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Comic Book History Thu Nov 23 2017 13:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- It is Thanksgiving Day, an annual holiday where Americans stuff themselves in an orgy of eating. That describes Pappys household, anyway. It is also a day when I pick the most unusual, oddball, screwy or worst story I have read in the past year. I pi
Its easy to revere a dead parent you never met, but Superman has now encountered a man claiming to be Jor-El. And for all his excuses, Mr Oz has done monstrous things. And if Jor-El is Mr Oz, what does that make Superman? Does the Kryptonian apple fa
I guess Warner was pretty happy with how the Batman and Harley Quinn movie did, since Deadline is reporting that “26 episodes of [a] half-hour adult animated action-comedy series” titled Harley Quinn has been ordered to run on the
The late Mr. Hardy's will scheme probably didn't take the Punisher shooting the place up into account, but I suppose the best plans leave a bit of room for the unexpected. In my head, Felicia is just shy of Tony Stark (on a good day) rich; except she
 I skipped over the dinosaur war stories DC did in the sixties. My teenage brain would have accepted an occasional story of soldiers fighting not only a human enemy, but also giant creatures thought extinct for over 65 million years. But DC
Its seven years since Adrian Veidt scared the nations of the world into ending an apparently inevitable slide towards Armageddon. His fake alien invasion killed three million people and hospitalised tens of thousands, but it worked. With a common, if
If you like the idea of a girl helping out a family of shape-shifters, but you aren’t interested in committing to the length of Fruits Basket, then That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! is the manga series for you. In only four volumes, Komugi discovers t
Take a look at this beautiful blast of rare overseas stickers! Each one painted by the amazing Lopez Epsi, who re-imagined tons of classic Marvel covers (click here to view), these 1980 cards are wonderful realistic depictions of a ton of famed Marve
I don't think we have any scans of him, but I have a soft-spot for lower tier Fantastic Four baddie the Mad Thinker. He had a fun turnout in New Warriors #3, and in Amazing Spider-Man #242 (although the Awesome Android on the cover wasn't the Awesome
Well, we couldn't leave that "mistaken secret identity" plot thread just dangling, could we?Considering he's basically got the powerset of Sinestro, I'm not sure why Lightmaster doesn't click.  But he doesn't.But we've gone this far, so let'
The Raven is a modern day Robin Hood. Modern in 1941, that is. He robs the bad guys and gives to the needy. Far from being simple there are moral issues. The Raven is the disguise of Police Detective Sergeant Danny Dartin. In cahoots with Danny in hi
Now that Twin Peaks: The Return is over, I remain mostly disappointed in it, as expressed in my previous post on the subject. The series as a whole was badly paced and a creative misfire on par with Lynch’s Dune (which holds a slight edge b
Feeling peckish? Fancy a midnight snack? Then pop along to Ryan Dalys Midnight: The Podcasting Hour, where we talk about The Gourmet, a cracking little story by Steve Skeates and Bernie Wrightson. It appeared in Plop #1, DCs experimental magazine of
Announcing The Lone Ranger and Tonto: Frontier Justice, an anthology of new stories edited by Matthew Baugh, in which the masked ex-Texas ranger and the Native warrior Tonto fight injustice in the Wild West!My story is "Being an Acc
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
When Them Zahler announced his newest project, Time and Vine, I called it “drunk time travel” to be silly, but the series turned out to be much different than I expected. Zahler is best known for his creative takes on romance (sup
Back with more fabulous and rare Monkees clippings, pics, news reports, candids, interviews, sounds, and more! Click images below to enlarge and enjoy!Above thirteen images: From an under-the-radar eBay auction, here are some very rare pics
The family has moved to Metropolis but Jon Kent and dad Clark are back in the countryside, with their friends Damian and Bruce Wayne. Theyre testing Jons powers, which are kicking in by the day. The kind-hearted Superboy wants his p
We blogged Detective Comics #627 a couple years back: that issue featured four different versions of Batman's first appearance in "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate." Since then, I knew it had been retold again, in Detective Comics #27, but I had fo
John (or Johnny) Bell (n Belcastro) was a comic book artist with a short list of published work in the early 1950s. He worked mostly for Fiction House, and is probably best known for his moody artwork, like this example, The Ghost of the Gorgon, whic
In looking over the manga I’ve read from Vertical, I’ve come to realize that they specialize in challenging works. With the exception of their two longest-running series — the heart-warming What Did You Eat Yesterday? an
Spotlight On: Philip Jos FarmerHUGE Philip Jos Farmer ebook sale, TODAY ONLY!Amazon Apple Barnes & Noble GoogleKoboKnown for his groundbreaking novella, The Lovers, which featured a romantic relationship between a h
