The Wednesday Comics Roundtable, Part 2



Today on ComicsAlliance, The Great Wednesday Comics Roundtable concludes in a slightly–but only slightly–less crabby installment of the roundtable!

This time out, we tackle Strange Adventures, Supergirl, Metal Men, Wonder Woman, Sgt. Rock, The Flash, Demon and Catwoman and Hawkman, and things get even more divisive. Fortunately, Laura cut out the part where me and Uzumeri were threatening each other over Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland vs. Wednesday Comics’ Wonder Woman strip, so we can pretend like nothing has changed between us the next time we do an article together.

An article that, as Uzumeri has forgotten, I will surely edit before it goes to print. Think about that, David. Think very hard.

3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Comics Roundtable, Part 2

  1. I think the problem with Wednesday Comics (from my reading of two issues that an Amazon book shipper used as packing material) was that it was a radical format departure and very few of the creators actually thought about what it meant to have a twelve part story serialized weekly on oversized pages. They weren’t creating twelve part stories; they made twelve page stories. It was the equivalent of writing for the trade. And to make it worse most of them made a very inefficient use of the space.

    The homage strips probably worked the best because they were mimicking strips that fit into this kind of format before. Beyond that it was some weak comic storytelling.

  2. True fact: In the collected Wednesday Comics, Ben Caldwell uses his creator bio to give big ups to all his haters. I think that makes him the Chris Sims of Wednesday Comics. Which means, when Chris Sims is hatin’ on Wednesday Comics Wonder Woman, he is hatin’ on himself. HOLY BUCKETS MY MIND JUST BROKE.

    Wonder Woman’s one of my fav Wednesday Comic because it’s essentially giving us the closest thing to a Supergirl’s Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade/Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam version of Wonder Woman that’s ever existed. I would read the hell out of a series that used Caldwell’s characterization & design of WW, Etta, Cheetah, and Dr. Poison (or, alternatively, watch the hell out of that movie).

  3. Agreed on Wonder Woman. The strip made the effort worth it, and after one or two weeks you got the rhythm and rhyme of the panel and text organization.