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1  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Mark Twain: Advise for you writers... on: October 06, 2014, 08:43:11 AM
"Substitute 'damn' every time u're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be." -Mark Twain Wink
2  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 12, 2014, 09:01:24 AM
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Now that we've defined the discussion-point, here’s just a few talented folks you may have heard of that disagree that he’s the "worst" artist.
1. Stan Lee – who thought so much of Don that Don was one of the first calls for work once Atlas became more financially stable.
2. Jack Kirby - who personally suggested DC Comics hire him and has stated numerous times how he respects and loves Don’s art.
3. John Buscema - who thought so much of Don’s ability that he hired him to teach at his [Buscema’s] new art school – not sure that’s a wise business move if Don’s the “worst artist.”
4. Joe Giella - legendary inker/artist who states Don is one of best pencilers he ever inked and is one of the only comic book related artwork he hangs in his house.
5. John Romita, Sr. - who openly praises Don’s talent.
6. Dick Giordano – who “loved” inking Don’s pencils.
7. Sy Barry – legendary Phantom newspaper strip artist who hired Don to ghost his strip.

And Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Jerry Robinson, etc. etc. etc.

I find it really interesting that, in the previous thread where you were hyping your book, when I recounted the story of Harlan Ellison and Gary Groth both referring to Heck as "the worst artist in comics," your response was "Yes, but what's your opinion?" As if I was just parroting them. I was recounting a humorous story that happened to support my position. On the other hand, you are actively engaging in the logical fallacy called "argument by authority." In other words, "This person said it, so it must be true."

JD, you seem to get more than a bit obsessive and narrow-minded and aggressive when the topic of Don Heck's artwork comes up. I can't really explain why. Maybe it's the all-American pastime of standing up for the underdog. Maybe for some reason you identify with him. I don't know. But look at the list of choices on your poll as it originally stood. I mean, really LOOK at it. You have five choices. Three of them indicate that this artist generally considered a hack is, in reality, actually one of the absolute greats, his Marvel work right up there with Kirby and Ditko. The other two indicate the respondent either isn't familiar with, or is completely ignorant of, his Marvel work. Apparently in JDland the only two choices are "You agree with me, or you're ignorant." The idea there could be someone who is quite familiar with Heck's Marvel work, and agrees with the general consensus that it's not that great is not a possibility you recognize. I had to ask you twice to even add such a possibility to the poll. Even then, you had to put the little snarky "For Duane" comment onto it. Also, I'm getting a little tired of the constant implications I'm being intellectually dishonest. I am being intellectually honest. You, on the other hand, are not.

Yes, I believe Don Heck was the worst artist working at Marvel in the Silver Age. It could be argued that, given the level of talent at Marvel in the '60s (Kirby, Ditko, Wood, Steranko, Adams, Colan, Maneely, Buscema, Tuska, etc.) you could be the worst of that bunch and still be great. Heck wasn't.

So, no, I don't want a copy of your book. To be intellectually honest, the God's honest truth is I find you insulting and tedious. I don't even enjoy talking to you on the Dixonverse, much less do I want to read an entire book of you pontificating on how things are REALLY. If you want to sell your book, you need to seriously work on your social skills. I am a pretty even-tempered guy - one of my friends commented to me recently, "I think you're the most mellow guy I've ever known; I've known you for 20 years and I've NEVER seen you lose your temper" - and in short order you have managed to completely alienate me.

Oh well, at least you're able to give one copy of it away for free...


Duane, I really do hope you're having a great day and appreciate the discussion. No, really.

I don't think I've been dogmatic about my opinion of Heck or your stance; BTW nice try to pass me off as a "hater" but not the case. Funny, in all debates, regardless of the topic, when one side begins to attack the person not the argument it's telling.  In fact, I think my playful offer to send you a comp copy of the book was my serious attempt to defuse the unwarranted tone of your post, and made in good faith; didn't I also comply with your request (ahem…Challenge?) to add your derogatory question about Don to the poll? Not the action of someone who’s not confident about their argument.

As far as Don's art, I have no issue with people liking or disliking his work; to each their own, personal taste and all. I still don't think any professional artist with Don's career and peer respect could be called the "worst" artist w/no talent. On the surface your statement isn't logical, but we covered that. Nor, is your dismissal of the established facts on his importance to "The Marvel Age of Comics."

Acknowledging the facts of both his ability and importance doesn't equate to an endorsement of his work; some people confuse the two. Like Adlai Stevenson I ask you not wait for the translation.

