The first thing to point out is that surely this book needs an exclamation mark somewhere in the title. How can you have a book about superheroes without an exclamation mark in there? That apart, it’s a fascinating book, detailing the ups and downs and the chequered history of the House of Ideas across . . . → Read More: Marvel Comics : The Untold Story by Sean Howe
Or to give it it’s full name ‘Day’s Old Fashioned Root Beer – since 1946′. Of course, such claims seem to be prevalent in the Rootbeer world so it’s not necessarily a guarantee of anything unless you assume that longevity is a direct result of quality. Not being in America, I have no idea . . . → Read More: 8: Days
It’s been a few years, but my rootbeer supplier recently had a bit of a sale, and by the time I got around to checking, they only had Diet left. So it seemed a good opportunity to step back in and to try out some brands that I’d not previously sampled.
Firstly, Diet . . . → Read More: 7: Diet Barq’s
Surfer Rosa was released in 1988. The Beatles had split up 18 years previously. To an 18 year old, there was a reason why that sounded like a lifetime away. That album is 25 years old this year. It’s history. Sure, to a lot of 40-somethings, it’s desperately important personal history but that’s about . . . → Read More: Don’t Look Back
Issue 3, and the gang’s nearly all here. Tom Palmer joins Colan on inks for the first time, and you can see the improvement immediately with the splash page of Drake, standing on a foggy bridge above the Thames, contemplating suicide. Vampires need the fog – it makes it easier for them to just . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #3
And so to issue 2, and what we will call, for want of a better term, the status quo. The issue recaps the story so far before enabling our protagonists, Frank, Jean, Clifton & Dracula to decamp to London, there to continue their disagreements. If the first issue was all about scene-setting and establishing . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #2
And here we are with Issue 1 of the comic proper. From the off, this comic strikes you as very confident, from dramatic opening page to the scene-setting in flashback, and the inevitable scene halfway through where Dracula comes to life. But it’s also noticeable quite quickly how the dynamic differs from most . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula #1
Way back when, I had issue 1 of a Marvel UK comic called Dracula Lives. I think it was one of those things where a neighbour bequeathed me a pile of comics, and this was one of them. We’re talking mid seventies. Amongst the other delights in that comic was the first issue of . . . → Read More: Tomb of Dracula – preamble
Remember me? This used to be my website, and although it may have only got slightly more traffic than an occasional table on a non-occasion, I used to try my best. As Jarvis Cocker is wont to say, “Something Changed’, and I’ve not been around much at all.
But this last fortnight has . . . → Read More: Memories:
Ah. The covers album. I’d never begrudge an artist the chance to pay homage to their influences or heroes, but it can often feel like a holding pattern, an easy way to satiate the fanbase whilst they come up with some new material. On the other hand, a decent cover can be a gateway . . . → Read More: Fruit Fly: