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The Ages of Comics, by Will Mitchell

We had a recent discussion over on our Facebook group page,  about the different ages of comics.  Starting with the Golden Age, and going to the present.  There have been several different eras and transitional periods since the beginning, so I thought I’d put my two cents in.

1) The Golden Age (Jan 1936 – 1944ish)

New Fun (later More Fun) Comics #1 (first serial comics produced that weren’t newspaper clips) -> The Rise of EC Comics (Super heroes begin to fade out, Horror rises)  This era is notable for the creation of super hero comics and the high patriotism shown by it’s classic characters.

2) The Wertham Era (1944- 1954)

EC Comics Horror comics -> “Seduction of the Innocent” published.  Horror and detective type stories were on the rise, and super hero comics were on the down swing.  Although some super heroes continued to be published, they were few.  Covers depicting women in bondage and horror scenes were prominent.  This era ended with the publication of ‘Seduction of the Innocent’ and the formation of the ‘Comics Code Authority’.

3) The Silver Age (1954 – 1971/73)

Showcase #4 First Barry Allen Flash -> foggy, but the big two companies did it within a couple of years of each other.. Green Lantern v2 #85-86 and Amazing Spider-Man #121.   The silver age was a return to innocence of comics.  The stories were written to target young boys, and super heroes returned to prominence.  With the re-imagining of DC’s stable, and the creation of characters such as Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, super heroes were back to stay.  This era ended between 1971 and 1973.. with the more adult issues being covered at DC and Marvel.  Green Arrow discovered his sidekick, Speedy was doing heroine, and Spider-Man’s girl friend, Gwen Stacy was killed by the Green Goblin.

4) The Bronze Age (1973ish – 1986)

This age runs until the tumultuous mid- 80’s.  Comics seemed to be growing up, but were still restricted by the CCA.  Characters were drawn more sexy (see the Legion of Super-Heroes of the Cockrum and Grell eras).  Team books were popular, New Teen Titans, X-Men and Legion of Super-Heroes were the top sellers of the day.
Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, Dark Knight Returns and The Watchmen, really changed the landscape of comics. Comics became more dark.. grim, gritty and edgy.

5) The Dark Age aka The Iron Age (1986 – 1992)

With the grittiness of the dark age, comics were no longer aimed at the younger readers, and comics are harder to find at your local convenience store or pharmacy. Books go to direct comic stores only. Soon, a group of artists become fed up with not owning their creations and form Image Comics, ending the age, and changing the face of comics forever.

6) The Image Era aka The Copper Age? (1992 – 1998)

Many independent companies become inspired by Image’s success. A wide variety of comics are published, but many die quickly. Variant covers are the norm.. holographic covers, foil covers, books with bullet holes. Speculators buy every #1 and variant book they can get their hands on. Gimmicks are tried by all the publishers. Heroes Reborn, Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back, etc. Marvel filed for bankruptcy and sales plummet.

7)  The Dynamic Age (coined by CBR writer) (1998 – 2004)

The rise of new blood at DC and Marvel (Dan Didio and Joe Queseda) ushered in a time of growth for both companies. The two companies tried new things, including Marvel’s Ultimate Comics line, and DC’s Young Justice, Major Bummer, Chase and more. Overall, it’s a good time to be a fan, with both of the big two basically recovering from the implosion of the previous age.

8) The Event Age (which the name must be changed.. it’s almost a Dark Age 2) (2004-2011)

Things grow darker again, as the Comics Code is removed from many books. Books such as Identity Crisis and X-Men are incredibly dark and violent. Decapitations, rape, and other horrible actions are depicted in many comics.  Event books were published constantly by companies.  Sometimes multiple events were occurring at the same time throughout the companies lines.

9) The Digital Age (2011- Present)

Publishers go day and date digital, meaning, comics are offered online the same day they go to print. It’s specifically marked by DC in September as they released their ‘New 52’.  This age is still going, as the companies continue to perfect their digital releases, and try new things with the technology.  As the use of personal tablets and cell phones grow, it can be assumed that digital comics will grow along with them.

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Episode 53: Completely John Tyler Christopher

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 53: Completely John Tyler Christopher

Annihilators: Earthfall #1 by John Tyler Christopher

Listen while we talk with talent cover artist John Tyler Christopher.  Recorded at Conglomeration 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. There is a buzz that is heard through the recording. We choose to believe it is simply the electricity in the room!

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Show Notes:
1) Quick Into by Will.. without Troy…  awkward!

2) John Tyler Christopher interview.

1:49    John works for Marvel and Top Cow (Currently on Witchblade!)

2:15    A quick review of the Art in Witchblade.

2:40    Review of work on New Mutants, Thunderbolts, which is changing into Dark Avengers.

2:55    The Love Fest begins, John shares his love of Luke Cage.

3:15     John shares his love to the Marvel Character Troll.

3:53    John shares his love for ‘B’ Characters.