Take care, JC

3  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 12, 2014, 06:46:39 AM
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Now that we've defined the discussion-point, here’s just a few talented folks you may have heard of that disagree that he’s the "worst" artist.
1. Stan Lee – who thought so much of Don that Don was one of the first calls for work once Atlas became more financially stable.
2. Jack Kirby - who personally suggested DC Comics hire him and has stated numerous times how he respects and loves Don’s art.
3. John Buscema - who thought so much of Don’s ability that he hired him to teach at his [Buscema’s] new art school – not sure that’s a wise business move if Don’s the “worst artist.”
4. Joe Giella - legendary inker/artist who states Don is one of best pencilers he ever inked and is one of the only comic book related artwork he hangs in his house.
5. John Romita, Sr. - who openly praises Don’s talent.
6. Dick Giordano – who “loved” inking Don’s pencils.
7. Sy Barry – legendary Phantom newspaper strip artist who hired Don to ghost his strip.

And Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Jerry Robinson, etc. etc. etc.

I find it really interesting that, in the previous thread where you were hyping your book, when I recounted the story of Harlan Ellison and Gary Groth both referring to Heck as "the worst artist in comics," your response was "Yes, but what's your opinion?" As if I was just parroting them. I was recounting a humorous story that happened to support my position. On the other hand, you are actively engaging in the logical fallacy called "argument by authority." In other words, "This person said it, so it must be true."

JD, you seem to get more than a bit obsessive and narrow-minded and aggressive when the topic of Don Heck's artwork comes up. I can't really explain why. Maybe it's the all-American pastime of standing up for the underdog. Maybe for some reason you identify with him. I don't know. But look at the list of choices on your poll as it originally stood. I mean, really LOOK at it. You have five choices. Three of them indicate that this artist generally considered a hack is, in reality, actually one of the absolute greats, his Marvel work right up there with Kirby and Ditko. The other two indicate the respondent either isn't familiar with, or is completely ignorant of, his Marvel work. Apparently in JDland the only two choices are "You agree with me, or you're ignorant." The idea there could be someone who is quite familiar with Heck's Marvel work, and agrees with the general consensus that it's not that great is not a possibility you recognize. I had to ask you twice to even add such a possibility to the poll. Even then, you had to put the little snarky "For Duane" comment onto it. Also, I'm getting a little tired of the constant implications I'm being intellectually dishonest. I am being intellectually honest. You, on the other hand, are not.

Yes, I believe Don Heck was the worst artist working at Marvel in the Silver Age. It could be argued that, given the level of talent at Marvel in the '60s (Kirby, Ditko, Wood, Steranko, Adams, Colan, Maneely, Buscema, Tuska, etc.) you could be the worst of that bunch and still be great. Heck wasn't.

So, no, I don't want a copy of your book. To be intellectually honest, the God's honest truth is I find you insulting and tedious. I don't even enjoy talking to you on the Dixonverse, much less do I want to read an entire book of you pontificating on how things are REALLY. If you want to sell your book, you need to seriously work on your social skills. I am a pretty even-tempered guy - one of my friends commented to me recently, "I think you're the most mellow guy I've ever known; I've known you for 20 years and I've NEVER seen you lose your temper" - and in short order you have managed to completely alienate me.

Oh well, at least you're able to give one copy of it away for free...


"I just want to be loved....is that so wrong." John
4  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 11, 2014, 05:17:20 PM
I'll take a comp book...   Grin

Thlayli, you know what...you got it!  Since my earlier offer was rebuffed I'll just send it to you since you asked!

I'll contact you through the web site to get your mailing address...
Hope you enjoy it...

John
jdcoates63@gmail.com
5  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 11, 2014, 11:23:33 AM
John Morgan 'Bat' Neal: "You must be a McCartney guy."

Guilty. I just wanna fill the world with silly love songs. But, to me McCartney's music did always sound a bit over-produced without Lennon's edge.
JC




6  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 11, 2014, 10:35:48 AM
I'm not an expert on Silver Age Marvel, and I'm not a fan of Don Heck (although I'm not a hater, either).  But I don't see how anyone can look at Heck vs. George Tuska and consider Heck to be the lesser artist.

Dan, great point. Though I'm also a Tuska fan I can't argue if someone doesn't like an artists style; to each their own and all, right?

