A tribute to Shelly Bond: the most mod editor of them all

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Today is the last day at Vertigo for Executive Editor Shelly Bond after a 23-year run as an editor, mentor and friend to many creators. It’s truly been one of the most extraordinary editing careers in recent comics history, and I’ve reached out to some of her friends and others in the comics industry to give her the send off she deserves.

Comics toxic heritage strikes again as DC editor named as sexual harasser

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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 […]

Must read: Stan Lee, Hero, villain or a bit of both?

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Abraham Riesman. New York magazines resident comics expert, has a long and long brewing profile of Stan Lee called Why Is Stan Lee’s Legacy in Question?. It’s a write-around, meaning he never got to talk to Lee personally, but he talked to everyone else, inluding Roy Thomas and Lee biographer Tom Spurgeon. And if you […]

Anti-Wertham comic from the 40s found in library collection

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Prof. Carol Tilley, who previously revealed that anti-comics crusaderDr. Fredric Wertham’s research wasn’t all that is at it again. While rummaging through the archives at the Billy Ireland Library she found an unknown comic by an unnamed artist that satirized Wertham’s anti comics crusade. It was called “The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham.” […]

Comix Creatrix: the blockbuster art show is now a free 200 page book about the history of women in comics

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The timing was fortuitous with Angoulême-gate, but Comix Creatrix: 100 Women Making Comics an art show co-curated by Olivia Ahmad and Paul Gravett has now opened in London and the opening, as captured in this slideshow of photos by artist Alison Sampson was a triumph. Extra points to Gravett’s outfit. 646 377 9682   Just […]

Very cool Infographic: Deadpool’s cast compared to their comics origins

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The Beat’s own Kate Willaert, infographic queen, has been at it again with a comparison of the characters in the Deadpool movie with their four-color inspirations, written by Devin Rubink. (She did one for Avengers: Age of Ultron as well.) As you can see, the old ‘Pool is quite similar and Colossus is unchanged. The […]

Marvel’s terrifying mullets

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 In 1992, the MTV News crew visited the Marvel Bullpen and talked to then Editor in Chief Bob Harras, the late Mark Gruenwald and the legendary Darren Auck, among other. You’ll be charmed and delighted by this look back at the olden days, and terrified and perhaps haunted by the astonishing number of mullets […]

Steranko’s Ages of Comics: naming our eras

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In addition to popularizing “Sterankoing,” artist Jim Steranko is quite a tweeter. Every Sunday night he holds a regular talk, and last night he started identifying The Ages of Comics. Steranko, best known for his innovative comics work of the 60s, and his current painting, also has a history as a publisher—Prevue Magazine was an […]