Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wanted TPB: Dale Keown's Dragon Force

Writer:Dale Keown
Artist: Dale Keown
Aircel Comics (1988-1989)
Dragon Ring #11-15 and
Dragon Force #1-12

It's always interesting to see how an artist evolves over time. This early series written and drawn by Dale Keown would be a great flash back to a time before his run on the Hulk; which put his name on the map.

Clipped from The Oswald Chronicles and written by JD Calderon:

Dale Keown started on issue 10 of the Dragon Ring series which ended at issue 15 and then led into the new Dragon Force series. I first caught on to this series with Dragon Force which was in full color, and I have to say that it’s some great looking stuff, and everyone has to remember that this was years before computer coloring, so it was all done with either markers, water colors, or air brush and possibly acrylics. The stories in this series are okay but the real reason I picked this up is because of the artwork and it’s great to see this version of Dale Keown (when he was a John Byrne clone) as opposed to seeing his ultra buff style that he has now. If you want a peak into an artist’s progression as a talented beginner you may want to check these out and at .50 cents each you can’t go wrong, if you can find them.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wanted TPB: The Calculator

Artist: Various
DC Comics (1976-1981)
Detective Comics #463-468 and Action Comics #522-524

In an issue of BackIssue! they talked about the Calculator having a story; which ran through the back of Detective and Action Comics. If they decided it is worthy of an article it certainly worthy of a TPB.

Clipped from Wikipedia: He was featured in a series of one-shot adventures in Detective Comics, stealing objects "when they are their most valuable" and fighting many Justice League members. As he was defeated by hero after hero, he presses a special button on his keypad that would (as it was revealed to the reader in a thought balloon) "turn defeat into victory". After months of appearances, the Calculator's scheme is revealed. The button somehow analyzes the powers or tactics of the hero defeating him, and effectively inoculates him from ever being defeated by that hero ever again.

Fun Fact Clipped from Wikipedia: Calculator appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Night of the Huntress" voiced by Armin Shimerman. This version is an overweight, apparently middle-aged man named Myron who lives in his mother's basement and wears the classic Calculator costume (that is several sizes too small for him). After he finishes his call with Weather Wizard, Batman and Huntress interrogated him about why Babyface sprung his old gang out. Calculator tells them that Babyface is planning to break into Warehouse X.

The Calculator Saga - Read more about it!

45th Anniversary, Superman by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster

Joe Shuster - Original Superman Drawing for Action Comics #544 (DC, 1983). Created especially for the 45th Anniversary issue.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Rob's Room: Captain America 1976 by Francesco Francavilla

Captain America 1976 by Francesco Francavilla
OOOooooh...  I hope he does another series of these like his Batman 1972.  What will a 1976 Red Skull & Bucky look like?

Rob's Room: Wizard Comics Magazine #155 Process by Jim Lee & Alex Ross

Wizard: the Comics Magazine #155 by Jim Lee, with Colors Painted by Alex Ross.
(via the always reliably good ungoliantschilde tumblr!)

Wanted TPB: Breach

Writer: Bob Harras
Marcos Martin
DC Comics (2005)
Breach #1-11 and Infinite Crisis #7

This comic book series was originally supposed to be a Captain Atom reboot, until DC decided against it and the concept idea was slightly retooled and launched as a new creation, Breach.

Bob Harras takes the "Captain Atom" idea and wraps it in a surreal environment with Marcos Martin's simple artistic style strengthening this vision. Marcos' style is very reminiscent of Steve Ditko, who was instrumental in creating many of the Charlton Comics characters. Charlton Comic's Captain Atom, though not created by Ditko, was drawn by him on several occasions. DC later bought all of the Charlton Comics library of superheroes.

I wish this series could have played out to a nice macro-series size 12 issues, but even so...I'd still like to see this as a TPB. Perhaps if they ever do release this as a TPB they will include Breach's death that was seen in the Inifinite Crisis series at the hands of Superboy-Prime.

Fun Fact about Breach: If the Multiverse had survived up to the present, Zanetti would have been a native of Earth-8 as its version of Captain Atom.

Cool Artist: Brett Bean

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wanted TPB: Green Lantern's Fight for Ferris Air Saga

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Joe Staton
Publisher: DC Comics (1981-1982)
Includes: Green Lantern #144-151

This storyline was reviewed on a fan site by D.K. Latta and the argument was so compelling that I'd like to see this as a TPB. Especially since I haven't read it and would like too.The Fight for Ferris Air Saga

"A great story line is not simply when a series has various sub-plots -- it's when the writer can interweave those plot lines so that they form a whole tapestry, not just a collection of disconnected threads. And Hal Jordan has rarely been better realized as a mature, three-dimensional character, where being GL is part of his character -- not the whole of it; he's both heroic, but also flawed."

Rob's Room: Marvel Remastered

Marvel Remastered (via The Marvel Project)