Vintage Obsession

Arthur Rackham illustrations to Wagner's THE RING OF THE NIBELUNG, Joe Sacco Palestine, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 35mm BW film.
Los Angeles, Wilshire

Mankind are, in all ages, caught by the same baits: The same tricks, played over and over again, still trepan them. The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny; flattery to treachery; standing armies to arbitrary government; and the glory of God to the temporal interest of the clergy.
David Hume, “Of Public Credit,” pt. ii, essay ix in: Essays Moral, Political and Literary (3d ed. 1754) in the Liberty Fund ed., p. 363.

Dark Knight

75 Years of Batman: Batman Comic Books, SM Mall BF, Paranaque, Metro Manila.

75 years of Batman! No one could have predicted the longevity and the continued relevance of this comic book hero that has become a cultural icon when my grandfather, Bill Finger, collaborated with Bob Kane back in 1939. My grandfather has never been properly credited as the co-creator of Batman although was an open secret in the comic book industry and is widely known now. It is now my time to come out of the shadows and speak up and end 75 years of exploitation of my grandfather, whose biggest flaw was his inability to defend his extraordinary talent. Due to what I feel is continued mistreatment of a true artist, I am currently exploring our rights and considering how best to establish the recognition that my grandfather deserves.
Athena Finger (May 7, 2014)

Now that my longtime friend and collaborator is gone, I must admit that Bill never received the fame and recognition he deserved. He was an unsung hero… I never thought of giving him a by-line and he never asked for one.

I often tell my wife “If I could go back 15 years, before he died, I would like to say ‘I’ll put your name on it now, you deserve it.’ “
Bob Kane, Batman and Me (1989).

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If only this store’s copies weren’t localized for Cantonese speakers, they’d be perfect for me. This is the most manga I’ve seen with my own eyes in a single setting.

Damaged Goods

I’m a finicky reader when it comes to my graphic novel acquisitions. I don’t really like anything less than near mint.

An unrelated question to all the Photoshop users out there: When it comes time to replace CS6 or any older version still being used, will you be upgrading to the Creative Cloud, or will you be seeking out alternatives?

Man Of Tomorrow

Superman Comic Books: Action Comics #1, What Ever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow. Paranaque

This month marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the launch of Action Comics #1. The cities of Cleveland and Metropolis will be staging their own celebrations. A new movie is coming down the pipeline. An old musical is being revived. DC is marking the milestone with new comics. Even the Jewish community has taken notice. In all the commotion, it’s sometimes easy to forget the humble nerds who were full of naive hope when they conceived what would prove to be one of America’s most enduring icons, during the days of the Great Depression: Continue reading


Crisis on Infinite Earths, Paranaque, Manila

The reason these deaths mattered wasn’t that they were “permanent,” although the illusion of permanence helped sell their significance. The reason these deaths mattered was because both characters were more or less spent by that time. For whatever reason, nobody cared about the Flash and Supergirl anymore. Perversely, the only way to ensure that people cared about these characters again was to kill them. Wolfman & Perez – and everyone on the creative team, and editorial as well – obviously loved these characters, and did them justice the best ways they knew how: by writing the most heroic and heart-rending deaths possible, with both heroes going out in a blaze of glory while saving the universe from total annihilation. No tasteless decapitations or crass mutilations, no rapes, no bullets to the head, no uncharacteristic feuds with other heroes – just courage and sacrifice in the face of impossible odds. Good way to go.
– Tim O’Neil

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Vintage Obsession

Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Gaylord, Mid-Wilshire District, Los Angeles, California. Fujifilm Neopan 1600 35 mm BW negative film.
Los Angeles, Wilshire

The DC Universe will never be the same!
Crisis on Infinite Earths

Change, real, permanent change, is on the way. Changes that will affect our top line of heroes. If you think even Superman is immune, you’re in for a big surprise. That’s a promise!
Marv Wolfman

That sounded more convincing in 1985.
Look at what they’ve done to Captain Marvel, again.