You may have missed the news, but this is the 50th anniversary of a cheap, scrappy British science fiction series called Doctor Who. Like a fair number of folk my age, I first stumbled across Doctor Who one Saturday afternoon on PBS, back when PBS was able to air things like Doctor Who, The Avengers, The Prisoner, and it being cultural and all, Benny Hill. Unlike many, however, I seem to be one of the few people who came into the show not during an airing of the iconic Tom Baker years, but rather during the tenure of the man with the velvet smoking jackets and Venusian aikido. The Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was my introduction to Doctor Who, and he remains my favorite. Continue reading…
Grumpy Old Fan remembers Karen Berger’s tenure at Vertigo and DC comics. “In more than 30 years, first as a DC Comics editor and then as head of Vertigo, Berger helped to transform the comics industry by shepherding some of the most acclaimed and beloved series in recent memory. Swamp Thing, Hellblazer, The Sandman and […]
TimeOut Chicago profiles comics creator Jill Thompson. Thompson’s the creator of Scary Godmother and co-collaborator with Evan Dorkin on Beasts of Burden. “Thompson’s dad started buying comics for her, first Archie, then superhero stories. ‘That was like my crack,’ she says. ‘What did I have in my little nerd-girl schoolbag? Spider-Man, X-Men, Conan the Barbarian. […]
Colin Smith and Mark White write on Spider-Man, torture and character in response to Spider-Man’s torturing Sandman. Colin has more on the response to his piece as well.