31 Days of Halloween: Steve Ditko’s Mysterious Traveller


Fantagraphics has now published four nice hardcover volumes collecting old Steve Ditko comics. Last year they released Steve Ditko’s Mysteriuous Travellers, and here’s an excerpt! The newest book is called Impossible Tales, and all books are edited by Blake Bell and reprinted from the original color—which to our taste anyway, is far superior to modern […]

THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew reveals a revamped Green Turtle


Gene Luen Yang is riding high right now with his excellent two-volume BOXERS & SAINTS getting great reviews and a shortlist for the National Book Award. And of course once one book comes out, everyone wants to know what’s next. In Yang’s Case it’s THE SHADOW HERO, which will be drawn by Sonny Liew. So […]

Did Bob Kane swipe Batman from Siegel and Shuster?


All the references to Mark Millar’s infamous “Orson Welles was doing a Batman movie hoax” of 2003 in this piece by Brad Ricca suggest to me that this is another clever hoax: the claim that in the May 1937 issue of More Fun featuring Doctor Occult, the Siegel and Shuster team has drawn a familiarly shaped proto-Bat-man. The actual Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).

Why your Bronze Age comics collection ain’t worth squat


Frank Santoro is at it again, in the aptly titled American Pickers in which he advises a friend’s father that a comics collection with stickers of $20 and $15 is actually worth crappity doo doo, despite what all those “reality” (and I use the term loosely) “collectible” shows may say: It’s a typical collection that you […]

MUST HAVE: Fletcher Hanks’ Stardust the Super Wizard gets an awesome figurine


If you are a fan of bizarre, pseudo-naive comics which actually reveal the terrors and struggles of our very subconscious in fantastic form—and who isn’t?—then you are already are wise to Fletcher Hanks, the obscure yet beloved cartoonist whose rare work was lauded in RAW magazine and collected in two books from Fantagraphics, I Shall […]

Must Read: Tom Scioli on good/bad coloring and Barry Windsor Smith


Cartoonist Tom Scioli (Gødland) is obviously a devotee of classic comics styles; it should come as no surprise, then, when he wonders Whatever Happened to Barry Windsor-Smith?. Smith is credited with introducing the influence of the Pre-Raphaelite art school to comics, along with his studio mates Jeff Jones and Wm. Michael Kaluta. Swearing by William […]

Area man finds $100k comic in the wall then rips it in squabble with in-law


BY now you’ve probably seen this story about an Elbow Lake, MN contractor named David Gonzalez who found the Holy Grail of Comics—an Action #1—hidden among newspapers used as insulation in the walls of a house he was remodeling. Talks about lucky finds! The copy has already been put up for auction at Comic Connect […]

Retro Zeus Comics line is now on Kickstarter


  Note: This Zeus Comics is in no way associated with the well known Texas store Zeus Comics. Back on April 1, we told you about Zeus Comics—a purported line of salacious 50s comics that had recently been rediscovered. Given the date and people involved we correctly deduced it was an elaborate April Fools Joke, […]