April 2012 News Posts (17)

Deck Log Entry # 140 Delusions of Adequacy: the Seven Lamest Foes of the Silver-Age JLA (Part 3)

Finally, we reach the number-one spot on the list of Golden Turkey villains created by Gardner Fox to threaten the Justice League of America.

 

So far, we’ve taken a look at super-villains who had the brains and the power, but fell woefully short in the strategy department.  Guys like the Lord of Time…

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Added by Commander Benson on April 30, 2012 at 11:30am — 12 Comments

'Shooters' puts soldier's internal life at center of war story

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 24, 2012 -- Shooters is a new graphic novel that puts the emotional journey of its warrior protagonist at the center of the story. As such, it’s a “war book” that takes us into places few other war books ever have.

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Added by Captain Comics on April 28, 2012 at 12:07am — 3 Comments

Comics for 2 May 2012

30 DAYS OF NIGHT ONGOING #7

ACTION COMICS #9

AGE OF APOCALYPSE #3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #685 ENDS

AMERICAN VAMPIRE TP VOL 02 (MR)

ANIMAL MAN #9

ANIMAL MAN TP VOL 01 THE HUNT

ART OF JAMES HOTTINGER SC (MR)

AVENGELYNE #8

AVENGERS ACADEMY #29 AVX

AVENGERS ART OF AVENGERS HC SLIPCASE

AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW STRIKES #1 (OF 3)

AVENGERS KREE SKRULL WAR HC

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #1 (OF 12) 2ND PTG

AVENGERS VS X-MEN #3 (OF 12)…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on April 27, 2012 at 10:26am — 11 Comments

It's the Golden Age of Reprints, but not all of them are worth reading

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 17, 2012 -- My review pile is overflowing with books that are part of what has become a huge revenue machine for publishers: reprints. But this tsunami of old comics, some not seen for 70 years, raises a new question: Which are really worth reading?

 

That wasn’t asked in decades past, because prior to the avalanche of hardcover reprints, not much was available. Fans and…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 24, 2012 at 2:30am — 11 Comments

Reading Project Reflections: Domino and Magneto

For the past couple of years, I’ve been reading all of the X-Men comics in historical order. Along the way, I picked up a few odds and ends that I hadn’t purchased the first time around.



The project itself has been a blast. I’ve enjoyed reading so many of my favorite stories over again, whether it’s…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 19, 2012 at 9:25pm — No Comments

Comics for 25 April 2012

ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 02 DEVIL DOES NOT JEST

ACTIVITY #5

ADAM WARROCK WAR FOR INFINITY AUDIO CD

ADAM WARROCK YOU DARE CALL THAT THING..?

AIRBOY DEADEYE #1 (OF 5)

ALL STAR WESTERN #8

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #26 (MR)

ANGEL & FAITH #9

AQUAMAN #8

ARCHIE #632

ARCHIE ARCHIVES HC VOL 05

ARMY OF DARKNESS ONGOING #3

ART OF AMANDA CONNER HC

ASTONISHING X-MEN #49

ASTONISHING X-MEN EXALTED PREM HC

AVENGERS KIT

AVENGERS…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on April 19, 2012 at 2:32pm — 8 Comments

CBG #1689: I Complain Not

The Golden Age of Reprints and Back Issues

I Complain Not



By Andrew A. Smith

Contributing Editor

 

March 2012: Regular readers of this column are familiar – probably too familiar – with my belief that this is the Golden Age of Reprints. But it’s also the Golden Age of Back…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:49pm — 5 Comments

CBG #1688: From the "Coffee Bean Years" to "Spider-Island"

What's Your Favorite Spider-Man Era?

From the "Coffee Bean Years" to "Spider-Island"

 

By Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith

Contributing Editor

 

February 2012: In the words of Maggie Thompson, “the Golden Age of Comics is age 10.” That being the case, a character that’s been around for 50…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

CBG #1687: The Growth of Reprints

I thought it was about time I started posting my Comics Buyer's Guide stories and columns here. Here's the first one published this calendar year, from CBG #1687 (May 12)

 

More Depth and Breadth

The Growth of Reprints

 

By Andrew "Captain Comics" Smith

Contributing…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 15, 2012 at 1:30pm — 18 Comments

The Adaptation Game

I’ve been fascinated by adaptations for a long time.



