With Further Ado #279: Torn from the Headlines – Trucks and Heat Vision

Phoebe Wall Howard has another in-depth analysis of the automotive industry in the Detroit Free Press. She is discussing the long-lived dominance of Ford F-Series trucks. They are best-selling trucks for the forty-second year in a row.

She used pop culture as a way to reinforce many of the key accomplishments:

The year 1977, the year “Star Wars” was released, marked the beginning of dominance as the best-selling truck. Ford sold 818,580 F-Series pickups. From then to November 2023, Ford has sold 32,249,288 F-Series trucks, said Erich Merkle, Ford U.S. sales analyst

This accomplished reporter reached out to several pop culture “experts” (like me) and I chimed in with a Batman comparison.

Meanwhile, Edward Catto, a business professor at Ithaca College in New York specializing in pop culture, compared Ford trucks to an iconic DC comic series.
“The Ford F-Series is like a pop culture automotive version of Batman,” he said. “Like the Caped Crusader, these trucks change through the years, but always with a unique ability to both reflect the times and yet still be true to the brand’s own core essence.”

The Detroit Free Press even emphasized my thoughts with Motor City Comic Con photo from last month (credited to Eric Seals).

You can read the entire article here.

Heat Vision on Birds Of Prey

One more quick one for you. In this week’s Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision, Borys Kits published a “Best of Comics Hot List” and included DC’s Birds of Prey.

Birds of Prey, in its various incarnations, was always a favorite comic of mine. Thinking back, I especially enjoyed the issues with Jackson Guice and Phil Noto artwork.

I did not enjoy either of the onscreen adaptions of this property. The TV show was underwhelming (although we did a great Joe Jusko painting out of it). I am sad to admit I walked out of recent theatrical version. And I seldom walk out movies- especially when there’s still popcorn to be eaten!

But I had picked up issue #2 of Birds of Prey this fall, and set it aside until I purchased the first issue. Then I also bought issue #4. I finally just read them on Boxing Day, along with a stack of other neglected comics.

Wow! I was blown away. This series is fun and clever and respectful to the characters so long-time readers (like me) feel right at home. Kelly Thompson’s writing is clever (her Harley Quinn is a riot). Leonardo Thompson’s art is solid and cleverly orchestrated, with a sturdiness evocative of Dave Gibbons or Los Bros Hernandez.

Jordie Bellaire makes it all sing, turning the volume up to 11 with a non-traditional palette and subtle coloring tactics. There are risks being taking and big points being put on the scoreboard every stinking page.

It’s no wonder this series was singled out in The Hollywood Reporter. Can’t wait for the next issue!

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