Browsing: Retro Review

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RETRO REVIEW: Nash #2 (August 1999)

Or – “Yes, I Have A Complete Run Of This, Too…  It Was The 90’s, Things Were Different.” The life of a wrestling fan is a tough one, especially when you’re an overeducated sort like myself.  All too often your in-ring heroes turn out to be arrogant steroid cases, jock-assclown-types who make Stan Gable and the Alpha Betas look like the Algonquin Round table.  The stories of ‘Wrestler Court’ and backstage antics are nearly as awful as the fact that these poor athletes usually do what they do without healthcare or even being considered an employee of the companies they work…

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RETRO REVIEW: Captain America #175 (July 1974)

Or – “Hail To The Chief While He Takes Over The Country!” I had a discussion once with my friend Bruce (aka Major Spoilers resident cartoonist Otter Disaster) after a particularly entertaining day haunting comic shops where we discussed “the thrill of the hunt,” that sensation you get when you find a particular comic book you’ve been looking for.  It might be simpler and easier to just order it from a mail-order catalogue or the intarwebz, but you don’t have the same personal connection to a particular book.  I bought this one off the shelf at a used book store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, along…

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RETRO REVIEW: Mighty Mouse #5 (February 1991)

Or – “C’mon, ‘Mices On Infinite Earths?  That’s Comedy GOLD Right There!” Retro Reviews generally have a simple premise:  “Hey, look at this cool thing I read!”  This one is all about that statement, with an added caveat:  “It’s much cooler than you’d ever believe!”

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RETRO REVIEW: Kurt Busiek’s Astro City #1/2 (1996)

Or – “This One Is In My “Stuff That Makes Me Cry” Shortbox…” There’s a certain magic to comics books that is seldom found in other media, a combination of the written word and a pictoral image that often amplifies both to a higher level.  Sure, you can watch a movie over and over, but you can’t pore over each lavish image for as long as you want, and it’s nigh-impossible to catch every nuance of language.  Likewise, prose novels may have epic language and story potential, but sometimes the author has to labor to try and explain to you…

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RETRO REVIEW: Batman #222 (June 1970)

Or – “Turn Me On, Batman…  Turn Me On, Batman…” It’s a hard day’s night, but the Batman is ready to work 8 Days A Week to figure out the secret of the Fab Four’s fallen bass-player and his rumored rubber soul.  It’s time to twist and shout as Batman and Robin embark on a magical mystery tour to answer the musical question:  “Is Saul dead?” Also:  Yellow Submarine.

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RETRO REVIEW: DC Comics Presents #67 (March 1984)

Or – “Big Blue Meets Big Red!” I confess that, even as I enjoy today’s more adult comic fare and the grown-up perspectives that (usually) come with it, there are a few things that I do miss from years past.  I’ve lamented that comics can’t be goofy anymore, that we can’t have a silly comic relief character like Woozy Winks clowning through the pages.  We can’t have a storyline that ends with “It was all a dream… OR WAS IT????”  Batman laughing at Robin’s bad puns, the Justice League spending time together off-duty, the Avengers taking time to play a…

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RETRO REVIEW: Mighty Crusaders #4 (April 1966)

There’s a (possibly apocryphal) story of a mid-60’s DC Comics staff meeting where editors passed around Marvel Comics and tried to figure out why the books were selling better than their own stalwart titles.  One puzzled old guard editor looked at the Marvels, and purportedly suggested, “Maybe it’s the terrible art?”  Heh.  The dawn of the Marvel age was a time when EVERYONE wanted to know how exactly Stan, Jack, Steve, Don, and the much-fabled Bullpen managed to pull off what they did.  Some companies revamped everything, some stayed their course, and both paths led at least one well-established company…

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RETRO REVIEW: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #11 (Sept. 1990)

The Dark Knight Rises is getting ready to go before the lens, and Christopher Nolan is keeping everything as hush-hush as possible in regards to the storyline. While we can’t completely rule out that Hush won’t appear, the Intardwebz is firmly behind Doctor Hugo Strange and the Doug Moench Legends of the Dark Knight: Prey storyline as the inspiration for the movie. As the anticipation for the film grows, what better time to examine the story arc than now?

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RETRO REVIEW: New Teen Titans #38 (January 1984)

Or – “The Book That Saved DC Comics…” In 1980, the comic industry was an entirely different beast than it is today.  Charlton Comics was on the edge of going under, the black and white boom hadn’t quite begun yet, Marvel was flourishing and poor DC Comics stood, if the stories are to be believed, on the edge of disaster.  When Marv Wolfman and George Perez came to DC to revamp the many-times-cancelled Teen Titans, they brought with them a dose of Marvel storytelling, an artistic flair, and a character-driven plan to make the Teen Titans relevant again.  According to…

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RETRO REVIEW: Daredevil Volume 1 #7 (April 1965)

 Or – “How Do You Quantify The Sum Of Something’s Parts?” There is an occasional misconception that we at Major Spoilers favor one of the “Big Two” companies over the other.  My own pull list as of this afternoon consisted of twelve different publishers, with a majority of my books coming from uber-giant Marvel Comics, while Stephen is intent on sampling as many different genres and publishers as he can find, and the bulk of Rodrigo’s reading history favors Marvel stalwart, the X-Men.  Where I think this assumption comes from is a lower percentage of Wolverine, Deadpool and other “big books” in…

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RETRO REVIEW: Asterix in Spain (1969)

The turkey is gone, and before the tryptophan coma kicks in it’s time to get to one of our other traditions at Major Spoilers – our Retro Review of another Asterix book. This time around, Asterix and Obelix make their way to Spain.

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RETRO REVIEW: The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius 2.0 #3 (April 2000)

Or – “Why Curse-Words And Content Aren’t Always Mutually Exclusive…” When I was young, my grandmother was somewhat horrified to hear the content of a particular comedy album that I loved.  Of course, when a nine-year-old puts George Carlin’s “On The Road” in his boombox and plays it loud enough for the whole family to hear at Thanksgiving, it does tend to make things a bit awkward.  There ensued a long discussion in the household about “bad words,” one in which my position was pretty much the same as it is today:  There is no such thing as a “bad”…

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RETRO REVIEW: Alphabet Supes #1 (January 2000)

Or – “A Crowning Moment of Superhero Awesome…” There are comics that are interesting, comics that are innovative, comics that are completely amazing on multiple levels, but every so often, a comic comes along that is just brick-upside-the-head amazing.  When a jaded ol’ comic fan like myself encounters a concept like this, it reminds me of why I love comics in the first place… This is one of those stories…

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RETRO REVIEW: Star Trek/X-Men #1 (December 1996)

Or – “When Synergy Goes Awry…” The 1990’s were an interesting time for comics in general, as a flood of heroes unlike anything seen since about ’66 showed up in comic shops and the few remaining newsstands, and comic adaptations of other media increased about a thousand-fold as well.  Marvel Comics even made a licensing deal with Paramount Productions that led to a Mission: Impossible comic, and a slew of licensed tie-ins to the Star Trek franchise.  The most sublime of these issues came when Marvel chose to crossover Paramount’s primary franchise with their own, space-time continuum be damned…

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