The 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who on television made the show as big a deal in the colonies as it is back home in the UK. But, in truth, The Doctor made his first appearance on American shores decades earlier… …sorta. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Dr. Who And The Daleks (aka Dell Movie Classics) 12-190-612 awaits!
The recent spate of comic movies and television shows has some declaring that it’s never been a better time to be a fan of superheroes and other such frippery. But those who remember the past can tell you it’s not the first such boom period, nor will it be the last, and while the rising tide may lift all ships, not everything that comes of comics’ periodic salad days will be memorable for the right reasons… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Super-Heroes #1 awaits!
The Silver Age of Comics was chock-full of guys whose artwork was unique and powerful, and the likes of Jack Kirby or Wally Wood could generate a panel that would blow you away. The late Gil Kane is among their number as well, with work that could give even a minor character from a relatively minor publisher the kind of rep that’d last nearly fifty years. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
Or – “A Pioneer In More Ways Than One…” It wasn’t all that long ago that I got in the middle one of those silly fanboy arguments that we all have now and again, this one about the first comic book to star an African-American hero. One friend said ‘Luke Cage – Hero For Hire,’ while another thought that John Stewart as Green Lantern might count, as a third questioned the possible bona fides of The Falcon. Me, I did what I always do, sat back and waited for them to ask if *I* knew. Soon enough, they did, allowing
Or – “It Must Be Said That I’ve Never Personally Heard Anyone Say They Monkey Around…” This has been a pretty disheartening week for Monkees fans, due to the untimely loss of Davy Jones. But at least we have the minor upside of the sudden change of heart amongst the general internet community regarding their work. The so-called Prefab Four prefigured popular culture by nearly half a century, be it in television, music or the fabulous stream of consciousness tour de force that is their movie, ‘Head’, and I take a tiny bit of hipster pride in watching the tides
Or -“In Which Life Is, Indeed, Somewhat Like A Hurricane…” Y’know, I’m breaking my carefully planned and meticulously balanced Retro Review schedule to do today’s review, but what the heck? It’s the holidays! (And besides, pretty much all the Faithful Spoilerites are all too aware that I am far from meticulous nor all that much of a planner…)
Or – “From Out Of The Hidden Longbox…” Several years ago, the previous manager at Gatekeeper Hobbies (Huntoon & Gage, Topeka, ask me about our copy of Showcase #8!) bought several longboxes of comics on Saturday buying day. One longbox contained 90’s overflow books for the 3 for a dollar bin, one contained some Bronze Age Batman, Spider-Man and such, but one box contained a stack of random Archie, Uncle Scrooge and various cartoon titles, what my late grandma would call funny books. We get a lot of these type of books brought in to the store, but they seldom
Or – “Fire BAD!!” During the month of October, I set off on a plan to do weekly Hero Histories on Halloween-appropriate heroes, starting with Dracula, and ending with a secret character. Seein’ as how we’re about two weeks short of Christmas, you can see how well that worked. Nonethless, I think we’re still holiday appropriate, seein’ as how we’re working with a hero who wears red and green (or atleast wears red and IS green.) Though a product of possibly evil intentions, he nonetheless overcame his creation to transform into something strongly resembling Superman. Like the original Man of
Or – “He Doesn’t Even Drink… Wine.” In the years since 1938 (technically even earlier, given the existence of The Scarlet Pimpernel, Zorro, the Green Hornet and others who predate the technical era of the Superman) there have been hundreds upon hundreds of publishers that create comic book adventures, with hundreds of THOUSANDS of characters involved. In all that time, there have been more than a few heroes whose existence is due mostly to bad ideas, high concept or some sort of drugs. In the case of today’s Hero History entrant, a strong case can be made for all three.