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Posted by tom on May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Let’s face it, there’s just not enough Sword and Sorcery cartoons. But we can still reminisce about the really good ones!

Posted by tom on May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


A few weeks back I talked about Power Girl’s physique, this time I talk about her costume. Just what is up with that circle window on her chest?

Posted by tom on April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


It’s often been said that Batman used to run around with a handgun and kill people. But, is that really true? Check out his first 14 issues, Detective Comics #27-39 and Batman Comics #1 to find out! Though while we are at it, how many did Robin kill???

Posted by tom on March 13, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Our latest video is up! Superhero-pow goes over every superhero team, to see which one of them could actually beat the world’s greatest superheroes, the Justice League (of America)!

And I gotta say, this was a bear to put together! More images in this one than any other video. Let’s just say I’m glad it’s done!

Posted by tom on March 5, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Every year around Oscar time, the comicbook gang and I would compile our best of lists of the year for Aintitcool.com. Well sadly those days have come to an end. Since I already compiled most of it, I figured I’d just share them with you. One thing to keep in mind, it’s impossible to read everything! So on some level, these are my favs of everything I read this year. Mind you, I still read plenty and most are not getting rewarded with a favorite mention. So if I missed something amazing, please list it bellow. That said, here is the list:

Favorite Mini Series:
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Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin
As a non-steampunk fan, meaning I don’t go out of may way to consume Steampunk material, I’m always quite surprised how much I enjoy Joe Benitez’s creation, Lady Mechanika. Mind you, the art work is always amazing, but the stories are nearly always pitch perfect adventure tales. With his latest one from 2017, The Clockwork Assassin, Lady Mechanika and her ‘sidekick’ Archie are involved in a murder mystery. As a lovely female form is slicing people in half- making Lady Mechanika the prime suspect! This is just one of, if not the best adventure book on the market.
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Best Publisher:
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As I did the year before, I give the best Publisher trophy to Valiant. While they may lack in earth shattering comics, they also lack (greatly so) in mediocre and awful comics. And this year they took it up a natch with their crossover event Massacre. As H.A.R.D. Corps declared war on the psiots- mostly Generation Zero. It was a bloody not win situation, that reminded me of the X-Men heydays. Sadly, Valiant doesn’t have any marque names like Captain America or even the Walking Dead. But they have the best collection of books on the market.
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Favorite Super Team:
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Future Quest
Ok this is a cheat, but I can’t think of a collect of heroes I had more fun with last year, than Future Quest. Nearly the entire line-up of Hanna-Barbera cartoon heroes coming together for one big adventure. Writer Jeff Parker (with help from the late Darwyn Cooke) did a great job updating these heroes and putting them in a collected universe. From Johnny Quest to Space Ghost, to even the Impossibles! I can’t wait to see these heroes team-up again in some fashion or another.
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Favorite Artist:
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Tomas Giorello
Tomas Giorello is an Italian artist who has been bouncing around for a while. And he has just been getting better and better every time. In 2017, his work on X-O Manowar just blew me away. His work reminds me of Marko Djurdjevic, just a super rich, storybook, old school illustration feel. Editors need to be putting him on more high profile work- seriously.
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Favorite Comic Book TV Show:
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The Defenders
Dare I say, there is a gut of comicbook tv shows now. Something I never thought would happen when I was a kid. We were lucky if there was one a season. But the best by fair, if by sheer weight alone, was the Defenders. Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Dare Devil and Jessica Jones all coming together in one big blow out series on Netflix. Now sure you can nitpick it to death, but the pros totally out weight the cons. And did I mention we get to see Power Man (he’s Luke Cage by the way) and Iron Fist together for the first time- plus they get to hang with Dare Devil!? Come on now! That was the best comic show of 2017, period.
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Favorite Comic Book Movie:
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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
