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Any newly released Hawkstuff out there for consumption this week? Let's take a look and see! Batman Confidential #51 -- Continuing the story from the previous issue featuring the classic Justice League, the Winged Wonder should put in at least a token appearance in this issue. Brightest Day #15 -- I just received my copy of Brightest Day #13 last night, and it was the first of my new comics I read. Needless to say I was beaming like an idiot and need to read it again. It's pretty clear that Johns (because this is Johns' story and not Tomasi) is using stuff that he either couldn't or did not get the chance to get to in his Volume 4 run, and massaging it to fit into the current status quo. And I am personally fine with that. This particular issue looks to be a Martian Manhunter showcase but the Hawks might pop up on a tease or "look in."
As we enter the Christmas (oh excuse me "Holiday") season, most of us end up going to the Post Office way too often to mail out gifts or cards (or in my case, eBay auctions). So I thought that this postcard was appropriate. Based on the Hawkman stamp which was part of the USPS's DC Super Heroes collection a few years back, it features a classic looking Murphy Anderson Winged Wonder. This is a sharp looking postcard which if I had ever seen it for sale in my local PO I would have bought. There was a second Hawkman related stamp and postcard, but that is a post for another day... Image: Hawkman postcard, 2006, Murphy Anderson, image obtained from eBay.
Things have been pretty crazy at El Casa Del Jacone the last week. I moved to a new position at work and thus did not have my computer all week. This was coupled with getting a new HVAC unit installed at the house, plus Turkey Day, Black Friday, Xmas decorating and watching the Panthers blow it -- it's a wonder I am here at all. I am going to try to get back on track with some posts for all of my loyal readers out there, so keep watching this space. Thanks and I hope everyone had a good American Thanksgiving holiday!
The month rolls on, and the stream of Hawk related stuff continues as well. Brightest Day #14 -- Apparently, the previous issue was the one I was waiting for, but of course that was the first one which I had ordered through DCBS. Hopefully I will have both it and this issue in my hands shortly. I am not sure when exactly they ship their books. But you folks will be... among the first to know! DC Universe Legacies #7 -- This issue, which deals with the death of Superman and the breaking of Batman, could theoretically feature the Volume 3 take on Katar Hol, although I wouldn't hold my breath.
I have never read an issue of Comic Reader, although I have occasionally seen an issue here or there in a back issue bin. If I ever come across this issue, I'll buy it just for the cover. We have a very Silver Age style cover with the Winged Wonder and Adam Strange being pursued by an alien vessel. Definitely brings back memories of the adventures those two, along with their super-hot and super-tough wives, had back in the day. Makes me nostalgic! Image: Comic Reader #180, 1980, ????.
This image, provided to yours truly by the always resourceful Shag, is from Superboy #1, written by Jeff Lemire and with art by Pier Gallo. On the last page of the issue we get these teaser images, including that Thanagarian looking chum in the bottom panel. According to an interview with Lemire over at The Superman Homepage, the character is named Hawklad and is part of a group named (as is evident here) The New Titans. And as for the mysterious "New Titans" I won't tell you what their story is yet, but the characters are as follows: Hawklad, Negative Lad, Elongated-Lass and The Bat-Man. Oh and one of them is Tim Drake! Who is Hawklad? Hawkman was never represented in the Teen Titans traditionally (and no, Golden Eagle doesn't count) because Hawkgirl held the dual position of love interest and sidekick. But with the seeming re-emergence of Thanagar in titles as varied as Rann-Thanagar War (and Holy War), World of New Krypton, and Brightest Day, now seems as good a time as any to introduce a young Thanagarian Wingman to adventure on Earth. Of course, I doubt it will be that easy, but should be fun reading if nothing else. Image: Teaser page from Superboy #1, 2010, Pier Gallo.
