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by AdMan
Mon Oct 13, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: How do You think DC will handle The MLJ Heroes??
Replies: 32
Views: 5184

Re: How do You think DC will handle The MLJ Heroes??

I haven't posted here in a while, but now that the characters have re-emerged at DC, it may be time for me to re-enter the discussion. It would be great to get at least one Showcase volume of this material, though it's probably more likely that DC will reprint the golden age stuff in whatever progra...
by AdMan
Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:30 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Steve Ditko on the Shield?
Replies: 12
Views: 2251

Re: Steve Ditko on the Shield?

To me, I just see bits and piece of Ditko in this. The woman and villain in the foreground on page 1 look extremely Ditko-esque to me--from their expressions on their faces to the way the woman's hands are illustrated. The monacled man on page 3 looks amazingly like Ditko's work. Most of the poses d...
by AdMan
Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:23 pm
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Steve Ditko on the Shield?
Replies: 12
Views: 2251

Re: Steve Ditko on the Shield?

I'm aware of Sekowsky's involvement with ArchieCo... but this doesn't look like his work. If you have the issue handy, definitely check it out. The hands, faces and most poses look a great deal like Ditko (inked in sloppy fashion by Reinman). As far as the timeline goes, there's always a possibility...
by AdMan
Thu Jul 24, 2008 11:49 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Steve Ditko on the Shield?
Replies: 12
Views: 2251

Steve Ditko on the Shield?

Hey, guys! It's been a long time since I've posted because... well... there hasn't been much going on in the Mighty Crusaders Universe. (Shame on your ArchieCo!) Anyway, I picked up a very cheap copy of Fly Man #35 yesterday and discovered what I think might be an uncredited Steve Ditko story! The s...
by AdMan
Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:22 pm
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Next AAS Trade Paperback...?
Replies: 10
Views: 5232

AAS Trade Paperbacks

The "graphic novel" book trade is really heating up! Everybody is reprinting classic material and packaging it in high quality hardcovers or, at least, in the trade paperback format. I'd love to see ArchieCo get more involved in this rapidly growing part of the business. How about some golden age sa...
by AdMan
Fri Jul 13, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: The Mighty MLJ Pledges
Replies: 3
Views: 2070

I've seen the two covers before, but didn't realize the dialogue balloons were so similar. Was Joe Simon behind this or the editors at ArchieCo. (Sadly, I'm sure we'll never know the answer to that question.) :cry:,/EMOJI>

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by AdMan
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:22 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: The New Web Comic Revealed!
Replies: 2
Views: 2359

Re: The New Web Comic Revealed!

Is this the more traditional Web (the version we'll be seeing in Katy Keene) or the ghastly new Neal Adams version. If it's the latter, I'm not interested. :(,/E>

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by AdMan
Mon Jan 08, 2007 9:20 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Different Looks for Betty & Veronica
Replies: 29
Views: 16261

Re: Michael Dooney

All of these are interesting, but I think Rags Morales has nailed the right tone and look for a modern re-imagining of the Riverdale Gang. If I worked at ArchieCo, I'd be getting Rags on the phone right now!

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by AdMan
Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:17 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: PR News at Archie Comics
Replies: 2
Views: 2386

HUH?!

Congratulations! Please, give us all of the details! Plus... how can I become director of advertising?

So... are you the guy who has to field all of the angry emails from all of us Crusaders fans? ;),/E>

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by AdMan
Fri Dec 02, 2005 1:09 pm
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Mighty Crusaders TPB ??? Also, Big Bang question...
Replies: 26
Views: 8207

Yes, Virginia! There is an Archie SuperHero Digest #1

I purchased both Archie SuperHero Digest #1 and #2 on eBay for just $5.00. There should be plenty of copies out there. Happy hunting!

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by AdMan
Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:36 pm
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Let's help bring back the Mighty Crusaders!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 18567

Sounds good to me!

Wow! Wouldn't that be something if ArchieCo would be willing to turn their universe over to John Byrne? I'd certainly make a special trip to the funny book store to pick up any new Crusaders book written and/or drawn by him. Let's hope that ArchieCo persues this particular avenue... or, at least, se...
by AdMan
Thu Jun 30, 2005 10:00 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Tommy Troy, Spiderman
Replies: 14
Views: 9327

[b],/s>[i],/s>Joe is planing on releasing the first issue at some point.[/i],/e>,/I>[/b],/e>,/B>


Rik, do you mean Joe Simon's going to release the first issue of the Silver Spider?

Do you know if C.C. Beck penciled the entire story? How would ink Beck's work?

Wow! As a long time fan of C.C. Beck, I can't wait 'til this hits the stands. (Of course, this would have been a nice addition to the Fly TPB, too!)

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by AdMan
Tue Jun 28, 2005 6:14 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: Let's help bring back the Mighty Crusaders!!!!!
Replies: 38
Views: 18567

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“Scott Martin”: Impact, while a good line, failed because they weren't the true Archie heroes.
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[i],/s>"I have my own thoughts on why the line failed and it really had nothing to do with following tradition or heritage or lineage. The Impact line was a great line of books for a demographic that didn’t exist. If kids were the targets, what were the kids buying? I’ll tell you what they were buying when Impact! was making it’s way into the market place, Wolverine, Punisher and the X-Men and the huge Image explosion."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Well... yes and no. The older, established fans looked at the Impact stuff and recoiled in horror. The younger kids were unimpressed. Like you said, the kiddies just wanted to see Wolverine gut someone. (By the way, Scott Martin is the founder of the Mighty Crusaders Message Board.) [/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Speaking of Image, what does their meteoric rise in the industry have to say about selling a product! They spell it for you on the logo! IMAGE! Comics are all about the look of the book these days and have been since the late 80’s." [/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>And that's the rub IMHO. Image is all image and little substance. The art of storytelling in the comic industry has diminished since they exploded on the scene.[/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Comic Books are a visual medium, and will sell if they have the right appeal. Though I liked the Impact FLY, I felt that it lacked and illustrative dynamic that was not up to what Marvel and Image were producing (DC is just now catching up)."[/i],/e>,/I>

:shock: [b],/s> I can understand the appeal of Marvel and Image from an artistic perspective. They both give their audiences lots of interesting artwork to look at, but DC and the indies have delivered more substance in terms of writing, characterization and solid storytelling. Heck, a modern Marvel comic takes you all of five minutes to read. That lack of story and substance has forced me to abandon buying new comics.

