Report Card | From ‘Wonder Woman,’ to ‘Herobear’ to ‘Vibe’
Welcome to “Report Card,” our week-in-review feature. If “Cheat Sheet” is your guide to the week ahead, “Report Card” is typically a look back at the top news stories of the previous week, as well as a look at the Robot 6 team’s favorite comics that we read.
So find out what we thought about Thunderbolts, Wonder Woman, Herobear and the Kid, Vibe and more.
Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Sam Levitin, who was her liaison to Archie after her legal feud with the company and Co-CEO Jon Goldwater was settled last year. Levitin has responded that Silberkleit “lacks functional communication skills and has an unstable temperament” and has a “venomous and destructive effect” at the company. Levitin asked the court in December to remove Silberkleit as a trustee of the company, and she responded in April with the allegation of sexual harassment against both Levitin and Archie Comics. An outside firm hired by Archie determined that her claims were “unfounded,” and the publisher is not a party in the latest lawsuit.
The Tampa Bay Comic Con saw their attendance jump from just 550 attendees in 2010 to an expected 20,000 at this weekend’s convention. The growth hasn’t come without some annoyances; the Tampa Tribune reports that fans were met with long lines to get into the door and into the exhibition hall. The convention this year welcomed several stars from Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as comic creators like George Perez, Frank Brunner, Mike McKone and Jimmy Palmiotti, among others.
The school board in the Japanese city of Matsue has restricted student access to Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen, the autobiographical story of a six-year-old boy who survived the Hiroshima bombing. The board ruled that the book will remain in elementary and junior high school libraries but only teachers will have access to it; students will not be allowed to check it out.
Update: The school board has lifted the restrictions against Barefoot Gen.
And finally, at Fan Expo Canada, Canada Post revealed five stamps celebrating the 75th anniversary of Superman and the hero’s Toronto roots. Superman co-creator Joe Shuster was born in the city, and the Toronto Daily Star building served as the model for the Daily Planet. The stamps depict the Man of Steel in five eras, by five different artists: Superman #1 (1939), by Shuster; Superman #32 (1945), by Wayne Boring; Superman #233 (1971), by Neal Adams; Superman #204 (2004), by Jim Lee; and Superman Annual #1 (2012), by Kenneth Rocafort. They’re sold in sheets of 10, with the booklet covers featuring art by Shuster, Lee, Rocafort and Dick Giordano.