Issue: Hawkman v.2:no.1 Title: "Secrets..." Published Date: Aug 1986 Generation: Silver Age Katar and Shayera Retcon Status: Out of Continuity Summary: One year after the opening salvo of the Shadow War, the Thanagarians continue to play their quiet invasion of Earth. Meanwhile, Hawkman and Hawkwoman are frustrated with their lack of progress thanks to their detector not being able to give them enough notice to stop incoming Thanagarians from hiding out amongst humanity. As they ponder this, the alarm goes off. The two heroes suit up, blowing off a meeting with Midway City Museum press secretary Joe Tracy to investigate a landing at the Justice Center. They arrive at the Center to find Captain Frazier and his team already there. The prisoners have managed to seize control of the building and black it out, plus shoot down a police helicopter from the roof. The Hawks spring into action, dropping gas bombs on the roof. But when they land, they find no escapees, only the Shadow-Thief! The Thief mocks the Winged Wonders, and tells tham that his employers want to make them an offer -- rejoin the Thanagarians! Hawkman is having nothing of it, but Shadow-Thief has a new trick up his sleeve, as he is able to control his tangibility by thought! He then brings the escaped prisoners onto the roof from the Thanagarian Distortion Field he was controlling. Thief makes a fast getaway while the Hawks mop up the prisoners. The next day at the museum, Carter and Shiera's office is bust into by Joe Tracy, along his fellow employee Coral. Tracy raves at the two curators and makes veiled threats before storming off. Coral explains that Joe is back on the bottle, and that he has been a wreck since the death of Mavis Trent, whom he harbored a secret love for. She promises to calm him down, but she is lying; we see that Coral is a Thanagarian agent who has been enabling Joe's drinking. The confrontation with Joe inspires Carter to reinvestigate the previous landing sites, and this time the Hawks come across a hood ornament from the "Hyathis Corporation" -- the name of the entity which brought so much despair to Thanagar. Glad to find a new angle, they have no idea what awaits them -- for the Thanagarians are busy rigging the upcoming Presidential election, while Joe Tracy has published an expose revealing the true identities of Hawkman and Hawkwoman! Review: The new series begins much the way Shadow War ended, which is appropriate, given as it's the same creative team for the most part. It's definitely got that mid-80s style, sort of a modernized take on the classic setup. It's interesting to see how Isabella was revamping the Hawks in a very subtle sort of way now that we have the luxury of being able to look ahead at what Truman and Ostrander would do a few years down the road. Still, I enjoyed this issue and it made me very eager to see how the various plots would play out. Plus, I dig Howell's rendition of the Shadow-Thief, always a favorite of mine. The last page shocker took me totally by surprise! Image: Hawkman v.2:no.1, 1986, Richard Howell.
We have only one item with actual Hawkstuff in it this week, so we're also going to take a look at some other items from around the DC Universe. JLA Deluxe Edition v.4 HC -- This hardcover collection of Grant Morrison's time on JLA includes a big blowout battle against the Injustice League as well as a throwdown with the Crime Syndikate. Hawkgirl figures into this collection, and if you squint you can see her on the cover as well. All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold #1 -- I've read an issue here and there of the earlier version of this series, and it's great fun, just like the TV show. Not sure why they relaunched it, but if the quality remains the same DC should have a contestant winner here. DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day #2 -- I bought the first one of these "psuedo-trades" because it featured two issues of Hawkman v.4 which have never been collected anywhere else. Some folks balk at the $7.99 price tag, but really, for 96 pages and no ads, that's not bad at all, considering that most "true" trade paperbacks nearly twice that price don't have twice the page count. Case in point: the Justice League of America: When Worlds Collide trade from last month was $14.99 for 176 pages. So the pricing is right in line with these, and they seem to reprinting stuff you can't find elsewhere. So I am cool with it. This issue focuses on Firestorm and the Martian Manhunter, so I may pick it up as well, although we know what Frank thinks about J'Onn's adventures under Mandrake... Ame-Comi Steel PVC Figure -- At first I thought this was going to be a meka'd out version of John Henry Irons, but alas, it's his niece. Which makes more sense, but man, a Super Robot-esque (because I don't think they would make him Real Robot style) Steel would be pretty sweet! JLA Classified Zoom -- REVERSE FLASH IN THE HOUSE!
