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I picked up issue #35 of Back Issue this week. BI is the mag published by TwoMorrows Publishing that focuses on comics from the so-called "Bronze Age," which, according to most comics "experts," ran from approximately 1970 to around 1985. The latest issue focuses on super-villains and contains articles focusing on Spider-Man's foe the Hobgoblin, the Joker, and all-around DC universe menace Kobra among others.
The Hobgoblin article details, in testimony from the creators involved, not only the comics story of the Hobgoblin, but the behind the scenes maneuvering and office politics that went into its creation. To my mind, this article is the perfect example of why, for the most part, corporate super-hero comics suck.
However, another article in the same issue spotlights one of the times when corporate super-hero comics can produce a true masterpiece, when the writer and artists are allowed to follow their muse and created the story they want to tell. That story is the classic "Kraven's Last Hunt" by J.M. DeMatteis and Mike Zeck which ran through all three Spider-Man comics in 1986.
I had actually purchased the issue for the article on Kobra, which ended up disappointing me. There's very little in the article that I didn't already know, and, in fact, quite a bit left out. I've learned more about the creation of the series simply by reading the letters columns and editorials in the original comics. The piece left me convinced that I could write a better article, so that's what I've been working on last night and this morning. In fact, I got so caught up in writing it that I almost forgot to upload this week's strip, which is why it's appearing slightly later than is customary.
So far I'm writing this article just for my own satisfaction, but when its finished I do intend to present it somewhere, I'm just not sure where. Perhaps on one of my blogs, though its going to be rather lengthy for a blog post. Maybe some small press type fanzine would be interested in it. We'll see.
Anyway, I'm going to get back to that now. Talk to you later.

- Posted by wastedpotential on July 26th, 2009, 10:33 am    -   0 comments

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