Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Okay Axis - Here We Come!

Alex Schomburg
"But Mousie, thou art no thy lane,
In proving foresight may be vain:
The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promis'd joy!"

That stanza from "To A Mouse on Turning Her Up In Her Nest On A Plough" by Robert Burns speaks to the situation we have before us today. I try to run a well-managed blog here with mostly mannerly posts about things which strike my fancy or stir my blood or both. I get big ideas about what I want to do and try to set them up in advance so that things will run mostly smoothly day-to-day as my small but loyal readership check in. 

That said, I also have never wanted to make planning posts the primary focus of the blog, but have always allowed for sudden changes to intercede. As a result I'll sometimes write a post which might get kicked around for months before it finally sees the light of day. And that's what is about to happen now...again.

I've been trying to do a series of posts on the atomic superheroes Captain Atom and Solar, Man of the Atom for several months. Originally it was scheduled for March of this year (remember Mushroom cloud cover month). Then it got bounced to April, then May, then June and finally July as other interests got in my way and circumstances didn't allow me to finish up with those posts. I've been advertising all summer how July will see both the Charlton and Gold Key heroes getting some coverage, but alas I've had a new idea. The "Nuclear Summer" as I've been dubbing it is pushed back again, this time to August. So don't despair, if you cared at all. 

The month of July has a new scheme, largely unwritten at this moment, but the focus will be The Invaders, Marvel's ret-conned World War II super team. Also there will attention paid to Captain America in particular as I take a gander at Jack "King" Kirby's return to the character in the 70's. That will start as soon as Friday when we take a close look at the bicentennial storyline produced immediately upon his return.
After that, I've not really set it up, but expect a bunch of stuff related either to Cap, the Invaders, the War, or the creators such as Roy Thomas, Frank Robbins, and other things of that sort. 

Also today kicks off "Hitler Comic Cover Month" in the Favorite Cover section. I want to assure one and all that it is not with any sense of aggrandizing the wretched Fuhrer that I give him so much attention, but merely to recognize the impact the evil dictator has had and to some extent continues to have on the comic book field we all love.

So I apologize for the false advertising, but I hope one and all will join me in the spirit in which I try to keep this blog, one of fun. If we ain't havin' fun doin' this, then what's the point. 

See ya tomorrow!

Rip Off

8 comments:

  1. Rip,

    Your blog's a daily visit for me, ALWAYS entertaining and often enlightening. I appreciate the hard work you put in and I'm sure I'm not alone in that. Write what you want to when you want to, it will no doubt make for fascinating reading.

    Side note re: atomic heroes. Will you be talking about Firestorm the Nuclear Man--surely one of the greatest visuals for a superhero--or is that a little too modern for your theme?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a Firestorm post in waiting. He was the best new thing DC came up with in the Bronze Age (aside from reviving the Justice Society revival) and I agree, probably the most visually arresting character of the era.

      I don't usually limit my posts in time frames, though admittedly I do skew to the past, especially the 30's through the 70's. Modern stuff rarely gets a mention here because frankly I follow almost no modern stuff, but something like Firestorm is well within my sights.

      Thanks for showing up; it's most appreciated.

      Rip Off

      Delete
  2. Your blog always has a nice welcoming feel to it Rip. Like a bunch of like-minded comic buffs have turned up on your front porch – and you are kind enough to put out some lemonade while we all sit, scan, discuss and read through your piles of old comics. That you accommodate us turning up on your porch daily with new posts, topics and discussions is even all the more amazing. Thank you sincerely amigo - RickM

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I much appreciate those kind words.

      And I must admit I find this environment, where images are pristine and digital to allowing folks to put their grubby fingers on my actual comics. I get nervous just thinking about it.

      Seriously, I thank you and by all means enjoy a nice lemonade on me.

      Rip Off

      Delete
  3. "As a result I'll sometimes write a post which might get kicked around for months before it finally sees the light of day."

    Been there, done that.
    My current Manhunter 2070 presentation was planned for May and got bounced for various reasons to end of June/beginning of July.
    And outside events can cause a change of plans as well...
    Last October, for Halloween, I was doing a full re-presentation of WeirdWorld, which hadn't been seen since the first (and only) publication back in the late 1970s.
    Then Marvel announced a reprint volume (because it was tying in to Secret Wars), so I dropped the retrospective and went in another direction for Halloween.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just got the Weirdworld trade. It's a neat handsome and highly readable volume. I have all the elements tumbling around here in different places, but it's nice to have all that good Ploog and Buscema in one handy dandy place.

      Rip Off

      Delete
  4. Like RichM said, thanks for having us on your porch. And thanks for all your hard work. I'll definitely be stopping by to see what you come up with.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Appreciate the kind words. You guys are making me blush, giving a whole new meaning to the nickname "Scarlet Smasher".

      Rip Off

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...