As promised, here is the Hawkgirl magnet from the Brightest Day magnet set by Ata-boy. Much like the Hawkman magnet is not a depiction of the Hawkman from Brightest Day, this Hawkgirl magnet is clearly the previous incarnation of the character, Kendra Saunders. Still, I am not going to complain about Hawkgirl merchandise, especially a nicely designed little magnet like this. I'm seriously considering ordering this set to help build up the "cool fridge magnets" for my son when he gets older. This image looks like Ivan Reis to me... anyone out there have any thoughts? Image: Hawkgirl magnet, 2010, image retrieved from Ataboy.com
Thanks to Shag (who bears the Honor Wings), we have a look at the Hawkman magnet from Ata-boy! I wasn't sure if you'd seen these new magnets from ata-boy. They were solicited as a Brightest Day magnet set, but in several cases they used old costumes. I picked up the Firestorm magnet at my local comic shop. Well, it's not exactly a Brightest Day rendition of Hawkman, but a Murphy Anderson (I think...) Hawkman magnet is still a worthwhile investment in my book. I like the very traditional, classic Silver Age look the Winged Wonder is sporting here. I mean, look at the build, the slim wings, and the chain mace. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Katar Hol right here! Come back later and get a peek at the Hawkgirl magnet from the same set! Image: Hawkman magnet, 2010, image retrieved from Ataboy.com
Hawkman, along with the rest of the Satellite era Justice League, crops up in the oversized Batman Confidential #50, which is in stores now. The issue features artwork by Jerry Bingham, who handled the art chores on Son Of The Demon waaay back in the day. The hype piece from The Source suggests that Hawkman will at least make some appearances for the next few issues as well. Might be worth checking out in collected form, if for nothing else than seeing the Winged Wonder looking very spiffy! Image: Page from Batman Confidential #50, 2010, Jerry Bingham.
So, when everyone else besides me heads down to the LCS today, will they find anything new in the way of Hawk-related stuff? Let's look and see! Brightest Day #13 -- Between the cover and the preview (as we saw yesterday) this issue catches back up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Hawkworld. Rumors abound on how the events of Brightest Day are going to somehow combine the Earth and Thanagarian Hawk-mythos into one. Which isn't that far fetched when you consider that Carter Hall was reborn on Thanagar, in Katar Hol's body, and Volume 4 featured several Thanagarian elements. Still, is there a logical way to mix the two? Speculation abounds, although I think the revelation from Blackest Night (supported in Brightest Day) that life began on Earth (and ostensibly spread, including to Thanagar) may have something to do with it. One I have concocted -- that Khufu and Chayera are not the trapped souls, that they themselves were reincarnated from older, Thanagarian lovers. Does it work? Who knows? And who cares! Right now I am just enjoying the ride!
Thanks to DC's Source blog, we have a preview of Brightest Day #13, featuring the Winged Wonders! High above the clouds of the Nth City on Hawkworld, Hawkman takes center stage, as he begins an all-out assault to save his beloved. But back on Earth, who will the White Lantern ring choose as its bearer and, in turn, the protector of the planet? The last page will shock you. All in an issue's work from the all-pro team of Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Ardian Syaf, Ivan Reis and Joe Prado. BRIGHTEST DAY #13 arrives tomorrow. Looks awesome! Unfortunately, I am going to have to wait to read it! D'oh! Oh, and evidently the cover featuring the Hawks is not the variant cover, but the standard. Sweet! Image" Brightest Day #13, 2010, David Finch.
Well, we reported to you a few weeks ago that James Robinson made a slip-up regarding Hawkman at NYCC, and the rumor mill that he is working on a Hawkbook after Brightest Day has gained a lot of steam. Now we can attached a rumored artist to the rumored series -- Phillip Tan, currently the artist and co-plotter (with Dan DiDio) over on Outsiders. You'll recall that back in March at Emerald City Comic-Con, Tan offered up for sale a print of Hawkman... perhaps this was a sign of things to come? I still don't like the super-busy helmet design, but I generally have dug his work on Outsiders and wouldn't mind seeing him take a crack at the Winged Wonders. Of course, this is all speculation and hearsay, unless it is revealed to be true, at which point I will claim to have had inside information!
Thanks to rob! for this gem of a screencap, from one of the "Lost Episodes" of Superfriends. Hawkman looks great, right in line with this Super Powers toy. But what in the high holy heck is going on with Shayera's costume? Even if you didn't have the right color reference for the character, why would you go so left field from the colors of her partner whom she shares a superhero name with?! Did they think it was like Batman and Robin, where the colors are so wildly different. Furthermore, it's not even a good look; if the color scheme was better, at least it would be tolerable. Image: Superfriends Hawkman and Hawkgirl, image obtained from The Aquaman Shrine.
Is there any Hawk-related stuff we can expect to see at the local comic shops today? Let's find out! JLA/The 99 #1 -- Hawkman seems to play a pretty big role in this crossover, if his appearance on the covers and name-drops in the solicits are any indication. I like the idea of international heroes, but being a Red Stater and all I have my concerns as to where exactly this book's head is going to be at. In any event I'll wait and check it out in collected form.
