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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewSpider-ManTodd McFarlane

Like any comic nerd, I have opinions.  George Perez is amazing, The Wasp is the greatest Avengers leader in history, not enough people appreciate the beauty of the black-and-white ‘Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu’ title from the 1970s.  But it’s not all beer and Skittles, even in my head, and sometimes I worry that I’m too hard on the comics of the 1990s, and so today I’m going to re-examine one as a grown-up, and see if younger me was overly critical.  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Spider-Man #1 awaits!

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EerieFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWarren Publishing

Known these days as the company that originated Vampirella, Warren Publishing’s history is a long and eventful one, filled with legendary names, some of the earliest official comics merchandising and a lot of black-and-white horror titles.  But didja know they also tried their hand at more traditional superhero fare?  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Eerie #138 awaits!

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BatmanDCDetective ComicsFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

Readers of James Robinson’s epic run on ‘Starman’ may recall an arc exploring the mystery of the Starman of 1951, who turned out to be a familiar face.  One might be surprised to find out that he was NOT an original creation, and that the original face under that mask was even more familiar…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Detective Comics #247 awaits!

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Captain AmericaFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

So, this one time? Captain America fought the Red Skull in the depths of hell. You’re welcome…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America’s Weird Tales #74 awaits! So, this one time? Captain America fought the Red Skull in the depths of hell. You’re welcome…  Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Captain America’s Weird Tales #74 awaits! CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WEIRD TALES #74 Writer: Stan Lee (unconfirmed) Artist: Uncredited Cover Artist: Martin Nodell Editor: Stan Lee Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Price: 10 Cents Current Near-Mint Pricing: $14,000.00 Previously in Captain America’s Weird Tales:  The Golden Age of Comics started with

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Image ComicsRetro ReviewReviewWanted

Full disclosure: While the last couple of Retro Reviews represented the top-selling Marvel and DC books of the year 2005, I can’t find the numbers on the top-selling independent books.  (The Top 300 Comics of that year consist entirely of Marvel/DC joints, unsurprisingly.)  So, looking month-over-month, I found an issue that sold really well and seemed noteworthy, then rolled my mental dice and figured we’re probably close enough…  Either way, we’re in for quite a ride with Mark Millar at the helm. Your Major Spoilers (Retro) Review of Wanted #6 awaits! **Today’s Retro Review contains adult themes, language and violence. 

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Batman And RobinDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

Our first official Retro Review journeys to the comics of 2005 continue, with the top-selling DC comic of that year that doesn’t really seem like a whole decade ago, but is the comic actually any good?  The answer is… …complicated.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of All-Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder #1 awaits!

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FeaturedHouse of MMarvelRetro ReviewReview

As a wise man once said, “Time is an illusion.  Lunchtime, doubly so.”  Here in Retro Review corner, our unofficial rule of thumb is to look at comic books at least ten years old, and to see what they can tell us about the comics of days gone past.  Looking at the top-selling book Marvel Comics put out in 2005, I found a book VERY relevant to the Marvel books of today, for reasons good and not-so…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of House Of M #1 awaits!

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FeaturedIconMilestone ComicsRetro ReviewReview

It’s the time of the year when we think about new beginnings, but no beginning ever comes without an ending.  Sometimes, even the heroes of the city of Dakota sometimes have to say goodbye to a friend.  They just do it with a little extra meta and a side of loving snark…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Icon #30 awaits! It’s the time of the year when we think about new beginnings, but no beginning ever comes without an ending.  Sometimes, even the heroes of the city of Dakota sometimes have to say goodbye to a friend.  They just

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Ambush BugDCFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

A Major Spoilers holiday celebration!  I’ve long believed that you can tell a lot about a person based on the pop culture with which they grew up.  Today, we’re going to find out why you need to be VERY suspicious of those who read a lot of comics in the early 1980s… As The Doctor once said, “This isn’t going to be big on dignity.”  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Ambush Bug Stocking Stuffer #1 awaits! A Major Spoilers holiday celebration!  I’ve long believed that you can tell a lot about a person based on the pop culture with which

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWatchmen

Comic publishers today like to tout certain issues as “great jumping-on points.”  I’ve never understood that theory, as ANY issue can serve as a jumping-on point if you do it right.  Case in point: My first issue of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ game-changing ‘Watchmen’.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Watchmen #9 awaits! *Today’s Retro Review contains adult themes and language, and partial blue nudity.  Reader discretion is advised.* Comic publishers today like to tout certain issues as “great jumping-on points.”  I’ve never understood that theory, as ANY issue can serve as a jumping-on point if you do it

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Charlton ComicsFeaturedPeter Cannon ThunderboltRetro ReviewReview

And now, it’s time for some SERIOUSLY obscure deep cuts from the recesses of the super-dupers.  When Charlton Comics went under, DC bought The Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, The Question and more, but…  Does anybody even remember The Prankster?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #60 awaits! And now, it’s time for some SERIOUSLY obscure deep cuts from the recesses of the super-dupers.  When Charlton Comics went under, DC bought The Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, The Question and more, but…  Does anybody even remember The Prankster?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #60 awaits! PETER CANNON,

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Captain Mar-VellCaptain MarvelFeaturedMarvelMs MarvelRetro ReviewReview

As promised in this week’s Dueling Review, it’s time for the origins of the hero now known as Captain Marvel! Sort of…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Ms. Marvel #1 awaits! As promised in this week’s Dueling Review, it’s time for the origins of the hero now known as Captain Marvel! Sort of…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Ms. Marvel #1 awaits! MS. MARVEL #1 Writer: Gerry Conway/Carla Conway Penciler: John Buscema/Joe Sinnott Inker: Joe Sinnott/Dave Hunt Colorist: Marie Severin Letterer: John Costanza Editor: Gerry Conway Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Price: 30 Cents Current Near-Mint Pricing: $120.00 Previously

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DCFeaturedJLARetro ReviewReview

I give the comics of the 90s a lot of static, and rightfully so, as some of ’em were dreadful in ways that even the most gawdawful Golden Age book couldn’t match. And then, there’s the time the entire Justice League turned into apes.  So, there’s that…  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of JLA Annual #3 awaits! I give the comics of the 90s a lot of static, and rightfully so, as some of ’em were dreadful in ways that even the most gawdawful Golden Age book couldn’t match. And then, there’s the time the entire Justice League turned into apes. 

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Archie ComicsBettyFeaturedRetro ReviewReview

The superhero binge of 1966 brought caped crusaders of all stripes out of the woodwork.  Mild-mannered scientists of all stripes, pop stars, funny animals, random fat men, teen–agers, spies and even grocery clerks became defenders of justice in those halcyon days, and so it was that the kids of Riverdale gained their own superhuman powers, and even a (short-lived) super-team!  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Betty And Me #5 awaits! The superhero binge of 1966 brought caped crusaders of all stripes out of the woodwork.  Mild-mannered scientists of all stripes, pop stars, funny animals, random fat men, teen-agers, spies

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