Doctor Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier by Larry Todd

By Larry Todd

Whacky inventors in cartoons, like Professor Potter and document Static, are extra frequently assisting characters (to Superman and Mickey Mouse, respectively) than protagonists. yet there's …

… the occasional O.G. Wotasnozzle (who had his personal tales within the again pages of Popeye's comedian booklet) or Clyde Crashcup (who starred in a again phase on Alvin's exhibit. Dr. Atomic, a Seventies personality from "underground" comedian books, is a type of protagonists.

Dr. Atomic (first identify Otto) used to be created through cartoonist Larry Todd, whose different paintings in comix contains stories of the Armorkins. He first seemed in a number of the temporary underground newspapers of the early Seventies, the place his first activity was once to construct his robotic assistant. Dr. Atomic no 1, released in 1972 by way of final Gasp Eco-Funnies (Mickey Rat, Cherry Poptart), reprinted these newspaper episodes, and extra a few new adventures.

The character's back-story integrated having been a lieutenant within the Luftwaffe in 1941, which might make him plenty older than such a lot of his 20-something readers. (Another clue was once his bald head and thick, white beard.) nonetheless, he had extra in universal with Billy Kropotkin, the dope-smoking hippie round the corner, than with Hank the seriously armed redneck, round the corner at the different part. Billy and Dr. Atomic had one drug-addled sci-fi experience after one other, for 6 matters. The final got here out in 1981.

There have been additionally T-shirts and suchlike — no lunch containers or Underoos, in fact, yet one spun-off product was once completely particular. Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier, which was once released in 1974, supplied directions for a chemical approach that allegedly greater affordable, low-quality pot. The chemical compounds are stated through others to were particularly harmful if dealt with via non-professionals. still, humans obtained a superb many copies, and it's nonetheless in print.

These days, Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier is outlined on far better paper than the newsprint of the 1st variation. additionally, it's offered with a disclaimer that it's in basic terms an ancient artifact, and it isn't suggested that any one really stick to the instructions, and besides, today's pot doesn't want it. yet it's nonetheless on hand, and the previous comedian books aren't.

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From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books by Arie Kaplan

By Arie Kaplan

Jews created the 1st comedian publication, the 1st photograph novel, the 1st comedian booklet conference, the 1st comedian e-book uniqueness shop, and so they helped create the underground comics (or “Comix”) move of the past due ‘60s and early ‘70s. some of the creators of the main recognized comedian books, resembling Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman, in addition to the founders of MAD journal, have been Jewish. From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and comedian Books tells their tales and demonstrates how they introduced a uniquely Jewish viewpoint to their paintings and to the comics as a complete. Over-sized and in complete colour, From Krakow to Krypton is stuffed with sidebars, sketch bubbles, comedian ebook images, unique layout sketches, and pictures. it's a visually attractive and exhilarating history.

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"In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan threads jointly the disparate components of comicdom--Jewish tradition, geek tradition, fandom, sci-fi, adolescent energy fantasies, outsider artwork, and the hot York urban of fact and myth--and ties all of them jointly. . . . a sensible, enjoyable book."—Danny Fingeroth, writer of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the production of the Superhero

(Danny Fingeroth )

"A new and interesting examine the background of comedian books . . . you actually don't must be Jewish to entirely get pleasure from this journey down comedian publication reminiscence lane.”—Al Jaffee, long-time MAD journal contributor and writer of the drawing close *Talltales *

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From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and comedian Books Arie Kaplan

Since their construction within the 1930's comedian books became part of our nation's vocabulary, eternally altering the best way we expect approximately tales, photographs, and what makes a hero. In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan unmasks the Jewish subtexts of those tales and showcases the original contributions Jews have made to this American artwork shape. The e-book beneficial properties unique interviews with mythical figures corresponding to Will Eisner, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, and artwork Spiegelman, giving lovers an inside of examine the folks in the back of the stories.

"Arie Kaplan has written a miracle of a publication, as entire because it is pleasing; a digital Jew's Who of the comedian publication universe." --Larry Gelbart, mythical television writer/screenwriter (MAS*H, Tootsie)

"In From Krakow to Krypton, Arie Kaplan threads jointly the disparate parts of comicdom--Jewish tradition, geek tradition, fandom, sci-fi, adolescent strength fantasies, outsider artwork, and the hot York urban of fact and myth--and ties all of them jointly .... a sensible, enjoyable book." --Danny Fingeroth, writer of Disguised as Clark Kent: Jews, Comics, and the production of the Superhero

"A new and interesting examine the background of comedian books ... super good documented and profusely illustrated. you actually don't need to be Jewish to entirely take pleasure in this journey down comedian ebook reminiscence lane." --Al Jaffee, long-time MAD journal contributor and writer of the coming near near Talltales. Arie Kaplan is a comic, MAD journal author, and writer of the hot comedian ebook miniseries velocity Racer: Chronicles of the Racer. His different comedian publication credit comprise the DC identify sketch community motion Pack and the Papercutz sequence stories from the Crypt. Arie lectures everywhere in the nation approximately comedian books, comedians, and pop culture. he's the writer of Masters of the comedian booklet Universe printed! and he's additionally written for MTV, sketch community, and PBS little ones.

