Monday, March 8, 2010

No more Free on-line comics library?

The free window to hundreds of Superman and thousands of other comic books is gone, likely taken down for legal issues.
The site boasted 5,700 titles, 6.63 million pages and 1.6 million views a day! I can't imagine all the time spent scanning in all those images, let alone obtaining them.
My local comics store only has a fraction of those titles available and so where the site owners obtained them all is simply miraculous.
I can't believe comic retailers liked it, though it avoids having the newest of releases.
I still have some Superman comics from the 1960s, where I got a part one, but not the conclusion part two. So, this site at least gave me the opportunity to complete some older stories for me.
I also read many old Action and World's Finest and Adventure comics back into the 1940s.
Some of the sci-fi alone in those "golden age" tales was ahead of its time.
It was also interesting how some story ideas for the "Adventures of Superman" TV show came directly from the comic books, but how that also worked in reverse at times.
Reading some World Wat I era Superman comics was also a kick. You'd see this great cover of Superman stopping a German tank or a U-boat, but then inside there would be nothing about the war in any of the stories.
I got my free worth from this site, while it was there, to be sure.
The site was at:
http://www.htmlcomics.com/

Friday, March 5, 2010

Comics books hit too close to home now?

OK, so for me comic books -- Superman titles in particular -- are an escape, a fantasy and I expect mostly happy, pleasant outcomes.
It is a little unsettling for me the past few months to read real life scenarios in the newspaper world represented in some comics.
Being a newspaper reporter, times are tough. My salary/benefits are down about 15 percent the past two years and more than 10,000 journalists lost their jobs last year in the U.S.
In the Superman "Secret Origin" miniseries, the Daily Planet is portrayed as barely able to operate. It can't even afford to keep the Daily Planet globe on the roof spinning and the fears are now that it may be rusted in place.
There's graffiti at the Planet's front entrance and it is nothing like the slick place it has always been portrayed in the past.
Still, somehow Clark Kent gets hired at the Daily Planet, while Lex Luthor thrives in down economy.
Over in Marvel comic book land, it isn't much better. Peter Parker, newspaper photographer,has been the victim of layoffs.
Realistic yes, but cutting a little close to home for me .... Still, you've got to give DC writers/editors credit for knowing my industry's plight and keeping up with the times.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Who are the best Superman Villains?


Superman has lot of enemies, but which are the best?
Here's my top 10:

1. Darkseid. Clearly dark and powerful, he's the most cunning of Superman's foes.
2. Brainiac. Another alien, but one who has it out for Kryptonians,in particular.
3. Doomsday. The only foe to kill the Man of Steel.
4. Cyborg Superman. Part machine and part Kryptonian, he is formidable.
5. Time Trapper. Clearly the most mysterious of all foes of the Man of Steel and master of time.
6. Mongul. Another alien with great power and evil ambition.
6. Lex Luthor. The most overused Superman villain.
7. Zod. A fellow Kryptonian with military style.
8. Drax. An underused alien villain from Superman's past.
9. The original Gog. Simply awesome.
10. (tie) Parasite, an energy sucker and Metallo, powered by Kryptonite, However, neither are very smart.

Note that Luthor is only sixth. He's so overused in the Silver Screen Superman movies that it is simply pitiful.