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Posts tagged comics
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or have been frozen in a block of ice for the past couple months, you’ve probably heard a bunch about this Captain America guy, and hey, we get it, comics can be a treacherous world to navigate so we’re here to make it a bit easier for you with a comiXology Guide to Getting Started with Captain America!
Cap has had a long glorious run of protecting the American Way, but it all had to start somewhere, and way back in 1941 (that’s even before Tumblr existed!) Nazis were rolling through Europe and freedom as we know it was being threatened. Joe Simon & Jack Kirby saw the need for a new American Hero and thus Captain America was born, making his first appearance in the now iconic cover of Captain America Comics #1. This comic has the beginning of all that is Cap: The Super Soldier Program, Bucky, and the first appearance of The Red Skull (who is sporting a hell of a sweatsuit…)
Stan Lee, also with Jack Kirby, put his classic style into a retelling of Steve Rogers transformation into the First Avenger in Captain America #109
In what is now seen as the essential Captain America run, Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting brought Cap up to present time. If there is one Captain America story you are going to read this is the one. ALSO ITS ON SALE RIGHT NOW SO GOOOO!
And if you’re really just more of the type of person who wants the newest thing, Rick Remender has helmed the Captain America ship and brought along his unique sci-fi stylings. See how Steve Rogers fares when he is transported as far away from the good ol’ U.S. of A. as he has ever been before with Captain America: Castaway in Dimension Z. THIS IS ALSO ON SALE RIGHT NOW HOLY COW THIS IS AN INSANE COINCIDENCE!
That should give you a good jumping off point for all things Cap! Enjoy!
I know next to nothing about GotG, so I’ll be reading all of this before the movie comes out.
This is a masterpost for anyone who is interested in the Guardians of the Galaxy and isn’t sure where to start or what to read. I’ve compiled a masterpost based on the reading list by marveloki. The masterpost is arranged in correct reading order, but please feel free to consult marveloki’s reading list if you’re still having trouble figuring out what to read next.
The Guardians of the Galaxy team roster in these titles includes: Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Adam Warlock, Quasar, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Star-Lord, Mantis, Moondragon, Major Victory, Bug, Jack Flag, and Cosmo the Spacedog. Many of these characters will be appearing in Marvel’s upcoming GotG movie, so if you’re interested in learning more about them this is certainly a good place to start.
- Annihilation: Conquest - Read the Prologue, then the Starlord stuff, and then just plain old Annihilation Conquest.
- Guardians of the Galaxy #1-25 (2008)
- The Thanos Imperative - Read the main run and then Devastation.
- Annihilators/Annihilators: Earthfall - Read Annihilators first.
That GOTG run is something that I’ve definitely been meaning to get into, and I think I’ll start to now…
Here’s an alternate reading guide with some added stuff and more links (courtesy of /co/) in case you guys really get into Cosmic Marvel. Last time I checked most of these stuff were hard to come by (there are very few trades that are up for sale and they are expensive) so when you have the money and the means and Marvel re-releases them or makes them available please buy them.
I highly rec the Nova stuff with Richard Rider since it kind of goes hand to hand with the stuff that happens in GotG and it also leads to Thanos Imperative (and then move on to Sam’s stuff when you’re done with it!) not to mention the Nova corps is in the movie.
Personally I didn’t really like Annihilators/Annihilators: Earthfall, IMO it’s only worth it because there’s a Rocket/Groot mini in there but other than that it wasn’t that great (and TBH it is very skippable).
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You’ve probably never heard of Jackie Ormes and that’s a goddamn tragedy. But it’s not surprising—there is no “Jackie Ormes Omnibus” available on Amazon.com, no “Collected Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger,” no “Essential Torchy Brown.” She won no awards, can be found in no hall of fame, and is usually treated as “an interesting find” by comic historians. She’s become a curio, a funny little facet of history, undiscovered, even, by today’s wave of geek-oriented feminism.
Jackie Ormes was the first African-American woman cartoonist. Yeah. That’s who we’re ignoring. Her work for the Pittsburgh Courier and the Chicago Defender—both incredibly influential African-American newspapers—was utterly groundbreaking and remains unique, even in the context of modern comics. Her first work, Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem, featured the adventures of the titular Torchy, a stylish, intelligent young African-American woman who (feigning illiteracy) boards a whites-only train car to New York City and changes her life. Torchy’s story is a great, irreverent window into the migration of Southern-born African-Americans to the North, a movement that defined 20th-century America—but it is also the story of a girl on her own, living her own life and making her own choices. Torchy was an incredible aspirational figure, the likes of which barley exists in modern comics: an independent, optimistic, fashionable and adventurous black woman. Ormes would later revive Torchy’s story in Torchy in Heartbeats, a strip that introduced international adventure into the heroine’s life. In Heartbeats, Torchy traveled to South America, dated idealistic doctors, battled environmental exploitation and confronted racism at every turn. She was, frankly, awesome.
