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In Focus: With Friends Like These…

Let’s take a trip back to the heady days of the Silver Age of Comics, when the most important thing was how ludicrously attention-getting the cover of your comic book could be, and figuring out how to make sense of it on the inside was clearly secondary. Case in point? SUPERBOY #96 (April 1962), “The […]

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And Harry’s Wild About Me

I caught Sam Raimi’s SPIDER-MAN on TV the other night, and enjoyed once more the way Willem DaFoe and James Franco perfectly captured the fractured relationship between Norman Osborn (secretly Spider-Man’s arch-enemy the Green Goblin) and his son Harry, Peter Parker’s best friend and roommate. I was recently inspired to go back and take a […]

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Terror of “Hidden Island Lake”

Recently, while browsing the video offerings at the DC Universe streaming service, I was delighted/horrified to discover that this infamous special was available. Read this first, then check it out if you’re able, and brave enough. Originally published June 8, 2005. As the superhero movies come and go faster and faster these days, your humble […]

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In With the Tide, Part V

Previously, in COMICS 101: It’s been non-stop Aquaman around these parts in recent weeks, as we’ve been exploring the past of one of DC Comics’ ironically both most famous and least respected superhero characters. Last week we took a look at Aquaman the family man, with his surprising (for comics) marriage to Mera and the […]

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The 13 Best Q Moments From Star Trek

This column brought to you by Blastoff Comics and our pals at The 13th Dimension. Go check ’em out, they do good work! As Star Trek expert Robert Meyer Burnett has pointed out, Star Trek doesn’t really have villains, it has antagonists. These aren’t mere mustache-twirling “bad guys,” but antagonists who nonetheless have a perspective, […]

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In With the Tide, Part III

For Those Who Came In Late: In recent weeks, we’ve been looking at DC Comics’ resident King of Atlantis, Aquaman. Last time, we were introduced to the first and only member of Aquaman’s supporting cast, Aqualad. However, soon even more folks would be added to the cast, although admittedly some were better ideas than others… […]

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In With the Tide, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: When last we met, we had begun our discussion of DC Comics’ own King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman. After a somewhat low-key start as a response to Timely’s Sub-Mariner, the character got a new lease on life after moving to a backup spot in ADVENTURE COMICS, where Arthur’s backstory was […]

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In With the Tide

Sometimes, success is all about being in the right place in the right time. Take for example, the characters most people consider DC Comics’s “Big Five,” thanks mostly to decades of TV animation reinforcement. You got your Superman. Biggest gun in the arsenal, of course he makes the cut. Batman and Robin. Probably the most […]

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League Standings

A knock-knocking on my door the day after Christmas led me to discover an unexpected package, containing a complete set of the new JUSTICE LEAGUE ANIMATED SERIES action figures from DC Collectibles. For those of you not in the know, this set, in scale with the previously released and much lauded BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES […]

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AQUAMAN Can Take the Pressure

A few years ago when it was first announced that Jason Momoa had been cast as Aquaman for BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and the first photos were released, it’s safe to say I was unimpressed. And that’s putting it mildly. The hair, the tattoos, the chain mail – I had no interest in what I derisively […]

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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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Christmas Morn

My family was never particularly religious. I don’t ever remember a time we all went to a church. There were various books of worship in the house, but it was always left up to us if we wanted to read them. But we loved Christmas. In the days leading up to Christmas, the gifts would […]

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May That Be Truly Said of Us

“…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!” Charles Dickens, A CHRISTMAS CAROL When I was growing up, ours wasn’t a particularly spiritual house. Morals, yes. Ethics, absolutely. But there […]

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