5:45    John shares his love for Rembrandt (the artist, not Rembrandt toothpaste) John realizes this is going to be ‘One of those interviews’.

7:13    John drops he is ‘Doing something on spider-man’ that he cannot discuss…

7:39    John shares a time when he was discussing the mechanics of Spider-man as part of his work – Awesome!.

8:22    John discusses how parenting has affected his art.

9:05    John shares how Comics are full of role models for our daughters.

9:54    “Nothing makes me happier than when a dad or mom has their daughter at a comic show.”

10:30    John shares who he thinks are role models for girls in Comics.

13:22    John shares a topic that begins with the phrase, “As a businessman…”

14:10     John begins his discussions of specific Covers he has created. He begins with Annaliators Earthfall #1.

15:43    John discusses the Hidden codes he has inserted on Witchblade covers. NOTE: we have edited out the specific code upon his request.

20:10    John shares his vision for the future of Digital Comics.

24:50    John shares the Dave Matthews Story.

26:00    John shares you can contact him on deviantart page or google him or follow him on Twitter.

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Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 51: Completely Conglomeration 2012

Listen while we share our take on what is BIG in the Comics Industry. During Conglomeration 2012 we led a panel titled, Comics Round-up. This is the recording of that panel.

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We share a quick introduction and then chat about big comic book news from past year.

  • We talk about the impact of DC’s New 52
  • We answer ‘What is The Culling’
  • We discuss The Court of Owls
  • We talk about DC’s Next Wave
  • We share details and predictions about Avengers vs X-Men
  • We share how DC Nation, Marvel Universe,  and the Movies “The Avengers”, “Dark Knight Rises”, “The Man of Steel” can only benefit the comic industry.
  •  We discuss how Digital Comics, Comicxology and webcomics like Tart  are the next big thing.
  • During our question and answer time we talk about such varied things as : Why is Dark Shadows a comedy; and Why were there aliens in the last Indiana Jones movie; and  discuss that Hunger Games is the first number 1 movie with two main actors from Kentucky. We also talk about movie remakes in general and share how you can get some cool AvX coasters!

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Episode 29 Completely Daniel Frazier and Wonder Woman, with no pants!

Welcome back to Completely Comics! Troy, Will and guest host Daniel Frasier discuss news from the San Diego Comic Con, Talk in detail about Daniel’s Creation ‘Nightclaw and Prowler’ as well as the details of the business of making a viable comic out of an idea you have while doodling.

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Shownotes

1) Welcome to the show.

2) Update from the guys

Will’s news:  Boo on G4

Troy’s news: An interesting thing happened while shopping on eBay

Daniel’s news: Completely finished Issue 5 of Nightclaw and Prowler

3) Comic Book News

News from the San Diego Comic Con

  • DC
  • One of the main goals for the new DC 52, is to add more diversity to the line.  It was confirmed that The Atom in the Justice League book will be Ryan Choi (chweh).  Ryan was murdered in the current DCU, but I suppose Flashpoint will change alot of things.
  • Flashpoint #5 will feature a double page spread to show the journey from Flashpoint to DC’s New 52.
  • Some stuff about the new 52
  • Action Comics will tell the early story of Superman.  Not the boy from Smallville, but his early days in Metropolis.  he doesn’t have the same power set, he’s younger and brasher.
  • It’s been confirmed that the Lois Lane/Clark Kent marriage is dissolved, as previous believed.  In Superman #1, Lois Lane’s new boyfriend is Daily Planet co-worker Jonathan Carroll.
  • Wonder Woman’s book isn’t going to retell her origin.. but will start right into the action.
  • Wonder Woman has lost her pants.
  • Barbara Gordon is returning to Batgirl, because she is the most recognizable Batgirl.
  • There are no plans for Wally West in the new Flash series.  It will focus on Barry Allen.
  • Vixen and Lady Godiva will be in Justice League International.
  • Demon Knights shows the fall of Camelot and explores the DC Universe in medieval times.
  • Booster Gold may or may not be aware of the old timeline.
  • DC will still be holding the line at 2.99.
  • T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents will return with Nick Spencer remaining as writer in November.
  • Grant Morrison’s book, Multiversity will come out next summer.  Grant’s last Batman story will be Batman Leviathan which will also come out next year.
  • IDW Publishing and DC Comics Team-up for the Star Trek/Legion of Super-heroes cross over.  It will be a six issue miniseries, written by Chris Roberson and drawn by Jeffrey and Phillip Moy.  Covers will be provided by Phil Jimenez with variant covers from past Legion artists Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Mike Grell.
  • Vertigo
  • Due to the breakout success of Fables, an all-new ongoing series is being launched called Fairest… spotlighting the female characters from Fables.  The first story will be a three-issue arc focusing on Sleeping Beauty by Bill Willingham and artist Phil Jiminez.  The series will include a Rapunzel storyline by novelist Laren Beukes and Inaki Miranda, as well as a third Cinderella story by Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus.
  • Marvel
  • The question of who will be the new Ultimate Spider-Man will be answered in Ultimate Fallout #4.
  • The Twelve mini-series will be concluded.  Number 9 will drop in february 2012.  How long has this been delayed?  Does anyone care anymore?
  • Post Fear Itself, many titles will be branded with the ‘battle scars’ logo.. plus ‘shattered heroes’ one shots focusing on Thor, Captain America and Iron Man.  Matt Fraction will be co-writing a bi-weekly 12-issue limited series titled “The Fearless” with Chris Yost and Cullen Bunn, which picks up directly after the event.  Fraction will also be writing another post-‘Fear itself’ title, a new Defenders series drawn by Terry Dodson.
  • October will see the end of X-men Schism as well as the final issue for Uncanny X-Men.  X-men Regenesis #1 will be released that month, as well as Wolverine and the x-men #1.
  • Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness come together in December to release Cable Reborn.  Bringing the currently dead Cable back to the Marvel Universe.  Cable has been dead since the X-men ‘second coming’ event a year ago.
  • AKA Jessica Jones and The Hulk are both in development for ABC.
  • A Cloak and Dagger series and a Mockingbird series are in development for ABC Family.
  • Marvel Animation has Ultimate Spider-Man being developed for Disney XD.  A slide show from the panel showed a sketch of Spider-man and Spider-Ham together.  Drake Bell will be the voice of Spider-man.  Stan Lee will have a recurring role as a janitor at Peter’s school.
  • Hulk and the Agents of SMASH is in development at Disney XD.  It will feature Hulk, Red Hulk, Skaar, A-Bomb and She-Hulk.
  • Oni Press
  • Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s “The Sixth Gun” is coming to the Syfy network as a six episode mini-series.  The miniseries is a test to see if it could be a regular series.
  • Image
  • Brian K Vaughn (from Ex Machina, Y:the last man, and runaways) hasn’t been in the comics field for over a year, but will return in 2012’s image book, Saga.  Co-created by Fiona Staples, Saga will be an ongoing drama for adults focusing on a family struggling for survival in the midst of war.

