Comics writer and artist Joe Simon has died. Simon created Captain America with Jack Kirby and, according to Michael Cavna at Comic Riffs blog, “Virtuoso though he was, his most iconic image from 80 years in the industry will remain the introduction of Captain America socking Hitler in the jaw in 1941.” Comic Riffs has [...]
The Mary Sue parses Marvel VP Tom Brevoort’s response to a fan asking about Marvel’s responsibility to its female characters.
Professor Xavier answers all your questions about your changing body in The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Mutants. (via Comics Alliance)
Over at The Hathor Legacy, we find out Why Captain America is Better than X-Men: First Class and Thor: “Captain America is very much a movie about the choices people make, and trying to be a good person, which is pretty rare in mainstream cinema.”
NPR’s John Ridley talks about the lack of diversity in film adaptations of comic book characters: “There’s a self-fulfilling delusion at work in the studio system that white audiences won’t pay to see black actors cast outside a narrow type of role.” But a new study indicates, that’s not true. Capes on Film has more [...]
Cracked presents 10 deleted scenes–with video clips–that would have ruined movies, from the very good, Alien, to the very bad, Revenge of the Sith.
At the Washington Post, David Betancourt writes about discovering that the new Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, is just like him and why Miles Morales is important. He also talks about the backlash against a biracial Spider-Man. Andre the Black Nerd has posted a special rant about “the racism surrounding Miles Morales and explain[s] why a [...]
The Belated Nerd looks back at the alien dragon menace, Fin Fang Foom.
The Kirby estate’s copyright case has come to the attention of The New York Times. Kirby’s heirs are suing for ownership rights in his many, many creations at Marvel. “Of course these court battles are about money. They also force the modern entertainment industry to reckon with the often amoral practices of the old comics [...]
Comics artist Gene Colan has died. He was best known for his work on Marvel’s The Tomb of Dracula, but he started at DC drawing Namor, the Sub-Mariner and worked with Steve Gerber on Howard the Duck. The Guardian has an obituary with more on his life and career.
Matthew Yglesias says “Magneto Was Right”: “The mutant pride message is a radical one. It’s too radical for those whose WASP male privilege in their non-mutant lives makes them instinctively want to identify with existing power structures. But a mutant who’s also a Jew, or a woman, or a racial minority, or has had blue [...]
Jack Kirby draws the face of Doom in 22:42 (Thanks, ShelfLifeCC!)
Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims provides a link to the anime version of Tomb of Dracula and his own running commentary on things like, Dracula’s light up fangs and stealing the Devil’s girlfriend.
“Fear of a Black Panther: Part One” is the excellent first part of an examination of Panther’s Rage: “a classic 13 part super-hero story that predated the ‘adult’ stylings of Watchmen & the Dark Knight Returns by over a decade. [It} was a dark, dense American super-hero comic that featured African characters in every single [...]
M.O.D.O.K. becomes a “Machine Designed Only for Kitties” in this gallery of Marvel characters as cats. Other favorites: Galactus and the Punisher. (Thanks, Dave!)
Jason Powell looked at every issue of Chris Claremont’s run on the X-men. Every issue. (Sorry about the previously missing link).
Manga Star Wars vs. Marvel Star Wars.
Travel through pop culture history a premake of Marvel’s Avengers (sneak peek of Emma Peel included), faux 1911 silent animated shorts from Red Dead Redemption and Lando Calrissian as Blackstar Warrior–a Blaxploitation film set in the Star Wars universe.
Dart Adams Presents: Black Like Me: The History of Black Comic Book Heroes Through the Ages, Part One (1900-1968)and Part Two (1969-2008). (Click it! It’s amazing).
Wolverine shines up his snikt-stickers and sharpens his up-do for the fancy new costumes designed for him at Project Rooftop.
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