Saturday, May 25, 2013
This year marks the 33rd Anniversary of the release of "The Empire Strikes Back." Thanks to the success of "Star Wars," George Lucas went on to make five sequels to the movie and create one of the greatest space sagas ever. However, what if "Star Wars" hadn't been as successful as it ended up being?
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Remember that excited feeling you had when seeing "The Empire Strikes Back" for the first time ever? How about that stunned feeling you felt when Darth Vader tells Luke Skywalker he's his father? That's the sort of feelings I walked away with after watching "Star Trek Into Darkness." I'm so happy I avoided all spoilers for it. I walked into the movie blindly and was so thrilled I couldn't stop smiling through the entire thing.
When first viewing the trailer for "Dark Skies," I was immediately excited to see it. It appeared to be another supernatural horror film concerning a creepy little kid. You can never go wrong using that concept. My interest waned a bit upon learning the movie revolved around an alien encounter. I don't dislike movies about aliens, but they just don't excite me as much as a good ghost story or haunted house flick.
Like many youth in 1988, the release of Tim Burton's "Batman" ushered in a renewed interest in reading the Dark Knight's comic book adventures. That summer, I borrowed stacks of Detective and Batman comics and devoured them in late night cramming sessions. Many of those comics were illustrated by Norm Breyfogle.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It's amazing the things you discover reflecting on the works of one artist during a specific period of time in the publishing history of a comic book. Growing up, I read Batman comics from all eras of the Dark Knight's long career. I remember checking out this monstrous hardcover book from my elementary school library that featured reprints of Batman comics from the 1930s all the way through the 1970s. One of the comic book covers that stood out in my young mind at the time and stayed with me as one of my favorites was by an artist I now in my old age have come to respect and hold dear to my heart named Neal Adams. My eight-year-old self would have never guessed that at age 40 I would be reading "Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams Volume 2" and see that cover again.