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Back Issue # 91 September 2016 (magazine review).

September 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 91 September 2016 (magazine review).

With a cover showing Batman sending the Guy Gardner Green Lantern flying with a single punch, it should come as no surprise that this ‘Back Issue’ is sub-titled ‘All-Jerks Issue!’. To us British, who don’t use the term ‘jerk’, these are just obnoxious people who get up everyone’s nose. Saying that, I do have to […]

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Suicide Squad: Original Motion Picture Score by Steven Price (CD review).

August 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Suicide Squad: Original Motion Picture Score by Steven Price (CD review).

First, I must confess when I started this review I had not yet seen the ‘Suicide Squad’ film, so it was without any prior knowledge that I pressed play. So I listened to this score as a piece of music, hoping that it could transcend its source material and work on its own the way […]

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Draw! # 32 Summer 2016 (magazine review)

August 10, 2016 | By | Reply More
Draw! # 32 Summer 2016   (magazine review)

One cannot ignore the opening editorial plea by Mike Manley that in the world of declining paper magazine sales that it would help if a few more specialist shops were encouraged to stock ‘Draw!’ to boost sales. He has a point because, no matter how much information there is on the Internet, it doesn’t mean […]

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Alter Ego # 141 August 2016 (magazine review)

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alter Ego # 141 August 2016    (magazine review)

This issue of ‘Alter Ego’ has a picture of a certain cyborg called ‘Deathlok’ on the cover, so it should hardly come as a surprise the first major interview is with his creator, Rich Buckler’. I had dropped out of comics in the early 1970s and it was ‘Deathlok’ that drew me back in. After […]

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The Music Of DC Comics Volume 2 (CD review)

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Music Of DC Comics Volume 2    (CD review)

For every super-hero, there is a corresponding theme that is meant to set to the heart-pounding and the blood racing. From John Williams stirring score for ‘Superman’ to the childishly simple yet brilliantly catchy opening to the 1966 ‘Batman’ TV show, all swirling around the minds of many super-hero fans, music has always played an […]

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Back Issue # 89 July 2016 (magazine review)

July 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Back Issue # 89 July 2016   (magazine review)

This is a twist from the content of recent ‘Back Issue’s I’ve read as it focuses on, as the cover says, ‘Bronze Age Adaptations’. As with ‘The Shadow’, on the cover, you get a look at the original novels before ploughing into the various comicbook adaptations from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Dynamite of the […]

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Showcase Presents: The Atom, Vol. 1 by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane (graphic novel review).

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Showcase Presents: The Atom, Vol. 1 by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane (graphic novel review).

It all started in Showcase # 34 September 1961 with ‘The Birth Of The Atom‘, scripted by Gardner Fox and drawn by Gil Kane, as are all the stories here. Scientist Ray Palmer sees a meteor falling from the sky. On discovering that it’s a piece of white dwarf star he takes it back to […]

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James Bond Volume 1: Vargr by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
James Bond Volume 1: Vargr by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

James Bond is no stranger to the world of comics. His comicstrip adventures (both adapted from Ian Fleming’s books and original) were a staple of the Daily Express and Daily Star from 1958 until 1983. There have also been scattered attempts to given Bond his own on-going comic book adventures, such as the Dark Horse […]

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Otto Binder by Bill Schelly (book review).

June 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Otto Binder by Bill Schelly (book review).

As Richard A. Lupoff points out in the introduction to Bill Schelly’s book about writer Otto Binder (his surname rhymes with ‘tinder’ in case you’re not sure how to pronounce it), there are a lot of books about comicbook artists but very few about their writers. Considering that Otto Binder wrote 2,227 comicbook stories spread […]

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Comic Book Creator # 12 Spring 2016 (magazine review).

June 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Comic Book Creator # 12 Spring 2016 (magazine review).

Comic Book Creator # 12 can really be broken into two sections. One is an overview of Jack Kirby’s career at Marvel, then DC Comics, then back to Marvel before supplying storyboards in animation in California. Much of this should be familiar to any of you with an interest in comicbooks. There is also some […]

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