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Marvel Firsts: The Amazing Spider-Man #300

Today, my journey through Marvel’s most iconic first issues and first appearances takes me to 1988, which saw the debut of Spider-Man’s most iconic foe, the monstrous Venom, in The Amazing Spider-Man #300. Written by David Michelinie, drawn by Todd McFarlane, colored by Bob Sharen, and lettered by Rick Parker, this is a landmark issue […]

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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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Chatting With Thundercat

“If you’re out there Todd McFarlane, thank you, thank you for your work, it’s inspired me throughout the years.” ~Thundercat Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes | Android | Google Play | Tune In Radio | Stitcher | YouTube | RSS Scroll down to check out the episode notes and track list. Our guest has […]

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June Is Spider-Man Month!

We’re only weeks away from Spidey’s return to the big screen, so what better time to be talking Spider-Man all month here at Blastoff! And how better to mark the occasion than with this awesome banner from our Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande!

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Keep His Bright Light Shining

We love comics. And there’s no better way to show it than by taking our love for comics out into the world and doing some good. Every month, we donate a portion of all Blastoff proceeds to a different charity or non-profit organization. As you are no doubt already aware. we lost a great actor, […]

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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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Terror of “Hidden Island Lake”

It’s a mark of how much I loved Adam West as a kid that this I even watched this and liked it. Originally published June 8, 2005. As the superhero movies come and go faster and faster these days, your humble professor gets the same question over and over, with each successively worse movie: “Aren’t […]

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All the World Was Waiting For You

There was a famous review from Janet Maslin at the New York Times back in 1982 for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in the wake of the somewhat blah reaction to Star Trek: The Motion Picture. “Now,” wrote Maslin, “this is more like it.” Well, after a long run of uninspiring DC movies […]

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Whence Wonder Woman and Whither…?

Everything you think you know about Wonder Woman is true. However, it’s probably not true in the way you think it’s true and it’s certainly not true all the time. When Wonder Woman started out in 1941, women weren’t doing well in society. As often happens when war looms, people focus on it and the […]

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WONDER WOMAN Is Everything

When I heard Patty Jenkins was directing a Wonder Woman movie, I was excited. But I wasn’t sure what to expect. DC TV shows kick ass, but the movies have been questionable at best. I’ve loved the character of Wonder Woman since I was a kid. I adore Lynda Carter. I’m still a little mad […]

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Looking at “A League of One”

I have a confession to make. I didn’t know anything about Wonder Woman for a long time into my time reading comics. I knew her by sight, sure. It’s hard not to; she’s one of the most iconic and referenced characters in pop culture. Eventually, there came a point where I felt like it was […]

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Logan: A Belated Review

ONLY THE FINEST SPOILERS WERE USED IN THE MAKING OF THIS REVIEW I’ve read and watched a lot of reviews of Logan. They universally agree the acting is brilliant, and Jackman and Stewart have indeed made the most of their final chances to play these characters. In that much at least, I agree. Unlike X-Men: […]

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