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
December 31, 2008 · 12:31 am
Before I get to the meat of the post today, let me take a brief, but unavoidable digression.
Go ahead, click on the picture and you’ll see what it is and what it has to do with being a funny book fanatic. Go ahead. Click away. I’ll wait until you see it. I’ve got no comment here, except to say a quick “thank you” to fellow fanatic and good guy John Nee (until recently a VP at DC Comics) for pointing this out through Facebook. You may as well click on it if you haven’t already, I’m not going to spoil the surprise in this text. But feel free to comment below … is this one of the signs of the apocalypse? All I can think is … WHY? Continue reading →
Filed under Ask The DWO, Behind the Scenes, Fanatical History, Point-of-view
Tagged as Amazing Heroes, ComicNews.info, Dr. Manhattan, Elfquest, Fantagraphics Books, Image Comics, Richard Caldwell, Spawn, Tom Mason
December 8, 2008 · 1:26 am
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.
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Filed under Fanatic General, Miscellaneous Monday, Product Plugs
Tagged as Captain Excelsior, Common Elements, Daredevil, DC Comics, Gorilla Comics, Image Comics, Jim Valentino, Klaus Janson, Man-Bull, Marvel Comics, Morena Baccarin, Newsarama, Swan Shadow, Wonder Woman, Zach Weiner
December 3, 2008 · 11:36 am
As many of you probably know, when I was the publisher at Malibu Comics, I was a witness to (and a minor player in) the birth of Image Comics. It was a crazy, exciting time. Comics were selling at levels the direct market had never seen. The infamous meetings that the Image founders had at DC Comics and Marvel Comics in December 1991 is the stuff of comic industry legend.
Jack Kirby had very strong opinions about the founding of Image Comics and the steps that the creators had taken to liberate themselves from the work-for-hire system at Marvel and DC Comics. How Jack Kirby fits into this story requires a little background.
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