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 Posted:   Jul 10, 2008 - 3:13 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Fer Blushin' Blondie Department:

This one's

for you ... big grin

 Posted:   Sep 10, 2008 - 10:16 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Okay, Chockful - Marvelous Part I Department:

What wuz that yu were askin'?

You gotta an ENTIRE thread to space out on now -'an who sez we ain't always got yer best interests at heart ... wink

 Posted:   Sep 10, 2008 - 10:48 AM   
 By:   MikeJ   (Member)

Because ONLY Neo demanded it...

"Get the lead out, ya yellabrickers! Nobody lives forever!"

 Posted:   Sep 11, 2008 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Anybody yet read

this intriquing new tome about the J.D. Salinger

of comics?

Coming not long after Mark’s above gargantuan love letter to The King, should make for fascinatin’ reedin’,

no? wink

 Posted:   Feb 26, 2009 - 11:52 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Accidentally Ran Across The Following and A Wicked Mona Lisa Smile big grin This Way Came Department:

We'll say one thing fer sure: ol' Smiley won't agree. No wonder someone once described him (with all due respect and admiration for his - and Sturdy Steve's - co-creationism) as "Stan Lee -

The Ego Who Walks Like a Man" ... wink

 Posted:   May 28, 2009 - 4:03 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

The arrival of Summer--at least where I live-- has inspired me to once again read some favorite comics. I just got an Uncanny X-Men Marvel Masterworks in the mail today (the Claremont-Byrne run- #111-121) and the upgrade in color and paper quality will no doubt help me to better enjoy the stories and art! Higher-grade paper and colors and all. Looking through my old, slightly beat-up books, (even though in bags and boards; but hey, I'm a reader first) is like looking through a dirty window with a cataract, so I'm happy to upgrade.


There's quite a bit of nostalgia coming through the X-Men of Claremont/Cockrum/Bryne. These stories were powerful to me when I first read them and coupled with the memories of being a dorky kid also comes back. These stories were important to me and emotionally gripping. No other super-hero books affected me this way. I think part of the reason I stayed away from these was because of the powerful (and perhaps painful) associations I had with these books. They were a comfort and I actually cared about these characters. I'm still stunned by X-Men #137, and always will be, which made Jean Grey's eventual resurrection all the more disheartening.

I haven't read these stories in over twenty-five years. I didn't have many of those books (111-121) and I look forward to catching up with this, my favorite super-hero book of them all.

I also recommend that X-Men fans seek out the two-volume "The X-Men Companion" which has extensive, in-depth interviews with all the creative people behind the comics. Great, great insight and as candid as can be. I had volume two as a kid and only found volume one about twelve years ago. I had those interviews memorized as much as I did the actual stories.

P.S. No, I haven't seen the Wolverine movie, either!

 Posted:   May 28, 2009 - 5:01 PM   
 By:   The Man-Eating Cow   (Member)

I read the STRANGE AND STRANGER book on Steve Ditko a few months ago (I got it as a Christmas present). Ditko is certainly an odd duck...he sticks by his personal philosophy with a rare fanaticism.

 Posted:   May 31, 2009 - 3:01 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Here's a countdown of the Comic Book Resource's 100 Greatest Comic Runs in history. It's a pretty fair assessment and my beloved X-Men ranks quite high. However, I'm unfamiliar with many of the books listed. Twenty five years away from super-hero comics will do that to you.

 Posted:   May 31, 2009 - 3:19 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

We'll say one thing fer sure: ol' Smiley won't agree. No wonder someone once described him (with all due respect and admiration for his - and Sturdy Steve's - co-creationism) as "Stan Lee - The Ego Who Walks Like a Man" ...

Its obvious (particularly in that article cut and pasted into this thread) that people are woefully unaware of Mr Kirby's own quirks.

Lee, while an admitted ham, took the limelight offered not only because he was the writer but because Kirby *hated* having his photograph taken. Theres an infamous picture of him at a wedding, holding his hand over his face so the camera wouldn't see him. The man was exceedingly vain of his looks and more likely than not - this didn't help him in his public acknowledgement.

Nor did his swearing off conventions, after he drew a kid a picture of Thor and the kid did an about-face and yelled he'd take $20 from anyone in the room for an original Kirby drawing. (The man supposedly never went back to another convention - at least not as a guest).

And let us put aside that the people who are in the industry - the people that continue to toil and work and scratch out further legacies are all aware of what Jack did. Has no one here heard of "Kirby Dots"? His legacy will be there long, long after everyone on this board is dead and gone.

(It is awful what Marvel did to him - they had no right to hold his work and people like Jim Shooter need to get stuffed. However, it wasn't like Jack cared about some of his stuff either. A mutual friend of mine actually met the man on a couple of occasions in the 80s and found that Kirby was using old, unused (probably priceless) comicbook boards to... use his exacto knife on. The guy was full of bile at Marvel - rightfully - but I question if giving this man his art back wouldn't have ended up the same way Mozart's wife burned 9/10ths of his sketches.)

 Posted:   Jun 1, 2009 - 12:35 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Jim, our suspicion amounting to an outright certainty is you may be in for a right pleasant surprise revisiting those earlier (and still-seminal) Claremont-Byrne masterpieces. It was a helluva run (which neither ever again equaled separately or in creative collaboration with anyone else) – and we share how powerful an impact the original Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline had.

Indeed, aside from Frank Miller’s equally astounding tragic spin vis-a-vis

one’s hard put to come up with many other exemplary examples of a story-line with such organic life it had the thunderbolt intensity – and ultimate inevitability – of a greek tragedy.

