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Silver Surfer, I Don’t Get You

I thought I knew emo superheroes. I’ve seen Batman brood, Daredevil has had plenty of dark moments, and I don’t think anyone can forget that sequence in Spider-Man 3 when Peter Parker was emo-fied. I thought I understood, but then I met the Silver Surfer: I just read the word balloons as saying “I have […]

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Magneto On My Mind

The Silver Age was an interesting time. I know, call me Captain Obvious. Characters were being created left and right (though not that one as far as I know), and it floors me to think that many of the characters we know and love in present time were all created in rash of enthusiasm and […]

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Why So Serious, Batman?

Oh, Batman. I’ve spent a month digesting trades such as Hush, The Killing Joke, Batman in the 70s, A Death in the Family, Strange Apparitions, Year One, The Long Halloween, and The Dark Knight Returns. I’ve seen Batman at varying levels of gritty, broody, pensive, and serious. However, he doesn’t crack a smile very often. […]

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Hush Lives Up to the Hype

I’ve heard and know of Batman’s extensive rogue’s gallery. Besides the various television shows and movies that include the likes of villains such as the Joker or the Riddler, I also see costumes depicting the baddies at conventions. For the longest time I only knew that Harley Quinn was one of his foes, but I […]

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Batman Does Halloween

After experiencing the heavy hitter that is The Killing Joke last week, I headed for some lighter Batman tales. I wanted to marvel at the character and his powers rather than ponder whether he’s crazy (even though that’s still in the back of my head). The stories in Batman in the Seventies seemed to do the […]

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A Story That Sticks With You

Once in a while a book gets under your skin. In the case of comics, some panels are just burned into your brain forever even if you’ve only seen them once or twice and even if you have an almost non-existent memory like mine. I’ve encountered just a few of those stories and images. I […]

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Farewell, Spidey

Amazing Spider-Man #50 is an iconic cover. It shocked many (those that bought into it) that thinking that the brand-new popular superhero Peter Parker is already giving up and quitting being Spider-Man. His crime-fighting career barely started! Much like the death of a superhero, at first, it would be shocking, but when done over and […]

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Not the Lone Ranger

Spider-Man’s Not…

If  nothing else, I can always count on Spider-Man to make me chuckle. I like his flippant sense of humor; wisecracks are right up my alley. The way he replied to villain’s cries of, “Hey, it’s Spider-Man” back in the day is priceless. I can hear the tone in the voice; it has to get […]

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Spider-Man Does What a Spider Can And More

When Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider he gains the abilities and unique properties of a spider. He’s incredibly agile, he can climb walls and stick to ceilings. Spiders have a remarkable sense of balance – my klutzy self would be glad just to have that spider ability. Don’t get me wrong, walking […]

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Let’s Hate Spider-Man

Spider-Man is one of the good guys. Despite the fact that he’s constantly saving human lives and performing good deeds, he gets a hard time from the media courtesy of J. Jonah Jameson. I’m not sure any other superhero gets attacked by the public so much. Spidey isn’t a mutant, and unlike The Hulk (who […]

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Spider-Man, Love, And What Makes Him Tick

I’m a sucker for a good love story, especially when it involves superheroes. They have such a different existence from us that I feel like they almost need a normal person at their side to keep them grounded. Sure, that leads to some predictable plot points: villains taking loved ones hostage and exploiting the weakness […]

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