ZAP! Everyone is familiar with the fabulous animated opening credits to the famed 1966  BATMAN TV series (you're singing "Na-Na-Na-Na Batman!" already, aren't you?) that ran before the live-action excitement of each episode, but have you eve
Hey!  It's time for a mystery villain!Spoiler: It's Lightmaster again.  Yeah, the same "mysterious mastermind" we met at the start of the series.  I guess any time someone seems to be working behind the scenes, Spidey shoul
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
The first family of Metropolis are on Apokolips and in big trouble. Superman has been dragged into Lex Luthors scheme to save his skin, pegged as the prophesied saviour of Apokolips. Lois has been co-opted into the Female Furies, where survival depen
Somebody's a Space Invaders fan. Previously, we checked out the Calculator's early appearances against Black Canary, the Atom, and Batman. Today, the villain faces the Atom again, but he previously "immunized" himself against the Tiny Titan, who's po
There were two Golden Age characters named Firebrand: one from Quality Comics (see the link below) and one from Harry A Chesler. The Quality Firebrand lasted 13 issues in Police Comics, and the Chesler Firebrand made it for one issue of Yankee Comics
As reported by ICv2, the Wizard World convention company is not doing very well. It lost $1.3 million during the third quarter of this year on its shows. Although the conventions brought in over $5 million, the cost of making that revenue and operati
This post is long overdue, but as the cliche goes, better late...From 2005 to 2009 I was honored to be a regular contributor to Farmerphile: The Magazine of Philip Jos Farmer, a quarterly fanzine that ran for fifteen issues. For the last fiv
Lookit what I recently snagged at a local comics show! It's a wonderful 1966 Batman card game set, made at the height of the TV-inspired wave of "Batmania," by the Ideal Toys folks! The set is replete with wonderful and dynamic graphics, featuring to
Howdy, my people!  Let's get back to PPTSSM:You know, I was originally opposed to having the Angel retooled later as Archangel, but I'm starting to see that his role has been primarily to get his clock cleaned so someone with a more aggressi
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
In the 1970s two fantastic females ruled American TV - Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman, and Diana Prince, Wonder Woman. They never crossed over at the time but four decades later the crimefighters finally meet in the pages of a comic series, now coll
The planet Lotiara is actually an in-continuity Marvel planet, albeit not one often visited. Today's homage--well, swipe--is Star Trek: the Next Generation episode "Conundrum", in which the crew's memory is wiped, they have a mysterious mission to de
Walter Graves (an appropriate surname) is a psychiatric casualty of World War II. Shortly after the war he has trouble holding a job because of anger and violence issues. Walter has headaches. His doctor says there is no organic cause he can find, bu
Watching the sneak peek for Batman: Gotham by Gaslight on the Batman and Harley Quinn disc made me anticipate it more than I have any of the original DC universe animated films in a while. Comic fans know the story, originally told as an Elseworlds b
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
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
Hey, folks!Getting back in the saddle for now.  Beloved is having another surgery at the end of the month, so posts for the 6 weeks or so after that will most likely be few and far between as Nurse Adam reports for duty.Much as I hate to lea
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
Having learned that she has a twin brother, Wonder Woman has located Jason in Greece, and it turns out that parentage isnt the only thing they share. They have questions. Diana wants to know why, given his foster father Glaucus told
What's easier to follow, a good example, or that voice suggesting the darker, easy out? Okay, but what if the good example had a hammer, what then? From 1981, Thor #310, "The Maelstrom to Mephisto" Written by Doug Moench, pencils by Keith Pollard, in
Things look slow at pharmacist Bob Bentons shop. Slow enough he can shut down the store and take off for Wyoming to visit his uncle Richards ranch. Bob takes along his young assistant, Tim, and his girlfriend, Jean. Tim isnt too happy about Jean comi
Seven Seas had a surprising success with this year’s My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness by Nagata Kabi. The manga broke through to new and crossover audiences with its autobiographical tale of a young woman coming to terms with her sexua
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
Okay, so after all that history in the last post, we're back to PPTSSM #17 to finish up with the Champions.  Frankly, considering the patterns seems to be: "Cancel book, continue story in next book, cancel that book," I'd b
The mysterious Midnight has stolen Steel, sucked John Henry Irons through one of the mini-black holes that have popped up around Metropolis. When it tried to get Lois Lane, though, it failed. The injured Lois has managed to drag herself to the Steelw
The Smallville TV show had a long run of adventures for Clark Kent before he became Superman, and in many episodes he would meet heroes either before or at the start of their own careers. But on TV, he never met the hero in today's book! From 1981, N