawcett, Marvel, DC, and many more comics publishing giants. Above all, however, the indelible pathos at the heart of every Agonizing Love story makes Barson’s collection more than a pop-culture artifact; it’s also an unforgettable look into the heart of true romance.

Book Description
Agonizing Love is a rich anthology of those legendary romance comic books that once filled newsstands to overflowing during their heyday in the 1940s and '50s. "I Craved His Kisses," "With Hate in My Heart," "Kisses Came Second," "Flame of Jealousy," "Was I a Wicked Wife?": these stories are just a taste of the absolutely riveting dramas that play out in the sob-racked pages of this evocative collection. Agonizing Love—is there any other kind?—runs the narrative gamut from honeymoon to heartbreak, first love to total loss, marital bliss to marriage hell, and all the stops in between. Throughout these colorful pages you will find a diverse selection of cover art and stories enhanced by a plethora of engaging quizzes ("Are You Ready for Marriage?"), confessional letters from readers, informative articles, tips on choosing the right man (or getting rid of the wrong one!), and oh, so much more!

Compiled and with witty, informative com-mentary by pop-culture expert Michael Barson, Agonizing Love is an irresistible treasure trove sure to please comic-book lovers, soap-opera fans, and die-hard romantics who could use a good slap in the face. This is a heartfelt, often tear-drenched valentine to a long lost—but never to be forgotten—era.

Michael Barson is the author of more than a dozen books that celebrate popular culture. His work has appeared in the pages of Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, American Film, and AMC magazine, among other publications. His books and postcard anthologies include Lost, Lonely & Vicious, Born to Be Bad, Teenage Confidential, True West, and Red Scared! He lives in suburban New Jersey with his wife of twenty-six years who hasn't stopped weeping since tying the knot. They have three boys, none of whom has a clue about love or romance—yet.

New/Recent Scholarship on Superheroes

Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero 
by Lee Easton and Richard Harrison
November 2010
400 pages | ISBN: 978-1-894987-50-9

Comic-book superheroes have risen from their newsprint beginnings to dominate films, infiltrate the literary establishment, and become an integral part of popular culture. Secret Identity Reader: Essays on Sex, Death and the Superhero is a collaboration between two authors who investigate, and often disagree on, key facets of the superhero character and storyline. Masculinity, origin stories and the problem of the side kick are all fair game in this wide ranging discussion, which also considers the superhero’s place in a post 9/11 world and considers why these characters keep dying and coming back to life.

Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Wonder Years 
(Jack Kirby Collector #58)
128 page tabloid-size Trade Paperback - Written by Mark Alexander

ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-038-0
ISBN-10: 1-60549-038-5

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fantastic Four #1 with this special squarebound edition (#58) of The Jack Kirby Collector, about the two pop-culture visionaries who created the Fantastic Four, and a decade in comics that was more tumultuous and awe-inspiring than any before or since. Calling on his years of research, plus new interviews conducted just for this book (with Stan Lee, Flo Steinberg, Mark Evanier, Joe Sinnott, and others), regular Jack Kirby Collector magazine contributor Mark Alexander traces both Lee and Kirby's history at Marvel Comics, and the remarkable series of events and career choices that led them to converge in 1961 to conceive the Fantastic Four. It also documents the evolution of the FF throughout the 1960s, with previously unknown details about Lee and Kirby's working relationship, and their eventual parting of ways in 1970. With a wealth of of historical information and amazing Kirby artwork, Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: THE WONDER YEARS beautifully examines the first decade of the FF, and the events that put into motion the 1960s era that came to be known as the Marvel Age of Comics!

The Batman Files 
by Matthew Manning
U.S.: $100.00 Canada: $100.00
ISBN: 9781449408220
Format: Hardcover
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Trim Size: 10 X 13 in.
Page Count: 308 pp

Unearthed from the depths of the Batcave by Mathew K. Manning, The Batman Files begins with Wayne's childhood drawings and continues along a time line of significant events in Batman's life. Complete and authentic in every way possible, all of Batman's friends and foes—from Poison Ivy, Catwoman, the Riddler, and Penguin, to the Joker, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, and of course, Robin—appear throughout the dossier to provide a framework of the Caped Crusader's entire career.
Completely outlining Batman's war on crime, The Batman Files includes in-depth computer files, news articles, crime scene photos, blueprints, schematics, and actual maps of Gotham City that were collected, and in many cases even drawn, by the Caped Crusader himself.
High production values include black matte gilding, as well as a high-tech fabric cover—complete with a metallic Batman emblem to secure the secret contents within. Each detail of Batman's life is carefully and faithfully detailed with the involvement of DC Comics inside The Batman Files—destined to be the must-have gift for every avid Batman fan and collector.

