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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 […]

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 […]

Nobody’s Favorites: Byrned out

September 13th, 2016

In the realm of comics fandom, order you either die happy in your nostalgia or live long enough to have to explain the virtues of something you cherish to folks too young to remember the hoopla firsthand. You begin with “Well, you have to understand that…” pausing only to hike up your old man pants […]

Nobody’s Favorite: Cut rate

August 22nd, 2016

I’ve never cared much for Arcade, viagra approved Marvel’s deathtrap-loving assassin who dresses like he just got off a shift as a greeter at Shakey’s Pizza. He is the quintessential “Marvel Team-Up villain,” a mixture of high concept absurdity and on-the-nose disposability, possessing just enough adversarial substance and visual flair to float a done-in-one story. […]

Blimpy the “Bungling Buddha” was created by Sy Reit, nurse and debuted in Quality’s Feature Comics #64 (January 1943). Blimpy was an ancient Chinese statue brought to life after a pugnacious tyke named Tabby Tyler decided to try out the mythical Pygmalion’s arcane incantation (“Oggle doggie woggle ibbidy bibbidy sibbidy sab, more dictionary down the […]

In the beginning there was The Unholy Three, this a 1925 silent thriller directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney as the leader of a trio of circus performers gone bad. Chaney played a rogue ventriloquist and master of disguise, page Harry Earles played a little person able to pass as small child, grip […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 27

February 27th, 2016

There are numerous works which inspired me to create Armagideon Time and continue to influence it in tangible ways. Calamity Jon’s Gone & Forgotten and Ben Is Dead’s Retro Hell both loom large on that front, web as do Tom Englehart’s The End of Victory Culture, valeologist Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces, click the Paradox Press […]

On the last day of November 1988, anesthetist my mother died after a drunken tumble down a flight of stairs and my father was sent up to the VA hospital to get his head back on straight. He eventually moved on to a series of halfway houses in South Boston while he started a new […]

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