Sunday, December 18, 2011

RIP, Joe Simon...


From CNN:

Joe Simon, the co-creator of star-spangled comic book hero Captain America, has died at 98, his family announced.

Simon, a writer, editor and artist, passed away late Wednesday in New York after a short illness.

Simon and artist Jack Kirby, who ran a studio, developed the character in the early 1940s and worked outside the box to develop a distinct design.

"Together, the team created Captain America as well as long list of characters, including The Newsboy Legion and The Boy Commandos," a statement Thursday from Simon's family said.

A Marvel Comics website provides a summary of Captain America and his superhero quest.

"In World War II, patriotic soldier Steve Rogers, recipient of the 'Super Soldier Serum,' became the living symbol of freedom, Captain America. Left for dead while frozen in ice, the star-spangled hero with an indestructible shield awoke years later to continue his never-ending battle for liberty."

The movie "Captain America: The First Avenger" was released this year. Chris Evans, in the title role, went up against villain Red Skull, played by Hugo Weaving.

Kirby and Simon created Captain America for Timely Comics, Marvel's predecessor. The comic was a huge hit during World War II.

With Captain America came some of Kirby's comic book innovations, Mark Evanier, author of the book "Kirby: King of Comics," told CNN in 2008.

Comic books, which had started as reprints of newspaper comic strips, had adhered to that form's look of repetitious boxes. Kirby and Simon used different-sized panels, varying shapes, even full pages.

"They kind of invented things that made comic books different than strips," Evanier said. They realized they "had the whole page to play with. ... They'd take three or four pages for a single action scene."

The popular genres after the war were crime and horror comics, and Simon and Kirby created a handful, including the dramatically named "Justice Traps the Guilty." They also pioneered the romance genre, juxtaposing Kirby's innately thrilling style with primly dressed women and men in neat suits and sweaters.

Simon served a few stints at DC Comics.

"Joe Simon was a true legend in the comic book industry. So much of what we are today is owed to him and his amazing creativity," said Dan DiDio, co-publisher of DC Entertainment. "In addition to one of the great writers of the Golden Age, he was also an editor at DC Comics. We appreciate all of his contributions to DC Comics and the industry as a whole, both on the page and behind the scenes."

The writer's passing came a week after the death of cartoonist Jerry Robinson, who worked on the earliest Batman comics and claimed credit for creating the super-villain The Joker. Robinson was 89.

Simon is survived by two sons, three daughters and eight grandchildren.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

CHRISTMAS COMICS!! (12-21-11)



ACTIVITY #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #676
ANITA BLAKE #3 (OF 5)
ARCHIE & FRIENDS #159
AVENGERS #20
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #1 – Reorder, 1 Copy S/O #3
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #2 – Reorder, 1 Copy S/O #3
BATMAN #1 2ND PTG - Reorder
BATMAN #4
BATMAN #4 VAR ED
BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN STRIKES #1
BATMAN ODYSSEY VOL 2 #3 (OF 7)
BIRDS OF PREY #4
BLUE BEETLE #4
BOYS: BUTCHER, BAKER, CANDLESTICKMAKER #6
BPRD: HELL ON EARTH RUSSIA #4
CAPTAIN AMERICA REBORN PREM HC
CAPTAIN ATOM #4
CATWOMAN #4
COBRA ONGOING #8
CONAN ROAD OF KINGS #11
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #18
DAREDEVIL #7
DARK HORSE PRESENTS #7
DARK SHADOWS #2
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #4
DEADPOOL MAX 2 #3
DEFENDERS: COMING OF DEFENDERS #1
DEFENDERS: STRANGE HEROES

DR WHO MAGAZINE #441
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS DRIZZT #4 (OF 5)
FABLES #112
FANTASTIC FOUR #600 – 1 Copy S/O #70, 1 Copy S/O #3
FANTASTIC FOUR #601
FEAR ITSELF FEARLESS #5 (OF 12)
FORMIC WARS: SILENT STRIKE #1 (OF 5)
GENERATION HOPE #14
GHOSTBUSTERS ONGOING #4
GI JOE: A REAL AMERICAN HERO #173
GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #10
GREEN HORNET #20
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #4
HULK #46
INCREDIBLE HULK #3
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #511
IRREDEEMABLE #32
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 COMBO PACK
JUSTICE LEAGUE #4 VAR ED
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #5
LADY MECHANIKA #3
LEGION OF MONSTERS #3 (OF 4)
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #4
NEW MUTANTS #35
NIGHTWING #4
PIGS #2
PLANET OF THE APES #9
PUNISHER #6
PUNISHERMAX #20
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #4
SAVAGE DRAGON #177
SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #6
SIX GUNS #3 (OF 5)
STAR WARS: KNIGHT ERRANT - DELUGE #5 (OF 5)
SUPERGIRL #4
SUPERNATURAL #3 (OF 6)
SWAMP THING #1 3RD PTG - Reorder
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #5
THUNDER AGENTS VOL 2 #2 (OF 6)
THUNDERBOLTS #167
TINY TITANS #47
TINY TITANS VOL 06 TP: THE TREEHOUSE AND BEYOND
TRANSFORMERS DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME (ONE SHOT)
ULTIMATE COMICS: FALLOUT #1 (OF 6)
ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #5
ULTIMATUM REQUIEM PREM HC
UNCANNY X-FORCE #19
VENOM #10 – Shortage Replacement
VENOM #11
WOLVERINE #20
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #3
WONDER WOMAN #4
X-23 #18 – Shortage Replacement
X-23 #19
X-CLUB #1 (OF 5)
X-FACTOR #229
YOUNG JUSTICE #11

