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American Gothic by Bill Sienkiewicz

La conocida pintura American Gothic de Grant Wood de 1930, un inquietante retrato de la am茅rica profunda con un aire de extra帽a normalidad que te hace estremecer. Homenajeado en multitud de ocasiones tanto dentro como fuera del ambiente tebe铆stico.

American Gothic de Grant Wood, recreada para la portada del n煤mero 7 de la limited serie de Elektra Assassin dibujada por el ilustrador Bill Sienkiewicz.

El cuadro ilustra a un granjero sujetando una horca y a una mujer rubia, que unos interpretan como su esposa y otros como su hija, enfrente de una casa de estilo g贸tico rural.

Wood tom贸 como modelos para el cuadro American Gothic a su hermana Nan Wood (1899-1990) y a su dentista, el doctor Byron McKeeby (1867-1950), de la localidad de Cedar Rapids (Iowa). La casa la vio desde su coche en Eldon, Iowa, llamando su atenci贸n y trazando unos bocetos.

Es una de las im谩genes m谩s conocidas del arte estadounidense del siglo XX y se ha convertido en un icono en la cultura popular, siendo una de las im谩genes del arte moderno estadounidense m谩s reconocidas y parodiadas.

En este caso la imagen es recreada para la portada del n煤mero 7 de la limited serie de Elektra Assassin dibujada por el ilustrador Bill Sienkiewicz.

God Mazinger

God Mazinger is a Japanese comic book from the 1980s by Go Nagai that is a part of a long-running series, though it may easily be the most bizarre, creative, and entirely off-model, showing the influence of the American author, Edgar Rice Burroughs. A young boy from modern day Japan is transported back in time to the ancient prehistoric lost continent of Mu, where he has to defend an extremely bosomy princess from an invading empire, who uses forces made of still living giant dinosaurs.

God Mazinger is a Japanese comic book from the 1980s by Go Nagai
God Mazinger is a Japanese comic book from the 1980s by Go Nagai

The origin of the giant robot in this series is fascinating. Mu was the first civilization created when men were expulsed from the Garden of Eden into the primeval, prehistoric world. I can鈥檛 help but think that God was excessively harsh in sending the first people into a landscape with terrifiying giant dinosaurs. Either way, to atone for this, God left a statue of himself, a hundred feet tall, that would protect the first human civilization from monsters and dinosaurs. But according to the Prophecy, it would activate only when a Marty McFly/Luke Skywalker type boy protagonist from 20th Century Japan arrived to use his soul to awaken the giant statue, which becomes a robot with a giant sword.

God Mazinger is a Japanese comic book from the 1980s by Go Nagai
God Mazinger is a Japanese comic book from the 1980s by Go Nagai

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi…

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi...

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi artist, did the cover of the first-ever Marvel Comic in 1939. This is because Marvel鈥檚 comic books were an extension of their already existing pulp magazine publishing empire.聽

Marvel Magazines (Timely Publishing), founded by Martin R. Goodman, knew Frank R. Paul as he illustrated the cover of many of their pulp magazines, like Marvel Mystery Stories and Marvel Science Stories as far back as 1938. Marvel Comics started off as an extension of the pulps into a new medium, hence why they called the most famous 20s-30s scifi artist of all time, with whom Marvel Magazines had a strong working relationship.聽

Frank R. Paul鈥檚 cover for Marvel Science Stories, a year before:

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi...

Martin Goodman, pulp publisher and the founder of Marvel Magazines in the late 30s, was Stan Lee鈥檚 uncle by marriage, and gave Lee his first job in comics writing text stories in Captain America #3 (1942). Goodman had tickets on the Hindenburg鈥檚 final explosive flight (two years before creating Marvel鈥檚 comic publishing division), but had to cancel at the last minute. Incidentally, I am always amused by pedants who insist that Marvel 鈥渨as actually called Timely Publishing in the 1930s-40s.鈥 Technically true, I guess鈥ut they were known as Marvel Magazines as far back as the 1930s.  

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi...

Here鈥檚 more support for the idea that Marvel Comics grew out of the Marvel pulp publishing empire: notice that in the first-ever Marvel Comic, they mention聽鈥淜a-Zar鈥 on the cover as if the audience should know who he is. And they did! Marvel created that character in 1937, 2 years before Marvel even started publishing comics at all, in a character pulp in imitation less of Tarzan than of the Ki-Gor series.

Many know of Ka-Zar and the Savage Land because he was, like Captain America and the Human Torch, a pre-existing hero who was revived in the 1960s. The really unusual thing is that Ka-Zar was revived in the pages of X-Men, and so was absorbed into the cast of that title and never really broke out as a solo star, though every 2 decades, he gets a solo series.

Frank R. Paul, the definitive pulp scifi...

Obituario: Richard Donner

Obituario: Richard Donner

Richard Donner, prol铆fico director y productor de Hollywood, empez贸 trabajando en TV y fue el responsable de algunos de los blockbuster m谩s sonados de Hollywood. Entre sus cr茅ditos se incluyen algunas de las pel铆culas m谩s ic贸nicas de las d茅cadas de 1970 y 1980, como ‘Superman’ (1978), ‘The Goonies‘ (1985) y la saga policial con Mel Gibson y Danny Glover, ‘Arma Letal’ (1987), falleci贸 el d铆a 5 de Julio 2021 a los 91 a帽os. No se ha revelado la causa de su muerte. La noticia fue confirmada por la esposa del director, la productora Lauren Schuler.

Junto con su esposa, Lauren Shuler Donner, crearon la productora The Donner’s Company. Tras finalizar el cl谩sico de e terror ‘La profec铆a‘ (1976), Donner dirigi贸 ‘Superman‘ (1978), con Christopher Reeve en el papel del hijo de Krypton. La influencia de esta pel铆cula ayud贸 a establecer el concepto de superh茅roes como un g茅nero cinematogr谩fico respetado. Puso en escena la primera adaptaci贸n del superh茅roe de DC Comics a la pantalla grande contando con Christopher Reeve y Marlon Brando.

Obituario: Richard Donner

Donner tambi茅n era el encargado de realizar la secuela ‘Superman II‘ (1980), pero fue reemplazado por Richard Lester a mitad de la producci贸n. Sin embargo Donner, termin贸 un montaje con su propia versi贸n del film titulado ‘Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut‘, (2006).

Obituario: Richard Donner

En 2000, recibi贸 el premio del Presidente de la Academia de Ciencia Ficci贸n, Fantas铆a y Pel铆culas de Terror. Tambi茅n fue nominado al Mejor Director en 1978 por ‘Superman‘.

Obituario: Richard Donner

Fue adem谩s uno de los escritores para DC Comics encargados del c贸mic El 煤ltimo hijo de Krypton, donde llama Christopher al hijo del General Zod, en honor a Christopher Reeve.

Obituario: Richard Donner
Obituario: Richard Donner
Obituario: Richard Donner