“Marvel’s Changes This Time, And We Do It In Rhyme ”

“Dear Doc Curmudgeon” is a column by Clint McElroy, made up of completely fabricated responses to mostly fabricated questions. But you knew that, due to your discerning nature and brilliant mind which would never fall for a columnist trying to butter you up…unless you’re into that. Dear Doc...

Undervalued Spotlight #211

Marvel Premiere #49, Marvel Comics, August 1979 That Marvel Premiere sure does have a lot of good books. The run features important appearances of Warlock, Doc Strange, Iron Fist, Legion of Monsters, Ant-Man, Alice Cooper, Dr. Who and more. One of the ‘more’ books is the feature of this...

Shaking Things Up at Marvel

The comic book world is still spinning from the news this week that Marvel is shaking things up a bit, and changing some of their major characters. Originally I was going to write this article about the power of Thor being transferred from Thor to a new female character. That is a column within itself. But this week we hear more news that the mantle of Captain America is being passed from Steve Rogers, to his friend and ally Sam Wilson.

FCBD @ Big B (and some cosplay too)

I spent Free Comic Book Day 2014 helping out Big B Comics in Barrie. The night before FCBD we were set up at the theatre in Barrie for Amazing Spider-Man 2. We had a table set up displaying all the comics that were available for pick-up the next day. Plus I was able to talk to the audience at each of the screens showing ASM2, to talk to them about FCBD. What it’s about, and where they can join in on the action.

Cap’s Artist Alley Part Two: Captain America 114-119

Arcs & Runs #5 Part Two: Captain America #114-119 – Cap’s Artist Alley   Captain America #114 June 1969 The Man behind the Mask We continue with Caps Artist Alley and another new creative team and a new arc. This time we have Jazzy John Romita as our artist with inking chores being...

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.

Arcs & Runs

We will start with an arc from my second favourite title: Tales of Suspense. I thought it was only fair that this title get the chance to be number one, as it has always been runner-up to my all-time favourite; Amazing Spider-Man. Our featured arc covers the last story ever told in the title. It doesn’t end in Tales of Suspense, but spills over and concludes in a ‘bridge book” IM/SM # 1, and the two new titles CA#100 and IM#1. All of the books feature Jack Kirby (CA) and Gene Colan (IM) artwork.

Best of 2013

With another year coming to a close, I turn my eye to that most time-honoured of traditions: the best-of list. 2013 was a banner year for comics and here are the things that I liked the most.

All New! Same Old!

We have been living in the age of Marvel Now! for almost two years now. On the whole, Marvel Now! has been pretty successful. There have been some great books come out under the Marvel Now! banner. Most notably those have been Thor: God of Thunder, Indestructible Hulk, and Iron Man. These titles have changed the status-quo for the characters, and have been very entertaining comic books.

Undervalued Spotlight #165

Captain America #217, Marvel Comics (January 1978) The comic collecting community is currently enjoying a bit of a gold rush. Forget reacting to movie news, enough people are actually panning for any and all 1st appearances in hopes of actually having said book, in multiples, when the movie...

Top 20?

  I was talking with Walter Durajlija the other day about doing an entry on the WECA keys and he suggested a good task might be to start to create a list of the top twenty WECA (1941-46) books much like the Top Twenty Silver Age books listed in Overstreet. This would be just a start to...

Advertising in Comics

Advertising is important in any form of media.  It either brings us our entertainment for free, or at least at a reduced cost.  I don’t have any hard data on this, but it feels like there is more advertising in the “Big Two’s” comics.  Other publishers like IDW do not...

Undervalued Spotlight #155

Avengers Special #1, Marvel Comics (September 1967) The Avengers went through a major line-up change back in Avengers #16 (May 1965). Iron Man, Thor, Wasp and Giant Man left leaving Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as the new Avengers. Giant Man (as Goliath) and Wasp...

“Boy Scout” Heroes

Last week Leigh Hart wrote a column about Antiheroes in comic books.  She had some great characters on her list.  And yes, everybody loves a hero who walks that tightrope of right and wrong.  In the comments section Laura wrote “I think anti-heroes might just be a little more believable...

2013 Toy Wish List (Toy Fair preview)

This week there was a real buzz on the internet for toys.  February 10-13th was the 110th annual Toy Fair in New York.  “Toy Fair® is the largest toy and youth product marketplace in the Western Hemisphere, bringing together more than 1,000 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors,...

Captain America #1 Dec17

Captain America #1

I try to approach a new #1 issue with cautious optimism but that is the kind of glass-half-full guy I am. A slew of premier issues have been coming out fast and furious thanks to Marvel Now! and while some have not lived up to expectations (Uncanny Avengers) others can be counted among the...

ComicLink Original Art Auction Nov 29th

ComicLink completed their November Focused Auction last week, with the original comic art portion ending September 28th. Here we’ll look at five choices that stuck out from the rest of the herd. This auction featured a large number of Steve Ditko Spider-Man pages and a good number of early...

Undervalued Spotlight #141

Tales of Suspense #79, Marvel Comics (July 1966) Now this is a great Marvel Silver Age comic book! Tales of Suspense #79 kicks off a great 3 part Iron Man and Sub-Mariner battle story but more importantly I’ll argue, it introduces us to the Cosmic Cube. The Cosmic Cube is an object of...

Biff Socko – Kimmel Has a Quesada, with a Side of Guac

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! He is…BIFF SOCKO! DATELINE: ABC- Marvel C.C.O. JOE QUESADA appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last...

Does Marvel Now! Cause Sales To Go Down?

We all know that rebooting a series or creating a “new jumping on point” causes sales to increase, albeit in some cases temporarily, but I often wonder what this does to the sales of a title before the relaunch. Comic books are somewhat unique in that we are able to look into the...