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In this week’s exploration of unsung objects of funnybook affection, I shall turn my gaze skyward… …where the majestic Black Condor soars. The character made his 1940 debut in the first issue of Quality’s Crack Comics, and like many of his early superheroic counterparts combined a familiar pulp archetype with a modest metahuman flourish. Condor’s […]

Once again the time has come to flip the Nobody’s Favorite script for a few weeks and take a look at some underappreciated characters and comics for which I have no small fondness. We’re going to kick things off this year with the Cary Bates/Pat Broderick reboot of Captain Atom, which introduced (putting aside a […]

The Halloween season is when the Nobody’s Favorites feature takes a turn for the macabre by spotlighting the spookier subjects from the Funnybook Realm of the Damned. This year shall be no different, and we’re going to start the nail-studded barrel rolling with the existential enigma named…. …Inspector Denver. The Inspector was an easy target […]

This week we’re going to shine the Spotlight of the Unloved at The Bouncer. You’ve got the wrong medium, though Square’s Harajuku-meets-Ed-Hardy PS2 beat ‘em up certainly fits the Nobody’s Favorite bill. The Bouncer I’ll be discussing was a minor member of Batman’s rogues gallery… …who made his debut in Detective Comics #347 (January 1966). […]

In the current realm of comics crafting, computers have become a fairly ubiquitous tool. So much so, in fact, I’d be hard pressed to think of any of my artist pals who don’t resort to electronic assistance — be it a Cintiq tablet, Manga Studio, or Photoshop — at some point during the creative process. […]

To paraphrase Billy Bragg: “I was thirty four years when I began this blog. I’m forty two now, and it’s been quite a slog.” One of the things I’ve experienced and wrestled with during Armagideon Time’s existence has been my own slide into middle age irrelevance. It’s not a truly existential crisis, just a realization […]

Nobody’s Favorite: Real trouble

September 4th, 2014

I’m going to tell you something which you might find difficult to believe. Heck, I lived through it and I have a hard time accepting it was real. Are you ready for it? Because I want to tell you…that Marvel’s New Universe was a really big deal when it debuted. As you replace your monocles […]

Following the cinematic success of The Planet of the Apes, Jack Kirby was inspired (with a little prodding by DC editor Carmine Infantino) to create a weird and wild riff on the franchise which occasionally transcended the source material. The same cannot be said for Stan Lee’s similar attempt to channel some of that post-apocalyptic […]

It’s the dawn of 1966 and a truly glorious era for superhero funnybooks. The Fantastic Four were up against the planet-devouring power of Galactus, Captain America had run afoul of the ferocious feet of Batroc the Leaper, and the mighty Thor was reeling from a disastrous defeat at the hands of Hercules. Meanwhile, over on […]

As the first wave of the translated manga gained traction in the North American direct market in 1987, so too did a number of home-grown works pop up to homage and/or parody these “strange” and “exotic” funnybooks from the Land of the Rising Sun. Eclipse Comics, one of the first and most prolific purveyors of […]

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