Sunday, March 23, 2014

UBA #003 - Jimmy Olsen #134

The King is Weird.

In episode 3 of Uncovering the Bronze Age, Emily tries to wrap her head around what Jack Kirby did when he arrived at DC Comics in 1970. And it intrigues her. And frustrates her. And confuses her. Mostly, it confuses her.

"The Newsboy Legion" and "The Mountain of Judgment," from Jimmy Olsen #133 and #134, were written and penciled by Jack Kirby, and inked by Vinnie Colletta.

Emily talks about cultures and subcultures, writing the "other," how to not name things, and green speeding mountains!

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  1. I'm glad you enjoy I Hate/Love Remakes. Thank you. :)

    I don't dislike this issue as much as you do, but your criticisms are absolutely right. The Fourth World saga would grow into something spectacular, even under Jack's reign, but it got off to one hell of an awkward and jumbled start. The Jimmy Olsen issues don't work for exactly the reasons you state: lack of focus, bringing in the Newsboy Legion Mach 2 for no reason (this thread would get even worse a few issues in as a gaggle of clones start running around), being stuck with a title he had to shoe-horn his ideas onto, and trying to represent and tackle social issues in youth and hippie culture which he had zero actual experience in or knowledge of. Jack isn't a social writer, he's a mythic writer, and when the titles finally flip over to the New Gods and their ilk, that's him fully within his wheelhouse and pouring his dynamic imagination straight onto the page.

    But yeah, an unfortunate stumble of a first step to get us there. If you ever feel like taking another look at Jack in the Bronze Age, I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on The Demon.

    This is a great show, and I'm looking forward to hearing more. My exposure to the Bronze Age is limited, but this seems like a nice place to learn a thing or two. :)

  2. Great to have you listening, Noel. Both of us are fans of IH/LR, and were excited to hear from you. Emily will deal with address the particulars of this in her next episode.

  3. I feel compelled to salute you on the appropriate dropping of douchebaggery into your discussion. I feel we as a society don't discuss douchebaggery as much as we should.