Design

DC / Marvel Mashups: Ben Reilly, the Blue Beetle

   Before we had the awesome Jaime Reyes take up the mantle of the Blue Beetle, I had an idea for a Marvel / DC crossover.    In my version I had envisioned that Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, instead of dying, would have been presumed dead after an apparent self-sacrifice to save New York.… Continue reading DC / Marvel Mashups: Ben Reilly, the Blue Beetle

Screening Room

WB’s Birds of Prey Revisited

   I remembered seeing some previews for this back in 2002. At that point I couldn’t get a WB channel so I never was able to watch the show. Being familiar with Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone’s comic series I know what I would like to expect but I see what I am not going… Continue reading WB’s Birds of Prey Revisited

Pulp Culture

The Downside of Superpowers

Jack King Kirby’s super power was to convey and evoke emotion.    While most see the upside of having powers, one just needs to read the early stories by Stan Lee, many visually scripted by Jack Kirby, to see the consequences of having those powers. If anybody has really paid attention to Peter Parker over… Continue reading The Downside of Superpowers

Screening Room

Review: Jon Schnepp’s ‘The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?’

   So one day, a few years ago, we all woke up to the internet and saw THIS photo of Nick Cage in a Superman suit. I don’t know about you but I was like “What the hell is this!?”, and “Dodged that, faster than a speeding bullet”. You see, I had gotten so used… Continue reading Review: Jon Schnepp’s ‘The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?’

Collecting

That Moment when I became a Comics Collector

   Back in 1978-79 my Mom surprised me with two subscriptions to Marvel comics. One was for the Amazing Spider-Man and the other was for the Incredible Hulk. I had picked up three comic book at a toy store, and they had captured my imagination. That may have been why she subscribed for me.    My first issues… Continue reading That Moment when I became a Comics Collector

Pulp Culture

Future Quest Shows Us the Future of Great Comics

  Like many, today, I was treated to an excellent tale. Future Quest has been a book that I’ve been waiting for ever since it was announced. Today was the payoff. Not since I stopped collecting physical comic books in 2006 have I wanted to go to my local shop and pick this book up.… Continue reading Future Quest Shows Us the Future of Great Comics