Annual Declaration Of Independence Reading

See more videos from American Village on their YouTube channel.

Happy Independence Day to my fellow citizens of the United States. Hope your all safe, this year more than usual.

Bonus Video: American Village’s “virtual” Independence Day

Readings of letters from people who were part of the creation of the document.

“Yesterday’s” Comic> Captain Action #0

“I really need to get that kid to put his toys away.”

Captain Action #0

Moonstone (April, 2008; posted to comiXology July, 2009)

WRITER: Fabian Nicieza

ARTIST: Mark Sparacio

Unfortunately the scans at comiXology do not include the credits and they only list the writer, penciler, and inker in the online store, so I don’t know who the colorist and letterer are.

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BW Vs Time Magazine: More Attacks On Superheroes

We’re doing it again, kids.

Every now and then since their debut somebody has to come along and trash the very concept of the superhero. From Fredric Wertham to Bill Maher the elitists either regulate superheroes to “kids stuff” (as if that’s an insult or makes them lesser stories) or come down on them for corrupting people. And the more you read or listen to their words the more you realize that they have no idea what they’re talking about.

The latest attack comes from Time Magazine, in an article by Eliana Dockterman entitled “We’re Reconsidering Cops On TV, But What About Superheroes?”. In case you haven’t heard a number of people have subverted the rightful anger at the murder of George Floyd by four police officers (and I use that term on a technicality) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I’m not going to get into all that because this isn’t a politics blog, it’s a storytelling blog by a man who wants to write science fiction and superhero stories. Where this comes into BW territory is that going after the police themselves isn’t enough. They also want to take down any program that shows a police officer in anything resembling a positive light, as if they’re human beings or something. Again, not our usual discussion topic so I haven’t said much about it beyond that I was online when the Paw Patrol attacks happened because of Chase the police dog and despite what some of my friends think I didn’t get the impression it was a joke.

Superheroes however are totally in the wheelhouse, so Dockterman’s attack on them I’m totally ready to stand up against on this site. This is yet another commentary written by someone who doesn’t know anything about the genre they’re talking about. I’m betting she’s never actually watched any of these movies, used Wikipedia as her lone info source, and felt qualified to make her attack because I don’t she’s paid any more attention to the genre than Wertham and Maher have. Did Lex Luthor buy the magazine?

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Scooby-Doo #20 (DC)

“At least I’m not a werewolf in THIS race!”

Scooby-Doo #20

DC Comics (March, 1999)

COLORIST (only listed in second story): Paul Becton

LETTERER: John Costanza

ASSISTANT EDITOR) only credited in first story) Harvey Richards

EDITOR: Dana Kurtin

“Wraithcar Driver”

WRITER: John Rozum

PENCILER: Rurik Tyler

INKER: Dan Davis

“Ghost In The Machina”

WRITER: Terrance Griep

PENCILER: Joe Staton

INKER: Andrew Pepoy

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BW’s Daily Article Link: Great Scott, It’s A Transformer

I kid you not, the guy behind the petition was upset Ghostbusters was getting a sequel and Back to the Future wasn’t.

Hey, that caption works into today’s link. Neat! From the mindset that gave us a Transformers/Ghostbusters crossover from IDW Comics, complete with toy of an Autobot Ecto-1 I wish I had comes a new crossover between the Cybertronians and Back To The Future in a new IDW miniseries. And yes, they’re making a toy but I wasn’t as into that movie franchise. It does make me wish they weren’t all limited edition release toys. Maybe they should just bring back the Transformers Crossovers line.

The REAL Saviors Of Batman

Question for you. Who brought Batman out of the goofy tales of the Silver Age and into the more serious Bronze Age of comics? Perhaps you think it was Tim Burton and his first Bat-film. Maybe you think it’s Frank Miller with Year One and The Dark Knight Returns. You’re wrong on both counts. The recently passed writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams should get the credit. They’re the ones who brought the Dark Knight and Boy Wonder more into line with how any of us not tied to the 60s TV show think of him and it’s sad that they don’t receive the credit they deserve.

That’s why I was so pleased to see Owen Likes Comics post a video going over the history of what O’Neil did with the writing and Adams with the art to create the Batman I grew up with (though I did also catch the 60s show, the Filmation shows, and of course Super Friends) and the tone you think of when you think of Batman. Please watch and learn.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Robotech II: The Sentinels book 4 #2

Isn’t this how Max and Miriya’s romance started?

Robotech II: The Sentinels book 4 #2

Academy Comics, Ltd (January, 1996)

“No Man’s Land”

WRITERS/ARTISTS: John and Jason Waltrip

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