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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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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part VI

Previously, in Comics 101: As we continue our Ms. Marvel coverage, last week we saw the return of Carol Danvers from her exile to limbo, ending with her crashing at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and giving the Avengers a piece of her mind for how spectacularly they let her down. So what was next […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part V

For Those Who Came In Late: In recent installments of COMICS 101, we’ve been looking at the career of Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Marvel Comics’ premier solo female superhero, Ms. Marvel. Last time, the character was given an ignominious exit from the pages of AVENGERS, relegated to limbo to live a mind-controlled happily ever after with […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part IV

Previously, in Comics 101: Last time, we continued our look at Marvel’s premier superheroine Ms. Marvel, covering her inaugural stint as a member of the Avengers. However, Carol Danvers’ stint as one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was about to come to a rather ignominious end: Let’s set the Wayback Machine for November 1980, in the […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part III

Previously, in COMICS 101: We’ve been looking at Marvel’s premier female solo superhero, Ms. Marvel, starting with her 1977 debut. When we left off, Ms. Marvel had solved her various identity crises and was embarking on a new start, with a new costume, which we’ll refresh your memories about below… As of the 20th issue […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: We began our look at Marvel’s premier female solo superhero, Ms. Marvel, as she first appeared in 1977. When we left off, the character and her alter ego Carol Danvers had been introduced to the readers (or re-introduced, in Carol’s case), although due to a pesky case of amnesia, Ms. Marvel […]

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Sometimes the Clothes Make the Woman

There are some comic-book characters that, for better or worse, are all about the costume. Take, for example, Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Marvel Comics’ Ms. Marvel, or as she’s been alternately known in the past, Binary, Warbird, and these days, Captain Marvel. The character has always been a favorite of mine, and I’ll admit much of […]

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Same Bat-Time…

Time for another time-travel trip in the Wayback Machine. Set the dials for the year 1975. Li’l Scott has been forcibly called inside from playing in the front yard. Visibly miffed at this development (though not really able to verbalize it at age 4), Li’l Scott is plunked down in front of the TV while […]

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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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Staying on Target, Part VII

For Those Who Came In Late: We’ve been continuing our jaunt through the storied history of one Clinton Francis Barton, perhaps better known by his nom de voyage: Hawkeye the Marksman. Last time we explored Hawkeye’s first solo effort, which left him with a new costume and a new bride. Let us continue, shall we? […]

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Staying on Target, Part VI

Previously: Our long-form look at Hawkeye the Marksman goes on unabated. When we left off, Hawkeye had just returned to the team after one of his lengthier absences, and big changes in his life were just around the corner… In September of 1983, after almost two decades of publication, ol’ Hawkeye finally got his own […]

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Staying on Target, Part V

For Those Who Came In Late: We’re hipdeep in our extended coverage of Hawkeye the Marksman, Marvel Comics’ resident archer and lovable loudmouth. When we left off last week, a frustrated Hawkeye had just quit the Avengers, and was jetting off to the West Coast in pursuit of a lost love, the Black Widow, who […]

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