Author: Mike Huddleston

The William Ekgren Run

I am really stretching my own boundaries this week on what I constitutes “a run” of comic books with today’s post. The mysterious William Ekgren the comic artist with only three (3) books ever published. In fact, it is only three comic covers that made his contribution to comics stand out, and be in high demand, specifically within the pre-code horror genre of comics. Weird Horrors #6 & #7 and Strange Terrors #4, Mr. Ekgren’s entire body of work, makes artist Jim Steranko look positively prolific. My first encounter with a William Ekgren comic occurred at Harry Kramer’s Now...

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The First Six – Iron Man & Tales of Suspense #39-44

It’s time to take a look at the early beginnings of Iron Man. I took a very long time deciding if I was going to post this, as I found these early books to be amongst the weakest of the many characters we have featured on “The First Six”. One of the most unusual aspects of these early books is the complete lack of any type development in terms of support characters. There are absolutely none. Tony Stark has a number of pretty dates and his factory. That’s it. No long-term villains either. He was basically portrayed as a...

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The Grey Age of Comics: 1970-71

One of the oldest and most frequent questions debated around comic shops is “when does the Silver age of comics end and the Bronze age begin”. There are always different opinions and some lively debate in terms of people defending their opinions/positions on the matter. Many people had very strong feeling about this, others like myself didn’t understand the need to split them into specific ages beyond the decade year in which they came out (i.e. the 50’s or the 80’s). Over the Christmas holidays this subject raised its head once again when I was asked who was Spider-Man’s...

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Fantastic Four #12-21

We’ll start 2018 off with another segment of Jack Kirby/Stan Lee’s terrific run of Fantastic Four #1-67. Although I have always personally thought “peak time” for this run was #44-60, you can make a pretty good case for the ten-issue run we are looking at today to be in the same class. All of the books we will cover today are penciled by Jack Kirby. He has inking help from Dick Ayers, Steve Ditko, George Roussos, and Paul Ranheim. Stan Lee weaves the tales. We have ten issues to cover today so I will try and focus on the...

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The coming of The Defenders

This week in Arcs & Runs we turn our attention to the early beginnings and formation of the super-hero team: The Defenders. I used to think of this team as the group of super-heroes who weren’t invited to be an Avenger, or had their own series cancelled, a retread hoping for a second chance at their own book. This was the team that was once destined for the Island of Misfit Super-Heroes, and now they are so popular they have their own TV series! The Defenders were officially formed as a try-out team in December 1971 in Marvel Feature...

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