Death Do Us Part

Why is it whenever there is a new movie starring a classic character, the first instinct seems to be to kill him? Or put his mind in a new body, or update his costume, or make some other fundamental change?

I can somewhat understand the thought process. Big changes get big press and movie time is a good time to get big press. But why change the character in the comics that’s being represented on screen? Wouldn’t it make more sense to highlight the things that make that character great and fun and engaging so that the person who sees them on the screen has an interest in finding out more about them.

I can also understand (but not condone) changing things in the comics to line up more with movie versions of the characters. You want those people who are coming from the theatre to recognize the stuff they’ve just seen on the screen, but I find in a lot of these cases it has to do with movies that have radically changed the character to begin with.

So my real question is, why can’t it be both? Why can’t we see the best versions of these characters represented in the comics and in the movies? Logic sort of dictates that they’d be pretty darn close to similar. It just seems really weird to me that after The Wolverine hits theatres and people are excited about the character again (assuming it’s a good flick) that when they come into the shop I have to tell them “yeah… he died.”

Its a very, very strange thing.

Today’s page features the happy return of the man they call Sohmer to the task of putting words on the page. Placing art around those words is the loveable Richard Clark:

Born in a crossfire hurricane (actually Cleveland, OH), Richard P. Clark’s illustration career began in 1993 while still an undergraduate at The Columbus College of Art and Design. Since then, he’s worked for a wildly varied list of clients in several industries-among them HBO, Playboy, The Wall Street Journal and Alcoholics Anonymous. He’s been finding work again in the Comic Industry, including a recent job for Dark Horse providing finishes over Darick Robertson’s breakdowns for The Guild-Vork comic. He’s hoping this recent turn into the comic lane sticks as there are literally scores of stories he’d like to unleash on the world. Mr. Clark currently resides in Upstate NY after a 10-year tour of duty in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter and a goofy dog named Barnaby.

Have a great New Comics Day! See you back here Friday!


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