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The Evolution of DC Comics

2 Oct

October 2, 2013

I used to be a huge comics fan. And like any fanboy, I was hooked on DC and Marvel. But that was back in the day, long before Marvel became the home of paranoia and dark inks. How anyone can read a Marvel comic today is beyond me. (To be fair, I do think that putting Doc Ock’s brain in Peter Parker’s body is brilliant.) Today I stick to the classics- subtly simple, like Carl Barks’ Ducks. Sequential image mastery, like Segar’s Popeye. But deep down, I’ve always been a DC guy, and more specifically, a Superman fan. Give me a big, barrel chested Wayne Boring Superman anytime.

But we’re not quite going back that far today, just to 1982.

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This was DC’s 1982 style guide, featuring their biggest stars and their color guide. A whooping 50 colors! This is Alex Ross’ worst nightmare- only 50 colors.

So let’s take a look at some of the characters. Superman has died and returned, Green Lantern died and returned, Supergirl died and stayed dead, one of the Robins died, Batgirl got crippled, and Hawkman and Hawkgirl got retconned over and over and over.

And now today.

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Check out those stats. 1050 heroes. 22 of them Superman!

While I may not be the biggest DC fan anymore, I am glad to see the medium is doing well. It may not be thriving, but it is still growing and evolving. Way to go!

 

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Popeye the Establishment Man (Popeye Week!)

3 Apr

April 2, 2013

So who is Popeye? Why is he such an icon? How has he managed to stay out of anger management for so long? Questions like these are at the core of Popeye lore. Who is Popeye? He is a man. A sailor man. And he is us. In this post from 2010, we find out just who we are.

November 5, 2010

817-PopeyeHe is retired military yet still wears the uniform.
He has a short conservative haircut.
He eats his vegetables.
He resists change.
He is a one-woman man.
He stands up for traditional values.
He takes care of his father.
Even his tattoo is a sailor’s classic, an anchor.

The only thing that would make Popeye even more an establishment figure is if he beat up a hippie.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, from 1959, here is Popeye beating up a hippie.

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