Saturday, May 1, 2021

CRJ #071 - April 2021

Professor Alan's Comic Book Reading Journal #071

April 2021

So what comics did Professor Alan read during April? Was there actually a new one, right off the shelves? How many were nominated for Harvey or Eisner Awards? How many were completely coverless? Listen to the episode AND FIND OUT!!!

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  1. Sounds like a very good month overall. Good times. And hooray vaccines!

    A few things stood out.

    I have read countless comic takes on Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. At some point I should read the actual texts. I am pretty sure that comic legends Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson cut their teeth on books like this Sword and Sorcery. In fact I think Chaykin is on the art in this issue. You can see why DC would allow him to do Ironwolf soon thereafter.

    Really liked that Scarlet Witch series. The art choices and changes really worked well given the ‘world tour’ feel. Why not find an artist whose style works with the locale.

    Still trying to wrap my head around the Mr. Oz story. I don’t think I need Superman’s father to have feet of clay. But Jurgens is magic, as you say.

    Suoerman #247, ‘does the world needs a Superman’, has been reprinted a jillion times. Funny how the Guardians worry is basically Luthor’s MO for the last 30 years or so. Lex thinks Superman is holding humanity back. Funny how it was good guys here (although the Guardians can be just as totalitarian in idea as some villains).

    Lastly, glad you liked the Human Target. That idea of ‘loss of identity’ is key for the whole series. And it is important to know the series was born out of a very successful Vertigo Human Target miniseries also written by Milligan. I recommend the whole kit and kaboodle.

    1. As that month was passing, I did recognize that I was reading a range of really solid stuff.

      I made need to investigate more of that Human Target take.

  2. Thanks for another smashing show, it does indeed sound like a darn good month.

    I’ve not read the Vertigo Human Target series but from what you were saying, they’ve changed his name from Christopher Chance to Chase. Honestly!

    Did I not tell you everyone the Scarlet Witch series was wonderful! As Anj says, what a bunch of amazing artists, and the red and white-themed covers were spectacular. I rarely buy a trade of something I have on digital but I had to have this collection for my shelf. Highlights included the return of Agatha Harkness, the Ireland-set issue starring the Emerald Warlock and a visit to one of my favourite places, Santorini. Best of all, writer James Robinson rescued Wanda from the horrors inflicted on her character by previous Marvel writers.

    That World’s Finest Composite Superman story has one of the best DC covers ever, on the second issue, #282 - just beautiful work from Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.

    I’ve never read an Alterna comic but that Tinseltown book sounds fun. A million years ago I pitched a series to UK girls’ comic Bunty about a plucky child star in its early days. I’m not surprised it was rejected given I didn’t really have much beyond the title Hooray for Holly Wood, which I still think is great.

    1. The early Hollywood era is a great setting for stories, for sure.

      Yes, I loved that Scarlet Witch series, I just wish I read it a month earlier!