§ Need more be said? Five Images That Prove Wally Wood’s Greatness, via Dan Nadel. One of them is the DIRTY one, so hurry on over!

§ Collecting weird old stuff is an artform when practiced by Seth and Maurice Vellekoop.

§ This will blow your mind. [Via Flog]

§ Perhaps this is not entirely the way to win over new recruits:

Here are some of my co-workers recommendations, in addition to “Watchmen” and “Kabuki: Circle of Blood:”

“Danger Girl: The Ultimate Collection,” by J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell — [snip] “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale,” by Art Speigelman


  1. I think it’s kind of unfair to snip out the explanation of why Danger Girl was recommended in the first place:

    “This fast-paced novel reads and feels exactly like an action movie, with artwork just as gripping as the storyline. “Danger Girl” follows adventuress Abbey Chase as her life dramatically changes once intertwined with a black-ops team. Imagine Indiana Jones meeting James Bond.”

    That’s EXACTLY what the book is, and it fits the author’s requirement that it’s not “stereotyped spandex-clad heroes fighting super-powered battles on fictional planets.” If you were trying to convert someone into a reader who specifically had a hang-up about superheroes, I think Danger Girl is a great choice. It’s fun, it’s action-packed, and the art is phenomenal (if a little over-packed with cheesecake). I mean, yeah, why Maus was the very next thing in the list is a little odd, but I see no reason why the original, Campbell-drawn Danger Girl couldn’t win some converts who are looking for something that’s not superheroes but isn’t artsy-fartsy either.

  2. I’d agree with Jason here. Much like any Hollywood action film, Danger Girl foes exactly what it says on the tin, and does so without the use of spandex and capes. The art style is akin to the beautiful women and hunky men of the silver screen, in other words, hyper real. While I can think of other action adventure books for recruitment, I still wouldn’t rule out Danger Girl, either. It’s in that nice middleground, possible gateway zone. Nothing wrong with that.

    (sent on an iPhone)

  3. Y’know, I actually really enjoyed Danger Girl.

    It’s a lot of fun, kind of like James Bond with more humour and a ton of cheesecake. It’s superfluous and fun, with a satisfying ending.

    Not everything has to be a literary classic to be a good entry point into comics, and in fact the more fun comics may go over better than the artsy ones for people who are less artistically inclined.

    Remember, getting new readers isn’t just a matter of presenting the best work you’ve got, it’s also a matter of producing the most reader friendly stuff. Danger Girl will never be considered as good as Maus. But there’s a lot of readers who will enjoy it more, and for them it’d be a better starting point.