Monday, August 23, 2010

Direct Currents: Monday, August 23, 2010

Deconstructing the Massive Biblically-Inspired White Lantern Cover Art

The DC Comics Source blog has just released the combined image of the White Lantern variant covers by Ryan Sook, who previously blew us away with his work on "Kamandi" in "Wednesday Comics." The image features the heroes involved in The Labors of the Twelve, the twelve heroes and villains revived by the White Entity, and given a specific task to complete before they can completely live again. The twelve heroes are featured in a circular way that seems to suggest the art of the Sistine Chapel, in front of a scene that represents the origin stories of the entities of the Lantern Spectrum -- stories that may tie into the origin story of life itself, as described in the Bible.

Islamic Archetypes THE 99 Meet DC's JUSTICE LEAGUE In Oct.

One Muslim entrepreneur's goal to present positive images of Islam has paid off, with a crossover with DC's iconic superheroes in October

Fisch Explores "The Brave and The Bold"

We spoke with child psychologist and comic book writer Sholly Fisch who shared which heroes will co-star in the new title first issues and the differences between this series and his "Super Friends" run.

25 Emblematic Comics Of The '70s -- A Lengthy First Draft In Partnership With CR's Readers

It's not a list of the best comics of that decade or even the most influential. There are omissions that would likely drive a number of comics fans nuts. I did include one novelty comic book on the list, but I did so because I thought it was the one that did the best job of all those books of telling a memorable story. Otherwise, for the sake of this list there's a line in the sand for a lot of those works that ends up being pretty hard to cross.

The Superhero SkyMall Catalog Offers Mile High Super-Shopping

Since superpeople spend a vast majority of their time trying to conquer and/or save the world, they sure don't seem to have a lot of hours in the day to go shopping for life-enhancing novelties. You may find yourself wondering how these exceptional men and women manage to do it all. After all, there's no way the Punisher can run around shooting people all day and maintain a tomato garden. It's just not possible!

Latvia's Graffiti Super-Heroes Are Depressingly Awesome

One of the best things about being a comics journalist (aside from the ample opportunities to talk about Batman) is that people will occasionally send me strange, wonderful things. Such is the case with an email I got from ComicsAlliance reader Zak, who sent over a set of pictures of super-hero graffiti decorating the streets of Riga, Latvia depicting some of our favorite characters undergoing some pretty hard times:


Superman's JLofA employee performance evaluation sheet (by Batman)

Wonder Woman and The Brady Bunch Team Up in Early '70s Animated Weirdness

In the great pantheon of television crossovers that includes Steve Urkel meeting Uncle Jesse, Lennie Brisco teaming up w John Munch, and everyone who appeared in "Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue," the time-traveling adventures of the "Brady Bunch" kids with Wonder Woman from the animated '70s show "The Brady Kids" ranks up there as one of the weirdest.


The Aquaman Shrine
Justice League Pin-Up - 1996
Aquaman on The Colbert Report - 8/19/10
Cover to Cover: Best of DC Digest #13

Being Carter Hall
JLoA #217 Notebook Featuring Hawkman

Charlton vs Mighty MLJ
Fawcett Fridays: Red-and-Blue Heroes True

Comics Make Me Happy!
75 Favorite Moments in DC History: Number 63

Continued On 2nd Page Following
My Fave Splash Page of the Week, and Some Rambling on Tom DeFalco

Diana Prince: Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman: Who is Wonder Woman? TPB

Every Day Is Like Wednesday
The 8/11 DC Nation column by Eddie Berganza

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!
Who Is the Mysterious Collector?

The Idol-Head of Diabolu
The Brave and the Bold Annual #1 (2001)

Slay, Monstrobot of the Deep!!
Superman vs. Mr. Miracle in DC Comics Presents #12 (1979)

Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
Baltimore Comic-Con Wishes


LissBirds said...

Could someone please write a letter to Dr. Fisch and tell him that a reboot of Superfriends is a perfect opportunity to put a certain Martian in the book?

The Latvian graffitti article is sad and cool at the same time.

If you click on "Hobo Superman" mentioned in that article, you get this, which is rather amusing:

Diabolu Frank said...

I can see excluding Martian Manhunter from the Super Friends, but it still seems like no one wants to play with him anymore. :(

LissBirds said...

What kid wouldn't want to play with a shapeshifter? Or someone who can go intangible? Someone needs to make the Martian Manhunter cool for kids again.

Well, I guess he always wins at hide-and-seek so maybe the kids just gave up out of sheer frustration.