Paul di Filippo

June 1, 2015

Beyond

As modern comics are rubbish, I’ve been re-reading this 5 issue mini-series from 2005. “Top 10” was an odd name for a comic series with a cast of thousands. At first glance it harks back to the “Hill Street Blues” TV series with the sergeant sending out his odd troops to deal with even odder situations. At second glance, like “Astro City”, the characters are all given unique and believable personalities. Many more glances are needed to peruse Jerry Ordway’s fantastic artwork. The writing of this particular follow-up series is so consistent with previous comics in the series that for a time I suspected that Paul di Filippo MUST be a psoo….psoud…alias for The Original Writer. This impression was only re-enforced when I discovered that this talented writer only ever wrote 8 comic books. These five and three for Marvel comics shortly afterwards.

Picnic

However perusing the InterWikiWebs, it appears that Paul di Filippo is a novelist with a number of Science Fiction books to his name. That’s if you can believe the InterWikiWebs. I mean, you may think that this Blog is just me writing whatever rubbish pops into my brain. Really it is compiled by a full-time team of 30 Web designers using cutting-edge technology and random word generation to make the whole thing APPEAR that it is produced by someone who is totally clueless!

Ordway

Can you spot Superman, the Green Hornet, Kato, the Lone Ranger, Tonto and the Black Cat in the above image?

The original writer

September 1, 2014

the original writer

There may be a handful of readers who won’t know who wrote this comic as the writer isn’t credited (no doubt on his own insistence).

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attention parents

The original writer continued to send the Marvelman story down unexpected paths with the 9th issue and it’s explicit depiction of childbirth.

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PS: If you read the small print you discover that this (the October issue) shouldn’t actually exist. How odd. I don’t think the original writer would ever have made mistakes like that.

published monthly

And about time too

February 1, 2014

The Bojeffries Saga

Next month they finally get around to re-printing the fab “Bojeffries Saga”. And later in the year, after being serialised in monthly floppies the Miracleman book “A Dream of Flying (Book 1)” will finally be available once again (and this time it’s been coloured properly). Two of the finest Graphic Novels ever.

PS: I’m still awaiting the publication of this book. It seems to have been in preparation for years but it IS a complex subject. Rob Kirby compiled a massive article on British Marvel comics in the April 2013 issue of “Back Issue” which I found absolutely fascinating but must have confused the hell out of the majority of it’s American readers!!!!

From Cents to Pence dummy cover

Actually, the sub-title is slightly confusing. British Marvel….ie the offshoot of American Marvel..only began in 1972. Marvel’s big mistake was to listen to some marketing genius who evidentally said they should try and maintain the look and feel of British comics when they introduced “Mighty World of Marvel” in the same size and same un-glossy covers as the current Victor/Buster etc etc. They would soon move to glossy covers but kept to the Black-and-white interiors and continued to annoy comic collectors who found imported Spiderman/FF etc comics had been stopped so as not to (in theory) dilute the sales of the British versions. Only towards the end, sometime in the 1990s did British Marvel finally adopt the traditional American size for their books.

It is true that British reprints of American Marvel Comics (usually random assorted strips rather than complete comics) were around from 1951ish though but they were just licenced reprints from the likes of Len Miller and Alan Class rather than anything organised by Marvel/Atlas/Cadance or whatever they were calling themselves at the time. From the mid 1990s Panini took on the role of supplying British kids with their X-Men excetera fix.

Occupy Comics

October 1, 2013

Occupy Comics 02

I missed issue number 1, probably because I wasn’t looking for it and probably because I don’t particularly agree with their politics. That being said the first three issues are definitely worth the price of admission if only for the text pages containing Alan Moore’s massive, detailed history of comic books. As it is written from his “anarchist in the UK” perspective it is ten times better/more insightful than a hundred american “histories” on the subject.

Occupy Comics 03

Tractor beam

February 1, 2013


Nuff Said 32

November 1, 2012

These are some of my favourite comicbook characters. Below is an example of WHY they are my favourites.

Alan Moore Space Adventurer

December 22, 2010

Here’s another forgotten character from comics-past. (This) Alan Moore was never as famous as Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers or even Tommy Tomorrow of the Planeteers. He may only have made this lone appearance in Key Publications “Weird Tales of the Future” No 2 cover dated  June 1952. This short running (8 issue) anthology title is collected now due to the inclusion of weird stories (and sometimes covers) weirdly drawn by the weird Basil Wolverton.