Comic Book Brain
March 17, 2018 News:
Watch Guillem March draw
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March 16 News:
"Jurgens last issue is as final as one could make it. Acting as a conclusion to everything that came before, Action Comics is primed and ready for issue 1,000...
Iron Man 1963
Tales of Suspense #39, March 1963, cover by Jack Kirby and Don Heck
First appearance of Iron Man from 1963.
"...according to Jack, he created the next hero: Iron Man. He drew a cover for a bulky, gray-armored hero, discussed it with Stan, and then waited for Goodman to add "Iron Man" to the schedule. When March 1963's "Iron Man" appeared, in Tales of Suspense, however, Don Heck was the artist." - From Tales to Astonish, by Ronin Ro, published 2004 by Bloomsbury. Page 77 - Amazon - Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution
The more official origin story: Stan Lee's original concept of trying to deconstruct a 'capitalist' businessman into a (Marvel style) hero was co-parented by Jack Kirby and Don Heck who seem to have utilized ideas of armor-plated knights, Dumas' 'Man in the Iron Mask' and the very military idea of strong defensive armored plating.
March 15 News:
"The new series, which will see Laura return to the name she used when first introduced in a 2003 episode of the animated series X-Men: Evolution, will be written by Mariko Tamaki, whose work includes the award-winning graphic novel This One Summer as well as Marvel’s recent She-Hulk series, with art from All-New Wolverine’s Juann Cabal."
Tomb Raider Reboot
"The spark and personality Vikander shows early on when just hanging with her cycling crew disappears when she starts endlessly jumping, punching and kicking in a tank top and cargo pants. That works better when you’re playing a game, not sitting in a dark theater."
"Like the 2013 game (which itself was a major series reboot), the 2018 Tomb Raider movie follows a younger, less experienced Lara Croft in an origin story that sees her transforming by necessity into the skilled adventurer who gamers know and love. The film does a great job providing plausible explanations for Lara's many talents; as a young bicycle courier and amateur MMA fighter in London, Lara has the reflexes and athleticism she'll later use to scale rock walls and parkour her way through ancient tombs."
“I lifted weights, probably for the first time in my life, to be able to put on that muscle,” Vikander told Yahoo Entertainment at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above). “And I had some really incredible women who I met who trained me in MMA [mixed martial arts] and boxing.”
Harley Quinn #14
Harley Quinn #14, March 2015, art by Chad Hardin
Brave and the Bold #109, November 1973 issue, cover by Jim Aparo
"The Demon" was a Jack Kirby creation during Kirby's stay at DC Comics when he was working through his "Fourth World" ideas. Clearly patterned on the visuals of the earliest episode of Prince Valient by Hal Foster, where the titular character dresses up as a demon in order to frighten a group of people that Prince Valient wanted to manipulate (for example the ears, in which duck feet were used to make the appearance of ribbed, bat-like ears).
Jim Aparo provides a dramatic cover, Batman knocked out and some unnamed villain triumphant, and water pouring into an old wooden ship. The title, too, gives a sinister meaning to the potential reader (i.e., buyer) of this comic in the newstand days of comic book distribution "Gotham Bay, Be My Grave."
More The Killing Joke
March 14 News:
When The Killing Joke was published, 30 years ago today, it was instantly hailed by critics as the greatest Batman story ever told. Written by Alan Moore, the comic won an Eisner award in 1989, hit the New York Times bestseller list a decade after it first came out, and was adapted into a R-rated film. The ripples have been felt across superhero comics ever since. It is an important comic book for many reasons, not all of them worth celebrating. The 46-page psychological slug-fest posits the ultimate standoff between Batman and his oldest foe, the Joker; the green-tressed villain wants to prove that all it takes to make a sane, ordered person slip into madness is “one bad day”.
Wonder Woman #119
Wonder Woman #119, March 1997. Art by Jose Garcia-Lopez.