In five days, I will turn fifty. Or maybe you could say, I will achieve fifty years old, finishing my 50th year. Recently my wife asked me how I wanted to celebrate and my answer was that I had no idea, but I had thought about how I wanted to mark the occasion on my blog.
Over a few posts, I’m going to choose a different creator or creative team–novelist, composer, scriptwriter, comic book artist, etc–who has influenced or inspired me, and in most cases brought me a lot of enjoyment.
This idea came to when when I saw a similar list recently, on another blog, identifying 25 creators who had inspired or influenced the writer. It made me think about who would be on my list. But I felt like I had more than 25 that I wanted to talk about, and so I came upon this idea.
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 #33, and this week’s question is again about comic books and superheroes:
How did we get to the modern superhero movie?
Fan theories! We love ’em! They take movies that we love (or not), that someone created and slaved over, and add whole other layers of meaning and depth to them that often the film maker’s never intended. And sometimes…dare we say it…they make the movies better than the producers could ever have done on purpose.
Here are eleven that are absolutely guaranteed to reshape not just how you see the movie, but life itself.
And because I’m exercising some level of self-control, only a few of these are about Star Wars. Continue reading 11 Fan Theories about movies that will completely blow your mind and reshape the way you look at life and reality itself
I’ve just reread Superman: Mon-El and have to say that so far it’s the New Krypton volume I have enjoyed the most. Continue reading Superman: Mon-El
Last Son is not the greatest Superman story, but it is an enjoyable one, giving the hero some genuine emotional stakes to be fighting for, and nicely balancing a character-driven premise with exciting action. The story has to do with the unexpected arrival of yet another Kryptonian child on earth, and the mystery of his identity. Superman must not only cope with this newcomer who is in some ways so similar to himself, but also to how his adopted planet responds to an immensely powerful alien being whose arrival is so much more public than his was. Continue reading Superman: Last Son
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