Long ago, I composed the philosophy that the primary duty of the adaptor is to make a great film (or depending on the outlet, a great television series or comic book). That philosophy is at odds with many fans who would hold up…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

'Blondie,' 'Young Love' offer competing visions of women

Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

 

April 10, 2012: Perhaps it’s all the talk of women’s right on the news, but I just read two comics collections that provide a history lesson on the subject.

 

The first is Blondie: From Honeymoon to Diapers & Dogs: Complete Daily Comics 1933-1935 (IDW Publishing, $49.99). This is the second and last of IDW’s collections of the earliest Blondie strips. The first…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 12, 2012 at 9:30pm — 26 Comments

Comics for 18 April 2012

3 STORY SECRET FILES O/T GIANT MAN ONE SHOT

ABE SAPIEN TP VOL 02 DEVIL DOES NOT JEST

ALIEN BIG CHAP SILICONE TRAY

ALIEN EGG POD SILICONE TRAY

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684 DELLOTTO VAR ENDS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #684 ENDS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 ROMITA DM VAR ED

ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #228

ARMY OF DARKNESS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02

ASTERIX OMNIBUS SC VOL 03

AVENGERS #25 AA APPRECIATION DELLOTTO VAR AVX

AVENGERS #25 AVX

AVENGERS DK…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on April 12, 2012 at 5:51pm — 8 Comments

'Best of Enemies' is a GN that's as important as it is entertaining

By Andrew A. Smith

Scripps Howard News Service

April 3, 2012: Sometimes a graphic novel arrives that is more important for what it teaches than how it entertains. Such is the case with Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations Part One: 1783-1953 (SelfMadeHero, $24.95), coming in May.

 

The title sounds a little like a college textbook, and sure enough, I read several books with similar titles when I…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 11, 2012 at 11:36pm — 2 Comments

Deck Log Entry # 139 Delusions of Adequacy: the Seven Lamest Foes of the Silver-Age JLA (Part 2)

Continuing the countdown of the most insipid Silver-Age bad guys to tackle the Justice League of America . . . .

 

 

By 1963, the ranks of the JLA had expanded to nine super-heroes.  It’s quite a task, coming up with villains formidable enough to threaten that many heroes at once,…

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Added by Commander Benson on April 11, 2012 at 3:00am — 8 Comments

The True Horror of the Apocalypse



The True Horror of the Apocalypse

Or: Don't worry about the zombies, it's the insects that will eat you

 

An exchange on a thread about AMC's The Walking Dead about what was or wasn't an implausible coincidence in the season finale reminded me of one of my favorite…

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Added by Captain Comics on April 6, 2012 at 10:00pm — 5 Comments

Trade Paperback Review: Captain Canuck and Wally Wood

Captain Canuck: The Complete Edition

by Richard Comely and George Freeman

(collecting Captain Canuck #1-15 and Summer Special, 1975-1981)

Captain Canuck isn’t a superhero. I know he looks like one, with the red and white costume and the symbol of Canada on his forehead. I know…

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Added by Chris Fluit on April 6, 2012 at 8:38pm — 3 Comments

Comics for 11 April 2012

100 BULLETS HC BOOK 02 (MR)

68 SCARS #1 (OF 4) (MR)

ADVENTURE TIME #3

ALABASTER WOLVES #1 (OF 5)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN HOOKY #1

AMERICAS GOT POWERS #1 (OF 6)

ARTIFACTS #16

AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #2

AVENGERS COMING OF AVENGERS #1

AVENGERS HAWKEYE SOLO TP

AVENGERS VS X-MEN BY JIM CHEUNG B POSTER

AVENGERS VS X-MEN BY RYAN STEGMAN POSTER

AVENGERS VS X-MEN ITS COMING TP

AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #6

BATGIRL #8

BATMAN AND…

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Added by PowerBook Pete, the Mad Mod on April 5, 2012 at 11:41am — 7 Comments

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