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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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Extended (Marvel) Family

As Fawcett’s Captain Marvel continued to grow in popularity over the 1940s, his cast of characters grew along with it, well past the core Marvel Family of Cap, Captain Marvel Junior and Mary Marvel. Here are a few other very frequently appearing friends of the Big Red Cheese: Among the first were the Three Lieutenant […]

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The Big Red Cheese on the Silver Screen

Fawcett’s Captain Marvel first leapt off the printed page and into theatres in 1941, with the 12-chapter Republic serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel, starring Tom Tyler as Captain Marvel and Frank Coghlan Jr. as Billy Batson. It’s pretty faithful to the basics of the Captain Marvel mythos, even starting off with Billy’s visit to […]

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Same Magic Word, New Initials

By 1942, Fawcett had really begun to realize the money machine they had on their hands with the Captain Marvel franchise. And so, only a year after they had branched out with Captain Marvel Junior, the Marvel Family saw the introduction of a new member, in the form of Mary Marvel, first appearing in Captain […]

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With Two Magic Words

After two years of smashing success with their Captain Marvel character, Fawcett Comics decided the time was right to expand the franchise and give the Big Red Cheese a youthful sidekick, as was the popular trend at the time (what with your Robins and Buckys and Speedys and Sandys and such). However, the way Fawcett […]

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With One Magic Word…

I’ve always maintained that the best superheroes have the best origin stories, and the best origin stories are the simplest. With that in mind, let’s look at the origin of the one true Captain Marvel (known to most of you New 52 slackers as just “Shazam”), as presented by writer Bill Parker and artist Charles […]

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In Memoriam

In this month’s issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation – Terra Incognita, I say goodbye to my friend Harlan Ellison. Thanks to my editor Denton Tipton and everyone at IDW Publishing for giving me the opportunity.

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Fawcett’s Rise and Fall

The colorful characters who populate the comic pages often have nothing on their creators and publishers. Fawcett Publications, the parent company of Fawcett Comics, was started by one such person. Its founder, Wilford Hamilton Fawcett (or “Captain Billy,” as he was known), was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, a police reporter and a hotelier […]

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The Short Man’s Complex, Part IV

In my humble opinion, one of the best treatments of Hank Pym was in Kurt Busiek’s and George Perez’s late-‘90s run on AVENGERS, which correctly characterized Hank Pym (calling himself Goliath again by this time) as a deeply troubled man uncertain about his role as a superhero and the propriety of his recent reconciliation with […]

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The Short Man’s Complex, Part III

We continue our journey into the COMICS 101 Vault with part III of our Ant-Man coverage… By the late 1970s, and early 80s, Hank Pym as Yellowjacket had settled into a standard supporting role in AVENGERS and other Marvel books like DEFENDERS and MARVEL TEAM-UP. As time went on, Pym began to fall into periods […]

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