Monthly Archive for May, 2008

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Origin

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As you may have read, an anonymous donor recently gifted a complete set of the original art to Amazing Fantasy #15, in which the first Spider-Man story, by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, appeared, to the Library of Congress.

This is the story Morten Søndergård in an article published on this site, suggested was based on layouts by Kirby. This hypothesis was subsequently rejected by a number of specialists. I hereby post an image of one of the original pages as Exhibit A: what do YOU think? Is there any Kirby in it? (more images at the link).

Bonus: Charles Yoakum speculates about the identity of the donor.

UPDATE: Blake Bell has a slew of info on the original AF #15 pages, including images of all of them, up on his Ditko website.

Marvel Steps Up

Looks like I may have spoken too soon when I wrote that Marvel could not be counted on to support ailing artist Gene Colan in his hour of need. Apparently, they have agreed to contribute towards paying for his treatment, though the exact amount will remain confidential. Great, but it’s still a disgrace that there would even be doubt about them doing this in the first place. But good on Marvel for this one.

Remember: YOU can also help the Colans. More information here.

UPDATE: Tom Spurgeon has great commentary up concerning the broader issue of the lack of a safety net in the American comics industry.

A Word on Our Hype

It has gotten to the point where we’re receiving so many press releases, announcements and other advertisements here at the Metabunker that we have decided to impose certain restrictions on what gets posted. A lot of what you, the readers, have been sending looks great and we certainly appreciate and pay attention to it, but lest this site drown in hype-type, we shall from here on restrict ourselves to publishing announcements we have some kind of foreknowledge of. Stuff for which we feel we can vouch. So keep it coming, but please don’t take offense if it doesn’t get published.

Thanks for reading!

Picks of the Week

The picks of the week from around the web.

  • Douglas Feith on the Daily Show (above). Watch the former Under Secretary of Defence getting grilled on the selling of the Iraq War to the American People by John Stewart. Not to be missed!
  • Tom Spurgeon, Dirk Deppey and a host of others on the future of comics as a serial medium, as well as a primarily digitally-distributed one. Dirk’s piece especially is fascinating reading on for anyone interested in how comics might interface with the internet in the future.
  • Man er vel fra Aalborg …

    Det’ GULD! Så’er’ed’UIJ!! Hææj, ÅÅÅÅÅÅÅÅÅÅB!!

    Foto:Mick Anderson/Polfoto

    RIP Will Elder

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    One of comics’ greatest humorists, the inimitable Will Elder — of Mad, Trump!, Humbug and Help! fame — has passed away: Heaven is now surely becoming a much more chaotically fun place by the minute…

    UPDATE: Tom Spurgeon’s obituary.

    Hype: Ingen Frygt & Butik CMYK

    Hvis du er i København, er her to punkter til lørdagens programlægning:
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    Robert Rauschenberg Rest in Peace

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    On Monday, one of the greatest artists of the latter half of the 20th Century, the uncontainable creativo Robert Rauschenberg, died. He was 82 and active to the end, leaving us a massive and singular body of work. Art as beauty, keenly reminding us that it is no different from Our World as such.

    One Love.

    Help Gene Colan!

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    Gene “The Dean” Colan, the master of painterly penciling whose art graced many a classic Silver Age story in such titles as Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Daredevil and Tomb of Dracula, is ailing. And his family is having a hard time paying his medical bills. They are therefore asking Colan’s fans for contributions, so if you count yourself amongst those, please consider giving whatever you might be able to spare. Remember: Colan is unfortunate enough to live in a rich country whose government is of very little help when it comes to this kind of problem and has mostly worked for employers who are of even less use.

    There are two ways of helping:

  • Bid in one of the Colans’ eBay auctions, which has the added advantage of possibly netting you a nice piece of original art.
  • Or do as I did: donate via PayPal. The Colans are registered as genecolan@optonline.net — just log into your account, choose “send money”, insert said email address and the amount you wish to donate, and to make things easier, you might want to mention the word “donation” in the comments box, to make it easier to parse on the other end.
  • Art by Colan and Tom Palmer, from Tomb of Dracula #52 (1976).

    Komiks.dk-priserne — de nominerede

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    De nominerede til Komiks.dk-priserne er netop blevet annonceret. Check dem ud her.

    Tegneserieevangeliet

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    Sidste år kritiserede jeg Ivar Gjørups Egoland for at have gennemgået en kreativ afmatning de senere år. Den opfattelse har jeg fortsat, men striben er jo ikke Danmarks bedste tegneserie uden grund, og ind i mellem brænder Gjørups vid og satiriske talent stadig klart igennem. Continue reading ‘Tegneserieevangeliet’

    Kirby’s Here! Sort of…

    kirby_king_comics.jpgMark Evanier long-time friend and collaborator of the late Jack Kirby, and the world’s foremost authority of the man and his work, has been working on a comprehensive biography for years. Recognising that this book will be huge, as well as expensive and perhaps hard to market to a broader audience, he has put out an abbreviated, coffee-table version, Kirby — King of Comics, which is to serve simultaneously as a primer on Kirby to a general audience and and lavishly-produced art book showcasing a representative selection of the best of Kirby’s vast oeuvre.

    This is a good idea. Kirby’s work is not only experiencing something of a popular renaissance by proxy through the newly-minted, goldlined silverscreen incarnations of his creations, but seems entirely ripe for a broader reassessment as a major artist of the 20th Century. This is a well-timed book, but how well does it succeed? Less well than one would have hoped, unfortunately. Continue reading ‘Kirby’s Here! Sort of…’

    Komiks.dk — programmet!

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    Nu er programmet for den snarlige Komiks.dk festival landet! Se det her!

    Heavy Rotation: Rub Radio’s History of Hip Hop

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    This is great. These mixes go year by year, covering the history of hip hop music from 1979 to 1999, incorporating incontrovertible classics with forgotten gems in smooth, eminently listenable and ear-opening mixes. This is your pick of the week, if you have even the slightest interest in hip hop.

    Photo of the Crash Crew, before hip hop became rap.

    Happy 70th, Moebius!

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    Today, one of the greatest living cartoonists celebrates seven decades in live print. And as the above photo, from Angoulême 2006, shows, he’s still young at heart!

    Congrats, Møbbefar!