Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Super Spidey-Man! Issue 10

Super Spidey-Man! Issue 10

Sorry I made a mistake last week - She hulk returns next week - I was in a foreign country last week, That is my excuse and i am sticking to it!

This month its the “Super Scary Halloween Issue”!

In honesty the scariest thing about this comic is that it was actually published

Still this month there is at least 5 pages worth reading, firstly the always fantastic Avengers Uk advert 

and as extra special bonus especially for my growing french audience..

I present to you all a 4 page Batroc mini comic, which features language that is best described as “Baroque” French from the creative genius of Fred Andrieu

All this plus it’s not really a letter from Brian Micheal Bendis… what more could you ask for?

Okay She-hulk returns NEXT WEEK - fair enough?!

You know who Spidey should have called, right...?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Editorial Interference…

Is what appears to be happening in this next recreated She-hulk page:-

Firstly She-Hulk reacts to Terry Austin’s “Popeye” page by saying “Close but no Segar.”… (in reference to the creator of Popeye…) (and Jb sneaks in a "Thanx Terry!" just below the first panel)

Next Tom Defaclo and Mark Grunewald make an appearance- yet another indication that the meeting between She-hulk and Reene in this comic is taking place in a Marvel Universe where "The Sensational She-hulk "is a comic that is licensed by the real she-hulk that attempts to portray her real life experiences (subject to artists interpretation) which somehow happens to be available for purchase in the real world in which we live

Anyway - way back when this comic was made, before Bleeding cool even existed, before Dan Didio was even heard of - and Bob Harras was just a up and coming editor at Marvel we have a demonstration of “Editorial Interference” with apparently Tom dictating to She-hulk via Marks overly loquacious translations what Editorial says her comic has to be…

Tom is portrayed as I guess a New Yorker of Italian descent unable to express  much more than a few words

Whereas Mark is almost the complete opposite

Of course these are exaggerations (as far as I know) done for comedy effect so Tom and Mark are a true Comedy duo, chalk and cheese…

All this is down I guess to suggest or imply that neither really know as much as they think they do about comics, ability to vocalise this notwithstanding

Lets see how right I am on on this as they foist onto She Hulk pages drawn by a “babe artist” asked to make a comic for “proto-adolescent teenage boys”…

Sounds like the next few pages might go further than Howard Chaykin did…

We will find out, beginning NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

It is what it is…

Is an expression which applies to this next recreated page of She-hulk, this time provided by Terry Austin:-

This page is dedicated to Fred Andrieu with much respect

Terry Austin is best known as John Byrnes inker throughout Johns very sucessfull run as penciler / co-plotter on the Uncanny X-men, with Chris Claremont

In this page Terry is clearly poking fun as the mega cross over events that Marvel had done even way back when this page was drawn in the 90s by comparing the story elements (and the fights) directly to classic “Popeye” strips as created by Segar

She hulk seems to have gained a horn pipe and a tattoo of a anchor on her arm, not to mention popeyes infamous method of speaking…

Having J Wellington Wimpey take the place of “Galactapus” is clearly very inspired, - I can almost imagine him saying “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a planet today…”

Fun aside, She-Hulk dispenses will all the villains in one punch in the first panel only then to apply similar treatment to all the heroes leaving them all “layin’ amongst the daisies”

If Terry Austin thought this about cross overs back then, I would not even want to guess what he thinks of cross overs now

Still, What’s She-Hulks reaction going to be to this page?

NEXT WEEK:- A Visit from Marvel Editorial - seriously

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

The Comics Code Authority…

Is what prevents She-Hulk directly addressing the innuendo of the previous page by Howard Chaykin, according to She-hulk herself in this next recreated page:-

Firstly She-Hulk addresses the fact that there was only one drawing that Chaykin drew which was just resized and moved around a bit to fill a page, before she break sthe fourth (and maybe even the fifth?) wall by agreeing with what she said on her own answer phone in the last speech ballon on the Chaykin page

In case you missed it- She-hulk says “no way is this becoming a talking head book”

And this is taken yet another level by having the panel that she-hulk says this to be literally a talking head panel, with nothing other she-hulks head featured!

Leaving aside the meta-meta-meta commentary

She-hulk throws the pages aside on the basis of something she can’t speak about because of the Comics code authority - its left up to the reader to decide what she means here….

Next up Renee Witterstaetter offers pages done by “someone best known as an inker”…

Now who could that be?!

NEXT WEEK: It is what it is…

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Super Spidey-man! Issue 9

This month we present an ancient relic that would have been better left unearthed

But at least there is one page worth reading featuring none other than Avengers UK and as designed by Darren Wilson!

And a very sneaky cameo by Snowy the dog from "Tintin"... ?

NEXT WEEK: She Hulk - takes on some innuendo...

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Chaykin all over…

Is a nice pun / allusion that works on many levels in regards to this next recreated page of She-hulk - (with special thanks to Chris Thompson who coined this phrase on a podcast)

In that:-

It is a page of art by Howard Chaykin

That after reading the dialogue there could be a number of reasons why you could be said to be shaking yourself depending on your inclination, (such as shaking your head, shaking in rage etc)

That the art and dialogue is exactly the kind of thing that Howard Chakyin does, so again Chaykin all over - if anyone was wondering the person in the photo with She-hulk was it is of course John Byrne...

Leaving aside the potentially large slice of innuendo on this page (She-Hulk herself will respond to this on the next page), we have a fourth wall breaking moment where she-hulk herself is addressing John Byrne directly on her own answering machine and saying that her comic is not going become a Talking Head comic.

Which is a nice meta ironic statement, in that all the pages of this comic drawn by John Bryne featuring She-Hulk and Reene thus far seen in this issue are more or else exactly that, sure there is lots of diversity in the poses chosen, but it’s still basically just two people talking

I could go on to wonder if Howard Chakyin was wondering if John Byrne was related to David Byrne - but in honesty that is probably just a road to nowhere..

Talking Heads - "Road To Nowhere”

Which maybe Chris Thompson will see another layer to…?

That aside there is some further meta irony in my recreation of this page, because the original page was just one drawing repositioned slightly and or resized per panel to fill up the page, while I redrew each panel by hand trying to be as meticulous as I could

If anyone was wondering what do I mean by the expression Images Degrading Forever at the moment, the above paragraph is as short of an explanation as I can provide

Does that mean you will be back next week?

Well… It’s up to you! Be seeing you?

NEXT WEEK: It’s Super Spidey-Man! Issue 9- where all the toys get thrown out of the pram

IN TWO WEEKS TIME: She-hulk responds to the innuendo of the Howard Chakyin page

Thursday, 21 August 2014

More originality

Is what She-Hulk is asking for in this next recreated page:-

In response to Walt Simonsons “The Babe of Thunder”

Citing an issue of Spider-man that she-hulk felt was being swiped from

(which David Branstetter mentioned on Facebook, last week)

Of course this is John Byrne having a poke at Todd McFarlanes “Torment” story line from 1990 which was one of Todds first published attempts at being a writer / artist

Walt Simonsons run on Thor started late 1983 ..

So it's rather obvious that if anyone is swiping it’s Todd

Renee in response gives She-hulk some pages of the next artist to try their hand at making a She-hulk comic, an artist who is apparently “Swiping from himself”

NEXT WEEK - we go rather meta as I swipe from an artist who is swiping from himself - but with a twist…