Monday, July 31, 2006

New Library Comics: Week of July 24, 2006

Here are the comics we got in for our library collection last week:

Hartman, Rachael. Amy unbounded : Belondweg blossoming /Wynnewood, PA : Pug House Press, c2002.

Matsumoto, Reiji, 1938- Galaxy express 999 /San Francisco : Viz Communications, 1998- vols. 4-5

Nibot, Root. Banana Sunday /Portland, Or. : Oni Press, 2006.

Nizzi, Claudio. Tex : the lonesome rider /Celje, Slovenia : SAF Comics, 2005.

Tinder, Jeremy. Cry yourself to sleep /Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf Productions, [2006], c2005.

Vance, James, 1953- Kings in disguise /New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.

World war 3 illustrated 1980-1988. /[United States?] : Fantagraphics Books, c1989.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Super Covers Week: Monkey Covers

What do you get when you combine Super Covers Week with Monkey Covers Sundays? You get Super Monkey Covers! Because there's nothing better than a Superman cover with a monkey on it!

Superboy #76

Superman and monkeys have been forever intertwined. It started early, when as Superbaby young Kal-El encountered Beppo, a Kryptonian monkey who stowed away on his rocketship.

Superboy #183

Superbaby totally owned monkeys, defeating gorillas to become the mighty lord of the jungle.

Adventure Comics #196

But as he got older and became Superboy, he found his simean foes getting tougher too. He'd have to battle the giant Kingorilla...

Adventure Comics #219

And he totally got showed up by Chandu, a gorilla with x-ray peepers just as good as Kal's.

DC Super Stars #12

Even alien monkey creatures wouldn't leave the Boy of Steel alone!

Superboy #172

And when you beat one super-ape, there's always another in line to take you on.

Action Comics #238

Somehow Clark managed to survive those youthful monkey encounters and grow up to become Superman. But that didn't mean the end to his monkey troubles. It just meant that the monkeys became even more deadly, like King Krypton, the Super-Gorilla!

Superman #324

Or the greatest super-foe ever: Titano, the Super-Ape! He's a giant ape with Kryptonite vision!

Superman #138

Remember kids: King Kong is only make-believe, but Titano is real!

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #84

That Jimmy Olsen--what a punk! He arranges a fight between Titano and Godzilla just to make a movie, and then doesn't even lift a finger to help his supposed pal.

Superman #127

Jimmy should take a clue from Lois Lane. See, this is why Lois wins pulitzers and Jimmy is forever stuck as a cub reporter.

Supergirl #4

Even Superman's friends find themselves vexed by monkeys from time-to-time. Supergirl faced off against the mind-controlling Gorilla Grodd.

Superboy #53

In the future, the post-Crisis Superboy fought talking gorillas.

Adventure Comics #295

Even poor Bizarro wasn't immune. Bizarro-Titano has blue Kryptonite vision. Bizarro Titano?! I love comics!

Finally, what could be better than Superman fighting giant apes?

Superman Annual #11

Superman becoming an Ape! And fighting a Giant Robot Ape! Pure genius!

That wraps things up for today. Super Covers Week was only meant to cover a week, but I ended up skipping a couple of days, so we'll be spilling over a bit into this next week as well.

(standard disclaimer about giant apes and super-powered gorillas not really being monkeys applies)

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Super Covers Week: The Future

Super Covers Week continues. It's a question that has interested the creators for decades: What does the future hold in store for the Man of Steel?

Action Comics #251

Will he get old but never die? That's how it appears on the cover of Action Comics #251.

Action Comics #386

Perhaps he gets old and has to move into a home with other fading heroes, like in Action Comics #386.

Superman & Batman: Generations 3 #7

Or he gets older, just very slowly, as in John Byrne's Superman & Batman: Generations 3.

Superman #416

Or he just gets old and doesn't have the sense that Ma Kent gave him to come out of the cold, as in the darn cool cover to Superman #416 by Eduardo Barreto.

Superman #107

Or he goes the Rip Van Winkle route, like in Superman #107, and discovers that he's not so super anymore.

Action Comics Annual #3

One doesn't have to go into the far future for a glimpse of Superman's life; how about the near future of... 2001? In Action Comics Annual #3, we find the Man of Steel becomes the President of Steel! (Ironically, in the regular comics, when 2001 rolled around it wasn't Superman but his arch enemy, Lex Luthor, who became President!)

The Adventures of Superman Annual #3

Alternately, Clark could become a widower. But really, making out with that skank Maxima on your wife's grave? Tacky, Kal-El, really tacky.

Superman #215

See, now that's better. (But what kind of name is Lanie for a kid?)

Superman #300

But who says it has to be our Superman in the future? What if Superman came to Earth today--in 1976? Then he'd be the Superman of the future in 2001!

Superman #181

Even farther in the future, here's the Superman of 2965. He's 'so different' from our Man of Steel, what with the flying and the same powers and everything...

Superman #136

Now the Superman of 2999--there's a kid who understands tradition, as he recreates the cover to Action #1.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1000000

We end with the aptly named Superman: Man of Tomorrow #1000000, with Gene Ha giving us the Superman of today encountering his future self of the 853-rd century!

