Friday, March 23, 2007

Positive Feelings!

Or come on guys what is wrong with you?

Well in the news still is the fact that Captain America is still dead or at least for the time being, anyhow.

All over the web folks have been arguing about comics from the seventies, saying that nothing great came out of the era…

Whoa, hang on folks…here’s a few to mull over, and these are only a sampling from the USA – I haven’t included any UK comics here:

Jack Kirby’s Fourth World series, consisting of:

  • Forever People
  • The New Adventures of Jimmy Olsen and the News Boy Legion
  • New Gods
  • Mister Miracle

Again by Jack Kirby for marvel and DC respectively:

  • The Demon
  • Kamandi
  • OMAC
  • Manhunter
  • Atlas
  • Spirit World
  • In The Days Of The Mob
  • The Eternals
  • Machine Man

  • Swamp Thing
  • Rima
  • Kong
  • The Shadow
  • Tales from the Bible

  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Savage Tales
  • Savage Sword of Conan
  • King Kull
  • Captain Marvel
  • Warlock
  • Killraven
  • Deathlok
  • Tomb of Dracula
  • Howard the Duck
  • Manthing
  • Master of Kung Fu

To name, but a few titles…and guys…these titles have been and are continuing to be milked all these years on by the big two, because they have stood the test of time and are great comic books!!!

I remember hearing these kinds of sweeping statements back in the early eighties…

Remember…there wouldn’t be a comic industry if this stuff hadn’t come along.

I wasn’t around to collect comics in the fifties, but I still think the work of the EC guys is first class. I wonder how many of the folks be-crying the industry of the 70’s have passed similar comments about this work or seen any of these or indeed have, more importantly, read any of these wonderful tales.

Comics are a timeless commodity and it’s always great to look at how all sorts of creative folks have worked in the past.

I really do feel strongly that the trouble with folks reading comics nowadays is that if it isn’t current and hot then it isn’t worth a look.

Well sorry guys you’re missing out on a lot of brilliant stories and artwork!

Just before I sign off for the day with this little missive, Comics International is out under the new management of Mike Conroy, following the sale of the magazine by Dez Skinn a few months ago.

Go check it out, if you get a chance, and see what’s going on in the world of comics from a UK perspective.

Until next time have fun!

Tim Perkins…
March 23rd 2007

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