This has got to be the best year for Superhero movies. Three great Marvel movies, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man Home Coming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, a great X-Men movie: Logan and DC actually had a great- well really really good movie for once with Wonder Woman (we’ll just skip the Justice League flick). But for my money Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was the best. It was funny as hell, loaded with action and each of the main characters are so broken (Gamora and Nebula raised by Thanos, lab experiment Rocket Raccoon, Starlord’s dead Mom and M.I.A. dad, and Drax’s dead family), I cry a few manly tears while watching it. As fun and action packed as the other films were, this one touched me more, as well as entertained the hell out of me. I can’t wait for Vol 3!
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Favorite Cover and Cover Artist:
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Jeevan J. Kang (AVATAREX)
It was kinda hard picking this winner, this years. As nothing really spoke to me, despite some great work all year long. But Kang’s minimalist and elegant covers for Grant Morrison’s Avatarex just had a little more cool than the rest of them this year. And even with the minimal approach, they still have some nice superhero sizzle to ‘em.
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Favorite Super Villain:
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Captain America
As with last year, no supervillain really stood out to me. Seriously, where are all the good villains!? So I give it, again, to a hero turned ‘bad’ Captain America. Because it was awful and I hated it. It was ill conceived (Hey let’s make Cap a nazi- er Hydra), ham-fisted executed (stop asking how I pulled this off, how I’m maintaining it, or about all the forgotten subplots), and has messed up the character- you understand we now have two Steve Rogers: the Steve Rogers, who is now a nazi (dang) Hydra agent and a Cosmic Cube’s memory of Steve Rogers (before he remember he was a naz-ah Hydra agent) walking around in a body. Yeah that’s awful all-around, Cap wins.
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Favorite Writer:
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David Walker (LUKE CAGE AND IRON FIST, LUKE CAGE)
No question about it, Marvel screwed up a good thing. David Walker’s Power Man and Iron Fist was the best comic on the market. The perfect example of a great buddy story. But Marvel canceled it and gave Walker just Power Man aka Luke Cage. With the direction of making it more like the Netflix TV show. Which, while good is rather dull. Still, Walker did a good job of it, not as great as PM&IF, but still a good read- so nice job Walker. But sales didn’t reflect my thinking, so Marvel canceled it. So from Great to decent to canceled- smooth move. Either way, Walker is my writer of the year.
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Favorite Crossover/Event:
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Inhumans vs X-Men
There’s no bones about it, Crossover Events suck- they just do for some reason. DC did several this year, and while popular, they were effectively just noise. Michael Bay movies in comicbook form. But Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire had a killer opening to Inhumans vs the X-Men and while the ending was clearly lack luster, it was still a more logical and well thought out conclusion than any other event. Well, Valiant had better thought out events, but to be honest their highs weren’t as high as IVX’s highs were. So while not crushing it, IVX was my favorite crossover event of 2017, and the best ‘vs’ event Marvel ever had.
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Favorite Super Hero:
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Cave Carson
Cave Carson is one of those Silver Age concepts that always kinda interested me. A time when men were men, and they went on adventures in the name of science. And you didn’t need superpowers or a costume. For DC’s Young Animal line, Gerard Way and Jon Rivera did an amazing job updating him and at the same time not trying to ‘fix him’ or make him ‘hip’ and ‘edgy’. I really enjoyed his ‘everyman’ hero bit in a Doctor Who like adventure. So he’s my hero for 2017!
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Best Ongoing Series:
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Future Quest Presents:
After the end of Future Quest, Jeff Parker and team spun the Hanna-Barbera superheroes into an anthology series, Future Quest Presents, with the main focus on Space Ghost. It’s just a nice collection of sweet adventure stories that update, without breaking the H-B heroes. Stealing the Lone Ranger’s origin, Space Ghost is now a man in a mask, and the last survivor of the Galaxy Patrol. Just a great idea. Not to mention the series has had some great artwork by the likes of Ariel Olivetti and Steve Rude. It’s a real pleasure to read a comic that doesn’t deconstructed or attempt to ‘fix’ it’s concept.

Posted by tom on January 30, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Well let’s see, it’s been about a year since some meaningful content- so here is a new video series I’m kicking off! SUPERHERO-POW! Where I talk about everything I love: superheroes and cartoons! Starting things off is the first solo female superhero movie, starring Audrey Hepburn! You read that right. Now watch the video to see how it’s true!

