Monday, 27 September 2010
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Sure, most kids know the difference between fantasy and reality, and I'm not claiming that someone watching a violent video game (or reading a violent comic) is going to turn out a maniacal murderer because of it. (Although neither am I saying that it couldn't happen - in extreme circumstances and in conjunction with other factors.) However, doesn't the fact that millions of kids regularly view ultra-violent video games without flinching at explicit scenes of mutilation, mayhem and murder for the purpose of entertainment - and see nothing wrong with it (and some might argue that this fact in itself is evidence of harm) - not perturb you in the slightest? Wouldn't you concede that this is perhaps an example of the harmful and negative effects that certain aspects of popular culture can have?
When it comes down to it, inappropriate content is inappropriate content, regardless of whatever format it's presented in. If it's material which could have a harmful or negative effect on its audience, then surely it doesn't much matter whether it comes in the form of a book, a movie - or a comic. The danger is in the content - not the carton. That's why, to me, those that assert that comics couldn't ever have - and haven't ever had - any kind of negative influence on any reader, are not on as secure ground as they might think. The simple truth is - nothing's ever that simple.
One thing I do know - while the question is at least being asked, discussed and debated, the chances of things getting out of control are kept in check to some degree. It's when we forget to be vigilant about the possibilities of declining standards in what is being disseminated amongst our young that we are most at risk from the ills which may infect our culture.
Feel free to give me your views on the matter.
(FOOTNOTE: The above BUSTER COMIC LIBRARY issue was pulled from distribution at the last moment due to fears that some children might get the idea (even subconsciously) that it was okay to hold lighted fireworks. It would be foolish to dismiss the notion that IPC also had concerns about being sued if some kid got hurt following Buster's example, but the primary motivation was out of a genuine consideration for children's physical safety. Shouldn't we also be as concerned about the possible psychological effect that some comics may have? Incidentally, I Googled "violent comic images" to find illustrations for inclusion -most were of a sexual nature and far too inappropriate to use.)
Friday, 24 September 2010
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
SUPER DC was a British monthly comic published by Top Sellers
back in 1969/'70, featuring - as it said above the title - "The Best of DC
Comics". Such a claim was arguable, but I certainly thought it was a
worthwhile effort and it was definitely good value for one old
Shilling. (5 new pence.)
Apparently only 14 issues were ever produced - and I have the
first 13 of them. If anyone out there has the last issue and wants
to sell it, then get in touch - I'll give you a fair price for it.
(UPDATE: I now have that elusive 14th ish, but I'm
looking for a spare, so the above appeal still stands.)
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Monday, 20 September 2010
|"Wait'll I tell Kirby that I met Kid Robson."|
When you're a living legend and creative megasatar in the world
of comics, one of the things you have to put up with is ordinary folk
wanting their photo taken with you so that they can tell their buddies
you're their best friend. Such a thing happened to me one day when
out of the blue, this wrinkly old pensioner (oo-er - sorry, Stan)
insisted I pose for a pic with him - anybody know who he is?
Oh well - just another day in the life of a leg-end - er, I mean legend.
|Images copyright DC COMICS|
Remember the BATMAN craze of the '60s? TOPPS published a set of cards to cash-in on the interest that the TV show had incited, and to anyone who had them back in 1966, the above and below images will surely bring back happy memories of their childhood. A further two sets were released after the first, and - fortunately, for people like myself who never kept the originals - Topps reissued them back in 1989 when the TIM BURTON/MICHAEL KEATON/JACK NICHOLSON big-budget Batman movie hit the screens.
Ah, happy days. More '60s Batman merchandise soon, perhaps.
Friday, 17 September 2010
When it comes to making assertions of "paranoid accusations", he seems completely unaware of the irony of his remarks - as he's the only one indulging in that little pastime as far as I can see.
I've tried to be fair to this individual and have always given him his due as a professional comics contributor, and acknowledged the merits of his usually informative blog, but on this occasion I feel it is necessary to address the situation of him taking pot-shots at me in my absence. Let's hope it's the last time I have to do so, as it has become extremely tiresome.