Previously on Comics: Hot Superman & Goodbye Leo Baxendale

The loss of Beano artist and children’ comic pioneer Leo Baxendale was felt by grown-up brit-comic kids across the world. Creator of, among others, Minnie the Minx (a bad girl, not a Bad Girl), Baxendale was mourned in a style he’d surely appreciate with more than one tweet displaying a huge mound of mash studded with sausages — a staple of the visual diet of twentieth century British children, if never taken seriously as a genuine dinner by readers during the latter half.

“I never used to understand why the traditional reward for Beano characters was a “slap-up feed” – generally an immense pile of mashed potato with about 20 sausages poking out of the sides. It’s only when you realise this was a widespread fantasy of the rationing era that it makes sense.” — Charlie Brooker at the Guardian

Heroes die, and we reexamine their legacy; with every expiration comes comprehension, if we only care to look for it.

Gail Simone started a fire with her talk of how smokin’ she thinks Superman should be. (There’s a GIF I wanted to use here but I can’t find it; remember in Lois & Clark when they’re dressing to go on a date and he spins into his suit like old fashioned Superman/just the Mask and checks himself in the mirror? Yeah? Good scene.) Is she wrong? Not in this case. Farm boy, fetch me that pitcher…

Speaking of Superman — news about high-strength MDMA in the UK was accompanied with this image of Punisher-Superman hybrid logo pills. What a semiotic smash! The history of drug-comic aesthetic overlap is long, of course. Don’t lick that button, Batman…

Esquire‘s hired Bob Mankoff away from the New Yorker as their new cartoon editor. You’ll know Mankoff (even if you don’t realise it) from his oft-reprinted caption “No, Thursday’s out. How about never—is never good for you?” Get to know Mankoff by giving this documentary a watch, if you are so inclined.

New in “is that licensed, or what?” — the US Olympic Skiing team’s lookbook is out! Does it seem familiar? Probably because it is — that’s Captain Marvel’s bodysuit reimagined for real athletic heroics. Our Kat Overland points out the disparity between this and the average illustration of a woman in skintight spandex, but allow me to add a question to her gist: how will Captain Marvel herself look in comparison, when we see her on the big screen?

Ol’ Nicky Spencer publicly admits he’s making certain decisions “just to fuck” with “everyone,” in a casual conversation with past-season provocateur and Trouble scripter Mark Millar:

Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter receives a personal shoutout from American President Donald Trump during a public bill signing! Oh boy, what a high roller.

Finally, Swapna Krishna announces that she’s stepping down from her position as Comics Editor at Book Riot (after Panels was folded into the main brand in twenty sixteen). “Comics” grinds people down, but Krishna’s career shouldn’t suffer from leaving this area behind. Join me in wishing her the best, and look forward to reading her work in bigger, brighter arenas.

Claire Napier

Claire Napier

Critic, ex-Editor in Chief at WWAC, independent comics editor; the rock that drops on your head. Find me at and give me lots of money