I was honored to participate in this NPR piece on the late Kim Yale produced by Neda Ulaby. Yale co-wrote many DC stories with her husband JOhn Ostrander, is credited with developng the Oracle story (seen in a page from Batman Chronicles Vol 1 #5 from June, 1996) and was een an editor on staff […]
Milt Snapinn! Todd Klein is not only a letterer of renown, he’s a comics historian and he’s just begun a history of the DC Comics Offices 1982-1991 with photos, a seating chart and photos of staffers in all their 80s glory.
Nearly a decade ago, Cheryl Eaton created a site called The Ormes Society. It was named after Jackie Ormes, the first African American woman cartoonist and creator of Torchy Brown. The site was devoted to recording the work of African American women in comics and when the site started, Eaton came up with 13 names.
A big Marvel reboot, a midnight release of a previews magazine that reveals the state of Marvel after a big event called “Wars”…and a slow roll-out on everyone’s favorite rumour site. It must be Marvel Now (2016) right? Well if you have any memory at all you may recall the leaks for All New, All […]
Profiles in History is a huge movie memorabilia house and they’re having a HUGE three day auction that includes some amazing old movie costumes that you would never have thought even still existed. Like Tom Tyler “Captain Marvel” costume from the 1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel serial. Starting bid: $10,000 OR Dick Purcell’s “Captain America” […]
This New York magazine profile of the great Louise Simonson found universal acclaim when it appeared yesterday. Not only is Weezie one of the nice people of the world, but an immensely talented writer/editor whose impact on comics history is undeniable, from co-creating Power Pack to co-creating Cable and Apocalypse and Steel and editing some […]
Hate and outrage have defeated love and optimism yet again.
On Monday it was suggested that Marvel had a story trick up their sleeve that would steal the spotlight from DC’s ramming-speed publicity blitz for its revamped universe and Rebirth #1.
A shocking!!! plot twist in Captain America Steve Rogers #1 that revealed Steve was really a Hydra agent all along seemed unlikely to unseat a wholesale rewriting of ten years of DC history, along with a shocking Alan Moore related plot twist.
But, today we have a genuine tweet storm and think piece blitz, all wrapped in a bow
That was rhetorical — of COURSE you are. At long last, after over a decade in the works, We Told You So: Comics As Art the oral history of Fantagraphics begun by Tom Spurgeon and finished by Michael Dean will be coming out this summer, just in time to celebrate the (gasp!) 40th anniversary of […]
Regular Beat readers know I’m OBSESSED with Chester Brown’s Mary Wept Over The Feet of Jesus. For many years, I’ve generally admired Brown’s work, from the gonzo Ed the Happy Clown to the devastating I Never Liked You to the eerie Louis Riel. Well, Mary Wept is gonzo, devastating AND eerie! It also has some […]
The firing of Shelly Bond after more than 20 years of loyal service to DC has had an unintended consequence. Although referencing incidents utterly unrelated to Bond’s dismissal, it did stir outrage among those who detected a pattern of powerful women editors getting removed at DC while men who had severe HR problems stayed. And so on […]