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Comics A.M. | Brett Ewins out of jail; Ali Farzat continues to fight

Brett Ewins

Creators | Former 2000AD artist Brett Ewins has been freed on bail after a judge reduced his charge to assult. Ewins, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, was accused of stabbing a police officer in a January altercation that left the 56-year-old artist hospitalized in serious condition. Because Ewins has already served nine months, part of it in a hospital (where he was in a coma), it’s unlikely he’ll have to go back behind bars. [Sex, Drugs, & Comic Books]

Creators | Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat, who escaped to Kuwait after the Syrian security police beat him and broke his hands, is now living in Egypt and continuing to draw cartoons supporting the Syrian revolution. “Fear has been defeated in Syria when the people marched 19 months ago against tyranny,” he said. “I began to directly draw people in power including Assad and his government officials, to break the barrier of fear, that chronic fear that Syrians suffered from for 50 years.” [Reuters]

Stan Lee

Creators | What’s Stan Lee up to these days? Kirk Baird checks in for a quick chat about Marvel, Lee’s relationship with Jack Kirby, and his POW! Entertainment. Asked about comparisons of the Lee-Kirby creative relationship to that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, “and that neither of you were as potent once you quit working together,” the 89-year-old writer replied: “Well, I hate to say this, but he really never had a hit when he left Marvel and went to DC. He never had another Fantastic Four or Thor or anything, I mean, he did a lot of books, but they weren’t great successes.” [San Angelo Standard-Times]

Comics | M. Lynx Qualey looks at the burgeoning graphic novel scene in the Middle East, where Diamond Comic Distributors executive Kuo-Yi Lang sees enormous potential. The article includes interviews with creators from around the area, including Amir and Khalil, the creators of Zahra’s Paradise. [Egypt Independent]

The Only Living Boy

Creators | David Gallaher, co-creator of High Moon, Box 13 and, most recently, The Only Living Boy, talks about his experiences with digital comics, starting with DC’s Zuda. [The Beat]

Creators | Tom Spurgeon talks to Theo Ellsworth, creator of Sleeper Car, Capacity and The Understanding Monster. [The Comics Reporter]

Conventions | Morag MacPherson rounds up the news from Wizard World Austin, including the First Comics panel, some brief creator chats, and cosplay photos. [Comicbook.com]

Retailing | Galesburg, Illinois, retailer Alternate Realities, which carries both comics and games, has changed hands, and new owners Charles Pigg III and Greg Jacobs, have an interesting arrangement, with Jacobs owning the building and the gaming part of the business and Pigg handling comics. [Galesburg.com]

Digital comics | ICv2 looks at the possible impact that two new tablets, the iPad Mini and Microsoft’s Surface, will have on digital comics. [ICv2]

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Jack Kirby went to DC in, what, 1970? I love him, but did Stan Lee ever create another big hit after 1970?

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Yeah i gotta disagree with Stan. Kirby didn’t have a lot of success with DC but he absolutely crushed it with all the 4th world stuff. He basically created a whole universe from scratch. Yeah the hipster dialogue was corny but the concepts and themes are timeless.

No disrespect to Lee, who was definitely the scripter of the Lee-Kirby team (witness Kirby’s scripting when he flew solo) and likely did come up with many of the concepts, but while Kirby’s 1970s work may not have enjoyed the same level of success as the Lee-Kirby material, his characters do frequently appear in DC titles. Lee’s most successful character since the split was She-Hulk and even that wasn’t his initial idea, but rather a business decision to have a female Hulk that by some miracle actually produced a great character.

But Lee with Kirby (and with Ditko and Romita on Spider-Man) did produce some revolutionary concepts that he’s rightfully proud of.

the other jason

October 29, 2012 at 9:15 am

I’m going to vote that editorial momentum at Marvel kept the FF and Thor moving forward into the awesome juggernauts they are today. DC effectively shut down Kirby’s work as soon as he left — can you imagine if Marvel had shuttered Thor as soon as Kirby moved onto some other project? It would have disappeared as effectively as the Demon did.

The stuff Kirby did without Stan, even with the unreadable nonsense dialogue, is far superior than anything Stan did after Kirby left. And fandom has sense learned that Kirby’s “fourth world” sales were not that bad — not bad enough to have his books canceled. Several interviews in Two Morrows books have revealed that Infantino shut down Kirby for his own reasons — perhaps he was jealous that Kirby would end up taking away his job.

But I forgive Stan for spouting off, because he’s so dang old. Anybody still kicking at that age deserves a free pass to say anything they want. (But if Kirby was alive, Jack would straighten out Stan, wouldn’t he?)

I think that Lee has a point in that Kirby created a lot of characters at Marvel that are instantly recognizable to non-comic-reading people but almost none of his DC creations have that level of recognition. I think that creatively, Kirby’s DC stuff is right up there with his Marvel work, but it’s simply not as iconic. (Do note, though, that I don’t think Lee is making any claims about his own individual creative success after Ditko and Kirby left, either.)

Kirby created Mister Miracle and the Demon at DC. These 2 chatacters alone are worth more than any character Stan has created since the 70’s. I love Stan but what’s that about stones and glass houses?

“Do note, though, that I don’t think Lee is making any claims about his own individual creative success after Ditko and Kirby left, either.”

I was about to say the same thing Peter – well put.

But here’s the thing, S.T. and Peter: He doesn’t say anything about his own lack of success in creating iconic characters, post-Kirby, so the implication is that Kirby was less potent without him. He could’ve said something a lot more diplomatic instead of zinging Kirby.

But, like Jake, I pretty much give Stan a pass. It’ll be a sad day when he’s no longer with us.

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