So it occurs to me that this blog is getting very lonely and sad, I’m just not that prolific at generating content. The idea of writing, and writing stories in particular, has been bouncing around in my head for a while, and if I don’t start practice writing, that idea will absolutely go nowhere. So I’m giving myself the freedom to write and post crappy first drafts in this blog, I’m just not going to edit myself that much. I think blogs were always meant to be off the cuff, of-the-moment kind of journals and opinions anyway, so I think I’ll be fine. And quite frankly, who’s really reading this anyway?
I’ve been reading a lot of comic books borrowed from the library recently, and by recently I mean this past year. Some have been mainstream superhero books, usually trade paperbacks of collected stories that have an arc that has a beginning and an end, like Batman: Year One Deluxe (New Edition)
. (As of this writing, it’s available directly from DC). I have the original series form the 80s, but my comic collection is a bit disjointed since I started working on my basement (almost 2 years ago!), and I’m just not sure if I still have them. So it was nice to be able to re-read the story, it still stands up as one of the best Batman origin stories that have surfaced over the years. What it really did more than anything else, was create an amazing back-story for Jim Gordon, who was always just a foil to the lead character and never really amounted to more than a generic “good guy” to me. (That being said, I never really followed Batman, being a Marvel Fan Boy at the time, so a lot of my ideas about Jim Gordon came from some of my dad’s Silver Age comics, the old TV series and Tim Burton’s Batman movie). This telling gave him flaws and vulnerabilities, and made him “human” at least.
The late 80s and early 90s were a great time for comics, specialty “Comic Book Shops” were popping up all over the place, and super hero writers were doing their best “Stan Lee” melodrama treatment to our favorite characters. I think with the popularization and “mainstreaming” of alternative comics at that time, it really forced the Big 2, to up the ante and compete with more mature content. And if you’re interested, there’s a great group fan page called Comic Recollections on Facebook that my friend Delfin started.
The library also has a collection of alternative press trade paperbacks that I can talk about in this blog, that’ll come later…