April 19, 2009 · 10:15 pm
BACK TO BASICS … OR UPSETING MR. HEINTJES AGAIN.
What with the trifecta of nicotine withdrawal, calorie counting and excess exercise, I’ve been ignoring my responsibilities to my fanatic fan base. I’ve not made myself available as the stunning font of knowledge through the regular program we (how many of me are there?) like to call “Ask The Dwo.” Okay … okay … everyone stop laughing.
The reason that this upsets my longtime friend Tom Heintjes is two-fold. First he’s responsible for my DWO nickname (yeah, you pronounce it like it was a word … you say du-woh … it doesn’t rhyme with “two”) so he thinks he retains some control over its use. Second he disapproves of “the Dwo,” it is his opinion that my nickname should be “dwo” without the “the.”
Now that I’ve completely bored everyone who stopped by to read about funny books, let me say this to Mr. Heintjes. Get Over It.
None of this changes the goal of this humble program. Ask me a question. Any question. I’ll attempt to answer it. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like the answer. So put on your thinking caps. And if you’re stumped for ideas, you can always check out the BACKGROUND page for ideas. I’ve got an answering “Ask The DWO” post coming up next week. Continue reading →
Filed under 2nd String Characters, Ask The DWO, Behind the Scenes, Gene Colan project, Quiz Questions
Tagged as 2nd String Characters, Avengers, Black Widow, Daredevil, Don Heck, Edgar Allan Poe, Gene Colan, Human Torch #2, Iron Man, Malibu Comics, Marvel Comics, Pat Curley, Red Raven, Tom Heintjes, Vixen
April 17, 2009 · 1:46 am
SEND THE BLOODHOUNDS HOME … OR OUT FOR STEAK
Strap in. I’m back. If you need an explanation, that’s fine. But be careful what you ask for. I’m going to do this is the dreaded ask yourself a question and answer it format that is so annoying when you see someone do it live. It may even be more annoying when you see it in print.
Dave Olbrich (me) San Diego 2009
Am I glad that I quit smoking? Yes, of course I am.
Was it easy? No, it wasn’t easy. I used comfort food to make up the lack of nicotine, but I did it cold turkey. And I gained about 18 pounds.
Am I glad that I started Weight Watchers about three weeks ago? Yes, I’ve lost 12 of the 18 pounds that I gained, but it completely wrecked me in ways that I didn’t expect. My mood has been really REALLY crappy. It is now very difficult to work in my office where I enjoyed my cigarettes and chocolate.
What am I doing to turn things around? Exercise seems to help a little, releasing much needed endorphins. Time used for exercise also leaves less time for this fanatical blog. Continue reading →
Filed under 2nd String Characters, Gene Colan project, Point-of-view, Product Plugs
Tagged as Astonishing Tales, Bill Everett, Black Widow, Deathlok, Doug Moench, Fantastic Four, Gary Friedrich, Gene Colan, George Pérez, Marvel Comics, Rich Buckler, Rick Stasi, Scarlett Johansson, Thundra
April 1, 2009 · 2:10 am
Really … JACK KIRBY vs GENE COLAN in some kind of legendary “silver agey” comic book artist smackdown … really … well not really. But it is an interesting thought, you have to admit. If you want to get directly to the controversy (or non-controversy if you actually apply any critical thought to it), you’ll just have to scroll down a little bit.
But first, a tiny bit of unnecessary and probably unwanted non-comics stuff…
I’M NOT TAKING MY GLOVES OR MUZZLE OFF … BUT …
If you know me in any small way, you can probably guess where I come down politically. This is not a political blog. This is also not a personal blog, a music blog or a journalistic blog. That said, don’t be surprised if I talk briefly about my life, my daughter, Jim Croce, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Dan Band, or my degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
I don’t really see this as a left/right, blue/red issue, but an issue regarding journalistic integrity, but you be the judge.
That said, I thought that this was a piece of information worth passing along … doing my small piece of the effort. I don’t have any plans to bore you with this kind of polarizing material very often. So if you want to pitch in and help, click the picture at the right (it is a link) … and if you’ve come for a funny book fix instead … just scroll down and away you go. Continue reading →
Filed under 2nd String Characters, Gene Colan project, Point-of-view, Quiz Questions
Tagged as Big Barda, Birds of Prey, Captain America, Comic Books, Edgar Allan Poe, Fantastic Four #1, Gene Colan, Iron Man, Jack Kirby, Marvel Comics, Red Raven, Sub-mariner, Tom Heintjes
March 25, 2009 · 10:08 pm
Is Seth Rogen the GREEN HORNET?
Before we get into the meat of today’s post, I’ve got a couple of things that I want to share.
First, am I the only one whose teeth begin to itch when imagining a Green Hornet movie featuring Seth Rogen as both screenwriter and lead actor? I’m not going off all “scorched earth/Scarlett Johansson” here. When I imagine the screenplay Rogen and his buddies might write, my teeth itch. When I picture Rogen in the mask and hat, standing next to Kato, my teeth itch.
I’m holding my breath a little bit on this one. The action scenes in Pineapple Express showed a great deal of promise, but can they fit into a Green Hornet context? Are there any other fanatics feeling the same way? Continue reading →
Filed under 2nd String Characters, Blog of the Week, Gene Colan project, Point-of-view
Tagged as Comic Books, Geek Orthodox, Gene Colan, Green Hornet, Igoo, Kato, Lorna Dane, Maggie, Night Force, Pineapple Express, Polaris, Reis O'Brien, Seth Rogen, The Herculoids, X-Men
March 24, 2009 · 2:15 am
If you are a regular visitor here, I’m sorry it has been so long since new material appeared. Oddly, when I quit smoking recently, it lead to me changing a lot of my routine. A changed routine meant finding a new one that included writing blog entries. This has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. I’ll continue to post as often and thoughtfully as I can … now on with the show.
FANATIC QUIZ QUESTION ANSWER FROM MARCH 5
The question on the table was a challenge to put five different Comico titles in the order in which they were released. I even made it easier by choosing titles that were all released in different years. Plus I included a bonus question regarding Robotech: The Macross Saga #2. So without further ado, here are the answers.
Despite good sales, there wasn't a Macross #2.
1. Grendel #1 – released May 1983
2. Elementals #1 – released November 1984
3. Robotech: The Macross Saga #2 – released April 1985
4. Night & The Enemy GN – released November 1987
5. The Maze Agency #1 – released December 1988
The interesting piece of trivia is this: there was NO Robotech: The Macross Saga #1. The first issue of the long running series from Comico was either called Super Dimension Fortress Macross or just Macross, depending on which source material you believe. I would have used the indicia from the issue to settle the argument, but I don’t own a copy. It is interesting that a licensed title would change its name between issue #1 and issue #2. Continue reading →
Filed under 2nd String Characters, Gene Colan project, Quiz Answers
Tagged as Captain America, Comic Books, Comico, Erik Larsen, Gene Colan, Grey Gargoyle, Image Comics, Iron Man, Macross, Robotech, Savage Dragon, She-Dragon, Tales of Suspense