Welcome to Comics World!
As a dedicated fan and collector of comics since the early 1960s, I have accumulated a lot of knowledge, trivial and deep, about the medium, how it works and why it is so loved. I hope that through this page your own love of comics and everything to do with them is encouraged to blossom!
The Origins of 'Doctor Strange'
Doctor Strange’s very earliest appearance in July 1963 was in the pages of Strange Tales #110. His original run, drawn by his creator, the enigmatic comic book recluse, Steve Ditko arose after August 18, 1955, when Hurricane Diane destroyed the premises of comic publisher, Charlton, in Connecticut, where Ditko was working.
The Darkening of Comics
’Initially, Watchmen gained a lot of its readership because it was taking an unusual look at superheroes, but actually it was more about redefining comics than it was about redefining one particular genre,’ said Alan Moore, the famous writer of what has been called the greatest comic book of all time, to a London music newspaper a few years ago.
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Marvel versus DC, Round 2
I’ve argued before in this blog that Marvel have the upper hand on DC in terms of a successful cinematic venture stretching out into the future, mainly because they have a particular kind of heritage to draw from and DC doesn’t.
The Magic Behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has master-minded the apparently unstoppable behemoth which we all know as the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but exactly how he has done it, or how he was even able to do it, rests very much with the fact that he was in harmony with the original spirit of Marvel as generated by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and the other founding members of Marvel Comics.
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At one end of a super-hero comic book art spectrum you have the stunning realism of Alex Ross, whose work on Marvels revealed a whole new way of looking at super-types; at the other end, you have the dynamic short-hand, almost coded style of the prolific Jack Kirby, who bestrides the comic book world like a behemoth.
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If you wanted to set your son on the road to a broad general knowledge which would give him confidence and ability at school in the 1960s and 70s, you could have done worse than my father did and subscribe to the amazing magazine Look and Learnwhich was packed with articles on science, history, geography, nature and much more, along with incredible artwork and comic strips ranging from Bible stories to the science fiction adventure ’The Trigan Empire’.
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In the 1960s, British comics like ‘Smash!’ (along with ‘Pow!’ and ‘Wham!’) serialised American Marvel and DC Comics stories as well as creating original (usually funny) stories of their own.
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British children growing up in the 1960s (like me) often had their first introduction to Marvel comics characters through syndicated stories that appeared in ‘Fantastic’ and ‘Terrific’. These were British-style weeklies with serialised, black and white versions of the current Lee/Kirby tales that were unfolding across the Atlantic.
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I grew up on comics -British weeklies, American superhero monthlies, educational comics, anything I could get hold of. They were and are fascinating, wonderful things. I still have a collection of over 5,000. This is the cover of the first comic that I can remember reading. Anyone else remember TV 21?
Marvel Comics and Movies: Why DC can never emulate Marvel's film success
Stan Lee, so the story goes, was thinking about getting out of the whole business of comic books back in the late 1950s. He’d worked his way up from errand boy to a script writer and editor at the company that had become Marvel Comics, and had tried his hand at everything from westerns to horror to romances and the game was getting boring. Then, legend says, he was told that, as he was on the way out, why didn’t he try writing some stuff that he wanted to write, with no real editorial guidelines other than his own preferences?
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Protagonist