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40 YEARS AGO: 1971

MUSIC

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

T. Rex – Electric Warrior

John Lennon – Imagine

The Who – Who’s Next

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers

FILM

A Clockwork Orange (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

THX-1138 (dir. George Lucas)

Straw Dogs (dir. Sam Peckinpah)

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (dir. Mel Stuart)

Dirty Harry (dir. Don Siegel)

COMICS

– Jack Kirby kicks off his main Fourth World saga with New Gods #1.

Swamp Thing debuts in #92 by Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson.

Blackmark by Gil Kane, an early graphic novel, is published.

Ra’s Al Ghul debuts in Batman #232 by Dennis O’Neil & Neal Adams.

Amazing Spider-Man #96-#98 by Stan Lee & Gil Kane published without Comics Code Authority Seal, due to storyline relating to drug use; an early victory against comics censorship after the witch hunts of the 1950s.

– Greg

70 Aspects Of Batman: 27

STEVE DITKO

From Wikipedia:

Stephen J. “Steve” Ditko (born November 2, 1927) is an American comic book artist and writer best known as the co-creator of the Marvel Comics heroes Spider-Man & Doctor Strange. Considered a legend by many for his co-creation of some of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Ditko’s post-1960s comics work has had little impact, and by the end of the 1990s he had retired from mainstream publishing. For most of the last few decades, Ditko has maintained a secretive profile, only occasionally self-publishing his Objectivist-inspired comics.

What more can I say about Ditko that I didn’t already here? Well, he drew Batman once, that’s what. As far as I can tell, the only time my favorite Objectivist artist ever drew the Dark Knight Detective was, bizarrely, in the pages of Man-Bat #1, from 1975. An extremely short-lived series (this was the first of only two issues before it was canceled), Man-Bat featured the exploits of Kirk Langstrom, a scientist whose experiments in things led him to become the incredibly-literal titular creature.

The 70s saw Ditko largely acting as a journeyman penciller, drawing varied books for varied publishers while working on his more personal Ayn Rand-inspired work. Hence his work on Man-Bat. Even on work-for-hire like this, Ditko’s quirky style shines through. I love how almost every one of his Batman renderings hides his face in complete shadow apart from his eyes. I don’t think I’ve seen another artist do that before.

Like Jack Kirby, Ditko did a lot of work for DC after leaving Marvel, creating or co-creating characters like The Creeper, Hawk & Dove and Shade, The Changing Man along the way. Also like Kirby, he rarely worked on DC’s most famous icons. So it’s a treat to see his take on Batman, even if it’s just in the form of a few pages in an obscure spin-off

– Greg

70 Aspects Of Batman: 26

MOEBIUS

From Wikipedia:

Jean Henri Gaston Giraud (born May 8, 1938[1]) is a French comics artist. Giraud has earned worldwide fame, not only under his own name but also under the pseudonym Moebius, and to a lesser extent Gir, the latter appearing mostly in the form of a boxed signature at the bottom of the artist’s paintings.

Jean Giraud was born in Nogent-sur-Marne, in the suburbs of Paris, in 1938.[2][3] At 18, he was drawing his own comic strip, “Frank et Jeremie” for the magazine Far West. In 1961, Giraud became an apprentice of Jijé, one of the leading comic artists in Europe of the time, and collaborated on an album of Jerry Spring.[3] In 1962 Giraud and writer Jean-Michel Charlier started the comic strip Fort Navajo for Pilote. It was a great hit and continued uninterrupted until 1974. The Lieutenant Blueberry character, created by Giraud and Charlier for Fort Navajo, quickly became its most popular character, and his adventures as told in the spin-off Blueberry, are possibly Giraud’s best known work in his native France. Giraud’s prestige in France – where comics are held in high artistic regard – is enormous; In 1988 Moebius was chosen, among 11 other winners of the prestigious Grand Prix of the Angoulême Festival, to illustrate a postage stamp set issued on the theme of communication. Under the names Giraud and Gir, he also wrote numerous comics for other comic artists like Auclair and Tardi.

The Moebius pseudonym, which Giraud came to use for his science fiction and fantasy work, was born in 1963. In a satire magazine called Hara-Kiri, Moebius did 21 strips in 1963–64 and then disappeared for almost a decade. In 1975 Métal Hurlant (a magazine which he co-created) brought it back and in 1981 he started his famous L’Incal series in collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky. Moebius’ famous serial The Airtight Garage and his groundbreaking Arzach also began in Métal Hurlant.