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Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, by Jason Dittmer

By Jason Dittmer

Nationalist superheroes - resembling Captain the US, Captain Canuck and Union Jack - frequently represent the "nation-state" for readers, yet how do those characters and comedian books tackle problems with multiculturalism and geopolitical order? In his attractive publication, Superpowers, geographer Jason Dittmer strains the evolution of the comedian publication style because it tailored to new nationwide audiences. He argues that those iconic superheroes give a contribution to our modern understandings of nationwide id, the righteous use of strength, and the function of the united states, Canada, and Britain on this planet. Tracing the nationalist superhero style from its international warfare II origins to its modern manifestations during the global, Superpowers analyzes approximately a thousand comedian books, and contains interviews with key comedian publication writers from Stan Lee and J.M. DeMatteis to Steve Englehart and Paul Cornell. At a time whilst pop culture is saturated with superheroes and their exploits, Superpowers highlights the original dating among pop culture and diplomacy.

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The DC Comics Guide to Pencilling Comics by Klaus Janson

By Klaus Janson

America's best comedian e-book writer brings its big name creators and vintage characters to the second one in an authoritative sequence of books on tips to create comics. The artwork of Klaus Janson has continued within the ever-changing comedian ebook for over 30 years. Now this proficient artist brings that have to the main serious step of potent comedian booklet storytelling: pencilling.

Covering every little thing from anatomy to composition to web page layout, Janson info the tools for growing potent visible conversation. step-by-step, he analyzes and demonstrates surefire suggestions for comedian ebook pencilling which are informative and fascinating. utilizing DC's world-famous characters, he illustrates the significance of realizing the basics of artwork and the way most sensible to exploit them.

The DC Comics advisor to Pencilling Comics is choked with a wealth of verified thoughts, useful suggestion, secrets and techniques for the aspiring artist. it's a invaluable source for comedian booklet, photograph novel, and storyboard artists all over the place.

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The Ages of Wonder Woman: Essays on the Amazon Princess in

Created in 1941 through the psychologist William Marston, ask yourself girl might move directly to have one of many longest non-stop runs of released comedian ebook adventures within the historical past of the undefined. greater than 70 years after her debut, ask yourself girl continues to be a favored tradition icon.

Throughout the intervening years many comedian ebook creators have had a hand in guiding her tale, leading to various interpretations of the Amazon Princess. during this selection of new essays, every one examines a selected interval or storyline from ask yourself lady comedian books and analyzes that tale in regard to modern concerns in American society.

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Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre Goes to Holywood: The by Kev F. Sutherland

By Kev F. Sutherland

The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre entertain audiences in theatres and comedy golf equipment worldwide. Now a few of their best comedy workouts were immortalised in sketch through mythical author and artist from The Beano and surprise comics, Kev F Sutherland.
From big name Wars to a Christmas Carol, Casablanca to James Bond, The Western motion picture to the interval Drama, The financial institution theft to Robin Hood, all of Hollywood is the following.

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Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book by Laurence Maslon

By Laurence Maslon

Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Iron guy, ask yourself girl, the Avengers, the X-Men, Watchmen, and extra: the spouse quantity to the PBS documentary sequence of an analogous identify that tells the tale of the superhero in American well known culture.

Together back for the 1st time, right here come the best comedian publication superheroes ever assembled among covers: down from the heavens--Superman and the powerful Thor--or swinging over rooftops--the Batman and Spider-Man; star-spangled, like Captain the US and beauty lady, or clad in darkness, just like the Shadow and Spawn; dealing with down super-villains all alone, just like the Flash and the Punisher or accrued jointly in a group of champions, just like the Avengers and the X-Men!
Based at the three-part PBS documentary sequence Superheroes, this significant other quantity chronicles the endless conflict of the comedian booklet undefined, its maximum creators, and its maximum creations. overlaying the impact of superheroes on American culture--in print, on movie and tv, and in electronic media--and the impression of yankee tradition on its superheroes, Superheroes: Capes, Cowls, and the production of comedian publication tradition appeals to readers of every age, from the informal observer of the phenomenon to the main exacting fan of the genre.

Drawing from greater than 50 new interviews performed expressly for Superheroes!--creators from Stan Lee to supply Morrison, commentators from Michael Chabon to Jules Feiffer, actors from Adam West to Lynda Carter, and filmmakers akin to Zach Snyder--this is an up to the moment narrative heritage of the superhero, from the caricature adventurers of the nice melancholy, as much as the blockbuster CGI motion picture superstars of the twenty first Century. that includes greater than 500 full-color comedian ebook panels, covers, sketches, images of either crucial and infrequent paintings, Superheroes is the definitive tale of this strong presence in popular culture.

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