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A Man Out of Time

By Scott Tipton By 1964, The Marvel Age of Comics was just getting into gear, and Marvel editor Stan Lee was looking for a way to punch up his newest superhero team book, THE AVENGERS. Having already revived Timely’s other Golden Age success, the Sub-Mariner, in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR, it was time for […]

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All-American Movie Star

With great movies like THE WINTER SOLDIER, CIVIL WAR and ENDGAME  only days away, it’s easy to forget that Captain America didn’t always mean cinematic quality. Cap was in movie theatres as early as 1944, thanks to the 15-episode Republic Saturday-morning serial CAPTAIN AMERICA. Starring Dick Purcell, the serial pitted a shieldless Captain America (who […]

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Everybody’s All-American

By 1941, public opinion on whether or not the U.S. should get involved in the fighting in Europe was decidedly mixed. One place that wasn’t quite so conflicted was the comic books, particularly the comics published by Timely. Having already had a taste of success with Carl Burgos’ Human Torch feature and Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner […]

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Tony Stark: Hero or Villain?

A lot of the buzz surrounding Captain America: Civil War centers on Tony Stark. He’s been Marvel’s most likable hero, their wiseass in an iron suit. Their billionaire, playboy, philanthropist who can make us laugh with a rapid fire barrage of quips and then move us to tears with a rare moment of vulnerability. (Uh, […]

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Spider-Man and His Amazing Friend (Me!)

I read once that they did a study on recognizable superheroes and that Spider-Man was far and away the top dog.  Seems like a no-brainer when you consider that the only film to beat a Star Wars movie at the box office for the year was the cinematic debut of the web slinger in 2002.  […]

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Who Will Be Marvel Studios’ New Avengers?

Are the New Avengers coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It seemed that way at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. Many of the Avengers were off on their own adventures, and Captain America famously ended that film by (almost) calling his new team of Avengers to assemble. With Cap and Black Widow leading […]

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Civil War’s Aftermath: The Rise and Fall of Two Icons

Last time, I revisited Marvel Comics’ Civil War event, which put longtime Avengers Iron Man and Captain America at odds with each other. The conflict between these two heroes split the Marvel Universe in two, sending a ripple effect through their entire publishing line. As their on-screen counterparts prepare to duke it out in Captain […]

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Revisiting CIVIL WAR

I have a confession to make… I love event books. So many folks are so tired of Marvel and DC crafting these annual (now maybe even twice-annual) superhero events that they have a name for it: event fatigue. Look, obviously it sucks when an enjoyable title suddenly becomes a tie-in to an otherwise unrelated series, […]

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With Friends Like These…

As the opening of Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR looms closer and closer, the comment I hear most from friends when talking about the film is “but I don’t want Tony and Steve to fight!” Which, considering that both characters were pretty well unknown to average moviegoers a few years ago, is a testament […]

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