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#1 Edited by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

The newer artists will always have the advantage in this kind of poll. Their style is what's "in" at the moment, and they're fresher in the fans' minds. This is especially true if the place where the poll is hosted skews to a younger or newer audience. If this is over on CBR or someplace that attracts a bunch of "old guys talking comics", Neal Adams and Jim Aparo would probably be at the top of the list.

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#2 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

If this is closer in tone to the classic Stan Lee/ John Buscema Surfer "cosmic hippie with the power cosmic" stories from the 60s, or even the good stuff from the 80s-90s run, then I'm on board. If it's anything like what Marvel has done to the character in the last 5-8 years then I'll pass. From that Pak quote and the description it sounds like the former, which means it should be pretty cool.

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#3 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

When auctions like this pop up for action figures on ebay way before they hit store shelves, 100 times out of 100 they've been stolen from the factory in China. And not by some poor assembly line worker making 10 cents a day or anything, but by one of the bosses looking to score a little extra off of silly Americans. Don't buy stolen toys directly from China; when you do, the communists win. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle. ;)
Anyway, those look okay. Nothing special, but not bad. And if that's Colm Feore as a frost giant, it's very CGI dependent because he's only average height. I'm not really seeing Avatar except for the fact that it's blue.

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#4 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

They voted to have the character killed; DC never said they'd keep him that way.Besides, they kept him in the ground for nearly two decades, so I think the fans got their money's worth.  
Playing along for a minute, I can't imagine this would be worth anyone's time; either the lawyer silly enough to take on a class action suit like that, or the callers who kept telephone bills for so long that they can prove they made the call and decide they want their dollar back! Why do I imagine there's some sad fanboy (now fan-middle aged man) out there who kept his phone bill to prove he killed Jason Todd? Probably because it's true!

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#5 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

Exactly what Green Skin wrote. I think Grant Morrison summed it up best when this exact question was addressed at San Diego Comic Con. Comic book characters are paper people, they exist in a fictional universe, and they don't age like we do. Batman is 71!

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#6 Edited by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

"Blago" Rod thought it was  a Comical Chicago Cons convention, that's why he showed up. Avatar Press was there because it's only a hour-and-a-half drive up interstate 57 from their home base (which is, in turn, two blocks from mine) and it was a cheap trip for good publicity. When no one else shows a mid-level indy like Avatar ends up getting more press for being there (as evidenced here). I know Antarctic Press and Top Shelf were there, too, and a few other small publishers. Gareb Shamus and company did a nice job of alienating the big publishers by charging them set-up and booth fees, hoping he could turn it into a multi-media expo like San Diego.  It didn't work and it makes Chicago look kind of feeble.
I actually prefer a comic convention to focus on COMICS, not movies and other entertainment. If the big publishers were at Chicago then I think it would've been exactly the type of show I'd prefer: a place to interact with fans and creators and get some some sketches and cheap comics. I loved it when I used to go years ago, but the Shamus family business model has turned me off to going in recent years. Besides, I don't want to get badgered by Virgil to give him twenty bucks again.

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#7 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

I read every version of The Punisher since I was twelve. All of the series and every incarnation, through the great to the incredibly lame. That is, until "Frankencastle". It was too much, it strayed too far from the character, and I had zero interest in it. I didn't start the anti-Remender campaign, I didn't wail and gnash teeth. I just quit reading the book. And you know what? I realized after a few months that I had just been reading about The Punisher out of habit for the last several years. So now I have no desire to jump back onboard the Punisher bandwagon again. 
It actually caused me to re-examine why I was reading all of the Marvel books I had been reading, and I found that I had also been reading most of THOSE out of habit, too. So now only read what I enjoy (which means I'm down to only one Marvel title now). In that respect, a move like this CAN have unintended consequences for a publisher. I take the approach of thanking Marvel for Frankencastle because they're saving me about 20-30 bucks a month on buying their books.

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#8 Edited by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

That was the popular style of the time and a lot of the superhero books were drawn to fit in with the times. It is not fair to say "everything" in the 90s looked like that. Valiant comics, for instance, were hugely popular and focused more on story than on art. They didn't release anything that had that Liefeld-esque look. A case could be made that most of the stuff Marvel was putting out looked like that, and Rob Liefeld at Image had an entire studio full of guys told to draw like him, but this was certainly not the  only style out there at the time. Look at work from guys like Dale Keown on Hulk then on his own book Pitt (when he got around to putting one out), Mark Bagley, Romita Jr, the above-mentioned Darryl Banks run on the Kyle Rayner starring Green Lantern  book, and plenty of other examples.  Someone else mentioned it, but DC put out very little stuff with that artistic "style" ; it was mainly Marvel and Image, plus the copycat indy books and small publishers around during the time.
I get what you're asking, but it's a pretty broad generalization. The reason is that sales figures on Liefeld's books were dwarfing just about anything seen before or since due to the energy and imagery on his pages (artistic merit and quality are another issue, but that period was very much about "image" and style over substance) and a lot of people thought copying that style would sell some more copies for them. It didn't really; it only served to contribute hundreds of very inferior looking books to the quarter bins of stores, swap meets,  boot sales, flea markets, and the garage sales the world over for decades to come.When the newness wore off and the frenzy died down people realized they got sold a lot of polished [poop] with shiny covers and the "age of the artist", as it was called, gave way to the era of the writer. This is why, even though books look overall better than ever from an art standpoint, the writer is still the one who's name is mainly used to sell books.

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#9 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

I agree with this review in every respect. The art by Neal Adams was great, as would be expected. However, he seriously does  need at the very least someone to handle the scripting duties. Neal Adams is one of the all-time great artists/ illustrators, but he is not and never has been a great writer.

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#10 Posted by Storm Rider (174 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the early Kevin Smith films. Just about everything right up until after Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back was pretty good (Clerks and Dogma were freakin' great). However, I have never enjoyed any comics he's written. Between odd characterizations and bouts of severe lateness, I'd say with pretty good certainty that if it wasn't for his name value he wouldn't be getting too many writing gigs.