June 18 marks the birthday of Robert Kanigher, the man who wrote the book on how to make money writing comics. And I mean that literally.
Among his many accomplishments in a career that spanned four decades was the publication of How To Make Money Writing in 1943. At the time, Kanigher was already ten years into writing professionally, and in addition to sections on writing for radio shows, films and the stage, the book featured tips for aspiring creators who were looking to break into this brand-new medium called comics. Looking back, that book's a footnote, but I have to imagine that there were some good tips in there, considering that Kanigher would go on to co-create some of DC's greatest characters, including Poison Ivy, Sgt. Rock, and, in 1958, Barry Allen, the character who would launch the Silver Age of Comics as the Flash.
On this day in 1927, Rossolav Andruskevitch was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He showed an aptitude for art from an early age, and after attending the High School Of Music & Art in New York City, serving a stint in the Army, enrolling at the Cartoonists And Illustrators School (now known as SVA), and shortening his professional name to Ross Andru, he launched himself into a career in comics that would span six decades, and establish him as one of the industry's finest craftsmen.
Q: Let's say I know nothing about the Metal Men except some of their names. Should I care about those guys? -- @_lexifab
A: On the off chance that you're wondering why this is the week that people are asking about a relatively obscure team of disposable superhero robots now, I'm going to go ahead and guess that it has something to do with their return in the pages of the brand-new Justice League #28. That's a book that I approached with a whole lot of cautious optimism, because I've been a fan of those characters ever since I was a kid. One of the very first comics I ever read was that John Byrne issue where Chemo absorbed Superman and became a giant lime green Superman that shot toxic waste out of his eyes and straight up killed one of the heroes. When you see that at five years old, that's the imagery that's going to stick with you.
So yeah, I'd say you should definitely care about the Metal Men, even beyond just my childhood affection for 'em. Not only are they one of the most perfect concepts in superhero comics, but they're also one of the most interesting, on the page and behind the scenes.
This Saturday's DC Nation block on Cartoon Network sees the first in a series of Metal Men animated shorts devised by cartoonists and animation veterans Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer. I confess the allure of Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru's intelligent robots whose personalities reflect the properties of their designated metals and their eccentric creator Dr. Wil...
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KEY: ^ Signs of the end times: two Metal Men appearances in one week Ω Contains work by artists who were in "Kramers Ergot 7" # Romance comics in various sorts of drag ≠ Machines sometimes don't function as intended † The franchise yawns and staggers to its feet, just like Sam Rockwell's character in "Moon" # Ω LOCAS II: MAGGIE, HOPEY AND RAY
Jaime Hernandez, as far as I'm concerned most days, is the best cartoonist in America. I know a few people ...
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