"It's more fun for kids to pretend to be imaginary sociopathic pirates, even if their parents won't let them have a bottle of rum or a parrot. The kids could get in trouble if they were caught playing doctors & patients --…"
"I have read speculations that Stalin may have been poisoned, as part of a plot by potential victims of another purge. Either way, bit of grimm irony that he died a very painful death at least in part due to the intense fear he instilled in everyone…"
"I find the blurb, "Most imitated of all" rather amusing, assuming it refers to F.A. & S.B., as Simon & Kirby are essentially imitating their own Captain America & Bucky, and even they were imitating the concept of Batman &…"
"Watched the last half of The Defenders series a couple of weekends ago (followed by watching the last 3 episodes of season 7 of Game of Thrones, another series involving guys missing a hand and dragons!). I enjoyed it, although I wouldn't rank…"
"I've just re-read Alan Bullock's Hitler & Stalin: Parallel Lives, as well as many other books on their lives and crimes against humanity. I'll have to look for the GN and looking forward to the movie. Nice…"
"Another Golden Age character I'd never previously heard of. King Kirby had a hand in the creation of quite a few royal characters, and brought at least one he didn't co-create to new prominence in the Silver Age, mainly Prince Namor."
"I'm not sure. In my own case, at least, once I started purchasing comics on my own, and given my limited budget and a bunch of comics I wanted to get, if it came to a choice between 6 25 centers at $1.56 or 3 Giant-Size 50 centers at…"
"Ah, my previous comment was speaking mostly of Silver & Bronze Age Marvels, but I bow to your expertise on a far wider range of comics, Luke. I know most humor comics, such as from Harvey, had covers that rarely had anything to do with the…"
"Kirby's Kookie Quartet vs. Kang cover is one of his classics. Even as a kid I quickly figured out that a cover like this, featuring a giant-sized baddy looming over the heroes, was usually symbolic rather than a representation of an…"
"First time I'd seen a cover with the "still 10 cents" blurb. I suppose must have been after most other companies had already gone up to 12 cents and when Marvel's only superhero mag was the Fantastic Four."
"The Spider-Writers regularly screwed up the logical way the Spider-Sense should work, that is to warn Spidey of any potential threat, even if from a supposed "friend" so that if anyone nearby was creeping up to thump him from behind with a…"
"From accounts I've read, although I forget the sources, Stan Lee's initial rough plot had the Green Goblin as an actual goblin, a supernatural creature. Ditko rebelled against that idea more explicitly than he did against the Spidey meets…"
"I wonder if the growing number of tv viewers also played some role in the decline of comics purchasing as potential comics buyers had more entertainment options to fill their free time. My parents, btw, were teens in the 1950s (dad born in…"
"Much later it came out that it was actually Johnny Romita's idea and that Conway's original suggestion was to kill off Aunt May. And Stan later claimed he wasn't consulted when Roy approved the plot to kill of Gwen Stacy,…"