Another week, another pile o' links.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: So if Disney and Marvel produce a crossover between their respective "universes," what match-up are you most itching to see? Me, I'm partial to "Beauty & the Beast and the Beast," myself.
NEWS FLASH! Disney buys Marvel for four billi-- oh, you heard? From everyone? Did your stock go up, at least? Anyway, the sale gives me the excuse to post this drawing by Chris Samnee, so I'm going to do it:
No matter how the merger thing eventually goes, this sole drawing makes it all worth it.
And if it doesn't do it for you, there's always MOSCROOGE, by Ryan Dunleavy:
The internets are probably overloaded with great mash-ups by now. For instance, there's also Adam Koford's Gooflactus:
And don't forget Khary Randolph's Mickey/Wolverine amalgam:
A boatload more can be found here, at SuperPunch!
ITEM! At The Vault, Scott Harris interviews Jim Salicrup, former Marvel editor and current honcho of Papercutz, publisher of Tales from the Crypt, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and Classics Illustrated:
The reason my Papercutz publishing partner, Terry Nantier, and I decided to produce graphic novels for all ages, is that we both felt that the comics industry wasn't paying enough attention to kids, especially girls, and we wanted to see if we could produce great comics would reach that audience. Terry and I both grew up reading some of the best comics in the world-- Terry loved the great European graphic novels, I loved 60s Marvel Comics, and we both are crazy about Tintin -- so we both know that kids can appreciate great writing and great artwork in comics, and we both hate the idea that comics should in any way be dumbed down for kids. We remember how smart kids really are.
ITEM! The Vancouver Sun writes a letter to Betty Cooper with advice on how to get over Archie:
Oh, Betty. So smart, so capable, so generous. I hate to break it to you, but for 67 years, you've actually been a lousy role model for the world's young women. He was the plausible user and abuser. But you were the enabler. You came crawling back, time and time again, to perpetuate one of pop culture's most dysfunctional codependent relationships.
ITEM! The Mindless Ones converge again for annocommentations on the latest issue of Batman & Robin:
Why has it taken so long for a Batman comic to emerge that recognizes tehdarquenight’s true pallette, that incorporates the colour schemes of streetlight, strip joint, ad hoarding and nightclub and the internal lightshow of psychotic states and hallucinogenics?
NEW ABHAY! New Abhay is always reason to celebrate. Over at the Savage Critic, he reviews the Nocenti/Aja back-up from the recent Daredevil #500, a story apparently worth all five dollars of the cover price by its lonesome:
The three photos turn out to be meaningful to Daredevil—to the reader, too, if they knows their Daredevil “lore.” If they can put images into context.
Which: I mean, that’s kind of writing comics right there, isn’t it? You pick out still images, little bits of the past frozen in time, and you throw them into another person, hope they stick…? If Ann Nocenti is a character in this story, she’s not the old yelling-guy or the praying girl or the distant steel God; she’s Bullseye. She can’t kill Daredevil—all she can do is hurt him as much as she can.
And then he reviews the rest of the issue. He is less enthused about that, but that's when the review gets much funnier.
ITEM! Sean T. Collin's essay on Cable/Soldier X over at Robot 6 is a great read. So go, read.
ITEM! Johnny Bacardi wishes Walt Simonson a happy birthday with a look back at the short-lived Pasko/Simonson run on Metal Men.
COVERED! Let's check up again on the Covered! blog, where snazzy artists homage some of their favorite comic covers. Among my favorites are David King's Jimmy Olsen, Mark Grambau's Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and James Powell's Tom and Jerry:
HARK! A VAGRANT! Kate Beaton's got a new one up, with Holmes and the dueling Watsons. Quality hilarity!
And since I started this post she's got another new one up! Hurray:
REMAKE/REMODEL RETURNS! And it's a doozy this week, what with the fantastic Flamingo! And right from the starting gate, Andre Navarro comes in and wins all the internets:
I also dug Annie Wu's version:
DO TWO HALF-SHELLS MAKE A WHOLE? This can't be true, can it? Are they really doing an animated special teaming the animated 80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the animated 00's Turtles? Can such a thing exist outside of my wildest dreams? Did somebody slip me peyote?:
REALLY NOT COMICS DEPT: Shit My Dad Says is the best reason I've seen yet for the existence of Twitter. To wit:
"You need to flush the toilet more than once...No, YOU, YOU specifically need to. You know what, use a different toilet. This is my toilet."
"Your brother brought his baby over this morning. He told me it could stand. It couldn't stand for shit. Just sat there. Big let down."
"The dog don't like you planting stuff there. It's his backyard. If you're the only one who shits in something, you own it. Remember that."