16 September 2009
The first Superman comic is how I pictured every comic. It was probably my old definition of how I thought of comics and what I expected reading. The first Superman comic had word balloons, bad art, lame dialogue, and no plot. I think I have mentioned in one of my other posts that I assumed that all comics had to have word balloons. I have recently learned that this isn’t so, but all throughout the first Superman comic there were word balloons. I think because I’ve only ever read superhero comics, like this Superman comic, this is probably were my assumption about word balloons came from.
I also thought the art was bad. I didn’t like the fact that the people weren’t detailed. I think the art leans more towards iconic abstraction than realistic art because the pictures weren’t detailed and you recognized what things are by their shape only. The faces barely have any details at all and anything far away is only recognized by their shape. This comic uses both art and language to tell a story, but I don’t think it tells the story very well, partly because the dialogue is lame. I think whoever wrote this comic could have done a better job at the dialogue. It just wasn’t fun to read. I don’t even know what part of the story was the climax… There was three main parts where he was saving someone or fighting someone, but I didn’t think that they were more interesting than any of the other scenes.
The transitions that were used most in this comic are action-to-action and subject-to-subject. I think I expected these transitions in a superhero comic because I’ve read other superhero comics that use the same transitions and this comic seems to follow other superhero comic’s stereotypes.
There also wasn’t any subtle passing of time. The comic was very blunt about it. I didn’t think they involved the readers as much as they could because they didn’t allow the reader to make that guess by the drawings or the language that time was passing. They told the reader that time was passing. Some they showed in individual panels saying the amount of time that has passed and others they showed through clocks. I think it would have been better if they would have involved the reader a little bit more and show the time passing through their art.
In the video we watched of Scott McCloud analyzing Hell Boy comics, Scott McCloud said something about people having this assumption that comics were made for one genre. He goes on to say that if you took superman out of comics than people wouldn’t assume that comics were for kids. I agree with him. I don’t think I would have all these wrong assumptions of comics if Superman was removed from comic history.
I’ve learned my favorite part about comics is the gutters because I get to help tell the story. I like that.
All the other Comics were pretty much the same story line, except that Superman is a, "Superhero." The rest of the stars of each Comic were ordinary men with extraordinary talents. Take Chuch Dawson for instance, he was just a cowboy who was looking to have justice served to the A-G Outfit crooks. Other of the Comics had stars such as a champion boxer and a magician.
A couple of the Comics in this series were very diferent then the average hero defeats villian comic. One of which was about the thief, "Sticky Mit Stimson." This Comic was more about comedy rather then good versus evil.
All in all I didn't really care too much for the Comics. They lacked a lot of thought in detail. The Comics didn't really grab my attention because they were so vague in the story. However, by the looks of them, the Comics seem pretty old. So the story line was probably really attention grabbing for that day and time. I also don't think that they are a very bad start for some of the first Comics made, but they are far from what we have come to.
The color was a little darker and like a pal sort of color. Where as the comics I have seen in this generation, are more colorful. I also notice that some of the worda were spelled a bit different. One thing I saw interesting was how the women were drawn in the comic. They are rather manly if you ask me. The facial expessions were just like supermans. The only difference was the to know that they were women they had a dress of that superman addressed them as women. In this superman comic I thought how it was neat that they state different facts at the begining.
I noticed that in this comic, the stories jump around, from situation to situation. Which was nice but I king of wish there was more detail. I was a bit ashamed when I was thinking of spiderman when reading this comic. Maybe becuase they both worked in publishing, and of course always a girl involved. So I felt bad because I had to refocus my mind to superman. Overall I was impressed with this comic, now I know what the beginning of Superman was like. Oh, one more thing, the comic outline was more of a children book in my eyes, becuase of the words, but I liked it because I knew more of what to expect.
Overall I thought that the comic was very interesting and funny. I really liked that the comic was short because at first I thought the whole comic was fifty something pages because that’s what I saw on the bottom. But come to find out it was only thirteen pages so that was good. Although I didn’t like that it ended by saying to be continued. I wanted to see what was going to happen next. The funny parts in the comic were definitely the fighting scenes and the one liner's. It did make me kind of mad when Clark Kent got punked by Butch. I just wanted him to punch his face so bad, but I understand that he didnt want to reveal his identity. For the comic being so old, I noticed that the art in the comics was simple and displayed very little detail. Also some of the language was weird and hard to understand. Now day’s comics put more detail into their pictures and are much longer in page length.
15 September 2009
In this comic we find out that Superman's secret identity is Clark Kent and that he works at the news paper as a reporter. He goes around saving peoples lives, bring peace, and bring justice, one day at a time, while still doing his job.
In the comic one day Clark Kent gets the courage to ask Lois on a date. On this date a man named Butch decided that he wants to cut in and have a dance with Lois. Clark lets him and Lois is very upset. She calls him a coward, jumps into a cab and drives home. But on the way Butch followers her, and steals her. But to her surprise Superman is there to save her.
