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Nobody’s Favorites: Byrned out

September 13th, 2016

In the realm of comics fandom, 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 as […]

Nobody’s Favorite: Cut rate

August 22nd, 2016

I’ve never cared much for Arcade, 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. Don’t get […]

Blimpy the “Bungling Buddha” was created by Sy Reit, 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, dictionary down the ferry, out […]

In the beginning there was The Unholy Three, 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, Harry Earles played a little person able to pass as small child, and Victor McLagen […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 27

February 27th, 2016

(from “Acceptance” by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela in Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #6, December 2010) “It’s nice our relationship doesn’t have to be coyly hinted at anymore, but it would have been nicer if they managed to do it while anyone still cared about the Legion.” Ah, the “Rip Van Winkle” reboot of the […]

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, as do Tom Englehart’s The End of Victory Culture, Greil Marcus’s Lipstick Traces, the Paradox Press Big Book series […]

On the last day of November 1988, 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 career […]

1986 was a significant year in my geeky evolution. Not only did it mark my belated introduction to Dungeons & Dragons (thanks to a deeply discounted copy of the Basic Set found in an Osco Drug clearance aisle), but it also brought a new set of geeky pals and a part-time job which made it […]

Of the course of this feature, I’ve made several references to the Great Back Issue Buying Spree of the late 1990s. It was a significant event in the development of my comics fandom, yet it began due to a chance turn of events. Sometime during the summer of 1997 or so, I was supposed to […]

My plan to get the Nobody’s Favorite feature back on a regular schedule seems to have gone off the rails, but I’m feeling confident about serving up more frequent updates going forward. This being December, however, means that it’s the time of the year when the script gets flipped and I shine a little love […]

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