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He’s a Man of Wealth and Taste, Part II

For Those Who Came In Late: Last week, we introduced you to Spidey’s supreme homewrecker, Marvel’s answer to Old Scratch himself, Mephisto. We took a look at Mephisto’s first appearance in the pages of THE SILVER SURFER, and a supremely creepy Mephisto tale from John Byrne in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR. However, the Mephisto […]

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He’s a Man of Wealth and Taste

Happy Halloween, kids! With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the scariest guy in comics, with the debut appearance of Marvel’s answer to Old Scratch himself, Mephisto. Back in 1968, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee had finally given a solo series to his favorite creation: the Silver Surfer. Stan was looking to create […]

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Dead Man Walking

You know, some superheroes have it better than others when it comes to origins. Spider-Man was bitten by a radioactive spider; irritating, but hardly traumatic. Superman’s rocketship ride to Earth from Krypton? Maybe crippling emotionally, but hey, he was young – he adjusted. When it come to origins, nobody had it worse than the Spectre, […]

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Getting Animated

Since nothing is ever really fully discussed without a Top 10 list, let us commence with the Top 10 in Comic-Book Animation! 10. BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Warner Brothers Animation Didn’t expect to see this make the list, did you? To be honest, when the show was first announced, neither did I. But […]

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Animating Batman, Part III: Everything Old Is New Again

Previously, in COMICS 101: We’ve been taking a look at the first-rate Batman animated projects from Warner Brothers as produced in the mid-1990s. In our earlier installments, we explored the origins of the series and examined how the series handled Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery. As we begin this week, the completed series receives an unexpected shot […]

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Animating Batman, Part II

For those who came in late: Last week, we began our examination of Warner Animation’s classic 1992 animated program BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, and its various spinoffs and descendants. We left off having just started our discussion of the series’ treatment of Batman’s Rogues’ Gallery, and so there we begin: Not every character would be […]

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Animating Batman

With this week marking its 25th anniversary, let’s take a look back at the standout Batman animated offering from Warner Brothers, the superlative 1992 classic BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES. Before ’92, action-adventure animation was all but dead on American television. Following the success of its new comedy series TINY TOON ADVENTURES, Warner Animation President Jean […]

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The Way It Began

In all of our talks in recent weeks about the Golden and Silver Ages and the early days of Marvel, we’ve been somewhat remiss in discussing the book that started it all, the book that was labeled “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine!” by Stan Lee as a tongue-in-cheek boast, but which history would later prove […]

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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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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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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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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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Conventional Warfare

That’s what the San Diego Comic-Con can start to feel like in recent years: out-and-out war. It’s you against 124,999 other folks, all of whom are trying to get to the same places and buy the same things that you are, and you wish they’d just get out of your damn way. Stop. Take a […]

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