There is a strange contrast between Superman, and Clark Kent. Superman is bold and not afraid of anything. He goes around saving peoples lives and bring justice to the people. He is not afraid to stand up for himself and not afraid to but himself in dangers way. Clark Kent on the other hand is a little "cowered" as Lois explains it. He is scared to stand up for himself, and for those around him.
I found myself laughing out loud while reading this comic. I enjoyed it! I love how straight forward it is and how quick to the point it is. A big difference, and a sigh of relief from Scott McCloud.
Besides all of Superman's powers/strengths he has a secret identity. His name is Clark Kent. Clark Kent is a reporter for a newspaper that covers most of the stories that talk about Superman. Clark is actually asked to follow Superman's actions directly. Clark also has this amazing crush on a woman named Lois, who works in the same office as himself. He asks her out on a date and she reluctantly goes. A man by the name of Butch Matson decides that he is going to interrupt Clark and Lois in their dance. Kent Clark's personality is shy and he doesn't really stick up for himself. When Butch cuts in Lois is the one who hits Butch and gets really mad at Clark for not sticking up for his date. She storms off and Clark decides that he is going to pay Butch a visit as Superman. Butch in the meantime drives Lois's car into a ditch and pulls her out of the car and makes her get into his car to deal with her there. Well, Superman won't have any of that so he chases down Butch's car and throws the car upside down, catching Lois and hanging Butch up on a telephone pole. Lois is safe, but in the morning wants nothing to do with Clark Kent, not knowing who Clark really is.
Clark is then sent to go and get a better story for the Newspaper in a certain city. Clark decides that he is going to go to Washington D.C. to figure out what is going on there. He ends up eavesdropping on Senator Burrows and a man by the name of Alex Greer, who is trying to get the Senator to pass a certain bill. Superman doesn't want this bill to hurt his government so he decides to take Greer on an adventure to make him talk. The comic ends with Superman and Alex Greer jumping on to a building.
This comic was really interesting and kind of funny. I laughed all the way through the comic. The comments were really corny. I was actually quite surprised at how many word bubbles there were in the comic. I didn't expect so many words, but a little bit more pictures then were given to try and describe what was going on. The comic is definitely old school and it was worth reading.
I remember having conversations with my dad and he used to love all the superman comics. It is one of the greatest early comics. This hero figure has turned into something huge. I like this comic because it is so original and it shows what comics used to look like. The illustrations are not what they are today and it show how far comics have gone. I really liked this issue of superman because the character's lines are so corny and it reminds me of the old batman TV shows. We all remember those from nick at night. This Superman brought back some good memories.
I enjoyed Chuck Dawson the most because Chuck is a bad ass. In the entire comic Chuck is a western superhero beating bad guys, a bullet skimming his head, and even shoots a gun out of a bad guys hand. The one i disliked the most was The Adventures of Marco Polo because there was no real action going on in the comic. The artist tried to make some action happen but the action was dull. Zatara Master Magician was another interesting comic with its simple in and out type of story. The thing that bugged me in this comic was the "im the superhero and nothing bad can happen to me because im the superhero". Overall great comic and a great referance to use when comparing with modern day comics.
Where do I begin with Superman? First off, I couldn’t stop laughing at the comic. Not because it was full of jokes, but it was so corny! From the language and the art, each page had these unrealistic scenarios that made me chuckle. Regardless of the innocent humor and “life-life” situations, I actually liked the comic. Although, when I saw the first the page all I could think about was, “Seriously!?” Of course, though, I was wrong about any negative judgment I had of Superman, because it turns out I think I have a bit of liking for this comic. Continuing with Superman, Jerome Siegel and Joe Shuster expose this super hero to the public, of course by Superman doing something justly and worthy of honor by the people. Yet, throughout the comic that’s all he does. Siegel and Shuster outline Superman by the following: his infatuation with Lois and his super human powers. Although unrealistic, this 13 page comic had more life saving then I have read in any adventure book. I kept wondering, “Who is Superman going to save now?” I’d turn a page and again someone would either be getting in Superman’s face or trying to hurt someone else. Even though that is his purpose, Shuster and Siegel clearly proved to the public that Superman, does in fact, has extraordinary powers and he isn’t afraid to use them; unless it is in front of his lovely Lois. Siegle and Shuster did a good job of hooking the reader by using as much action as they did in their first Superman comic.
Furthermore, I could tell immediately this was an older comic. The patterned color scheme (red, blue, yellow, green), the simplistic language, and the basic art style gave away the age of this comic. Clearly, modern day comics are very different in terms or art, color, and language. Also, the art stayed consistent through out the comic. However, a difference I noticed was the characters from page to page sometimes differed. At times