Posted by tom on March 24, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Here’s some new sketches I whipped up.  A little different that my usual pencil sketches.girlguy

Posted by tom on January 19, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people,

Here’s another peek into my old sketch books. First a color pencil sketch of Poison Ivy, in the old Bruce Timm style. Next a marker sketch of a one shot character from DC comics, Densensitizer, she showed up in a Justice League Quarterly, and as far as I know has never been seen again. I guess I was just really bored for something to draw that day.

Then we have three character sketches from a webcartoon I has hired to produce, the Barbarian Moron (no idea what happened to this, or the guy who created it), so it’s Moron Barbarian himself, Invisible Torso-Man and I’ve totally forgot who the robot woman was, Amazoid or something. I think she had a oven in her belt buckle – oui. Anyway, enjoy and have a great week.

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Posted by tom on January 15, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments


shehulk_wonderwomannovachococatHey party people,

 

Got an update from my sketch books.  First and old one featuring a color pencil sketches of the powerful ladies of comics, She-Hulk and Wonder Woman.  Next is new one, of one of my favorite Marvel superheroes, Nova!  And that would be Rich Rider there, not the new kid.  Lastly, my wife loves all things Hello Kitty.  And we are both fond of Chococat, so every so often I will sketch some Chococat for her.  Here he is hanging out with Ding-Dong, aka Doraemon.  You see, my wife is from Hong Kong, and over there Doraemon was renamed Ding-Dong.  So if I can call Go Mifune Speed Racer, she can call Doraemon Ding-Dong.  Hope you like ‘em.

Posted by tom on January 5, 2016 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey party people,

Thought I’d post a ‘just for fun’ post this week. And being the start of the new year, here’s a list! I did this a while back (before this blog) but I thought I’d bring it back now. So here is my list of TOP 10 CARTOONS from the 1960’s.

The 60’s was pretty much the birth of television cartoon. Granted the so-called first one, CRUSADER RABBIT, dates back to 1949 and Hanna-Barbera had a few shows in the very late 50’s. But the medium didn’t really take until the 1960’s. Aided by the invention of Anime and Saturday Morning cartoons, which created more companies than just Hanna-Barbera to specifically create animated programs for television. Also most early television cartoons were crudely made, for cheap tv budgets and based on the theatrical shorts. Meaning you got two or more stories in a single ½ hour show. In the 1960’s two things changed, stories were expanded to the full ½ hour and four got produced for Prime Time (THE FLINTSONS, THE JETSONS, TOP CAT and JOHNNY QUEST). So this is why I kick off with the 1960’s and basically claim it was the first decade of television cartoons.

First off, you will notice a few shows missing from my list. This is because while a show maybe important and successful, it doesn’t mean I found it worth while to watch. The biggest example is THE FLINTSTONE, I’m sorry but no matter what my age, I never enjoyed the show. It was basically a sitcom from the 1960’s and just like most sitcoms from the 1960’s they were more cute than funny. Even with all the dinosaurs, as a kid I still found the show to be boring- same with the THE JETSONS. I’m also not listing SUPERMAN, arguable the first Saturday Morning cartoon show. A massive hit, written by the Superman comicbook writers. But again, even as a kid I found the stories to be boring, and the artwork not that exciting either. Mind you, as a kid I still watched these shows, and I even have SUPERMAN on dvd today. I’m just not putting them on my top ten list, all of which I think you can still watch today and find something worth while in. Ok, now here is the list:

10- SPACE GHOST & DINOBOY (1966-67)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXx9yRCSt5Y

Let’s be real, no one turned in to watch Dinoboy, we were all there for Space Ghost. With reasonable, if predictable stories, Hanna-Barbera’s first action cartoon is winner. Having animation legend Alex Toth doing the bulk of the design work really helped make this show a classic for the ages.

9- JOHNNY QUEST (1964)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0kg_tzQvf4

This was Hanna-Barbera’s first adventure show, and for Prime Time no less! It’s pain stacking details made it a hit, and caused it’s down fall, because it was just too expensive to produce. Those details now give it great 1960’s kitsch value today. Basically created by Doug Wildey, Johnny Quest was a spot on adventure show for 1960’s television. Which is probably why I had to get a little older to appreciate it.

