FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Name the eight “Gorilla” creators
In November of 2000, at Mid-Ohio Con, seven comics creators gathered to celebrate the launch of Gorilla Comics. At the panel discussion all but one “gorilla” was present. The imprint was announced to be part of Image Comics. During the panel, Image publisher-at-the-time Jim Valentino played host, holding the microphone for fans as they got their questions answered.
The high visibility imprint lasted less than a year, the victim of faulty financing from a dot.com entrepreneur. Who were the eight “gorilla” founders?
DID I MENTION THAT I LOVE ME SOME MAN-BULL
Name your favorite second-string hero / villain.
I have a great affection for second-string and third-string characters. Guys and gals like Hawkeye, Prowler, Man-Bat, Tigra, Thundra, Huntress, Wildcat, Shang Chi and El Aguila capture my imagination. I like villains of the same ilk, like the lovable, marvelous (and maybe Fanatic) Man-Bull.
Pictured here: Daredevil #129 • January 1976 • story: “Man-Bull In A China-Town!” • Cover: Rich Buckler/Klaus Janson • Writer: Marv Wolfman • Penciler: Bob Brown • Inker: Klaus Janson • Colors: Michele Wolfman • Letters: Joe Rosen • Editor: Marv Wolfman • Trivia: According to one (reasonably unreliable) source, this was the first Marvel Comics title to feature Klaus Janson inks on the cover. Any fanatic know if this is true or not?
FANATIC INTERNET FIND: Captain Excelsior
I have often marveled at the fact that for the most part funny books aren’t funny and that comic books are not particularly comic. I think it comes from the fact that adolescent boys, at which most comic books are aimed, don’t really have a sense of humor about themselves (yet) or their heroes (yet). Puberty is full of too much confusion, pain and trauma for boys to search out humor … or at least humor that is not based on physical pain or bodily functions. Yes, boys and girls, that is a sweeping generalization and there are exceptions … so what.
If you don’t mind a heavy dose of TV-inspired humor to go with your capes and cowls, I heartily recommend CAPTAIN EXCELSIOR. Writer Zach Weiner and artist Chris Jones bring a Simpsons/Family Guy kind of humor and it is a relief to me that it is genuinely funny. And besides Zach is a great guy. End of plug.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
This blog covers a wide range of stuff, but I include it here because of its regular Comic Art Friday feature. I still get a visceral thrill when I see interesting and exceptional comic book art. There is something even more interesting to me about comic art before it is colored, in either pencil or pencil/ink. Swan Shadow has commissioned a lot of artwork from terrific professionals that he’s posted on his site.
Some of the most fun ones are called “common elements” featuring two characters that don’t often (or ever) appear together and share some kind of reason to appear together in a commissioned art piece: Iron Man together with Iron Fist, Daredevil appears with Dr. Mid-nite (both blind), The Spectre stands side-by-side with Ghost … you get the idea. To see only the artwork, go to the link called “My Comic Art Fans Gallery.” Being able to see all this never-to-be-published comic art is a real FANATIC treat. Enjoy.
WONDER WOMAN MOVIE CASTING
Over at Newsarama, the guys have been asking their readers to help Hollywood cast upcoming or prospective superhero movies. Recently through a process of nominations and voting open to everyone who reads the site they picked actor Mark Valley (Keen Eddie, Boston Legal, Fringe) to play Steve Rogers. If you don’t understand what that means, turn in your Fanatic membership card, fire up Halo on your X-box and pour yourself a Budweiser.
Through the same process, fans picked Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity) to play Wonder Woman. See for yourself HERE. This Fanatic thinks this is a wonderful activity and because I agree with both picks, I endorse and encourage them to continue.
HOW HAVE MARVEL AND TIME WARNER STOCK PRICES HELD UP IN THE RECENT DISASTER ON WALL STREET?
Well, see for yourself.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
I want to say thanks to you gentle reader, yesterday our new little home for Fanatics achieved the most visitors/traffic so far. Tell your friends, tell your neighbors. We’re growing and we’re here to serve. (Why am I referring to myself as “we?”)
Okay, we’ve got another Miscellaneous Monday under our belts. What say you Fanatics?