The Golden Age of Canadian Comics: The Torontoist‘s Historicist feature this week is dedicated to the brief flowering of the Canadian comic book industry in the 1940s, as economic factors associated with the war shut off the importation of U.S. super-comics after they had already created demand. It’s quite an interesting read.
Sex won’t sell her: “Tough, new age Spider-Girl is no sexed up super-hero”
Who looks better in green, Ryan Reynolds or Seth Rogen?: The occasion of a new trailer for next year’s Green Hornet gave some superhero movie fans the chance to compare it with the recently released trailer for next year’s Green Lantern. Cinema Blend says “New Green Hornet Trailer Stakes A Claim As The Best Upcoming Green Superhero Movie,” and at Movie Line, Christopher Rosen writes, “The easy joke over the last eighteen months was that audiences wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the Seth Rogen-led version of The Green Hornet and Ryan Reynolds’ Green Lantern. Well, this week, an easy distinction revealed itself: The Green Hornet doesn’t look like death warmed over.” Ouch.
That’s strange: Comic Book Movie hears that the next Batman film will be based on the 1990 Legends of the Dark Knight story arc “Prey” by Doug Moench, Paul Gulacy and Terry Austin. That would make the villains Catwoman and Professor Hugo Strange, the latter of whom seems so unlikely an antagonist for a Batman movie—little name recognition, not terribly colorful, doesn’t make for good toys—that he would actually be something of an inspired choice. If a Moench-written Batman comic does end up being the basis of a film, that’s great news for the folio artists—Moench writes the best sound effects.
Come on DC—Paul Pope doing Jack Kirby characters is always a good idea: Comics Reporter has some links to Pope-drawn images from a Kamandi pitch. (Of course, he went on to do Batman: Year 100, so maybe the fact that this comic never came to be was for the best)