I think I like the idea of reading Golden Age superhero comics more than actually doing it. Compared to today's comic books, the stories and artwork often don't measure up. But man, I could look at the covers all day. So in the spirit of the season, here's a few Golden Age comic book covers with a Halloween theme. The Superman one is technically Silver Age, but I think it has the same lighthearted spirit as the other three so I included it. If straight-ahead horror comics from the Golden Age are more your thing, I've got a gallery of them too. I couldn't resist including this last one from Batman, even though it is firmly entrenched in the Silver Age and is of a much more serious tone. But how can you go wrong with a vintage Neal Adams cover?
In modern times, comic book superheroes tend to view armed conflict with a healthy dose of skepticism regardless of which side they're on. But that wasn't the case during World War II, when costumed do-gooders from Superman all the way down to the lowliest nobody of a crime fighter eagerly signed up to wallop the Axis powers on behalf of Uncle Sam. And hey, if they had to deal in period racism to get the job done, who were we to question that? So just in time for Memorial Day, here's a gallery of vintage WWII-era Golden Age comic book covers showing our heroes fighting the Nazis and the Japanese on behalf of Uncle Sam. Many of these images were sourced from the excellent Digital Comic Museum -- check 'em out!
Riding the wave of popularity brought about by the Batman television show, DC Comics took the opportunity to cash in on the Caped Crusader's new fan base. One of the more interesting Batman and Robin artifacts from that era was All Star's Slam Bang Vanilla Ice Cream from 1966. Here are a few outstanding pieces of ephemera related to the ice cream -- a well-preserved product box and a large paper ad. Note that at this point the official corporate name for DC was still National Periodical Publications, Inc. For more auction finds, click here.
So is it June 2013 yet? Because my Spidey Sense -- oops, wrong costume -- tells me that Man of Steel may actually redeem the Superman film franchise from the snoozefest that was Superman Returns. Check out the newest trailer: It looks like the origin story just got a little darker, and DC is taking the franchise in a very Dark Knight-esque direction. That's no surprise of course, but as long as the movie's good I don't mind. If you want to watch campy Superman there are always the great Christopher Reeve movies out there (which means stop after the second one). We don't see much of Henry Cavill in action here but he seems to be a good fit visually. The effects also look awesome, and best of all Kevin Costner isn't using a stupid accent. Oh, and did I mention General Zod? Beca...
Inspired by the excellent work done at Neato Coolville, I've started dabbling in Windows desktop wallpaper creation. My first offering was inspired by my recent trip to see the excellent The Dark Knight Rises, and is an inconic image from Batman's distant past -- the cover of Batman #20, dated Dec 1943/Jan 1944. It features Robin and an early version of the Batmobile, and was illustrated by Dick Sprang. The original image is 1920x1080, and clicking on the smaller one below will take you to my Flick page. There you can choose from other sizes to meet your needs! If you have any requests for future images, let me know in the comments. Related articles Desktop Wallpaper: Comic Book Superheroes of the Golden Age (neatocoolville.blogspot.com) Remember When: Superman and Batman
Since his introduction in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), Batman has maintained a fairly consistent image. No doubt that's part of his timeless appeal. That and he kicks lots of ass. So with the release of The Dark Knight Rises nearly upon us, I figured now was as good a time as any to look back at the evolution of the Caped Crusader, as seen in his major media incarnations. For the sake of image size and my sanity I've not included every variation of Batman, but I think I've hit the most important and iconic ones. Here's a lower-res sample of the the full infographic: For the full-resolution version of this infographic, click HERE. You may need to right-click and open in a new tab/window if it doesn't display correctly. (If the Man of Steel is more your style, check out ...
This is shaping up to be a banner year for Batman. The Dark Knight comes out next week, and I can't see any way it won't kick ass. So to whet the appetite of the hardcore Bat-fan, this week marks the release of Batman: Gotham Knight, a direct-to-DVD animated adventure. But rather than being just another animated Bat-film, Gotham Knight is actually an anthology of six short films, all presented with different styles of animation. Those six short films, and my take on them, are: "Have I Got a Story For You" - A group of young skaters each has seen Batman at various points during the same fight with a criminal that day. They share their accounts, and with each one Batman takes on a vastly different appearance based on the storyteller's perspective. Of all Bat's incarnations, the