Take my opinion with a grain of salt, though. Remember I'm seemingly the only person on the planet who still doesn't see the Beatles White album as "genius" (Though I love the Beatles.) so what do I know?  Huh?

JC
7  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:15 AM
Just to make sure I wasn't having the memory equivalent of a hallucination, I just went and flipped quickly through the first year or so of Tales of Suspense Iron Man stories. Decent though not great when Kirby's doing the artwork (this was obviously not one of Jack's passion projects), horrible when Heck is doing the art, and it gets really visually interesting once Ditko shows up.

So back to point: my offer still stands...hyperbole aside, and being intellectually honest, do you really believe Don’s the "worst" artist?

Not that you simply don’t like his art or style – that would be a valid critique filtered through personal taste and IMO indisputable, no argument here. But, that’s not what you said. You said he’s the “worst.”  

First let's define "Worst." Webster’s Dictionary: worst  [wurst]  adjective superl. of bad and ill.
1. bad or ill in the highest, greatest, or most extreme degree: the worst person.
2. most faulty, unsatisfactory, or objectionable: the worst paper submitted.
3. most unfavorable or injurious.
4. in the poorest condition: the worst house on the block.
5. most unpleasant, unattractive, or disagreeable: the worst personality I've ever known.


Now that we've defined the discussion-point, here’s just a few talented folks you may have heard of that disagree that he’s the "worst" artist.
1. Stan Lee – who thought so much of Don that Don was one of the first calls for work once Atlas became more financially stable.
2. Jack Kirby - who personally suggested DC Comics hire him and has stated numerous times how he respects and loves Don’s art.
3. John Buscema - who thought so much of Don’s ability that he hired him to teach at his [Buscema’s] new art school – not sure that’s a wise business move if Don’s the “worst artist.”
4. Joe Giella - legendary inker/artist who states Don is one of best pencilers he ever inked and is one of the only comic book related artwork he hangs in his house.
5. John Romita, Sr. - who openly praises Don’s talent.
6. Dick Giordano – who “loved” inking Don’s pencils.
7. Sy Barry – legendary Phantom newspaper strip artist who hired Don to ghost his strip.

And Neal Adams, Gil Kane, Jerry Robinson, etc. etc. etc.

Relating this to other creative industries, I would be intellectually dishonest (And not factual) to say that Barbara Streisand doesn’t have a beautiful singing voice; she has an amazing voice and even better business acumen. But, it is a valid critique when I say I don’t like her style and won’t buy her music. Same with John Lennon. IMO he’s simply one of the most over-rated “legends” in the music business; take him out of the Beatles and the “summer of love” 1960s and he’s a modest song writer with an ok voice. That’s an opinion and valid. To also deny that the guy had no talent makes me ignorant.

So back to point: my offer still stands; after viewing his work – hyperbole aside and being intellectually honest – can you really say that you believe Don is the “worst” artist?

"Leave-the-gun-take-the-cannoli"

"Put the lotion in the bucket"

"Say hello to my little friend."

"Your mission should you choose to accept it."

"Want to play a game?"

"Draw, part-nar!"

As they say in the old west, "Don't make no nevermind to me" but my offer is there.

The "worst?" Really? hmmm...

JC

P.S. Like my new signature and poll question?
8  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 11, 2014, 12:28:12 AM
There's already been a post on this site announcing this book.

If you added "He did some important issues but was by far the worst Silver Age Marvel artist" as an option, I'd choose that one.

Duane, are you up for a Pepsi Challenge? Forward me your US mailing address and I'll send you a comp copy of the book. The catch? I only ask that after looking at his work you post an intellectually honest answer to this question; Do you still think he's the "worst" artist, an untalented artist, a Don "Hack?"

Not a hoax. Not an imaginary story.

What do you say?

jdcoates63@gmail.com





9  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Don Heck: A Work of Art book now available! on: August 10, 2014, 10:15:41 PM
Dear Fan of "Dashing" & "Dazzling" Don Heck:

Don Heck: A Work of Art is now available and is a true labor of love for all involved; 192 pages, full color hardback; full description and order info below.

Don’s fans, peers, and contemporaries all agree that a fitting tribute to Don was long overdue. The goal of this book is first and foremost to celebrate Don’s legacy, as well as hopefully introduce his work to a new generation of fans. Also, to possibly re-introduce his work to those who in the past may have dismissed it without review based on opinions & bias not their own.

