Torunn Grønbekk‘s Carnage has gotten a Parental Advisory notice. A Batman ’66 museum is opening in Indiana. Peanuts celebrates 73 years of publication. All on Comic Book Club News for October 2, 2023.
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Biff! Bam! Pow! Carnage isn’t for kids anymore.
Biff! Bam! Pow! A Batman ’66 museum is opening.
Biff! Bam! Pow! Peanuts celebrates 73 years.
This is Comic Book Club News for October 2, 2023.
Carnage Gets A Parental Advisory Notice:
As reported by PopVerse, Marvel’s upcoming Carnage series has been updated from a T+ rating to a Parental Advisory rating. A Carnage title that’s not for kids? Insert audio sound effect of my jaw dropping, here.
For those not familiar with the self-imposed comic book rating system, T+ Teens And Up is essentially PG-13, aka appropriate for teenagers 13 years and older. Parental Advisory, meanwhile, is for ages 15 and up, and contains, “mature themes and/or more graphic imagery. Recommended for teen and adult readers.”
The new book, which will be released on November 15 with art by Pere Pérez, was teased by writer Torunn Grønbekk when Comic Book Club spoke to her at Baltimore Comic Con. Grønbekk noted that she was having a great time writing the book and delving into the psychology of unrepentant serial killer Cletus Kasady. Given that and the general subject matter, it’s not a huge shocker that the book has upped the rating for the first two issues.
So if you’re 13 or 14, be sure not to pick up Carnage #1 in November. 15 year olds, you are good to go.
Batman ’66 Museum Opening:
While not strictly comic book news, 13th Dimension reports that a museum dedicated entirely to the 1966 Batman series is opening in Indiana.
Appropriately called The Batman Museum, it will be owned and operated by Fiberglass Freaks, which is the name of the company, and not some sort of horrible monsters. Scheduled to open on October 13 in Logansport, Indiana, The Batman Museum will feature set reconstructions, memorabilia, a full theater, and of course, a gift shop.
Included are authentic show props and costumes, as well as chances to take pictures with villainous models, and make it look like you’re sliding down a Batpole. There’s also a studio-accurate replica of the Batcomputer and Batgirl’s Batcycle.
Unrelated, but one time I got a voicemail from Adam West, and he said, “Hello, this Adam West, I’m calling from the Batcave,” and it was pretty great.
Peanuts Celebrates 73rd Anniversary:
…and because this seems to be a slow news day, why don’t we give a shout-out here to the 73rd anniversary of Peanuts?
Though Charles Schulz’s classic characters were first introduced in the St. Paul Pioneer Press in 1947, on October 2, 1950, Peanuts officially launched in seven newspapers. The first strip is a classic, too. In the first three panels, a boy and a girl watch Charlie Brown walk by, with the boy saying, “Well, here comes ol’ Charlie Brown,” then “Good ol’ Charlie Brown, yes sir,” and finally, “Good ol’ Charlie Brown.”
In the last panel, the ostensible punchline is the boy saying, “How I hate him!”
If you want to celebrate the anniversary properly, we recommend checking out Top Shelf’s recently published FUNNY THINGS: A Comic Strip Biography of Charles M. Schulz. The 440-page long book tells the story of Schulz’s life, in the style of Peanuts cartoons. Let’s see if by the end you’re saying “good ol’ Schulz,” or “how I hate him.”
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