One thousand

June 1, 2016

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A mere five years ago I was disappointed to see that Action comics (No 1 June 1938 – No 904 October 2011), along with the whole DC universe had reverted back to issue number one. They’ve evidently now had a change of heart. After 52 issues of Action Comics Volume 2 we seem to have back-tracked to Volume 1 again. They’ve added the 52 Volume 2 issues to the original 904 and now we are presented with issue number 957 continuing the original continuity. Bonkers or sensible? Who knows. That’s comics for you. And now Action comics is going to be published fortnightly unlike the previous monthly schedule. Wasn’t it 8 times a year in the 1960s and weekly in the 1980s?? I can’t keep up. Still, at this rate it looks like there WILL be an Action Comics Number 1000 sometime early 2018.

Here is an Action Comic that hasn’t the slightest relevance to any of the above.

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PS: And they’ve done the same thing to the numbering with Detective Comics. However most of the other DC titles have in fact started again at Number one.

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Camus

November 1, 2014

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The author/philosopher Albert Camus (7/11/1913 – 04/01/1960) came out with more (mostly pessimistic) odd sayings than you could shake a stick at.

“Should I kill myself or should I have a cup of coffee?”

Live to the point of tears.”

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

“Do not wait for the last judgement. It comes every day.”

“I rebel, therefore I exist.”

“The sky will last longer than I.”

“The only serious question in life is whether to kill yourself or not.”

Same but different

February 1, 2014

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If you’re stuck for an idea for a cover why not just copy (with subtle modifications) an older one?

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Number one

July 12, 2011

Welcome to the first post in this Weblog. In a vain attempt to attract new readers (and alienate the last few old ones) the franchise has been re-booted back to number one and I am now sporting a trendy new costume. My all-black attire has now been replaced with a pink blouse and a ginger Rebekah Brooks medusa fright wig. Gone are the musings on musty magazines and old music. In the future I will only be writing about interesting modern stuff. (Consequently expect to often see a blank screen in this spot).

Well, all the comics are doing it……even Action Comics after issue 904 will begin again at number 1….so much for 73 years of history and tradition…… and just to confuse future Internet Googlers here is a picture of the wrong Action Comics number 1…….

Didn’t they re-boot the DC Universe already back in the 1980s ?? Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash etc all returned to issue No 1 then. I think it’s a shame that they couldn’t at least keep the numbering intact for the once-flagship titles Action and Detective Comics. Over the last 20 years there have been too many titles and too many writers and too many convoluted storylines. It will need a lot more than new costumes to sort out the mess. Far from being a jumping-on point, for me it will be a nice and tidy getting-off point. I’d already decided they were scraping the bottom of the barrel with current plots and meaningless crossovers like Countdown and Flashpoint. So long DC, and thanks for all the tosh.

In the beginning

April 1, 2011

Action Comics is about to celebrate its 900th edition (thanks in part to a period when it was issued weekly). From 10 cents to (drawing the line at) $2.99 isn’t too bad over a 73 year period. Let’s hope they’ve now done with that rubbish/drawn out Lex Luthor story and we can see a return of the comics’ proper star character. I don’t know what they were thinking of having Lex as the “star” of Action. It’s as ridiculous as having Spiderman as a member of the Fantastic Four !! Luckily that is unlikely ever to happen. If it ever did I would eat my Queen-size Millie the Model Annual !! Anyway, if Action Comics continues its current monthly schedule (and “floppies” continue to get printed) number 1000 should arrive in a mere 8 years time in 2019. Coincidentally by then it will be exactly 100 years since Ma and Pa Wayne found the infant Kal El in his crashed space ship in that alleyway as they walked home from a night at the theatre.

Questions and Answers

May 2, 2009

ITEM: This may be out of character for me but I have a serious question to address. There is a place for Sex and Violence in comics but I think we may be on a slippery slope here…..

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A recent issue of DC’s Action Comics (No 876 cover dated June 2009) contains an excessive 19 pages of blood-soaked fighting with fists and knives. In the current climate of increasing knife crime it sets an appalling example. The “Superman” range of comics must still be bought by younger readers who actually READ AND DIGEST the story as well as the odd few like me who buy (and quickly flick through) Action and Detective etc simply out of habit.

I don’t want to sound like the guy who wrote “Seduction of the Innocent” (although here I’m already beginning to sound like my own father) but what is the point of The Comic Code Authority in 2009? I’m incredulous to see that Action No 876 actually shows the Comic Code Stamp on its cover. Although it is so very very tiny you’d hardly know it was there. Most comics don’t show a Comic Code Stamp so they don’t need to be approved by anyone (so long as they don’t transgress the “Obscene Publications Act”). But Action No 876 DOES show a Comic Code Stamp so are we to assume that Action No 876 was actually APPROVED despite a level of violence I’ve never before seen in a Superman book ??

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I’m no prude. I bought my share of Underground comix and stuff like Cherry Poptart. I bought “Psycho” and “Nightmare” and worse as a teenager. I’ve owned my share of 1950s comics with the fabled “injury to eye” and “decapitation” covers. But I don’t think “Superman” and “Action” should be aiming for that demographic.

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ITEM: And whilst I’m in rant mode can anyone explain this. Why are “Vertigo” comics…comics aimed at a mature audience…printed on such crappy paper just like the comics of the 1960s and 1970s?  Yet DC’s more mainstream comics like Brave and the Bold and Action and even those more cartoony superhero comics are printed on swish glossy modern paper stock. In fact, thinking about it, it is probably the paper itself that makes the violence in Action seem all the more gruesome and the blood more bloodier !! I’m sure Warren comics would have made more impact if they’d been in full colour.

ITEM: Another question. Mentioning Vertigo comics, what the hell is Fables and Jack of Fables all about ?? I thought I could follow it at first….

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ITEM:   Moving on to the answer to a question that few people may have asked !! What exactly is Jughead’s hat supposed to be ?? Once I thought it was a paper crown like you’d find folded up inside a cracker. Or perhaps a cardboard crown. Or even a metal crown ?? It definitely brought the thought “crown” into my head. It seemed an odd thing to be wearing even in the 1960s let alone now. I mean, Betty and Veronica’s clothes have moved with the times. Why doesn’t Jughead wear a more contemporary silly hat ??

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One of my favourite blogs is “I’m Learning to Share” and it is there that you can find the world’s most detailed analysis of how Jughead’s hat developed from a (once fashionable for 1930s teenage delinquents) inside-out felt Fedora to the odd “Crown” of more recent years.

Click here for more detail about Jughead’s titfer.

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PS: Why is he called “Jughead” ? I assumed that front-on his ears stuck out like jug handles. The next question is what is Jughead’s full name. I think his surname is “Jones” but first name………………….?