Mardis Gras, Fat Tuesday, 1937
Photo by Eudora Welty
This image used to be on the wall of the 5th floor entrance at DC Comics….it’s no longer there…
History of the DC Universe Poster (1987) by an incredible roster of artists, including: Jim Mooney, Jim Aparo, Steve Bissette/John Totleben, Denys Cowan, P. Craig Russell, Mart Nodell, Joe Staton, Dave Stevens, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Kirby/Mike Royer, Keith Giffen, Brett Blevins/Al Williamson, Michael Kaluta, Gene Colan, Steve Lightle, Brian Bolland, Michael T Gilbert, Jim Starlin, Joe Kubert, Art Adams, Walt Simonson, Paul Norris, Mike Grell, Mary Wilshire, Andy Kubert, Gil Kane, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Kane, Curt Swan, George Pérez, Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, Carmine Infantino, Jim Steranko, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Dave Gibbons, Gilbert Hernandez, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne, Ramona Fradon, Matt Wagner, Ernie Colon, Bob Kane, Irwin Hasen, Joe Orlando, Dave Stevens, Pat Broderick, Steve Rude, Frank McLaughlin, and Dick Giordano
1987 and someone thought, “We should definitely include the racist-caricature version of Chop Chop and turn this whole thing into an offensive embarrassment.”
(via Inkstuds Spotlight: A Conversation With Qiana Whitted)
Come get your history lesson for the day
My friends The Delicate Cycle have released their debut album, and it features some of my Polaroid portraits. It’s pretty, smart pop that makes me happy to know them.
The stories in the comic books were illuminated lives. They might have been panels of stained glass. They radiated glory. The superheroes in their auras strode. One might imagine a writer praying to learn a similar prose, a style that might inform the ordinary and dear with something of the same light, a sense of color that might explain why such small things should seem so valuable. Hoping to hell not to fall to mere cartoon. Cartoon, maybe. God help us, please not mere.
The bottom kind of dropped out of 2013 for me in its latter six months, but 2013 was also the year that, along with Walter Biggins and Steve Yates and the rest of the folks at the UP of Mississippi, I helped wrestle my all-time favorite novel back into print: Jack Butler’s Jujitsu for Christ. I don’t know if people are finding it, reading it, teaching it, or not, but I hope so. For their sakes. First image above is the updated cover; the second image is a piece the great David McCarty created for the mini-reading tour that I organized for Jack. It is beautiful and haunting and will break your heart if you’ve read the book and it’s my favorite piece of visual art from 2013.