Month: June 2017

Then vs. Now

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While researching Marvel Comics bankruptcy filing from over 20 years ago, I found this archived article from E! News. It talks about how Marvel’s sales had plummeted, driving the company into debt; owing $1.2 billion when they were only worth $1.3 billion.

What I found funny about this is that the article mentions their plan to develop Marvel Studios & this archived website features an ad for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which opens next Friday. Homecoming is the newest offering from Marvel Studios, which has brought in nearly $12 billion dollars since 2008.

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The Button – Bruce & Barry’s Excellent Adventure

Back in May 2016, the DC Rebirth initiative was started with the release of DC Universe Rebirth Special #1.  The important thing about this book was that it brought back the original Wally West into continuity.  Not by just re-introducing another Wally West into the universe, but instead, by bring the pre-Flashpoint back into the fold.  The message Wally carried with him was that someone was actively stealing time, changing their histories.  The end of the book saw Batman fine the smiley face button from Watchmen in the Bat-cave.

I don’t read everything, but nothing I know of had really dealt with that since that single issue.  So, here we are a year later, and finally we are getting something more regarding this plot in a 4-issue crossover between Batman and The Flash.  That’s right, just a crossover.  No special event.  Not yet, anyways.  (more…)

The Early Art of Joe St. Pierre

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So I’m reading some Spider-Man comics from the mid 90’s and stumbled across the the 1995 mini-series “Planet of the Symbiotes”. In this story, Eddie Brock tries to separate himself from the Venom symbiote, which causes it to freak out & send a telepathic distress message into space, which brings a whole mess of symbiotes to Earth. Turns out that there’s an entire race of the things that travels the galaxy and bonds with different lifeforms, consuming their energy until they’re dead & then moving onto the next planet. The Venom symbiote we all know and love was actually exiled from their society for wanting to permanently bond with a host & actually live with it rather than just use it up as fast as possible and leave behind a dead husk. What a loser, right?! It was marooned on Battleworld until Spider-Man found it during Secret Wars. Anyway, Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, and Venom team up to fight off the symbiotes & save the day.

The point I should be getting to here is that issue two of this series, Spider-Man Super Special #1 (it ran in “super specials” off all the Spider titles at the time; Amazing, Spectacular, Web of, etc.) was drawn buy a guy named Joe St. Pierre.  St. Pierre hadn’t been in the business that long, having gotten his start in 1992. His art style…I can only describe it like this: It’s like somebody got Todd McFarlane good & hammered drunk and had him pencil a Spider-Man book.  Take a look for yourself.

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Joe St. Pierre is still working today and he did go on to get a lot better. Just goes to show you that any artist would most likely be better served cultivating their own style instead of trying to mimic someone else’s.

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