Straight from The Source, check out this variant cover for Brightest Day #13 from David Finch. Seems like this one should have showed up earlier in the series, but it's still pretty sweet! Image: Brightest Day #13 variant cover, 2010, David Finch.
Sorry for the lame post today (and missing yesterday)... not sure what happened to me, but I guess I got preoccupied. So, to make up for it, please enjoy this image of the Hawks from Zero Hour. I may not have quality, but I have quantity!
Sweet merciful crap! From Toy News International: All new 2-packs of best-selling, previously-released DCUC figures available only at Walmart! Just like all other previous 2-packs, these packs contain figures and accessories only, not the Collect and Connect™ figure parts. Packs include Gentleman Ghost/Hawkgirl, and Superman/Parasite. Considering that I have never seen Hawkgirl nor the Gentleman Ghost in person, and both command fairly large prices on eBay (much more than I am going to pay for an action figure), this two-pack is like from toy heaven. It doesn't even look like they have been repainted either, just repackaged. The name makes me smile as well -- "Fates Intertwined," indeed, if you remember the Gentleman Ghost story from early in Volume 4. For what it's worth, I am really tempted by the Superman/Parasite set as well. Parasite is a great mid-card Superfoe, and I don't have a modern Superman toy. I will definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for these two in the coming weeks! Image: Walmart Exclusive DCUC "Fates Intertwined" set, 2010, image retrieved from Toy News International.
What kind of Hawk-related comics and stuff can we expect to see at the local comic shops this week? Let's take a look and find out. Brightest Day #12 -- We have been getting a whole lot of Firestorm and Aquaman lately in this series, and considering the cliffhanger of the previous issue I think we are going to get more of them. Which is alright, because I like those storylines. Still, I would like to see a Hawkman and Hawkgirl look-in if nothing else. Plus we got the return of the Black Lanterns, which raises all sorts of questions. Justice League of America: When Worlds Collide -- This JLA story not only features both Hawkman and Hawkgirl in pretty large roles, but also features longtime Hawkfoe Shadow-Thief as well. Beyond that, I like the Milestone characters and this price is certainly right (especially compared to the HC).
Issue: The Brave And The Bold #186 Title: "The Treasure Of The Hawk-God's Tomb!" Published Date: May 1982 Generation: Silver Age Katar Retcon Status: Changed Generations Summary: In Gotham City, the theft of an Egyptian relic, the Tomb Of Osiris, brings Hawkman into town to pair up with Batman to solve the case. After scaring the heck out of a local heavy, they get a lead that the Tomb is going to be auctioned off illegally. Museum curator Carter Hall pays a visit to a local collector known to traffic in hot items and strong-arms his way into getting an invite to the auction. Among the items to be auctioned is the Gotham City Falcon... which has not yet been stolen! So the duo head out and stake out the Falcon, and soon are joined by Anton Lamont, The Fadeaway Man! Using his Conjuring Cloak, he is able to keep the heroes off balance and escape with his loot. Hawkman and Batman suspect that Lamont is going to somehow double-cross the auction and line his own pockets, That night, as Carter Hall makes his way through the auction, the bidding is set to begin on the Tomb. Suddenly "Hall" tears off his disguise and is revealed to be Batman! A brawl breaks out, and the guests who pour out are promptly arrested. Before Batman can get his hands on Lamont, he fades away and escapes. Commissioner Gordon compliments Batman on recovering the Tomb, but Bats reveals it to be a fake. In a store room in the Gotham City Museum, Lamont appears, ready to steal the real Tomb... only to have Hawkman pop out of it! The Winged Wonder is able to subdue the Fadeaway Man and recover the Tomb. The heroes had deduced that Lamont was hiding the Tomb in plain sight and planned to steal it for his own collection. The case closed, Hawkman and Batman congratulate each other on a job well done. Review: Pretty standard team-up which serves more as a showcase for the Fadeaway Man... who would not reappear for almost twenty years. *sigh* Be that as it may, it's a nice little adventure. The main attraction for me is the awesome Jim Aparo artwork. Aparo's Batman is, always a thing of beauty, but we don't see his Hawkman as much, so it's a real treat. Penguin also has a cameo at the auction, a nice touch. All in all a pretty good little team-up but nothing to go crazy trying to find. Note: This issue also has a Nemesis backup story by Cary Burkett and Dan Spiegle. Image: The Brave And The Bold #186, 1982, Jim Aparo.
