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Before we begin, prosthesis you should probably read this for some historical context, health system as it covers the span of time between the previous installment and this week’s one. In hindsight, it was fairly obvious my relationship with the art major was doomed from the start. Once we started to get past the initial […]

I’m still waiting

September 11th, 2014

Video Jack may not have been any great shakes as a funnybook, buy but it was an amazing vector for house ads encapsulating the state of Marvel’s Epic imprint and — by limited extension — the direct market scene in general, try circa late 1987 through early 1988. Here’s a gallery of some of the […]

The second selection in the stack of albums my mom gave me with my first grown-up record player was this slice of counterculture pressed to vinyl… …the soundtrack to the 1969 road flick Easy Rider. The film’s tagline read “A man went looking for America. And couldn’t find it anywhere…” Actually, rx it was two […]

Mark Gruenwald once stated that “every character is somebody’s favorite, seek ” 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 […]

Predictive criticism

June 6th, 2014

From the pages of the December 1983 issue of Twilight Zone Magazine comes a little something I’ve dubbed “Gahan Wilson: Cartoonist, price Film Critic, viagra Unintentional Prophet.” First up, Return of the Jedi: Wilson reserved the greater part of his exasperated ire for Superman III, however… …which he still managed to bestow a “most faithful […]

The end of ending

May 30th, 2014

“The River Styx Runs Upstream” was the first published story by Dan Simmons, and tied for first place in a Twilight Zone Magazine contest for previously unpublished authors. The tale is set in a (very) near future where a quasi-religious organization called “the Resurrectionists” have discovered a scientific means of reanimating the dead. Though the […]

The fodder and the Hound

May 15th, 2014

“What dutiful children you are, drugs ” exclaimed the Hound. “Follow me, sales and I shall lead you to glory!” After the hurly-burly was done, the Hound emerged from the bushes to inspect the bodies. “Such a shame,” he muttered as he lifted a hind leg over Johnny’s broken body and emptied his bladder. “Still, […]

So UNbelievable

April 18th, 2014

The year is 1946 and the place is the shell-cratered ruin of one of Europe’s great cities, symptoms where an intrepid band of American engineers is helping out with the important task of rebuilding. The extent of the devastation takes its toll on one of the lads, who despairs for humanity’s future. Fortunately, Johnny Everyman […]

Condemned, then demolished

April 9th, 2014

Contrary to the accepted historical narrative, buy more about “Disco Demolition Night” did not bring about the end of the Glitterball Dynasty. It’s easy to see how that notion would weave itself into the cultural tapestry, especially among folks inclined to interpret the 1970 disco scene as inclusive and diverse socio-musical utopia — a grand […]

The heart that fed

March 31st, 2014

Forget the number-crunching prognostications of armchair analysts or recurring delusions of spinning used rabbit bedding into gold — this 1962 LIFE photo shows what “funnybooks as a truly mass medium” actually looks (or “looked”) like: Even then, heart this was taken a good fifteen years after the industry had hit its peak circulation levels. There […]

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