Friday, April 26, 2019

Pop Culture Roundup: The Spirit; The Shadow; Joss Whedon; Jack Kirby and the Hulk

ITEM! A new, Kickstarter-funded, trading card series spotlights Will Eisner's "The Spirit."

ITEM! The Shadow in the funny papers, 1940.

ITEM! Joss Whedon, who doesn't have a great track record with me lately TV-wise, has a new series coming to HBO. Hope it's good!

"The Nevers" follows a group of Victorian women who "find themselves with unusual abilities, relentless enemies, and a mission that might change the world"...Whedon will write and direct [the series] with long-time collaborators Jane Espenson and Doug Petrie onboard as co-writers. 

ITEM! Comics artist and archivist Greg Theakson, publisher of the Pure Imagination series of rare work by Jack Kirby, Wally Wood and Steve Dikto and others, died this week at age 65. I have several of his books in my collection.

I know that Theakston and the Jack Kirby Museum folks had some very public differences a few years back, but I certainly appreciate his having made hard-do-find Kirby work more widely available. I have several of his collections in my collection. He'll be missed.

ITEM! Speaking of Jack Kirby, here he is, desribing how he created the Incredible Hulk.

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