Saturday, August 30, 2014


Alien cyborg fights shapeshifting witches from outer space! Only the 1980s could produce a comic with such a premise and somehow make it work. Silly as it may sound today, ROM had the coolest concept ever for a kid on that particular time of the late 20th century. Again, just as with Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema's run on the Hulk, I'll stick with initial issues mostly for the full-art chores by Buscema (as legendary an inker as Joe Sinnott may be, his work on the following issues, as well as that of subsequent inkers, brought an emaciation to Sal Buscema's artwork that diluted its power and iconicity, imho).

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Saturday, August 23, 2014


Mais uma crítica ao meu THE MIGHTY ENLIL pode ser lida aqui. Muito obrigado ao Pedro Moura pelo tempo e pela atenção dispendidos na leitura do meu livro e na escrita deste texto.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

MY FAVORITE COMICS - The Incredible Hulk #241-272

This is it! One of my fondest runs of superhero comics from my childhood! Just plain, simple old-school marvel. Unassuming, unpretentious, technically competent, mainstream adventure comics (a rarity nowadays, imho).

Sal Buscema's artwork was what I immediately equaled with marvel/superhero comics in my mind and it grabbed me like no one else's. The story formula was pretty simple yet effective for its intended audience (kids): each issue (or at most every two issues) the Hulk confronted a brand new or different threat/character(s). There were so many of them I first came across on these pages : Doc Samson, 3-D Man, Woodgod and the Changellings, the U-Foes, Sabra, the Arabian Knight, the Soviet Supersoldiers, the Presence, Red Guardian, Dr. Phobos, Glazier, Landslide, Night Flier, Corruptor, the Texas Rangers, the High Evolutionary, Glorian, the Shapper of Worlds, Bereet, Empress Daydra, the Hulk-hunters, Rocket Raccon, Wendigo. Colorful, unusual, sharply designed discardable characters that populated the mindscape of my (and I would assume several other readers as well) imagination.

While Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema  proceeded with their creative run on the title until issue 309, after issue 272,  Sal Buscema stopped inking his own drawings and my interest dropped. Even though there were some entertaining tales afterwards, the art without Buscema's inks just wasn't the same and somehow the Banner-controlled Hulk stories didn't grab me the same way (and the less said about the later Nightmare/Crossroads/Gerry Talaoc-inked issues, the better, imho).

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

362ª Tertúlia BD de Lisboa

Estive na passada terça-feira, na 362ª Tertúlia BD de Lisboa. Podem ver aqui dois improvisos que fiz na toalha de mesa.

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Saturday, August 02, 2014

MY FAVORITE COMICS - Iron Fist by Chris Claremont and John Byrne

I still had no clue that writer Chris Claremont and artist John Byrne would rock my world and the world of comics with their seminal take on The Uncanny X-Men when I started following their work on Iron Fist. The stories had drama and action aplenty and the artwork was very clean and appealing. The drawn characters moved! They flowed through the pages looking alive with a fluid and organic nature. John Byrne's people were never stiff and they actually had their mouths open when they talked. There was also this attention to place - the backgrounds seemed like real places and houses. These comics (and others that followed) made me a fan of his artwork for life.

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