As for Stan and Jack, Lee (big grin),

Kirby biographer and expert Mark Evanier has never been shy about spotlighting The King’s human flaws, nor have they been glossed over, ignored or whitewashed.

The pity is that, ala Shatner, it’s always been a crying shame Smiley’s amazing talent has never been enuff to satisfy his insatiable ego (say whatever you wanna about either Kirby or Ditko, they never had to extol themselves at the expense of others’ equally invaluable contributions).

In the end, the personality piccadillos are ultimately irrevelant; it’s the wonder of their WORK that’ll stand the test of time which, in matters of creativity, is pretty much all we can hope, look forward to

and be grandly grateful for

 Posted:   Jun 1, 2009 - 12:44 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Truer words were never spoken, Neo! My own ego is sated knowing that the Claremont-Byrne and Miller-Janson tales have endured and been praised as the masterpieces they are, yet they were just good stories when I read them growing up. Thirty days seemed an interminable time to wait to see what would happen to my beloved Jean Grey, but now it's been thirty years since those tales were told so brilliantly.

I've been reading one issue of the Claremont-Byrne run each night before beddy-bye, barely able to keep from rushing through the entire holy hardcover!

One more thing: I love the artistic leeway given to Stan the Man in those 1970s "In-House" ads for Marvel books--Lee's ever-present plaid shirt and ripped physique! Was he really like that then? His words were jacked full of strength, that's for sure!

I intend to throw down my hard-earned dough for some FF and Lee-Ditko and Lee-Romita Spidey next! I'm revisiting all the legends!

'Nuff said!

 Posted:   Jun 1, 2009 - 12:52 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

And I just ordered Uncanny X-Men Marvel Masterworks Vol 4...

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2009 - 7:26 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I see that artist Gil Kane, who died in 2000 is buried in Aventura, Florida. That's only a few short miles away from where I live. I was an avid Kane fan, and his run on Green Lantern was what I associate him with, though he was involved with some choice Amazing Spider-Man books, as well.

It's sad to learn that so many comic artists and writers have gone to that huge drawing table in the sky.

To paraphrase Benjamin Grimm, this ever-lovin', blue-eyed topic needs to stay at the top of the board! wink Summertime is comics time!

 Posted:   Jun 2, 2009 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

There Can Be ONLY One - And It's Victor Von Doom Department:

Afore we address a particularly intriguing query you posed re Smilin’ Stan, Jim,

we wanna open the collective gates

re FSM Assembled's choices for Mighty Marvel’s

second greatest villain.

We dearly doubt anybody’s gonna come up with an entity to equal, challenge, surpass or usurp the gent already cited.

Aye? wink

 Posted:   Jun 3, 2009 - 9:47 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Afore we address a particularly intriguing query you posed re Smilin’ Stan, Jim...

Neo, you caint leave a feller hangin' on such a dramatic pause!

 Posted:   Jun 4, 2009 - 3:50 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Another admired Marvel artist is Ross Andru. My goodness, did I love his run on Amazing Spider-Man. The two-part Punisher/Hit Man story was muy popular with my best friend and I. The following link has some pages from that story:

I'm going to spend most of what would be film score money on Marvel Masterworks this summer.

 Posted:   Jun 6, 2009 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Uncanny X-Men #137

"Jean Grey could have lived to be a god, but it was more important to her that she die...a human."

 Posted:   Jun 8, 2009 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

An excellent piece on a typically great Claremont-Byrne-Austin X-Men issue. In this case, #116:

 Posted:   Jun 10, 2009 - 4:25 PM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

I was reminded of the Sue Richards-Prince Namor on/off "romance", or attraction that lasted all these years and after I wrap the Claremont-Byrne X-Men, I gotta re-read Byrne's now-deemed-classic run on The Fantastic Four!

Those Kirby sci-fi concepts were brilliant, and the book largely kept those throughout the years and its various creative teams. I was a fan beginning around 1976 (I was five!). My first ish was #166, a Hulk-Thing battle! I also loved that Galactus-Sphinx showdown, the FF getting aged by a Skrull weapon, and Terrax the Tamer beating the hell out of the geriatric Four. John Byrne's run held my interest, even when he replaced Ben Grimm with She Hulk. Galactus' destruction of the Skrull homeworld was shocking---shocking! That splash page of FF #257 with the face of Galactus declaring: "I am dying." Great stuff!

 Posted:   Jun 11, 2009 - 12:15 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Some Additional Relief from the Bullpen (big grin) So Yer Not Carryin’ This Load All Alone Department:

We doth categorically concur with your admiring assessment of Mr. Byrne’s celebrated run, Jim,

(which, by da bye, we regard as the SECOND Best on The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine after Stan and Jack’s epochal inaugural 101 originals).

Appreciative Addendum Department Two:

Incidentally, we regard his handling of Sue Storm’s Invisible Woman (she’s ne’er been a wisp of a “girl”) as even surpassing ol' Smiley; the final black-bordered sequence when she loses her baby is our choice for Mr. Byrne’s most moving and magnificent conclusion.

As for beaming back for the first of those fabled Namor-Sue Storm-Reed Richards-FF thrillers, we well remember waiting with baited breath for the monthly arrivals of these seminal issues:

[ Each and every one of these dynamic covers by the Michelangelo of Manga, King Kirby


Definitely To Be Marvel-ously Continued, Facing Back AND Front, Faithful One big grin

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