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AsterixFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

It worked before, let’s try it again Even though it is a holiday in the United States of America, we at Major Spoilers realize there are a great many of our readers that hail from places not contained within 50 states. Last year, I took down memory lane with a look at one of my favorite comics of all time Asterix and Cleopatra.  It was so well received last year, we’re repeating the stunt again.  Considering there are thirty plus Asterix titles, I think it is safe to say, we won’t be running out of material anytime soon.

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Atomic RoboRed 5 ComicsRetro ReviewReview

Yes, Free Comic Book Day was weeks ago, but dang it, I’ve been busy with stuff (super secret stuff), and I only just made it to my FCBD stash in my ever growing comic book stack, which is relatively small when compared to my ever growing comic book collection that has not been bagged, tagged, and boarded.  It’s all on my to do list, just like this Mini Retro Review of Red 5 Comics’ Free Comic Book Day Atomic Robo issue.

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AsterixRetro ReviewReview

40 years and still fresh Way back in the day, my grandparents traveled to Europe and when they returned, they had a treasure chest full of gifts to hand out to the good grandkids.  While I dug my own nutcracker, the family coo-coo clock, and enough foreign sweets to set me down the path to a future cavity, the one gift that amazed me the most was a German language version of Asterix and Cleopatra.  For years, I poured over those pages taking in every lavish panel, and sadly, not understanding a word of it.  It wasn’t until just a

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DCHellblazerRetro ReviewReviewSwamp Thing

Or – “The Seed From Which Everything Vertigo Will Eventually Grow…” Back in 1985, the choices in terms of comics reading were much more limited in scope than they are now (at least the choices within bicycle range of my house in North Central Kansas.) Sure, Epic Illustrated and Heavy Metal were still around, but those books held the distinction of being: A. Expensive B. Marked 18 and up. C. Distributed differently than the comics, making them harder to find in the drugstores and Pump ‘N Pantries I frequented. When Alan Moore took over DC’s faltering super-hero/horror hybrid title, Swamp

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MarvelRetro ReviewReviewStar-Lord

Or – “Open Source: A Wonderful Idea That Makes For Some Very Questionable Results.” I’m referring, of course, to the old Wikipedia entry for Star-Lord, which is not merely confusing but utterly useless and has in fact been known to cause dementia and heart palpitations in laboratory mice. The simple truth of the matter is that Star-Lord’s backstory is HIGHLY confusing, filled with golden intentions and tangled antecedents, and while there’s a lot going on, some of it is practically incomprehensible. Blame that on 70’s Marvel’s rotating Editors-In-Chief, or perhaps the need to fill hundreds of pages on relatively short

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MarvelRetro ReviewReviewTeam America

Or – “Proof That Not Every Licensed Property Is A License To Print Money… It’s the 4th of July, American Independence Day, and here at Stately Spoilers Manor East, I’m preparing for a campout, purchasing sparklers for young Molly, and wondering if the 231st Anniversary is celebrated with Adamantium or Prometheum. 25 years ago this month, give or take a few days, I was on a boy scout campout, and my ever-awesome cousin Elwood had brought with him a comic book he picked up at the local Duckwalls. G.I. Joe had recently been a HUGE hit for Marvel, followed quickly

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BatmanDCMajor SpoilersRetro ReviewReviewSupermanWorld's Finest

Or – “Where it all began…” This week Major Spoilers celebrates its first birthday! Woohoo! While Major Spoilers may be one year old this week, my love of comics began way back 1981. We were on a family vacation – you know the kind of vacation where you pack everyone into a camper and travel the highways and byways of this great country seeing the sites. I believe it was the summer we did the old west tour of Deadwood, Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons, and of course Frontier Days in Cheyenne. It was on one of the many

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DCKingdom ComeRetro ReviewReview

