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Everybody’s All-American

By 1941, public opinion on whether or not the U.S. should get involved in the fighting in Europe was decidedly mixed. One place that wasn’t quite so conflicted was the comic books, particularly the comics published by Timely. Having already had a taste of success with Carl Burgos’ Human Torch feature and Bill Everett’s Sub-Mariner […]

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Anywhere I Hang My Cape Is Home

To paraphrase the great George Carlin, all your house really is, is just a place to put your stuff. And since superheroes usually have some pretty cool stuff, and lots of it, their hangouts tend to be pretty sweet as well. But not always; for every Batcave or Fortress of Solitude, there’s a Hydrobase or […]

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Batman’s Death Kiss

One of my favorite things about the San Diego Comic-Con is the “accidental discovery.” Sure, there are always plenty of things I’m looking for at the show, but oftentimes even better than that is the stuff I stumble across by accident, through sheer blind stinking luck. Such was the case a few years back when […]

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A Matter of History

  With the Justice Society about to make their full-time TV debut on CW’s STARGIRL, it felt like a good time to look back at a favorite JSA tale I was happy to see re-released. I may have said it before in these pages, but one of the things I miss most about today’s DC […]

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Fantastic May Be a Bit of an Understatement

By Scott Tipton With all of us having nothing but time on our hands as we Shelter in Place, I just can’t resist the chance to go back and look at our discussion from July 2005 (just as the Tim Story-directed version was hitting theatres), of the first time someone brought the Fantastic Four to […]

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Easter with The Big Red Cheese

Most little kids related Easter with the Easter Bunny. For me, and still to this day, Easter makes me think of a different jovial character. Captain Marvel. When I was little, many Easters ago, I woke up one Easter morning to see my Easter Basket, full of the usual fare: chocolate bunnies, peanut butter eggs, […]

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Terror of “Hidden Island Lake”

I could use a little cheering up around this time, so I’m rerunning one of my favorite columns. Hopefully it brings a smile to your face too.. 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 […]

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From Savage to Sensational, Part III

For Those Who Came In Late: In recent weeks, we’ve been chronicling the comic-book career of Marvel’s resident Jade Giantess, otherwise known as the She-Hulk. After a bit of a shaky start in her underwhelming solo series, She-Hulk began to gain some respectability with a steady if a little unremarkable stint in the AVENGERS, followed […]

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From Savage to Sensational, Part II

Previously, in COMICS 101: Last week, we began our look at the superheroic career of one Jennifer Walters, better known to comics fans as the She-Hulk. After a strong start from creators Stan Lee and John Buscema, Shulkie had a bumpy road in her short-lived solo series, with an annoying supporting cast, horrible romantic interests, […]

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Repeated Treasure

In the heyday of the giant-sized Treasury Editions from Marvel and DC in the 1970s, there tended to be two kinds of Treasury Editions. There was the mindblowing “you never thought you’d see this” type featuring all-new story and art, like, say, BATMAN VS THE INCREDIBLE HULK: And then there were the other kind, generally […]

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Staying on Target, Part VII

For Those Who Came In Late: We’ve been continuing our jaunt through the storied history of one Clinton Francis Barton, perhaps better known by his nom de voyage: Hawkeye the Marksman. Last time we explored Hawkeye’s first solo effort, which left him with a new costume and a new bride. Let us continue, shall we? […]

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Staying on Target, Part VI

Previously: Our long-form look at Hawkeye the Marksman goes on unabated. When we left off, Hawkeye had just returned to the team after one of his lengthier absences, and big changes in his life were just around the corner… In September of 1983, after almost two decades of publication, ol’ Hawkeye finally got his own […]

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Staying on Target, Part V

For Those Who Came In Late: We’re hipdeep in our extended coverage of Hawkeye the Marksman, Marvel Comics’ resident archer and lovable loudmouth. When we left off last week, a frustrated Hawkeye had just quit the Avengers, and was jetting off to the West Coast in pursuit of a lost love, the Black Widow, who […]

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