Monday, 16 January 2017

Jimmy Olsen, Wife Beater

A quick detour back to the Silver Age now, for a Jimmy Olsen story you absolutely won't believe. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be appalled, you'll need to put a cushion on the floor for when your jaw hits it, as everybody's favourite cub reporter becomes... a domestic violence perpetrator?!!

And while we're on the subject, check out this blatantly made up letter from a Lois Lane reader with a suspiciously L.L. name, from about the same period. What was going on up at DC that week?

Gene Colan In The Tower Of Shadows

Well, who else are you gonna expect to find lurking in The Tower Of Shadows but Gene Colan?
Len & Marv's tales here are kind of Twilight Zone-ish in a nice way, and Steve Skeates one, about a creep who makes snuff tape-recordings, is just this Comics Code approved side of tasteless.
But Gene's obviously the star of the show, and I love the incidental details, like his views of '70's nightime New York in the first tale, and the sort of Rat Pack look of the characters in the second.
It's Gene Colan in The Tower Of Shadows, what more d'you need to know?

Friday, 13 January 2017

The Vixen Is A Lady Fox

From the semi-legendary Cancelled Comics Cavalcade, here's what would've been the first appearance of animal powered blaxploitation heroine The Vixen, had the debut issue of her own book not fallen victim to the great DC implosion of 1978.
The Voluptuous Vixen ( as Stan would no doubt have called her ) is more or less Friday Foster meets The Cat, and though there are no real surprises here, with Gerry & Carla Conway working from the standard Superhero Origin Template, it's still a lot of fun.
The Idi Amin inspired bad guy is a bit different, even if hacking African villagers to death with a machete is a bit harsh for family friendly DC, and the dialogue is every bit as confusedly empowering / sexist as Marvel's Bronze Age trio of 'women's comics' ( The Cat / Night Nurse / Shanna The She-Devil ).
Plus, how often did DC go blaxploitation anyway? Here's Vix as we should've met her.