What follows is my list of favorite comic book superheroes. In no particular order: Batman (DC) — The Batman that I love isn’t necessarily the original Bob Kane (with Bill Finger) Batman or the 1966 Batman with his campiness and go-go vibe. Nor is it the Frank Miller “old man Batman.” It’s definitely something in-between. […]Read more "10-List: Favorite Superhero Comic Book Characters"
I’ve read Jeph Loeb’s work before. He wrote Batman: Hush, an excellent Batman story drawn by Jim Lee. I liked that one a lot. He also wrote Batman: The Long Halloween, with art by Tim Sale, the artist in the Spider-Man limited series. I didn’t hate this one, but I didn’t like it as much […]Read more "Spider-Man: Blue, by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale — comic book review"
I’ve written about my personal history with comic books before. As far back as I can remember (I can remember kindergarten quite well, and perhaps things that happened before then), comic books were a part of my life. At first, it was books such as Baby Huey, Little Lotta, and various Disney characters, including Scrooge […]Read more "In Memoriam: a belated remembrance of Stan Lee (1922-2018)"
This trade paperback collects Strange Tales 151 – 168 & Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 – 3, 5. All of these individual issues, as you may have guessed from the title, feature the art of Jim Steranko, from the period 1966 through ’68. I never read any of these when I was a kid, […]Read more "S.H.I.E.L.D., by Steranko — a comic book review"
Doc Bruce BannerBelted by gamma raysTurned into the HulkAin’t he unglamo-rays!Wreckin’ the townWith the power of a bullAin’t no monster clownWho is as lovableAs ever-lovin’ Hulk! HULK! HULK! These were the lyrics to the theme song for the 1966 cartoon, an Incredible Hulk segment on The Marvel Super Heroes show. I dig the way the […]Read more "The Immortal Hulk: Vol. 1: Or Is He Both?, by Al Ewing & Joe Bennett — comic book review"
Here’s a list of my ten all-time favorite comic book artists. As of today. I winnowed down a very large list, cutting out many artists I admire and respect. You can tell that my list is heavily skewed towards older artists, which coincides with the years I was an active comic book reader. I am […]Read more "10-List: Favorite Comic Book Artists"
My original mission was to read all of Brian K. Vaughan’s graphic novel Y: The Last Man before the television series premieres on FX. Mission accomplished. Probably with an assist by our current coronavirus pandemic. The filming, which was originally scheduled to begin this past April, is now supposed to begin in October 2020, somewhere […]Read more "Y: The Last Man: Book Five, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, José Marzan Jr. & Goran Sudžuka — a comic book review"
With DC Universe undergoing its current implosion, the fate of some of the television shows I’ve enjoyed on that platform may be up in the air. Is that a mixed metaphor? Implosion and up in the air? The three series on my mind are Titans, Doom Patrol and, of course, this animated series, starring the […]Read more "Harley Quinn: Season 2 — a review"
I took a brief hiatus from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. after Season 5, which I think of as S.H.I.E.L.D. in Space, or, alternately, as Cracked-Egg Earth with Kree. It ended with what I think was the first live-action appearance of Graviton, who was soundly defeated by Daisy/Quake, which made the Earth future we just lived through […]Read more "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 7 — a review"
In July 2019, Robert Kirkman ended The Walking Dead comic book at issue #193. The long-running comic ended with neither warning nor fanfare. The story just ended. I don’t know how yet, so don’t spoil it for me. The fact that the comic ended is good news, for a couple of reasons. First, by having […]Read more "The Walking Dead: Compendium Three, by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Stefano Gaudiano, and Cliff Rathburn — a comic book review"