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Subj: Re: The Death of Superman
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 08:06:13 pm EDT (Viewed 348 times)
Reply Subj: Re: The Death of Superman
Posted: Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 04:47:56 pm EDT (Viewed 149 times)
I guess we are just thinking of the phrase "On Principle" differently, but I agree with all the other stuff you said, so I'll just focus on that.
You said you "insist the aesthetic of a comic book be as *20th* century as its subject matter."
I think I agree with this, but again it's a phrase I wouldn't have thought of.
the way I'd put it is that we both like the aesthetic of comics from the Silver and Bronze age. What makes a comic a comic from the Silver Age. The short answer is that it was written in the 60's. The long answer is that it was a product of it's time. The culture of the 60's was unique like every time is.
Even if Marvel and DC consciously tried to make Silver Age style comics they couldn't do it. Even if done well (Like Untold Tales of Spider-man" it is self-aware and nostalgic.
Just like you can't make a Film Noir movie today. You could study Film Noir down to the finest detail and set your lighting up just like real Film Noir movies did but you still won't be able to make a Film Noir movie. No matter what it will still be Neo-Noir.
So you either have to accept the new aesthetic whether we are talking about present day comics or 80's and 90's comics. I loved the 80's and 90's comics until somewhere in the mid 90's when I felt like the wheels were coming off the Marvel bus. Everything was big boobs and big guns. Or maybe I was just in High School and thinking about real girls instead of Sue Storm.
And now I can pick up a new comic here or there and appreciate the story telling, but I just have no connection to it.
It's like the phrase "you can't go home again." I remember one time when I came home from college I thought, I should go back and visit my High School. I really don't know why my mind is going to High School again (must be from thinking about the 90's). And I did, and it was the weirdest thing. Suddenly that building I knew so well for four years seemed absolutely alien. I didn't belong there anymore. That's sort of how I feel when I read modern comics.
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