April 06, 2011 | 10:14 a.m.
Brian Walker’s two books on American newspaper comics, “The Comics Before 1945” and “The Comics Since 1945,” have been combined in a new and lavish omnibus edition, “The Comics: The Complete Collection” from Abrams Books. Walker surveys more than a century of strips and the book is jampacked with more than 1,300 images, including rare examples provided by the artists themselves. All of it is organized by decade and interspersed with creator profiles and trenchant analysis of the different genres and trends. More than a pop-culture scholar, Walker is a creator himself — since 1984 he has been part of the creative team that produces the “Beetle Bailey” and “Hi and Lois” strips. I caught up with the Connecticut author to talk about the glorious past and uncertain future of the great American comic strips. GB: As far as craft and just pure talent, […]
May 17, 2010 | 8:13 p.m.
FIVE QUESTIONS: LORENZO SEMPLE JR. This Sunday, the American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre paid tribute to Lorenzo Semple Jr., the screenwriter who hit pay dirt in 1966 with “Batman,” the campy ABC sensation that starred Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo, Batman and Robin. After Gotham City, Semple wrote the scripts for acclaimed fare such as “Pretty Poison,” “Papillion” and “The Parallax View.” In 1980 he returned to heroic camp with “Flash Gordon.” This Wednesday, Semple will be interviewed by Larry Karaszewski (the co-writer of ”Ed Wood“) onstage at the Aero, which will screen two Semple-written films, “Pretty Poison” and the rarely seen 1971 film “Marriage of a Young Stockbroker.” Hero Complex contributor Susan King caught up with Semple for five questions. Susan King: You honed your craft some 60 years ago by writing short stories for the Saturday Evening Post and Collier’s […]
Nov. 25, 2008 | 3:43 p.m.
Hollywood, Back to the Future: Top filmmakers have already dipped into the sci-fi vault for 21st century remakes of “The War of the Worlds,” “The Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” so what’s next on the revival list? Plenty. Here’s a list of a dozen remakes and revival projects now at various stages in the studio pipeline. "When Worlds Collide" Steven Spielberg is one of the producers and Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “Van Helsing”), infamous for his “give me more” attitude toward CGI effects, is directing. Like the original 1951 film produced by George Pal, this “Worlds,” due in theaters next year, is about the mad scramble to build a spaceship to save humanity before Earth is destroyed by a rogue planet entering its orbit. The problem comes when there aren’t enough seats […]
Sept. 08, 2008 | 3:29 p.m.
Kevin Smith already made Superman gay — now he wants to see Seth Rogen in spandex. Writer-director Smith gleefully cast Routh, the squeaky-clean star of "Superman Returns," as the closeted lover of a male porn star in the upcoming comedy "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," which stars Rogen and Elizabeth Banks. (Have you seen the banned posted for the film? It’s after the jump.) Now, during a run through the Toronto International Film Festival, the always quotable Smith told Sci-Fi Wire that he wants to build an entire superhero film around portly comedic star Rogen. "First, I’m going to do a 180 turn and do a horror movie called ‘Red State,’ " Smith said in an interview Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival. "It’s going to be a total horror-political-psychological movie without a funny line in it. […]