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Friday, April 20, 2007

Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection - News and Additions

Seems like there hasn’t been any O.C.C. news for a while, so let’s remedy that right now.

First, the Collection has just received two original Broom Hilda pages and their color guides from Russell Myers. A wonderful addition! Also, Special thanks go out to Jack and Carole Bender for absorbing the cost of framing some original Zack Mosley and Don Woods pieces that will go into the Hall of Fame this year.

As an aside on Myers, I found an old Washington Post Q&A, where fans got to ask the creator some questions about his well-known strip. Check it out!

We also want to welcome new member Rod Lott. Rod has just donated original cover and page art that appeared in the Graphics Classics comics series. He is also an editor for the Oklahoma Gazette. We will hopefully be putting up more about him in the near future.

Finally, here's a list of items that are being added to the Collection on Saturday.

12 boxes of Mad Magazines

2 boxes of Michael Vance's published work

1 box of Kate Worley's published work

1 volume of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

11x17 boards for: Bill Mauldin, Gray Morrow, Sam Cobean, Dan Piraro, Doug Marlette, Archie Goodwin, Jack and Carole Bender, Al McWilliams, Wayne Truman, John Romita, Zack Mosley, and Al Capp's parody of Dick Tracy in Lil' Abner.

Framed art for the Hall of Fame for: Archie Goodwin, Zack Mosley, Don Woods.

And a presentation piece for the Garbage Pail Kids by Ric Estrada.

Thanks to Michael Vance for hauling all of this down to Pauls Valley. You're the man, Michael!

Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol. 2, published by Marvel Publishing, Inc., 136 pages, $14.99

Where comics are concerned, I have to admit to being a continuity buff. I don’t agree with many of the decisions and directions of the Big Two publishers (Marvel and D.C. for any newcomers) these days. Regardless of my personal predilections, however, a well-done piece of work is just that. Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Soldier is such a work.

Winter Soldier tells the tale of the return of Captain America’s teenaged sidekick of World War II, Bucky Barnes. Presumed killed in that war, by Cap and generations of readers alike, it is revealed that Barnes has been a secret weapon of the KGB for decades, doing “wet work” as it were under the codename “Winter Soldier.”

Far be it from me to reveal anything further, as writer Ed Brubaker weaves a fascinating tale rife with suspense, adventure and intrigue. Honestly, elements of this story resemble such fan-favorite t.v. shows as “24" and “Alias,” so fans of those programs should take note. Oh, and there happens to be some superhero action thrown in, to boot. This is Captain America, after all. Just not your daddy’s.

Artist Steve Epting (ably assisted by Mike Perkins) is a joy on this book. His realistic style, attention to detail, expressive characters and mastery of scenes tranquil, frantic and everything in between make him one of the finest artists working in comics, today. This being one man’s review, however, I’ll add that handy and often necessary phrase, “in my opinion.” Then, I’ll dare you to check it out and see if I’m wrong.

No, the fan in me who loves continuity did not love the concept of Bucky’s return. That fan was silenced (with extreme prejudice), however, by the fan in me who loves a well-crafted story. Having come in late, I can’t wait to see what happens to Bucky Barnes, next.

Captain America: Winter Soldier is recommended for fans of superhero action and the afore-mentioned programs.

Mark Allen