As we have seen, Archie/MLJ Comics started out in the 1940s, and has been active in nearly every decade between then and now. Of course, for their first new hero of the ’60s, things might have gotten just a teeny bit… unusual. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Adventures Of The Jaguar #1 awaits!
The original patriotic hero (Yes, even before Captain America) has had a lot of revamps in his time, but the Impact Comics version may be my favorite… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Legend Of The Shield #1 awaits!
Time for a peek behind the scenes of the creative process here in Retro Review corner: Sometimes, I work from a detailed spreadsheet cross-referencing comics eras, publishers, genres, important character appearances and milestones, carefully collated after years of collecting and archiving back issues, selecting each book carefully based on it’s relevance, quality and historical importance… Sometimes, Stephen says “Hey, what’s the deal with these weird guys I just read about in Secret Empire?” Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America #163 awaits!
The original concept for Supreme was expressed as “What if Superman was a reprehensible, murderous bastard?” It wasn’t until Alan Moore that anyone thought to play with what an ersatz Superman’s adventures could actually mean… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Supreme #41 awaits!
Though retroactively removed as a founder of the Justice League Of America, The Martian Manhunter is still my favorite of DC’s highest-profile characters. Ever wonder who he is and how he came to be on Earth? Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #225 awaits!
In honor of Jean Grey’s first ongoing series, it seemed like a good time to touch on an important bit of Marvel lore: Clones, swerves and all-powerful alien simulacra aside, and regardless of what internet wags would have you believe, Miss Grey has actually died exactly once… This is that story. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of New X-Men #150 awaits!
With the news that Squirrel Girl is coming to TV as the leader of the New Warriors, it occurred to me that many of you may not have context for what that means. Fortunately, I keep my back issues numbered for just such an emergency… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of New Warriors #1 awaits!
Since 1990, The Undertaker has been a force to be reckoned with in professional wrestling. With his recent retirement, it seemed like an excellent time to remember that he was once considered the Big Dog in comic books as well… Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of The Undertaker #1 awaits!
As Marvel’s second-most-important cosmic hero (after the Silver Surfer), Adam Warlock is the key to many important crossovers in the Marvel Universe. But how did the artificial man called Him ever become the spaceborne messiah metaphor we know and love? Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Marvel Premiere #1 awaits!
With The Wild Storm returning to comic stands, it seems like as good a time as any to look at the cornerstone of what would become Wildstorm Comics. It’s the story of what happens when seven strangers from space put on costumes and stop being polite… but start getting wild. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of WildC.A.T.s: Covert Action Teams #1 awaits!
Modern comic books like to tout the first appearance of new characters on the cover, or even with a limited series featuring their first adventures. Back in ’41, with the debut of Hawkgirl, it was more a matter of “Oh, yeah, by the way…” Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of All-Star Comics #5 awaits!