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Sometimes, the New Order Stinketh

As has been discussed many times in these pages, a large part of the strength of THE AVENGERS as a concept is its ever-rotating roster of teammates. However, that doesn’t mean that every now and then, a real lemon doesn’t somehow find his or her way on to the team. Let’s take a look at […]

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The World’s Mightiest Movie

Shazam! (or the original Captain Marvel, as has been discussed ad nauseum all around the Internet, including many times here in these pages) has, for as long as I can remember, been one of my all-time favorite comic-book characters. One of my earliest memories is my dad telling me about the Shazam! comics he bought […]

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In Focus: With Friends Like These…

Let’s take a trip back to the heady days of the Silver Age of Comics, when the most important thing was how ludicrously attention-getting the cover of your comic book could be, and figuring out how to make sense of it on the inside was clearly secondary. Case in point? SUPERBOY #96 (April 1962), “The […]

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And Harry’s Wild About Me

I caught Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN on TV the other night, and enjoyed once more the way Willem DaFoe and James Franco perfectly captured the fractured relationship between Norman Osborn (secretly Spider-Man’s arch-enemy the Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend and roommate. I was recently inspired to go back and take a […]

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Terror of “Hidden Island Lake”

Recently, while browsing the video offerings at the DC Universe streaming service, I was delighted/horrified to discover that this infamous special was available. Read this first, then check it out if you’re able, and brave enough. Originally published June 8, 2005. As the superhero movies come and go faster and faster these days, your humble […]

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A Marvelous Debut

As the Marvel Cinematic Universe spins endlessly on, one of my favorite things to observe has been watching these films take really obscure characters from the Marvel pantheon and turn them into household names. We saw it with the Guardians of the Galaxy, we saw it with Ant-Man, and now, in a big, big, way, […]

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In With the Tide, Part VIII

Last time, in COMICS 101: Last time, in our seemingly endless coverage of DC Comics’ AQUAMAN, we took a look at what still stands as the most traumatic issue of the feature ever, the murder of Aquaman’s young son. What’s happened to the character since? In our concluding chapter, we’ll find out… After the shocking […]

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In With the Tide, Part VII

Previously, in COMICS 101: Last time, in our continuing coverage of DC Comics’ AQUAMAN, we celebrated the work of Jim Aparo, this columnist’s personal favorite artist to draw the character. This week, we’ll focus in on a specific Aparo-drawn adventure, one which rocked six-year-old Li’l Scott to the core… As I mentioned last week, Jim […]

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In With the Tide, Part VI

For Those Who Came In Late: The Aquaman coverage continues here at COMICS 101, as we explore the history and mythology of DC’s best known yet least respected super-type. Last week, we took a look at Aquaman’s relatively sparse Rogues’ gallery, and this week, we’ll focus our attention on, in our humble opinion, the best […]

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In With the Tide, Part V

Previously, in COMICS 101: It’s been non-stop Aquaman around these parts in recent weeks, as we’ve been exploring the past of one of DC Comics’ ironically both most famous and least respected superhero characters. Last week we took a look at Aquaman the family man, with his surprising (for comics) marriage to Mera and the […]

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In With the Tide, Part IV

Last Time, in COMICS 101: We’ve been exploring the Silver Age heyday of DC Comics’ AQUAMAN in recent weeks, with our most recent conversation introducing at long last a romantic interest for Aquaman in Mera, an otherdimensional undersea queen. While Mera was at first limited to guest appearances, it wasn’t long before she made her […]

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The 13 Best Q Moments From Star Trek

This column brought to you by Blastoff Comics and our pals at The 13th Dimension. Go check ’em out, they do good work! As Star Trek expert Robert Meyer Burnett has pointed out, Star Trek doesn’t really have villains, it has antagonists. These aren’t mere mustache-twirling “bad guys,” but antagonists who nonetheless have a perspective, […]

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In With the Tide, Part III

For Those Who Came In Late: In recent weeks, we’ve been looking at DC Comics’ resident King of Atlantis, Aquaman. Last time, we were introduced to the first and only member of Aquaman’s supporting cast, Aqualad. However, soon even more folks would be added to the cast, although admittedly some were better ideas than others… […]

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