Lately, I’ve been thinking about starting to collect low-grade Silver Age comics. I’ve tentatively decided to start with Fantastic Four 51-100. These are all key issues, mostly (all?) by Stan and Jack, and they’re still affordable in lower grades. I figure I’ll pick up a few on eBay, then maybe some more in San Diego this year.
Just finished reading issues 1-4 of Rob Hanes Adventures. Good stuff, reminiscent of Milton Caniff or Alex Toth. A web site I was looking at a while ago described it as “Jonny Quest, all grown up and packing heat.” Fair enough. Published by WCG Comics. Their web site seems to be done right now, unfortunately.
I caught a cold Friday, so I’ve just been taking it easy all weekend, drinking orange juice and reading comics. I read the Planetary Vol. 2 hardcover yesterday, and Tim Truman’s Black Lamb series today. Both were excellent.
I found all six issues of Black Lamb in somebody’s dollar box at a convention in NYC a few months ago. I don’t recall seeing any mention of this series when it first came out. Typical good Tim Truman stuff. I would have completely missed it if I hadn’t stumbled across it in that box!
Probably time to take some NyQuil and get off to bed now.
I just finished reading the most recent Cerebus story arc, Going Home. As usual, great storytelling, great backgrounds from Gerhard, and some great funny bits in the main story.
Some weird stuff in the back, though, including a way bizzare essay in the back of the last issue. You can read it here, on the Comics Journal’s page. I actually think Sim makes some good points, although he goes way too far with most of them. You can read more about his essay here. Have fun.
Some stuff to report from the con:
– Good presentation on the Lord of the Rings movie from the guys at TheOneRing.net.
– Interesting stuff on the next Star Wars movie from Steve Sansweet of Lucasfilm. There’s an article about the “Star Wars: Connections” presentation on StarWars.com. Also, there are a few other con-related articles at the site.
– Samurai Jack ought to be really cool. The folks from Cartoon Network showed the movie which kicks off the series. Pretty strange for a regular, commercial TV show. Long sequences were almost entirely wordless. It has a very odd style to it. I’m looking forward to it.
I’ve been real busy lately getting ready for my trip to California. My first stop is going to be in the LA area, then I’ll be heading for San Diego and the wonderful Comic-Con! If I have time, maybe I’ll post updates from San Diego. If not, then I’ll be incommunicado for a while.