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April 25, 2019

Posts by: DG Stewart

Urban Architecture in Comic Books

Modern building materials and advanced design has meant that urban architecture, generally, has become bigger and more ambitious. Structures which seemed enormously grand in the 1940s – 1980s are now dwarfed by contemporary architecture. This has been mirrored in comic books. Some of the buildings which have appeared in the past were either mirrors of

An Ongoing Redefinition: Justice League - The Darkseid War: Shazam #1

An Ongoing Redefinition: Justice League The Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Litigation between National Comics (the predecessor to DC Comics) and Fawcett Comics lasted for 12 years. The dispute was concerned with an allegation of copyright infringement by Fawcett of National’s intellectual property rights: that Captain Marvel was too similar to Superman. In 1951, the US Court of Appeal agreed. The cape, the super-strength, the power

The Ectopathologist

Doctor Strange #1 [review] (Marvel Comics, December 2015) Writer: Jason Aaron (Review by DG Stewart, 10 December 2015) Many years ago, The Comics Journal published a critique of Marv Wolfman’s work on Adventures of Superman. The critique noted that Wolfman’s characterisation of Superman was off-kilter: Superman was prone to bursts of anger and was an

Break a leg

Karnak #1 Marvel Comics, December 2015 Writer: Warren Ellis Review by DG Stewart, 3 December 2015 Acclaimed British comic book writer (and occasional novelist) Warren Ellis has a knack for writing droll curmudgeons. These characters are usually male (but not always), socially ill-adjusted, confrontational to the point of being violent, and clever. When Mr Ellis

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