Incomplete atlas of fantastic maps
In the second issue of The Keepers (comic book series), masked adventurers gather around a map of the United States. It shows in close-up the geographical regions marked as “Anti-war…

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How Americans imported German humor
“Bam!” On Sunday: Comics pioneers are honored in Frankfurt as pioneers of contemporary art history. Against their background, Picasso looks outdated. Among them was a German artist. In 1900, a…

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Pratt VS Evans VS Hamsworth: 3 Best Chris Marvel
This is one of the main debates in pop culture, a debate that will never be resolved: who is the best Chris Marvel? There are three applicants: Chris Evans (Captain…

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Comics in which superheroes were dying is unthinkable simply for their world

High sales of any comic book series will guarantee that the publisher will continue to print these thin magazines until demand falls. This can go on for months, years, or decades for the coolest series. The love of fans, as a rule, knows no bounds and requires that she be fed monthly with new adventures of a super guy (damsel) or a super team in tight tights. The longer the story goes on, the greater the headache for the scriptwriters, who are forced to think over the years how the hero defeats the army of his enemies again and again, although, it would seem, this time for the thousandth time he definitely had no chance. Sooner or later, absurd accidents and divine interventions become the cause of victories. And after thousands of pages, we begin to firmly believe that the hero is immortal. But at the moment when the popularity of the comic strip falls, and the publisher wants to cash in on the superhero for the last time, the scriptwriter gets the opportunity to kill the hero. More often, a character may be allowed to die in an alternate world. And then we see how easy it is, in fact, to kill him when it is allowed.
Below are three Marvel stories in which superheroes died too easily for the comic book world.

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“Nobody will fall in love with Peter” and other subtleties of a forgotten rock opera about Spider-Man

Of course, it may seem that the most curious musical adventure involving Peter Parker is the 2011 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Extinguish Darkness, which seemed to curse long before the premiere, which resulted in notorious problems – actors’ injuries, monstrous cost and many rewrites due to caustic reviews. After the longest preview period in Broadway history (182 appearances), the New York Times critic Ben Brantley asked: “So this climb from enchantingly unfit to extremely ordinary is now called a step up?” But “Redeem the Darkness” will win in the Strange Films category comics ”only if you are silent (or perhaps forget) about the rock opera of the 70s,“ Rock reflection of a superhero ”. SPOILERS ARE POSSIBLE This concept album of prog rock music, released in the 75th, touched on some important moments in the life of Spider-Man and several of its most striking antipodes, and all this is glued together by the author’s narrative by Stan Lee himself (Marvel president of those times, the creator of a Continue reading

The art of illustrating the “Art of War”

When more than thirty years ago Tsai (Tsai Chih Chung) decided to adapt Sun Tzu’s “Art of War” into a more modern format, he wanted to breathe new life into the 2500-year-old text. “When interpreting the need to pass on the classics to new generations, people often mean classics that are extremely sterile, monotonous and, in truth, tedious,” Tsai explained. Having studied several editions of the treatise and secondary sources, he realized that he was able to rethink The Art of War (which to this day remains one of the most important literary works about war and strategy) and present it to the world as an illustrated story. In 1990, Tsai created a comic version for a Chinese audience, and in 1994 an English version. Since then, millions of copies of his expanded, Illustrated Chinese Classics Library series (which included, among others, the book) have been sold.
Tsai’s adaptation revived the millennial treatise The Art of War. The artist cut out repeating, narrative-dragging elements until the ancient lessons of the war came to life on the pages. But it was drawings that became the defining element of Tsai’s work. His style, somewhat reminiscent of Disney cartoons, brings Continue reading

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Almighty, the greatest and ... helpless
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