Aug. 15th, 2009

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Before we continue our trek through the absolute low point of Moore's career, here's an excerpt from an interview where he explained how he came to be working on projects such as this for McFarlane and Liefeld in the first place. I figured some people might be interested. Here it is:

Moore: "Sometime--obviously before 1963 came out, after I'd been approached for it--Todd McFarlane, who I didn't know, phoned up and asked if I wanted to do an issue of Spawn. At the time, knowing very little about this, my thinking was that all I really knew about Image was that they're the opposite of DC and Marvel and that sounded pretty good to me, you know? That was really all I needed to know. I figured that if they're making mischief, then I'm generally in favor of them even without having necessarily seen the books. Todd McFarlane called up and asked if I'd want to write an issue of Spawn, which I really didn't know what Spawn was. But I said, "Yeah I can write one," and I said that before he'd offered me any money for it, you know? When he started to tell me how much money he'd give for doing it I kind of demurred and said, "Look, I'll do this for whatever the going rate is," just to be generally supportive of something which at the time I saw as fighting back against the big companies.
"So yeah, I did a couple of other stories for Todd McFarlane, for Rob Liefeld. . ."

And thus were born some truly awful stories. Well, speaking of which, onto the second half of Violator Vs. Badrock...

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IGN has the cover for Blackest Night : Superman preview.

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Inspired by the just-posted preview for Power Girl #4 featuring Terra, some scans from Terra #4 (by the same creative team), as the ladies hit the town.

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If you asked me each day of the week to pick my favorite comic character, I'd pick a different one each day. Dinah, Matt, Connor, Babs, Elektra, and Cass are all on the list to choose, but after reading Ms. Marvel vol 1: Best of the Best, I'm going to have to add Carol Danvers to the list. Why?

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To understand why the 1960s were so whacky and unruly, you'd have to remember the ominous feeling of doom that hung over most young men in those years. When a boy hit 18, he was required by law to register with the Selective Service Board. His draft number was entered in a national lottery and if his number was selected, he would receive a letter ("Greetings!")and off to war he would go. There were exemptions, if he had a medical condition or dependents or was in college. But for most, he would get shipped out or go to prison for resisting. ("Draft dodger" was as hateful an epithet as any ethnic slur in those days).

The usual number you see is that close to 60,000 young men were killed in Viet Nam and shipped home to their families. (Many more, of course, came back with a leg gone or part of a face burned off or addicted to painkillers.) All the "crack" of the 1960s, all the silliness and surreal humor of that era can be seen as a reaction to the grim news on TV every night.

Here's Jules Feiffer on the situation, as three Presidents make the same empty speeches.


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