From “Judgment Day,” which appeared in Weird Fantasy #18 in 1953written by EC (Entertaining Comics) editor Al Feldstein and drawn by Joe Orlando. Read more about what happened when this story was reprinted in 1955 at Comic Book Resources: http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2009/07/02/comic-book-legends-revealed-214/
Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.
The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.
The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry. Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.
The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.
The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises.
Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.
More Fun Comics #101 - Cover date January-February 1945
Not since the launch of Superman in 1938 had there been such an important new creation in the Man of Steel’s personal franchise - the introduction of Superboy.
Siegel had previously pitched Superboy series on two other occasions, in 1938 and 1940, but it was only in 1944 - when Siegel was serving overseas - that plans were put into action. In early 1945, the Boy of Steel debuted without Siegel’s permission or management. It was a turning point in the already-contentious relationship between Siegel and Jack Liebowitz, National’s publisher, who appeared to be wresting complete control of the franchise while its co-creator was called away.
The ownership issue of Superboy eventually led to the courts, with Siegel retrieving his rights to the character from National - but allowing them to continue publishing the character as the owner. Never a savvy defender of his legal rights as much as his ethical rights, Siegel effectively signed away Superboy in the wake of having just won him back.
As for Superboy himself, he debuts to almost no fanfare at all - not only is he not featured on the cover, but he’s not even mentioned (alongside co-inhabitants Johnny Quick, Aquaman, Spectre, the comedy team of Dover and Clover, and the book’s foremost attraction, Green Arrow).
In a terse, five-page retelling of Superman’s (and now Superboy’s) origin, we see more of Krypton than any other comic has yet shown, as well as what is very likely the first image of a pleasant, aged Kent couple doting over their lovable, adopted super-infant.
Rather than being encouraged by his dying father to mask his great powers behind a meek disguise in order to better serve humanity, it’s young Clark who determines that he must hide his light under a bushel.
Although the brief tale doesn’t leave much room for nuance, it’s also insinuated that Clark invents his Superboy identity out of whole cloth - as he does his costume, which he sews himself (predating the home-ec handiness of Peter Parker by a couple of decades).
Obviously, there’s little in the way of canon in these early stories - the radio serial alone has upended Superman’s origin for its own purposes, at the very least - but Superboy’s presence will dramatically change all sorts of assumptions about the character of his older self, in short order.
Among many other things, the late Robin Williams was a comic book fan, and his passing has inspired kind testimonial from our industry’s creators and retailers.
It’s a space-themed Sunday Storytime Hour at the Cartoon Art Museum! For preschoolers, kindergarteners and parents, but all ages are welcome for story reading and fun art activities. Plus, you get to enjoy the museum’s current exhibits, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all for the regular admission price. Jump in your rocket and join us on Sunday, August 17, from 11am to 12pm.
Hanna-Barbera TV Stars #3, December 1978, cover by Alex Toth
Don’t forget to attend our opening reception and book signing for Pretty in Ink: The Trina Robbins Collection, tonight, Thursday, July 31, 2014 from 6-8 pm. Pretty In Ink author Trina Robbins will guide a personal docent tour beginning at 6:30 pm, and will be signing copies of her book. This is a free event, so come and see a great exhibit and meet a comics legend!
Art above by Marcia Snyder, from Jungle Comics #163 (1954)
CARTOON ART MUSEUM’S THIRD THURSDAY PRESENTS:
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Show your Turtle Power at the Cartoon Art Museum! August’s Third Thursday on Thursday, August 21, from 5-8 pm. The event will feature a docent tour by Andrew Farago, Cartoon Art Museum curator and author of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History, published by Insight Editions. Watch local sketch artists draw, dress like a turtle for a picture, and enjoy drinks at the Cartoon Art Museum. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibition:
The Cartoon Art Museum’s exhibition celebrates the iconic hit franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and includes all of the original artwork from the historic first issue from 1984, other early covers and interior artwork from series creators Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird and their associates from Mirage Studios, storyboards and animation cells from the original 1980s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles television series and material from the popular TMNT Adventures comic book originally published by Archie Comics. This retrospective is on display at the museum through Sept. 14, 2014.
About Third Thursdays:
Third Thursdays occurs every month of the year in the Yerba Buena neighborhood of San Francisco, involving galleries and museums extending their hours throughout the neighborhood to create a lively atmosphere of arts and interaction. For more information, see http://www.thirdthursdaysf.wordpress.com.
Happy Birthday to Lynda Carter!