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IN A WORLD… Part One: Iron Man – Noir

Welcome to In a World…, a series of articles about stories you know and characters you love, but where things may not be what they seem. We’re traveling to strange, alternate realities where familiar faces have been placed in different timelines, places, and maybe even worlds. First up is a tale of adventure that takes […]

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Lit by the Tree

Every year, the Christmas tree would be different. One year, it would be the classic red and silver glass spheres. The next, scores of wooden ornaments, lovingly accumulated over decades. The next, dozens and dozens of crystal bells, painstakingly hand-stitched together for months in advance of the big debut. And every year, it would be […]

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What If…Chris Ryall Picked His Favorite ‘What If’ Covers?

In 1977, Marvel launched a new series of extra-length stories called What If? with a first cover image showing the Fantastic Four—alongside new member Spider-Man—exploding through B&W pages of comic art that featured past pairings of these characters. Here, the spider on Spidey’s chest had a “5” on it, and the Fantastic Four’s costumes similarly […]

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The Real Reason

There are things in comics which we talk about and take sides on, and yet this very attention makes us miss some obvious points. We get so caught up in the popular byways of the point that we depopulate the highways of the main point. If someone points out those main points, we are suddenly […]

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I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie

A couple of beautiful new coffee-table books arrived here at COMICS 101 HQ in recent weeks, both certainly worth a closer look at, especially with Christmas so close and many of you undoubtedly searching for some gifts for the nerdy among your shopping list. First up is Celebrating Snoopy, a gorgeous slipcased deluxe hardcover from […]

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In Focus: Going to the Chapel (Again)

We’ve had some fun here at Comics 101 in the past with Lois Lane’s propensity to marry, particularly in the 1960s, when it seemed like Lois was walking down the aisle every other month. In fact, we’ve had so much fun with it that we decided to specialize this year at Comic-Con, seeing how many […]

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All the Right Moves on THE FLASH

The Flash’s ninth episode (“Don’t Run”) was not surprisingly cerebral. (Come on. You know I was going to make that joke at some point, right?) It felt very much like a chess game, arranging the pieces just so, right before going in for the kill. In this case, somewhat literally. The knife set, with one […]

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Love—and Life—Is a Battlefield on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s ninth episode (“Reign”) was so wonderfully done for a lot of reasons. And I’m not just talking about how Lena snapped at Edge (“Morgan, you are a vile, despicable scrooge who’s going to die alone in prison.”). Or about Winn gleefully geeking out over Star Wars’ Life Day. (What do you get a Wookiee […]

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BLASTOFF’s Jud Meyers Joins HUMANOIDS

With great pride and pleasure, we present the following announcement from HUMANOIDS, INC:   Humanoids Introduces New Director of Sales & Marketing Jud Meyers has joined Humanoids, Inc. as Director of Sales & Marketing. Jud Meyers began his career in the comics industry behind the scenes at Titan Publishing in London. From 1989 through 1994, […]

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Crisis Averted on THE FLASH

The Flash’s eighth episode (“Crisis on Earth-X, Part 3”) got me right in the damn feels. A lot. From the concentration camps (“I loved the wrong person”) to Sara’s unflinching bravery in the face of almost death, this was a powerful hour of tv. One character we met on Earth X was The Ray (Russell […]

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They Can Be Heroes

It’s not much of a secret how much I disliked the recent DC films’ take on both Superman and Batman, both of which seemed to be obsessed with deconstructing the characters to the point that they were just unrecognizable, but without providing any real insight in return. Thanks to MAN OF STEEL and DAWN OF […]

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