One of the biggest advantages of my weekend comic store job is exposure to comics that most fans have only vaguely heard of, but are brilliant nonetheless. When I was growing up, Archie Comics were mostly known for their digest-sized collections, available at grocery counters everywhere. These days, Archie is in a period of expansion, changing their characters, trying different genres and even reviving their once-proud super-hero line. Of course, if you know your obscure comics history, you might recall that this isn’t the first time Archie has diversified their offerings for a new comic audience. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
For those of us who lived through the comics boom of the 1990s, it can seem like those years were nothing more than an endless parade of stupid, sexist and ill-advised characters powered by little more than speed lines and avarice. In truth, there are a great many gems to be had in those years, even in the ranks of the much-maligned ranks of the X-titles. What manner of tale could break out of the cookie-cutter fighty-fighty and mutant angst?
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What is a holiday without traditions? Though we enjoy Thanksgiving with all its bird eating and cranberry stuffing funs, the best part of the fourth Thursday in November is sitting down with my collected editions of Asterix to see what adventures the Gaul is getting into this year. And because traditions generally tie to events from the previous year, what better Asterix book to look at than Asterix and the Goths from 1963, a book that has very close ties to last year’s Retro Review of Asterix and the Golden Sickle.
Some time ago, we looked at the Superman story that had the great misfortune to come out in the days immediately following the assassination of President Kennedy fifty years ago this week. What you may not know is, that tale wasn’t the only Kennedy-related story that DC had on tap in those heady days of 1963, and the story of the second one is as interesting as the first. Your Major Spoiler (retro) review awaits!
Half the fun of a Retro Review is being able to show off some of my favorite comics (for good reasons or bad) that perhaps don’t have the level of visibility of a Hulk 181 or a Batman 429. If you were to ask me for my short list of the best single issues I’ve ever read, I’d take about six months to whittle down the list, but the top five would certainly contain a certain star-studded Atlas/Seabrook jam… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
These days, crossover between properties is a commonplace affair, with The Shadow meeting The Green Hornet, Captain Action being mentored by Operator Number 5, and the quintessential example of the Punisher’s visit to Riverdale. Back in the day, though, this kind of meeting was something much more rare, but no less interesting… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
Continuity, as it applies to comic books, has become something of a dirty word. The common refrain is that a story that references things that has gone before inevitably devolves into nerdery and disappears up its own behind, a recursive ouroboros of backstory and caption-boxes. Well, Faithful Spoilerites, this wasn’t ALWAYS the case…
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For all the abuse I heap on “90s comics”, there are still quite a few books of that particular vintage that hold up to regular reading, even standing in quality alongside the classic comics of yore…
And if you’re looking for that, this ain’t your lucky day, Faithful Spoilerite. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review awaits!
Some say that a true hero doesn’t need powers, a costume or any sort of “magic lasso” to fight against those who would do harm upon the world. Diana Prince, former Amazon princess, is one of those people, but can she overcome the forces of Doctor Cyber single-handedly? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review 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!