And then there was Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger, her most successful and longest-running work. Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger was a single panel gag strip, like Family Circus—an illustration with a caption beneath it. Ginger was a beautiful, stylish young woman always accompanied by her little sister Patty-Jo, a clear-eyed, sardonic kid who spent most strips calling out the bullshit they endured on a daily basis as black women. Ormes’ talents shine through especially well in these little stories: her canny wit, the absolutely gorgeous clothes she drew her women in (seen also in her Torchy Togs paper dolls) and her skillful, succinct way of imparting to the reader just how goddamn stupid our society can be about gender and race. Patty-Jo is never shamed or taken down a peg for being an intelligent, outspoken little girl—in fact, she was made into a highly popular doll that wasn’t an obnoxious Topsy-style stereotype. She preceded Daria, Emily the Strange, Lian Harper, all those wry little girls we celebrate today—and yet, I see her on no t-shirts, can find her in no libraries. Patty-Jo is celebrated only in doll-collecting circles at this point, as the cute little symbol of a bygone age.
At Jackie Ormes’ height as a cartoonist, her work reached one million people per week. In the 1940s and 1950s, she reached one million people per week. She didn’t just surpass barriers—she leapt merrily over them. She introduced the general populace to a voice that had always existed, but was seldom heard—a voice that is still smothered today. She created African-American women who unapologetically enjoyed glamour, who pioneered their own futures, who refused to keep silent about the walls they found themselves scraping against every day. I haven’t even covered the half of it: Ormes was also an avid doll collector, served on the founding board of directors of the DuSable Museum of African-American history, and was targeted by the McCarthy-led witchhunts of the 1950s. Remember Jackie Ormes. Celebrate Jackie Ormes. Visit The Ormes Society and support the essential work they do. Keep her memory alive so that we may enjoy a million more Torchys and Patty-Jos in our comics—instead of the paltry handful we are offered today.
(First in a series on women in the comics industry.)
The DC vs Marvel debate only makes sense if you’re talking about it from a business standpoint.
For example, Marvel has (recently) made better decisions regarding how to translate their characters to the silver screen compared to DC.
Marvel is innovating in a way that DC currently is not.
DC, despite all controversy, is a pioneer for rebooting their entire line, and initial sales prove that this was a wise financial decision, one that Marvel has since psuedo-imitated.
The DC vs Marvel debate is childish if it boils down to:
DC sucks because Marvel is better or I prefer Marvel because DC sucks.
I KNOW Marvel is better than DC. Has nothing to do with different universes at all. I just prefer the characters and writers and artists and events and stories.
So you don’t know, you just prefer.
And Marvel automatically loses points for letting Jeph Loeb write a book.
DC loses all points and may god have mercy on their soul
Actually Liefeld has written comics for DC and Marvel. Loeb wrote one of the best Superman stories of all time and Liefeld created Deadpool so what are either of you talking about?
Each of these companies has gone through dark times of bad management, crappy creators, and lack of progressiveness. Just because you prefer one universe doesn’t mean it’s better than the other.
Its a comic book kind of day! The Blurays were a Christmas gift from my little bro and sis, and the comics were a gift to myself for surviving comprehensive exams:-) #batman #wonderwoman #justiceleague #comics #bluray #captainmarvel #ooohshiny
Can any of you tell me how to sync my main Comixology account with my Android app? If I purchase a comic on the app it syncs to the main account, but not the other way around.
Captain Marvel #9 (Preview)
Previews Contain Spoilers
A PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR FANS NEW AND OLD! PART ONE OF A NEW STORY.
• Carol finally returns home, but is changed. What is weakening Captain Marvel’s powers?
• PLUS: Carol gets a JOB.
• Find out why CAPTAIN MARVEL is being hailed as one of Marvel’s best new series this year!
Available Wednesday, January 16th.
This is completely non-Damian related, but X-Factor and Young Justice (both the original comic series, as well as several for the cartoon series) writer Peter David just suffered a massive stroke December 30th 2012 while on vacation in Florida. According to his wife, Kathleen, on his blog “he has lost most of the use of his right arm, his right leg is incredibly weak, the vision in his right eye is blurry, and the right side of his face is drooping slightly.” Though he seems to be improving with each update, the cost of recovering from a stroke is immense.
I ask if you want to help PAD, please click the link above and help out by buying his books until they come up with a way to donate more directly. If you don’t have the money but still want to help, signal boost.
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Resentment of the Day: On Fake Geek Girls