With apologies to rob! (Sorry for the quickie post, I'll have something better tomorrow I promise!) (I hope!)
I don't know much about this card, other than it was released in Argentina in a series of other superhero cards and packed with gum (of course). The combination of the all white eyes and the silly grin gives this rendition of the Winged Wonder a certain sense of goofiness, don't you think? Like he and Shiera are out for a Sunday fly rather than looking for some criminals brains to bash in? Maybe planning what they are going to do for next year's Impossible Day. Image: Agrentinian Hawkman gumcard, ????, image obtained from eBay.
Any new Hawkman or Hawkgirl stuff in stores this week? Let's look and see! DC Comics Presents: Brightest Day #1 -- The new DC Comics Presents line is a series of low cost reprints featuring characters which are currently being featured in a major storyline; hence, this issue contains stories with both Hawkman and Deadman. The solicitation says the following: Spotlighting Hawkman and Deadman – two of the characters who returned after BLACKEST NIGHT to usher in BRIGHTEST DAY to the DC Universe! This volume collects several hard-to-find stories including tales from HAWKMAN #27, 34 and 36, SOLO #8, DCU HOLIDAY '09 and STRANGE ADVENTURES #205. Everything from the first appearance of Deadman to a team-up between he and Hawkman can be found here! The three issues of Hawkman are all from Volume 4 (there was never an issue 34 or 36 for any other volume!), and are all standalone. Of particular interest is that none of them have ever been collected before, and it is unlikely that they will be. The Volume 4 trades jump from the Headhunter story at the end of the third collection (v.4:no.25) to the Golden Eagle story (v.4:no.37). So I am probably going to pick this up just to fill in 34 and 36, both of which I need.
Issue: Hawkman v.4:no.17 (reprinted in Hawkman v.3: Wings of Fury) Title: "The Thanagarian, Part 3" Published Date: Sep 2003 Generation: Modern Carter Retcon Status: In Continuity Summary: In St. Roch, during the Jazz Festival, the merriment is interrupted by a brawl between Hawkwoman, Animal Man, and the Thanagarian criminal Byth. The heroes hold their own, as Byth rants about going back to Thanagar to restart the drug trade between the two worlds. Eventually, Animal Man is downed, and Byth captures Hawkwoman and gets away. Hawkman and Hawkgirl find Animal Man, having deduced that "Katar" was Byth when his mace came alive and attacked them. They make their way to the Hawk Hangar on the outskirts of the parish, and find that Byth has stolen their ship, the Brontadon, and is using Shayera as a navigator. The Hawks and Animal Man intervene, and after Shayera sabotages the ship, Hawkman crashes through the wall to attack the criminal. As Hawkgirl and Animal Man keep the ship flying, Hawkman and Hawkwoman battle Byth, who transforms into a Thanagarian dragon-like monster. His threat is short-lived, though, as Hawkgirl and Animal Man crash the ship into him! With Byth imprisoned, Shayera is heading back home. She says her good-byes to the Earther Hawks, giving Kendra one of her old wing harnesses, which is armed with shuriken. On the ship, Shayera vows to be reunited with the real Katar Hol someday. Review: The wrap-up is action packed, as you can imagine. We get two long fight sequences strung together with some dialogue, and then the denouement. I don't mind though, because Byth is a classic baddie, and seeing Hawkwoman and Animal take the spotlight was a nice change of pace. Speaking of classic, Byth does indeed transform into the same creature he did way back in 1961's The Brave And The Bold #34. A satisfyingly smash-heavy conclusion to the story. Image: Hawkman v.4:no.17, 2003, John Watson.
From this weekend's New York Comic-Con, from the DC Universe panel, here is this little tidbit: [James] Robinson just let slip he'll be doing something with Hawkman because Sattler told him Dan DiDio told everyone last night. He didn't. Well, Robinson's faux pas is our gain! If he is doing something with Hawkman I assume it is going to be in Justice League of America, which is his playground these days. Which makes sense considering the historical connection with the League. I am assuming (speculating, really) that anything Robinson does with Hawkman will be after Brightest Day wraps. But it's anyone's guess, really!
