Miscellaneous Monday: Dec. 29, 2008

FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK

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From the following list of reasonably well-known artists, which TWO (and only two) didn’t do any work on Malibu’s ULTRAVERSE.

Norm Breyfogle, Steven Butler, John Byrne, Howard Chaykin, Joyce Chin, Dave Cockrum, Terry Dodson, Dave Dorman, Dave Gibbons, Cully Hamner, Jim Lee, Rick Leonardi, Rob Liefeld, Aaron Lopresti, Kevin Maguire, Andy Park, George Pérez, Mike Ploog, Darrick Robertson, Walter Simonson, Barry Windsor-Smith, M.C. Wyman.

ANSWER TO FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION FROM LAST WEEKmadman1

Creatures of the Id #1 was published in the summer of 1990 by Gary Reed at Caliber Press. The book was the creation of Michael Allred and featured the first appearance of Madman (as Frank Einstein). You can find a brief (?) history of Caliber Comics if you…

CLICK HERE

 

FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK

COMICS SHOULD BE GOOD @ Comic Book Resources

phpthumbphpFor hardcore comic book fans, this blog and the website it is associated with should need no introduction. Brian Cronin, Greg Burgas, Greg Hatcher, Bill Reed and Danielle Leigh do a really nice job here covering news, opinion and other stuff of interest to fanatical comic book fans. Their self-described mission: “However, while tastes may vary, the only thing I have ever asked from the other contributors to this blog is as follows: If you do not think a comic book is good, do not recommend it.” Amen, brother!

 

NORM BREYFOGLE’S NEXT GIG ANNOUNCED

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Breyfogle's Archie & Betty

breyfoglejugheadI’ve already written about my love for Norm Breyfogle’s work and the enormous artistic contribution that he made the the Ultraverse title PRIME. I also lamented that Norm’s work isn’t as plentiful or accessible as I would like. Norm contacted me and even wrote on the comments section of the post where we talked about him. He’s got a new min-series from Archie Comics that I think looks amazing. Check it out HERE.

 

THE EVOLUTION OF DAVE COOPER & PAT MCEOWN

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McEown & Cooper Together: Grendel Tales: Homecoming

Friend and frequent fanatic co-consprirator Tom Mason brought this one to my attention. He was reading my ASK THE DWO answer regarding Aircel Comics, the Canadian comics publisher that eventually became a Malibu Comics imprint. As Tom wrote in his comment, “There’s a fascinating interview between Pat McEown and Dave Cooper about their days at Aircel in The Comics Journal #245 which is excerpted online.” Both Dave and Pat have long careers in the comic business, recovering from their early start at Aircel Comics. Pat McEown’s resume includes work for Dark Horse, DC, Fanatagraphics Books, Slave Labor and others, everything from Grendal Tales and Star Wars, to Minimum Wage and Weasel. Dave Cooper’s resume looks very similar with work for Dark Horse, Fantagraphics Books, DC and Roger Corman’s Cosmic Comics. Cooper titles include Aliens, Badger, Completely Pip and Norton and Dark Horse Presents.

READ THE PAT McEOWN / DAVE COOPER INTERVIEW excerpt

Cooper's GUN FURY for Aircel

Cooper's GUN FURY for Aircel

One cool thing, the former Aircel associates worked together on GRENDEL TALES: HOMECOMING with Pat sharing writing credits with Matt Wagner, Pat doing the pencils and Dave listed as the painter over Pat’s pencils. Even though in the interview Dave Cooper expresses mixed feelings about it, I liked his work on the silly, over-the-top GUN FURY book that Malibu published through the Aircel imprint. And at least one other fanatic reader agreed.

 

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Marvel Villain: The Mandrill

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SECOND STRING CHARACTER BEFORE TIME RUNS OUT

If you look in the sidebar of this post, you’ll see something that sort of looks like a grey MP3 player. This is the “voting box” for the first round of the 2nd STRING HALL OF FAME voting. You can also check out more information about these first set of nominees on the page set aside for this little project on the top of this page right there above the Man Called A•X cover, next to the words Memory Lane. The voting is only going to last another week or so. You also may want to nominate your favorite to make the voting box for future rounds.

