Here’s a little POV camera of Phil Jimenez, penciller of Wonder Woman, Infinite Crisis, Amazing Spiderman and too many other great books to list, working on a page for DC’s Adventure Comics. The video is ever so slightly NSFW as Phil has an anatomy book open on his drawing table.

Phil Jimenez Draws a Page of DC’s Adventure Comics from The Comic Archive on Vimeo.

io9 has a wonderful article about the CBDLF, an organization dedicated to defending first amendment rights (among other things) for comics and cartoonists.  Pope has created a limited edition print for fundraising for the CBLDF and here in this video explains not only why he is doing it but a little bit about how.

What’s the history of the CBLDF?

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund protects the First Amendment rights of the comic book art form. We fight unconstitutional laws that would affect the ability for people to read, make or sell comics, and we defend cases in court where individuals are being prosecuted because of the content of their comics.

The CBLDF was started in 1986 to raise money for an appeal of a case in Lansing, Illinois where a retailer was convicted of distributing obscene material for selling adult comics to an undercover police officer. By contemporary standards, the underground and alternative comics that were targeted in that case weren’t much different from what you’d see in any mature readers section today, but at the time comics were regarded as a kids medium, and comics that strayed from that perception were targets for prosecution. We won the appeal and went on to fight a generation of cases that ensured that comics could continue to grow and address a wider range of subjects for a wider range of audiences.

Read the full article HERE.

It’s crazy how fast 20 years can go by.  That’s how long Wizard magazine lasted in its print form.  I have very fond memories of the magazine, I started reading it with issue 13 and was a very regular reader for many years.  As of late I did not read it, and apparently neither did many others, because the print version is closed for business.  From BleedingCool:

Created by Gareb Shamus and Stephen Shamus in 1991, the magazine carved a niche for itself covering the most commercial comics in the most aggressive fashion. At one point it regularly sold more than the comics it covered. But sales have declined of late, as the internet has grown in prominence and favour for this kind of news. For many Wizard is no longer the news breaker and agenda setter of the comics industry it once was. And people still have issues with the tone it has taken over the years. Even though it’s arguable that the last couple of years have seen some of the best Wizard content since it started.

Boing Boing has a nice send summary of the last breath of the Comics Code, as Archie Comics, the last publisher to still use the seal, has announced that they are dropping it.  This of course follows DC Comics’ decision to do the same in favor of their own ratings system.  From BoingBoing:

57 years after the Comics Code Authority was created to certify that comics bearing its seal had been censored and did not contain anti-authoritarian, sexual or counterculture content, it has finally died. The CCA was formed in response to the moral panic brought on by the Seduction of the Innocents, a medical hoax perpetrated by American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham who testified that comics were a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. (Paradoxically, Wertham was also a pioneering civil rights campaigner — he apparently believed in freedom but just wasn’t interested in sharing).

As of February, no major comic will bear the CCA seal any longer — February being the month that Archie drops the iconic serif A. When Archie no longer cares about your certification of squeaky cleanness, you are truly dead.

Golden Age comics are hard to come by, but you can bid on copies of Superman 1, 2 and 3 which are going up for auction right now.  From BleedingCool:

It’s not often that copies of Superman #1, #2 and #3 come onto the market. It’s even less often that they come on all at once. Well, All About Books And Comics are selling their copies, bought from Sothebys in 1992.

“Issue #1 is flat and clean with off-white pages, but the front and back covers have become detached from each other and the spine.  The interior advertisement of the “Superman of America” coupon has been cleanly clipped out, but does not affect the interior story. Overall, an exceptionally beautiful copy, and the grade would easily be in the F/VF range if not for the two stated defects. Both the front and back cover still maintain nice bright color luster. The inside of the front cover is browning but not brittle. The inside of the back cover is tanning but not brittle. As flat and clean as the front and back covers are, the spine is easily restorable. Issue #2 is a solid CGC Fine+ 6.5. Issue #3 is an “apparent” slight restored, CGC graded VG+ 4.5, with cream to off-white pages.”