That said, if you enjoy the book *Please* let others know via your Facebook, twitter, blogs, message boards, or podcasts; of course you can do the same if you don’t like it…I just won’t ask you to!

Finally, as the author my portions of any profits are donated to the Heroes Initiative, a great cause worthy of attention, regardless.
http://www.heroinitiative.org/

The Hero Initiative as a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3). Since its inception, The Hero Initiative (Formerly known as A.C.T.O.R., A Commitment To Our Roots) has had the good fortune to grant over $500,000 to over 50 comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

The book is now available at http://www.twomorrows.com/ , through Diamond Distributers and your local comic shop, and will ship August 20 2014 (See below for full description and order info)

Take care and I’d love to hear what you think once you’ve read it.
Best,
John Coates
August 2014
Jdcoates63@gmail.com

Don Heck remains one of the legendary names in comics, considered an “artist's artist,” respected by peers, and beloved by fans as the co-creator of Marvel Comics characters Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, and for his long stint on Marvel Comics' team book The Avengers. He joined Atlas/Marvel Comics in 1954, and along with industry giants Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, and Dick Ayers, Don became an integral player in “The Marvel Age of Comics”, drawing The X-Men, Spider-Man, Nick Fury—Agent of SHIELD, Daredevil, The Defenders, Ghost Rider, and most of Marvel's other characters. In the late 1970s he became regular artist on top-tier DC Comics titles such as Teen Titans, The Flash, Justice League of America, and Wonder Woman. In Don Heck: A Work Of Art, author John Coates has meticulously researched and chronicled information on Don’s storied 40-year career, including his time at DC, Dell, Gold Key, and as “ghost” artist on Lee Falk’s The Phantom newspaper strip. From personal recollections from Don’s surviving family, long-time friends, and industry legends, to rare interviews with Heck himself (where he discusses his career, artistic technique, triumphs, frustrations, and love of drawing), this book is full of insight into—and first-hand anecdotes from—the early days of Marvel Comics. It also features an unbiased analysis of sales on Don’s DC Comics titles, an extensive art gallery (including published, unpublished, and pencil artwork), a Foreword by Stan Lee, and an Afterword by Beau Smith.


Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JUN141474
Twomorrows: http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1171
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-058-8
ISBN-10: 1-60549-058-X
10  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: San Diego Comic Con: Mile High Comics not returning after 42 years? on: July 29, 2014, 09:37:55 PM
Thanks!!!
11  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / San Diego Comic Con: Mile High Comics not returning after 42 years? on: July 29, 2014, 03:31:08 PM
Ouch!  This is from the newsletter Mile High Comics sends out. I'm not affiliated with them and have no interest either way, just found it interesting...

John


I am turning 60 years old next March. I mention that major turning point in my life only because the last time that I did not attend a San Diego Comic-Con, I was 17 years old, and still in high school. Since I graduated, for all 42 years of my adult life, I have committed the heart of each of my summers to my personal obsession with experiencing the joys of the San Diego Comic-Con. I even passed this personal passion on my part on to my four daughters, all of whom spent their entire childhoods delightedly roaming the halls of the various incarnations of this great comics convention.

Sadly, that entire blessed reality may need to end after this year’s show closes tomorrow evening. I have not yet found the courage to reach my final decision, but my best estimate is that, at our current rate of sales, we will suffer a loss of $10,000 at this year’s show. As much as I like being a part of this wonderful gathering, I simply do not have the money to be able to pay $10,000 out of my own pocket for the privilege of providing the fans here with comic books. After 42 consecutive years in a row, it may finally (at long last…) be time for me to bid San Diego good-bye, forever.

Before I go further, I would encourage those of you who have not yet read my newsletter from yesterday to first read my analysis of some of the seismic changes that have contributed to our loss. The one factor that I would ask that you especially note when you read my first essay is the fact that our entire 7-booth display that we are operating at this year’s San Diego convention was first premiered six weeks ago, at the Denver Comic-Con. Despite our having about 20,000 fewer comics available in Denver, and that convention being only three days long (with half the number of attendees as San Diego…), our sales per hour in Denver were double (!) what they are here. That made all the difference, as we turned a reasonable profit in Denver, as opposed to a massive loss in San Diego.

So how could an extremely successful back issue comics booth in Denver become so stunningly unsuccessful in San Diego? Because in Denver we were not being utterly crushed by the very publishers who’s goods we sell on a daily basis. In a nutshell, the comics publishers with booths at the San Diego convention have so cleverly exploited the greed and avarice of comics fans through limited edition publications that are only available through their own booths, that there is no longer enough disposable income left in the room to sustain us. A sad state of affairs, but also completely true.

