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.

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 […]

Apr 26

FBBP #139 – Origin Stories with David Brothers

Posted April 26, 2012

Chris and David Brothers chat about how they got into comics, how they drifted away, how they came back, and lots of other digressions about their formative years. Check out this gallery of some of the comics we end up discussing! Plus: Bronze Age DC, the Death of Superman novelization, Marvel’s Star Wars comics, the […]

Apr 18

Frank Miller and the Fairy Tale History of Comics

Posted April 18, 2012

This past weekend David Brothers brought up Frank Miller’s big 1994 speech from a Diamond Retailers seminar that got reprinted in the back of Sin City: The Big Fat Kill #5. He wrote something about it too. It’s a powerful speech, and dismaying at how much of the speech could easily be cross-applied to the […]

Apr 15

Before Watchmen: Marketing Tips and a Bold Prediction

Posted April 15, 2012

Looks like Brothers mopped up the whole odious “moral high ground” statement from today’s Before Watchmen panel, so let me offer some free advice to DC Marketing and its attendant promotional arms at various big comic blogs. Look, I’m not a fancy marketing whiz. I’ve never worked at an ad agency or anything. But I […]

Mar 31

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

Posted March 31, 2012

Welcome back to 5-10-15-20, a monthly column that looks at things that happened in comics using arbitrary five year jumps! I realize this is being published in April. I had finished the post a week or so ago, but got caught up researching something really dumb and forgot I hadn’t posted this until today, when […]

Feb 21

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

Posted February 21, 2012

In the interest of making everyone feel old, inspired by Scientific American, and because I spend too much time digging through old comic book material anyway, here’s what will hopefully be a new monthly feature: 5-10-15-20, a look back at goings-on in the funnybook field in half-decade increments. Yesterday should’ve been the fiftieth birthday of […]

Jan 24

FBBP #138 – Daredevil Discourse with David Brothers

Posted January 24, 2012

We’re joined this episode by David Brothers, and he brought with him a classic Marvel run: Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. on Daredevil! This isn’t the gritty noir Daredevil modern readers have grown to expect: It contains a critique of factory farming! Philosophical (and physical) fights about feminism! (And DD joking!) The Inhumans! (And […]

Jan 6

FBBP #137 – New Year, Same Old New 52

Posted January 6, 2012

Welcome to 2012! Back in the dying days of 2011, we sat down and looked at some of DC’s “New 52” titles a few issues in. Titles discussed include: Action Comics by Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and others Batman & Robin by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo Batwoman […]

Nov 1

More Girl Talk: It Could Be Worse

Posted November 1, 2011

Last time I probably spent too much time rebutting Colin Smith’s review of The Ultimates and extrapolations about its creators and publisher made from a single comic book. I said people needed to look at things in context. I want to make something clear: no one can tell anyone else what to be offended by. […]

Oct 21

Girl Talk in Context: The Ultimates Problem

Posted October 21, 2011

Looking across the sometimes bleak landscape of Women in Superhero Comics, it’s easy to get dispirited. Whether’s it’s inequity in representation — be it in the stories or on the credits page — there’s still plenty of ground to make up before things are acceptable. And even when female characters are pushed to the fore, […]