The 1970s through the early 1980s is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Age of Comic Books, following the Golden and Silver Ages and preceding the Modern Age. The comic books of the 70s had not yet reached the grim, gritty realism of most Modern Age comics, but neither were they quite as wholesome or optimistic as previous years’ superhero stories. The 70s is seen as a time of transition in the comic book industry. In that shuffle, Read the rest of this entry »
If you get movie channels through services like www.Cable-TV.com then you have probably seen more than a few comic movies making their rounds. Movies based on comics seem to be a real hit with the theatre-going crowd, these days, but are they really better than the source?
Fans seem to be polarized on this question, but many seem to lean toward the opinion that the publication is enjoyed far more than the movie adaptations. There are many different reasons for this.
One of the most obvious is casting and acting. The medium of comic books is so minimal compared to an in your face, Hollywood production. You don’t really have to fill in any gaps. When it comes to a comic book, your mind is filling in everything. What the voices sound like? How fast the action is moving? All of it – and it all sounds right in your mind.
Not to mention that it’s always difficult making the translation between action that you hold in your hands and action meant for a massive audience.
Comics are simply better than the movies that are based on them because comics are the source. Comics are not validated by the movies; movies are validated by the comics.
Ten of the worse DC comic books have started appearing on lists around the web in the wake of summer blockbusters. There is a billion dollar in movie ticket sales that has been captured by one spring blockbuster hit: The Avengers. This movie is making tons of money, but there is also a spotlight to shine on some less stellar moment in the wake of success.
It may be surprising, but the top ten lists of many of the books include some of the best and most well-known characters in the DC Comics lineup. Several DC Comic books that Read the rest of this entry »
1. One More Day- One More Day retcons Spider-Man revealing his identity, erases Peter’s marriage to Mary Jane, and all to save his ailing elderly Aunt May. Poor decision.
2. Daredevil (Pre-Frank Miller)- Daredevil, the lawyer turned vigilante, was a joke before Miller got his hands on the storylines.
3. Ultimates 3: Ultimates 1 and 2 were fantastic successes. The third in the series though, not so much.
4. Ultimatum: Widely considered the death of the Ultimates Universe, Ultimatum required a full re-launch.
Alan Moore’s Magnum Opus earned a spot on Time’s 100 Greatest Novels list.
2. The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller brilliantly deconstructs the superhero archetype by exploring Batman in his old age.
3. The Swamp Thing
What most thought would be a pulp serial ended up being an important, environmentally conscious work of art written by Alan Moore.
4. Kingdom Come
Alex Ross creates a masterpiece. Each panel is a stunning oil painting in itself.
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1. The Phoenix Saga
Chris Claremont pens one of the most famous story lines in the X-men universe.
2. Daredevil – Born Again
Frank Miller made Daredevil into an A-list Superhero after it had toiled as a B-list comic for decades.
Chris Claremont teams up with Frank Miller to take Wolverine on a violent journey to Japan.
4. Spiderman – Kraven’s Last Hunt
Kraven the Hunter hunts Spiderman, the only prey he has yet to kill, in J. M. DeMatteis’s classic comic.
5. The Ultimates
Mark Millar’ updated version of the Avengers.
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There have been many great heroes in the Marvel Universe. These might be the ten best of all time.
10. The Thing
The Thing, transformed into a rocky creature after exposure to cosmic radiation, has always been a stalwart defender of humanity despite his social isolation.
9. Professor X
The telepathic mentor of the X-Men has always fought the to bring peace between humans and mutants.
Since being blinded, Daredevil has fought crime with his sharp senses and hard-nosed justice.