Thanks for journeying with us into the future. We'll be back tomorrow with more of Super Covers Week (and if you've been paying attention for the past couple of years, I bet you can guess what tomorrow's theme is...)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

YACB Bulletins

ITEM! Kevin Smith discusses his involvment in the early stages of the Superman Reborn movie on YouTube, complete with Spanish subtitles. (warning: language)

ITEM! Do you find the idea of a 'beaty shop quartet' a capella group consiting of four drag queens to be funny? If so, then you'll probably enjoy the music of The Kinsey Sicks. I caught them on CBC's Just for Laughs and was pleased to find a bunch of free songs and vids on their Website. (warning: occasional language)

ITEM! Sommer Browning is an aspiring librarian and an aspiring cartoonist. Check out her comics on her blog: Asthma Chronicles (warning: language, sex, drug use, etc.)

ITEM! Over at Lying Media Bastards, Jake Sexton has an article about his first trip to Comic Con. Jake is not a comic book person, but he is an observer of larger media culture. So he has some interesting comments such as:
Most amazing to me was the number of indepdenents, comic book creators who aren’t affiliated with the top (and seemingly only) comic companies. I wonder if those guys sell enough to make ends meet. If so, it makes compelling evidence for micro-media: instead of a few companies producing media products for millions, we can have thousands of creators making media for an audience of thousands, or even hundreds.

Super Covers Week: He's Dead, Jimmy!

Continuing our week-long look at Superman covers, today's theme is It's Worse Than That--He's Dead, Jimmy!

As with getting married, the other thing that Superman can't stop doing is dying.

Superman #75

We all know that Superman famously 'died' at the hands of Doomsday in Superman #75.

Adventures of Superman #498

It was probably the most protracted death story ever, with the funeral and its aftermath taking up two whole months of the four regular titles, including Adventures of Superman #498.

Superman: Day of Doom #2

Deadman: Dead Again #3

It was a huge seller for DC, so you can hardly blame them for going back to the well and reliving it again and again, as in Superman: Day of Doom #2 and Deadman: Dead Again #3.

Superman #149

Of course Superman has died a lot over the years. Most famously in Superman #149--which I highlighted back on Monday--an 'imaginary story' in which Lex Luthor pretends to reform in order to get close enough to Superman to kill him with a Kryptonite Death Ray.

It was not the first time someone tried that trick on Superman, although note that the random bad guy here is no Lex Luthor, having to use a Rube Goldberg-like contraption rather than a sleek Kryptonite Death Ray--ol' Luthor may not have had any fashion sense, but he knew the importance of using a keen-looking weapon!

Action Comics #365

Action Comics #365 just seems a bit morbid. Superman is in his 'space coffin,' but isn't even fully dead yet?

Action Comics #366

Then in the following issue, Supergirl is holding auditions for a new Superman. Doesn't she realize that she's supposed to be his replacement?

Action Comics #399

In Action Comics #399, Superman dies not once, not twice, but three times. Good thing thay've got that crypt lying around, huh?

Action Comics #655

Years later, in Action Comics #655, that crypt would come in handy again!

Superman #213

Paging Geraldo Rivera!

DC Comics Presents #51

Superman dies, and the only one stepping up to avenge him is The Atom? No offense to Ray, but dude didn't even know that his own wife was a psychopathic killer. I think I'd rather have Batman on the case...

Superman #204

How badass is Lex Luthor? He can kill Superman using only his flaming initials!

Superman #399

Lex Luthor? Sure. Doomsday? Okay. But being taken out by some punk in a back alley? That's a lame way to go out!

Adventures of Superman #499

One thing is always a constant though: whenever Superman dies, there is always a gigantic memorial statue erected to his memory.

That wraps up out look at Superman's deaths throughout the years. Come back tomorrow as Super Covers Week continues!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Super Covers Week: Hitched!

Continuing our week-long look at Superman covers, today's theme is Hitched: Superman Takes a Bride!

Superman: The Wedding Album

Of course, all true Superman fans know that Clark & Lois finally tied in knot in 1996's Superman: The Wedding Album. But this wasn't the first time that the happy couple got married...

Action Comics #484

Back in 1978, Clark & Lois got married for the first time--the Earth-2 versions, that is--in Action Comics #484. Note the Daily Star building tucked into the corner (and the corresponding Daily Planet globe on the previous cover). A great cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez.

Action Comics #836

The Earth-2 wedding of course was also the theme to the recent Action Comics #836, the Infinite Crisis crossover.

Action Comics #206

But seemingly, Superman & Lois just couldn't stay away fromthe alter before then either. Here we see teh happy couple on the cover of Action Comics #206.

Lois Lane #86

But Superman wasn't always a willing participant in his own nuptuals. Check out the all-wedding issue of Lois Lane #86, as Lois has to scheme to get her man to the altar.

Lois Lane #15

Lois Lane #15 has to be my favorite wedding cover: Not a Dream! Not a Hoax! They are Not Robots!

Lois Lane #108

The weddings didn't always go off without a hitch though. Like in Lois Lane #108, where Superman really should have worn his tuxedo...

Action Comics #567

Or Action Comics #567, where their wedding in the park is interrupted by, um, some random blonde woman.

Lois Lane #128

Sometimes the wedding ends in tragedy, as in Lois Lane #128. Hmmm, maybe they shouldn't have invited Death to the ceremony?

Action Comics #143

And then there are the times when Superman marries someone besides Lois, like in Action Comics #143.

Superman #120

Or in Superman #120. Making Lois be a witness? That's just cruel!

The Adventures of Superman #574

And finally, sometimes Supes is so busy he doesn't even realize he's gotten married, as seen in The Adventures of Superman #574.

That wraps up our tour of Super Weddings! Come back tomorrow for more Super Covers!