Moebius has contributed storyboards and concept designs to numerous science fiction films. In 1982 he collaborated with director René Laloux to create the science fiction feature-length animated movie Les Maîtres du temps (released in English as Time Masters) based on a novel by Stefan Wul. In 1988 Moebius worked on the American comic character The Silver Surfer with Stan Lee for a special two-part limited series. Giraud is also known to be a friend of filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. From December 2004 to March 2005, the two of them shared an exhibition at La Monnaie in Paris.

I don’t have much to say about Moebius as I haven’t read much of the stuff he’s worked on at all, shamefully. As I mentioned in one of the previous 70 AOB posts, my knowledge of European comics is sadly lacking when compared to what I know about the American or even Japanese variety. His linework is great, and his painted work is absolutely stunning. His Batman work (and his work in American comics in general) is quite limited, consisting of the pin-up at the top of the post and an 8-page story, examples of which can be seen above and below this paragraph. I can’t remember the circumstances, but this short story was intended for publication by DC as a bona fide Batman story until someone in the upper echelons nixed it, presumably due to its less than badass depiction of the Caped Crusader. The story was ultimately published by the Heavy Metal-inspired Penthouse Comix (which was related the smut magazine of the same name) in 1995 under the title “This Is Not A Batman Story”.

Thanks to Scott for the assist.

G.

40 YEARS AGO

MOVIES

PATTON (d. Franklin J. Schaffner)

M.A.S.H. (d. Robert Altman)

DODES’KA-DEN (d. Akira Kurosawa)

DOMICLE CONJUGAL aka BED AND BOARD (d. Francois Truffaut)

GIMME SHELTER (d. The Maysles Brothers)

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ALBUMS

DAVID BOWIE – THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD

THE BEATLES – LET IT BE

THE STOOGES – FUN HOUSE

JOHN LENNON – JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND


THE VELVET UNDERGROUND – LOADED

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COMICS


Fantastic Four #102 – The end of Stan Lee & Jack Kirby’s 102 consecutive issue-run, a comics milestone.

Lone Wolf & Cub by Kazuo Koike & Goseki Kojima begins in the pages of Weekly Manga Action.

Barry Windsor Smith’s run on Conan The Barbarian begins.


Detective Comics #395 is published, featuring the first Batman collaboration of Dennis O’Neil & Neal Adams.

Jack Kirby leaves Marvel Comics.

G.

Comic Book Greats: Rob Liefeld

HEY GUYS! Know who’s a comic book great?! That’s right!

 

RobLiefeld

 

ROB LIEFELD!

 

Because this video says so:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just to let you know, I don’t hate Rob Liefeld or anything. He seems like a nice enough guy with genuine enthusiasm for comics. But comic book great? Because X-Force #1 sold 5 million copies??? I think that has more to do with the polybagged trading cards than with anything else. But watch these videos, and enjoy the awkward repartee between Liefeld and Stan “The Man” Lee.

 

 

Thanks to The Comic Alliance.

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the SPIDER-MAN newspaper strip

Did you even know there was a newspaper comic strip starring Spider-Man?  The dang thing has been around for over thirty years and is interesting for a variety of reasons.  First, the strip is and always has been written by none other than Stan Lee.  Considering how famous this guy is in the world of comics you might think the strip would be somewhat celebrated as the only regular vehicle for Lee’s writing over the last three decades.


Stan Lee is so modern.

Originally, the strip was illustrated by John Romita, the well known artist that penciled The Amazing Spider-Man comic book from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.  The strip has had a few different artists over the years, but Larry Lieber (Stan Lee’s brother) has been the day-to-day penciler for several years now.


Ugh, seriously?!

The aspect of the newspaper strip that holds the most interest for me is that it exists outside of the Marvel Comics continuity.  Some common Spider-Man enemies from the comic book are absent from the strip and likewise there are villains that are exclusive to the strip.  Additionally, various Marvel super heroes make guest appearances with qualities that differ from their comic book situations.  Occasionally, major events will coincide between the book and strip, like Peter Parker’s marriage to Mary Jane Watson in the late 1980s or, much more recently, the “Brand New Day” storyline that ended the marriage (but which has been since reversed in the strip).


I hate all that wasted space at the top of the Sunday strip

In spite of its low profile, the newspaper strip must be read by many times more people than the actual comic book, which sells about 100,000 copies per issue.  Think about it!

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National Game Registry 1992: X-Men

X-MEN
original platform
arcade
developer/publisher
Konami
key personnel
Junya Nakano

Konami continued its beat-em-up co-domination with another licensed release.  Some configurations of the game allowed SIX players to play simultaneously, resulting in a raucous experience (and hopefully a few deaths).

X-Men was inducted on October 21st, 2009.

Return to the National Game Registry to view more inductees.