Friday, November 21, 2014

Marvel revives Howard the Duck

One of the 1980s worst movies was one of the 70s best comics. Those of us who read Howard the Duck in the the Steve Gerber years have fond memories of this funny, edgy title.

There have been sporadic, not very successful or very funny, revivals since. But Howard was pretty much invisible for a while before turning up earlier this year in the  post-credits scene of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" film.

Now Marvel has announced a new "Howard" comic set to appear this spring by writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones.

Entertainment Weekly, today, has an interview with the duo:

...what’s Howard going to be like? The original Steve Gerber run was subversive in a pretty groundbreaking way, and over the years Howard would go into some really unsettling places. What’s Howard to you, then? You’ll be essentially introducing the character to a lot of readers given his moment at the end of Guardians—what should they know about him? What makes him interesting?

ZDARSKY: He’s an everyman who happens to be a duck! He’s angry, exasperated, and he’s had it up to here with the world around him, but he’s trapped here! Infinitely relatable!
I love the contrast of Howard against both the normal world of us hairless apes and the weird worlds of Man-Things and Dr. Stranges and Spider-Mans. Cause he doesn’t fit into either, really. I’m just going to continue exploring those contrasts, but my ultimate goal is to make it funny. Marvel has taken chances on funny books and injecting humor into superhero titles, so I want to make sure this is worth some chuckles here and there.

Pop artifact: Vintage Ideal Batman playset

Fab Friday: Beatles snapshots

Today's best picture ever: Dizzy Gillespie

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The secret lives of vinyl hoarders

Man, I like pictures of record collections that make mine look rational.

Check out these pics and profiles of serious record collectors at Medium. The piece is a teaser for author/photographer Eilon Paz's beautiful but pricey book "Dust & Grooves: Adventures in Record Collecting."

Today's best picture ever: Sonny and Cher

Pop artifact: Vintage Batman picture game

New comics Nov. 19, 2014: Buffy Vol. 10; Batman '66 - The Lost Episode; Teen Titans Celebration; Sandman Dust Covers; Silver Surfer Epic Collection; George Evans - Aces High; Art of Modesty Blaise

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