Axel-In-Charge: Extending "Secret Wars," Excitement for a "Totally Awesome Hulk"
Milestones | The famed Louvre in Paris finally has embraced comic strips with an exhibit of new works by such cartoonists as Nicolas de Crécy, Marc-Antoine Mathieu, Éric Liberge and Bernard Yslaire. In each of the comics, the Louvre serves as the principal location. [The Associated Press]
History | Marc Tyler Nobleman, author of the award-winning children’s book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman, discusses Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and their most famous creation: “The overwhelming success of Superman probably did doom them in this regard. If there had been no litigation, no bad blood, perhaps their creativity potential would not have been dampened and they would have come up with another lasting character. There is Jerry Siegel’s Spectre, but he, of course, doesn’t come within a galaxy of the iconic status of Superman.”
Nobleman also reveals plans for a book devoted to Bill Finger. [Comix 411]
Pop culture | Hero author Perry Moore talks about faith, his gay superhero, and the Showtime adaptation he’s producing with Stan Lee: “Look at these tent-pole gay movies like Milk and Brokeback that straight people get behind. The heroes die terrible deaths or endure terrible tragedies. And the characters like us that we see on TV are often the gay version of the Stepin Fetchit stereotype. Mine will be the first show where the gay character is a true hero and he isn’t doomed.” [Religion Dispatches]
Webcomics | Blogger Sean Kleefeld examines a clever marketing idea: the call from G.L. Nelson, creator of The Sergeant and Professor Skeary Winslow, for people to appear in his comic’s crowd scenes. [Kleefeld on Comics]
Comic strips | The seldom-timely Hi and Lois comments on superhero morality. [Comics Worth Reading]