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    • “Tell me what it was like to grow up during the Bronze Age of Comic Books, reading hand drawn graphic novels by artists such as Jack Kirby, John Buscema and Frank Miller.”

      We called them comic books back then for starters.  

      And it was the cover artwork that often caused you to plunk down your quarters for an Incredible Hulk over a Spider Man or The Avengers.

      When I rediscovered comic books as an adult, I was delighted that entire stories spread out over a year’s worth of monthly issues were being collected and bound in one volume: I could rediscover and get caught up on old favorites as well as dive deep into new creations.

      The computer-generated artwork, by contrast, was a disappointment.  

      The story writing had evolved for the better to be sure: Peter David’s writing efforts on Captain Marvel in the late 1990s was sublime.  But the artwork had a sameness and flatness that often distracted from or even diminished great storytelling.

      I was therefore intrigued to read in the Times review that

      The Spider-Verse movie celebrates its print origins with bold graphics and mainstays of comic-book style, including thought balloons, printed words and wavy lines to indicate a tingling Spidey Sense.

      It’s a good sign when a film respects and pays homage to the past.  I’ve seen the trailers over the past few months and it looks amazing.  

      Guess what I’m doing this weekend?