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    Quote Originally Posted by David Huber
    Thanks Gary! I never read Son of Satan, actually. This might be a fun pickup for me.
    That was fun. I haven't liked the recent incarnation of Daimon (outside of his look) but the SoS was a hoot.

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    Re: The Definitive Comic Book Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by R.T. Gelling
    Al Columbia's brilliant THE BIOLOGIC SHOW # 0 and 1
    are the best surreal comics I've read.
    Those are some truley terrifying comics. The imagery that Al brings is terribly haunting. Have you seen the work he did for BLAB! and ZERO ZERO? Al is almost always MIA and the kids over at TCJ.com keep making threads about "where's Al, what's he working on." And the answer is "?". Great stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Ruhl
    Those are some truley terrifying comics. The imagery that Al brings is terribly haunting. Have you seen the work he did for BLAB! and ZERO ZERO? Al is almost always MIA and the kids over at TCJ.com keep making threads about "where's Al, what's he working on." And the answer is "?". Great stuff.
    Yeah, he touches on a lot of submerged, ugly stuff but in a way that seems less self consciously 'shocking' than other comic artists.

    I haven't seen the work he did in BLAB! and ZERO ZERO? but I should start looking for it for sure. Al did write one or two issues of a comic called POGOSTICK that was very promising but it too seems to have disappeared. Does he have mental issues, like Brunetti?

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    Traded in some tech/programming/IT books for graphic novels!

    Just snagged....

    The Essential Werewolf By Night Vol. 1
    Showcase Presents Jonah Hex Vol. 1
    The Essential Tomb Of Dracula Vol. 1
    The Walking Dead Vol. 5
    The Essential Monster of Frankenstein Vol .1

    70s monster comics goodness in lovely B&W (except walking dead, which ain't 70s).

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    My Batman obsession is really getting out of hand now...

    The Batman Chronicles Volumes 1 and 2
    Batman: Haunted Knight
    Batman: Dark Victory
    Batman: Hush Volumes 1 and 2
    Batman: Year 100

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    Dark Victory is a good one.

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    This is the image that smacked me in the noggin and made me want to draw comics:



    Before I could drive I would have my parents take me to a Mile High Comics store that was in the local mall and I would buy the Mazzuchelli/O'Neil Daredevils along with Baron and Rude's Nexus. I had seen some promotional stuff for Dark Knight Returns and was aware of Frank Miller but this cover left me dumb-struck. It's Batman, a character I grew up with thru the Adam West TV show and The Superfriends cartoon, but there's something wrong with him. His costume's wrinkled and loose fitting. He looks like a rabid animal mixed with a zombie. I hadn't even looked inside the book but I knew I had to have this cover.

    Around the time that DKR and Watchmen were released you got a lot of "BANG! ZAP! POW! Comics Aren't Just For Kids Anymore!" news pieces that focused on the dark angles that Miller and Moore were taking on superheroes. There was talk of political subtext, sexuality, violence, etc...but the one thing that these articles seemed to ignore, in the case of Miller at least, was the expressiveness of the artwork, especially with the cover of that second issue.

    Miller's style loosened up during the course of the four issues. Pages from the fourth volume have an entirely different feel than those from the first. The major turning point would be the above image. It has a European vibe to it - thin, open lines - it's like if Egon Schiele painted a 'roid-raging body builder. It's far removed from the slick, standard versions of the character from guys like Neil Adams and Jim Aparo. The layout is tight and claustrophobic, with Batman just barely contained within the frame. The high contrast of the light blue and grey of the costume with the reds and oranges in the skin and background add to the dynamics. The image epitomizes the series and is, to me, the most important and influential piece of artwork in the sea change that was about to take place, for better or worse, in mainstream, American comics.

    All that to say I really dig this drawing.
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    I sat down and plowed through Kirkman's Marvel Zombies graphic novel last night. Didn't bother with the single issues, I like having'em all in one nice nifty hardcover (bought the new Kraven's Last Hunt HC the other day too). At any rate, I dug this. It was a nice, different take on the Marvel Universe. Had a nice sense of black humor to it and a surprisingly interesting storyline to it as well.

    I've also been enjoying the Ash spin off that Marvel has done with Dynamite. Most of the Ash comics have sucked but this one is, so far, pretty decent at two issues in.

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    Re: The Definitive Comic Book Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Jane
    I sat down and plowed through Kirkman's Marvel Zombies graphic novel last night. Didn't bother with the single issues, I like having'em all in one nice nifty hardcover (bought the new Kraven's Last Hunt HC the other day too). At any rate, I dug this. It was a nice, different take on the Marvel Universe.
    Check out these great figures...
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    Those are boss. Gotta love the Col. America with the head missing action going on there. I liked how the Red Skull took him down like a bitch in the comic.

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    ...and this cool Sienkiewicz cover...


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    That is cool. I actually tried to find the two Jonah Hex TPBs that cover the new series yesterday but my local shop was sold out.

    I like Jonah Hex. The Truman-Lansdale mini's were boss.

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    Re: The Definitive Comic Book Thread

    I liked the Johah Hex books by Truman and Landsdale from years back. Haven't checked out the new series...

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    Re: The Definitive Comic Book Thread

    Mr. Jane beat me to the punch there...

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    Re: The Definitive Comic Book Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Allison
    All that to say I really dig this drawing.
    And I'm glad you took so long... I love reading posts like this!

    I finished reading Batman Chronicles 1, which is the first dozen or so Batman comics from the late 1930s. It was interesting to see some of the kinks getting worked out in those early issues (i.e. Batman riding around in a regular car), and of course some of it has dated poorly, but there are moments of real genius... I loved the noir format, and The Joker is menacing even in his very first appearance.

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