Archive for the 'Comics'

Define “Well-Adjusted”

I, and most other people with functioning hearts and souls, love Calvin and Hobbes. And if there’s one C+H tradition reinforced above all others, it’s Calvin’s crazy-ass snowmen. Bill Watterson, through Calvin, created some marvels during the strip’s run, many of them being considerably (and hilariously) more adult-oriented than the rest of the strip. So, here’s a tribute to the man, the boy, and their mutual genius by Jim Frommeyer and Down in Front‘s Teague...
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The End of Laughter

We all love dumping on Jim Davis. Garfield hasn’t been funny in, well, ever, and his career is the Platonic form of selling out. Even when I was twelve years old and going through Garfield books like mad, I never remember finding it more than clever and familiar; Garfield was one of the first cartoons I remember enjoying in America. However, in 1989, Jim Davis did something really strange one October week. He had Garfield wake up in an abandoned house, alone and afraid. Reading some...
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Birth of the Cool

Bill Watterson knew the secret all along:

Where’s My Money, Honey?

Someone on MetaFilter recently linked to an amazing piece of work from 1973. It turns out that as party of some crazy scheme to nail Reed Richards, Doctor Doom had hired the services of Luke Cage (Hero for Hire) and ended up stiffing him on the $200 bill: Co. CBR Naturally, Luke Cage beats the crap out of Doctor Doom and then proceeds to save him — a corpse can’t pony up a pair of c-notes, after all — when the Faceless One shows up for one reason or another. Also, may I...
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Junior Prospectors

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen was a considerably better book that it had any right to be. From its early attempts to present Jimmy Olsen as a tough guy — he punched out a mobster at least once an issue in the first year — to its later use as Jack Kirby’s jumping-off point for the Fourth World — he was given any choice of book to write for by DC and picked Jimmy Olsen because it had no regular writer and, therefore, no one would lose their job — the book was a...
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