Panel to Frame


I've been working on reviews of Fox's Gotham and The CW's newly expanding Arrow/Flash universe, as well as a general piece on the recent spate of comics getting adapted to television and film. The latter would be up by now if I hadn't started tinkering with images to accompany it. Which is how these happened.

Superman
Superman heaving a car over his head in 'Superman Returns' in homage to cover of 'Action Comics' #1, part of which is excerpted and overlaid onto the movie still
Inset: Detail of cover to Action Comics #1 © 1938 DC Comics.
Photo: Still from
Superman Returns © 2006 Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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Mash Game


Among the first spec pieces I wrote in an attempt to broaden my fledgling freelance career outside the comics industry after college was a short goof for a film magazine that revolved around what we now call mashups.

mock DVD cover for 'Tarzan of the Planet of the Apes' featuring Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan with ape face looming in background

I hope to find it in my old, boxed-up files some day. While I can't remember every mashup it contained, I'm pretty sure Tarzan of the Planet of the Apes was not one of them — even though it fit the premise of merging titles without adding anything new, and even though Tarzan of the Apes + Planet of the Apes is so obvious and pure in both its simplicity and its potential.

Gotham City 49 Cents


The United States Postal Service announced this past week that it would be releasing
a set of Batman stamps to commemorate the character's 75th anniversary.

Stamp of Batman, drawn by Curt Swan, swinging on rope and waving / Underneath picture it reads Batman - Forever - USA, with line through Forever to invalidate picture's use as postage

As with most stamps anymore, they're self-adhesive, so Batman still can't be licked.

Pop 100


color illustration of a white man with tanned skin, blue eyes, gray-white hair, blue polo shirt, white slacks and shoes, hearing aid visible, and Star of David around his neck poised to putt a golf ball into a hole with a '90' flag
Art © 2004 Brian Saner Lamken.

Grandpop would have been 100 years old today. If that sounds like an abstract anniversary to you, I understand — we all will be would-have-been 100 years old eventually, unless we actually make it. He only died at 96 in 2011, though, and his wife (my mother's mother) is still with us at 98½; his loss remains keenly felt.