Browsing posts by Chris Eckert

Chris has been reading funnybooks since he was very young. You know the Flaming Carrot origin story where he reads 10,000 comics in one sitting and goes insane and becomes a superhero? He did that, only over several sittings, so he only gets to sell superhero supplies. Chris loves comics, even superhero comics, very much, which is why he is so mean to them.

Jan 13

Let Us Look Back at Wizard’s Twelve Sexiest Moments in Comics

Posted January 13, 2015

It’s 2015, and Wizard: The Guide to Comics hasn’t been published in almost four years. But it’s been at least a decade since Wizard actually mattered. There are many comics readers out there who don’t remember when Wizard was an important industry organ, and may not even know what Wizard’s deal was. In short: it [...]

Oct 11

Why Don’t We Know More About Superhero Eating Habits?

Posted October 11, 2013

I’ve been reading a lot of Incredible Hulk comics by Len Wein (with Herb Trimpe and Sal Buscema). I’ve been reading a lot of everything really; sitting by a sporadically ringing telephone has literally been my job description for the past nine months . At first I read books that glared at me from my mountainous [...]

May 5

Funnybook Babylon: The Crossword Puzzle!

Posted May 5, 2013

Forget podcasts: all the cool kids are doing crossword puzzles now! And unlike Wally, you don’t even have to have a near-death experience and find one in a gutter to be a cool kid!

Apr 4

Reading on the Job: I Have a Lot of Problems with Chuck Klosterman

Posted April 4, 2013

If you follow my “personal” blog (and let’s be honest, you don’t) you may have noticed that my current work situation involves a grotesque amount of time to Read. This has been a pleasure, as the past few years have shown a marked decrease in actual, sit-down-and-read-something-cover-to-cover Reading. I still read a ton of comics, [...]

Sep 30

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for August 2012

Posted September 30, 2012

Yes, this is terribly late. I spent the end of the summer consumed with two tasks: Packing, moving, and unpacking the truly excessive volume of books, comics, and ephemera I have accumulated (Mission Accomplished!) Thanks to all members of the FBB Army for helping me move, and even the people who have never appeared on [...]

Jul 31

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for July 2012

Posted July 31, 2012

It’s the end of the month, so that means another installment of 5-10-15-20. Not a lot of blockbuster debuts to discuss this month, although Vertigo has a couple of big scores that I probably don’t spend nearly enough time discussing. Do you have strong feelings about either book? Let me know in the comments! FIVE [...]

Jul 16

Doubleshipping Gone Good: Jeff Parker on Hulk

Posted July 16, 2012
Jul 12

What’s Going On With Marvel NOW!? Nine Thoughts About October 2012′s solicitations

Posted July 12, 2012

Marvel released their October 2012 solicitations earlier this week, with numerous mysterious gaps that will presumably be filled in this weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con. In the meanwhile, here are nine things about the information they did release that I apparently found interesting enough to blog about! These mostly boil down to complaints, but [...]

Jul 1

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for June 2012

Posted July 1, 2012

Like sands through an hourglass, this is the latest installment of 5-10-15-20. I know this is a little late, but how am I supposed to remember that June only has 30 days? It’s not like there’s a children’s rhyme about it. Or calendars. As always feedback, particularly about how you’d like to see more ____________ [...]

Jun 27

Baseball, Then Mass Suicide: My First Favorite Comic

Posted June 27, 2012

Most of my posts lately have been trawling through comic book history, and this is no exception. This month marks the 25th Anniversary of me being an active comic reader. In June of 1987 I had just finished up 2nd grade and began deliberately following contemporary comics with Avengers #283. As detailed in the Origin [...]

Jun 14

The Thrilling Adventures of the Absolutist Spider-Man

Posted June 14, 2012

So apparently “Ends of the Earth” wrapped up in Amazing Spider-Man today, a big story about Doctor Octopus wanting to murder seven billion people so that everyone will remember him after his death as History’s Greatest Monster: “a mass murderer worse than Hitler, Pol Pot, and Genghis Khan combined!” He actually says this. Never mind [...]

May 31

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for May 2012

Posted May 31, 2012

We’re back — at the very end of May — with another installment of 5-10-15-20, where we look at comic book history in convenient five year installments. I’ve started to figure out the workflow of digging up all this information, and I’m curious: what sort of features are people interested in seeing? Significant releases? Character [...]

May 15

Jack Kirby and The Great Chain of Being (Screwed)

Posted May 15, 2012

So in just two weeks, Marvel’s The Avengers has made a billion dollars worldwide. Over the past fourteen years, films based on Marvel superheroes have grossed over nine and a half billion dollars at the box office, and with the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man 3, Wolverine, Thor 2 and others, you can expect to [...]

May 10

Five Years Later: The Oral History of Countdown to Final Crisis

Posted May 10, 2012

Yesterday was the fifth anniversary of Countdown #51. Hopefully everyone honored the anniversary in the same way as its creators: by trying to forget that Countdown ever existed. Indeed, what can be said about Countdown that has not already been said about the Vietnam War? It was a quagmire, an unwinnable war of attrition that [...]

Apr 30

5-10-15-20: Comic Book History for April 2012

Posted April 30, 2012

It’s the end of the month, so you know what time it is: 5-10-15-20 time! No one guessed the really dumb research question from last month: I read over two dozen black and white issues of Luke Cage looking for the first recorded instance of “Sweet Christmas!” That means no one gets the Luke Cage [...]