Friday, October 10, 2008
The First Choice: Don't Settle For Second Best (1984 Subscription Ad)
I loved First Comics. I'd read plenty of other "independent" publishers over the years, but I don't know that I ever embraced a line from one like I did with First. The company combined corporate comics sensibilities of the '70s & '80s with the name brand talent that produced them, on more personal and quirky works that didn't alienate mainstream audiences. Attempts at a shared universe never quite clicked, and crossovers were usually as bad there as anywhere. Still, it was nice knowing the work of John Ostrander, Mike Grell, Howard Chaykin, Jim Starlin, and so many others were united as part of a focused push of all their comics, equally. "Mars" was never going to sell like "Jon Sable Freelance," but there they are sharing ad space. "E-Man" and "Starslayer?" "Warp" and "American Flagg!" Best of all, you could actually subscribe to them, out of Evanston, IL, on a monthly basis! Why can't something like this exist anymore, merging passionate creators with a professional environment that allows them to produce and pay their bills at the same time? I love Image Comics, but few creators have the business savvy to work off their model. Dark Horse is too big and diverse to allow for that clarity of vision, and like many others are heavily preoccupied with importing and exporting media properties instead of plain old comics. I guess shops like BOOM! and Devil's Due are the closest, but lack the money and reliability. Sigh. I loved First Comics.
- A Frank Review of Film/TV/Performance/Arts (215)
- Anecdotal (16)
- Bantam-Blog (4)
- Comic Box Trot (54)
- Delanopinions (36)
- Dirty Trader: Book/Graphic Novel Reviews (110)
- Emmanu-Wednesday (38)
- Indexes (8)
- Linkypeux (75)
- Meme-O-Scope (39)
- nurghophonic jukebox (73)
- Obscure Character Handbook (17)
- Pepsi Maximum Challenge (4)
- Scripture (3)
- Smelly Brown Paper (Scans of Yore) (173)
- Super-Hero Feast (33)
- The Bedazzler: Arts and Crafts (18)
- The Super-Hero Books (29)
- The Trouble With Super-Heroes (10)
- Toys (1)
- Wednesday Is Any Day For All I Care (Comic Reviews) (194)
- ► 2013 (37)
- ► 2012 (102)
- ► 2011 (111)
- ► 2010 (136)
- ► 2009 (350)
- A Frank Review of "I Spit On Your Grave" (1978)
- Mr. Mind's Venusian Decoder Card (1996)
- Suicide Squad: From The Ashes
- Emmanuelle Goes to Cannes (1980)
- Audio Neurotic Fixation: "Bastards of the Beat" by...
- Project Rooftop is Bullshit
- 1970 National Periodical Publications Movie Poster...
- Audio Neurotic Fixation
- 1968 Aurora "Anzio Beach" Hobby Kit Ad
- A Frank Review of "The Sand Pebbles" (1966)
- A Frank Review of "Suicide Club" (2002)
- A Frank Review of "Sex Drive" (2008)
- A Frank Review of "W." (2008)
- 8MM Motion Picture Projector Only $6.98 Complete (...
- "...a little head!" (1982 Bong Ad)
- Wolverine: First Class -- The Rookie
- Emmanuele 3 (1980)
- Wed. Is Any Day For All I Care #17
- Marshal Law #2 (February 1988)
- Pantheon: Welcome To The Machine (2007/8)
- 1972 "1000 'Day-Glo' Decals Only $1.00" Ad
- The First Choice: Don't Settle For Second Best (19...
- Valiant Postcard No. 3 (1993)
- Marayat Andriane Bikini Pin-Up
- Wed. Is Any Day For All I Care #16
- A Frank Review of "Choke" (2008)
- A Frank Review of "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playl...
- Diana Prince: Wonder Woman Volume 1
- 1968 "Marvel Super-Hero T-Shirts only $1.60 Ea." A...
- 1976 "Just For You... Our Magnificent Marvel Goodi...
- Emmanuelle: The Joys of a Woman (1975)
- ▼ October (31)