Cap’s Artist Alley Part One: Captain America 109-113

This eleven issue run has two strong story arcs, and features Rogues gallery of Marvel artists. Early Daredevil and late Original X-Men runs also feature a stellar group of artists in them, however I think they fall just a little short of this one. Jack Kirby, Jim Steranko, John Romita, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, and Gene Colan all get a crack at Captain America here. All of the stories are written by Stan Lee. This edition of Arcs and Runs will be as much about the artists as the stories themselves, and will be in two parts.

“Don’t Forget Octopussycatwoman”

It’s time for another update from BIFF SOCKO, TWO-FISTED NEWSHOUND. Biff Socko covers Comic Book News like zits on the A-V Club. Faster than Perry White! Stronger than J. Jonah Jameson! Hotter than Cat Grant. He is…BIFF SOCKO!

The Return of ComicLink Canadian Whites

The last ComicLink featuring a collection of Canadian “Whites” was this past February and, in the end, commanded some eye-opening prices for these scarce books. There we had about three dozen books, most in mid-grade to better. In my opinion even 6.5 and up should be considered “high grade” for these scarce Canadian wartime comics, given that so few are found in this condition.

This month’s auction, even though it has almost double the amount of books (61), has them in mostly in lower grades. Almost a dozen of them are incompletes (0.5) because of a centerfold missing or a rectangular coupon cut out of the front cover. I’ve done a summary of the books on offer in a chart form anchored on condition, going from the lowest to the highest.

John Byrne and the Fantastic Four

As so happens when comic book fans of the over 40 crowd get together, we lament the good old days of the Silver Age. This conversation however leapfrogged over to the 80′s , and John Byrnes’ fabulous run on the Fantastic Four.

Undervalued Spotlight #44 Revisited

Almost 4 years ago I posted Undervalued Spotlight #44 featuring Lobo #1 published by Dell Comics in December 1965. Spotlight #44 has always been one of my favorite posts, the weight and importance of that comic had not yet translated into value and I knew it was just a matter of education....

Fan Expo… Labour Day Weekend

If you are planning on attending Fan Expo in Toronto this year, there is something to take into consideration. It’s changed weekends.

Web Arted Apr 11th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days.

Bruce Timm’s Batman: Strange Days DC Nation Short Apr11

Bruce Timm’s Batman: Strange Days DC Nation Short

Hailed as one of the greatest visions of Batman outside of print, Bruce Timm’s Batman: The Animated Series gave us a definitive take on the caped crusader. Now Timm applies his talents to a new two minute short that appeared on The Cartoon Network Wednesday. Enjoy.

ComiXology Purchased By Amazon Apr11

ComiXology Purchased By Amazon

In an interesting turn of comics related business ComiXology CEO David Steinberger announced on their website that ComiXology is now part of the Amazon family.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

In writing this column I was forced to abandon my original idea of a spoiler-free review. The movie came about 6 days ago and you can find all sorts of spoiler-free reviews online, and all of the really interesting stuff I want to discuss requires this to be a pretty spoilerific article. So here is the warning: don’t read any further if you have not seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Pop Porn Episode 2: April 10th ’14 with guest Jason Loo

Welcome to Pop Porn, a podcast show about pop culture, comics, media and anything nerdy. Hosted by Leigh Hart and Rachel Richey. In this weeks episode we have a guest, Jason Loo. Creator of The Pitiful Human Lizard and Member of The X-Men Toronto. We talk about his projects as well as Batman’s 75th Anniversary and we dish out new challenges!

Canadian Crude

I recently came across a copy of a newsprint comic put out in April of 1941 called Canadian Rocket. I’m sure that some of you have already seen it. This has no glossy or cardboard type cover and is simply a newsprint publication that is a little larger than a regular comic book. Perhaps this was also the format of Robin Hood Comics No. 1 by Anglo American Publications which appeared on the stands a month earlier along with Better Comics No. 1 from Maple Leaf Publications. The indicia attribute it to Victory Publishing Co. in Toronto.

“You Give Me That Baby, You Warthog From Hell!”

It’s time for another update from BIFF SOCKO, TWO-FISTED NEWSHOUND. Biff Socko covers Comic Book News like zits on the A-V Club. Faster than Perry White! Stronger than J. Jonah Jameson! Hotter than Cat Grant. He is…BIFF SOCKO!

Comic Culture April 9th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk up the world of comics for your listening pleasure. As always they are joined by producer Shekky Feldstein! The Shekkster spins some cool tunes too. So why don’t you kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture....

Joe Kubert: Lord of the Jungle!

My real love for adventure stories started for me when I was 10 years old, and my Grade 5 teacher, Mrs. Nethercott was responsible. She read a chapter or at least several pages a day, in the afternoon, and from that I was hooked. I was mesmerized by the story of Tarzan and the exquisite prose...

Undervalued Spotlight #197

This week I am turning the Undervalued Spotlight reigns over to guest writer Nelson da Rocha. Nelson is arguing that Amazing Spider-Man #96 deserves better than it is currently getting and I agree. Nelson gets to the heart of something I’ve briefly touched on in my Undervalued Spotlight...

I am Captain America again!

This past weekend Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiered in theatres.  I have been anxiously waiting for this movie, not only because it is the next installment into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but because Captain America is one of my favourite characters. With the new movie coming...

Review | Sleep of Reason: A Horror Anthology Apr07

Review | Sleep of Reason: A Horror Anthology

A new Kickstarter-supported anthology features 26 unexpected tales of horror.

Web Arted Apr 4th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days.

Review | Hellboy: The First 20 Years

Celebrating Hellboy’s twentieth anniversary, Hellboy: The First 20 Years brings a wide selection of images in a handsome oversized hardcover. Mignola has expanded Hellboy into the most exciting group of books since the early Marvel universe, and his style has influenced art and...

Happy 75th Anniversary Batman!

I’ve decided to take a break this week from my recent interview series so I could say a very big happy 75th anniversary to Batman….wait, is it anniversary or birthday? Either way, he doesn’t look a day over 30, must be all the exercise and money. Being a billionaire does have it’s privileges.

Comic Culture April 2nd 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk about comics, stuff having to do with comics and stuff with nothing to do with comics at all. As always they are joined by producer Shekky Feldstein! We’ve also got some killer tunes! So just sit yourself back, relax and enjoy...

A Quest and A Question

As a lot of you may know, I am working on putting together a coffee table-sized book that would feature the main artists of these WECA comics, that is, the Canadian Whites. I’ve got about 10 sections finished and I have submitted a package with the first three sections to Dundurn Publishing in Toronto. I really don’t hold much hope for seeing my cache of fairly arcane information being picked up by a publisher over the next few months, but I will try a couple more (such as Drawn and Quarterly and Fantagraphics). Most likely, my project will only be able to see fruition as a self-published e-book or a book for which a good deal of publishing funding could be raised through an online funding scheme such as Kickstarter.