UK Degree in Comics Studies

Dundee University is lunching a one-year Masters in Comic Studies this September. Further details at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-13668885.

CFP Masculinity in superhero comic books and films (9/30/11)


Masculinity in superhero comic books and films
Location: New York, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2011-09-30
Date Submitted: 2011-05-30
Announcement ID: 185570

CFP: Masculinity in superhero comic books and films
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 15 to 18, 2012
Rochester, NY

Deadline: September 30, 2011.

Submit 250- to 500-word proposals to Derek McGrath

With comic books becoming more mainstream, thanks to numerous summer blockbuster films focusing on superheroes—2011 bringing audiences Super, Thor, The Green Hornet, Captain America, X-Men: First Class, and Green Lantern—this session welcomes all papers looking at ongoing portrayals of masculinity in works of popular culture that focus on male superheroes. Possible topics include but are not limited to adherence or subversion of masculine archetypes in superhero comic books, graphic novels, films, plays, and other works in popular culture.

Please include with your abstract the following: Name, affiliation, email address, and A/V requirements if any ($10 handling fee with registration).

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists may only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable. For more information, visit the NEMLA online at

Derek McGrath, SUNY Stony Brook
Email: derek.mcgrath@stonybrook.edu
Visit the website at http://dereksmcgrath.blogspot.com/2011/05/call-for-papers-masculinity-in.html

CFP Screen Superheroes in National, International and Transnational Contexts (7/31/11)


CFP: Not Just The American Way: Screen Superheroes in National, International and Transnational Contexts (Proposals by 31 July 2011)
Call for Papers Date: 2011-07-31
Date Submitted: 2011-05-20
Announcement ID: 185359

CFP on international superheroes on screen
Not Just The American Way:
Screen Superheroes in National, International and Transnational Contexts

The figure of the superhero is primarily seen as an American one, dominated by Marvel and DC comics and their adaptations across multiple media. These superhero franchises operate across media networks within many of the world’s global markets, influencing local representations of heroism and being altered to meet local expectations of the superhero in turn. American culture and, indeed, American superheroes play significant roles in these phenomena and historically have often led the way in debates around the representations around superheroes in culture. However, super-powered and costumed heroes are not just American in origin; they appear in screen media across many cultures, whether as the anti-social teenagers of Britain’s Misfits, India’s alien-empowered Krrish or Japan’s Ultraman. This collection examines super-heroes and heroines as they travel around the world, exploring the figure of the superhero beyond the North American context. As such, we are interested in the local, international and transnational manifestations of superheroes, as well as in their reach beyond their originating contexts. Furthermore, we are seeking papers on the importance of the superhero to global media markets.

Potential subjects include, but are not limited to:

Local and national superheroes outside the United States US superheroes in global markets
Co-produced superheroes
Transmedia franchising and the superhero
Superheroes on TV
Iconography and aesthetics
The reception of the superhero
Gender, sexuality and ideology and the superhero
Marketing the superhero internationally
Geographically dislocated superheroes
Cultural specificity of the superhero
Special effects and the superhero in film and/or television
Superhero adaptations
Industrial and narrative origins
The geography of superheroes
International cultural flows and exchanges in superhero phenomena

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent no later than 31st July 2011 to: superheroesonscreen@gmail.com

Please see the blog for this project at

The collection will be edited by Rayna Denison, Derek Johnston and Rachel Mizsei-Ward.

Derek Johnston
Email: superheroesonscreen@gmail.com
Visit the website at http://superheroesonscreen.blogspot.com/

CFP Comic Book Superheros (12/16/11)

A composite post:

Call For Papers, 52nd Annual Florida Conference of Historians--Special Interest Section on Media Arts and Culture
Location: Florida, United States
Call for Papers Date: 2011-12-16
Date Submitted: 2011-06-11
Announcement ID: 185839

