Posts tagged: panels
BILL SIENKIEWICZ CORRECTS TERRIBLE ‘SUPERMAN DOES IT AGAIN’ SHIRT WITH APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF VIOLENCE
By Chris Sims
By now, you’ve probably heard all about the genuinely awful licensed t-shirt featuring Superman planting a seemingly unwelcome smooch on Wonder Woman and proclaiming “SCORE!” and that he’s “done it again.” It’s bad for a lot of reasons — blatant sexism, the awful lettering of the caption box — but, as an optimist, I’ve always taken the position that nothing is so bad that it can’t be improved in some way. And apparently, that’s Bill Sienkiewicz’s position as well.
After everyone got up in short-sleeved arms about the shirt, the legendary artist behind Elektra: Assassin, New Mutants and much much more took to Facebook in order to provide his own version of the shirt, complete with a new piece of art for the back that solves its major problems in the way that all superheroes fix things: Violence!
"There is nothing ugly; I never saw an ugly thing in my life; for let the form of an object be what it may, light, shade and perspective will always make it beautiful."
(Panels from The New Gods #9, by Jack Kirby & Mike Royer, DC, 1972)
Some virtuoso storytelling by JH Williams III, from Detective Comics 858.
Comics Editor Carol reads Gene Yang’s Boxers & Saints and thinks about the intersection of history, people and art:
If, like me, you have watched countless kung fu movies, then you’ll recognize this story: a boy goes with his father and elder brother to a local village festival. An ardent fan of Peking Opera, the boy goes off by himself to watch the festival performances. Hearing some commotion, he investigates and sees his father confronting a man who has accused an elderly woman selling steamed buns of cheating him. The boy’s father warns the man to leave, but, instead, the scoundrel strikes the woman. The father defeats the man in three blows and tells him to leave, which he does. The father notices his son and says, “You shouldn’t have seen that.”
“The Lady Lemongrabs in the Fionna and Cake comic “Sour Candy” inspired me to come out as a lesbian. I thanked the author, Kate Leth, and she congratulated me. I feel so much better.”
Confessed by: Anon.
Batman #98, 1956
This week at The Gutter, Guest Star Miguel Rodriguez from Monster Island Resort Podcast writes about heroes.
When I was a mere lad, I picked up a battered newsstand copy of Power Man and Iron Fist. I had grown up with superheroes in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, The Incredible Hulk, and The Herculoids on the television, but my comics reading prior to that issue of Power Man and Iron Fist was relegated mainly to Hanna Barbara comics, Richie Rich, and (oddly) Conan the Barbarian. Anyway, there was a single panel of that comic book that has stuck with me to this day. In it, Power Man and Iron Fist are strolling down the street together in their garish garb, simply talking to each other like regular old pals. I clearly remember how struck I was by that panel, and it made me want to join them on their adventures—an activity that spawned years and years of comic book collecting and reading, joining larger-than-life heroes in their struggles to rid the world of evil.