Saturday, August 23, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The Incredible Hulk #241-272
Sal Buscema's artwork was what I immediately equaled with marvel/superhero comics in my mind and it grabbed me like no one else's. The story formula was pretty simple yet effective for its intended audience (kids): each issue (or at most every two issues) the Hulk confronted a brand new or different threat/character(s). There were so many of them I first came across on these pages : Doc Samson, 3-D Man, Woodgod and the Changellings, the U-Foes, Sabra, the Arabian Knight, the Soviet Supersoldiers, the Presence, Red Guardian, Dr. Phobos, Glazier, Landslide, Night Flier, Corruptor, the Texas Rangers, the High Evolutionary, Glorian, the Shapper of Worlds, Bereet, Empress Daydra, the Hulk-hunters, Rocket Raccon, Wendigo. Colorful, unusual, sharply designed discardable characters that populated the mindscape of my (and I would assume several other readers as well) imagination.
While Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema proceeded with their creative run on the title until issue 309, after issue 272, Sal Buscema stopped inking his own drawings and my interest dropped. Even though there were some entertaining tales afterwards, the art without Buscema's inks just wasn't the same and somehow the Banner-controlled Hulk stories didn't grab me the same way (and the less said about the later Nightmare/Crossroads/Gerry Talaoc-inked issues, the better, imho).
Saturday, August 09, 2014
362ª Tertúlia BD de Lisboa
Saturday, August 02, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Iron Fist by Chris Claremont and John Byrne
I still had no clue that writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne would rock my world and the world of comics with their seminal take on The Uncanny X-Men when I started following their work on Iron Fist. The stories had drama and action aplenty and the artwork was very clean and appealing. The drawn characters moved! They flowed through the pages looking alive with a fluid and organic nature. John Byrne's people were never stiff and they actually had their mouths open when they talked. There was also this attention to place - the backgrounds seemed like real places and houses. These comics (and others that followed) made me a fan of his artwork for life.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Master of Kung Fu by Doug Moench, Mike Zeck and Gene Day
Saturday, July 19, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Adam Warlock by Jim Starlin
I wasn't familiar with neither Kirby nor Kane's versions of the character when I first came across the Jim Starlin comics, but that might have been for the better because this could just as well be an entirely new character. I clearly remember being totally mystified by Starlin's vigorous artwork and trippy stories when I first came across it. These comics had all the same qualities I had come to identify with Marvel (that strangeness, manic, hallucinogenic, almost paranoid quality that was absent from DC comics superfriends) elevated to a much higher level. To a then-seven/eight-year old kid, this was beyond superheroes. All the basic elements of the genre (the fantasy, the angst, the melodrama, the epic scale) were pumped up to another level. And then... Starlin killed Adam Warlock. The perfect ending ... if only it had been let well enough alone.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Captain America #235-237
Saturday, July 05, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Silver Surfer by John Buscema
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Mighty Enlil reviewed
Obrigado ao Marcos Farrajota e ao André Azevedo, os responsáveis destes blogs, pelas leituras atentas e pelas palavras!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "The Sword and the Sorceress" in The Avengers #84
Saturday, June 14, 2014
The Mighty Enlil in Beja 2014
Saturday, June 07, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The Avengers #75-76
Saturday, May 31, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "Godhood's End!" in The Avengers #97
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Lançamento do albúm de BD THE MIGHTY ENLIL
Publicada originalmente como um webcomic, a minha BD THE MIGHTY ENLIL é agora editada no formato de livro pelas edições El Pep.
O lançamento oficial do livro decorre no Festival Internacional de BD de Beja, é já no dia 1 de Junho, domingo, às 16h15 na Casa da Cultura de Beja e vai contar com a minha presença.
Também haverá uma sessão de autógrafos no mesmo local, no dia 31 de Maio, sábado, entre as 18h30 e as 19h30.
Conto com a vossa presença!
Saturday, May 24, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "Tales of Asgard" from The Mighty Thor # 97-145
Saturday, May 17, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "The Scourge of the Super Skrull" from The Mighty Thor #142
Saturday, May 10, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "The Wrath of Replicus" from The Mighty Thor #141
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
Dick Ayers R.I.P.
Rest in Peace!
