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Hail to the King

August 28th marks the 100th birthday of the most influential artist and creator to ever grace our industry, Jack Kirby. We’ll be spending the rest of the month looking at and talking about some of the King’s amazing contributions to the culture, and we’re kicking things off with a tribute to the King’s greatest creations […]

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Celebrating Kirby’s 100th! Kirby Goes Kosmic

“There came a time when the old gods died…” So begins the first issue of Jack Kirby’s NEW GODS #1, the centerpiece of what many consider the crowning work of his career, the “Fourth World” saga of interconnecting titles for DC Comics. But in a way, that opening also served as notice to comics fans […]

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Fantastic Five: She-Hulk & Marvel’s First Family

Another day, another Hulk. As we journey through the past of the publishing history of everyone’s favorite angry, green superhero, we find ourselves – once again in 1985. This time, though, we’re focusing in on She-Hulk, who takes the lead role in Fantastic Four #275. Fantastic Four #275 is written and drawn by John Byrne, […]

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“How to Disappear Completely”: Josh Jabcuga nearly falls off the grid with a review of the TV pilot of Marvel’s resident raging green bull, The Incredible Hulk.

“That there, that’s not me. I go where I please. I walk through walls. I float down the Liffey. I’m not here. This isn’t happening. I’m not here. In a little while I’ll be gone. The moment’s already passed. Yeah it’s gone. And I’m not here. This isn’t happening. I’m not here. Strobe lights and […]

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From Savage to Sensational, Part III

For Those Who Came In Late: In recent weeks, we’ve been chronicling the comic-book career of Marvel’s resident Jade Giantess, otherwise known as the She-Hulk. After a bit of a shaky start in her underwhelming solo series, She-Hulk began to gain some respectability with a steady if a little unremarkable stint in the AVENGERS, followed […]

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Taken For Granted

Welcome to Episode 31 of The Blastoff Podcast. This week in Comics 101, Scott looks at the work of one of comics’ greatest creators, Will Eisner, and in ReTales, Jud teaches us all a lesson about taking things for granted in “Los Ojos Son el Espejo del Alma.” Further reading: https://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/08/last-day-in-vietnam/ https://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/05/getting-into-the-spirit/ http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2015/07/jud-meyers-retales-los-ojos-son-el-espejo-del-alma/

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Origin Story: Incredible Hulk #312

Hulk month continues! This time, we have an origin story on our hands… sort of. It’s about as originy as you can get for a three-hundred and twelfth issue, and reinvents/overlaps with Hulk’s original origin in the very first issue of his series, which I covered back in December for those interested. This time, we […]

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From Savage to Sensational, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: Last week, we began our look at the superheroic career of one Jennifer Walters, better known to comics fans as the She-Hulk. After a strong start from creators Stan Lee and John Buscema, Shulkie had a bumpy road in her short-lived solo series, with an annoying supporting cast, horrible romantic interests, […]

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If It’s Broke, Fix It

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” goes a relatively recent saying (honest, 1977). The obvious other side of the coin is if it is broke. fix it. In an era when every change any comic book publisher makes is somehow apocalyptic in scope, conspiratorial in nature, and incompetant in execution, perhaps we should remind […]

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BLASTOFF’S Summer Sale! Saturday, August 12!

It’s time for our annual Summer Sale! Mark your calendars now for Saturday, August 12, here at our North Hollywood location! And this is our biggest sale ever! 30% – 50% OFF ALL TRADE PAPERBACKS AND HARDCOVERS! 10% – 15% OFF ALL BACK ISSUES, STATUES AND WALL ART! 40% OFF ALL NEW COMICS! 10% – […]

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From Savage to Sensational

Characters are created for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s sheer creative inspiration. Other times, it’s for plot purposes. In the case of Marvel’s She-Hulk, it was strictly business. The year was 1979, and still going strong in its second season on CBS was the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno-starring THE INCREDIBLE HULK. The decision was made […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.