Thursday, August 12, 2010

Direct Currents: Thursday, August 12, 2010

THE BAT SIGNAL: Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan looks back at his work with the Dark Knight, from his original demonic Riddler story to his recent KGB crime epic and talks about Batman stories you will and won't see from him in the future.

Howard Chaykin presents the Cavalier

Catwoman & Batman one-shot

DC Relaunches All-Ages 'All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold' Comic

If fans were bummed to learn of the cancellation of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" on the Cartoon Network following this upcoming season's run, they were extra bummed to discover an apparent cancellation of its DC comic at the end of October. While the animated series is still on track to end after this season, DC not only isn't canceling its comic book incarnation -- the publisher is relaunching it as "The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold" in November.

JMS Panel Recording Contradicts His Criticisms of 'Earth One' Reports

He said exactly what people reported he said, and we know this because there's an audio recording of it. Check the transcript.

Flex Mentallo: The Trade Paperback by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

A DC editorial type once told me “Keep hold of your Flex Mentallo issues. It’s the only way you’ll ever get to read it”.

The Justice League Of Philosophy

So superhero philosophy now seems to be a recognised unversity endeavour. But how might certain superheroes – and their nemesis – embody such philisophical thoughts?

Swipe File: Toy Story And Animal Man


The Aquaman Shrine
Red Lantern Mera at the SDCC
Super-Hero Stick-Ons Ad - 1974
Cover to Cover: Best of Brave and the Bold #3

Armagideon Time
Nobody’s Favorites: Jared Stevens Fate

Comics Make Me Happy!
75 Favorite Moments in DC History: Number 70

Continued On 2nd Page Following
Some Favourite Selections from the 1997 JLA Gallery - Part 2

Diana Prince: Wonder Woman
Ten Reasons No One Cares About Wonder Woman

Gay for Lois Lane
Mystery of the Mind-Twisters!

Justice League Detroit
DC75: The Birth of Aquababy! (Aquaman #23, 1965)

Power of the Atom
The All New Atom #9 (May, 2007)

Rob Kelly Illustration

Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
Craig Rousseau Commission


LissBirds said...

I didn't know there was a documentary of DC's history coming out. That is looking like a must-see, especially because of the old-timey interviews.

Loved the philosophy link. I'm trying to think of a suitable quote for J'onn. I'm thinking Gandhi, but he's not really a philosopher.

Brave and the Bold got cancelled? That's quite sad. It was growing in me, and my little nephew was into it for a while (until my sister-in-law banished comment....)

That Red Lantern Mera costume would've been soooo much better if she had gotten a better wig (or just dyed her hair red). It's a shame because the rest of the costume is so close to perfection and the wig just ruins it for me.

Diabolu Frank said...

I dig the look of the doc because the presentation reminds me a lot of Comic Book Confidential, which was my gateway into hardcore comics history. I also think the rare vintage interviews are swell, but between the source and s.o.p., they'll probably be brief puff pieces. I have higher hopes for the living interviewees, and I can't imagine anyone restraining Neal Adams without major edits.

Not really a-- Whah-huh? Liss, really? Superman, Aquaman, and your Flashes are not philosophers. They're all just good guys who do the right thing because they've got the power to do so. The Green Lanterns are soldiers following a doctrine. I would consider Batman and Wonder Woman ideologues, evangelizing and pressing adherence to their firmly established standards and beliefs.

Of the founding JLA, only J'Onn J'Onzz really qualifies as a philosopher. He's always questing and questioning, at least since the DeMatteis reboot, but there were even hints of it during the Conway run.

LissBirds said...

I meant Gandhi wasn't really a philosopher. :)

J'onn is by far the most philosphical of superheroes, but I think philosophy can be applied to other superheroes as well. Especially Batman, when you look at the ethics of why won't he kill the Joker. Which, really the reason has nothing to do with ethics but with DC not wanting to get rid of a cash cow character...

Wasn't J'onn's "job" back on Mars described as a warrior-philosopher in the Ostrander series, or did I imagine that?

LissBirds said...

Oops...ignore the double post..

Diabolu Frank said...

Ooops! That's what I get for not reading thoroughly.