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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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FeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReviewThor

The new Avengers trailer makes much humor of the fact that not EVERYONE is worthy to lift the mighty croquet mallet of Thor.  Of course, one of those suspects has already brandished Mjolnir in the regular comic book continuity.  But which one?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of The Mighty Thor #390 awaits! The new Avengers trailer makes much humor of the fact that not EVERYONE is worthy to lift the mighty croquet mallet of Thor.  Of course, one of those suspects has already brandished Mjolnir in the regular comic book continuity.  But which one?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of The

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWonder Woman

All I can say is: It was the Sixties.  Things were different then.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Wonder Woman #157 and #158 awaits! All I can say is: It was the Sixties.  Things were different then.  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Wonder Woman #157 and #158 awaits! WONDER WOMAN #157/#158 Writer: Robert Kanigher Penciler: Ross Andru Inker: Mike Esposito Editor: Robert Kanigher Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: 12 Cents/12 Cents Current Near-Mint Pricing: $160.00/$160.00 Previously in Wonder Woman:  The Silver Age of Comics was an… unusual time for speculative fiction.  Nearly 30 years into the superhero genre,

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWonder Woman

Comic readers of a certain age will all remember the advertisements of the Bronze Age, a time when comics were filled with Super Gifts & Gimmicks, Stamps of Many Lands and the chance to earn valuable prizes with Grit!  Today, many comics contain only house ads for other comics (which might be seen as a metaphor for the state of comics themselves), but back in the day, major companies would shell out major bucks to huck their products in the pages of the comic books we loved, including the much-lamented Continental Baking Company…

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DCFeaturedRetro ReviewReviewWonder Woman

We’re kicking off Wonder Woman Week here at Major Spoilers, and what better way to open our festivities than with a look at her first full-length starring role?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Sensation Comics #1 awaits! We’re kicking off Wonder Woman Week here at Major Spoilers, and what better way to open our festivities than with a look at her first full-length starring role?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Sensation Comics #1 awaits! SENSATION COMICS #1 Writer: William Moulton Marston Penciler: Harry G. Peter Inker: Harry G. Peter Editor: Sheldon Mayer Publisher: DC Comics Cover Price: 10 Cents Current

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Amazing Spider-ManFeaturedMarvelRetro ReviewReview

As a fan of the gentleman’s art of wrasslin’, I’ve always had a little bit of love for Peter Parker’s brief career in the squared circle.  But, after years of battling evil, Spider-Man is about to discover the whereabouts of his very first opponent.  Ever wondered whatever happened to Crusher Hogan?  Your Major Spoilers (retro) review of Amazing Spider-Man #271 awaits! As a fan of the gentleman’s art of wrasslin’, I’ve always had a little bit of love for Peter Parker’s brief career in the squared circle.  But, after years of battling evil, Spider-Man is about to discover the whereabouts of

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