I write comic book reviews that NOBODY has ever asked for!
That's right. More one shots! What can I say? I love 'em.
Let's do this!
FANTASTIC FOUR- read more
Anyone who's been reading this blog for a while knows I have a love for the one shot. Those tasty little bites of comic book tapas where the creative team has a single issue to tell a whole story. You never know what you're going to get with a one shot. . .sometimes they hit it out of the park, other times it's a foul ball. Wait. . .how did I go from food comparisons to baseball?
ANYWAY. . .
One shots! Let's do this!- read more
After the Golden Age of horror comics (the 1950's) came to a screeching halt (thanks to the Comics Code Authority), pretty much any comic book horror material was to be found in titles slipping through a CCA loophole in the form of larger-sized black and white "magazines".
But in the 1970's, publishers began to push against the CCA and there was a major resurgence of horror comics in color. . .Swamp Thing, Werewolf by Night, Tomb of Dracula, and many others. Unfortunately, the horror resurgence was pretty short-lived and didn't really last far into the 1980's.
From what I understand, the short life of the 1970's horror resurgence was mostly due to the fact that the comics weren't particularly horrific. . .99% of them would more properly be described as "Supernatural Comics" rather than "Horror Comics", mainly because they still adhered to the CCA even though they were skirting around the edges of it.- read more
Here we are. . .the end of the trail for DC's post-apocalyptic Jonah Hex. The final 6 issues.
I have to admit, they were a little hard to get through. But giving people comic book reviews they never asked for is what I do. So let's get it done!
HEX- read more
After a pretty good start, can DC's post-apocalyptic fish out of water Jonah Hex series manage to stay on the rails for another 6 issues? Let's find out!
DC (1985 - 1987)- read more
Face front, true believers! It's another Retro Review edition of Longbox Junk as we take a trip back to 1967 for some Merry Marvel Mutant Madness, guest starring the one and only Wisecracking Wallcrawler, The Sensational Spider-Man!
Sit back and enjoy another comic review nobody ever asked for, brought to you by the Astounding Authorship (AND Humongous Humility) of yours truly!
X-MEN (vol. 1) #35- read more
Their nuclear ravaged world NEEDED a hero. . .what it got was. . .HEX
THE SCENE: A meeting room at DC Comics. The year is 1985. Three members (who I won't name) of DC's Editorial and Executive staff sit around a table. Smoke drifts through the air.
MAN #1: (coughs) So, anyway. . .you guys seen Road Warrior?- read more
As far as Marvel is concerned, EVERYTHING is better with a little Wolverine in it.
Let's take a trip back to 1995 and put that theory to the test, shall we?
WOLVERINE/GAMBIT: VICTIMS- read more
Take a look at any "Worst" or "Insane" list involving either Marvel or The Punisher and you'll come across a strange time in Punisher's history when he had killed himself and come back to life with heavenly (READ: Super) powers given to him by an angel (who was responsible for the death of Frank Castle's family and him becoming The Punisher) so that both he and The Punisher could seek redemption in the eyes of Heaven. . .
Needless to say, this new status quo was NOT popular with the fans. Hell, even the much-maligned "Franken-Castle" arc lasted longer. Punisher as a heavenly avenger lasted exactly two 4 issue mini's and a handful of references here and there later on.
This is the second of those mini's and the last time the comics world would see The Punisher in undead heavenly avenger mode. I don't have all the issues of the mini that introduced this idea, but for what it's worth, from what I've read this is the better of the two.- read more
As far as popular entertainment goes, "The Western" is a genre that has all but disappeared. Historical research and general hindsight has pretty much washed away the shine that used to glow from the legendary figures of the old west, showing them to be deeply flawed (and for the most part, mentally disturbed) individuals on BOTH sides of the law. The strife between brave cowboys and vile redskins has been revealed as government-sponsored genocide. The heroes have become the villains.
But that hasn't always been the case. There was a time in popular American entertainment when the Cowboy was king. Western movies, T.V. shows, books, and comics were dominated by tales of the wild west. Men of stern character fought to tame a lawless frontier full of outlaws and savage indian tribes.
The "Golden" age of western entertainment is arguably the 1950's. Classic movies such as The Big Country, High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma, Shane, Rio Bravo, and many more ruled the box office. Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Rifleman, Wagon Train, Maverick, The Lone Ranger, and others were the most popular shows on television. Songs by Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Tex Ritter, and other "Singing Cowboys" were all over the radio.- read more
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