To illustrate my point, I had the leader of one of the major comics publishing houses stop by our booth on the way out the door last evening. This man has been our friend and ally for decades. He was absolutely ebullient yesterday evening in describing the amazing success that they were experiencing in their booth as a result of selling vast quantities of exclusive variants. I felt more than a little embarrassment and shame when I had to rain on his parade, by pointing out to him that the collective effect of his actions (combined with the other publishers and manufacturers at the show…) was devastating our sales. My response was not at all what he expected to hear. But as the validity of what I was expressing became clear, I could see awareness dawning in his eyes.

All of the above having been said, my publisher friend is an extremely astute man, so he quickly understood the unintended consequences of his actions. Given that he was only seeking to cover his own costs of exhibiting in this dreadfully expensive venue, however, he could muster no material reply to my pain. In many regards, that was the most depressing aspect of this entire fiasco. Being obviated by lifelong friends is particularly galling, especially when we it is clear that we are nothing more than collateral damage, in a battle being waged by giants.

So where does this leave us? As much as I hate to admit this, it now seems obvious to me now that we finally have to end a lifetime of exhibiting at San Diego, and instead seek out relatively popular comics conventions in other cities. Especially conventions where our publisher friends choose to not exhibit. Doesn’t that thought just drip with irony? Comics publishers have evolved to become toxic to their own retailers. Who would ever have thought that would happen? Even with all my many years of experience, I simply cannot believe that our world has now been so perverted by the mania for exclusive variants, that comics retailers can now only survive in the absence of the very publishers we support. No matter how you look at it, this is a profoundly sad day.

Chuck Rozanski,
President-Mile High Comics, Inc.

July 26, 2014
12  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / 0T: Funky Winkerbean pays tribute to Rawhide Kid on: July 07, 2014, 07:21:07 AM
http://comicskingdom.com/funky-winkerbean/2014-07-06

This was posted on another thread
13  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Better change your eBay password... on: May 21, 2014, 02:02:05 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/ebay-paypal-password-changes-2014-5

I changed my PayPal as well since eBay owns them...

JC
14  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Classic 1950 toy that would NOT pass legal today: Rogers QuickTriggerShooterHat on: May 06, 2014, 12:41:03 PM
How cool is this gadget!?  Who would not have wanted at least one? JC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNWr9eF2Huk
15  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Don Heck: A Work of Art book - Sept 24 2014 Release Date... on: March 20, 2014, 04:23:36 PM
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Really? I always thought he was the worst artist working in mainstream comic books. I'm reminded of the part in Gary Groth's interview with Harlan Ellison where Ellison says, "Who was that guy, you know, the worst artist in comics?" Groth instantly answers, "Don Heck." Ellison laughs and says, "Yes! That's it. You say, 'The worst artist in comic books,' people instantly say, 'Don Heck.'"

I agree that's their opinion. I also agree that both Groth and Ellison are talented and accomplished. I enjoy Groth's magazine and Ellison is one of the best. Regardless, I’d wager all creators have their detractors.

Though their comments are not specifically addressed/mentioned in the book (Not sure why it would be expected to be), the book itself is 192 pages and over 340 images emphatically making the case, “This guy is really talented!!”

Look forward to hearing *your* opinion on Don's work... Grin

Best, JC


16  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Don Heck: A Work of Art book - Sept 24 2014 Release Date... on: March 19, 2014, 12:35:44 PM
All – the Don Heck book is set to ship Sept 24, 2014; 192 pages, over 340 art-images, full-color, hardcover-only. It’s available now for pre-order at 15% off cover price - $33.96

Below is the PREVIEWS blurb & Link:

“Don Heck remains one of the legendary names in comics, considered an “artist's artist,” respected by peers, and beloved by fans as the co-creator of Marvel Comics characters Iron Man, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, and for his long stint on Marvel Comics' team book The Avengers. He joined Atlas/Marvel Comics in 1954, and along with industry giants Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Joe Maneely, and Dick Ayers, Don became an integral player in “The Marvel Age of Comics”, drawing The X-Men, Spider-Man, Nick Fury—Agent of SHIELD, Daredevil, The Defenders, Ghost Rider, and most of Marvel's other characters. In the late 1970s he became regular artist on top tier DC Comics titles such as Teen Titans, The Flash, Justice League of America, and Wonder Woman.
 
