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>Das Komx: Maximum Fantastic Four

>Maximum Fantastic Four (Fantastic Four (Graphic Novels)) Maximum Fantastic Four by Stan Lee

My review


rating: 4 of 5 stars
I learned things about Marvel and the history of the American comic scene that I hadn’t known before. For instance, that the Fantastic Four were the first of Marvel’s super-hero team-based comics and helped to revitalize lagging sales and creative output.

But the main purpose of Maximum Fantastic Four is to showcase Kirby’s iconic art. The premise of blowing up each panel of a single comic and selling it as a hardcover book is amazing. I used to do this on my own because I tend to read comics slowly, panel by panel. So this book was very exciting for me to find cheaply on Amazon’s used section.

The first Fantastic Four comic is broken up into two actual stories, and the first part of the book is the most interesting, art-wise, to me. The second part is not bad, but it reads and appears less impressive. Regardless of how innovative it was at the time, it’s impossible for me to look at it with completely fresh eyes.

I was surprised to find Ben Grimm/The Thing such a multi-dimensional character, and that this was planned from the start by Stan Lee.

Anyways, if are a student of comics and comic art (not only in the literal sense), you should definitely check this out. There aren’t any other inventive studies of historic comics like it.
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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Comics

 

>Some Context from Will Eisner

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“This is a moment of great importance. You know, we used to feel very much like a Mama Rabbit and a Daddy Rabbit, who were running around, being chased by a bunch of dogs. They dove into a hole and the Mama Rabbit is quivering. She’s saying, “Oh, this is terrible. We’re doomed.” The Daddy Rabbit says, “No, don’t worry about it. We’ll stay here, and in half an hour, we’ll outnumber them.” [laughter] I always think of that when people ask me how I felt about all those years of so-called struggle—sooner or later, we’ll outnumber them, and I think we’re outnumbering them now.”

-Will Eisner, in his Keynote address to a University of Florida (Gainesville) crowd at the ‘Will Eisner Symposium’ there in 2002 (I can’t believe I missed that!)

 
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Posted by on September 14, 2008 in Comics

 

>Google Announces New Browser ‘Chrome’ via Comic

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…and the comic was created by Scott McCloud no less!

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2008 in Comics, News, Technology

 

>Judenhass

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“…I am convinced that the persecution of the Jew is not in any large degree due to religious prejudice. No, the Jew is a money-getter…he was at it in Rome. He has been at it ever since. His success has made the whole human race his enemy.”
-Mark Twain from “Concerning the Jews” in Haper’s Monthly Magazine, published September 1899

“No doubt Jews aren’t a lovable people – I don’t care about them myself. But that is not sufficient to explain the Pogrom.”
-British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, 30 July 1939

At 48 pages, Dave Sim’s recent treatise, in graphical novel format, on the “problem” of the Jew in Judenhass (literally ‘Jew hatred’) is a small book being perhaps 1/8″ thick. The diminutive size of this work conceals its significance. I have always been aware of and sympathetic to the persecution of the Jewish people since what seems the beginning of time but even I didn’t realize how disgustingly wide-spread and open Jew hatred was in the modern world leading up to and around the Holocaust. It’s not unknown about how late Americans got involved in the second World War. What is probably lesser-known is how condoned the actions of the Nazis were, whether in word or deed, by the leaders of the free world.

British, American and Russian citizens and governments in particular were openly chastizing of them as a race and actively seeking to block any Jewish immigration into their/our countries, even in the 1940s. The research that went into this small volume is presented plainly and simply against images of the dead and decomposing ‘residents’ of concentration camps. The information is so revelatory as to how openly Jews have been hated for centuries that one can hardly deny Sim’s claim in the first six pages that the Holocaust was inevitable.

This is an extremely significant work and goes so far to dispel so many lies and misconceptions about the treatment of Jews that I hope it does become required reading, as Sim hopes, and as I was required to read Elie Wiesel’s Night in High School.

That there is so much more written and expressed hatred towards Jewish people and Black people, as compared to any other group in history, cannot go unchecked for upcoming generations. This simple account can go a long ways toward informing and countering so much shared ignorance, both overt and latent.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2008 in Art, Comics

 

>Hugh Jackman Throwing Child Into the Air

>From Photographer’s Point Of View:

From Child’s Point Of View:

[Shamelessly ripped from here]

 
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Posted by on June 10, 2008 in Comics, Humor

 

>Garfield Minus Garfield

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Posted by on March 16, 2008 in Comics, Humor

 

>Catholics Use Manga to bring in more Nuns

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I say: If a multi-volume manga about one girl’s shopping can be popula (YKK), recruit a real Japanese author and this thing will sell.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2007 in Comics

 
 
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