4) Interview with Daniel Frazier about his work.

Here are links mentioned during the interview:

http://www.nightclawandprowler.weebly.com

http://www.oldworldcomics.weebly.com

http://www.comicheronews.com (Daniel’s Thought Balloons column)

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Completely Award Winning

On this episode Troy and Will talk about the 2011 Eisner Awards, Interesting facts about Thor and the Death of Spider-man.

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 16 Completely Award Winning

2) Update with the guys

  • Troy news
  1. B ‘n’ B (http://www.snughollow.com/)
  2. The Completely Comics Phenomenon
  • Will news
  1. Off the Grid
  2. Impact of Last Week’s Muy Buenos

3) Comic Book News

  • News of the week from comics
  • Multi-Media comic related news

4) Review of 2011 Eisner Awards http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.php

5) Wiki of the Week – Thor

6) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

7) Listener Feedback

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Completely Christian Alamy!

In 4 minutes you can be introduced to Christian Alamy (inker for Green Lantern) and learn what an inker does!

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Completely Opinionated!

Thank you for visiting our blog post about Young Justice! We are recording some episodes specifically about Young Justice and if you are a fan of the show, you should listen! We break down each episode and talk about how the show is connected to the original comic series and share our opinions on what good work is going into this show. Click here to view the most recent blog post about Young Justice!

1) Welcome to Completely Comics Episode 12 ‘Completely Opinionated’

2) Update with the guys

  • Troy news
    • Les Miserables is like Pay It Forward, The Fugitive, Annie all with the backdrop of the French Revolution.
    • Troy’s review of Young Justice. Including target audience and story lines and historical similarities
  • Will news
    • Bought a PS3 and a new HDTV.
    • Gearing up for Bite Girl’s Birthday.
    • Watching Doctor Who and Lost on Netflix.

3) Comic Book News

  • News of the week from comics
  • Multi-Media comic related news

4) FEEDBACK and Review of Our part in Conglomeration

Jeffery R. DeRego (www.1800gounion.com)

Sandy Jimenez’s blog posts of interest:

http://randomrobothamsandwich.blogspot.com/2010/05/frank-frazetta-didnt-paint-heroes.html

http://randomrobothamsandwich.blogspot.com/2009/12/happy-birthday-elzie.html

http://randomrobothamsandwich.blogspot.com/2009/02/how-watchmen-might-not-suck.html

Here are reviews of Sandy’s work at The Comics Journal this year:

http://www.tcj.com/alternative/correctives-propaganda-world-war-iii-illustrated-41-and-borderland/

and in 2010:
http://www.tcj.com/alternative/world-war-iii-illustrated/

Foreign Matter Comics (www.foreignmattercomic.com)

Conglomeration (www.conglomeration.info)

5) Wiki of the Week – Peter David (www.peterdavid.net)

6) Muy Bueno and honorable mentions

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