In what may or may not become a new feature, we take an in-depth look back at a cartoon episode from the 1980s that helped shape my fragile psyche.

This time out: A two-part G.I. Joe written by the great Steve Gerber that pays hommage to Patrick McGoohan’s THE PRISONER.  And there’s embedded video to let you watch the actual episode!

Read, or the synthoids will get you.

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GRANT MORRISON: ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

by Zack Smith

 

Our extended talk with Grant Morrison finally concludes with a look at some of his other DC projects. Morrison’s Eisner-winning work on All-Star Superman with his frequent collaborator Frank Quitely has been hailed as some of the most imaginative and touching Superman stories of the last few years. With the series finally winding down, we sat down with Morrison to get his thoughts on the storyline and on the character…and on the possibility of more All-Star stories in the future. We also got some scoop on some of his film work, on some of his upcoming comic projects (including the long-awaited return of one of his Vertigo series) and his thoughts on the passing of one of his major influences.

MEETING THE DOCTOR WITH STEVE GERBER: TALKING DC’S DR. FATE


by Zack Smith

Since the 1970s, Steve Gerber has been one of the most original and offbeat writers in comic books. Gerber’s subversive, existential works range from groundbreaking runs on The Defenders and Man-Thing to such original creations as the recent Hard Time for DC/Paradox. His work is so influential that on October 3, Marvel is scheduled to ship the first issues of new miniseries featuring his creations Howard the Duck, Foolkiller and most controversially, Omega the Unknown.

Gerber also has a new project of his own on the shelves – Countdown to Mystery, featuring his new take on DC’s classic character Doctor Fate with artist Justiniano (The Creeper, Day of Vengeance). In the first part of an extensive interview, Gerber chatted candidly about his plans for Doctor Fate, and why this incarnation of the character might avoid the pitfalls that surrounded the previous versions.

Click here for the full interview with one of my favorite writers.

JONATHAN LETHEM ON OMEGA THE UNKNOWN


by Zack Smith

ENIGMA THE FIRST: the lone survivor of an alien world, a nameless man of somber, impassive visage, garbed utterly inappropriately in garish blue-and-red. ENIGMA THE SECOND: James-Michael Starling, age twelve raised in near-isolation by parents who (he discovered on the day they “died”) were robots. ENIGMA THE THIRD: the link between the man and the boy, penetrating to the depths of the mind and body, causing each to question his very reality of self.

In-depth interview with the MacArthur “genius” grant recepient about his upcoming series at Marvel Comics. 

Read the Full Story here.