Warning: things get totally depressing at the end of this post.

§ July 6th, 2012 § Filed under dc comics, jack kirby, pal plugging, retailing § 7 Comments

So y’all know Matt Digges, right? The artist of Awesome Hospital? The guy who drew me this?

Well, the man is in need of a little extra scratch, and thus is now taking commissions to draw your favorite character…and if you ask nicely, he might draw characters other than Swamp Thing or Sluggo, too. You can read all the details on his Tumblr-thingie. But in all seriousness, Matt’s a swell cat and well deserving of your dollars, so go give him a few and get a wonderful drawing in return.

In other news:

  • Hey, have I mentioned I’m doing a little lite-blogging on this site for my place of employment? We needed a new blanket site to cover both stores, I ended up doing a quickie WordPress install, and voilà, suddenly I’ve got another blog to maintain. It’s mostly a lot of “hey, look at this stuff we would like you to buy!” but we’re having fun with it. It’s just starting out, and I need to slap another coat of paint on it, but I think it looks nice, though I’ll have to beat Employee Mark if he uses another emoticon in a post again.
  • We got in a copy of the Infinite Crisis Omnibus hardcover, and I sort of wish I remembered to take a picture of it, because this thing is just goofily thick. I mean, physically thick, not, you know, thick as in “not very bright,” which I suppose some of you would mention if I didn’t. But this thing is a real bullet-stopper, the kind of book you’d use to knock out a moose prior to surgery. It has purt’near every tie-in and mini-series to Infinite Crisis, and it’s like four inches thick, and it’s just amazing.

    …Now, there have been similar books, like those Omnibii that Marvel has been doing (for example), so it’s not as if this kind of tome is anything new. But while big ol’ Gutenberg Bible editions of Fantastic Four, Watchmen, and even Howard the Duck sort of receive the “yeah, sure, we get it” reaction, this special Infinite Crisis: Overkill Edition tends to get The People’s Eyebrow and the occasional disbelieving “Really? They made one of those for that?” and all I can say is “hey, I got a dude who wants it, and that’s good enough for me.”

    Of course, that there is not yet a Swamp Thing Omnibus with every 1970s appearance of the character is a crime that comics will pay for someday, oh yes.

  • Pals Dor and Ken have another look at trailers for forthcoming movies…I always really look forward to each new installment of this column!
  • Pal Andrew has another installment of “Nobody’s Favorites” and this time he takes on The King! Yup, one of Kirby’s latter-day creations gets Andrewified, and you can read the results right here. …A few years back, I had a brief discussion on this site about fandom’s contemporary opinions on Kirby’s later output (here and here) which generated some lively discussion (link goes to old commenting system…don’t post new comments there, please!). I only bring those posts up, not just to complement Andrew’s post, but to point out a certain realization I had about fandom’s reaction to that period of Kirby’s work:

    “Okay, we look back on that stuff now and we can appreciate it for what it was. I don’t know if it took us 30 years to catch up to what Kirby was doing, or if it’s just nostalgic fondness for the comics of yore, or if it’s ‘ironic’ appreciation, or just admiration for Kirby’s energy in producing just pure ‘comic-booky’-type comics with no pretense at being anything other than what they were: escapist entertainment for kids. And I’m sure part of it is an unwillingness to take any portion of Kirby’s output for granted, since, obviously, there ain’t no more comin’”.

    “There ain’t no more comin’.” I put in sort of a fake-folksy way, but it doesn’t make that thought any less depressing, and it’s sort of stuck with me all these years since I originally wrote it. Looking at that Witchfinder series John Severin drew last year, and thinking “no more Severin art.” Or “no more Gil Kane drawings.” Or “no more Steve Gerber stories.” The fact that there are still some stories and art from departed creators in the vaults, as it were, such as that Infernal Man-Thing mini featuring Gerber’s previously-unpublished scripts, simply serves to remind that we can only look forward to unearthed archived material, and That One Guy/Gal You Really Liked Who Just Passed Away isn’t sitting at his/her typewriter or art table and working on something brand spanking new at this very moment.

    …Sigh. Sorry. “People die and it sucks” is today’s lesson, apparently.

    Speaking of which…so long, Andy.

7 Responses to “Warning: things get totally depressing at the end of this post.”

  • Snark Shark says:

    “Looking at that Witchfinder series John Severin drew last year, and thinking “no more Severin art.” ”

    he is a serious loss- his art was ALWAYS amazing!

  • Old Bull Lee says:

    The People’s Eyebrow…that’s a phrase I haven’t heard in a while.

  • Interstate Shogun says:

    Kirby is the reason I got into comics, when I was 6 years old during his infamous mid 70′s run on Captain America. Those are still some of my all time favorite comics and I reread the run every couple of years. I didn’t get to read the “good stuff” from the 60′s til many years later and I love that stuff just as much, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the later period, super cheesy stuff too, so I can’t bash Kirby too hard.
    If there were a Mount Rushmore of comics, Kirby would have to be on it.

  • Prankster says:

    I really think 70s Kirby, especially the Fourth World, is pretty underrated from a writing perspective. Yes, Kirby had a way of tying his dialogue up in knots, but DIALOGUE is not the same thing as WRITING. As a writer–someone who could structure a story, provide characterization, and introduce ideas–I think Kirby was top-notch. In fact, the Fourth World was grappling with some legitimately fascinating, even “deep” ideas at a time when comics writers thought maturity meant making Green Arrow’s sidekick a heroin addict.

    Here’s a good, related post about Lee vs. Kirby by Andrew Rilstone:

    http://www.andrewrilstone.com/2012/06/are-words-printed-in-comic-book.html

  • swamp mark says:

    As I was approaching my fiftieth year I realized that the people who entertained me the most in their respective fields were passing.When I discussed this with my ninety-year-old Granny she explained how we idolize the entertainers from the previous generation.Sounds simple,but I never really thought about it like that.At her age,she said her “heroes” were ALL gone.Wisdom can be a very scary thing,I think.

  • Thanks for the plug, Mike!

  • White Lantern Alec Holland says:

    “Of course, that there is not yet a Swamp Thing Omnibus with every 1970s appearance of the character is a crime that comics will pay for someday, oh yes.”

    That’s because those of us who give a damn are not collections editors for DC…

    House of Secrets #92
    Swamp Thing #1-18
    Brave and The Bold #122
    Swamp Thing #19-21
    House of Secrets #140
    Swamp Thing #22-24
    Challengers of The Unknown #81-87
    DC Comics Presents #8
    Super-Friends #28
    Brave and The Bold #176
    unpublished material from House of Secrets #141 and Swamp Thing #25

    Seems simple enough to me…