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Thursday, June 26 2014

Trip with an Infinite View: Chaos, Order, Good and Evil in ‘Forever People’

Jack Kirby, World War II veteran, was channeling youth when he produced Forever People. He was on the side of change and disorder for the cause of freedom.


Wednesday, June 25 2014

The Anti-War Panels: Underground Comix and Vietnam

Although some comix generally avoided the topic, many artists and writers signaled their opposition to the Vietnam War in creative and daring ways.


Friday, June 20 2014

A Bit More Collected: Down the Pop Culture Rabbit Hole with “Death Sentence”

To understand Death Sentence you'd need to understand why 1986's Watchmen and The Dark Knight Returns were both roaring successes, and a dismal failures.


Thursday, June 19 2014

Where Do They Come From? What Do They Want?

In the long pop culture heyday of UFOs that stretched from the late '40s to the mid-'70s, it seemed that flying saucers were everywhere. UFOs swept the nation.


Friday, June 13 2014

More Story to Tell: “New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 1”

In the first year of The Iconographies, we took an in-depth critical tour of the wonder that is Lone Wolf and Cub. Now, as creator Kazuo Koike returns to his magnum opus, so do we…


Thursday, June 12 2014

The Effective Archetypes of “Afterlife With Archie”

With Afterlife With Archie you could change all the names and the location while keeping everything else the same, and it wouldn’t be any less powerful or impressive a series.


Friday, June 6 2014

Monomythography of an Art Form: A Prelude to Considering “The Only Living Boy”

The Greil Marcus-edited A New Literary History of America offers insight into the deeper cultural DNA of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis's The Only Living Boy.


Friday, May 30 2014

Labored: Why Kyle Higgins’ “C.O.W.L.” Couldn’t Come at a Better Moment

If you picked up the launch issue of C.O.W.L. earlier this week thinking that, with the season finale of Mad Man, ‘60s nostalgia is now back in, you’re maybe missing the sheer depth of Mad Men, and definitely of C.O.W.L.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Makin’ Out: Learning about Sex from Al Feldstein’s ‘MAD Magazine’

We miss him now that he’s gone—Al Feldstein was one of the dynamos of MAD.


Friday, May 23 2014

A Second Look at Jonathan Hickman’s Early Creator-Owned Work

Jonathan Hickman writes himself into very exclusive fraternity that includes greats like Philip K. Dick and William Shakespeare, where the writer is recast as public intellectual.


Thursday, May 22 2014

Structured Silence: Comics Storytelling, Minus Text

Sometimes, it’s nice for the words to step aside in a comic and just let the art tell the story for a while.


Friday, May 16 2014

Jazz Age Redux:“Iron Metropolitan” as Lens on Emergent Social Media Storytelling

In Iron Man: Iron Metropolitan writer Kieron Gillen finally offers a unique vision of the signature Marvel superhero, leading us into a world where art deco becomes a metaphor for modern-day geopolitical upheaval.


Thursday, May 15 2014

The Dead Child in “Scalped: Dead Mothers”

In Scalped: Dead Mothers Shelton is determined to see his mother’s killer brought to justice, refusing to leave the reservation until the killer is caught.


Friday, May 9 2014

We’re All Alive, in Spite of Death: Dan Goldman on the State of Comics Culture

We talk with transmedia writer and creator of the breakout Red Light Properties Dan Goldman about how he spent Free Comic Book Day and the state of comics culture in general.


Thursday, May 8 2014

The Azzarello-Risso Yearbook, Part 4 of 4: “Brother Lono”

Lono was a major character in 100 Bullets, arguably the meanest, most sadistic. But at the beginning of Brother Lono, he’s already done a 180-degree turn around in attitude and demeanor.


Friday, May 2 2014

Mourning the Death of Gwen Stacy

I was five years old the night Gwen Stacy died. I didn’t hear the news. It will come as no surprise if Gwen Stacy does die in today’s release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


Thursday, May 1 2014

The Azzarello–Risso Yearbook, Part 3 of 4: “Spaceman”

The protagonist is Orson, also the “Spaceman” of the title, genetically engineered years ago by NASA to be able to travel to and live on Mars.


Friday, April 25 2014

An Avenger for All Seasons: Captain America, Identity, and the US Experience

The key to Captain America: The Winter Soldier success is clear. It captured and integrated into the Marvel cineverse Captain America’s dedication to the common man's ideas of America.


Thursday, April 24 2014

The Azzarello–Risso Yearbook, Part 2 of 4: “Broken City”

Once they’d established themselves as a formidable creative force with almost five years of excellent work on 100 Bullets, Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso got to take a crack at one of the biggest comicbook characters ever: Batman.


Friday, April 18 2014

That Thing, That Time…: A Look at Mimi Pond’s “Over Easy”

Over Easy is hauntingly beautiful, breathtaking, ferociously intelligent. It allows us to peer behind the veil of private lives in a radically different way to other biographies.


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