In 1989, a few years after his red-hot Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters prestige format mini-series, Mike Grell was handed the keys to James Bond:
This 3-issue mini-series was co-published by Eclipse and ACME Press.
On his blog, writer J.M. DeMatteis has the entirety of his mid-90s film treatment for a Daredevil movie, for producer/screenwriter Chris Columbus and his 1492 Pictures company.
THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR
Final Draft Treatment
J. M. DeMatteis
—on the Manhattan neighborhood called Hell’s Kitchen, fifteen years ago, where we find a gang of teenagers strutting their stuff down the hot summer streets. The clear leader of the group is sixteen year old MATT MURDOCK…a cocky young Cagney, with energy, anger, and an attitude. He’s the focus of the group’s attention: their unquestioned leader.
Welcome back to Splash Wednesday, where I’ll be featuring splash pages from various comics books, and reprinting posts from my old blog with the same feature.
This week, I’d like to throw the spotlight on Keith Giffen, from his Image era. That’s right, it’s…Trencher!
This page is from Images of Shadowhawk #1. Thanks again to Matt Kish for the page.
And here’s the classic page, from the Ferret Press blog, May 12, 2010. Text and selection by Craig Bogart:
From Marvel Premiere #15, by Gil Kane: Wendell Rand has a very bad day while searching for the lost city of K’un Lun, thanks to the machinations of a jealous business partner.
When they first announced the series, I couldn’t muster much enthusiasm. What’s the point of a Batman show without Batman, you know? But in the time leading up to tonight’s premiere, I liked what I was seeing in terms of the cast, the tone, the direction. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but given my love of the source material, I was definitely…curious.
So what’s the short verdict? Well, based on the first episode, I have to say that I liked what I saw. I’m definitely in for the full season, provided the show survives the ratings game.
I originally thought that going with a straight-up adaptation of the Gotham Central series would have made for a more interesting show. But given that Warner Brothers would never have allowed Batman to appear in such a TV show, the producers definitely did the right thing by focusing on a prequel of sorts.
Having a young Detective James Gordon as the focal protagonist was a good move. He’s principled, headstrong, and tenacious; an easy hero figure to relate to amidst the moral ambiguity of a merciless metropolis. Having him partnered up with Bullock, an amoral, opportunistic, tortured anti-hero was also smart. I can see a great dynamic developing between the two characters, as they play off each other. In re-imagining the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents as part of a larger conspiracy, the show has a nice mystery at its core, around which the various characters can come into conflict with each other.
Fish Mooney, the ambitious crime boss played with great verve by Jada Pinkett Smith, was definitely one of the pleasant surprises of the show. I was worried there would be the temptation to have her play an over-the-top type of villain, but I think Smith struck a nice balance between realism and comic book villainy.
As for the other, better-known inhabitants of the Batman mythos (Catwoman, Poison Ivy, The Riddler), we only saw small glimpses, but I’m looking forward to seeing how they interact more with the ongoing story. In particular, I liked recasting The Riddler’s alter ego, Edward Nygma, as a police forensics scientist. Nice touch. And of course, there was the perfect casting of Robin Taylor in the role of The Penguin. I thought he struck the right kind of balance between sadistic thug and powerless victim. The bit with the broken leg was a nice touch, bringing in that body horror aspect of the character.
The writing was good, though not without some rough spots. The Gordon/Penguin scene at the end was very predictable, for example. But then again, every show, even the best ones, tend to have an uneven first few episodes, while the creators, cast, and crew are still trying to figure out the exact nature of their beast. But I think Gotham is off to a decent start, which isn’t exactly high praise, but it’s much better than what I thought FOX was going to deliver.
Since I kicked off the week with an 80s fantasy comic, I figured I’d stick to the theme, so here’s the cover to Unicorn Isle #5:
Cover art by Nicholas Koenig, published May 1987 by Apple Comics (issue 1 & 2 came out through WaRP Graphics). I know nothing about this series, though. And I have a feeling it never completed its planned 12-issue run.
I will be a guest this Saturday, September 20 at the Ohio River Festival of Books, at the Big Sandy Convention Center in Huntington, WV .
There are programs throughout the week, though, including the Keynote event on Friday, September 19, at 6:30 p.m. with Marc Brown, author of the bestselling Arthur books, as well as the creator of the six-time Emmy Award–winning (with 17 nominations) PBS animated Arthur series. Featured authors will include Craig Johnson, S.G. Redling, Bethany Griffin, Anna Smucker, and many others.
I will be presenting a panel titled “A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Comics and Graphic Novels” on Saturday, from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
The event is free to the public, and also features music and activities for kids. Be sure to check their website for the full schedule of panels, signing authors, and other events.
So my friend Matt Kish has been posting some cool splash pages from older comics on his Facebook page lately. This reminded me of a weekly feature we used to have on my old Ferret Press blog called Splash Wednesday, which was originated by another fellow PANEL Collective member, Craig Bogart. Matt suggested I resurrect that feature on my blog.
So here we are.
Every Wednesday, I’ll feature a new splash page, plus one from the Ferret Press archives (we had 97 posts in that category, so I’ve got plenty of material!) And since this is the inaugural post in the new(ish) feature, I’m going to do you one better and throw in a 3rd page as well. Don’t ever say I did nuthin’ for ya!
Kicking off the new stuff is the breathtaking art of J.H. Williams III, from Batwoman #16:
Next up, a page contributed by the aforementioned Mr. Kish. This is a double-page splash from The Mighty Thor #380, the classic all-splash-page issue by the legendary Walt Simonson:
And finally, here’s a classic Splash Wednesday page from May 5, 2010, with original commentary by Mr. Craig Bogart:
A long while ago I commented on the overuse of splash pages to pad a book that is light on story. Most new comics I’ve seen have half a dozen full page pinup shots whose sole aim is to rob the reader of additional story, and no moment in a story is too mundane to get the full page treatment. While reading an older book the other day I was reminded that splash pages can be kinda cool if they’re used for an actual dramatic moment or to showcase an outstanding piece of artwork. So, I had the notion to start another weekly blog feature: Splash Wednesday.
Our first entry is from the comic that got me started on this line of thinking: Thor # 237 by John Buscema. Behold Hercules averting disaster at Coney Island in the form of a falling ferris wheel.
Starting this week, the ICS feature will be moving to a Tue/Thr update schedule, so I can free up Wednesday for a new (old) feature. What could it be? Tune in tomorrow and find out!
Today’s cover is from a black-and-white fantasy comic titled Dragon Of The Valkyr, published in the mid-80s by RAK Graphics:
I love behind-the-scenes type posts from pros. On his blog, British writer Pat Mills (co-creator of Marshal Law, amongst many others) talks about some of his misadventures in Hollywood. Here’s a snippet:
“Then there was the boss of a media company that’s a household name who ‘definitely’ wanted to do a whole range of projects featuring my characters, including Marshal Law. They were ‘very, very serious’. This time there was ‘definitely no bullshit’. Lots of time-consuming meetings and presentations ensued. This was followed by sending me some really expensive and impressive state of the art gear. It would be relevant for the projects they had in mind for me. So that made me think, wow, they must be serious! Six months went by with no news and no response to my emails and I finally realised it was dead. But I think I won on that one. I got a good price for all that gear at Cash Converters.”
Please to be enjoying these 3 Green Arrow animated shorts from DC Nation.