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Over a Century of comics

 
 
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 15 Jan, 2011 08:46 am

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Captain America's latest foe is deadlier than the Red Skull: suicide.

The character armed with his trademark shield faces off against suicide in a new story that publisher Marvel Entertainment released Wednesday for free through its website and app.

The toll-free hotline for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is featured in the work, too.

John Draper, director of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of crisis centers across the country, told The Associated Press that Marvel approached the organization about using its logo in the book "which we happily granted them."

The 11-page story Captain America: A Little Help is written by psychologist Tim Ursiny and illustrated by Nick Dragotta.

In it, a despondent youth is poised to jump off a building when he spies Captain America facing a bevy of villains on a nearby roof. The fracas keeps him from going over the edge, literally and figuratively.

There is no dialogue, save for the end, which ends with the boy saving both the hero and, in the process, himself.

"Super heroes fight a lot of battles, but there are few more important than combating suicide," said Tom Brevoort, Marvel Entertainment's senior vice president of publishing.

"That's why we're making Captain America: A Little Help available for free via our digital comics outlets," he said in a statement. "If even one person calls this number instead of doing something very tragic, we know that means we succeeded."

Besides being available for free digitally, the story is featured in the fifth and final issue of the I Am An Avenger limited series, which was also released Wednesday.

Draper said that while a comic book is a non-traditional platform to provide information about preventing suicide, it is "arguably an effective one.

"We are certainly confident that it's going to promote awareness," he said. "The more awareness that's promoted around suicide prevention, the better."

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 15 Jan, 2011 09:36 am
http://tinyurl.com/6dgtckw


The Captain America comic described above can be seen here.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 15 Jan, 2011 09:47 am
@edgarblythe,
Not to change the subject but I hear that there will be a NEW Spiderman for the next movie???
CHHEEZE, Spiderman 3 did kinda suck but thats no reaso to fire Toby and Kirsten. They can camp it up .
GIVE EM A CHANCE fer Chrissakes.
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 15 Jan, 2011 09:57 am
@farmerman,
There have been so many supermen and batmen and the like, I guess change is expected in the superhero genre.
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 16 Feb, 2011 06:20 pm
LOIS LANE Dead - Joanne Siegel
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 20 Feb, 2011 10:54 am
In the 40s, Alley Oop went to the moon. In the current installation, looks like he may once again go into space.
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/umedia/20110220/largeimage.e98e2406d193ff8b85954ec08c319b55.gif
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sat 5 Mar, 2011 09:16 am
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 18 Mar, 2011 07:23 pm
THE NEW WONDER WOMAN
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/03/18/article-1367770-0B3D6C2400000578-649_306x788.jpg
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 29 May, 2011 07:35 am
As noted earlier, "Earth II" has been discovered following Earth around the sun in the exact orbit. An expedition has been organized (privately funded) and is now underway
http://d.yimg.com/a/p/umedia/20110529/largeimage.362c8cdf48930ffacb8add22a29b1628.gif
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jun, 2011 01:52 pm
edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2011 03:52 pm
Asterix creator Uderzo hangs up pen - Reuters - Albert Uderzo, co-creator of one of France's greatest comic book heroes, Asterix the Gaul, said on Monday he was hanging up his pen at the age of 84 but had found several successors to carry on his legacy
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Rockhead
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2011 04:05 pm
@edgarblythe,
thanks for posting that, edgar...

I'm not sure where they came from, but as a kid, I had an old stash of Donald Duck comics.

he was much more fun than that mouse.

never really appreciated Carl Barks for the genius he had...
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2011 04:07 pm
Ducks and Barks were among my top favorite art and literature, as a kid.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Mon 26 Sep, 2011 04:18 pm
edgarblythe wrote:
Asterix creator Uderzo hangs up pen - Reuters - Albert Uderzo, co-creator of one of France's greatest comic book heroes, Asterix the Gaul, said on Monday he was hanging up his pen at the age of 84 but had found several successors to carry on his legacy.


Great books, and of a very high literary standard, too.

http://pantoflica.mobile9.com/download/wmpreview/496/1265994271.gif

Asterix et Obelix, son ami, livreur des menhirs . . .
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Wed 9 Nov, 2011 08:09 pm
Never a fan of the strip, but he was very popular with many readers. - edgarblythe

'Family Circus' cartoonist Bil Keane dies at 89
By VALERIE J. NELSON
Bil Keane, a cartoonist who chronicled the lighter moments of family life for more than 50 years through the gentle, heartfelt humor of the "The Family Circus" comic strip, has died. He was 89.

Keane died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his longtime home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., according to King Features Syndicate, which distributes the comic.

The first cartoon appeared in 19 newspapers on Feb. 29, 1960. It is a drawing of a census taker who inquires of a puzzled woman surrounded by a roomful of toys: "Any children?"

