Monday, 19 August 2019

Sanho Kim's The Old Man's Cat

Here's an absolute masterpiece in panel composition & pacing from Sanho Kim, from Charlton's Ghost Manor. Doesn't matter what the story's about, just marvel how Kim gets speed and movement out of static drawings. I'll grant you, his style may not be for everyone, but boy, could he pace a story. Try not reading this in one minute flat.

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Solomon's Kane's Homecoming

The Savage Sword Of Conan had two goes at Robert E. Howard's wonderful poem Solomon Kane's Homecoming, and both have their merits.
Virgilio Redondo & Ruby Nebres' version is more beautiful, simultaneously realistic and mythic, while Steve Carr & Al Williamson's update takes more time to tell the tale, and Kane looks the age he should be.
Whichever you prefer, they're both superb evocations of the puritan swordsman's last known adventure.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The Kids From Rec. Road In: Sterankoesque

Well, it had to happen. This week, in our sister blog, Sean Phillips has convinced himself he's Steranko. Will the rest of The Kids From Rec Road support their best pal or mercilessly take the piss? What do YOU think?

While on Pete's Podium:

We ask: What's the dumbest comics related thing you ever believed? Me? I briefly thought that, in order to join F.O.O.M. you actually had to attend weekly meetings...
Can you beat that?
Tell all at - The World's Greatest Bronze Age comic strip not actually done in the Bronze Age!

Sunday, 11 August 2019

Batman, Son Of Krypton

Here's a great World's Finest piece from the same era as when Julie Schwartz & Carmine Infantino were bringing Batman into his 'New Look' period, and wiping away all that Zebra Batman / Bat Hound / Batman on alien worlds nonsense.
Just a year or so earlier, the idea that The Caped Crusader might actually have come from Krypton would've been explained away by Red Kryptonite, or a practical joke Supes was playing on his pal for no apparent reason, and in fact, you read this whole story on tenterhooks waiting for just that to happen.
But no. In line with the comparative seriousness going on in Bats' own book at the time, writer Edmond Hamilton plays this one dead straight, and the rage Supes feels at the 'truth' of Krypton's destruction is genuine.
I always knew Curt Swan was great of course, but just now discovering how great Hamilton was too.