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SpiderspotFall of the Spot; Rise of Coyote

Spot. The Spot.

orionThe Older Generation’s Farewell: The Hunger Dogs (Part 3)

As we have seen, in The Hunger Dogs, the graphic novel in which Jack Kirby resolved his “Fourth World” saga, Kirby’s optimistic vision of the early 1970s turned dark and ominous.

scan1On The James Bond Omnibus Volume 004, by Jim Lawrence and Yaroslav Horak

Did we really used to take this pretty much for granted? In what was considered a respectable, family newspaper? It seems absurd now.

from Miracleman, chapter 8, page 7 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 8: Introducing Big Ben

We’ve begun discussing chapter eight (parts one, two, and three) of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter. (We’ve also previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well… [more]

2004-12-14_Crime_Does_Not_Pay_No43_Jan_1946_Lev_GleasonDiagram for Delinquents Update #25: The Wild Spree of the Laughing Sadist

There is, has been, and will always be one driving debate within media studies: How does media affect society? The question of does media affect society is certainly answered: Yes. How, is another story. The… [more]

action-comics-2011The New 52: A Year in Review

When I opened Action Comics #1 and saw Superman, I was stunned.

Bruce and DamianWho’s Your Daddy: Examining the Parental Relationship Between Bruce and Damian Wayne

Very few of our comic book heroes have real biological families.

SevenSoldiersVictory02Modular Narrative and Seven Soldiers of Victory

As near as I can tell, this is all Grant Morrison’s fault.

ST29a“Love and Death”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #29

Saga of the Swamp Thing #29 “Love and Death” Cover date: October 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artists: Stephen Bissette & John Totleben. Letterer: John Costanza. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Editor: Karen Berger. 

scan1On Goliath by Tom Gauld

We all know how the story ends, of course, and as soon as Tom Gauld introduces us to his own take on the Philistine giant, we can guess much of what the route to his… [more]

from Miracleman, chapter 8, page 3 (Warrior version)Miracleman, Chapter 8: Rocket Launchers, Flamethrowers, and Racism

We’ve begun discussing chapter eight (parts one and two) of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter. (We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well as… [more]

All-Star_Comics_40Diagram for Delinquents Update #24: To Fear, or Not to Fear, That is the Question

In celebration of Halloween, this blog focuses on fear. In the ’40s and ’50s, fear was abound. We had just come out of a devastating economic and social crisis, then we entered another world war,… [more]

from Miracleman, Chapter 8, page 1 (Eclipse version)Miracleman, Chapter 8: Two Ninja Vs. Superman

We’ve begun discussing chapter eight of Alan Moore’s Miracleman, illustrated by Alan Davis. Today, we continue our exploration of that chapter. (We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well as the interlude “The… [more]

batman_13_jokerThe Trouble With a Mask

“The trouble with a mask is it never changes.” – Charles Bukowski

Four-RobinsOh, Brother, I Hate Your Guts: The Use of the Brother Versus Brother Motif in Comics

Comic books, like all other forms of literary mediums, use a few different literary devices to stimulate our interest.

arrow-2Archer Archetype

On October 10, American audiences were introduced to the newest attempt to bring super-heroes to television in the form of the CW’s Arrow.

scan1On Best of Enemies by Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B.

There are all too few moments when it’s as easy to adore Jean-Pierre Filiu and David B’s Best Of Enemies as it is to admire it.

Miracleman #3Miracleman, Chapter 8: “Out of the Dark”

We’ve previously introduced Miracleman and discussed chapters one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven, as well as the interlude “The Yesterday Gambit.” We now continue our examination with chapter eight of this celebrated but long-unavailable series, written by Alan Moore and… [more]

Justice League #5 (Sept 1987)On the First Year of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League International (Part 2)

We previously examined the first four issues of Giffen and DeMatteis’ seminal Justice League from 1987-1988. Today, we conclude our examination of that title’s first year, which works as its own unit.

Batman-and-Catwoman-batman-7454606-600-365Young Romance

If there’s been one thing on my mind lately, it’s love.

xmen90sX-Men: Protecting a World that Makes Them Irrelevant

“Protecting a world that hates and fears them.”

Flex MentalloGrant Morrison’s Day-Glo Years: Flex Mentallo, Part 4: “We are All UFOs”

At last, we reach the end of this great four part novel known as Flex Mentallo.

ST28a“The Burial”: Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Issue #28

Saga of the Swamp Thing #28 “The Burial” Cover date: September 1984. Writer: Alan Moore. Artist: Shawn McManus. Letterer: John Costanza. Colorist: Tatjana Wood. Cover: Steve Bissette and John Totleben. Editor: Karen Berger.

scan 4An Interview with Rob Williams, on 2000AD‘s Ichabod Azrael and Comics Storytelling in General (Part 2)

Continued from last week. COLIN SMITH: I may well be very wrong here, but it seems from the outside as if you’re determined not just to tell a good story, but to push your own boundaries… [more]

Justice League #1 (May 1987)On the First Year of Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’ Justice League International

While Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis’s run on Justice League (retitled Justice League International with #7) is fondly remembered, it’s worth looking at how that title’s first year, published from 1987 to 1988, develops and… [more]