Monday, 18 March 2019

Thank You Joe Sinnott!

As some of you may know, comics' greatest inker Joltin' Joe Sinnott, today announced he's retiring.
At the age of 92.
And you thought you'd put some hours in today.
So let's wish Joe well and celebrate his incredible career and body of work, shall we? Whaddya say, Doomsy?

Didn't I read somewhere Joe spent an entire day inking just the gun in that splash?
Like most of us, I first noticed Joe Sinnott's work in the fifth FF adventure, The Prisoners Of Doctor Doom!
Not that I knew it was him at the time. I'd only just discovered Marvel a few weeks before, and I only just knew who Stan Lee was, and had sort of figured out that 'J.Kirby' ( whoever he was ) did the drawings. And in this story the drawings looked even better than before.
 It was a one-off at the time but, of course, when Joe eventually returned to the FF, I was immediately like: 'It's THAT artist!!!'
I've read a ton of comics, as have you, but it's my contention that Stan, Jack & Joe's Fantastic Four is the greatest run of ANY comic by ANY creative team in the entire history of comics.
Spidey by Stan & Steve come in at no. 2, but this run really is 'The World's Greatest Comic Magazine'.
Meanwhile, back at the beginning, there's this story. You'll all have read this one a million times of course, but I don't know how many of our overseas Bronze Age pals will have seen this particular version.
This is Joe Sinnott as we first met him in the UK, in the pages of The Mighty World Of Marvel, starting off a lifelong love of  his amazing artistry.
So step back in time with Reed, Sue, Johnny & Ben. You're seven years old again and seeing THIS for the first time, and the only sensible reaction is: WOW.
Thank you Joe!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

John Allison's Mind Games

John Allison was all over Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction, in a good way. John's since gone on to become a special effects artist ( and apparently worked on the never-made Silver Surfer movie ), but back in the Bronze Age, he was trying to get work in comics. He sadly didn't get much published, but Roy Thomas clearly liked his stuff as much as I did, noticing him in the Canadian 'zine Orb alongside Gene Day & Ken Steacy. Here's my favourite of his from UWOSF - yes, it's the kind of shaggy dog story beloved by Epic & Heavy Metal, but Allison's Brunner-like art is irresistible, and the scene where God appears is breathtaking.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Must There Be A Superman?

Well, must there? Loads of writers have tackled the issue of whether or not humanity could start taking Superman for granted, and not actually progress as a species as a consequence.
But I think Elliot S. Maggin was the first to actually ask the question in print, in this issue where those pesky know-it-all's The Guardians Of The Universe decide we can get along perfectly fine without outside help.
Which is a bit rich, considering they're the ones providing us with a Green Lantern.
Regardless, this is a great story, without an easy answer, and actually isn't about Superman at all, but about mankind, and how much responsibility we might be prepared to take for ourselves.