Saturday, March 12, 2005

Something Old Is New Again

Sometimes a change can seem new, but is actually a return to the past; if not in look, in spirit. Courtesy of Peter Sanderson at

Look back at some of the examples I gave of successful reworkings of classic comics characters. After the debacle of the "camp" TV Batman of the 1960s, Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams, among others, returned "the" Batman to his roots as a dark, driven avenger. They did not simply recreate the look and style of the Batman stories of the late 1930s and 1940s, which would have seemed dated, but found a way to translate the essence of the character and those kinds of stories into contemporary forms. The O'Neil-Adams Batman was new, innovative, and cutting edge at the same time that it was a homage to the character's classic past. John Byrne's motto, whether he is merely ridding a series of accumulated, irrelevant clutter (as in Fantastic Four or his new Blood of the Demon), or rebooting the continuity from scratch (as in The Man of Steel), has always been "back to the basics." And Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films are acclaimed for capturing the spirit of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's original comics stories in a contemporary cinematic framework.

It'll be interesting to see if Buzz Bunny is somehow more Bugs, than Bugs has been for the last few decades.