History Creator / KurtBusiek

21st Jan '16 12:44:42 PM PuffyTreat
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering. Some of his prose super-hero work has also gone extremely dark and cynical, most notably in a short story where a scientific genius and her ex-boyfriend are emotionally and psychologically manipulated into devastating, ultimately fatal series of super battles by a slick ad man hoping to increase tourist revenue.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering. Some of his prose super-hero work has also gone extremely dark and cynical, most notably in a short story where a scientific genius and her ex-boyfriend are emotionally and psychologically manipulated into devastating, ultimately fatal series of super battles by a slick ad man hoping to increase tourist revenue. ''The Autumnlands'', his darkest fantasy work to date, is not free from moments of hope, humor, and whimsy, but also shows a very bleak and realistic depiction of the effects of violence, racism, classism, and pragmatism, with none of the protagonists being completely in the right and none of the antagonists without a valid point or two.
25th Dec '15 6:04:52 PM nombretomado
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* DorkAge: Invoked in the third issue of ''[[ComicBook/JLAAvengers JLA/Avengers]]'', when the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and ComicBook/TheAvengers ask to see their worlds the way they should be, instead of their idealized SilverAge versions. Each character sees the {{Face Heel Turn}}s, {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, and WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity that they will experience in the "correct" universes. They are '''horrified.'''

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* DorkAge: Invoked in the third issue of ''[[ComicBook/JLAAvengers JLA/Avengers]]'', when the [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and ComicBook/TheAvengers ask to see their worlds the way they should be, instead of their idealized SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] versions. Each character sees the {{Face Heel Turn}}s, {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, and WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity that they will experience in the "correct" universes. They are '''horrified.'''



* SelfDeprecation: Done in Busiek and Erik Larsen's early-2000's resurrection of ''ComicBook/TheDefenders''. In addition to portraying its principal characters as supreme {{Jerk Ass}}es who eventually decide to take over the world so it won't ''need'' to be defended (and, more importantly, so they won't have to deal with one another), the series invoked StylisticSuck via references to Marvel's incredibly goofy SilverAge giant monster comics, and one of its covers proudly boasted a Wizard Magazine quote proclaiming ''The Defenders'' to be "the worst comic ever produced."

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* SelfDeprecation: Done in Busiek and Erik Larsen's early-2000's resurrection of ''ComicBook/TheDefenders''. In addition to portraying its principal characters as supreme {{Jerk Ass}}es who eventually decide to take over the world so it won't ''need'' to be defended (and, more importantly, so they won't have to deal with one another), the series invoked StylisticSuck via references to Marvel's incredibly goofy SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] giant monster comics, and one of its covers proudly boasted a Wizard Magazine quote proclaiming ''The Defenders'' to be "the worst comic ever produced."
25th Dec '15 6:04:27 PM nombretomado
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Kurt Busiek is an American ComicBook writer noted for seamlessly blending SilverAge sensibilities with modern storytelling expectations, all while deconstructing and reconstructing various storytelling tropes along the way. He is arguably most renowned for his work on the ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' limited series and ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'', as well as his acclaimed run on ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', (all three for Creator/MarvelComics), and his own ''[[ComicBook/AstroCity Kurt Busiek's Astro City]]''. He is an unabashed fan of all comic books, and has a knowledge of canon and character history that borders on uncanny.

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Kurt Busiek is an American ComicBook writer noted for seamlessly blending SilverAge [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] sensibilities with modern storytelling expectations, all while deconstructing and reconstructing various storytelling tropes along the way. He is arguably most renowned for his work on the ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' limited series and ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'', as well as his acclaimed run on ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', (all three for Creator/MarvelComics), and his own ''[[ComicBook/AstroCity Kurt Busiek's Astro City]]''. He is an unabashed fan of all comic books, and has a knowledge of canon and character history that borders on uncanny.
5th Apr '15 5:07:08 PM KingNine
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* ''ComicBook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw''
30th Dec '14 11:12:00 AM PuffyTreat
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* ArmedWithCanon: By the time Busiek finished his run on ''The Avengers,'' he had managed to RetCon almost the entire [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBook Dark Age of Comics]] history of the team (his retconning of [[DorkAge The Crossing]] amounted to ''everybody involved'' ''[[ActuallyADoombot was an impostor]]'').