By the way, the Impact Fly book helped launch the animated style that was used in the Batman, Superman and Justice League animated series. It was really quite ground-breaking for its time.[/b],/e>,/B>
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Michael Dunne:If you do this, please opt for a "traditional" style artist, whether new or old, Bob Mcleod, Ron Frenz, Andy Smith both old and new would be a treat to see.
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[i],/s>"I have to refer back to the presentation, a majority of the sale is getting the buyer to pick up and thumb through the title. They might read a balloon here and a caption there but if it isn’t visually stimulating, I can guarantee that the title will return to the shelf."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>You're absolutely right![/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Creators like Mcleod and Frenz have left their mark on the industry in an era where they could shine. But they have not adapted to the changing style of comics, thanks to characters like McFarlane, Jim Lee and Joe Madureira the face of comics can no longer be pinned to one style. A guy like Salvador LaRocca will always have work as long as he wants it because he can adapt his pencil to the modern style."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>But to me, I see McFarlane's style to be somewhat dated. His stuff is soooo '90s to me. And while I really like how Jim Lee illustrates certain characters, he is still lacking in his ability to visually tell a story. It would certainly do him some good to seriously study those who came before him like Gene Colan, Gil Kane and Bob McLeod to see how it is done.[/b],/e>,/B>

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Ed Burke: As in any other request for a potential new comic, please remember that talent produces better results than cheap labor.
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[i],/s>"Now here is a guy with a clear perspective on the industry."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>We're in complete agreement here. [/b],/e>,/B>


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Benjamin Jacobson: I would love to see some wholesome, all-ages superhero comics on the market. I am a teacher and have nothing to recommend to my students. Crusaders would be perfect.
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[i],/s>"Kids aren’t reading wholesome." [/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Hmmmm.... they should be. That's one of our serious societal challenges right now.[/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Are there kids even reading comics?"[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Another good point! Unfortunately, they're not. Not in large numbers anyway. Most comics reading kids are probably picking up Archie comics and the DC Cartoon Network and Looney Tunes titles. Oddly, those comics never seem to make it to most comic shops, but sell well in supermarkets and drugstores. As a matter of fact, Archie's sales numbers per title beat most Marvel or DC comic books.[/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"If kids are buying comics, they are buying them because of the films produced over the last 6 years."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Though from what I've read, there's only a temporary spike in sales after a comic book film premieres. My guess is that parents might see the content in some of these comic books and tell their kids to put them back on the shelves.[/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Comic are so much more sophisticated than they have been in the history of the genre and “kids” will grow to appreciate these titles as they grow older for the intelligent nature of the stories and characters."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Sophistication is in the eye of the beholder. I think modern comics are drawn quite well. The writing, with a few exceptions, is absymal. Just because you introduce "older themes" into stories doesn't make them more sophisticated. [/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Nothing compares to what Peter David did with the character, delving into the complex personality disorder of Bruce Banner melding and breaking down the character, ultimately creating something infinitely interesting within the character where there was almost nothing to work with before. I appreciate those stories to this day and not a single tale was written for children in his amazing 13 year run."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>Yes! Great writer! However, Marvel wasn't targeting that book to children. They had already decided to abandon that market.[/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"Just because the Parent is Archie doesn’t mean that the Crusaders have to be aimed at Kids. These MLJ characters have great potential to compete in the Superhero Market and, in my estimation, should not be relegated to the back of an Archie Comic."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>The market is littered with superhero universes. I think Archie might be more interested in filling a niche with these characters. Perhaps, a more light-hearted approach that would appeal to both children and adults alike. We're not talking about Spidey Super Stories, here. Good storytelling appeals to everyone. (And this comes from someone who is a huge fan of the Neil Adams/Gray Morrow version of the Black Hood.) [/b],/e>,/B>

[i],/s>"If this is to be done, do it right. Revive the name of MLJ, revive the characters with a new look and new appeal and inevitably turn this idea into the franchise that it was always meant to be."[/i],/e>,/I>

[b],/s>I love comics history, but even I have to admit that MLJ won't mean anything to 97% of today's comic readers. Only the old-timer will make the connection. I'm not crazy about the "Red Circle" name, either. And I'd definitely stay away from "Mighty Comics" and "Archie Adventure Series." A new name is definitely in order. [/b],/e>,/B>

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by AdMan
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:03 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: The FLY: Work in Progress
Replies: 58
Views: 38979

Nice work! I agree with Press Guardian. The original green and yellow colorscheme works the best. Plus, it's a nice tip of the hat to Simon & Kirby.

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by AdMan
Wed Jun 22, 2005 4:51 am
Forum: MIGHTY CRUSADERS MESSAGE BOARD!
Topic: See Archie Comics on CNN
Replies: 3
Views: 2132

Fascinating stuff! At least Archie recognizes that their adventure heroes have some value. Of course, I still don't think they have much of a chance of licensing their superheroes to any legitimate Hollywood production companies without having a presence on the newsstands/comic shops. What makes Mar...