Title: Smallville, "Shield" Original Airdate: October 1, 2010 Generation: Golden Age Carter Summary: In Egypt, Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane arrives on an archeological dig, and is greeted by the site's chief, Carter Hall. Carter and Lois get to talking about Clark, and his secret, and Carter begins to tell her about the need a hero has for a partner. He tells her about his and Chayera's curse, and how they are destined to meet and fall in love, only to die over and over. Carter then gives Lois a book containing the story of Khufu and Chayera, and while telling her about it, gets misty-eyes, imagining Lois to be his reincarnated love. When he kisses her, however, he gets a slap for his effort. The next day, Lois says that she didn't realize the book was an autobiography. Carter apologizes for the night before and says that he realizes that he soon will move on from this life. Later, Carter washes his face with water brought in by a local woman, and his mysteriously marked with the logo of the Suicide Squad. Review: A nice surprise of a subplot, although when Lois ended up in North Africa at the end of the previous episode I figured there was a chance of a Hawk appearance. I laughed when Lois called Carter a "real Indiana Jones," considering that is often cited as one of the benefits of this Generation of the character. Shanks' portrayal of Carter is still spot on, and even though he ended up kissing Lois at least he didn't fall for her like every other hero seems to do on this show. The cameo by Chayera/Shiera was nice too, although I hope we get more of her in the future, including in costume. You can check out a pic of Michael Shanks as Carter Hall over at Kryptonsite.
Back in October of 2009, I was at the Greenville Comic-Con when I found a little green plastic "Army Man" style Hawkman. I said at the time that a picture would be forthcoming... so a guess a year late isn't too bad, right? Pretty neat little chunk of plastic. He stands on one of my toy shelves, right in front. Anyone else have other heroes in this style? Image: Hawkman "Army Man" toy, 1981.
It's Wednesday in America, which means new comics and the potential for new Hawk-related stuff! Brightest Day #11 -- The preview suggests that this will be more of Aquaman and Firestorm, but I imagine we will get at least a check-in with Hawkman and Hawkgirl from Hawkworld. (Wow, try saying that three times fast.) Hard to believe that we are rapidly approaching the halfway point on this series. I expect that some big twists are coming, although to be fair, there have been a large number of them already.
From DC's The Source, here is a preview of Brightest Day #11, promising some big goings-on! Black Manta vs. Aquaman! The return of Deathstorm! And a double-page spread that will make your jaw drop. Twice. All courtesy of writers Geoff Johns and Peter Tomasi and the all star artistic team of Reis, Gleason, Clark and Prado. The cover along should induce some folks into picking this book up, I am sure. Although a throwdown between Aquaman and Black Manta should excite any red-blooded DC fan! Doesn't seem like we will get much in the way of the Hawks this time out, but maybe we'll get a "look in' or something to tide us over. Brightest Day #11 hits this Wednesday. Image: Brightest Day #11, 2010, David Finch.
Today's sketch comes from "Kid Benicia" from the Comic Geek Speak boards. This was done for me as part of the "June Birthday Sketch Thread," where anyone with a June birthday could request a sketch. All in all a nice little piece. I like the dynamic motion, and the less is more approach to the torso and chest. And you know I like art where Hawkman is wielding his mace! Disclaimer: I do not own or have possession of this sketch. It is being reposted from the cited website only. Image: Hawkman sketch, 2010, "Kid Benicia", retrieved from The Comic Forums.
If you only read Being Carter Hall, you may not know that I also enjoy comics beyond those which feature winged warriors smashing into their foes with a variety of archaic weaponry. No, your humble blogger also enjoys comics about art, and comedy, and history, and satire, and fashion
Yeah, that's right, fashion. Like those super glossy magazines you see peering out at you on the magazine rack at your grocery store or local newsstand. Filled to overflowing with coutre and advertisements and Really Good Advice. Those proud periodicals which proclaim that not only is alright to be beautiful, its the only acceptable solution! And so I am going to talk to you about The High Fashion Comic Book That's "So Six Months Ago," Dave Sim's glamourpuss
is several different concepts all rolled into one, primarily out of necessity. Artist Dave Sim (best known for his epic Cerebus
) decided that his next major project would be drawing "cute teenaged girls in my best Al Williamson Photo-Realism style." And thus was the book was born, a hybrid of an self-examination of learning to ink in the style of Photo-Realists such as Williamson, Alex Raymond, Stan Drake, and Neal Adams, and a lots of images of models looking pretty. For a creator very frequently (and not entirely inaccurately) called a mysoginist, this seemed like some sort of joke when first announced.
