Al Plastino, the great artist who helped created some of DC’s most popular characters died last night. He was 91. Plastino had been in the media recently fighting to regain the rights to the Superman pages he created featuring John F. Kennedy before his assasination. The pages, which Plastino had been told had been donated to the JFK Library, had recently, much to Plastino’s surprise, to auction.
But Plastino’s legacy goes far beyond drawing those soon to be tragic pages of JFK. Plastino co-created with Otto Binder the original Supergirl, the cousin of Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics #252.
Plastino also created with Otto Binder the Legion of Superheroes including their first appearance in Adventure Comics #247.
Plastino also drew the daily Batman comic strip which ran in the 60s and 70s including this one featuring Batgirl and Poison Ivy which was apparently inked by Nick Cardy who just passed away a few weeks ago.
I would love to see his work on that strip collected.
Supergirl has gone through many many changes through the years and DC is currently turning her into a Red Lantern. But the sunny, confident woman who both surprised and confounded her cousin remains one of my favorite versions and that has much to do with the artwork of Plastino.
My condolences to his family.
Newsarama is gauging the support for a Lois Lane book by the number of likes it gets on its story.
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Thanksgiving is late this year so if this was any other year you’d getting ready to eat Turkey and start shopping. The stores are all ready as I found out when a swoop through Target showed up some ornaments for fans of DC Comics, like me!
Let’s start with the one I’m going to make a face at:
That is not the trinity. That isn’t three wise men (I’ll leave it to you to figure out who didn’t make the cut). How hard would it be to add Wonder Woman? Are they afraid someone’s going to go “Hey you have a lady superhero on your tree?” For craps sake you can just pretend her logo is the WWF logo.
But there’s more!
It’s Batman and Robin, DCAU style and really isn’t that the best?
And finally the one that made me very happy.
The long, long awaited team up of the fishnet wearing ladies of the DCU - Zatanna and Black Canary now has an official publication date of May 17. Earlier this week writer Paul Dini noted that it was getting closer:
Earlier today a reader sent me some new preview art including a page which seems to be a tribute to one of the most famous Canary pages ever published.
When Superman/Wonder Woman debuted I concluded my review by saying
In a way I feel sorry for the creators. Batman, of course, kicked off the new 52 with a bang, literally, by having sex with Catwoman on a rooftop. So while you can talk up Superman and Wonder with talk of “adventures” and “heroics” that’s not the reason they are together in this book now. After 50 years of being pals those reading this book are expecting the book to end up where Batman began. Essentially Soule is charged with writing, for the very short term I’m sure, the comic equivalent of foreplay.
That Batman/Catwoman moment of course was drawn by Guillem March who gave Batman not just a six pack but a case.
Today DC Comics unveiled the variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #3. And to keep Superman at pace with Batman, we have the same artist giving us another post (or maybe pre- YOU DECIDE) moment.
Let’s ignore that March still draws his characters as if human anatomy is a loose guideline. Let’s ignore WTF is going on with Wonder Woman’s legs. Let’s ignore that Wonder Woman is drawn with more make-up than a Khadashian. Let’s ignore the fact that they have Wonder Woman apparently wrapping herself in Superman’s cape which is basically one of the most iconic Lois Lane images ever. But, hey, maybe it’s not his cape. Maybe it’s hers. Oh wait, she doesn’t wear one. Okay, maybe it’s a sheet. You know because they just came across one in space. Space sheets - now in aisle one at Target.
But what I can’t ignore is the cliched gendered poses they’ve gone with. Superman stand shirtless, tall, hand curled - a typical male pose of strength.
And Wonder Woman. Sloe eyed, enrapped in a sheet with her arms crossed not in pose of power but in a pose of seduction.
If they were both posed the same way it wouldn’t be so bad. You now something like this (but now just like that …)
But they aren’t. And really what can you do when you’ve March drawing the same face on Wonder Woman that he draws on Selina, Ivy and just about any other woman he draws.
I had my concerns about this pairing because I knew that Wonder Woman would end up being a prop to bolster Superman. I had a mailbox full of people concerned about Superman beating up Wonder Woman’s foe in the last issue. But I sorta handwaved that. Even Superman needs to be a peacock in front of his girlfriend.
But this cover? This bothers me.
Sigh. Let me know when this relationship is over.
Scott Snyder tweeted out some promo art for the upcoming Batman Eternal today that PR has told us has all kinds of Easter Eggs for the upcoming weekly series which to date is mainly known as “the book Stephanie Brown is in.” The artwork is based on this by the way
So what do we see here beyond Selina wearing her “dress up shoes?” Well there’s Stephanie Brown wearing a purple hoodie. So yay! And there’s Damian’s dog with a little Robin on top. Guess he’ll be coming back soon. Also there’s a blonde, male Batfamily member - perhaps that Dick with a dye job since everyone now knows he’s Nightwing? Anything else look interesting?
This isn’t the first Bats-giving, of course.
Last year Li’l Gotham celebrated the day.
And in Bryan Q. Miller’s run of Batgirl, Barbara Gordon imagined Bats-Giving with her and Dick as a couple.
And of course we have this as well.
No one wants to go to that Thanksgiving.
In September, the Batwoman team of J.H. Williams III and Haden Blackman announced they were leaving the book with issue 26. The firestorm around the reasons they were leaving led DC to move up their departure by two issues and hire a new writer. While replacing a long running team is always a challenge for any writer coming on board during such a volatile transition makes it even more challenging. The writer chosen to replace Williams helped mitigate some of the controversy - Marc Andreyko who had written the DC fan favorite Manhunter.
