All posts by V.J. Miller,Sr

About V.J. Miller,Sr

Retired from industry in Knoxville TN. I fill my time with writing books, updating my blog and creating fine art paintings. I'm a member of the Art League of Daytona Beach, and Pallette & Brush Club of the Halifax Area.

Everything Happens For A Reason

by VJ Miller, Sr.

Reader Discretion is Advised

Probably the most overused and abused cliché; the catch-all advice of the clueless.  “Everything happens for a reason…”  I am so fed up with hearing those words when the speaker(s) can’t or won’t search for a better phrase to use.

What does this cliché do?

It lets you off the hook when the listener is seeking some sort of answer or measure of comfort from their woes. Continue reading Everything Happens For A Reason

The Jack Kirby Omnibus Sampler #1

review by VJ Miller, Sr.

A Little Personal History

I know this comic book of Jack Kirby illustrations is a publication of DC but I want to take you back to 1959 when I first saw a comic book with Jack Kirby art. It was a collaboration of Joe Simon writing and Jack’s renderings. The First issue of The Fly by Red Circle Comics got to my 11 year old curiosity.

I had been reading Superman and Batman comics since I was five, penciled by Wayne Boring and Dick Sprang, respectively. Jack Kirby’s rendering had something much different with the bold lines and the action scenes with larger than life characters. there was a darkness to the style that impressed my young mind. One should realize that credits were not given to who worked on any issue; I never found that out until years later. But I soon learned that I could recognize my fav artists in whatever book they were rendering even when the inkers were not always the same person.

To my disadvantage, I had never heard of Captain America that was also drawn by Jack. My only excuse was that after WW2 CA disappeared for several years. Comics back then were only a dime but I hadn’t enough dimes to keep up with all the other issues that caught my eye. Continue reading The Jack Kirby Omnibus Sampler #1