But a joke it is not. The first issue hit without much fanfare for anyone save Sim afficianados and Sim bashers (notably, Gail Simone, a lady with such venom in her heart for Sim that it makes me wonder how she could come across as so affable). But whatever anyone, myself included, was expecting to get, we got something else entirely. The first issue details Sim's admiration of the Photo-Realists, and his early attempts to emulate Raymond's style, working from copies which had been photostatted so many times that the fine lines had long since merged into a blur. But right up against this was a bizarre monologue from the titular glamourpuss, supermodel and all around fashionista who's personal role model is Mahatma Ghandi, and who wows us with tales of her summer on the Left Bank in Paris in a Blumarine dress, earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane, gloves by Charter Club, and clutch by Jennifer Alfano.
Next to that
is an advertisement for her "dream condo" toy, which brags that it is so "completely lifeless. Completely sterile. So authentic, you'll swear you've been transported to the Downtown Core of any major North American City."
And then we're right back to the history again. Just like that. And then we get a lifestyle article about the benefits of eating "fodd" instead of "concentrated, low-calorie food in pill form." This is followed by a piece staring glamourpuss's evil twin, Skanko. And no I am not making any of this up.
It might take you a few reads to get it, but when you get it get it
, that ultimately this entire book is about the art, and the attempt to achieve the lost art of "beyond noir" Photo-Realism. The satirical commentary is just icing, filling in around Sim's often striking beautiful depictions of the models he sees in fashion magazines. This book is about these artists, and the influence which their comic strips had on the rest of the comics world, even now; the second issue features an interlude wherein Sim demonstrates the links between Alex Raymond, Milt Caniff, Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, Art Adams, and Bruce Timm -- all of it illustrated spectacularly in black and white.
I'm not an artist by any stretch of anyone's imagination. But, as the saying goes, I know what I like. And one thing which I like is hyper detailed pen-and-ink drawing, without the use of color to help convey the story. Seeing Sim's work from issue to issue is not only very aesthetically pleasing, but also illuminating; you see the different styles grow and take shape. And when he talks about Bernie Wightson, and why his Frankenstein looks so amazing, I was so shocked I had to book the comic down to think about it. This history is fascinating, and being illustrated in this manner helps make it more digestable than any lecture could ever hope. Anyone who considers themselves a fan of comic book art needs to have this book on their pull list because this is like taking a seminar on Photo-Realism.
And it's funny as all heck to boot. The cover headlines alone range from the inane ("Pole Dancing For Pre-Teens: It's Never Too Early") to bizarre ("DELETE Laugh Lines! COVER Dark Shadows! DESTROY 99.99% Of Bacteria!") and everything in between. We get glamourpuss's "Really Good Advice (which shares space with the Swimsuit Issue), a series of potential superheroines (including GirlFlash, Leather Cleavage, Flowerbomb, and Veiled Threat), and glamourpuss's reflections from her annual trip to rehab.
A personal favorite bit of Really Good Advice: "Write your worries on a piece of paper, then burn it... Tell yourself that now those worries are reduced to ashes they no longer need concern you. (NOT recommended if one of your worries is that you might be a closet pyromaniac.)"
I've really only begun to scratch the surface of why this book has been a favorite from the first issue. There's no other comic book on the market which combines all of the different elements of glamourpuss
, let alone does them which such style and panache. This truly is one of the overlooked gems out there on your comic shop's rack, and deserves a spot on your budget. Give it a try. You'll laugh, you'll admire, and you'll learn something to boot.
