The holidays are officially over and most all the decorations have been taken down and stored away until next year. Time to put your New Year’s resolutions into action and find a way to work off the extra pounds from the holiday meals. Enjoy the return of Miscellaneous Monday. Hold on tight.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Put these six series in order of first release from FIRST COMICS.
GRIMJACK • MARS
JON SABLE, FREELANCE
E-MAN • AMERICAN FLAGG!
While all of these series didn’t necessarily start their lives as part of First Comics, all of them were published by the Chicago-area publisher between 1983 and 1987. Your job this week is to put these first FIRST issues in chronological order based on the month and year they were first published by FIRST COMICS.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION ANSWER FROM LAST WEEK
Of the long list of well-known creators that worked on the Ultraverse, neither John Byrne nor Rob Liefeld made any contribution. An enormous shout-out to Comics Should Be Good guru Brian Cronin as the only fanatic to get this question correct.
I really love this blog. I find myself drifting back to it when I’m bored. I’ll be working or watching TV and then suddenly there I am looking at concept sketches for famous Marvel covers. It has big splashy art, perspectives and extra-cool hard to find stuff. Congratulations to Richard Guion, I’m incredibly jealous of your work. Any fanatics into retro-Marvel should be sure to check this out, you won’t be disappointed.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
First, all the conflict of interests out of the way. I know Jeff. I like Jeff. I’ve published Jeff (he drew Solitaire for the Ultraverse). And the Periscope Studios blog made my list of Blog of the Week for last month. It must be something in the air in Portland, Oregon. Be that as it may, this blog is terrific. Updated regularly, featuring cool art and great (sometimes overlooked) links, Jeff obviously puts some effort into making this a blog worth reading. He’s an all-purpose comic book guy who has gotten most of his recent praise for writing instead of his artwork. And he’s got four years worth of archives. The Hulk illustration by Parker is obviously an unpublished commission. And because I’m a Jonny Quest nut, here is an unpublished Jonny Quest commission by Mr. Parker. Good work Jeff. Hope to see you soon.
2nd STRING SUDDEN-DEATH PLAYOFF
We have a tie between Zatanna and Clive Reston in our first round of voting for the 2nd String Character Hall of Fame. Vote quick. Vote now. I could declare a winner at any moment.
FOUND ON THE INTERNET (item #1)
As this is a likely place for searchers of the web for all things Ultraverse, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about another gathering place for people who might want to discuss these long gone Malibu titles. This Yahoo group hasn’t had much activity lately, but all it takes is a few interested and motived posters who wish to connect with like minded fans of PRIME or FREEX or FIREARM or (god forbid) FIRE FOX to kick things back into high gear again. I’ve even been known to hang ot there occasionally.
FOUND ON THE INTERNET (item #2)
This site is devoted, as it states itself, “to publishing the best information available for established and aspiring comics creators.” This site is the project of creator/publisher/editor Kirk Chritton who began along this path by publishing the Comics Career Newsletter. Devoid of all the press releases and reviews and miscellaneous junk (hey wait, that’s me) that usually clog up comic sites, this one focuses simply on being a resources for talent. Its big project right now is something called “10 Questions for Comics Creators” in which the creative community contribute tips and insights into their personal path and process. Kirk also wrote a series for Malibu (under its Adventure Comics inprint) called Velvet featuring a tough-as-nails female hero.
1. All Star Superman
4. Fables/Jack of Fables
5. Action Comics
6. Umbrella Academy
7. Incredible Hercules
9. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8
10. Capt. Britain & MI-13
If you want to know the rest, you’ll have to check with the fanatics at CBR.
If for some inexplicable reason you haven’t read the two DEATH OF CAPT. AMERICA trade paperbacks yet. Buy them and read them. Brubaker, Epting and company have created something very special.
— Dave Olbrich (DWO) Mon. Jan. 5, 2009