From Superman’s 1938 debut through recent tales of identity crisis and political divide, superhero comic books have made an indelible mark on American culture. The current popularity of stories and characters originating in comic books has expanded interest in the medium and in the symbolic power of the superhero. Recent scholarship has attempted to define the superhero’s unique relationship to American culture. The Florida Conference of Historian Special Interest Section (SIS) on Media Arts and Culture welcome submission to the 52nd annual Florida Conference of Historian meeting that address the ways the comic book superhero represents, constructs, and distorts American culture are welcomed. Special consideration will be given to papers that explore comics-inspired movie, television, and music. The Media Arts and Culture SIS welcomes submission from graduate students, undergraduates, and independent scholars who wish to participate. All conference invitees are eligible for review for inclusion in the FCH refereed published proceedings.
1. Paper title and abstract/proposal (300-500 words)
2. Brief vita or biography (one page max)
3. Complete personal information: name, department, academic affiliation, mailing address, and e-mail address.

Worthwhile topics include (but are not limited to):

Ethnicity and the Superhero / Gender and the Superhero / Superheroes and Nationalism / Religion and the Superhero / The Superhero in the Media / Marvel Cinematic Universe: Past and Presence / Superhero and Identity / Class Identity and the Superhero/ Violence and the Superhero / Political Identity and the Superhero

Dr. Julian Chambliss
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue-2762
Winter Park, FL 32789
Email: jchambliss@rollins.edu
Visit the website at http://myweb.rollins.edu/jchambliss/Julian_C._Chambliss/Homepage.html

Florida Conference of Historians 52nd Annual Meeting Feb 24-25, 2012
Location: Florida, United States
Conference Date: 2011-12-01
Date Submitted: 2011-06-15
Announcement ID: 185930

The Florida Conference of Historians welcomes papers on all topics for its 52nd Annual Conference. The meeting will be hosted by Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida on February 24-25, 2012. The host hotel where all conference activity will take place is the Holiday Inn in Lake City. Hotel website: http://hilakecityfl.com/
The FCH welcomes papers or panels on all topics from undergraduates, graduate students, instructors, and history enthusiasts. Of particular interest would be papers on Florida history, military or diplomatic history, graphic culture such as comic books, African-American history, and womens history. Registration begins Thursday night, February 23rd at the hotel. Registration includes a banquet on Friday night, Feb 24th. Keynote speaker will be Professor Paul Ortiz from the University of Florida.

For more information please contact Dr. Sean McMahon, Professor of History at Florida Gateway College.

Lake City, the Gateway to Florida, welcomes historians in February 2012.

Dr. Sean McMahon
Professor of History
Division of Liberal Arts
Florida Gateway College
Lake City, FL 32025
Ph (386) 754-4293
Fx (386) 754-4793
Email: sean.mcmahon@fgc.edu

CFP Rocky Mountain Conference on Comic and Graphic Novels (TBA)

I came across this will updating the blog's resources on teaching comics:


Denver Comic Con is proud to host the Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels.

Rocky Mountain Conference on Comic and Graphic Novels will take place June 14-16, 2012, location TBA, as part of the larger Comic Con experience here in beautiful Denver, Colorado.

A literary conference gives students, teachers, professors, and established scholars the opportunity to present critical papers to an audience of peers from a variety of scholarly settings, and participate in resulting discussions. Presenters and attendees alike have the opportunity to hear papers and discussion panels on topics of interest to further their work or potentially publish said work.

Everyone involved gets the chance to be more involved in their own scholarly topics, as well as make connections with those who have similar interests and network with academics from all over the world.

Details on package deals are forthcoming, as are announcements about some exciting guests and events. So please stay tuned!

We plan to host a range of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as established scholars from all over the globe, to discuss and present papers on the ever-widening academic field of comics studies.

We welcome papers/panel proposals in nearly any field of study and across the disciplines, such as art, theory, history, and pedagogy. CFPs will be posted soon, so please check back in the coming weeks.

Contact Dr. Christina Angel by sending an email to:


CFP Graphic Medicine: Visualizing the Stigma of Illness (UK) (7/18/11)


Graphic Medicine: Visualizing the Stigma of Illness
Location: United Kingdom
Call for Papers Deadline: 2011-07-18
Date Submitted: 2011-06-28
Announcement ID: 186185

Comics Forum
Leeds Art Gallery
16-18 November 2011
Part of a three day comics conference.

Graphic Medicine: Visualizing the Stigma of Illness
17th November

This one-day interdisciplinary conference aims to explore medical narrative in graphic novels and comics with an emphasis on the stigma of illness, disease or disability, both physical and mental. A subgenre of graphic narrative known as graphic medicine is emerging as a field of interest to both scholars and creators of comics, and members of the healthcare professions are beginning to turn to comics as a source of illness narratives and documents of the patient and carer experience.

