Comics Corner: 'Tis the Season of Heroes
It was hard to miss the buzz this summer surrounding the latest theatrical film release from Marvel Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy, a sci-fi epic packed with equal parts action and humor.
And long-time readers of graphic novels and comics know that with the coming fall television season, there will soon be a bounty of comic book-inspired programs to choose from. Following upon the success of the CW’s Arrow, about to enter its third season, a spin-off program based on DC Comics’ scarlet speedster, The Flash, will make its debut on that same network on October 7th. The Fox network Batman sans Batman series, Gotham, will hit the airwaves September 22.
ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have its second season premiere on September 23rd, and a related series from Marvel Studios, Agent Carter, is expected to debut in January 2015. The original comic books that the television series derives from date from the late 1960s era of classic Marvel Comics. Nick Fury, previously the star of the action-packed World War II comic Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, was reimagined as a James Bond-like hero of the Spy-fi genre. Writer Stan Lee came up with the name “S.H.I.E.L.D.” based on a hugely popular spy TV series of the time, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Artist Jim Steranko, now considered a legendary and vastly influential figure in the history of American comics, worked with Stan Lee to bring a distinctly ‘60s visual vibe to the book, informed by graphic design, surrealism, and pop art.
The Roselle Public Library has many of the books that inspired these films and television shows, if you’re curious to see where the ideas came from, or if you need a fix while eagerly awaiting the TV series to debut. We also have the new release on DVD and Blu-ray of Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as the graphic novel that inspired the film.
Mentioned here are just a few of the titles we have to offer, so stop by graphic novel section the next time you're in the library.
Just click on the images to see the entry for each item in our catalog!