Aug
20
2011

WordPress: bad CMS, or worst CMS ever?

Well, probably not the worst CMS ever (I’ve used M$ Sharepoint). But it isn’t what it used to be. The new design philosophy seems to be adding in every bell and whistle the developers can come up with, and turn it into a platform that requires either a professional to manage, or a tremendous investment of time on an ongoing basis to manage. Getting sick of it, seriously considering Tumblr for everything.

(Speaking of Tumblr, go look at The Art of Virgil Finlay. The work to content ratio there seems way better than what you’ll find here.)

So if I’d rather host it myself, what’s the alternative? HTML 1.0? I like it on the basis of pissing off the HTML 5 standards zealots, but I’m too lazy to code HTML by hand. Suggestions welcome.

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Aug
20
2011

Steranko for a Saturday

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via Diversions of the Groovy Kind

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Aug
20
2011

Using your flashlight in a blackout

when and how to use your flashlight in a blackout

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Jul
30
2011

A secret method for the mastery of life

A secret method for the mastery of life

From Amazing Stories, February 1942

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Jul
21
2011

Mini Must Go

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“Does his thoughts torment him?” It’s true what they say kids, comics will rot your brain. Whole story here: As Told to Stan Lee: Take a memo Miss Tait … “You give me a boner.”

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Jul
16
2011

Awesome Batman

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via Mike Sterling’s Progressive Tumblr

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Jul
09
2011

Earl Norem

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Via Illustrateurs

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Jun
24
2011

A collection of Gene Colan art

Gene Colan died last night at age 84. Colan developed a style that’s instantly recognizable, at least from his 60′s work up to the award winning Captain America story he drew in 2010. I think he was at his best working with dark, atmospheric subject matter, but he was pretty damn good in general.

Colan’s first Captain America cover was published in 1950. Unfortunately, it was during the two issue run of Captain America’s Weird Tales, when the book shifted to horror stories. No Cap on the cover, but it does have the Thing in the chest, and an obvious attempt to compete with EC comics:

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Although he started working in the late 40′s, pretty much all the work he did early on was uncredited. However, you can definitely see his style in these 50′s horror covers:

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In the 50′s and early 60′s, Colan also drew war, westerns, and even romance. His style shifted a bit to match each genre, but you can really see his touch on the romance books.

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Sorry Beatles, Ann-Margaret’s going out with Elvis tonight:

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While he was doing romance work for DC, Colan was moonlighting for Marvel under the name Adam Austin, drawing the Sub Mariner, X-Men, and Iron Man. He started using his real name when he went to work full time for Marvel during their late 60′s expansion. During this era, he worked on many of Marvel’s premiere books.

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His cover for Iron Man #1 is arguably the most iconic version ever. Colan revisited this cover in a 2001 painting:

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In the 70′s, Colan worked on a couple of offbeat books for Marvel: Tomb of Dracula and Howard the Duck.

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Colan also contributed to Wesley Snipes’ tax problems by co-creating Blade the Vampire Hunter.

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In the 80′s and 90′s, Colan did some work for other companies in addition to Marvel.

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Colan continued to produce commissions, Christmas cards, and the occasional story even after his “retirement” a few years ago.

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His final comic book (drawn while blind in one eye and not able to see too well from the other) won an Eisner award in 2010. A “very special issue” of Captain America. Not “very special” in the inappropriate sexual contact way…”very special” in the dying soldiers turning into vampires way!

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Gene Colan will be missed, but he leaves behind a spectacular body of work. RIP Gene.

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Jun
21
2011

Incredible Hulk 105 – three views

Cover by Marie Severin and Frank Giacoia. First up the original art (via comicartfans.com). The fine line work really jumps out here:

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Next, a scan of the published version. Between the state of the art printing of the day, 40+ years of yellowing, and a scan of unknown provenance it looks a bit dark and muddy:

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Finally, the version currently available from Marvel.com. I’m assuming this was updated for use in the Marvel Masterworks edition, and probably optimized for web as well. Much of the artwork for the Masterworks editions has been touched up or recreated from scratch.

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Not sure if that’s a repo, but if it is it’s pretty damn good.

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Jun
19
2011

Nick Cardy – Spectre covers

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When (or if) you think of the late 60s Spectre series, you probably think Neal Adams. However, Nick Cardy’s covers for the last three issues are my favories of the series. Between Spectre, Teen Titans and Aquaman, I think Cardy’s covers rival what Steranko was doing at the time for Marvel.

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