SuperWatch: DC continuing to make the press. NY Daily News now.
His adoptive parents, Ma and Pa Kent, are both dead and his long-running romance and marriage to Lois Lane has been dissolved as part of DC Comics’ unprecedented reboot of its entire line of comics.
“By having [Superman] not being married and both his parents being deceased, what you have is a little more sense of isolation for him,” says DC co-publisher Dan DiDio.
“He doesn’t have that human tether.
“Because he’s still an alien among men, he feels separate from everyone else … which gives him much more dramatic moments and much more questionable choices and therefore more story opportunities.”
ClerkWatch: Chris Sims at Comic Alliance on Diamond Comic Distributors, as a shop worker;
Then there was a week when I got a box that could fit two six-inch tall stacks of comics side-by-side that had exactly one comic in it, which meant that it cost more to have that one comic shipped to us than we could make by selling it. There was a time they shipped 200 extra copies of Justice League, but shorted us completely on two other books, including Civil War #5, which was kind of a big deal at the time. And, my personal favorite, there was the time we got a box that someone had packed full of comics and either dumped or spilled a full cup of coffee into, then taped it up and sent it out via UPS.
BrainWatch: Xeric Award winner Jason Brubaker has a new graphic novel out, reMIND, a mystical sci-fi comic about faith, love and brain transplantation. And it’s been nominated by the The Young Adult Library Association for its Great Graphic Novels for Teens booklist for 2012.
HistoryWatch: Jaime Portillo is publishing the final sixth issue of Hell Paso: The Story of Dallas Stoudenmire.
Stoudenmire lived in El Paso from April 1881 until his death on Sept. 18, 1882. He was a city marshal and then briefly a U.S. deputy marshal here.
His claim to fame was taking part and coming through unscathed in the legendary Four Dead in Five Seconds shootout on April 14, 1881, just three days after he arrived in El Paso.
The shootout happened near where the present-day Camino Real Hotel is located. Newspapers all over the country carried accounts of it.
They say I am a work in progress. The fools.
A trade paperback collecting the 6-issue series which just concluded, will be available in early February. So if you’re looking for something sturdier than the individual issues, or want to pick up a copy for a friend, you’ll be able to.
A kind-hearted comics historian was nice enough to send in Stan Lee’s article “How I Invented Spider-Man” for me to share with you here. My thanks to him for taking the time to do so. I have literally a thousand comments on this article because for me this is ground-zero in terms of witnessing Lee’s solo-genius mythology taking full-form in the 1970s
“You’re just in time for your destiny.” – Merlin in DEMON KNIGHTS #1
The producer behind “Batman” and “The Color Purple” was ordered to pay Shelly Morita more than $3 million, Reuters reported Friday.
But even though his next appearance in a Marvel film sees Captain America in the present-day, Markus and McFeely told NBC Miami’s Popcorn Biz that they already have a way to make sure the film’s sequel features some classic, two-fisted war-time action.
Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the Blu-ray release of the 2011 summer blockbuster, Captain America: The First Avenger.