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Comic Book History Wed Aug 23 2017 22:35:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Today, as is often the case for these strips, we swipe--er, pay homage--to a couple of bits from Star Trek. First, the Warlock/Magus switches are a callback to the Original Series episode "The Alternative Factor." It's not the best episode. Somewhat
My hand is in the air, waving wildly, and I have a question. How did Countess Elyra Barovna get her job as a trapeze artist with the circus? She did not demonstrate her abilities to Lortiz Hugenberg, the circus owner. He just took her word that she c
Incognegro was a fascinating historical thriller with a still-timely premise. A light-skinned black man goes undercover to report on lynchings in the 1930s in the graphic novel by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece, first published in 2008 from Vertigo. I
When last we met Superman and Lex Luthor, the latter was in position to kill the former, his mind taken over by the hi-tech head bugs of The Machinist. As a regular human, Lex is no physical threat to Superman, but in the Apokoliptian battle armour h
I had started to work on my next PPTSSM post, but I realized that there was so much backstory from other titles that I had to give you the non-comic nerdlingers a training level like they do in video games.Once upon a time, there was a comic called S
Our title today's a bit of a spoiler, so if you were planning on reading this one from 1990, sorry! Punisher: the Prize, written by Chris Henderson, art by Mike Harris.This was another of several prestige format Punisher books, on the tailend of his
Skyman, a hero from Big Shot Comics for the duration of the forties, shared something with Airboy. They both flew tricked-out aircraft, and during wartime did not have a problem getting aviation fuel. I dont know how Airboy got fuel, but Allan Skyman
It appears that retirement and time have given groundbreaking late night TV host David Letterman a new perspective on his sometimes-contentious relationship with the late American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar.In his occasional appearances on Letterm
My gracious, Wizard World has been announcing quite a lot lately. Let’s hit the high points. Wizard Magazine Will Return Before the conventions, Wizard was a magazine. One that pandered to fanboys and featured a price guide that focused on
You've heard about it, mentioned thru hushed whispers. You've wondered about it, this tale from the past that smacks of urban mythology. But it was all shockingly real. DC Comics did attempt a bold new run at comic book distribution, in the swelterin
A small boy, Zee, is playing the DCU version of Pokemon Go. It doesn't end well. And he's just the first. For two weeks, one child goes missing nightly. Superman is trying to help in both his identities. Elsewhere, Zee has reappeare
So I'm going through PPTSSM and I've decided it's the Spider-Man book that Bob Haney would have made because things take some really weird turns.But first, it's time for Fun with Out of Context Artwork! (tm!)This has been Fun with Out of Con
Philip Jos Farmer's novel TWO HAWKS FROM EARTH is one of my favorite Farmer tales, so it comes as no surprise that I literally cannot wait to read Heidi Ruby Miller's sequel, MAN OF WAR--which, by the way, features a wonderful painted cover by artist
Today's the 2017 total eclipse of the sun, if you live in the United States. Certain parts of the states, I should say: it's not a complete eclipse in my neck of the woods, but it'll be something. Knocked this one out quicker than usual--and it shows
In the aftermath of their epic battle with Darkseid, the Legionnaires find their downtime interrupted by nuclear terrorists. An emotionally charged, character-driven issue from the creative team of Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and Larry Mahlstedt.Review
In the past couple of months we have looked at early Plastic Man from the first few issues of Police Comics. Plass costume changed slightly each issue until he achieved his final look in Police #4. I am showing the two-parter from issues #4 and 5 (19
I have experienced such a roller coaster of emotions over this series, beginning with unbounded joy at the first rumblings of its return to almost uncontrolled delight as the first episode began, to a gamut of unexpected sensations including confusio
Well, Scott Snyder promised us a big, bonkers summer blockbuster of a comic and that seems to be exactly what we're getting with Dark Nights: Metal. It begins with the Justice League forced to fight for the entertainment of Mongul and his hordes.....