We invite proposals for scholarly papers (20 minutes) or panel discussions (60 minutes), focused on medicine and comics in any form (e.g. graphic novels, comic strips, graphic pathographies, manga, and/or web comics) on the following—and related—topics:

notions of stigma in graphic pathographies of illness and disability
the use of comics to explain, highlight and eradicate stigma
the use of comics in patient care
the interface of graphic medicine and other visual arts in popular culture
ethical implications of patient representation in comics by healthcare providers
trends in international use of comics in healthcare settings
the role of comics in provider/patient communication
comics as a virtual support group for patients and caregivers
the use of comics in bioethics discussions and education

Contributions are sought from humanities scholars, comics scholars, healthcare professionals, comics enthusiasts, writers and cartoonists.

300 word proposals for a 20 minute paper should be submitted by 18/07/2011 to submissions@graphicmedicine.org and notice of acceptance or rejection may be expected by 1/8/2011

Abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats, following this order: author(s), affiliation, email address, title of abstract, body of abstract

All proposals submitted will receive and acknowledgement. Abstracts will be blind peer reviewed.

Drs. Columba Quigley, Maria Vaccarella and Ian Williams

Ian Williams
Email: submissions@graphicmedicine.org
Visit the website at http://comicsforum.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/comics-forum-2011-cfp.pdf

Friday, July 15, 2011

Captain America on SyFy

SyFy has listings this month for 2 or 3 Captain America films to air in commemoration of the release of the new feature film Captain America: First Avenger. I'm assuming they are the 2 telefilms from the 1970s and possibly the 1990 film that was released direct top home video.

Jul 21
05:00 PM Movie: Captain America
07:00 PM Movie: Captain America II
09:00 PM Movie: Captain America
11:00 PM Movie: Captain America

Jul 22
02:00 PM Movie: Captain America
04:00 PM Movie: Captain America II
06:00 PM Movie: Captain America

Jul 24
03:00 AM Movie: Captain America

Alphas on SyFy

SyFy premiered the new X-Men inspired series Alphas on Monday.

The series airs throughout the month and repeats (both on SyFy and across the NBC Universal line) at various times. Here are the details for the remainder of the month and into August (subject to change) on SyFy (all times EST):

Jul 14
08:00 AM Alphas: Pilot
09:00 PM Alphas: Pilot

Jul 15
06:30 PM Alphas: Pilot
11:00 PM Alphas: Pilot

Jul 17
10:00 AM Alphas: Pilot

Jul 18
08:00 AM Alphas: Pilot
10:00 PM Alphas: Cause & Effect

Jul 19
01:00 AM Alphas: Cause & Effect

Jul 22
11:00 PM Alphas: Cause & Effect

Jul 25
02:00 AM Alphas: Pilot
03:30 AM Alphas: Cause & Effect
08:30 AM Alphas: Cause & Effect
10:00 PM Alphas: Anger Management

Jul 26
01:00 AM Alphas: Anger Management

Jul 29
11:00 PM Alphas: Anger Management

Jul 31
07:30 PM Alphas: Pilot
09:00 PM Alphas: Cause & Effect
10:00 PM Alphas: Anger Management

Aug 1
10:00 PM Alphas: Rosetta

Aug 2
01:00 AM Alphas: Rosetta

Aug 5
11:00 PM Alphas: Rosetta

Aug 8
10:00 PM Alphas: Never Let Me Go

Aug 9
01:00 AM Alphas: Never Let Me Go

Aug 12
11:00 PM Alphas: Never Let Me Go

Aug 15
10:00 PM Alphas: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

Aug 16
01:00 AM Alphas: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

Aug 18
08:30 AM Alphas: Pilot
10:00 AM Alphas: Cause & Effect
11:00 AM Alphas: Anger Management
12:00 PM Alphas: Rosetta
01:00 PM Alphas: Never Let Me Go
02:00 PM Alphas: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

Aug 19
11:00 PM Alphas: Bill And Gary's Excellent Adventure

Aug 22
10:00 PM Alphas: Catch And Release

Aug 23
01:00 AM Alphas: Catch And Release

Aug 26
11:00 PM Alphas: Catch And Release

Aug 29
10:00 PM Alphas: A Short Time In Paradise

Aug 30
01:00 AM Alphas: A Short Time In Paradise