FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
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 WEEK
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…
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
For 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
I’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
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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)
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