We skipped our monthly Sunday Supplement feature last month. I was busy  hosting out-of-town guests (my grandchildren) all month. I barely got my regular postings done. Today we have a very early Spirit Section from the Will Eisner studio. I
This year’s Studio Ghibli Fest, a program running six anime classics in theaters, once a month, is apparently doing quite well. We’re just about halfway through, with Castle in the Sky, the third, airing this coming weekend, and F
Where did he get his law degree again? Well, maybe he's punchy after today's comic! From 1983, Daredevil #200, "Redemption" Written by Denny O'Neil, pencils by William Johnson, inks by Danny Bulanadi (who has inked a ton of comics we've looked at her
So for the first couple of issues, we had a mysterious badguy hiring Vanilla Chicken, then Vanilla Chicken and Tarantula.  Today's comic readers would expect this "mysterious badguy" angle to go on for about another ten issues with a crossov
I liked it a lot. Tonally it felt like a mashup of the best aspects of Ultimate Spider-Man with the Lee/Romita era. There’s a specific dilemma Peter faces that strongly recalled stuff from the Romita days in a very well-done way. You may kn
After whipping up colossal cosplays of Captain America and Batman '66 (click here), I set my sights on another colorful costume creation, one I've longed admired! I decided to tackle the titanic task of bringing a real-life version of Hawkey
As I mentioned in a prior post, Sunday-style color comic strips are available on www.edgarriceburroughs.com.I've read the Korak the Killer strip, written by well-known comic book scribe Ron Marz. This is a new, original tale in which Korak agrees to
When last we met, Lana Lang had an inkling as to the source of her Superwoman powers. This issue opens with Lana battling against the super-powered Lex Luthor outside Smallville. And it's not clear who's on the right sideThe guy by Lanas side, Red Su
According to the Grand Comics Database, Ghost Woman appeared in the 1945 giant one-shot comic, Star-Studded Comics (1945). The story is a one-off, not intended to be a series. Ghost Woman helps her husband get rid of some werewolves, then decides to
Cartoon Crossroads Columbus is quite the unusual comic show. It’s a “free, citywide arts festival” involving both downtown Columbus and Ohio State University (particularly the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Mus
Previously, it took the combined might of Ty Templeton and Mike Parobeck to get me to like a twelve-page General Glory story; and today we have 80 non-stop pages of him...yikes. From 1994, Justice League Quarterly #16, "Visions of Glory" Written by P
Moving right along to PPTSSM #2, it's...... oh, eeesh.  The Tarantula again?  This reminds me of when I was watching a season of Worst Cooks in America and this lady's signature dish was "vanilla chicken." &nbs
I’ve followed your work since the early 1980s and always been entranced by your linework, the wit and unique character of your writing, and the total commitment with which you throw yourself into everything you choose to do. But it seemed t
We all know Aquaman. He lives beneath the waves, and commands all sea creatures, big or small. But, what's this? Here is the King of the Seven Seas using his famed telepathic powers to command--birds?! That's right! From this odd 1963 WORLD'S FINEST
Along with my fellow creators, Eric Fein, David Niehaus, and Malcolm McClinton, I'm very pleased to announce that The Green Ghost: Declassified (Moonstone Books) is now available as an ebook on both Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook!The ebo
Supergirl has been shot by Cat Grant. Or has she?Is Supergirl truly amped up, or has the purple ray actually taken away her adeptness at controlling her powers? Rather than get checked out by her scientist friend Dr Veritas, Kara decides to
Martin Chesterton has worked for years to build a robot with artificial intelligence. It works, but not in the way he intended. The Robot is a story where the robot not only has AI, but the ability to read Chestertons thoughts: a personal mechanical
Thanks to a pass from Fathom Events, I saw the new DCU original animated film, Batman and Harley Quinn, on the big screen. Which makes it the first one I’ve watched all the way through without distraction. It only aired for one night, but i
Hmm. Deadpool debuted in 1991, and Infinity Crusade was 1993, so Pool could have been there! Of course, he wasn't, but someone may remedy that someday. Looking at the crossover issues, it's odd that while mutants appeared in the main series (Rogue, W
Okay, I'm sick of Master Comics so let's take a look at Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man just because.  And that's a long title, so it will henceforth be PPTSSM, which I think is the acronym that Marvel itself used.
So Lora and I went to see Logan Saturday night, and the critics aren’t lying. It’s a real step forward for non-Marvel Studios superhero movies, with a genuinely adult sensibility, and an ability to wring compelling human emotion a
Any fan of the Silver Age of Marvel Comics will know the name of Flo Steinberg. Flo performed "gal Friday" tasks (ask your parents) around Marvel then, essentially becoming Stan Lee's valuable right-hand, during this busy time of production and creat
I'm pleased to announce that my Sherlock Holmes chapbook, The Adventure of the Fallen Stone,is available for preorder right now from Meteor House. I'll be signing all copies at Win Scott Eckert Meet & Greet and Book Signing at Fleur Fine Book
Green Arrow is on a journey. The evil masterminds of the Ninth Circle have stolen his city, his fortune and his reputation and Oliver Queen is fighting back, travelling across the US, squashing their schemes as he bids to take down the organisation.&
Fletcher Hanks deserves his reputation as one of the most unique of the early comic book creator/artists. His stories can be...well...berserk.In the origin tale of Stardust, for instance, Stardusts arrival on Earth is foretold by a voice on the radio
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, the original animated movie featuring Adam West voicing the 1960s version of the hero, has a follow-up coming, and it’s got an astounding guest star. William Shatner will be playing the other title cha
And lions, and cowboys, and aliens, oh my! From 1991-92, Armageddon: the Alien Agenda #2-4, written by Jonathan Peterson, pencils by Mike Netzer, Alan Weiss, and Dick Giordano; inks by Joe Rubinstein and Steve Mitchell.I re-read the first issue of th
Time to take a full look at Master Comics #72!As you can see, Radar isn't getting top billing in this cover and we're all better off.  However, Radar has two stories in this issue, so I don't know that they've given up on him yet.An
The Lazy Sunday ReaderVol. 2, Express Update No. 5 Animosity #5Art by Rafael De Latorre | Colours by Rob Schwager | Words by Marguerite Bennett Horizon #8Art by Jason HowardThe Week in Comics: Autumnlands volume 2. Belfry. Britannia sees the first mi
You read right! Below we have even more original comic art by mirthful Marie Severin!  Sure, everyone knows (and loves) jocular Jim Steranko's iconic '68 HULK annual cover (click here for it, and how Marie Severin was involved in that, too),
Many of my readers may know that on the Official Edgar Rice Burroughs site, there are ongoing comic strips of various ERB series and characters, done in the style of a weekly color Sunday strip. Some strips feature new stories, and some are adaptatio
The Kent family conclude their Independence Day trip around US heritage sites, giving and learning lessons and, finally, attempting to help a very patriotic family. Specifically, they're in Washington DC, starting with a trip to the