Thriller – Issue 3

We continue to look at Thriller, the out-of-continuity experimental comic that DC Comics produced in the early-mid 1980’s.  Thriller #2 has a publishing date of December 1983, and is one of the issues I bought back when it first came out.  It’s one of the more dense and oblique mainstream comics I have read, so this series is really me journaling my own attempts to understand it.

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Thriller – Issue 2

We continue to look at Thriller, the out-of-continuity experimental comic that DC Comics produced in the early-mid 1980’s.  Thriller #2 has a publishing date of December 1983, and is one of the issues I bought back when it first came out.  It’s one of the more dense and oblique mainstream comics I have read, so this series is really me journaling my own attempts to understand it.

Thriller 2 Cover

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(Making Sense out of) Thriller – Issue 1

So back in 1983, DC published a very out-of-the-box comic called Thriller, originally by Robert Loren Fleming and Trevor Von Eeden.  It ran for 12 issues all together, though I only read four issues back in the day.  Since then, I’ve managed to get ahold of the rest, and have only finished reading the whole series recently.

It’s a dense story that benefits from multiple re-readings, and indeed, has often left me confused.  So I thought…let’s read it through and journal the experience, and see if I can make sense of it all.  So let’s start with Issue #1.

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Weekly Geeky Question #8: Bad Adaptations

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #8, and the question is a simple one…

What are the ten most atrocious, terrible adaptations to TV or film of either a storyline or character from comic books, novels, or other forms of media?

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Weekly Geeky Question #7: An Epic Comic-Book Movie Adaptation

Every week in 2018, the plan is that my friend Rod is going to ask me some geeky question that will answer in a post. This week is Week #7, and the question has to do with the grand-daddy of all comic book line-wide crossovers:  Crisis on Infinite Earths

What would the plot be of a live action film adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths?

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Superman’s Anniversary – 75 Things

According to Brian Cronin, who seems to know so much about comics that I think we should really just trust him, today is the 75th anniversary of the first Superman comic being published!  I just found out about this a couple of weeks before the big day.  How could I have missed being aware of this, I wonder?  Continue reading Superman’s Anniversary – 75 Things

Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Kindly Couple. Superman.

The other day, for a friend’s birthday, I watched, for the second time, the DC original animated film All-Star Superman. It was the sort of film that a good chunk of the guys who were hanging out and watching would not normally be interested in, for whom in fact the phrase “DC original animated film All-Star Superman” would have no appeal whatsoever.  It was interesting to watch it through their eyes, to imagine how these non-Superman aficionado, non-comic book fan audience would perceive this particular presentation. Continue reading Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Kindly Couple. Superman.

Legacies: A Romp Through the Old DCU

I’ve just read the DC miniseries from a year or two ago, entitled DC Universe:  Legacies, written by Len Wein and drawn by all sorts of people, notably Andy Kubert, George Perez, Dan Jurgens, Jerry Ordway, Jesus Saiz, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, and Scott Kolins.  It’s strange to look at in this post-New 52 world, as the book explores the entire superhero history of the DC Universe, and completed its run not long before that whole history was “rewritten” in Flashpoint.  As such, reading it now makes it feel like someone’s attempt to put down a true and accurate record of what took place in the old DC Universe before we said goodbye to it forever. Continue reading Legacies: A Romp Through the Old DCU