If you’ve every bought or sold old comics, or haunted the quarter bins of your local shop, you’ve probably bumped into many Charlton Comics. As the original printer of Captain Atom, the Question and others (as well as one of several publishing houses to handle the Blue Beetle property, as well as the originator of the beloved Ted Kord version), Charlton Comics is mostly a footnote in the history of comic books. Of course, that doesn’t mean they didn’t create a few comic gems in their four decades of publishing… Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Charlton Premiere #2 awaits!
You may have heard about this new movie, one that brings back the Star-Spangled Avenger, and introduces one of his longest-serving supporting cast-members to the cinematic Marvel U, but are you familiar with the story as it unfolded in the comics? Your Major Spoilers review of Captain America #117 awaits!
We all know the feeling of being up against a deadline and frantically trying to come up with something, ANYTHING to fill the particular bill we are working towards… This has led to some awkward moments in my life (including my Master’s thesis), but for Bob Kanigher, it just meant a chance to create some of the most beloved characters of comics’ Silver Age and to make comic book history… again. Your Major Spoilers review of Showcase #37 awaits!
Every first issue is a gamble. Some roll off the end of the pier without a single ripple, others build something interesting that nonetheless fails the test of time. This one shattered every single expectation and created a worldwide phenomenon that’s now working on its third decade… Your Major Spoilers review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 awaits!
Some issues are memorable to everyone, some only to those who caught it the first time. Case in point: This one, in which Wolverine is used to his greatest effect, and one of my favorite characters gets the spotlight: This’n is a goody. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Exiles #3 awaits!
Thaal Sinestro is a big deal these days, even temporarily headlining the main Green Lantern title during the New 52 relaunch, but have you ever wondered how he started out? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Green Lantern #7 awaits!
The history of comics is filled with people whose artistic skill and inventiveness marks them as geniuses in my book, from the stylized wonder of a Gil Kane “flipping-over-backwards-because-I’ve-been-punched-that-hard” panel to the understated beauty of a Wally Wood woman all the way through whatever it is people love about David Finch. Then, there are the unsung heroes, those who do that which no one else ever had the stones to try… That’s where we meet Matt Feazell. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of The Amazing Cynicalman #1 awaits!
There’s a certain portion of the comics audience (and also, to be honest, the editorial contingent) who have fallen prey to the theory that comics need to be “realistic”, that suspension of disbelief is broken if we don’t know where Batman buys his tights or the actual scientific explanation behind Daredevil’s radar sense… Then in the 80s, Doctor Doom and Iron Man went back in time to fight alongside King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Iron Man #150 awaits!
Way back in 1982, Larry Hama created a legendary group of characters, a baker’s dozen soldiers who represented the best and brightest of the American armed forces, each one with a special set of skills and an awesome codename. It was nearly a quarter century later when he returned to tell the tale of how those thirteen soldiers were recruited and brought together… …and in so doing, revealed the best hidden secret in the history of G.I. Joe. Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of G.I. Joe Declassified #3 awaits!
In the earliest years of the Bronze Age of comics, relevance was the watchword, as the wacky sci-fi concepts of the Silver Age underwent a metamorphosis into strange psychological odysseys and journeys to the center of the minds of our beloved characters. Adam Warlock, once a lower-tier player, found himself suddenly thrust into the spotlight, with stories that still define his character today. Witness, then, ‘The Strange Death Of Adam Warlock’, as your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Warlock #11 awaits!
Comics are a cyclical game. From the very earliest days of the industry, stories and concepts have been recycled, reused and generally repurposed on a regular basis. This explains why, for instance, Quality Comics’ Midnight was essentially The Spirit (and also why I laugh every time someone declares the latest incarnation of any given comic to be “the greatest ever”, but that’s another story.) Superman had been plagued by other-dimensional imp Mr. Mxyzptlk since the mid-40s, the world’s greatest detective waited a few years before getting his own, presumably to make sure that the phenomenon was worth his time… Your
Here at Major Spoilers, we like to remember that every comic book is someone’s first. Of course, that doesn’t just apply to the people reading them, it’s also true of the comic-book creators, even those who have been at it for decades. Go back far enough, and you’ll find the first professional work of guys like Dan Jurgens, John Byrne, even veteran creators like Stan Lee himself! So, which comic book elder statesman cut his teeth at Harvey Comics in the post-Batman ’66 boom? Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Spyman #1 awaits!