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February 8, 2011

Offered With Minimal Comment: Marvel Premiere #1

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 11:29 pm
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Marvel Premiere #1 - Roy Thomas & Gil Kane - Marvel Comics, April 1972

Comic Book Hippies were really getting it from all sides, weren’t they?

February 6, 2011

The Adventures of Ronald Reagan, American’s Comic Bookiest President

Filed under: Articles — Chris Eckert @ 4:52 pm

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Wilson Reagan, America’s first Movie Star President, and our fortieth Commander-in-Chief overall. Befitting his celebrity status, Reagan was all over the comic pages. I’m not talking about political cartoons, MAD Magazine send-ups, or his frequent appearances in Doonesbury and Bloom County. I’m talking about bonafide pulse-pounding action/adventure comics! Decades before Barack the Barbarian was inflicted upon this country, there was Reagan’s Raiders, a comic where the President and his cabinet were recast as ass-kicking warriors:

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But that’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Reagan x Funnybooks: 2009’s Obama issue of Amazing Spider-Man has nothing on the barrage of Reagan appearances in superhero universes. (more…)

February 5, 2011

Offered With Minimal Comment: Brother Power the Geek #2

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 12:43 am
Brother Power the Geek #2 - Joe Simon and Al Bare - DC Comics, 1968

Brother Power the Geek #2 - Joe Simon and Al Bare - DC Comics, 1968

I’ve been in hardcore research mode for some upcoming BHM posts, and wanted to share this panel I came across.

It illustrates an overlooked cost of corporate monoculture: modern labor protesters have only giant inflatable rats to rent. What happened to the Peace Missiles?

February 3, 2011

FBBP #133: The Lonesome Death of Johnny Storm

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:53 pm

Dead Means Dead!What more is there to say? Johnny Storm died, and we have joined the rest of the vultures in the media in discussing his tragic passing.

We also share broader thoughts about Jonathan Hickman’s Fantastic Four run, and you can also check out our earlier forays into Hickman’s work on FBB, plus David and Chris’s in-progress FF Annotation Project on Comics Alliance.

February 2, 2011

BHM #1: Beast History Month

Filed under: Articles — Chris Eckert @ 5:48 am

I’m guessing anyone reading this blog knows about David Brothers’s Annual Black History Month blogging . If not, go read them. And then know that this series of blog posts is an affectionate tribute to that.

With a small wholesome whimper, the Comics Code Authority has gone gentle into that good night. For many reading comics today, the Code never made a significant impact on their funnybook experience. But I recently saw someone ask, “Why is Beast in X-Men Blue?” Of course there’s the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe answer, but the deeper causes of Hank McCoy blue-ing himself involve the dearly departed Code! Or at least I think they do.

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