Tue, 5 Dec 2000

Lex 2000

In the current Superman titles from DC Comics, arch-villain, Lex Luthor, has secured for himself the presidency of the United States. I find this to be rather amusing and ironic in light of the current election as well as the fact that DC Comics is a subsidiary of the world's largest media corporation, Time-Warner. What's interesting about DC Comics is that the editors and creative teams pretty much have free reign over their subject matter, and the company is never expected to pull a profit. This is because Time-Warner is aware of the tremendous marketing potential of their characters in places other than comics. The success of the Batman movies, cartoon series, and other merchandise has been extraordinarily profitable for them.

A Daily Planet (TM) article can be found at:

http://www.dccomics.com/features/lex/lexwins.html

Also check out the Lex 2000 campaign advertisement about what a great guy Lex Luthor is and how he will lead his country to a bright and shining future. Lex is a perfect stand-in for our president-elect, whether it happens to be Alfonzo Gush or Porgie Bore.

Comic books are a blast. If you haven't picked one up since you were a kid, or worse yet you have never read one, I recommend the following material:

Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, Klaus Jansen, and Lynn Varley
The Jam by Bernie Mireault
Grendel by Matt Wagner
A Life Force by Will Eisner
Minor Miracles by Will Eisner
A Contract With God by Will Eisner
Invisible People by Will Eisner
Anything else by Will Eisner (the Grandmaster of Comics)
Superman for All Seasons by Sale and Loeb
Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez
Lone Wolf and Cub by Koike and Kojima
The Essential Spider-Man vols. 1-3 by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko, and John Romita
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson
Swamp Thing: Love and Death by Alan Moore and John Tottlebein
Maus by Art Spiegleman
Fax from Serejevo by Joe Kubert
JLA: The Nail by Alan Davis and Mark Farmer
Ronin by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley
Dreadstar by Jim Starlin (in my honest opinion, a much better cosmic story than Star Wars)
Astro City by Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson, and Alex Ross
Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross
Marvels by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
Sin City by Frank Miller
MacKenzie Queen by Bernie Mireault

Some of this material genuinely deserves to be considered literature. In case you were surprised to see Swamp Thing on the list, imagine a muck monster with the soul of a man risking that soul by descending into Hell in order to save the woman he loves who has been murdered and unfairly damned. Love and Death is a beautiful and deeply moving story about love shared between a human woman and an inhuman plant monster who become lovers. It is about overcoming impossible odds for the sake of another person. The swamp monster is a shining example of what is best about humans and humanity. He is an embodiment of love and compassion. Check it out. Swamp Thing: Love and Death is avaialable at finer bookstores everywhere or can be ordered from your local comics shop.


Alan Wescoat