I like this little piece by Gardner Linn (no permalink?), which argues that films can do superhero action better than comics, but cannot match the latter medium’s capacity to convey the ironized melodrama which is at the core of (for instance) Spider-Man’s appeal. Can you imagine a film version of the Gwen Stacy Clone Saga? It would be almost impossible to do properly. (That said, I’d love to give that screenplay a whirl!)
Dave Fiore vs. Ninth Art–The Rapprochement? (with the notable exception of Antony Johnston, who prefers to remain aloof!
Johnston: “Did you just call me a loof, you rude little fucker?”)
You’ve all seen Jim Henley’s piece on Englehart and suicide bombing, right? If not, get over there–it’s interesting!
Speaking of Englehart–I really want to discuss his work on West Coast Avengers soon, particularly #17-24, which the author himself has described as “the most complex time travel story ever done”! Not only do I agree with this humble assessment–I also think it’s a very fine example of “historiographically aware” superhero writing.
Oh yes–and check out this Forager piece on “the intentional fallacy fallacy”, in which JW claims that critics like yours truly, who tend to write the author out of the picture when dealing with a text, have ulterior motives for doing so. No question about it–he’s right!
Spider-Man 2 tonight!
Good Afternoon Friends!