ARCHIVE PAGE 85 - Sept - Oct 2011
Previous posts that appeared on the front page of comic book brain.com
Lee Meriwether Catwoman
Image from the 1966 Batman film with Adam West and Burt Ward. See the Lee Meriwether Catwoman page here.
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Daniel Acuna Artwork from Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters, issue 2, DC Comics from 2006
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DC Comics splits itself in two: going Hollywood
"After months of swirling relocation rumors, DC Comics on Tuesday clarified the big picture for us all:
DC the comics media empire will geographically divide its operations and go bi coastal. It will also shutter its WildStorm imprint.
DC Entertainment, in its effort to integrate its "business, brand and characters into Warner Bros. Entertainment content and distribution operations," will move its multimedia and digital-content operations to Southern California. Specifically: good ol' Burbank, USA."
The news is also accompanied by other changes at DC: 20% layoff of employees, Wildstorm division is closing up, and Zuda online no longer is taking in new material. The article from the Washington Post cites the tough fight going on between the Disney-owned Marvel Comics and the Warner-owned DC Comics duking it out in the big-money movie marketplace, and it apparently makes sense to be in the movie-capitol.
Batman 80 Page Giant 2010
Dustin Nguyen cover artwork
Interview with Joe Simon at Mike Cavna's Comic Riffs blog at the Washington Post
Joe Simon turned 97 years old over the weekend: in honor of that and for the new book Simon and Kirby Superheroes (intro by Neil Gaiman) the Washington Post comics blog ("Comic Riffs") features an email interview with the nonagenarian comic book creator:
"We all stood on the shoulders of Siegel and Shuster," Simon tells Comic Riffs by e-mail.
...Simon cites his and Kirby's larger aims for cartoonists of the day.
"Our goal was to put the creator in a smarter place and a stronger position," he continues. "If they're smart enough to create the comics and the market, they should reap the benefits, and that's exactly what happened in my case." See page enlargement of "Fighting American" used to illustrate the Washington Post article.
Sarah Palin and Barack Obama duke it out in Archie Comics #616
The Archie Comics Group publishing company is getting a truckload of free publicity for their forthcoming Archie #616 which has President Obama and the famous Sarah Palin ("The Thrilla from Wasilla") fighting it out at the Riverdale student elections. On top of that, Archie Comics group is putting out their first full-size (Life with Archie) magazine and as I have written before, is able to hold a spot next to registers in grocery stores around America, something no other comics company (including Disney) has been able to pull off.
DC Comics goes back to standard $2.99 for 32 page pamphlet comics
Inflation becomes deflation as DC Comics backs off from the $3.99 cover price, returning to $2.99:
"New York, October 7, 2010– Beginning January 2011, DC Comics will implement a line-wide pricing adjustment, lowering the prices of all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 to $2.99, it was announced today by DC Comics Co-Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio."
See the whole press release here, with list of titles that are now shouldering the $2.99 price tag
Tony DeZuniga in hospital for a mild heart stroke
DeZuniga's Facebook account had the announcement today (Sept 29, 2010). DeZuniga drew a lot of DC Comics over his long career, particularly Jonah Hex, a character he recently worked on again for a special book from DC Comics.
DeZuniga was at the Club Batman 20th Anniversary Expo in Malaga, Spain, and was apparently traveling home to California when the stroke happened. (Club Batman Facebook Page). here's a screenshot from the Club Batman Facebook photo page showing Tony DeZuniga autographing at the expo.
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Jerry Grandenetti, 1927-2010
Tom Spurgeon's Comics Reporter site has a good brief on the death of Jerry Grandenetti. I remember Grandenetti primarily for his work in DC Comics 60's and 70's war and mystery comics. Also, I recall Alex Toth particularly singled out Grandenetti for praise. Grandenetti's had a bold inking style and solid, traditional story-telling sense.
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Sept 2010 | Updated June 2015