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Sandman and Sandy

Jack Kirby and The Kid

  Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko are the comic-book artists best known for “other” worlds. But where Steve Ditko’s “other” was strange (pun intended), Kirby’s was overwhelming. Ditko’s Eternity was ethereal, literally a doorway in humanoid form. By contrast, Kirby’s Galactus is overwhelming, almost a burden on the page. But Kirby had a polar opposite […]

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Thor and the Mighty Thor

In Melbourne there was a nursing home which was the premier residence for holocaust survivors. The home understood their issues, these people who feared their nightmares: not the ones they had but the ones they had lived through. They feared the sound of train whistles and as dementia took some of them, they feared the […]

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The Magicians, Part II

In the 1940s comics had established certain patterns.  If a writer and artist were told to come up with a stage-magician crime fighter, as opposed to a costumed crime fighter, as opposed to a hard-boiled detective magical crime fighter, they pretty well knew what to do.  Like magical characters, generally, there were three main sources […]

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The Magicians

Once upon a time they were numerous, and popular, and had significance in the history of comic books.  Then, presto, they were all but gone, sucked into the black hole of the comic book Dark Ages.  Outside of nostalgia pieces, only one remains and DC is trying to change even that. Yes, categories of heroes […]

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Eyes of the Gorgon

WWWWW? That is, What’s Wrong With Wonder Woman? She has the most unfulfilled potential of any superhero in the DC or Marvel universes. Put that in corporate terms: there is no other character that could rake in a larger increase in money than Wonder Woman if she were handled right. According to DC, Wonder Woman […]

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Green Arrow: The Bronze Age

When they published Superman, the Golden Age began. When they redesigned the Flash and Green Lantern, the Silver Age began. But the Bronze Age is defined by a hash of ideas, a revival of attitudes, and a few assumptions no one wants to talk about. Generally, the Bronze Age is taken as being from 1970 […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.