Posts tagged: comics history
I don’t think its any surprised that I’m not a fan of The Killing Joke. I consider it to be at best a mediocre Batman story and one of the lowest moments in DC history in their treatment of female characters.
We all know what happens to Barbara Gordon in the book. We all have heard the tales of Alan Moore calling Len Wein for permission to shoot Barbara Gordon in the book and the response he received:
"I asked DC if they had any problem with me crippling Barbara Gordon - who was Batgirl at the time - and if I remember, I spoke to Len Wein, who was our editor on the project…[He] said, ‘Yeah, okay, cripple the bitch.’
For years there have been discussions about how Barbara Gordon was treated in the book - shot, stripped and photographed naked. I, like many others, have bluntly called it torture porn.
But of course others differ. I’ve been told that there is no rape so there is no mysogyny. That “Jim Gordon is also naked, so it there is no sexism.” That it isn’t about Barbara being a woman but about her being collateral damage.
Sure. Sure it is.
Today some original art from The Killing Joke showed up. And it shows that page. You know page with the photos that Jim Gordon is shown of his daughter.
And the page is a bit different. Brian Bolland has already said “I drew what was in the script. That’s my job. I was asked to tone it down a bit.”
So he drew what Moore had in his original script.
And the art work? (NSFW and graphic for nudity and violence)
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Happy 50th Anniversary, DP! :)
By Andy Khouri
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Animation’s Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborated on a two-minute film that observes some of Superman’s more memorable adventures. The animation includes homages to original creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster to contemporary artists like Jim Lee, with stops along the way that give props to Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Neal Adams, Andy Warhol, Fleisher Studios, Alex Ross, the Smallville television series, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Henry Cavil and Timm’s own work on Superman: The Animated Series.
"DC Comics and ‘The Normal Course of Business’"
At Comics Alliance, Andrew Wheeler writes about DC Comics and its many crises: “With almost all…
Summer Fun Time Reading ‘13
It’s hot and the air already feels like unset Jell-O, but you still have some time to prepare for…
I don’t think it was only for those of us contributors that Comics Alliance was far, far more than a comics news site.
I came into comics blogging almost as a mistake. I wrote on the Batman’s Shameful Secret boards on Something Awful for a very long time, and that — and Identity Crisis — were…
I pieced together the news a few days ago, via vague e-mails and canceled convention appearances, crossing my fingers the whole time that I was mistaken, and that even if something was clearly terribly wrong, it wasn’t that.
You’ve been my favorite comics site since your start. You set…
Rachel says this so eloquently, there’s very little I can add other than this:
Comics journalism is so often an oxymoron. Comics Alliance was fearless, smart, and desperately needed in our industry. The talent pool of contributors to the site was so deep and so rich, their passion incredibly rare; they loved the medium, and thus demanded the best from it. We’re going to suffer for their absence.
My favorite comics site and one of the best sites on the internet.
No matter how much I may-or-may-not end up enjoying the new Batman when I finally get to see it, I’m still still right pissed that they cast lilly-white-as-the-driven-snow-Britlander Tom Hardy for Bane.
As a Latino myself, I’ll say this, there are lilly-white-as-the-driven-snow Latinos. I’m dark as my native islander genes are strong, but my grandfather was whiter than most white people and had bright blue eyes. The same goes for my maternal great grandfather.
Don’t forget that Latino’s have strong Spaniard roots due to them having trouble keeping it in their pants.
And while yes, they could and should have cast somebody of Latin descent, rather than a Brit (not like people haven’t done this before, such as casting a Jewish man to play the Spaniard in a Princess bride or all the Brits they cast to play Romans when they could just as easily cast Italian and Greek actors), complaining about the casting based only on skin color is rather ignorant on Latin culture.
When Hardy was first cast as Bane, it seemed like a million people asked my opinion on it, and I was then, as I am now, of two minds.
First, I had seen him in BRANSON, and there was no question that he had the acting and physical chops to play Bane like few other actors could. I knew he would do a tremendous, committed, intelligent performance, one that I would love to see.
But at the same time, Bane’s heritage, and the fact that he is Latino, feel immensely important to his myth. I think, whether it was intentional or not, he was created to contrast Batman, and having a Latino man who raised himself from literally NOTHING made a fascinating contrast to the white billionaire heir of ultimate privilege, Bruce Wayne. I think there’s a powerful real-world allegory there.
And I love it, I love writing Bane as someone who is not ABOUT privilege at all, whose struggle is in some ways MORE difficult and even heroic, over Bruce’s. It added a really interesting note to the vintage, as it were.
So I would have preferred a Latin actor, as good as I think Hardy was.
And just as you say, when I posted that originally, quite a few people correctly reminded me that there are white Latinos all throughout Central and South America, and at least from the people who pointed that out, they seemed fine with Hardy as Bane.
But even with a white Latino in the role, I miss the background detail that his comic book origin added, and the Venom, which is very important symbolically. I miss the CULTURAL implications of Batman’s most dangerous for being Latino, a genius, a tactician, a thinker, a strategist, who can also, by the way, pick you up and crack your spine for you.
There was something very powerful in that contrast that I was sorry to see go.This page is an example of how it played out in the actual Secret Six comic, almost subversively. And we also see Bane’s protective-of-women streak that comes out at the oddest times. Great character, and I love that he wasn’t portrayed with that kind of unwelcome exoticism. He simply is Bane.
Of Batman’s villains, Bane is the one who is just one step away from being heroic, and that makes me love him to ridiculous levels.