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Friendship and Grief (Baking) on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 18th episode (“Ace Reporter”) had everything I ever wanted: female friendship, science, and the fantastic Rahul Kohli. Kohli may have been a plot device for us to get to know Lena Luthor better (her strength makes me cheer: “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never stood behind a man.”), but portrayal of Jack Spheer was excellent. […]

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The Mighty

Welcome to Episode 21 of The Blastoff Podcast. This week, Scott looks at the beginnings of Marvel’s Mighty Thor in “Journey Into Mystery,” while Jud welcomes you inside the doors of the shop in “An Invitation.” Further reading: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2017/04/journey-into-mystery/ http://news.nationalpost.com/arts/movies/cultural-lessons-of-2013-thor-is-the-new-superman http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2016/12/jud-meyers-retales-an-invitation/

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Going Cosmic

Once upon a time, a curious me wanted to catch up on Avengers history. Through some digging, I found a name that kept popping up on the top 5 greatest Avengers stories of all time: The Korvac Saga. So I found myself a trade copy and decided to see what all the hubbub was about. […]

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Journey into Mystery

The year was 1962, and Marvel editor Stan Lee was feeling the pressure. Stan had come out of the gate three for three: his first three new “Marvel Comics” had been met with unexpected success at the newsstands. THE FANTASTIC FOUR, the INCREDIBLE HULK and the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN were not only selling like hotcakes, but […]

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First Read: Gamora #1

James Gunn often gets praised as a visionary director and writer for what he did on Guardians of the Galaxy. He deserves every bit of that praise and more. Someone who does not get their due credit, from what I’ve seen, is Nicole Perlman, who co-wrote the screenplay. Now, I know that often directors and […]

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It Ain’t Nohow Permanent: Walt Kelly’s Pogo

April 10, 2017 – Word has reached us of the death of artist Carolyn Kelly, daughter of POGO creator Walt Kelly, and guardian and custodian of his work and legacy. Carolyn Kelly had been spearheading the recent beautiful hardcover reprint collections of POGO from Fantagraphics, and even drew the strip herself during a brief revival. […]

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Crusaders, Caped and Otherwise

Welcome to Episode 19 of The Blastoff Podcast. This week, Scott looks at the beginnings of the Caped Crusader in “I Shall Become a Bat,” while Jud reveals the beginnings of his own kind of crusade in “Number 158.” Also, Harley and Amelia return for more “Small Talk.” Further reading: http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2012/07/i-shall-become-a-bat/ http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2016/07/jud-meyers-retales-number-158/

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Free Comic Book Day, May 7 at Blastoff!

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is here again, and this year it’s back at the mother ship, at Blastoff Comics on Lankershim Blvd! As always, we’ll be giving away comics all day, both new FCBD releases as well as VINTAGE comics! Also back this year is our FCBD Sale! 25% -50% off all trade paperbacks, hardcovers […]

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April Is Guardians of the Galaxy Month!

At this writing we’re only four weeks away from the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and here to celebrate it is our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande, who brings us this amazing Guardians banner! Look for more GOTG features all month here at Blastoff!

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Buried Treasury

Your humble professor is freshly returned from this year’s WonderCon 2017, returned to its rightful home in Anaheim, California, across the street from the House of Mouse. And a great show it was, feeling much like what was to me the heyday of the San Diego Comic-Con, the late 1990s, when the scale was still […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.