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Oct 15 16 5:30 AM
deejayway wrote:I mean, Doug Moench is my favourite bronze age writer, but I could never bring myself to read his WbN because of the substandard artwork by Don Perlin.
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Oct 18 16 11:57 PM
garuda wrote:Trust me you dodged a bullet there...Moench's writing on WbN is worse than Perlin's art.
Trust me you dodged a bullet there...Moench's writing on WbN is worse than Perlin's art.
Irony and subtly are the first casualties
in the eternal battle of wits between people divided by a common language. So read between the lines or you'll fall through the cracks...
....Quoting other people is no substitute for thinking for yourself...
Oct 19 16 5:24 AM
Tomb of Dracula
#13: To Kill A Vampire
by Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan & Tom Palmer
A force to be reckoned withAfter
the excellent issue 12 in which the ToD triumvirate of Wolfman, Colan &
Palmer firmly established their credentials as a creative force to be reckoned
with, they were riding high on a wave of confidence and excellence. The next
few issues would prove to be some the greatest horror comics of the era.
issue opens in the aftermath of Edith’s tragic and violent death and emotions are
riding high. Gene’s masterful splashpage beautifully shows the gamut of
emotions felt by our cast; Shade stands aloof from the grieving, Frank rails
against the inequities of cruel fate, while Rachel buries her grief-stricken
features in the breast of Taj, who as always is a pillar of strength and
The greatest loss of allQuincy’s
predicament is heartbreaking because surely there can be no greater loss than
the death of child, and Colan’s portrait of the grieving Quincy shows the deep
scars of bereavement etched on the noble, old soul’s face. Sorrow and impotent
rage threatens to consume the crew of fearless vampire hunters.
Monsters of the nightMeanwhile,
elsewhere Dracula takes to the air, revelling in his victory and thirsting for
blood. His intended victim is a beautiful young maiden, as only Gene could
render them. She is as lovely as she is innocent and Gene masterfully expresses
all her emotions. See the fear and uncertainty in her eyes as she wards off the advances of a would-be rapist, whose evil intent is clear in his feral, rat-like eyes, proving that the night is populated with real monsters, as well as imagined.
Drac saves they young girl, dispensing with the human vermin with one swipe of
his powerful talons.
we get a perfect example of Dracula’s hypnotic attraction on women.
admiration at how perfectly Gene’s posture captures the girl’s wavering
submission to Drac’s dark charisma, as she is slowly consumed by the shadows.
What fools these mortals bleed His
dark appetites sated for the nonce, Drac decides to study his future subjects
by attending a boxing match.‘Humans!’
he muses. ‘They cry out for peace, then fill these arenas of violence to their
fullest capacity. Indeed they are fascinated by bloodshed. Mystified by the
very same brutality they crusade so piously against.’
was certainly pulling no punches (ouch!) when condemning mankind for their
pious hypocrisy. It’s a thought-provoking scene, adding further depths to
a group of Asians steal a familiar looking corpse with puncture marks on his
neck from a mortuary. It’s a moody piece of skulduggery with a nice hardboiled
vibe as only Gene could do it. Pages like this underline how much Gene was
influenced by noir cinema and how great he would’ve been on a detective strip.
scene shifts again, back to Harker’s mansion, where Blade tells the group his
origin, how his mother was murdered during childbirth by a vampire with
slicked-back silver hair.
The murder scene is as effective as it is chilling
and it absolutely horrified me when I first read it as a young lad. Look at the sheer, unmitigated terror in those eyes.
Lady of the nightCuriously,
upon this latest rereading it seemed obvious to me that Blade’s momma was a
lady of the night, and I don’t mean a vampire, and the birth scene takes place
in a house of ill repute.The
circumstances would never have occurred to my younger self in a thousand years
and if anyone had suggested it to me, I probably would’ve been more horrified
by it than the thought of an expectant mother being killed by a vampire.Nevertheless,
even though it’s very subtle, I think Marv’s intent is fairly clear. He is to
be applauded for adding an extra layer of sophistication to the story, without trumpeting it aloud.I
wonder if the identity of Blade’s father was ever revealed later on. Not to my
knowledge at least.
he relates his grisly origin, Blade and the others get a clue about Dracula’s
whereabouts and they speed to the location to confront him. The mother of all
battles erupts, which ends with Drac sprawled on the floor, impaled by one of
Blade’s wooden daggers, proving that issue 13 was an unlucky number for
Dracula, but not for the readers as it was one of the best issues yet!
Oct 19 16 5:29 AM
Muldoon wrote:Normally I love Colan and Palmer artwork, and TOD is a favorite...But I remember thinking back when this issue first came out, that the dude in panel 3 of the above page looks like a completely different person than the usual way Colan/Palmer drew Blade back then...I also get a deja vu type of feel, like they were basing this particular new look on a then-current celebrity...
Normally I love Colan and Palmer artwork, and TOD is a favorite...But I remember thinking back when this issue first came out, that the dude in panel 3 of the above page looks like a completely different person than the usual way Colan/Palmer drew Blade back then...I also get a deja vu type of feel, like they were basing this particular new look on a then-current celebrity...
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Oct 22 16 8:14 AM
edulopez wrote:And to have an Artist Edition of Colan/Palmer's TOD would be amazing too.
Oct 22 16 12:37 PM
deejayway wrote:kinggirlfriend wrote:SMGDH
Hmmm, my kabbala is kinda rusty. WtD (what the Dickens) does that mean?