In Don Heck: A Work Of Art, author John Coates has meticulously researched and chronicled information on Don’s storied 40-year career, including his time at DC, Dell, Gold Key, and as “ghost” artist on Lee Falk’s The Phantom newspaper strip. From personal recollections from Don’s surviving family, long-time friends, and industry legends, to rare interviews with Heck himself (where he discusses his career, artistic technique, triumphs, frustrations, and love of drawing), this book is full of insight into—and first-hand anecdotes from—the early days of Marvel Comics. It also features an unbiased analysis of sales on Don’s DC Comics titles, an extensive art gallery (including published, unpublished, and pencil artwork), a  Foreword by Stan Lee, and an Afterword by Beau Smith. 192 pages, over 340 art-images, full-color, hardcover-only.”

NOTE: Portions of the profits from this book go to the Hero Initiative; a publicly supported not-for-profit corporation under section 501 (c) (3).  The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays' creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment. To donate or learn more please go to http://www.heroinitiative.org/


Link to Twomorrows to pre-order
http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1171

17  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Dan Spiegle book - For Immediate Release - TwoMorrows' warehouse fire leaves on: February 07, 2014, 12:03:08 PM
All, please see the Twomorrows Press Release below:

John
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TwoMorrows' warehouse fire leaves their new Dan Spiegle book in short supply
Only a limited number of copies remain of the first comprehensive look at the classic Dell, Gold Key, and DC Comics artist.

(RALEIGH, NC) Last July, TwoMorrows Publishing released Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art, co-written by Spiegle and historian John Coates (author of The Art of Nick Cardy). The book, which has garnered rave reviews from historians and fans alike, has seen the majority of its remaining copies destroyed in a warehouse fire.

"It's disheartening to have something like this happen," commented TwoMorrows publisher John Morrow. "We routinely overprint books and have our printer store them for us, only keeping a limited number of copies at our headquarters in North Carolina. In this instance, our printer had a warehouse fire, and we lost hundreds of copies of our Dan Spiegle book." The remaining copies are available for sale through www.twomorrows.com, as well as Diamond Comic Distributors and Amazon.com, but are likely to sell out soon. "While it's been incredibly well received, this isn't a book that we're likely to reprint since so many customers purchased it when it was first released. So readers should take this opportunity to grab a copy now if they still want one."

Dan Spiegle: A Life In Comic Art documents the career and life of one of the most respected—and hardest working—comic artists of the last sixty years, with a career spanning the Golden Age of comics through the Modern era. From his beginnings on the Hopalong Cassidy newspaper strip, to his thirty-year tenure on Dell and Gold Key’s licensed TV and Movie adaptions (Lost in Space, Korak, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mighty Sampson, Buck Rogers), Dan’s work is admired by fans and professionals alike. During the 1980s, he worked at DC Comics on Batman, Unknown Soldier, Tomahawk, Jonah Hex, Teen Titans, and the fan-favorite reboot of Blackhawk (taking the character back to its World War II roots), as well as his popular Crossfire series for Eclipse Comics, Dark Horse’s Indiana Jones series, and more.

In this book, author John Coates documents Dan's entire life in comics, through interviews filled with insight into the comic industry, colorful anecdotes of meeting celebrities, plus an examination of Dan’s artistic process from script to finished drawing, as well as personal reflections by Dan’s family on growing up with a father in comics. It includes dozens of images of Dan’s work, along with personal photos of family and industry peers, and numerous private commission drawings. Anyone who read comics between the mid-1950s through the 2000s probably enjoyed a comic with Dan’s art. Now they can learn about his life in comic art.

This book includes a color section, a Foreword by longtime collaborator Mark Evanier, and an Afterword by Sergio Aragonés.

TwoMorrows is offering free digital preview at this link:
http://twomorrows.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1091


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18  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Two must read saying I came across for new writers... on: February 03, 2014, 10:11:16 PM
"I didn't know what to say so I kept writing." - Mark Twain

"The book was done but the author wasn't." - Unknown


JC
PS: And no, these don't apply to Chuck. Not trying to be a smart-$%#! I just thought they were funny...

19  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Superhero documentary debuts tonight (Oct 15) on PBS... on: October 15, 2013, 08:18:46 AM
http://newsok.com/superheroes-documentary-debuts-tuesday-night-on-pbs/article/3893360

 

"Tuesday, October 15, 2013, is “Superheroes Night” on PBS.

