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...

Where Have All The Buyers Gone?

O.K, let’s all sing together (sung to “Where have all the Flowers Gone?”): “Where have all the buyers gone, long tiiiiime passing, where have all the buyers gone, from long time ago???” O.K, I admit it, I collect those cheesy (but profound), WWII propaganda covers produced in the 1940’s. I...

Comic Book Things That Make You Go Hmmm!

There are a lot of things that happen in comic books that we accepts as fact.  Many of these events have happened generations ago.  It’s hard to fathom it sometimes, but yes it’s true, many things happened in comics when your Grandparents were kids. I’ve been thinking about...

Avengers vs. X-Men #5 Jun11

Avengers vs. X-Men #5

In the fifth installment of Avengers vs. X-Men, the highly anticipated mini-series featuring Marvel’s mutants and resident team of Avengers, the pace definitively picks up as tensions come to a head between the two teams vying for their personal stakes in Hope’s destiny. However, despite an epic-scoped story, the collective of Marvel architects fail to capitalize on the story’s potential with a lackluster fifth outing which explodes the X-Men mythos with a barrage of head scratching developments.

The Avengers Is A Smash… now what?

Warning: If you have not seen The Avengers there will be spoilers galore. Huge amounts of them in fact. I’m pretty much going to describe a lot of stuff in it. Along with the credits sequence. If you’re still here, it’s your own fault. Okay after this picture, spoilers...

Comic Culture April 11th

Fun show this week as hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk about Iron Man 3 movie news, Captain America 2 movies news, Avengers movie news, Batman movie news and Spider-Man movie news, boy that’s a lot of movie news. The guys also discuss the comic book sales results for March...