Posts tagged: superheroes
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.
“The kingly office is entitled to no respect. It was originally procured by highwayman’s methods; it remains a perpetuated crime, can never be anything but the symbol of a crime. It is no more entitled to respect than is the flag of a pirate.”
(Panel by Walt Simonson et al, from The Mighty Thor #337, 1983)
In a post yesterday about Grant Morrison’s comments on his Wonder Woman Earth One project, I noted he seemed to have stopped discussing her sex life.
Whoops! Spoke too soon. Today in Entertainment Weekly he once again delves down into the character’s sex life (or lack there of). It contains a lot of what he’s said in the past about Marston and S&M and asserting that’s why the comics were so popular. Oh, why should I recap when you can read it yourself.
“For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit.”
(Panel by Kevin Maguire, Keith Giffen, J M DeMatteis et al, from Justice League International #18, 1988)
Dave McKean’s cover to FA # 109, 1989.
The same issue contained a Neil Gaiman interview, which was accompanied by “Neil’s original computer notes for his Sandman project”, including;
One of the things that bothers me I guess about Superman’s current status quo is the fact that Lois Lane is absent from his life in a significant manner. This isn’t to say I’m anti- Wonder Woman, I love Wonder Woman as a character. The thing is, Lois was Clark’s anchor to the real world. She grounded him and made him realize the complexity of normal human beings.
I worked on the Superman books for the better part of three years and this was the only time that I got to draw this side of their relationship.
Lois Lane is as much a part of the Superman legacy as Clark Kent is. Someone forgot that along the way.
One of my greatest points of pride in my career is that I along with the immensely talented Chris Roberson got to close out this chapter of Superman’s history.
My regret is that I didn’t get to stay longer.
I agree on every point, in every particular. It was an honor to do that last issue with Jamal.