No need for delay, let’s jump right into our Monday fanatical bunch o’ stuff.
FANTATICAL QUIZ QUESTION OF THE WEEK
Okay, maybe I’ve been making these quiz questions too difficult for the average fanatic reader, so here is a slam-dunk gimme for almost all of you. From issue #39 of Amazing Spider-Man until issue #147 (a 109 issue span), John Romita Sr provided the cover art for 83% of the issues. Who was the ONLY other artist to provide Amazing Spider-Man cover art during that time? Don’t shout out the answers, put your hands down, write your answer in the comment section and maybe include a personal note about this comics legend.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION ANSWER FROM LAST WEEK.
The quiz from last week asked you to put a select list of First Comics titles in the oder that they were first released from First Comics.
1. E-man (April 1983)
2. Jon Sable, Freelance (June 1983)
3. American Flagg! (October 1983)
4. Mars (Jan. 1984)
5. GrimJack (Aug. 1984)
6. Evangeline (May 1987)
It might have been easy to get Evangeline out of order, because it was published much earlier by Comico and got picked up by First Comics after its Comico run.
FANATIC BLOG OF THE WEEK
If you have not seen this comic blog site yet, prepared to be BLOWN AWAY. This is a stunning achievement. It dips deep into the history of comics with (sometimes overly) generous graphics, illustrations and background information. The design is simple, inspired, easy-to-read and elegant. Creating a world unto itself, the author uses the pseudonym Robby Reed, the original lead character in DC’s Dial H for Hero series. “Robby” also creates a lot of delightful custom retro-graphics which will surprise and amuse. If you’re reading this, you are already a funny book fanatic … so you owe it to yourself to visit this site … often.
FOUND ON THE INTERNET
The radical right takes aim on comic books. Using the recent press release about the appearance by president-elect Barack Obama in the pages of Spider-Man as a jumping off point, a writer at the Christian Science Monitor makes a weak and non-commital point about the political leaning of comic books. The story quotes Quesada and ends with a quote claiming that “comic book politics are often very incoherent, and hard to interpret as nakedly partisan.”
The news story from Marjorie Kehe at the The Christian Science Monitor who poses the question, “Do comic books lean left?” CLICK HERE!
Newsbusters’ nutball follows up with “Even Comic Books Crawling with Pro-Obama Bias?” CLICK HERE!
The release of the Thomas Jane Punisher movie got this right wing-nut to attack Garth Ennis. CLICK HERE!
This blog is called Funny Book Fanatic, and thus isn’t intended to make political points. Let’s just pause for a second, however, and remember what the world was like the last time the extreme right side of the political spectrum fell out of popular favor. They are an angry, angry, self-righteous bunch.
The half-truths and lies that they both tell and believe within their narrow spectrum of knowledge and understanding were outrageously divisive and destructive. It looks like we’re in for four years of scorched-earth, sore-loser conservative mania. Look for the Limbaughs, Hannitys, Coulters and Fox-News-following lunatics of the world to turn up the heat and the volume.
It will be fascinating to watch how low they are willing to stoop to try to regain power, support, popularity and credibility. Let’s hope that getting people to forget the George W. Bush presidency will be a harder task than the neo-con’s currently imagine.
FOUND ON THE INTERNET
Find a Comics Store close to you with The Master List
This website makes a serious attempt to make it easy to find comic book stores. This is certainly a worthwhile goal and a valiant attempt is made here, but just a quick perusal found an obvious omission of one of my favorite local, well-established stores. But don’t let that stop you from checking it out. And if you’re really inspired, the Master List is happy to get verified additions to its list to help other buyer/collectors.
BLATANT FANATIC PLUG OF THE DAY
Fellow Fanatic and former Malibu business partner Tom Mason (you can see his comments here on a regular basis), has completed a new and very cool interview with comics industry pioneer Dean Mullaney at Comix 411. If you’re interested in what Dean has been up to lately, including some great hardcover books at IDW Publishing, check it out.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE
Voting in the 2nd round of the 2nd String Character Hall of Fame competition has already begun. Use the “voting box” in the sidebar of this page. The alternative is to go the page set aside for our fanatical contest above.
WATCHMEN & NARUTO TAKE FOUR OF TOP FIVE SPOTS in BookScan’s Top Graphic Novels For December 2008
1. WATCHMEN TPB • ALAN MOORE • DC • 4/1/95
2. NARUTO VOL. 33 • MASASHI KISHIMOTO • VIZ • 1/9/09
3. WATCHMEN HC • ALAN MOORE • DC • 11/1/08
4. THE JOKER • BRIAN AZZARELLO • DC • 11/1/08
5. NARUTO VOL. 32 • MASASHI KISHIMOTO • VIZ • 12/1/08
(courtesy of ICv2.com)
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— Dave Olbrich (DWO) Mon. Jan. 12, 2009