Friday, December 26, 2014

Graphic Novel reviews for Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper

My latest writing venture is a further expression of my love for the classic art form that is the comic book. Emil from Queen City Bookstore was gracious and thoughtful enough to ask me to write for the weekly Graphic Traffic column published by the Artvoice newspaper. The Graphic Traffic column reviews the latest and greatest graphic novels in conjunction with Queen City Bookstore. All the graphic novels published in the column are available @ Queen City Bookstore at a discount. Tell 'em Joe Tell sent ya!
A BIG thank you is in order to Emil from Q.C.B. and Artvoice! THANK YOU!
The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime review is currently in the latest issue.

Here is the first one Emil from Queen City accepted and Artvoice published in the 12/11 - 17/2014 issue.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime Graphic Novel review

The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime Graphic Novel review

Way back in 1975, before Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson played a part in making the Joker as cool as he is today, the Joker became the first villain to ever star in a solo comic book series. Only the Joker, arguably one of the greatest comic book villains of all time, could pull off a solo title without Batman making a single appearance as a protagonist. The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime finally collects all of the highly collectible single issues into one trade paperback. The Joker battles fellow Batman foes Two-Face, Catwoman and the Scarecrow in crime-filled capers full of mischief and villainy. Green Arrow, Black Canary, the Creeper and even the world’s greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes, make appearances against the Clown Prince of Crime. Although short lived, the Joker series is surely classic comic book entertainment at its finest. Based on the current popularity of the Joker, and other villains like Harley Quinn, a new series starring the Joker seems to be in order. Any Joker fan would be crazy not to include The Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime into their jokerific collection.

Special Thanks goes out to Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper.


New Joker style graphic novel. Highly recommended.

Batman/Joker Checkerboard issue.

Batman: The Killing Joke.

Graphic Novel cover with a Jokerized fish.

Along with Solomon Grundy, The Joker is one of my favorite comic book villians and quite possibly the greatest comic book villian ever.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Graphic Novels from the local library

The Love Bunglers is a R-rated, black and white hardcover graphic novel. Beyond superheroes graphic novels like The Love Bunglers prove that the comic medium can be a legitimate, reality based, respectable art form. But we all knew that didn't we?...

The Shazam! Archived Editions Vol. 4 contains full color reprints from '41 & '42. Classically Amazing!

New, hardcover, Superheroes! coffeetable book from 2013.

Frankenstein, The Graphic Novel, featuring original text by Mary Shelley.
Script Adaptation: Jason Cobley
Linework: Declan Shalvey
Art Direction: Jon Haward
Colouring: Jason Cardy & Kat Nicholson
Lettering: Terry Wiley

Above, the creature dead in Frankenstein's lab. Below, the creature Alive!

...also included in The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist is a Gene Colan drawn adventure of Luna Moth.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Batman '66, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel review

Batman '66, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel review
Jeff Parker and others (Authors), Ty Templeton and others (illustrators), D.C. Comics (publisher)

 Review by Joseph Tell

Life often imitates art in the comic book realm, as proven by the succession of comic book related box office hits. For Batman ‘66, however, art imitates life-in this case, a sensational TV show from the late 1960s. The spectacular art and clever narratives in Batman ‘66 reflect every aspect of the Will Dozier TV show, even down to the Joker’s painted-over mustache. Die-hard Batman fans either loved or hated this campy version of the character, but Batman ‘66 is a sure-fire blast from beginning to end. The action-packed stories, written by Jeff Parker, are Bat-tastic, and the varied roster of artists, most notably Jonathan Case, recreate all the iconic villains exactly as they appeared on the small screen. All the pop art camp of the 60s TV version of Batman is included here in the vivid, bright colors that made the series so unforgettable. Unlike the dark, modern take, this version of the Dynamic Duo is family-friendly, and the comic book medium lets Batman swing into action like he never could on the small screen. Batman ‘66 is heavy on nostalgia, but its fresh and unique approach to the classic show results in a great read. Batman ‘66 is a must-have for any Batman fan.

Special Thanks goes out to Emil from Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper.


I bought the full color Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 awhile ago at the Book Outlet. I wanted to post the covers and a few panels to show the original, violent, and deadly Batman. The original version of Batman is the best version in my opinion.

The first issue featured in Batman Chronicles is Batman's very first appearance in Detective Comics 27.

Detective Comics 28 didn't feature Batman on the cover.
But the cover's blurb, "This Month And Every Month... The Batman!" promised monthly Batman appearances in every issue.

Here's a great panel from the Batman story inside No. 28.

Here's another exciting panel from #29...this iconic image marks one of The Batman's signature entrances into a villain's hideout. Batman's first nemesis, Doctor Death, plays a recurring role in issues 29 and 30.

Once again, Batman is excluded from the cover of Detective 30. But the cover blurb promises "Another thrilling episode of The Batman in this issue!" Doctor Death returns from a fiery death, dressed in mummy-like bandages in issue 30. He then disguises himself as an old man to avoid being captured by The Batman. In the end The Batman captures the old man and reveals the old man's true identity, Dr. Death. 
Dr. Death's hideously burned face is green and resembles The Phantom Of The Opera in appearance.

Detective Comics 31 is a fantastic issue. The Monk was obviously influenced by Dracula and the Monk uses giant gorillas, influenced by King Kong, against Batman to no avail.

The cover of Detective 31 was referenced by Neal Adams for Batman 227.

Batman's origin was first told in Detective 33.

Detective 38 marked the first appearance of Robin, the Boy Wonder. The darkness of the Batman stories were lightened a little by the playfulness and fun Robin added to the action. After Robin appeared sidekicks became common for super heroes. Batman was given his own title after the success of Detective 38. B.C. Vol. 1 also includes all 5 stories that were in Batman #1.  The darkness of Batman's first few appearances and Bob Kane's great art makes Batman Chronicles Volume 1 a must read for any Batman fans. Unlike the modern day Batman, the original Batman never hesitated when he felt a villain needed to pay the ultimate price for his crimes.