How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. As usual, we’re focusing on graphic novels, collected volumes, and first issues so that I don’t have to come up with a new way to say, “ Dark Horse Presents is still awesome!” every month. And I’ll continue letting Tom and Carla do the heavy lifting in regards to DC and Marvel’s solicitations.
Also, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell me what I missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.
Puss in Boots Movie Prequel – I don’t care for movie prequel comics as a rule, but swashbuckling cats are awesome in any incarnation. As long as these are fresh gags and not just ones warmed up from Shrek, I expect to enjoy this.
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, Book 1 - I just introduced my son to The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth a couple of weeks ago, so this is great timing. He had the same questions about The Dark Crystal‘s world that I always do, so I’m looking forward to seeing Archaia’s take on answering those. Totally feel like the world’s in good hands with this publisher and these creators.
The Sigh - If Archaia’s snagging Marjane Satrapi’s (Persepolis, Chicken With Plums) new book has been reported already, I missed it. I’m surprised that wasn’t bigger news.
Siegfried, Volume 1 – I’ve been meaning to read P Craig Russell’s Ring of the Nibelung adaptation for years, so I think this might be what pushes me to finally do it. It would be fun to read Russell’s and compare it to this version by Alex Alice.
Making comics is hard, and writer Chris Reilly was fed up and ready to quit—except, being a comics writer, he didn’t put it quite that way: “Prior to this book I was about to throw in the towel, feeling as though as my guilt, fear and sorrow had tossed a blanket over my joy and beat it with a pillowcase of frozen hate balls,” he wrote in his blog last December.
Then fate intervened, in the form of a little green lump of clay. Reilly is writing a brand-new Gumby comic to be published by the eponymous Gumby Comics in September. Jorge Santillan, his collaborator on Punch and Judy, is illustrating the 24-page one-shot comic, which will feature two characters never before seen in the 55-year history of the character: Gumby’s grandparents. Like all good Gumby comics, it is chock full of joyous non sequiturs:
There’s a new player in Clokeyville, an off-kilt philanthropist named Mr. Golfer! What is Golfer’s secret? What are the Wooly Mammals? Why are there astronauts selling the founding fathers the Andrew Jackson? Who stole Picnic Park? Who is helping the nefarious Blockheads? And most importantly, how did Gumby become King of the Pirates?
And how is Chris doing now? “Working on this book has completely recharged my batteries and chased all the gremlins out of the garage,” he wrote back in December, and with more issues on the way, it looks like he will be busy for some time to come.
Karl Heitmueller Jr. has a great series of Comics Characters’ Favorite Musical Artists. The image above is only half of the fourth installment. You can – and certainly should – also check out Parts One, Two, and Three. Then come back and tell us if you can think of any great combinations that Heitmueller hasn’t done yet.