"The Family Circus" appears in nearly 1,500 papers around the world today, making it the most widely read syndicated panel, according to King Features.

"He was so marvelous. I always felt that he had a great sense of truth," said Mell Lazarus, creator of the "Momma" strip. "He had a vivid imagination. It's one of those cannot-miss features."

The strip's characters remained largely the same age year in and out - an ageless suburban mother and father and their four children, Billy, 7; Dolly, 5; Jeffy, 3; and PJ, 18 months. The daily panels were routinely drawn within a circle, which underscored their sense of closeness, according to the syndicate.

Like many humorists, Keane mined his family for material. He admitted to modeling the bespectacled and often befuddled Daddy on himself. His wife, Thelma, was the inspiration for the always-loving and ever-patient mother, also named Thel.

"When the cartoon first appeared, she looked so much like Mommy," Keane told The Associated Press after his wife died in 2008, "that if she was in the supermarket pushing her cart, people would come up to her and say, "Aren't you the Mommy in 'Family Circus?'"

The children in the strip were largely composites of his own five children but PJ "is the best of all my children: cute, usually smiling, once in a while naughty," Keane told the San Jose Mercury News in 2004.

In one cartoon, Jeffy tells a friend: "His name is PJ - but most of the time, he's called No-No."

"I don't just try to be funny," Keane told the Los Angeles Times in 1990. "Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart."

"The Family Circus" plugged in to the universality of the family experience and readers related, said Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum of San Francisco.

"Kitchens coast to coast have 'Family Circus' strips cut out of the newspaper on them," Farago said, "because you will be reminded of something that your sister did or what your father said at breakfast."

William Aloysius Keane was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Philadelphia to Aloysius William and Florence Keane and grew up in suburban Crescentville, Pa.

Self-taught as an artist, he started out imitating the style of New Yorker cartoonists in the late 1930s. After Keane drew cartoons for four publications at his parochial high school, he realized that he had found his life's calling, he later said.

His parents could not afford to send him to art school, so after high school he worked as a messenger at the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper - and observed the staff artists.

While putting out a satire magazine, the Saturday Evening Toast, with a group of friends in the late 1930s, he changed the spelling of his first name to "Bil" because the other artists on the project were altering their names.

He spent three years in the Army during World War II, drawing for the Yank magazine and the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Keane also sold cartoons to a national magazine and met his future wife while stationed in Brisbane, Australia, when they shared office space. He married the native Australian in 1948.

From 1945 to 1958, he was a staff artist for the Philadelphia Bulletin and continued to freelance as a cartoonist.

In 1954, he launched a syndicated comic strip, "Channel Chuckles" that lampooned the burgeoning medium of television. In one strip, a mother holds a bawling baby in front of the TV as she explains to the father: "She slept through two gun fights and a barroom brawl - then the commercial woke her up."

At its peak, "Channel Chuckles" was syndicated in more than 200 papers before Keane retired the strip in 1976.

After a decade in Roslyn, Pa., the Keane family moved to Arizona in 1958 because of Bil's allergies. Working at home as a freelance cartoonist, he realized that most of his humor revolved around family life and small children, he later said.

Two years later, he started drawing the comic that was originally called "The Family Circle." When the magazine of the same name objected, Keane changed the second word to "Circus."

For decades, his youngest son, Jeff, has worked with Keane on "The Family Circus" and will continue the cartoon. Another son, Glen, is an animator best known for his work at Disney.


Keane created three animated specials for television and published more than 40 books. In 1971, he collaborated with his neighbor, family-humor columnist Erma Bombeck, on "Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own!"

In the forward to another Keane book, Bombeck wrote: "Mostly I admire and respect Bil's gentleness, his warmth, his respect for that battered, floundering, much-maligned institution - the American family."

Among fellow cartoonists, Keane was known to display a hard-edged sense of humor that Lazarus described as "sardonic." Keane softened his approach for the comic strip, aided by a "tremendous memory" that made it easy to come up with ideas, he later said, and perhaps to continue to see the world through the eyes of a child.

In one panel of "The Family Circus," Jeffy holds a snapshot of his father as a boy and asks, "Mommy, when did Daddy get little?"


Keane is survived by his five children, Gayle, Neal, Glen, Christopher and Jeff; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.



Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/11/09/3257171/family-circus-cartoonist-bil-keane.html#ixzz1dGRMKX3Q
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Fri 9 Dec, 2011 05:15 am
Cartoonist who drew Batman's arch enemy The Joker dies aged 89
Daily Mail

By AP Comic book artist Jerry Robinson, who helped create Batman's sidekick, Boy Wonder Robin and their arch enemy The Joker, has died at 89.
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