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The Christmas We Get We Deserve

EDITOR’S NOTE: Yes, we know Christmas is still weeks away, but if Disneyland can have Christmas decorations up until January, than why can’t we start a little early? And let’s celebrate by running one of my favorite COMICS 101 columns of all time, a Column from Christmas Past from 2003. After all, to quote Crow […]

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May That Be Truly Said of Us

“…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!” Charles Dickens, A CHRISTMAS CAROL When I was growing up, ours wasn’t a particularly spiritual house. Morals, yes. Ethics, absolutely. But there […]

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Going Abroad: Justice League of America, Part XIII

For Those Who Came In Late: We’ve been exploring the history of the Keith Giffen/J.M. DeMatteis-helmed iteration of the JUSTICE LEAGUE, most remembered for its wacky hijinks and razor-sharp dialogue, despite the fact that there was a fair amount of drama and characterization being offered in those pages. And as comics readers of the time […]

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We Gather Together

Maybe I’m just getting sentimental in my old age, but I do have a soft spot for Thanksgiving. However, comics and Thanksgiving don’t really cross paths all that often, with one glaring exception: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! As far back as 1940 there’s been the occasional bit of superhero visibility at the parade, thanks […]

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GONE TOO SOON: Stan the Man

It was 1995. I had just moved to Southern California after college and it was my first San Diego Comic-Con. And for the first time, I was in line to meet Stan Lee. Comic-Con wasn’t the total madhouse that it is today, so it was conceivable to just go to the Marvel booth, wait in […]

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Gone Too Soon – Our Own D Jason Cooper

It is with great sadness and dismay that I report that longtime Blastoff contributing writer D Jason Cooper has passed away. Jason started writing for us in October of 2012, and contributed faithfully and well ever since, producing over 68 columns in the past six years. Jason was a talented writer with a deep and […]

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Lightening the Mood: Justice League of America, Part XI

Previously in COMICS 101: Last time, we began our discussion of the Giffen/DeMatteis era of JUSTICE LEAGUE, in which the Justice League reorganized following the events of the DC summer miniseries LEGENDS, with a membership consisting of many of the company’s biggest stars. Complicating matters for team leader Batman is the involvement of the mysterious […]

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Gloom and Doom

Along with the currently airing TITANS, the new DC Universe streaming service has big plans for another live-action series, and it’s one I’d never have expected: Doom Patrol, starring White Collar‘s Matt Bomer as Negative Man, Brendan Fraser as Robotman and Timothy Dalton as The Chief. Since Doom Patrol is just about as obscure as […]

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Li’l League

Since this coming Friday sees the premiere of the new and much anticipated TITANS series on the DC Universe streaming service, we thought we’d provide a little public service of our own with the following history of the Teen Titans. Enjoy!   Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. As we’ve discussed in these pages […]

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My Favorite Universe

So I signed up for DC Universe a couple of weeks back, the new DC Comics-focused streaming service. To be honest, I mostly signed up to get access to the upcoming JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED action figures, which will only be available through the service. As for theservice itself, it’s still very much a work in […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part VI

Previously, in Comics 101: As we continue our Ms. Marvel coverage, last week we saw the return of Carol Danvers from her exile to limbo, ending with her crashing at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and giving the Avengers a piece of her mind for how spectacularly they let her down. So what was next […]

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