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July 24, 2011
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A friend remarked to me on how “gentle” this team appears, given that they are geared up to go into battle.  He went on to point out that there is no “ultraviolence” in Space Kid!

This brought home to me how comics aesthetics have changed over the decades.  The whole 80s/90s “gritty darkness”, spikes and unshaven feral snarls…  that was never what the Good Guys were about back in The Old Days — the culture that informs the look and feel of this series.  In fact [speaking only for myself], burning out on those years of unrelieved Gritty Darkness® was what drove me away from being a regular reader/collector of mainstream comics after almost thirty years.

Obviously, one of the things that inspire my work here is that a part of me misses that sense of clean heroism and swashbuckling valor of the comics of my youth.  I’m definitely not saying that all comics should still be like that today  —  I just think that some of them should still be allowed to be.  There should be room for everybody.


  1. ReuS July 25, 2011 1:23 pm

    Amen to that. I tend to think the same way about comics and manga these days. It’s nice when old school values can still be used in modern day comics.

  2. Dean Ellis September 6, 2011 5:07 am


  3. rich240 November 27, 2017 7:21 pm

    Totally agree!

    • John MacLeod November 27, 2017 7:53 pm

      spoken like a fellow Old School Guy!


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