Oct 22 16 7:11 PM
NoeticHatter wrote:Between the many issues of TOMB and the Drac magazines, this thread should keep us happily reading for quite awhile.
Oct 23 16 3:22 AM
OoklaTheMok wrote:Gene Colan's art on this series is to die for -
Gene Colan's art on this series is to die for -
Oct 23 16 11:45 AM
by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan & Tom
issue opens with a magnificent splashpage, as the dread Dormammu steps centre
stage in all his dark magnificence. It’s a sight to strike mere mortals mute
with fear and trembling. He is ‘terrible’ in the truest sense of the word; ‘to
was clear from this single image, that a new era of wonderment had been
unleashed with the arrival of the mags’ latest mystical master artist, Gene
Colan. In fact this issue might just as well have been called ‘I…Colan’, as Gene came, saw and conquered, making the
character and the mag his own. Geni vidi vinci!
With one single issue, Doctor Strange went from
a fairly pedestrian superhero strip to become one of the most distinctive and
visually innovative on the stands. Only Steranko and Adams could beat Colan at
his game, and Steranko was slowly easing out of comics and Adams’ output was
think Gene was very influenced by what Adams had been doing on Deadman and his
Doctor Strange owes more to that than to Ditko. Colan offered the reader a
different kind of psychedelia to Ditko, which was more supernatural, a world
peopled with weird entities and strange dimensions. Colan, on the other hand
offers a world in which everything is fluid and the borders between realities
are constantly in flux. It’s a world of swirling shadows and mist, in which
everything is constantly changing,
fading in and out of focus. It is a world in which all the laws of physics have
been cancelled and everything floats in a miasma of ever-shifting vistas. The
effect is hallucinatory and mesmerizing.
of course, Doc and his cast had never looked more human as Gene was a master of
rendering realistic people. Gene’s
Doctor is traditionally handsome and looks like a cross between Clark Gable and
Strangely enough, he actually looks older than the way Gene (and)
Tom would portray him when they returned to the character in the Seventies. And
Clea and Victoria Bentley had never looked lovelier.
the sense-shattering debut of Gene Colan, this issue was even more monumental
as it represented Tom Palmer’s very first inking job and his first coupling
with Gene, with whom he would go onto create comics history.
Gene’s arrival, the mag takes on a sense of drama and urgency, as if Roy was
energized by the fantastic visuals.
Doc confronts the dread one as he is on the brink of invading earth and the
mystic mage only just manages to escape with his cape unruffled. Doc rescues
Clea and Victoria.Poor
Victoria realizes that her love for Doc is hopeless as he only has eyes for the
other-dimensional Clea, who is indeed out of this world.
Dormammu is reunited with his treacherous sister Umar. The hostility between
the two sorcerous siblings is palpable and Roy does a great job of fleshing out
their rivalry. He also does a fine job of portraying Dormammu’s new minions,
who are impatient to invade earth. At the end of the issue, Dormammu and his
demonic Stormtroopers march on earth, only to find their way barred by the
ever-amazing Doctor Strange. What an debut issue for Gene and more wonderment
was to come!
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Oct 25 16 11:12 AM
#173: …While a World Awaits
by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan & Tom
under a nice but unremarkable cover by Dan Adkins lurks another great issue,
which opens with great splashpage by Colan and Palmer as Doc bars the mystical
gateway to earth against the dread Domammu and his evil minions. It was all-out
mystical action from then onwards.
goes berserk and his wrath is awesome to behold,
sending doc scurrying for
cover in its wake, even as he ensures that Clea and Victoria manage to escape
Doc is ensnared in mystical shackles while Clea and Victoria pool
their limited mystical abilities to help him.
Wong is surprised by another unexpected visitor: Dr. Charles Benton, a former
colleague of Stephen’s. He is determined to unmask Strange as a magical
charlatan in a bid to get him to accept a position as a medical consultant.
an interesting subplot. Roy already introduced the character of Dr. Benton in
his debut issue 169, which suggests the seeds of the plot were planted quite
early, or maybe it occurred to him later and using Benton was a convenient
expediency. Whatever the case, it’s an interesting development, which will have
was Gene’s first chance to portray Wong, Strange’s faithful man-servant and his
rendition is marvellous, giving him a quiet dignity, humanity and humility.
Without extraneous verbiage from Roy, it’s clear from every nuance of Wong’s
expressions and body language that he is much more than a ‘mere’ servant. I was always intrigued by Wong and
the Ancient One as a kid. They seemed so exotic and inscrutable to me, which
sparked my young fascination with eastern philosophy. I think that may be one
of the greatest aspects of Doc Strange, that it opened our young, fertile minds
to other worlds.
and Victoria use their powers to fuel Umar’s latent resentment towards her
sorcerous sibling. Her powers, which had been stripped by Dormammu, return to
her. She takes revenge by freeing Doc, just in time for him to confront his
awesome adversary at the gates of dawn.a cool twist at the time to have three women play such modest but pivotal
roles in the unfolding drama and Roy is to be commended being so forward
thinking. Don’t forget, at the time most females were still portrayed as hostage-of-the-week.
Dormammu breaks through to earth, but in another surprising turnabout, his
powers abandon him as soon as he emerges onto the earth plan. Doc explains that
he has been brought low by his own vow never to invade earth.
In effect the dread
lord defeated himself in a delicious piece of irony. He is banished once more.
The realisation of what dangers lurk on the edges of our reality leaves Doc
feeling more alone and insignificant than ever.
Oct 26 16 11:46 AM
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