Let’s all take a moment to appreciate Klaus Janson, the artist who is probably best known for working with Frank Miller on Daredevil.
But what many may not know is that Klaus was working DD’s beat long before Miller.
Here’s a panel from Daredevil #132….
Those are Janson’s inks over Bob Brown’s pencils. Surprised at how much Brown’s work looks like Miller’s? And yet you’ve never heard of Bob Brown. That’s because Janson was a master at taking Miller’s pencils and turning them into a polished, finished product. But, of course, a mansion is only as sturdy as its foundation. So here’s a very similar panel, but with Janson working Miller’s pencils…
Now, on to the main event. But first: An editorial.
I know Marvel scored big with its movie announcements, promises of Winter Soldier, Falcon, and more Thanos (and, remarkably, still no talk of Avengers 2). But on the comic book front, their panels were underwhelming and underinformative. And why, with all these movies, do they never mention comic books? Why is there no kid-holding-a-comic in a Marvel movie? Why no advertising their print line in a little during-the-credits bump? I actually though Jonah Hex—a terrible movie by any standard—did one thing right: In the opening credits, his origin was told using panels from the comic book.
Here’s my fear: Marvel’s A-List talent either goes to the screen where the money is (see: Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, Joe Casey, others) or decides to go indie (see: Ed Brubaker, Paolo Rivera, Matt Fraction), and Marvel starts giving away its comics like pamphlets used to promote movies. Kinda like what Mark Millar is basically doing, writing 5-issue comic storyboards for films.
Marvel: Remember who made you (and, frankly, who keeps making you—without comic fans and bloggers, you’re toast). Invest, promote, and produce the best comic books. Like you always have, frankly.
I guess I’m just nervous.
Hit the break to find out what’s news for Marvel’s properties…
Just about every comic book fan remembers the “What If?” title, hosted by the Watcher, fondly. The stories told fanciful, possible, alternative outcomes to classic Marvel storylines. (But be warned: If you actually go back and re-read your yellowing-newsprint copies, you’ll probably wonder why you saved them in the first place.) I recently uncovered a box of old Volume 1 issues and realized…Many (most?) have actually come true!
Over the course of three volumes, Uatu revealed a little over 200 alternate realities…And many came true. Hit the break for more!