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Spiderman, Spiderman. Rents out rooms when he can. Drains his tenants by surprise. But an angry spouse makes sure he fries. Too bad, it seemed like a solid plan. (“Spiderman and His Web of Doom” from The Thing #7, March 1953; illustrated by Bob Forgione) Recommended listening: One slice of low-budget sleaze deserves another.

Hell hath no limits, nor is circumscrib’d In one self place; but where we are is hell, And where hell is, there must we ever be. – The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe Recommended listening: More “Down South” diabolism. (panels from “What’s So Hot About a Ghost?” […]

Chuckle away, Paul. Someday you’ll be the one returning to work after a long weekend during a busy cycle and we’ll see who’s making stupid puns then, huh? (“Buried Alive” in Web of Evil #11, February 1954; by Writer Unknown and possibly illustrated by Sheldon Moldoff) Recommended listening: Close to home…in more ways than one.

The Don Knotts Courier-Gazette’s headline that day read “A G-G-G-G-GHOST?” but comically hurled itself out the nearest open window before the image could be taken. Recommended listening: From the scene that refuses to die.

John Byrne wasn’t too thrilled with working on Alpha Flight, which probably explains why his run on the series was so damn weird and full of Cronenbergian body horror. It hasn’t aged gracefully enough to be labeled a “classic” (which, to be fair, applies to most Eighties superhero comics), but it’s still a pretty interesting […]

I’m sure you think you’re hip for getting into the potter’s field, but it’s just as commercial as some suburban burial ground. This place is the real cutting edge, man. It’s combines hand-quarried Romanian marble with some of the more radical elements of the Dusseldorf underground tomb scene. I wouldn’t expect you to be familiar […]

The world is aflame, so I might as well add to miserable pyre with another recap featuring the most unloved of Charlton’s “Action Heroes.” SON OF VULCAN! An intrepid reporter named Johnny Mann who lost a leg covering a brushfire conflict, cursed the gods, and was rewarded the the Deity Formerly Known as Hephaestus by […]

For this installment of our ongoing chronology of Charlton’s “Action Heroes” era, we going take another dive into pre-Ditko Blue Beetle run. For the most authentic experience, please imagine me issuing a deep sigh after each sentence. The cover of Blue Beetle #51 embodies the essence of the series — Tony Tallarico’s suet-limbed concept of […]

I probably should’ve considered my summer schedule before launching this feature back in April, but I also didn’t anticipate spending three months of Fridays sorting and packing the contents of my late grandmother’s home. Lay the blame where you see fit, but I have returned to pick up where I left off last June. Strange […]

Ever since my first fumblings with Champions’ third edition rules and TSR Marvel Super Heroes in junior high, I dreamed of discovering a superhero-themed roleplaying system that accurately captured the spirit of the source material. Comprehensive power lists and character creation mechanics, while complex, are the easy part of such games — rack your brain […]

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