Looking for something fabulous
to read? Then pick up Dave Sim's glamourpuss
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Thanks to this interview over at Newsarama, we can take a look at the drop-dead gorgeous and absolutely stunning young lady who will be playing Hawkgirl this season on Smallville, Sahar Biniaz. Some biographical info (thanks to Payvand.com): AGE: 22 | HEIGHT: 5'8" | HOMETOWN: VANCOUVER, BC Born in India, Sahar Biniaz grew up in Iran and is now a Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, B.C. She is the youngest of three children and works as a professional actress in Film and Television. Recent credits include a recurring role on Blade: The Series and a part in the new film, The Watchmen. Sahar loves the craft of creating characters that must overcome obstacles, her passion for acting has also taught her about her own emotions and potential. Sahar's ultimate goal is to become a renowned and respected actress whose work and filmmaking brings awareness to humanitarian and women's issues. Obviously she won't be as dolled up as Shiera/Kendra, and the hair will need some coloring, but man, check out her eyes, nose, and chin! She looks like she could stare right through you even before she picks up the mace! She has just enough of an exotic look to really sell the countless resurrections the character has experienced, and her beauty is more than enough of a balance to Michael Shanks gruff Hawkman. Definitely looking forward to seeing her on the small screen! (Oddly, she had a bit role in Watchmen, and a couple of tiny appearances previously on Smallville, if you can believe it!) Image: Sahar Biniaz, 2008, Image retrieved from Payvand.com
Found this image on robs! Aquaman Shrine, and I just had to laugh. What a mashup! The Superman/He-Man one at least made sense considering the early MOTU comics, and the Lex Luthor Skeletor one was a natural extension of that, but this is silly. The truly ironic thing is that of the two sets I am more likely to buy the Aquaman/Mer-Man one -- I already have the Hawkman toy, and Mer-Man is a favorite of mine! Go figure! Of course if they had packed Hawkman with the super-awesome Buzz-Off instead of Stratos, I'd be all over that like a frog on a lily pad. Thanks, rob! Image: Toyfare preview of DC/MOTU two-packs, 2010, image obtained from The Aquaman Shrine.
Well, this pretty much makes it official: the Winged Wonder will be appearing in the upcoming JLA/The 99 crossover, and evidently play a pretty big role! Solicits thanks to Newsarama: The first-ever meeting between DC Comics' Justice League of America and Teshkeel Comics' the 99 continues! Hawkman joins three members of The 99 on a flight to Brazil where earthquakes and devastation suggest the existence of another Noor Stone and another new addition to the 99's team! Can Hafiz harness the stone's power before he destroys everything? And why is Firestorm acting so . . . oddly? I've said it before and I will say it again, I don't know The 99 from The 100, but I may give this miniseries a try. I am a sucker for international heroes, and this group seems to be a wide and varied lot. Part of me really just feels like this whole thing is a promotional gimmick... you know, moreso than every other promotional gimmick which DC and Marvel publish. Take that comment as you will. In any event, good to see Hawkman playing a big part in what (I assume) should be a high profile DC book. Question: Where's Hawkgirl? Image: JLA/The 99 #3, 2010, Felipe Massafera.
From everybody's goof friend Shag comes this image of a Hawkgirl cosplayer from this year's DragonCon convention in Atlanta, GA. I like the angelic wings, which are probably a lot less unwieldy than your typical wing harness. Her cloth helmet is cute, and the primary colors on the costume really pop. It's rare that a tube top is an appropriate fashion choice, but here it works. The bustier look is better on a more voluptuous model, but this suits her body. Speaking of which, her arms and legs are nice and trim, adding to the look. Her boots are probably the best individual element of the costume, although the morningstar is a nice touch as well! You can also check out our heroine battling her Black Lantern counterpart! Yikes! You can head over to The Unique Geek or flickr and see the literally hundreds of pics which Shag took at the show... just be sure to have some time to pore over them all! Image: Hawkgirl cosplayer, 2010, image retrieved from The Unique Geek.
Stumbled across this custom build up quite by accident, while looking for a good image of Adam Strange to show my coworker who was on a conference call with a man named... Adam Strange. Sometimes this stuff writes itself, folks. Anyway, as a sometimes-modeller myself, I really liked this piece for the kitbashing elements of it. The base is nothing overly complicated but it adds a lot to the finished look, and I really like the exhaust plume coming from Stange's jetpack. The details are nice as well, such as Hawkman's Super Powers styled helmet and Silver Age chain mace. All in all a very nice piece! Image: Hawkman vs Adam Strange Custom, ????, "claytonemery."
As we head own to our local comic shops today, what Hawkman or Hawkgirl stuff can we expect to find waiting? Let's take a look and see! Brightest Day #10 -- We know why they are back... sort of. How the Hawks will escape from Hawkworld, what is the connection to Star City (if any), and just who the heck is Queen Shrike really? Lots of questions, hopefully some answers. Can you believe that we are nearing the halfway point of this series?! Justice Society of America Special #1 -- Didn't we have a Justice Soceity of America Special #1 last year? Shouldn't this be #2? Anyway, at this point Hawkman is so far divorced from this version of the JSA that I doubt he will show up, but you never know. Plus some classic teammates like Alan Scott and Jay Garrick should be there.