Q: Why does Jimmy Olsen work so well as Superman's Pal when Snapper Carr doesn't work as the Justice League's? -- @luckyrevenant
A: I honestly hadn't considered it until I saw this question, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that you're right. Snapper Carr, the finger-snapping teenage mascot of the Justice League from back when it actually wasn't that unusual for the Justice League to have things like teenage mascots, really is the direct descendant of Jimmy Olsen --- at least from a character standpoint. They fill that same role, the kid who gets to hang out with all your favorite superheroes so that you too can imagine yourself hanging with Batman and Superman. And yet, while Jimmy ranks at #3 in my illustrious and immutable list of the greatest comic book characters of all time, Snapper is one of the most ignored and forgotten characters of the entire Silver Age.
Ever since it debuted a few months ago, Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's Omega Men has been one of the most engaging comics on the stands, and not just because of the story of the title characters and the intergalactic insurgency that has seen them manipulate the power structures of an entire planet and fake the death of Kyle Rayner before the series even started. Don't get me wrong --- all that stuff is interesting, and it makes for a fantastic read, but what really sets Omega Men apart is the visual style that its creators have adopted to tell their story.
Or, more accurately, about one very specific and very well-implemented element of the book's visual style: The Nine-Panel Grid.
Even if you don't know his name, you're almost certainly already familiar with the art of the incredible José Luis García-López. Over the course of a forty-year career working with DC Comics, his incredible design sensibility led him to be the primary artist for DC's licensed products, meaning that it's his art that reached the widest possible audience and, in a lot of ways, defined how characters like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman looked in the eyes of the public.
And it makes sense that he would, too, since he was also the one who defined how those characters looked for DC Comics itself. In 1982, he was the primary artist of The DC Comics Style Guide, an incredible set of model sheets, color guides and dynamic reference poses --- and thanks to the Facebook group for García-López fans, you can have a look at the entire thing now!
The names of many of comics' greatest creators of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics — Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Jerry Siegel, and, increasingly in recent years, Bill Finger — are deservedly well known by the average comic fan. However, the name of the writer of some of the best-selling comics of all time, and the creator of some of comics' most enduring characters, Otto Binder, is utterly unknown to many comics readers, making him perhaps the medium's most underrated writer.
James Jean's celebrated run as one of Vertigo's most accomplished cover artists on Fables began six years after Vertigo's other big mythology-and-fiction epic ended, meaning that we never got to see a James Jean cover on a Sandman comic. Now, we didn't exactly miss out --- Dave McKean's Sandman covers are rightly just as highly regarded as Jean's Fables covers --- but it's tempting to wonder what a James Jean run on writer Neil Gaiman's magnum opus might have looked like.
Just last week we heard the rumor that Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller is in talks with Warner Bros. to helm Man of Steel 2 — that seemed a bit surprising, but even more surprising is today’s rumor that Man of Steel 2 might not be happening anytime soon.
The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.
Okay, seriously: Unless you're performing life-saving surgery or flying an airplane, then stop whatever you're doing and head over to Comixology right now. There's a massive Back-To-School themed sale going on until next Tuesday, focused on DC's all-ages titles like Batman Adventures, Superman Adventures and Impulse - and if you know anything about those books, then you probably already know that they're some of the best comics the company has ever put out.
We don’t yet have a proper trailer for The Flash Season 2, just a few photos and teasers, but that hasn’t stopped Barry Allen’s world from filling up with new faces. Not only will another speedster enter the mix in DC’s Jesse Quick, we’ll also meet Firestorm baddie Tokamak, and revisit a familiar character from the first season.
Arrow Season 4 has yet to debut any official footage (Creator Marc Guggenheim is hard at work on a trailer), but our latest check-in with Star City at least assures that all is well with Olicity. After speeding into the sunset last season, Oliver and Felicity look to be in good spirits with Arrow Season 4's first official photo.
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