Pop links

NPR spotlights comics historian Mark Evanier's new book about Jack Kirby. Listen here.



Cartoonist Fred Hembeck has made some new additions to his cool Across the Page gallery.


Today in sharity:



The Los Angeles Times asks Mel Brooks what he thinks about the upcoming "Get Smart" movie.

It's got a good director, Peter Segal. Wonderful director. The writers were great. The producers were young and aggressive and smart. But the brilliance is Steve Carell. To choose a guy who's right in the Don Adams groove. You couldn't get a better guy than Steve Carell. And yet he doesn't do Don Adams. He does none of his delivery. He just does Steve Carell.


Golden Age Comic Book Stories presents Roy C. Krenkel art for Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins." Pt. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.



USA Today reports on Sebastian Faulks' new James Bond novel "Devil May Care."


$432: That's how much it's gonna set you back to buy all the comics involved in Marvel and DC Comics' latest "big event" crossovers. Does it make sense to expect comic book fans to shell out that much dough when the country's in a recession (not verge of, as some folks keep saying. We're there guys.)? Occasional Superheroine doesn't think so.

Do I ever buy "big event" books? No, I do not. Are they a cheap gimmick to hook gotta-have-it-all fans into buying titles that are actually of exceedingly poor quality? Yes they are. Should you send the publishers a message to cut this crap out buy not buying them? That's your call, but I bet you can figure out what I think.

New York Kartoon Kaption Kontest Entry Kredited to Kirby!

We recently did a couple of posts on a New Yorker cartoon caption contest that featured a cartoon by Harry Bliss that was a direct lift from an old Jack Kirby comic book cover.

The 'toon was a fun homage to the King, but didn't credit its original source. But now, thanks to Kirby fan Tom Lammers, it does! Check out the new attribution:

Drawing by Harry Bliss, after Jack Kirby

Way to go Tom! I'm hoping the Kirby Kredit also appears in the print edition of The New Yorker when the winning caption is selected.

UPDATE! The New York Post has an article about Lammers' efforts to get Kirby kredited by The New Yorker.

Thomas Lammers, a professor at the University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, said he thought the cartoon looked familiar.

He then dug out the original from his collection, which had the same monster as the New Yorker cartoon and the same background.

He said he e-mailed the magazine about the similarities two weeks ago, but never heard back. He said the editors "probably had no idea what the source" of the image was when they saw the cartoon, but the lack of any credit to Kirby in the piece stuck in his craw.

"This is a guy who was a very popular comic-book artist. He co-created the Fantastic Four and a lot of other things people made a lot of money off of, and never got proper credit then, and isn't getting proper credit now," he said.

New Yorker spokeswoman Alexa Cassanos said the magazine contacted Bliss, a Kirby fan who said he'd done the piece as an homage to the artist nicknamed "King."

"Harry did it with all good intentions. He thought it was an overt reference, and not an attempt to plagiarize. He thought it was a tribute," Cassanos said. "To people in the comic world, it's a recognizable image."