Saturday, May 03, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "Spider-Man tackles the Torch!" from The Amazing Spider-Man #8
Saturday, April 26, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The Mighty Thor #193-194
Saturday, April 19, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The Incredible Hulk #1-5
Saturday, April 12, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "To become an Immortal!" from The Mighty Thor #136
Saturday, April 05, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "The Origin of Doctor Strange" from Strange Tales #115
Saturday, March 29, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Fantastic Four #44-51
Saturday, March 22, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - "What if Conan the barbarian walked the Earth today?" from What if #13
Saturday, March 15, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Astérix
Still, I must concede that these were some of my favorite comics as a kid. I should add that I didn't have the Astérix books as a kid BUT my uncle and cousins did have ALL the albums! So, whenever I visited them I had the good fortune of getting to read or at the very least see these wonderful books. I'd say that along with the work of Carl Barks, these were the first comics that gave me the impression of a unique fully realized coherent world - something incredibly hard to pull off in fiction. And the apparent facility with which Goscinny and Uderzo seemed to pull it off, only enhances its effect.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Prince Valiant
When I was a kid I would spend long afternoons at my grandparents house, especially during the summer holidays. Their next door neighbours had two sons, one slighlty older than me, already a teenager, and another around my age. Naturally, we would spend time together playing with action figures and zx spectrum 48k computer games, watching vhs movies and reading comics, doing the stuff kids do on long summer afternoons... or, at least, used to do.
The older kid was a sort of science geek with a huge collection of science-fiction pocket book novels that introduced me to writers like Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Philip K.Dick. He also had some old comics, including four or five giant-sized books collecting the early years of Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. Now, this was probably the most famous comic book character of my father's generation, which meant I was at least familiar with his name, but I had never actually seen any pages so I was extremely curious as to what the brouhaha surrounding it was all about. Once I laid my eyes on those books I immediately understood where all the fame of Prince Valiant came from - it was the most beautiful comic I had ever seen! Pardon me, it IS the most beautiful comic I have ever seen!
Even Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon with all its romance and vigourous drawing cannot top Hal Foster's Prince Valiant in terms of care and attention to detail, composition and just plain naturalism.
And the story... has there ever been an epic such as this in adventure comics? The cast, the settings, the grand adventure and the small quiet moments... unparalleled!
I was so enamored of this old comic that I begged the older kid to borrow them so I could read it properly and maybe swipe some of those fabulous drawings, "who knows, I might learn to draw this good if I copy it" ... but the little jerk wouldn't lent them. He didn't even really care about those particular books, it was all just a brutal display of egotism. And so I was left yearning for Prince Valiant, which, despite its success with previous generations, was completely out-of-print, at least as far as national editions were concerned at the time... No wonder I STILL think of this strip as the most beautifully drawn comic ever :-)
Saturday, March 01, 2014
My FAVORITE COMICS - Valérian & Laureline
Saturday, February 22, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Captain America #169-176 "The Secret Empire Saga"
Saturday, February 15, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Flash Gordon
Flash! Ah-Haaaaaa! He'll save everyone of us!
In 1980/81, Queen's song seemed to be omni-present and this kid couldn't get enough of it and of that year's hero - Flash Gordon! I had seen the movie, had a Flash Gordon rubber figure, was following the gorgeous comic adaptation which was being serialized weekly here and was stuck on tv for "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon" with those delicious Filmation trademark sound-effects.
But what I really tresured most of all was this big sized book collecting an Alex Raymond story with Flash Gordon's adventures in the Undersea Kingdom of Mongo in black and white - It was breathtaking! Forget the film, the soundtrack, the action figures, the animation or the followers, Raymond's art was beyond all that and beyond my wildest child fantasies. It had the verve of the romantic ideal taken to its ultimate level - the streamlined shapes of a dynamic future that never came to pass mixed with the primitive textures of a past that never was! It was pulpish and yet stylish! It was the best of both worlds in one... and it still is.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - The duck comics of Carl Barks
The work of the genius that was Carl Barks was a huge part of my comic book reading as a child and its effect still ressonates within me to this day. He was the first cartoonist whose artstyle I instantly recognized. His stories were so much better than most of the Disney stuff that I usually only bought the issues with his work. The world he created was so complete, his characters so lifelike and his stories so much fun to read that I can't pick up a favorite. In the early years between the time I could only grasp the meaning of books through pictures and the period where I was finally able to read properly, Disney comics ruled my world - they were cheap and accessible, available at any newsagent, therefore dominating most of my reading diet during those days.
There were tons of comics back then. You went to any newsagent and they could have a whole wall devoted to comics... and most of those were brazilian editions featuring Disney characters - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy... and Uncle Scrooge.
