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A true marvel

August 3rd, 2017

It recently occurred to me that I haven’t posted any Captain Marvel Adventures material in a while. Let’s rectify that with a sequence of panels that feels oddly….relevant. So much for the tolerant World’s Mightiest Mortal. (from “Captain Marvel Versus The World’s Wildest Man” by Otto Binder, C.C. Beck and Pete Costanza in Captain Marvel […]

Star Wars saved funnybooks as a mass medium. Landing the licensing rights to the franchise gave Marvel a leg up at a time when some suspected the publisher’s days were numbered. Its success was able to turn things around long enough for the rebooted X-Men (and its DC counterpart, the New Teen Titans) to gain […]

I’ve been working on Armagideon Time for slightly over eleven years. Over the course of that decade-plus, I’m certain there are at least of you out there who’ve wondered about what shape a romance story written by me would take. Well, wonder no more. The second volume of the Strange Romance anthology went on sale […]

As distressing as recent events have been, I think it’s time to return to the Feature That Refuses to Die with a character who exemplifies the kinder, gentler side of Nobody’s Favorites…. …the splendorous Stingray. The second-rate scourge of sea-borne villainy started his career as Walter Newell, a government scientist and surface-dwelling pal of the […]

When I launched Nobody’s Favorites eight (?!?) years ago, I promised myself that it would not turn into another one of the many “Mort of the Month” features which infested the comics blogosphere at the time. The goal wasn’t pummeling a succession of soft targets in a context-free vacuum, but to use the dimmer lights […]

Apart from the abbreviated session that introduced me to the hobby, I spent the entirety of my early RPG days stuck in the gamemaster role. Lil Bro was too young to handle the task and what other players I could find expressed little interest in taking on the job. I didn’t have too much of […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 28

February 28th, 2017

(by Len Wein and Terry Austin in Who’s Who in the DC Universe #3, May 1985) We’ve reached the final installment of this February feature, which means it’s time for some whys and wherefores. My interest in the Black Orchid was a long and slow-burning affair, born of a kid whose obsession with minor characters […]

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 27

February 27th, 2017

(from “The Mask of Matches Malone,” S02E17 of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, 2011) For all the attempts to improve the bloom, nothing can compare with the majesty of the original.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 26

February 26th, 2017

(from “Jungle Work” by Len Kaminski Aluir Amancio, and Claude St. Aubin in Justice League of Amazons #1, March 2001) Despite the changes in coloration and form, some aspects of the original specimen have remained.

That Mysterious Bloom: Day 25

February 25th, 2017

(from “Y2K Bug” by Tom Peyer, Duncan Fregredo. Richard Case, and Dean Ormston in Totems #1, February 2000) “By God,” I said when I could speak, “he brought you an orchid.” “Brassocattleya Thorntoni,” Wolfe purred. “Handsome.” — Rex Stout, The Silent Speaker (This one is the handiwork of good pal Bully, who saved me the […]

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