8- TENNESSEE TUXEDO AND HIS TALES (1963-1965)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHfmT_-DvEY

Featuring the voice talent of Don Adams (who would go on to play Maxwell Small and Inspector Gadget), Tennessee Tuxedo had more snap and wit than most of the comedies. While Jay Ward Productions’ ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE gets most of the fanfare, Tennessee and his mad schemes made for much better material. Plus he was aided by ridiculous THE WORLD OF COMMANDER MCBRAGG shorts.

7- THE ALVIN SHOW (1961)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SdMTK1Brr8

Ross Bagdasarian Senior’s high speed voice creations Alvin, Simon and Theodore, the Chipmunks from record fame became a cartoon show. Packed with the bounce originals and covers by the Chipmunk (you’re a fan or not I guess) and the simple premise of how can they (mostly Alvin) screw with their producer David Seville. Every episode is the same, David is just trying to get through his day, and they just mess with him every step of the way, like a good YouTube video.

6- THE BEATLES (1965-68)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSAJaHatUDQ

What could be better than the Chipmunks? The Beatles, the then and still undisputed kings of popular music. Each episode had animated music videos and the boys living it up in a cartoon version of the movie, A HARD DAYS NIGHT. It was just about as fun as the Beatles themselves, or as least as fun as we hoped they all were. Only people who don’t like the Beatles would find nothing to like here.

5- PRINCE PLANET (1965)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhn_wfgPyzI

Now this one might sound like sacrilege, as it is actually a knock-off show of the more well known ASTROBOY. As a kid I never got to watch Astroboy, but I did see Prince Planet, and it was one of my all time favorites. Maybe Astroboy is just as good or better. I still haven’t seen much, but what I have seen seems to fall short of the imagination and excitement packed into this spaceboy superhero show. I don’t think any little boy could turn down watching Prince Planet.

4- KIMBA THE WHITE (1965)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytqAS-tgGKg

Another Anime, this one created by the creator of Astroboy, Osamu Tezuka, the father of comics and animation in Japan. This is a show that has it all, adventure and heart. As a ween boy who was crazy about superheroes, I still picked Kimba over Prince Planet as my favorite tv show. It just has that quality few shows have, making it better than it probably should have been. Case in point, originally called Jungle Emperor, Disney all but ripped it off for their movie the LION KING, their most successful animated movie.

3- SPIDER-MAN (1967-69)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF2FPmX3zrI

Marvel comics hit big in the 1960’s with everything that’s becoming a hit movie today. In the late 60’s they hit television, mostly thanks to cheap animation producer Grantray-Lawrence. Not sure how, but Marvel’s crown jewel, Spider-Man got the best treatment, with original stories and well made animation cycles, event though they were played over and over again. Ralph Bakshi was put in charge of seasons 2 and 3, to cut the budget. But while animation quality dropped, he made up for it with the best soundtrack a television cartoon ever had.

2- SCOOBY DOO, WHERE ARE YOU (1969-70)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTq6nwO4oJU

One of the greatest animation icons just made it into the 1960’s, with arguable his best show. With restrictions starting to hamper action shows, Hanna-Barbera turned to mystery and kicked off a major cartoon fad. Scooby Doo is still, in some form or another, in production today! But his first show, especially for the time, did a great job of selling monsters, mystery and humor. It’s no wonder kids and adults still love Scooby Doo.

1- SPEED RACER (1967)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suCm1w_KTiY

The best Saturday Morning cartoon took 2nd place and the best Anime takes 1st, Tatsuo Yoshida’s Mach GoGoGo. As a Manga, Speed Racer was a reasonable hit, as a cartoon it was a mega hit. Yoshida tailored his racing car hero after Elvis and his adventures off of James Bond. Seriously, how could it not be a hit. The style, music, adventure and reasonable animation for the 1960’s was the first clue that Japan was going dominate in animation.

If you can watch just one show for the 1960’s, it should be SPEED RACER! Feel free to disagree, but you’ll never convince me otherwise. Until next time.