1994 (Comic): A Warren Magazine, No. 18, April 1981.

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1994 (Comic): A Warren Magazine, No. 18, April 1981 (Provocative Illustrated Adult Fantasy)

At the time, the success of Marvels could seem like a fad, and many did attribute its success more to Alex Ross’s beautiful painted artwork than to the series’s optimistic outlook or its unapologetic embrace of the unrealistic elements of the genre (and of Marvel history).  By 1997, no one could be naïve, and Ruins looked like an odd throwback to the revisionism of the 1980s – one that failed to understand that Marvels had been a portent of things to come.

Begun almost simultaneously with Planetary and The Authority , Ellis’s Hellblazer couldn’t have been more different.  While brilliant work, it wouldn’t last: in the wake of the Columbine school shooting, DC censored what would have been an issue depicting a similar shooting (scheduled for Hellblazer #144), and Ellis walked.  How’s that for realistic?

The success of Planetary and The Authority , while somewhat against the writer’s natural grain, launched Ellis into the top ranks of American super-hero writers, while high-profile non-super-hero work like Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer lent him added credibility.  After helming an unsuccessful revamp of auxiliary X-Men titles (a project termed “Counter-X”) in 2000, Ellis largely avoided super-hero titles for a few years.  But his other work during this time shows the same concern for realism.

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization . After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit , which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics . He currently lives in Illinois.

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At the time, the success of Marvels could seem like a fad, and many did attribute its success more to Alex Ross’s beautiful painted artwork than to the series’s optimistic outlook or its unapologetic embrace of the unrealistic elements of the genre (and of Marvel history).  By 1997, no one could be naïve, and Ruins looked like an odd throwback to the revisionism of the 1980s – one that failed to understand that Marvels had been a portent of things to come.

Begun almost simultaneously with Planetary and The Authority , Ellis’s Hellblazer couldn’t have been more different.  While brilliant work, it wouldn’t last: in the wake of the Columbine school shooting, DC censored what would have been an issue depicting a similar shooting (scheduled for Hellblazer #144), and Ellis walked.  How’s that for realistic?

The success of Planetary and The Authority , while somewhat against the writer’s natural grain, launched Ellis into the top ranks of American super-hero writers, while high-profile non-super-hero work like Transmetropolitan and Hellblazer lent him added credibility.  After helming an unsuccessful revamp of auxiliary X-Men titles (a project termed “Counter-X”) in 2000, Ellis largely avoided super-hero titles for a few years.  But his other work during this time shows the same concern for realism.

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization . After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit , which publishes creative work, including his comic book Martian Comics . He currently lives in Illinois.



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