Andreyko’s run starts this week with issue #25 (preview here, new replacement cover below ) which is now part of DC Comic’s mini-event centered around Batman Zero. He’ll be joined next month by his Manhunter collaborator Jeremy Haun, who I spoke to last month.
When Andreyko was announced there was some speculation DC chose him for the job because he is an out gay man. But as the email interview I did with Andreyko earlier this week shows the idea of his joining Batwoman wasn’t DC’s idea.
Marc Andreyko’s first issue of Batwoman is out this week and here’s a preview of the issue. As you can see the relationship between Kate and the Wayne family is much closer. Stop back tomorrow for my interview with Marc Andreyko.
(Source: USA Today)
The artist Jock has posted on his Instagram account some concept drawings featuring some familiar DC Women.
But what are they for? Could this be design work for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman?
So what could this be? A new game would be a good guess I suppose.
During NYCC Dan Didio mentioned that DC would be doing a double issue special with Lois Lane in 2014 and I’ve learned that the issue will hit in February. The issue will be solicted over the next few days along with at least one other new title featuring a female character.
The double sized issue is, I understand, titled Superman:Lois Lane which is interesting given Didio’s comments at the time:
"her name can look just as good on the title of a comic as Supermans, can’t it?"
I’ve also learned that it will have a female writer. I’ve heard a name associated with the book and if it is correct she seems like a great fit.update: it’s Marguerite Bennett per Comicvine.
The double issue however, I understand, reflects a renewed thinking about Lois Lane from DC. More on that later.
DC is also releasing a collection of Lois Lane stories for her 75th anniversary in the next few weeks. Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years can be ordered here.
Greetings fellow comics fans as we celebrate the best day of the week - Wednesday aka New Comics Day. (Although with DC Digital everyday is new comic day so check that out as well).
As usual I’m going to start you off with a first issue. I don’t know about you but I have been enjoying the hell out of Simone’s Red Sonja. This week brings more of her Sonja plus new stories by Nancy Collins and Devin Grayson.
You can also pick up Simone’s Movement this week
I’m sure you all have heard that there is a new Ms. Marvel character debuting in February. But the character whose old title she is taking is still very much around and this week we have a special double issue.
And yes that is Kelly Sue DeConnick on the cover. Pizza dog is there too.(and inside? You”ll see)
So Earth-2. Can we talk about this book for a minute? So much good but the slow paced meh and refrigerating drove me away. But the book now has a new writer. So that’s good, right? Okay the writer is Tom Taylor who killed off Lois Lane in the Injustice Gods Among Us. But Lois is dead so but … but hey it’s Nicola Scott art!
Still enjoying this - give it a try.
It’s been awhile but Superman Unchained is back and isn’t Lex Luthor by Scott Snyder worth waiting for?
I’m still enjoying Ghosted - have you tried it yet?
I’m a big fan of Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray so I’m going to try and pick up the new Pain Killer Jane this week.
That’s it for me. What’s on your list?
Further evidence of DC Comics and Warner Bros. unwavering commitment to to white male characters was revealed again today when the Hollywood Reporter reported that a “Hourman” show was in development at the CW.
The sole female lead project using DC IP, Amazon, a CW project focusing on the early years of Wonder Woman was "paused" earlier this year.
Apparently a dude who only gains his powers an hour at a time (and who is currently not appearing in the new 52) is not tricky.
Nick Cardy the master comic artist responsible for the iconic Silver Age takes on two major female DC characters, passed away just a short time ago this evening. He was 93. Cardy had a 30 plus year in comics and spent the bulk of his time at DC. While there he drew both the Teen Titans and Aquaman books.
Cardy’s brought a youthful energy to Teen Titans where the characters seemed to literally jump off the page.
Cardy’s Mera was both fierce and enchanting.
Cardy also did a run on Action Comics in the early 70s where he drew Lois Lane.
He also did covers for Brave and the Bold including this cover featuring Black Canary.
Cardy, who was born Nicholas Viscardi, left DC in the mid 70s to do movie posters.
My condolences to his family.
Trick or Treat! Here’s some past Halloween Posts for you!
So will it be a trick or a treat for comics fans this Wednesday before Halloween? Well for me it’s treats.
Let’s start with the best comic of the week for people who are not super excited about Sandman (uh, that would me. Never worked for me. Like Death though. But it is Gaiman and Williams so for those of you who are into it? That’s a treat.) So here’s my real treat.
This issue is amazing (and has more not for children language than any other issue). But you know what makes it great? Oh sure BKV but the real star here is Fiona Staples, the artist. So the next time some dude goes tilting windmills for the “comics ladies” by implying that artists are secondary to writers why not, not?
Damian Wayne is back … in the future with Damian Son of Batman by Andy Kubert. The art on this looks great. The dialogue … hmm. But still it’s Damian who depending on writing him is either one of the greatest new characters that DC has cooked up in the last few decades or a the comic equivalent of Scrappy Doo and Cousin Oliver. Let’s hope Andy Kubert channels the former.
Looks like he picked up some posing techniques from Dick.
More PowerPuff Girls!
Did you know a Thor movie is coming out? With Thor and Sif and Loki? Well here’s a comic to tide you over for the next week.
For those of you waiting for Smallville Season 11by Bryan Q. Miller in floppy you get special which contains two of my favorites - Lex and Tess.
I’m also picking up Itty Bitty Hellboy for my son and the Adventure Time 2012 Spooktacular for both kids. I might pick up the Agent of Argus by DC - let me know if you think it is any good.
That’s it for me! What’s on your list? What did I miss?