Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Mad Movie Cops

In the '70's urban paranoia had reached such a height, that the old white hatted heroes were no longer seen as relevant. And Hollywood answered with a new breed of movie cop, the kind that trampled all over criminal's rights as well as their spines.
These were heroes who were barely one step removed from their enemies, but as borderline psychotic fascist Dirty Harry and bigoted asshole Popeye Doyle rampaged through the streets, cleaning up the scum, we loved 'em. And they directly inspired every single action hero since, with the attraction that the viewer was at least vaguely challenged into whether these were the kind of screen heroes we wanted, or deserved.

Mad meanwhile, wasn't interested in all this socio-political nonsense. Here's Dirty Larry and What's The Connection?

Monday, 24 July 2017

Howard The Duck Newspaper Strip: Entropy

Here's some more wonderfulness from Steve Gerber & Gene Colan, with Entropy from the Howard The Duck newspaper strip. This one sees the return of eternal dreamer Arthur Winslow, who became The Space Turnip in HTD#2, and like all Howard, is exactly what you need when life dumps on you.
Because when therapy, alcohol or the support of loved ones isn't enough to get you through the day, all you really need is an angry, ranting duck from Cleveland to make you feel better about things.
Things like, for example, The Kidney Lady...

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Kirby & Simon's Black Magic: The Last Second Of Life

As well as backing up the Fourth World books with all those great Jack Kirby / Joe Simon classics like Boy Commandoes, Newsboy Legion and Manhunter, DC also did a brief reprint run of the team's '50's mystery book Black Magic.
From it, here's a corker, a tale of creeping terror you can absolutely see being a segment in an old b/w movie, like say, Dead Of Night. Business as usual for Jack & Joe. Sheer brilliance for everyone else.