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The Day Mussolini Banned Mickey Mouse & Popeye

The day the world began to end was when Popeye and Mickey Mouse were banned for being too subversive.  In late 1938, Italy’s fascist government, led by the Duce himself Benito Mussolini, ordered the Ministry of Culture to ban anything that wasn’t ‘exclusively Italian’ as it would lead their children of the day away from a life of a soldier.  As such Hollywood movies, Popeye and Mickey Mouse were singled out for banning leading to one of the first, if not the first, mass banning of comic books anywhere in the world.  Italy’s banning of comics, movies and books was proof positive of the old adage that a nation prepared to ban and burn literature is also prepared to ban and burn people.
Mussolini’s ban didn’t have much of an impact upon either The Mouse or Popeye – both went from strength to strength.  The Fleischer Studios made a few cartoons showing Popeye beating the living suitcase out of various Italians and Germans, not to mention a few Japanese along the way.  Conversely Mickey M…

The World According To Shooter

Anyone who has even a passing interest in life at Marvel Comics in the late ‘70s through to the mid to late ‘80s – the Shooter Years – should be reading Jim Shooters blog or, at the very least, checking it out.  It offer his own unique view on events that occurred at the company and, more importantly, Jim is sharing documents from his files, offering up internal memos, letters, contracts, photos, original art and much more.  The blog is often worth a look for those documents alone, but, for those who are both interested, and want an alternate view to some well known events, Jim’s memories are on display for all and sundry.  And therein lies the issue.
Some of what Jim remembers just doesn’t add up and he has a tendency to go on the attack when challenged.  Tony Isabella is just one person who has publicly taken Shooter to task for lying about events that he (Isabella) was directly involved in.  The general consensus from people who know Jim is that he has a version of events that he …

New Design, Same Old Stuff

Yes, I have tweaked a lot with the blog in the past day or so, it's all part of me wanting to keep things fresh and reinvention is a great thing indeed.  The new layout has come complete with a new logo - designed by none other than Michael Netzer.  God love Michael - he's a quality person indeed.

Watch this space, there's a few surprises coming up in the very near future...

Jack Ader: 1918 - 2011

Another comic book legend has passed - DC Comic's Jack Adler. Jack started at DC in the mid 1940s and remained there for decades, producing some of the most beautifully coloured covers that I think I've ever seen - his colour work on titles such as Mystery Into Space are things of wonder to look at and made a strong impact upon a lot of people, both then and now.  Computer colours can't come anywhere near what Jack Adler was able to do with his paints and palette.  I never met nor spoke to Jack, but someone I know very well worked with him for quite a number of years. Here, in the words and pictures of Alan Kupperberg (with a contribution from Steve Mitchell), is Jack Adler.

JACK ADLER by Alan Kupperberg R.I.P. Jack Adler, DC Comics color maven. You were quite a piece of work, sir. A talented woodworker, photographer, inventor, teacher and probably the most gifted comic book colorist that ever lived When I went to work for Jack at NPP in 1971, he became my first "pr…

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