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Wednesday, Jul 10, 2013
To Be Continued...” returns now with the exciting evolution of the world's first Superhero, who couldn't always fly, didn't always wear a cape… and wasn't always a hero.

Superman changed the face of comics upon his debut in 1938’s Action #1, combining the costumed strongman, the impossibly powerful hero of legend and Nietzsche’s concept of the Übermensch with the burgeoning popularity of astounding science fiction. Superman not only spawned more imitators than the Beatles, he launched DC Comics (then National Periodical Publications) into the top of the charts and eventually made legends of his creators, two Jewish kids named Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.


While DC’s Action was Superman’s first mass-media home, this was not his initial appearance, even if it was the first time in the form we recognize. Big Blue with the stylized S on his chest was the result of what Siegel eventually called a “process of evolution” that started not at the giant company now known as DC, but in a small-time mimeographed fanzine that Siegel and Shuster published themselves, simply called Science Fiction, which saw self-publication in January of 1933.


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Monday, Jul 1, 2013
"Fight Fire with Fire" is the first collection of the Team 7 title. It is an important book, because it answers two questions still lingering from the 90s, an era that saw a genuine revolution in comics publishing.

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Who is Justin Jordan? Comic Vine can tell you. But you won’t need Comic Vine, you’ll discover him as the mind behind his creator-owned property the Luther Strode books, and more recently on writing detail for Deathstroke and Green Lantern: New Guardians, and of course, on the pages of Team 7. Justin is a good writer, but he is a young writer. And not yet having had a long career, is one of the crucial challenges for a book like Team 7.


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Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013
Last time in the pages of “To Be Continued...” we discussed the connections with and contrasts between The Space Family Robinson and Lost in Space. So what rescued any part of these sagas from “Danger, Will Robinson”?

Gold Key’s 1962 Space Family Robinson comicbook predated the Lost in Space TV show by three years and in spite of the similarities in theme and source (both are spacefaring revisions of the Swiss Family Robinson), neither were derivative of the other (at least according to the courts), so the pre-existing series settled for a licensing of the name “Lost in Space” from Irwin Allen to promote their smaller, yet still groundbreaking sci-fi comicbook.


The TV show lasted three interesting seasons, though, like its contemporary Star Trek it had its fair share of “cheesy” episodes toward the end. Also like Star Trek, Lost in Space found new life in syndication, the big screen and in comicbooks. The Space Family Robinson comicbook (initially unrelated) continued until the early 1980s (burgeoned by the resurrected success of Star Trek in Syndication). Much as the American Captain Marvel Comics series was continued after the fold of Fawcett comics in the form of Marvelman, the characters created for Space Family Robinson were continued in the UK’s Lady Penelope. Still, Lady Penelope didn’t last into the 1970s, while Space Family Robinson lasted until 1982.


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Thursday, Jun 20, 2013
Those paying rent at Montague Terrace tend toward paranoia, hallucinations, and occasional nastiness.

Even as we’re offered a peek through its many keyholes, things at Montague Terrace are a bit hazy. Once a Web comic hosted at the Activate collective, the black and white now-graphic novel from British brothers Warren and Gary Pleece is an uncomfortable read—rarely are the dramatics brought to distinct conclusions, and linear paths are hard to come by. No matter, these are opaque vignettes worth exploring. The Pleeces’ comics are rife with paranoia, surrealism, and for good measure, an occasional rift that opens up somewhere between present-day and flashback storytelling.


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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013
To Be Continued...” is back with more on “all things comics”, and as you know “Comics” don't always stay on the gridded page, but impact other media as well. Here's one of those unbelievable times for those of you who do not believe in “coincidence”.

In September of 1965 a science fiction TV series called Lost in Space debuted on CBS television, as created by Irwin Allen, who had found success in his show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. The outer space series, which was originally planned to be named Space Family Robinson,  ran for 3 seasons, inspired a one-off cartoon, a big budget theatrical film and a number of comicbook adaptations.


Perhaps in your collecting years you’ve come across some of these… for example the first Gold Key comic, commonly called Space Family Robinson Lost in Space. Yes, yes, folks, there’s June and Craig and the kids, Tim, that irascible scamp and, Tam the… little princess… and… wait, what? Clancy the dog and Yakker the Parrot? What the hell is this? This isn’t the Spacefaring Robinson family we know. And were is the love-to-hate-him Dr. Smith? And where, oh, where, is Robot B-9? No “Danger Will Robinson?” And where’s Penny? Everybody had a crush on Penny Robinson growing up! You can’t have Lost in Space without Penny.


So, it was a bad adaptation, right? Well, as the lawyers for the Gold Key series must have said “Not So Fast!”


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