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* ArmedWithCanon: By the time Busiek finished his run on ''The Avengers,'' he had managed to RetCon almost the entire [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBook Dark Age of Comics]] history of the team (his retconning of [[DorkAge The Crossing]] amounted to ''everybody involved'' several antagonists ''[[ActuallyADoombot was an impostor]]'').were impostors]]'').
6th Nov '14 2:11:29 PM PuffyTreat
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering. Some of his prose super-hero work has also gone extremely dark and cynical, most notably in a short story where a scientific genius and her ex-boyfriend are emotionally and psychologically manipulated into devastating super by a slick ad man hoping to increase tourist revenue.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering. Some of his prose super-hero work has also gone extremely dark and cynical, most notably in a short story where a scientific genius and her ex-boyfriend are emotionally and psychologically manipulated into devastating devastating, ultimately fatal series of super battles by a slick ad man hoping to increase tourist revenue.
6th Nov '14 2:10:49 PM PuffyTreat
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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Busiek's works tend towards the Idealistic side of the scale, with heroes who are noble and selfless models that the citizens admire. While he does veer into cynicism and disgrace at times, in the end idealism wins, and even former criminals can redeem themselves if they try. In his non-super-hero works however, this expectation is sometimes brutally shattered, such as ''Arrowsmith'', where the lead character realizes no side of the war is living up to their ideals and millions of innocents are suffering. Some of his prose super-hero work has also gone extremely dark and cynical, most notably in a short story where a scientific genius and her ex-boyfriend are emotionally and psychologically manipulated into devastating super by a slick ad man hoping to increase tourist revenue.
25th Jan '14 11:16:55 AM LadyMomus
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Kurt Busiek is an American ComicBook writer noted for seamlessly blending SilverAge sensibilities with modern storytelling expectations, all while deconstructing and reconstructing various storytelling tropes along the way. He is arguably most renowned for his work on the ''{{Marvels}}'' limited series and ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', as well as his acclaimed run on ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', (all three for Creator/MarvelComics), and his own ''[[ComicBook/AstroCity Kurt Busiek's Astro City]]''. He is an unabashed fan of all comic books, and has a knowledge of canon and character history that borders on uncanny.

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Kurt Busiek is an American ComicBook writer noted for seamlessly blending SilverAge sensibilities with modern storytelling expectations, all while deconstructing and reconstructing various storytelling tropes along the way. He is arguably most renowned for his work on the ''{{Marvels}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' limited series and ''{{Thunderbolts}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'', as well as his acclaimed run on ''ComicBook/TheAvengers'', (all three for Creator/MarvelComics), and his own ''[[ComicBook/AstroCity Kurt Busiek's Astro City]]''. He is an unabashed fan of all comic books, and has a knowledge of canon and character history that borders on uncanny.



* ''{{Marvels}}''
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}''

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* ''{{Marvels}}''
''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}''
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}''''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}''



* ''RedTornado'' (first limited series)
* ''WonderWoman''
* ''[[{{JLA-Avengers}} JLA/Avengers]]''

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* ''RedTornado'' ''ComicBook/RedTornado'' (first limited series)
* ''WonderWoman''
''Franchise/WonderWoman''
* ''[[{{JLA-Avengers}} ''[[ComicBook/JLAAvengers JLA/Avengers]]''



* ArmedWithCanon: By the time Busiek finished his run on ''The Avengers,'' he had managed to RetCon almost the entire DarkAgeOfComics history of the team (his retconning of [[DorkAge The Crossing]] amounted to "''everybody involved'' ''[[ActuallyADoombot was an impostor]]''").
* BeastOfBattle: ''Arrowsmith'' has a version of WorldWarI fought with various fantasy creatures.

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* ArmedWithCanon: By the time Busiek finished his run on ''The Avengers,'' he had managed to RetCon almost the entire DarkAgeOfComics [[TheDarkAgeOfComicBook Dark Age of Comics]] history of the team (his retconning of [[DorkAge The Crossing]] amounted to "''everybody ''everybody involved'' ''[[ActuallyADoombot was an impostor]]''").impostor]]'').
* BeastOfBattle: ''Arrowsmith'' has a version of WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI fought with various fantasy creatures.



* DorkAge: Invoked in the third issue of ''[[{{JLA-Avengers}} JLA/Avengers]]'', when the JusticeLeague and ComicBook/TheAvengers ask to see their worlds the way they should be, instead of their idealized SilverAge versions. Each character sees the {{Face Heel Turn}}s, {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, and WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity that they will experience in the "correct" universes. They are '''horrified.'''

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* DorkAge: Invoked in the third issue of ''[[{{JLA-Avengers}} ''[[ComicBook/JLAAvengers JLA/Avengers]]'', when the JusticeLeague [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]] and ComicBook/TheAvengers ask to see their worlds the way they should be, instead of their idealized SilverAge versions. Each character sees the {{Face Heel Turn}}s, {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s, {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}s, and WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity that they will experience in the "correct" universes. They are '''horrified.'''



* TheReveal: Perhaps the best executed twist in comics is the end of ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' #1, in which the titular team is revealed to actually be [[spoiler:The Masters of Evil]]. What's ''really'' impressive is how far they went to keep secret the fact that there even ''was'' a secret. PeterDavid, as a favor to Busiek, even had the solicitations changed for the Hulk issue in which the Thunderbolts first appeared in order to keep the secret under the rug.

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* TheReveal: Perhaps the best executed twist in comics is the end of ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}'' #1, in which the titular team is revealed to actually be [[spoiler:The Masters of Evil]]. What's ''really'' impressive is how far they went to keep secret the fact that there even ''was'' a secret. PeterDavid, Creator/PeterDavid, as a favor to Busiek, even had the solicitations changed for the Hulk issue in which the Thunderbolts first appeared in order to keep the secret under the rug.



* StarMakingRole: ''{{Marvels}}'' did this for both Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross.

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* StarMakingRole: ''{{Marvels}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Marvels}}'' did this for both Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross.
30th Dec '13 11:06:05 PM foxley
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* ''Arrowsmith''

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* ''Arrowsmith''''ComicBook/{{Arrowsmith}}''
30th Dec '13 7:01:07 AM LadyMomus
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* ''UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan''

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* ''UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan''''Comicbook/UntoldTalesOfSpiderMan''
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