(Y-11) old school monday…Detective Comics(1937-2011) #38

Hello, and welcome to another old school Monday.

This time I read the origin story of one of the most iconic sidekicks in all of comic book history.

I am of course referring to the Boy Wonder himself, Robin.

No other than Dick Grayson, the original Robin.

He is adopted and trained by Batman after his parents, the trapeze artist known as the flying Graysons, fall to their tragic death, and as it is later discover, it was the work of mobsters, which, again, play the role of villains, no quirky costumed villains yet.

This is an early title of the adventure if the dynamic duo, and on this time period, they shared this comic book with another more classic Detectives.

To me, Dick Grayson, is one of my favorite characters of the Bat-Family, but not quite on this personification, it will come later, when he turns into the rogue superhero, Nightwing.

For next week old school Monday, I’ll dabble into the first appearance of what it is consider the most iconic villain in Batman’s history.

See you all next week.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) 50 days

The day is has finally arrived.

It is go time.

With 50 days left on my reading year, and with a total of 41,425 pages, I have this final leg to go get that ultimate goal.

11,575 pages to go, 50 days to do it.

This calls for daily updates and long nights of reading.

Today, I’ll start with some new comic books, and try to hit the 240 page mark for the day.

Off to read.

(Y-11) Old school Monday…The Demon (1972-1974) # 1

Welcome to another Old School Monday.

On this occasion I’ll go back to one of my favourite creators, Jack Kirby.

But this time it is one of his works with DC Comics, Etrigan The Demon.

In this origin story, the Demon is summoned by legendary wizard Merlin, to protect him from evil sorceress Morgaine Le Fey.

After she is defeated, Etrigan leaves Camelot, and transforms into a man, that in the distant future will be known as Jason Blood.

I have a special place in my heart for this time of characters of the DC Universe, you know of to the left of the mainstream characters, doing their thing, and fighting the forces of evil magic along the way.

And as a plus, you can delight on the fantastic art and storytelling skills of one of the best to work on the industry.

This is one of the series that I pretend to read all in single issues, just for the fun of it.

Now, off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old school….Tuesday, I guess, All-Star Comics #3

Hello, and welcome to another Old School Monday, on a Tuesday.

Yesterday, I was so tired that sleep got the best of me.

But I did read the comic.

For this occasion was the first appearance of The Justice Society of America, DC Comics first super hero team.

This comic book is a meeting of the super team, where each one report of their most recent run in with criminals, mostly mobsters and bank robbers, no super villains yet.

It is also a time capsule, where the costumes of the era permeates into the story, and for those or us who didn’t experience it is a glimpse of history.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old school Monday… Wonder Woman (1942-1986) #1

Hello and welcome to another Old School Monday.

On this occasion, and in spite of my massive reading hangover, this due to the 24in48 readathon, I took the time to read this week’s comic, which follows the adventures of Wonder Woman in her own solo series.

This time she has several adventures in the world of men, from protecting some circus elephants, to defeating an evil Nazi commander and to top it off, the taming of a wild bull somewhere in Mexico.

I think it is really interesting seeing how other people where stereotypically portrait, I guess it is part of the general consensus of the era, but it is important that these comic book are kept intact so we can see how far we have come, but always be conscious that there some more roads ahead of us.

The part the I loved about the book is the imagery that portraits were Wonder Woman got her powers.

Well, I got back to take it slow, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll pick up right we’re I left off.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) new comic books and back to reality

This passed week I did not read as much as usual.

I was taking a break to recharge some batteries and go visit an old friend, the sea.

It was quite relaxing and I enjoyed catching some sun and eating.

Beautiful scenery to be really enjoy, thus my lack of a great progress, but have no fear, because next weekend, I’ll devote myself to the 24in48 readathon and it will be really productive.

Right now I am working on Memories of Ice, because I want to be done by early Friday morning and start with my readathon with a couple of short novels from a Mexican editorial house, Paraiso Perdido, but more on that later.

For now I’ll use my new comic book acquisitions as a palate cleanser, this time it will be issue number six of Justice League Dark and the ninth and final issue of DC Heroes in Crisis.

Off to read.

azr.

(Y-11) Old school Monday… All-Star Comics #8

Hello, and welcome to another installment of Old School Monday.

For this occasion I read the issue that had the privilege to be the first appearance of iconic character Wonder Woman.

Originally released on the last day of 1941, it introduces us to Princess Diana and Paradise Island, and the turn of events that lead her to leave the peaceful island.

This origin story expands to Sensation Comics # 1 and eventually to the first issue of her solo comic, Wonder Woman, which I’ll read the following weeks.

As an added bonus this issue also features the Justice Society of America, including some of my favorite characters like Sandman and Spectre.

I love this type of comic and the way they establish a graphic standard for storytelling for generations to come.

For now, I’ll go back to trying to chip away some pages of Memories of Ice.

azr.

(Y-11) The Dreaming before sleep

I’ll close out my reading day with a little over 15 hours on my reading clock and probably closing in on 700 pages for this week.

Tonight’s repertoire will include numbers seven and eight of the current run by Simon Spurrier on The Dreaming, part of the Sandman Universe.

And the latest numbers of DC Heroes in Crisis, numbers five thru eight.

Off to read.

azr

(Y-11) last stretch of the night

As I enter the final hours of the day, there is still some 17 plus hours to go on my weekly reading clock.

I could chip away almost 3 hours, and hopefully I’ll slip another one before I succumb to sleep.

Right now I’m reading Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol and the third book of The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Memories of Ice.

Lets see how much I can achieve.

Off to read.

azr

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