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

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Trailers for the End of the Year

Here's two more trailers for upcoming films based on comics:

I'm unsure about the first one here. The Dark Knight was a bad film in so many ways, and The Dark Knight Rises (despite its hope-filled title) paints a bleak picture for Batman and Gotham (plus the end tag here--"The Legend...Ends"--suggests a depressing conclusion for all).

One the other hand, The Men in Black films are always fun; let's hope the latest installment does not disappoint.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New OV Justice League: Doom

A new original video from the DC Animated Universe is due out in February. Here is the advance trailer:

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Plug for Sequart Research

I recently came across the web site for the Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. They seem to bring the ground between popular scholarship of comics and academic discussions of the medium. The group maintains a lively blog and has published a series of essay collections on a variety of topics, including companions to recent films (see also the following link for more details: http://www.sequart.org/magazine/5111/sequarts-books-get-new-cheaper-editions/). This is definitely one to watch.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spidey Art Book

Spider-Man turns 50 next year, and Marvel begins the celebration with The Art of Spider-Man Classic, a visual survey of the character's history in the comics. I won't say it is a "must have", but it is interesting to look at to explore the character's evolution on the comics page. Further details at Westfield Comics.

New Alex Ross Art Book

Here's a great read from Dynamite Entertainment:


Rating: Teen +
Cover: Alex Ross
Writer: Alex Ross
Artist: Alex Ross
Publication Date: Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 328
ISBN-10: 1-60690-244-X
ISBN-13: 978-1-60690-244-8

The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross has now EXPANDED to 328 PAGES!!!!!! Containing sketches, designs, layouts and pencils, interior work, covers, and a wealth of unpublished art, The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross can be found at comic stores everywhere December 7th! But now, it is going to come with over a hundred and twenty-eight more pages, at the same price! Originally just over 200 pages, The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross will be a whopping 328 pages with ABSOLUTELY no price increase!

Alex Ross' ultra-realistic, painted renditions of iconic superheroes have made him a superstar. In the vein of acclaimed and fan-favorite Alex Ross books such as Mythologies and Rough Justice, we are proud to present the ultimate collection of Alex Ross art from his extensive collaboration with Dynamite, The Dynamite Art of Alex Ross. Containing sketches, designs, layouts and pencils, interior work, covers, and a wealth of unpublished art.

Collecting all of Alex's Dynamite covers and interior art in one complete hardcover volume, also featuring Marvel pages, along with commentary throughout the book by Alex Ross himself, as well as special bonus material, this is a package not to be missed. A must-buy for Alex Ross' legion of fans!

Tintin Movie

Due out this week:

2011 In Memoriam

I'm perpetually behind on blog posts but did want to at least acknowledge the recent passing of two Golden Age greats: Jerry Robinson and Joe Simon. I was not very familiar with Robinson (and now look forward to reading N. C. Christopher Couch's biography Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics [2010]), but Simon's recent autobiography provided much insight into his life and career.

Sunday, December 11, 2011