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Operation Gratitude


Toward the end of every year, I sort through my comics, deciding which ones I'm likely to ever re-read. The others--rather than letting them take up space and gather dust--I try to give away to friends, family, or anybody who will read them and enjoy them.

This ear, I'm going to do something different, though. Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires) has suggested a great charity that will ship comics (and other items) to troops overseas: Operation Gratitude.

Here's what they do:

“Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in Transition Units. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at ~$125 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship.  For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 660,000 packages to American Military deployed overseas.”

If you'd like to donate comics or other times, you can learn more on their website. For more ways you can help out, click here.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Wednesday's Comics!! (12-14-11)


7 Warriors #2 (OF 3)
All New Batman: Brave and the Bold #14
American Vampire #21
Atlas Unified #0
Avengers: 1959 #4 (OF 5)
Avengers Academy #23
Avengers: X-Sanction #1 (OF 4)
Baltimore: Curse Bells #5
Batgirl #4
Batman and Robin #4
Batwoman #4
Black Panther: Most Dangerous Man Alive #526
BTVS Season 9: Freefall #4
Captain America Corps TP
Carnage USA #1 (OF 5)
Danger Girl/Army of Darkness #4
Dark Tower: Gunslinger – Way Station #1 (OF 5)
DC Universe Online Legends #19
Deathstroke #4
Demon Knights #4
Dr. Who #12
Dr. Who Magazine #440
Fables vol 16 TP: Super Team
FF #12
Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #4
Ghost Rider #7
Godzilla Legends #2 (OF 5)
Green Lantern #4
Grifter #4
Grimm Fairy Tales: The Library #3
Heat Miser: Wacky Wobbler – S/O #3
Iron Man 2.0 #11
J Scott Campbell 2012 Fairytale Calendar – S/O #103
Journey into Mystery #632
Knights of the Dinner Table #181
Legion Lost #4
Locke & Key: Clockworks #3 (OF 6)
Magneto: Not a Hero #2 (OF 4)
Marvel HeroClix: Incredible Hulk Booster Bricks – S/O #66
Marvel HeroClix: Hulk – Fast Forces 6-Pack - S/O #66
Marvel HeroClix: Incredible Hulk Op Kit – S/O #66
Mr. Terrific #4
Mouse Guard: Black Axe #3 (OF 6)
My Greatest Adventure #3 (OF 6)
New Avengers #19
Northanger Abbey #2 (OF 5)
Orchid #3
PC Cast: House of Night #2 (OF 5)
PIGS #4
Rachel Rising #3
Ray #1 (OF 4)
Resurrection Man #4
Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton (1-Shot) – S/O #43
Samurai’s Blood #6 (OF 6)
Secret History: Book 17
Shade #3 (OF 12)
SHIELD #4 (OF 6)
Snake-Eyes #8
Snow Miser Wacky Wobbler – S/O #3
Spider-Man by Mark Millar: Ultimate Collection TP
Spider-Man: Through Decades TP
Stand: Night Has Come #5 (OF 6)
Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes #3 (OF 6)
Star Wars: Agent of the Empire – Iron Eclipse #1 (OF 5)
Suicide Squad #4
Super Dinosaur Deluxe Coloring Book
Superboy #4
The Occultists #2 (OF 3)
The Strain #1 (OF 11)
Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (OF 6) – Bagley Variant - S/O #19
Ultimate Comics Fallout #4 (OF 6) – Pitchelli Variant
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man #160 - Bagley Variant - S/O #19
Ultimate Comics: X-Men #4
Uncanny X-Force #18
Uncanny X-Force #5 Point One – Shortage Replacement
Unwritten #32
Walking Dead #92
Warlord of Mars #13
Warlord of Mars 2012 Calendar – S/O #91
Wolverine and Jubilee: Curse of Mutants TP
Wolverine: Best There Is #12
X-Men: Days of Future Past TP