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Mark Gruenwald once stated that “every character is somebody’s favorite,” and this feature was launched to stress test the validity of the late Marvel continuity guru’s theory. From the beginning, I took pains to distance what I did here from the facile “Mort of the Month” nonsense which characterized so many write-ups of the obscure […]

There are some comics and characters whose inclusion as Nobody’s Favorites bring me a certain degree of guilt. Mocking the unabashedly lousy one thing. Performing a post-mortem on a sincere effort gone sour is another, grimmer, matter entirely. Yet no matter how much I wish things had turned out otherwise, the damnation of faint praise […]

Dazzler may have been Marvel’s most famous roller disco themed character, but she was not the first. That dubious and dated honor goes to the heelie-rockin’ heel known as… …Blue Streak. A member of SHIELD’s short-lived “Super Agents” initiative, Blue Streak was pure and simple roster fodder built around a harried writer’s asking himself “What […]

Sometime in the early months of 1985, a young writer struggled against a looming deadline. The story outline for the upcoming Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man annual was due the following morning, and the stressed scribe could not think of a single workable concept. The paralytic grip of writer’s block was made even worse by […]

Riddle me this, faithful readers: When is a funnybook not a funnybook? The correct answer is “when said funnybook is The Fury of Firestorm Annual #2.” I suppose a little context is in order. For some reason (my guess would be “cheap bastardy”), the newsstand where I used to purchase new comics as a tweener […]

Perhaps you’ve wondered how things would have turned out if Dashiell Hammett had looked at an early draft of The Maltese Falcon and said “You know what? Let’s make the titular McGuffin into a mystical artifact that transforms Sam Spade into a goofy looking energy being who zooms around but doesn’t really do anything. Oh, […]

When it comes to hobbies which lend themselves to effective supervillainy, the art of juggling is right down there next to philately and marigold cultivation. It’s not that I’m impugning the quick-thinking and manual dexterity of juggling enthusiasts, it’s just that it’s difficult to perceive an appropriate aura of menace from something I reflexively associate […]

There was a very strict hierarchy at play in the Zayre’s action figure aisle during the Golden Age of Articulated Plastic Crap. Where perennial favorites and popular sellers occupied high profile peg-space, the unloved assortment of knock-offs and also-rans was consigned to a large wire mesh bin which spanned the length of the aisle’s bottom […]

I’ve written up a number of DC’s “mature readers” sci-fi and fantasy offerings from the late 1980s over the course of this feature. That class of funnybooks — to my mind, at least — reflects the core essence of “nobody’s favorite” more than any Silver Age also-ran or art-directed 1990s travesty ever could. These works […]

Sometime in the spring of 1985, a bunch of my classmates gathered around the school print shop’s giant light table and discussed a WIKKID AWESOME film movie aired on HBO the previous night. As it happened to coincide with one of my family’s on-again-off-again rounds as pay TV subscribers, it was one of the few […]

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