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Posts made in December 7th, 2012

TOP TEN LESSER-KNOWN VERTIGO BOOKS

animal man meet sandmanWith Karen Berger stepping down as one of the major forces behind Vertigo’s publications, I’ve seen quite a few “best of Vertigo” lists. But I’m here to tell you: I’m not qualified to make a top 10 Vertigo list. Plus, if I did, it wouldn’t include The Sandman, so you’d immediately discount anything I said as bull$hit. I’ve tried three times to get through Sandman Vol. 1, and I just can’t love it.

More importantly, it’s almost impossible to make an original top 10. There are so many creatively lauded, highly influential Vertigo books, how could you include, e.g., ten books like 100 Bullets, American Vampire, Grant Morrison’s Animal Man, V for Vendetta, Hellblazer, Shade the Changing Man, Scalped, DMZ, Fables, and the Invisibles, but then exclude ten titles like The Filth, Preacher, The Unwritten, A History of Violence, Transmetropolitan, Sweet Tooth, Y the Last Man, Demo, Tank Girl, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol?

Obviously, a top 10 list is not enough. Even a top 20 might not be.

But what about all those “littler” Vertigo books that tend to go unnoticed? The ones that weren’t written by Grant Morrison, or somehow seemed to fly under everyone’s radar? There’s my niche!

Hit the break.

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THE TEN BEST EPs AND BANDCAMP ALBUMS OF 2012


My blog has become a bit of a Bandcamp celebration this year, what with the RIAA cracking down hard on anyone posting even label-sanctioned mp3s or streams. But I don’t go Bandcamp fishing for that reason, really–or at least not for that reason alone. I do it because there are so many great little bands to be discovered–so many artists who deserve a little love and free publicity.

Here’s the ten best ones I found this year, after the break…

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DECEMBER 7

The first Japanese plane shot down during Pearl Harbor

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MOON KNIGHT!

LEE/KIRBY CREATIONS IN THE FIRST 100 ISSUES OF THE FANTASTIC 4!

The first 100 issues is arguably the most creative run on a comic of all time. Here’s why:

Agatha Harkness (#94) Awesome Android (#15)

Blastaar (#62)

Black Panther (#52)

Diablo (#30)

Dr. Doom(#5)

Dragon Man (#35)

Frightful Four (#36)

Galactus (#48)

Hate Monger (#21)

Impossible Man (#11)

The Inhumans (#44)

Mad Thinker (#15)

Medusa (#37)

The Microverse (#76)

Molecule Man (#20)

Mole Man (#1)

Psycho Man (#77)

Puppet Master (#8)

Rama Tut (Kang) (#19)

The Red Ghost (#13)

Ronan The Accuser (#65)

Silver Surfer (#48)

Skrulls (#2)

Sub Mariner (1st Silver Age)(#4)

Super Skrull (#18)

Adam Warlock (#67)

The Watcher (#13)

Yancy Street and the YS Gang (#20)

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