Or – “Trying To Separate The Art From The Artist…” When I read a comic (or, honestly, watch a movie, television program, play, or read a book,) I find myself not only enjoying the stories of the characters within the fiction, but the stories of the people behind them.  I am fascinated by the thought that while James Kirk is a stalwart hero, Bill Shatner become known as an ass.  I’m fascinated by Cerebus, but disturbed and a little bit offended by some of the thoughts espoused by his creator.  And then we come to Alex Ross…  Regular Spoilermaniacs will

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DCRetro ReviewReviewThe Spectre

Or – “Ya Say Ya Likes The Horror Comics?  I GOT Your Horror Comics…” Last Monday was a legal holiday…  What this meant for those of us who follow comics was the delay ’til Thursday from the regular Wednesday comic shipment.  What it means to you,  loyal Spoilermaniacs, is that Matthew’s grab bag of recappy goodness has done run dry, and the new comics won’t be out until this afternoon.  I considered reviewing the preview copy of New Warriors #1 from the store, (Gatekeeper Hobbies, Huntoon & Gage, Topeka!  Ask ’em about our Vampirella variant covers!) but wasn’t sure of the ethics of

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DCLegion of Super HeroesRetro ReviewReview

Or – “As The Creative Team Called It, ‘That Damn Legion Tabloid’…” This is it, Spoileroholics…  The Holy Grail of my Legion collection.  The first Legion of Super-Heroes issue I ever read, the one that started a lifelong obsession with Legion and with continuity.  Miraculously, I got it on an internet auction site for COVER PRICE (plus shipping, of course) and it’s actually one of those rare experiences that is still as entertaining now as it was then.  In 1978, the Legion was in the midst of a renaissance, with new members, a new title (taking over ‘Superboy’ and eventually

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FruitmanHarvey ComicsRetro ReviewReview

Or – “Fruity IS One Way To Describe It.  Bananas Will Also Suffice…” Of all the comic books I’ve owned, this one proved among the most difficult to track down.  (I know, you’re probably amazed that I went looking for the thing at all, but I have a penchant for collecting the weird and obscure heroes of small publishers.)  First, it’s easy to get a complete run of a one-issue series, and second, part of the fun of buying old comics is the thrill of the hunt, looking through third-hand bookstores and creepy shops in off-kilter neighborhoods to find that

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Iron ManMarvelRetro ReviewReview

Or – “He Wasn’t Always A Huge Tool. Once, He Was A Huge Tool With A Tom Selleck Haircut.” With all the verbal beatings heaped upon Senor Antonio Stark in recent weeks, I decided it was well past time to look at something that predates his characterization as a “futurist” (which seems to be synonymous with the characterization of Batman in the Morrison and Waid eras of JLA: the man paranoid enough to act in a manner completely contrary to heroism in the name of preparation), as well as a time when comics in general were simpler. The occasional would-be

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DCFlashRetro ReviewReview

Or – “The Secret of 52 Is…  Gardner Fox Was A Frickin’ Genius.” There are those who find the Silver Age of comics ridiculous, and the situations laughable.  They cite simpler art, weird stories, and a general lack of realism as sticking points, whereas I cite them as the main selling points.  In those days, the language of comics was still in it’s formative years (after all, the time difference between the debut of Superman and the debut of Barry Allen as the new Flash was a mere 15 years), and every story essentially came from whole cloth.  And nowhere is this

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Captain AmericaMarvelRetro ReviewReview

Or – “Who He Is, And How He Came To Be…” This was originally supposed to be last night’s recap, but a series of unfortunate events that ended with a visit to the emergency room pretty much put the kibosh on that. (Pinched nerve in the neck causing tremendous pain in the arm and shoulder, but I’m okay, thanks.) So, for the sake of argument, pretend it’s Sunday. You’ve just watched Grey’s Anatomy, or Battlestar Galactica, or whatever it is that NBC puts up, and you’re dreading the hateful Monday morning to come. That’s when you click on Major Spoilers.com

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