Tag Archives | Marvel Cosmic


Hooked on a Feeling

When I’m wrong, I try to be the first to admit it. And in this case, was I ever wrong. A couple years back when Marvel announced that their summer 2014 film was going to be Guardians of the Galaxy, I thought they were insane. Here they were on this incredible hot streak of box-office […]

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Marvel’s First Aliens

With all the aliens on display in theatres now in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, there was one glaring absence: the Skrulls. This particular alien has been around practically since the Marvel Universe as we know it was conceived. Well, almost. One month later, to be precise, as the Skrulls made their debut all the way […]

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Surf’s Up

One of the most well-known and beloved characters in the Marvel Universe came as a surprise to Stan Lee. As we’ve discussed previously herein, the majority of Marvel’s comics in their heyday were produced by way of what came to be known as “the Marvel method.” Since Stan was writing every book in the line, […]

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Physically, Richards and Richards begin to look less like superheroes and more like parents. In this picture, Reed is shorter than either Johnny or Ben.  Sue's figure isn't as sharp and it's a little unrealistic and she has a zipper as if she has to be mindful of a little LBL now and then.

The Cosmic Fantastic Four

We tend to forget that, up until late 1961, Stan Lee’s professional career was a failure. Prior to the Fantastic Four, Lee has two things to his credit. For years, comic books had to have two pages of text to meet the requirements for cheap postage, so comic books usually had a story for these […]

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Rom If You Want To, Rom Around the World, Part III

For Those Who Came In Late: For the last several weeks, we’ve been exploring the history of the action-figure turned Marvel character ROM, SPACEKNIGHT a series that very soon transcended its beginnings as a mere promotional vehicle for toys, becoming Marvel’s top space-opera series and an integral part of the Marvel Universe, under the pen […]

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Rom If You Want To, Rom Around the World, Part II

Previously: We’ve been looking at the comic-book career of one Rom, Spaceknight, and his plastic and silicon origins as an early electronic action figure from Parker Brothers. When we left off, writer Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema had gotten the series off to a very promising start with its first issue, establishing Rom as […]

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The Blastoff Art Gallery – Marvel Cosmic

Our new banner for the month of July celebrates the upcoming release of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY to theatres, as we bring together all of Marvel’s spacefaring heroes for “Marvel Cosmic” Month.  Artwork as always by our amazing Artist-in-Residence Elena Casagrande! Click on the image to see it at glorious full size!  

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The Origins of Star-Lord

I’m not sure if you’ve heard this, but Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is coming to theaters. I’d be amazed if anyone has managed to avoid the seeming deluge of marketing surrounding the film. It feels like there have been at least 20 trailers and television spots. But, they’re effective. The ragtag group of outlaws […]

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Rom If You Want To, Rom Around the World

Back in 1979, Marvel, like every other entertainment producer, was still feeling the effects of STAR WARS’ massive success. Science fiction was hot in a big way, and everybody wanted a piece of it. Marvel themselves was already producing a monthly STAR WARS comic, but that wasn’t enough. For new ideas, new Marvel head honcho […]

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Welcoming the Future, Treasuring the Past.