Back then, I was simply interested in having fun, so the stories came first. The best, in Disney comics, almost invariably came on Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge stories. Slowly, I started to recognize a pattern, a way in which these particular stories I found so appealing were superior to all others - it was the way Uncle Scrooge, Donald and his nephews were drawn, as if they were alive; and the world in which they lived, as if Duckburg really existed somewhere; and the adventures they had, with references to stuff I might hear about on tv ... Whenever I was allowed to get a new comic, I'd first look inside and check which one brought stories by the "good" duck artist - that'd be the one I get!
Then, onde day, Editora Abril, the publisher responsible for the local translated editions, released a thick, 200 page edition dedicated to Carl Barks and I was finally able to put a name and a face along with the comics. These weren't the work of Walt Disney. These weren't the work of some committee. These were the work of one man: Carl Barks. Thank you, Mr. Barks!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #3
Saturday, January 25, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Marvel Treasury Edition The Astonishing Spider-Man #18
Labels: Bob Budiansky, comics, Don Perlin, Ernie Chan, Gerry Conway, Ghost Rider, Gil Kane, Iron Fist, Jim Mooney, Len Wein, Ross Andru, Spider-man, Steve Mitchell, Vince Colleta, Werewolf by Night, X-Men
Saturday, January 18, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Famous First Edition Action Comics DC Treasury Edition #C-26H
The comic is one of those old treasury sized editions typical of the '70s, more or less double the size of a regular comic book, which means that on my tiny four or five year old hands it must have felt huge, like a heavyweight - the size, the scope and on top of that, the content - an anthology of old comic strips including Superman's debut!Jerry Siegel's imagination and Joe Shuster's art looked amazing to me -- they still do as a matter of fact! There's an honesty, a charm in their work, an almost warts and all approach, that I find quite uncommon nowadays in mainstream american comics, ugly as some of them can be. As Jules Feiffer put it in his book The Great Comic Book Heroes, "Shuster represented the best of old-style comic-book drawing. His work was direct, unprettied - crude and vigorous; as easy to read as a diagram. No creamy lines, no glossy illustrative effects, no touch of that bloodless prefabrication that passes for professionalism these days. Slickness, thank God, was beyond his means. He could not draw well, but he drew single-mindedly - no one could ghost that style. It was the man. (...) But, oh, those early drawings! Superman running up the sides of dams, leaping over anything that stood in his way (No one drew skyscrappers like Shuster. Impressionistic shafts. Superman poised over them, his leaping leg tucked under his ass, his landing leg taunty pointed earthward), cleaning and jerking two-ton get-away cars and pounding them into the sides of cliffs - and all this done lightly, unportentiously, still with that early (...) exhuberance."
Now, this Superman who shows up for the first time ever in the first tale of Action Comics #1 is significantly different from the one most people are used to all over the world nowadays. Sure, you have all the basic ingredients there - the clark kent/superman dual identity, the lois lane romantic interest, the alien origin, the superhuman abilities, the mild mannered reporter - but this isn't your friendly neighborhood Superman. He's more like a social-reformist bully, whose motto could very well be "might makes right". His costume is darker and his features rougher; he's concerned with real world threats and injustices like murderers, corrupt politicians, belligerent armies, spousal abusers and exploitive employers, not imaginary problems like alien invaders, giant robots or bald scientists (as he'd soon be); astounding as they appear, his abilities are far more within the grasp of the believable, not yet the physics defying powers he'd come to be known for - he's a superMAN, not the childish SUPERman with his superboys, supercousins, superpets and superfriends.
Time and the marketing machine would tame him down and power him up for a wider, more commercial appeal, ending up with what we have today. Yet, to me, this guy, as he originally appeared, would always remain the real deal. Ironically enough, Chris Ware's superman character in Jimmy Corrigan is far closer to Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's creation than what passes for him in DC's own regular publications these days! Forget modern comics, forget the new film; you want to meet the real Superman, pick up this instead.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - DC Limited Collector's Edition #C-21 SHAZAM!
Saturday, January 04, 2014
MY FAVORITE COMICS - Super Friends (1976) DC Treasury Edition #C-41
Saturday, December 28, 2013
New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
The Mighty Enlil Arrives!
Recebi um conjunto de cópias do meu livro The Mighty Enlil e é uma beleza apreciar esta bd finalmente em papel! Os interessados em comprar uma cópia autografada do livro podem contactar-me através do meu email pedrocruzcomics arroba gmail ponto com. Feliz Natal!
Saturday, December 14, 2013
O Inominável Homem-Sapo no TLS magazine
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Comic Book Artists Drawing - Jaime Hernandez
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
The most recent book I've illustrated for Airship 27 is now available! Here's the press release: