Category Archives: mike mignola
I have only recently caught up with the world technology-wise. I have only had my iPad Mini a few months, and I’m still learning. And it’s also only been a short time since I have been reading digital comics the, um, shall we say, the legal way.
ComiXology is my friend, my reding device, and the bane of my wallet, but it has been a new way for me to experience not only comics, but comics in a new way as well. It has also been a way for me to explore comics I might not have read otherwise or catch up on stuff I haven’t read in a while. In other words, I do a lot of exploring on ComiXology.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered an old friend and his work there, and I purchased it right away. I’m talking about Doris Danger by the talented Chris Wisnia. Chris has been doing comics for a while now and I have been following him and cheering him on for most of that time, whether it’s Tabloia, or Dr. DeBunko, or even Doris Danger, it is always a fun time reading comics. And really, aren’t comics supposed to be fun?
Currently only Chris Wisnia’s Doris Danger Giant Monster Adventures is available digitally, and some of the stories included are even specially formatted for optimal e-reading. I had read all the stories in the collection before, but still I was happy to not only have them all in one place, but also in electronic form.
This terrific e-comic is ninety-six pages of tales of giant monsters in the Atlas Comics tradition of the legendary Jack Kirby. Yes, Kirby homage is kinda old hat these days, but Chris was not only doing it before it was cool, he was (and is) doing it better than all the other guys. He’s found that elusive groove between respect and humor with falling into insult or mockery. Each page is lovingly rendered and showing what was so cool about 1950s giant monster comics, both good and bad.
The book is described thusly: “As a teen, Doris Danger was abducted by a giant monster. Ever since, she’s had a burning desire to prove the existence of giant monsters, but has been unable to prove her beliefs by snapping an indisputable photograph. While she has convinced many, she has also met many who doubt, who try to disprove, or even lie, manipulate, and cover up evidence. Doris Danger crosses the X-Files with the classic Lee/Kirby giant monster comics, with a little bit of Godzilla thrown in for good measure.”
Chris Wisnia rocks these comics, that also feature fabulous pin-ups by artists you have definitely heard of like Russ Heath, Steve Rude, and Mike Mignola among others; and great letters columns and text pieces detailing the history of these amazing comics, both real and fictional.
I love these books, and whether you have or haven’t experienced them before, you should definitely check out Doris Danger Giant Monster Adventures in electronic or hard copy form, and also stop by Chris’ website to see all the other creative stuff he has going on, and Follow him on Twitter as well.
It features a cover by Shag, inks by Dick Ayers, and pin-ups of giant monsters by Arthur Adams, Mike Allred, Gene Colan, Peter Bagge, Ramona Fradon, Dave Gibbons, Russ Heath, Los Bros Hernandez, Mike Mignola, Tony Millionaire, John Severin, and Bill Sienkiewicz. And the inside of course is filled with the genius of Chris Wisnia.
An authentic rip-off of the Kirby-style giant monster genre, Doris Danger is a photo-journalist who, as a teen, was abducted by a giant monster! Ever since, she’s had a burning desire to prove the existence of giant monsters, but has yet been unable to prove her beliefs and snap that indisputable photograph! Along the way, she has met many others who believe, as she does, in giant monsters! She has managed to convince many, foremost of them, her boyfriend, former astronaut Steve Wonder! And she has met many who doubt, try to disprove, or even lie, manipulate, and cover up evidence!
Join everyone’s favorite Tabloid photo journalist as she encounters giggling scientists, a fezz-wearing cult, the Monster Liberation Army, FBI “G” Division, robots disguised as African tribesmen, actors disguised as robots, menacing mannequins, hillbillies, and GIANT MONSTERS!
Doris Danger crosses the X-Files with the famous Lee/Kirby giant monster comics (with a little bit of Godzilla thrown in for good measure) to create a fun and exciting read.
NOTE: This issue collects most everything from Doris’s Tabloia Weekly Magazine appearances, Doris Danger Seeks… Where Giant Monsters Creep and Stomp!, Doris Danger Greatest All-Out Army Battles, Doris Danger in Outer Space, and Doris Danger Seeks… Where Urban Creatures Creep and Stomp! But SMALLER THAN EVER (digest-sized 5″x7 1/2″)! It’s a “MUST-HAVE!”
Get it here!
I have a confession to make. I’ve only read two Hellboy comic books in my entire life, and those I read because they also included Starman, one of my favorite characters, so I didn’t pay all that much attention to that Hellboy guy. Now trust me, that’s no slight to writer/artist/creator Mike Mignola. Only a fool would dismiss the man’s talent and position in the comics field, but I’m sorry, the man’s style just never grabbed me. And if Mignola doesn’t do it for me, why would I pick up one of his comics?
That said, I really enjoyed the first Hellboy movie as well as the animated pseudo-sequels Sword of Storms, Blood and Iron and The Phantom Claw. Suffice it to say, in the non-comics media, I love Hellboy, even though my knowledge of the characters and the continuity is limited to the movie experience.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army continues that tradition. I did have some trepidations regarding director Guillermo del Toro, especially after seeing Pan’s Labyrinth which was just damned disturbing to me, and considering the amount of new creatures in this film – but didn’t need to be. The flick is a glorious adventure into a new world of special effects. Wonderful and bizarre all at once, and with a quirky sense of humor – which I might add, Mike Mignola had no small part in as he was fully involved in the project. Highly recommended and lots of fun. And maybe I’ll be picking up a Hellboy comic soon.
P.S. All Barry Manilow fans will love this movie!