The three-hour block documentary SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is the newest film from Emmy Award-winning producer/director Michael Kantor (BROADWAY: THE AMERICAN MUSICAL; MAKE ‘EM LAUGH: THE FUNNY BUSINESS OF AMERICA). The show will premiere at 8 p.m. ET (7 p.m. Central here in Oklahoma). Interviews include “Spider-Man” co-creator and Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee; DC Comics’ chief creative officer Geoff Johns; actors Adam West (“Batman”) and Lynda Carter (“Wonder Woman”) among many others."
20  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Opps... I meant the first JLA/Avenegrs cross-over... on: September 04, 2013, 09:18:49 PM
 Embarrassed

John
21  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / OT: Don Heck was considered for CRISIS...? on: September 04, 2013, 04:20:38 PM

All,

The story goes that Jim Shooter and/or DC Comics told Perez that they were considering Don Heck for the first CRISIS series. 

Would anyone know what publication this had been sighted? Interviews with people involved, etc.? And if, so would you please email me personally?

The reason I’m asking is that I’m finishing up my book on Don Heck for Twomorrows and this is a nice factoid I’d like to mention if I could substantiate and sight a published source. For example, it’s mentioned in Sean Howe’s book, “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” but no first-hand source is listed or that I could find. I emailed Jim Shooter via his blog but have not had a response.

Any assistance is appreciated…

JC

Jdcoates@bellsouth.net
22  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Lone Ranger producer Jerry Bruckheimer interviewed on: July 05, 2013, 06:11:45 AM
http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/hannity/index.html#http://video.foxnews.com/v/2523213766001/jerry-bruckheimer-talks-the-lone-ranger/?playlist_id=86924

Obviously talented with his movie/TV resume. Question - why isn't he movie he discusses on the screen!?
23  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Re: Lone Ranger Movie - first review... on: July 04, 2013, 10:22:39 AM

Ouch. This reviewer confirms my initial apprehension.

http://www.movieguide.org/reviews/the-lone-ranger.html

Harking back to the popular radio show created in the 1930s, the Lone Ranger rapidly became a solid icon of American history on TV, delighting child and adult alike with a message of chivalry and the pursuit of justice in a rugged land where only the power of brute force determined the rules. To its detriment, this updated version doesn’t quite follow the same conventions as the original. There is not a clear distinction of good and bad, leading to a convoluted plot line and excessive violence. Even so, Johnny Depp adds an element of humor as a wacky, crazy character. The movie does have suspense and keeps audiences interested, and the music is incredible.


For those that have seen some of the original Lone Ranger episodes, or their movies, the more troubling differences are not only some of the excessive violence, but the overall spirit of THE LONE RANGER. Not only does the story become saddled with repeated politically correct elements of showing the evil white man who will stop at nothing in the name of progress to double cross, displace and kill the nice noble natives in order to achieve his greedy designs. Almost every character in the movie changes their positions and beliefs because of their greed or selfish desires. The Lone Ranger himself openly transitions from doing justice to “being an outlaw” out for revenge. This clearly leads to a morally relative standpoint and a convoluted plotline.
24  Dixonverse Message Boards / Dixonverse Free For All / Lone Ranger Movie - first review... on: July 01, 2013, 09:25:13 PM
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/lone-ranger/review/577558

It's like I had a crystal ball and read this review in my mind before it was written; lack of identity (camp or serious? They don't know which so they go for both), Depp mugging the screen, too long, missed opportunity all around.

Chuck, I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I'd love to hear your review.
John
25  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Joe Kubert podcast interview from 2005 re-posted... on: August 12, 2012, 08:57:42 PM
The podcast, Comics Geek Speak, has re-posted an interview with Joe Kubert from Nov 24, 2005. The re-post is dated today.
You can stream it on the front page of their web site  or pull the podcast down from iTunes.

http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/

I’m not affiliated with the podcast, just passing along something of interest…
John
26  Dixonverse Message Boards / TV and Movie Discussion Archive / Re: Now it seems Depp's choice of face paint could be offensive... on: August 11, 2012, 02:18:49 PM
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I'd be kind of surprised if they went the "Lone Ranger as anti-hero" route.

For the record I don't know that they did go the anti-hero route, I'm just betting money on it. As I said, I hope I'm wrong.

