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Forgotten Heroes: The Airfighters, Continued

Last week, we were talking about the forgotten heroes of World War II comics, Hillman’s Airfighters, and their star attraction, Airboy, a kid pilot with an amazing robot plane named Birdie. Let us continue: In time, Airboy becomes an authorized if unofficial member of the Air Force, often going out on missions at the behest […]

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Forgotten Heroes

First: a disclaimer: We’ll be discussing comics published during a particularly incendiary period in our nation’s history. It’s no secret that the portrayal of minorities in all forms of American media in the 1940s was often stereotypical and demeaning, and the fervor of wartime patriotism during World War II ratcheted the rhetoric up even further. […]

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A big thank-you to Vera Magazine, the official magazine of Virgin Atlantic, for naming us one of the five best comic-book shops in the world!

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Journey into Mystery

The year was 1962, and Marvel editor Stan Lee was feeling the pressure. Stan had come out of the gate three for three: his first three new “Marvel Comics” had been met with unexpected success at the newsstands. THE FANTASTIC FOUR, the INCREDIBLE HULK and the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN were not only selling like hotcakes, but […]

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You Didn’t See That Coming?

Okay, it’s been three and a half weeks or so since the release of AVENGERS: ENDGAME, and if you haven’t seen it by now, I’m sorry, but it’s on you. So, since spoilers can safely be dispensed with, we can talk about something I’ve been wanting to discuss since opening night: The Top 10 Biggest […]

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Peace, Death, and Surprises on SUPERGIRL

Supergirl’s 22nd episode (“The Quest for Peace”) had it all: action, humor, a delightfully evil Lex Luthor, and Dreamer taking a shot at Brainy for being an emotionless jerk. Honestly, my favorite thing about this episode was probably the Luthor family reunion. I actually cackled when Lilian tried to poison Lex and made a joke […]

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THE FLASH: What Gets Left Behind

The Flash’s finale (“Legacy”) was pretty damn charming. I loved Cisco telling Camilla his secret – especially her reaction. I mean, she brought up comic books and was super reasonable. I also think Carlos Valdes did a great job conveying Cisco’s fear and vulnerability when confessing to her: “I’ve seen how hard it is to […]

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Driven by Rage

Excited at the appearance of Professor Hulk in AVENGERS: ENDGAME? I know I was. So what better time to get to know everyone’s favorite Green Goliath a little better? Our story begins, as many of these columns seem to, with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Stan Lee. It was 1962 and Stan was looking to follow up the […]

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Avengers Assembled

In a lot of ways, AVENGERS: ENDGAME, directed by the Russo Brothers and starring pretty much everyone who has ever been in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, is kind of review-proof, in the sense that it’s less a single film and more of a grand finale to the entire Marvel Studios experiment. Can a new […]

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Family Troubles on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 19th episode (“Snow Pack”) was insanely well acted. It totally blew me away from the start. The initial fight between Barry and Iris was nothing short of brilliant. Both Grant Gustin and Candice Patton sold each hurt look, each bit of anger, each unshed tear. It was also an incredibly real fight in […]

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All Good Things

So I got a call from a friend a couple of weeks ago. He’s not much of a pop-culture guy, more of an academic who sticks to his studies and rarely looks up. But he’d begun hearing about something a lot and it had piqued his interest. So he asked me: “What the hell is […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019 at Blastoff!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9 am to 8 pm 5118 Lankershim Blvd North Hollywood, California 91601   FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is here again at Blastoff Comics on Lankershim Blvd.! As always, we’ll be giving away comics all day, both new FCBD releases as well as VINTAGE comics! Also back this year is our FCBD […]

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Team-Ups and Takedowns on THE FLASH

The Flash’s 20th episode (“Gone Rogue”) gave us two brilliant things: Ralph, trying to help everyone with their dating issues and grief (a mourning manual!), and Cisco and Sherloque getting kidnapped together. First, Ralph is a precious cinnamon roll, who must be protected at all costs. I mean, my heart broke when he told Caitlin, […]

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