Archive for the ‘comic books’ Category

Doonesbury: Relevant again for the first time in 25 years

March 14, 2012

The comic strip “Doonesbury” stopped being relevant two decades ago. Hell,  ALL comic strips are now irrelevant.

Still, Gary Trudeau is (was) a brilliantly talented guy. That talent resurfaced again this week as Trudeau tackled the hugely controversial topic of abortion.

Trudeau tackled the current “War on Women” aspect of the abortion story-particularly the state of Texas passing a bill requiring women seeking the procedure to be forced to undergo an ultrasound. Worse, the specific ultrasound required is “transvaginal.” It mandates by law that a 10″ object be inserted into the vagina of every woman seeking an abortion.

The “Doonesbury” strip this week is both brutal and scathing. It’s some of Trudeau’s best work ever. Sadly, many newspapers have banned the strip this week for being too “controversial.”

In case your local paper has banned “Doonesbury” this week here are some highlight panels:

Tebow gets more scoreboard on Jesus: Now has his own comic book

December 30, 2011

It’s a miracle.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is now officially a superhero. Tebow just signed a deal with Marvel Comics to be featured in his own comic book. No, it’s not called  “Super Christian.”

Turns out Skeletor was gay

April 2, 2011


There have been urban legends and rumors of comic strip characters being gay for as long as there have been comic books. This, of course, is ridiculous since comic strip characters are imaginary and have no sex life-hetero OR homosexual. Be that as it may, there is a charity event going on in New York next week that features a gay Skeletor.

Skeletor was the arch-villain who battled He-Man in the 1980’s tv cartoon. It turns out He-Man is a gay icon and there’s a Facebook page about Skeletor being gay. A New York LBGT charity is capitalizing on all of this to do a Skeletor-is-gay as performance art show.


February 9, 2010


November 29, 2008



D.C. Comics is killing off Batman. Despite recently published denials, the storyline in the new comic “Batman R.I.P.” features the death of Bruce Wayne-Batman’s alter ego.

Wayne is killed by his own father. In a “highly controversial” storyline, Bruce Wayne is killed by Simon Hurt, the leader of the Black Glove organization. Right before he kills him, Hurt reveals he is really Dr. Thomas Wayne (Bruce’s father) and that he had faked his own death years before.

There is speculation that the comic series will continue with a new Batman. Either Dick Grayson (the original “Robin”) or the current Boy Wonder, Tim Drake, are being considered as the new Dark Knight.

The exact issue where Batman dies is DC Comics’ Batman # 681.