FOUND ON THE INTERNET

Sing along to Earth, Wind & Fire

Sing along to Earth, Wind & Fire

THE #1 SONG ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY

This cool little website has a list of the Number One song on just about any date you can imagine. What was the #1 song on the day you were born? … the day you graduated from high school?the day you were married? The number one song in the country when Giant-Size X-men #1 was released was “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire. The website even provides links so that you can hear the song. Freaky? Yep. Cool? Absolutely.

 

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY NAMES 20 WORST COMIC MOVIES

20. Ghost Rider (2007)

19. The Shadow (1994)

Catwoman

#17 Worst: Catwoman

18. Barb Wire (1996)

17. Catwoman (2004)

16. Brenda Starr (1992)

15. The Phantom (1996)

14. Daredevil (2003) / Elektra (2005)

13. Tank Girl (1995)

12. Fantastic Four (2005)

11. Sheena (1984)

Supergirl

#9 Worst: Supergirl

10. The Punisher (2004)

9. Supergirl (1984)

8. Barbarella (1968)

7. Howard the Duck (1986)

6. Steel (1997)

5. Swamp Thing (1982)

4. Batman & Robin (1997)

3. League of Extraordinary Gentleman (2003)

Judge Dredd

#1 Worst: Judge Dredd

2. Superman IV (1987)

1. Judge Dredd (1995)

© 2008 Entertainment Weekly

Yep, you or I could quibble about the order of this list, but it seems to me that it is a pretty good rundown of how bad comic book movies can get. Personally, I think they were far to generous to Catwoman, as I would rather watch Batman & Robin again (and again) before suffering through the face-off between Hallie Berry and Sharon Stone on more time. Whaddaya say Fanatics, did EW get this right? Did they forget something?

– Dave Olbrich (DWO) Mon. Dec. 29, 2008

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5 responses to “Miscellaneous Monday: Dec. 29, 2008

  1. Pingback: Comics Should Be Good! » Comics Should Be Good Mailbag for 12/31

  2. I loved the League film, as different as it was from the comics, but where is the godawful Punisher flick of the early 90’s, with Dolph Lundgren riding his motorcycle through the sewers?
    I also enjoyed Tank Girl and the Phantom, does this mean I must turn in my reviewer credentials?
    I do expect the Spirit movie to sadly make this list for the next year, though I hear word of a Mandrake the Magician flick in production…(O god, yea!)

  3. Dave Olbrich

    Rich –
    You’re right. Where is the Dolph Lundgren Punisher movie? Maybe they thought two Punisher movies from two different decades would simply be too much to keep straight … or maybe they wanted to avoid piling on.

    Saw The Spirit. Too bad about that one. It sets lofty goals for itself, in my opinion, and fails at nearly all of them. Frank made a sincere attempt to capture the tone of Eisner’s Spirit, but sadly failed and ended up with a mess of a movie.

    Be prepared to laugh. It plays a lot of stuff for laughs, but unfortunately the movie fails as an action/comedy as well.

  4. Tom Mason

    I applaud EW for trying because there are so many terrible comic book movies it’s hard to narrow it down to just 20. Here are some from my list: Son of the Mask (2005), Bulletproof Monk (2005), Mystery Men (1999), Superman III (1983) with Richard Pryor giving one of his best “I need money for crack” cameos, the Fantastic Four movie done by Roger Corman. Since EW includes The Phantom which was, I believe, a comic strip long before it was a comic book, I’d have to add Flash Gordon (1980) with Sam Jones and Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) with former Tarzan Ron Ely. If you expand the criteria a little further, I’d add The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989), Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998) with David Hasselhoff, and Captain America and Captain America II: Death Too Soon with Reb Brown, all of which are Made-For-TV movies. And while it’s not a super-hero movie, I’d still throw in Monkeybone (2001) with Brendan Fraser.

  5. We are also forgetting Meteor Man, with Robert Townsend, Blankman, with Damon Wayans, and also the ’78 Doctor Strange film.

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