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Mar 19 17 6:46 PM
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Mar 19 17 8:41 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:VisualFiction wrote:Is Weisinger generally considered a good/great editor? After reading how he treated Jerry Siegel, I have an instant personal dislike of him.
He certainly made his mark as an editor, at least in the halcyon days of 1958-64.
VisualFiction wrote:Is Weisinger generally considered a good/great editor? After reading how he treated Jerry Siegel, I have an instant personal dislike of him.
Mar 19 17 9:03 PM
Yes, John Wayne was the model for Matt Savage, although the resemblance isn't quite as evident in those pages as in others.
Alex Toth drew Dell's comic book adaptation of Rio Bravo (which also may have come out around this time), but if anything his likenesses of Wayne are less accurate than Kane's.
Here's a clip from that film—the first segment being the famous western duet with two male vocalists who were superstars in 1959:
As you make your way backward in these Time Capsules, Osgood, and have occasion to review some of DC's westerns it would be a good idea from time to time to include some western videos from the era too. Otherwise the younger set who've been immersed in superhero and science-fiction media may not realize how enormously popular westerns were in late 1950s culture, attracting much of Hollywood's top writing, directorial, acting and creative talent. There are many examples, of course. This is the opening to William Wyler's 1958 epic western The Big Country featuring an all-star cast, with the powerful, sweeping grandeur of the score by composer Jerome Moross setting the stage for the inventive title sequence of designer Saul Bass (who also did the opening of North By Northwest). The music itself in this film is so well-crafted it could stand on its own as a symphonic suite like many of Prokofiev's works. Watching these clips, those of an earlier generation can begin to understand how strongly the western genre resonated—and still does—with many Americans.
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Mar 20 17 11:52 AM
Osgood Peabody wrote:
Matt Savage's debut was an intriguing one. The way this first story unfolded, the series promised an episodic saga of a realistic cattle drive, with an interesting cast of characters that had their own backstories as fodder for conflict. It was full of those historical details that Fox excelled at, as we got plenty of his trademark footnotes explaining the jargon of the trail hands.
But alas, it never lived up to its promise. After a couple of more stories dealing with the cattle drive, it went astray from that narrative and became just another western.
The series lasted only 9 issues, and failed to stay the cancellation of Western Comics at the end of 1960.
Osgood Peabody wrote:
As far as I know, Savage was never revived, but I could be wrong about that. I see some references someplace that Brian Savage aka Scalphunter was later retconned to be his son, and Steve Savage aka Balloon Buster, his grandson.
And of course, Gil Kane did his own take on another guy named Savage in 1968... so the name has gotten a lot of mileage over the years!
Mar 20 17 12:20 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:Back in the early 50s, DC published 5 western comics, shown here in this 1951 house ad gather around a sheriff's star:
But by 1959, only two remained... All-Star Western, headlined by Johnny Thunder, and Western Comics, which from '54 to '59 had cover-featured Pow-Wow Smith. Sales must have not have been good, because cancellation loomed in the near-future of both books.
Mar 20 17 1:48 PM
VisualFiction wrote:I've waited many years for the Capsule to backtrack far enough that I could start reviewing from the beginning of the Silver Age. I don't think we'll get to Showcase #4 anytime soon, so Hal Jordan feels like a great opportunity to climb aboard. (Unless I'm mistaken, the only other two prior big names new to the SA at this point were Adam Strange and the Suicide Squad.)
VisualFiction wrote:So it feels fitting for me personally to use Arthur for my first-ever Capsule review while I gear up to make a meatier attempt at GL.
Visual Fiction wrote:I used to write Marathon reviews before I lost a long one during a PC glitch and became frustrated.
Visual Fiction wrote:There are hardly any illos worth scanning to post, which is unusual since Ramona Fradon normally provides some beauties. No idea who wrote this story which features Curry's animal friends more than him....
Mar 20 17 2:23 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:VisualFiction wrote:Is Weisinger generally considered a good/great editor? After reading how he treated Jerry Siegel, I have an instant personal dislike of him. He certainly made his mark as an editor, at least in the halcyon days of 1958-64.
But my most accounts, he was an insufferable human being.
Mar 20 17 2:30 PM
Alan wrote:Weisinger even edited Aquaman stories at the time too and clearly was appalled by the prospect of only being allowed to use one version. A story was a story was a story. Who cares, right?
Mar 20 17 2:55 PM
alizarin1 wrote:There's no winking at the reader in these stories whatsoever, no sense that we're all "in" on the joke. Everybody plays it perfectly straight in the series with Rex being treated as a serious professional.
alizarin1 wrote:...I logically ask: why wasn't there a crossover story during the 60s in which they appeared with Fox and Crow? Both "species" (if we can call them that) were anthropomorphic animals; the first group having human attributes, the second having similar abilities plus a more human-like form.... And while "Magic Touch" Kanigher is at it, he might as well throw Nutsy Squirrel and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer into that story too.
Mar 20 17 3:07 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:News of the Month:17th - Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at age 44
Mar 20 17 4:05 PM
Hepcat wrote:See post #26 for Yossarian's meaty review of Showcase 22.
Mar 20 17 4:48 PM
VisualFiction wrote:You forgot John Bonham in your list of musicians felled by substances.
VisualFiction wrote:Is there a Capsule thread(s) covering Rip Hunter's first story (or first few stories)....
VisualFiction wrote:...is there a collected edition reprinting the first Time Master stories in color?
Mar 20 17 4:59 PM
DennisDaMennis wrote:By the greatest of good fortune, my personal "Golden Age" of comics were those very years 1958-64. As a nine-year old, I just missed the inauguration of the Fortress of Solitude in Action comics, but I was there when Brainiac showed up toting a bottle full of Kandor. The first Adventure comic I bought was #247, the premiere appearance of the Legion of Superheroes.
VisualFiction wrote:Was he responsible for bringing any particular writers or artists to DC?
VisualFiction wrote:Which aspects of the broadened Superman mythos were specificially Weisinger's own ideas?
Mar 20 17 5:13 PM
Mar 20 17 11:01 PM
Osgood Peabody wrote:One other thing you may find interesting about that Aquaman tale... around about 1980, the Sea King and Mera returned to New Venice and set up shop there for a while... so this seemingly nondescript story in mid-'59 was actually the springboard for a storyline over two decades later!
Ahhhhhh, World's Finest 263-264 and Adventure Comics 475-478!
Mar 20 17 11:14 PM
VisualFiction wrote:!!! Well to that extent then he was a writer and suddenly I'm developing the beginnings of a love/hate relationship toward him
And let's not forget that Aqualad was introduced under Weisinger's watch.
Mar 21 17 2:04 AM
Hepcat wrote:I don't know if Weisinger actually brought Curt Swan to DC, but Swan's artwork is closely associated with Weisinger-era Superman.
I don't know if Weisinger actually brought Curt Swan to DC, but Swan's artwork is closely associated with Weisinger-era Superman.
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