Funnier still, check out this gem/link below; seems Depp's portrayal of "Tonto" is "...Based on a White Man’s Painting of an Imaginary Native American."

Let’s tally the score; Some white guy playing one of the few iconic Native American characters, in what's a kin to playing an African-American in "black face," depicting an image of a Native Americans that's not even authentic, and made up by another white guy, who’s never even seen/met an actual Native American.

Good thing Depp is left of center or his and the studio’s “insensitive” portrayal of a native American character would be the lead news story.

Just think if the same remained true but the movie was directed, produced, and or started...Mel Gibson!?

And by the way, I *still* hope it's a  good, solid western.
JC

http://gawker.com/kirby-sattler/
27  Dixonverse Message Boards / TV and Movie Discussion Archive / Depp as "Tonto" in new Lone Ranger movie...and that's the good news. on: August 10, 2012, 11:45:07 PM
So a friend sent me this link and I know it isn't really new-news; IMO Depp is a solid actor.

What I do find is how ironic it is that a Caucasian is playing a native American (More or less ala “Blackface”) when there must be many native American actors available. Where is the left outcry!? Roger Ebert,…are your paying attention!?  Tongue

I’m more concerned about the tone of the movie and frankly, what I assume will be the American-is-not-the rugged-individual portrayal; better not show any of that nasty " American Exceptionalism."  Yawn...make way for the Lone Ranger anti-hero. In my worst Andy Rooney (60 Minutes TV news show commentator) impression; “Do you ever think that the writer who popularized the “anti-hero” concept is now sorry that what was meant to be counter-culture and originally unique is now the norm? That bothers me.”

Net-net: The anti-hero is officially the most boring, trite, over-played character in movies, television, and in popular culture in general.

Net-net part duex: ]This movie will be left-of-center in its portrayal of the Lone Ranger and be a box-office failure.  Hollywood is so out of touch with their David E. Kelley-style of portraying traditional values that they actually can't even comprehend just how what they see as an exhaustive attempt on their part not to be liberal, always ends in an insulting or at least a marginalizing portrayal. I can even imagine them pre-screening the movie before its release and commenting;

"Wow, we really went far to the right on this one.  We’re so enlightened and progressive that in the entire 180 minute movie we actually show that single  non-indigenous character in a positive light, in that one scene, in the middle of the movie, for about one minute.  It’s a good thing in the re-write we came to our senses and later at least show that same character clubbing puppies, just before attending Sunday Church service. We wouldn’t want to be accused of being bias!”  

Hope I'm wrong. We haven't had a great classic western movie since "Silverado."  Right Chuck!?  Grin

JC
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1210819/
28  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Re: OT: Did Marvel or DC publish a blurb on Don Heck's passing? on: July 11, 2012, 10:12:41 AM
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No offense - and I mean that sincerely - but I wouldn't class Don Heck as "one of the greats." Honestly there was a long time when he was pretty generally recognized as being the worst artist working regularly in mainstream comics.

D, no taken. But, I think when you and others who may feel the same way see the book and its content, quotes, etc. you may think differently.


Take care, JC
29  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / OT: Did Marvel or DC publish a blurb on Don Heck's passing? on: July 10, 2012, 09:40:07 AM
All - Another Don Heck question...
 
Don passed away from lung cancer on February 23, 1995. I've been trying to find where (if?) Marvel Comics and/or DC Comics published some sort of blurb or tribute in their books.
 
It seemed standard-operating-procedure that when one of the greats in comics passed the company (or companies) they were known for would publish some sort of blurb on a given months letters' page, Marvel Age, DC's Direct Currents, Dick Giordano's "Meanwhile" column, etc. I know the various fan-magazine and comic-related web sites posted their own tributes, obit, etc.
 
Anyway,  I'd love to add that blurb to the upcoming Twomorrows Don Heck if it exists...
 
Anyone...Bueller...Bueller?
 
Thank you! Grin
John
404-922-1896jdcoates@bellsouth.net
30  Dixonverse Message Boards / Comic Book Topic Archive / Re: OT: Pl help identify the artist of the 1975 Hawkeye 7-11 slurpee cup...Don Heck? on: July 10, 2012, 09:05:17 AM
All - thanks!  from Dave Cockrum.


from this post and others it's from an illo that appeared in FOOM, as Chuck mentioned. Also, Giant Sized Avengers 2 "Once An Avenger ..."

Thanks for playing!!! JC
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