“Yesterday’s” Comic> Voltron: Defender Of The Universe #5 (Devil’s Due)

Well that’s Sven’s problem. He’s on fire!

Voltron: Defender Of The Universe #5

FINAL ISSUE

Image/Devil’s Due (September, 2003)

“Revelations” part 5

WRITER: Dan Jolley

PENCILERS: Mike Norton & Clint Hilinski with Tim Seeley

INKER: Clayton Brown

COLORIST: Brett R. Smith

LETTERING: Dreamer Design

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Planet Of The Kong

Return to the Planet of the Apes

Return to the Planet of the Apes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. How did the classic Planet Of The Apes movie continuity crossover with Star Trek and Alien Nation before crossing over with King Kong? Well it’s finally happening. In comics of course; movies got burned on Alien/Predator because the movies didn’t live up to the comic that started the idea.

Chapter By Chapter Special: Seduction Of The Innocent ch. 10 part 2

For those coming in late we’re discussing Wertham’s problems with comic publishers, and this may be the more accurate section. There were some shady customers back then. However, that doesn’t mean Wertham isn’t going to get a lot of things wrong. It’s still Fredric Wertham, who has a nasty history of not understanding things. At least this will be more accurate than the rest of the chapters so far, and none of the usual examples of kids committing crimes because Superman allegedly told them to.

No I don’t know how that works, either.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Uncanny Origins #11

“…the breakfast cereal!”

Uncanny Origins #11

Marvel Comics (July, 1997)

The Black Knight: “Bloodline”

WRITER: Glenn Herdling

ARTIST: Mark Campos

COLORIST: Bob Sharen

LETTERER: Jack Morelli

EDITOR: Joe Andreani

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BW’s Morning Article Link: Stories Versus Current Realities

English: Title page of The Commonwealth of Oceana.

English: Title page of The Commonwealth of Oceana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In this time of social and political division how does a writer address this in his or her stories? One solution is to not do so, as novelist James Harrington makes a case for. Sometimes you just need an escape since current events are all over the place. That doesn’t mean you never should. It’s really up to you as the writer. I do it for Jake & Leon but not Captain Yuletide or any other story I write. There is nothing wrong with either decision but it seems like there is more pressure to “speak out” rather than simply tell a fun story.

Chapter By Chapter Special: Seduction Of The Innocent ch. 10 part 1

Here we go again, kids.

Normally, Chapter By Chapter is me reading a fictional book one chapter at a time to study each part of the story. In this special review series however we are looking at Seduction Of The Innocent, a non-fiction book as the writer, Dr. Fredric Wertham, tries to make the case that comics were a bad thing for kids in the 1950s. The book had a huge impact on the comic industry and fans. We will examine what he is saying not exclusively by today’s standards, but the time in which the book was made to see where Wertham was right, and where he was horribly wrong.

Making and Makers of Comic Books

“Through its bark the midday sun
Makes the fluid poison run,
And darkness of the nights conceals
When the poison pitch congeals.”
– Pushkin:
“The Upas Tree”

This boundless upas, this all-blasting tree.”
– Lord Byron

Apparently the Upas tree, or more precisely the Antiaris, has a variety of uses, some of them toxic and some beneficial. Of course Wertham would only see the former in a comic book. It has been used for arrow poison and in rituals, but has also been uses for wood veneer, clothing dyes, and Wikipedia also mentions potential medicinal uses. And yet one definition I found for upas was “a poisonous or harmful influence or institution”, which is most assuredly how Wertham is using it.

We are at the point where Wertham discusses the comic creators, but interestingly he tries to pull blame away from the writers and artists (while telling them their art sucks) and focuses all of his scorn against the publishers, and he may have some points here. Publishers can be rather ruthless to each other. Remember, the Comics Code was used to go after one particular publisher. And some of the practices we’ll be taking about here probably did happen back then and were horrible.

Also remember that Wertham is doing this “for the children”, which is usually a good way to protect yourself when forcing censorship on people. He joined the crowd who kept acting like comics were for kids, only acknowledging adults also read comics. Remember, I’m not necessarily complaining about the problems he saw. I’m complaining about the levels he saw them when it was obvious he rarely knew what he was talking about. When it comes to the behind-the-scenes stuff however, he is probably more right in this chapter than he has before. Granted that isn’t saying much but here me out. There’s still plenty to complain about here, especially in the beginning. This is still a man who doesn’t understand comics.

Chapter 10: The Upas Tree

Read his thoughts before reading mine. Perspective is important.

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> R.E.B.E.L.S. ’94

“What are we shooting at?” “Who cares, we’re in a 90s comics. Just keep shooting!”

R.E.B.E.L.S. ’94 #0

DC Comics (October, 1994)

“Less Than Zero”

WRITER: Tennessee Peyer

LAYOUTS: Arnie Jorgensen

FINISHES: James Pascoe

COLORIST: Stu Chaifetz

LETTERER: Gaspar Saladino

ASSISTANT EDITOR: Peter Tomasi

EDITOR: Dan Raspler

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