Author Archives: GoldenRule

Me and She: Happy 30th Shulkie!

Dear Jennifer, It seems like just yesterday you and I met. It was 1983. I was on a road trip to Louisville, Kentucky. we pulled over at a gas station and I bought Avengers #236. It was the first comic … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One: She-Hulk!

One hero. One kid. One dad. Five minutes. That’s it. To celebrate the Savage She-Hulk’s 30th birthday, Gracie and I took on the jade giantess. This was the first time the five minutes flew by … so both sketches are … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics ~ Alan Davis

I would buy a comic about the meat packing industry if it were illustrated by Alan Davis. The consistency of the man’s work  … the details … the softness. He had me 25 years ago when I was given an … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One ~ HULK!

One Hero. One Kid. One Dad. Five Minutes. That’s how it works. Today’s drawing of the Hulk was created by Gracie and me as we waited for the start of a live performance of “High School Musical.” Gracie stopped rocking … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! ~ Week Ten

A few years ago, I came across the blog of Dan Christensen — an artist with a style that is an odd (but, engaging) mixture of modern sensibilities and nostalgia. He has his own projects, including a cool noir fencing story, … Continue reading

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Hells Yeah! Hawkeye is Back!

To quote Commander John Crichton  of “Farscape” … can I get a “Hell yeah”!?!?!?! As you can see below, I’ve enjoyed dydreaming this week about how cool a more heroic Avengers title could be. At least, I like the campaign Marvel … Continue reading

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UPDATED! “I AM AN AVENGER!” ~ Sneakier Peak

The insanity knows no bounds as the Smartass Squad gets its greedy little hands on the next flight of “I Am An Avenger” teaser posters from Marvel. Guys, they are pulling from all corners of the Marvel U. to fill … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One ~ Falcon!

Five Minutes. One Hero. One Child. One Childish Man. That’s it. Tonight Grace and I took on Captain America’s revolutionary, stalwart and sometimes angsty partner — Sam Wilson, the indomitable Falcon. (Yeah, we the “falcon eyes” we chose to give him and pouty … Continue reading

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“I AM AN AVENGER”- Sneak Peak!

If you’re like this smartass, you’re totally jazzed about the return to a more heroic, “comicbooky” Avengers team. And, you’re checking Marvel.com every day to see the next in the line of the “I am an Avenger posters.” Well, I … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One ~ Thor!

One Hero … One Kid … One Dad … Five Minutes. That’s how it works. This eve, the fair lady Grace hath chosen to draw the fair-haired God of Thunder, Thor! Yea verily! Um … hey, Mr. Branaugh, Gracie is … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One – Mockingbird!

Today was a snow day here in Charlotte, N.C. — which is to say, there was ice on the road somewhere in a 200-mile radius. So, there was no school today. The girls and I elected to spend the morning … Continue reading

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Meet the Wackos!

So, my love of the West Coast Avengers … the first team I thought of as MY team growing up … is well-documented on this site. After taking on Cap’s Kooky Quartet and the Fantastic Four in earlier nostalgia posts, my buddy Mockingnerd requested … Continue reading

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Marvel Two-In-One ~ The Thing!

Okay, so it’s officially a tradition. My daughter Grace (6) and I now have a date for our daily “Night Draw” as she calls it. The rules? We pick a superhero and, together, we have 5 minutes to draw it. … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! ~ Week Nine

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the incredible Web site of Maris Wicks, a truly funny person and an extremely talented artist. And,while I wish she blogged more frequently (for the purely selfish enjoyment of reading them) and a … Continue reading

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The Ms. Marvel Two-In-One!

The newfound love my daughter, Grace, has for Ms. Marvel apparently knows no bounds. I have been asked to create a costume for her and to explain exactly who this “Binary” person is. And, now, I have even been inspired to pick … Continue reading

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“Heroic Age” – The E! True Hollywood Story

I don’t know what side of the fence you come down on, but I was really jazzed to see the promotional image for Marvel’s coming “The Heroic Age.” Now, I’m in marketing for a living … and I am not … Continue reading

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Folks, She’s British AND a Bad Ass!

If you have read this blog a bit or follow me on Twitter, there’s no secret that one of my “bestest” Web buddies is Jen AKA Mockingnerd. She’s a fangirl. She’s a talented artist (check out this insane General Greivous … Continue reading

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Marvel CounterPoint #1 ~ Iron Man (1963) vs. Iron Man (2010)

While Matt at ComicsCavern.com and I were working on the 12 Days of Uncanny X-Mas in December, I cluttered up Day 8 with a little idea called “Marvel CounterPoint,” where denizens of the Marvel U. debated one another. In this case, a … Continue reading

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“DC Vampires” – You Heard It Here First!

My six year-old daughter, Grace, is still on her superhero drawing kick — scribbling on any scrap of paper she can find. Today, she decided to share her take on Power Girl (yes, she is exposed to DC, I am a bad father). And, … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics ~ X-Men #10

Aaah,  Marvel … Aaaah, the 60s … In just their tenth issue, Stan and Jack sent the X-Men on the first of many mutant field trips to the Savage Land for a team-up with Ka-Zar. And, following that humble little excursion to the true “land … Continue reading

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Behold! The Fantastic Four

To create a companion piece for the Cap’s Kooky Quartet art I posted earlier this week, Jim McCann suggested I try my hand at something for the denizens of Earth’s Greatest Comic Magazine — The Fantastic Four! This was a fun one. I’d love to hear whatcha’ think … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! ~ Week Eight!

When I started this blog, it was in an attempt to share a lifelong love of comics … particularly Marvel Comics … with “the world.” My intention was to be able to talk about the world of comics. But, I … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics ~ Cap’s Kooky Quartet

One of my favorite Avengers teams assembled for the first time in Avengers #16 – Captain America, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Lovingly nicknamed “Cap’s Kooky Quartet,” this four-some was a true game changer. As a lifelong Hawkeye maniac … … Continue reading

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Junior Marvel BadAss! ~ Ms. Marvel Arrives!

Color me surprised, but the big Christmas present in my house has turned out to be the Marvel Super Hero Squad Wii game my wife got me. My little girls (4 and 6) like their ZhuZhu Pets and their art … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! ~ Week Seven!

Got a nice note about the blog from Brendan Tobin today. And, looking over his site, I found a link to Brendan’s second blog and labor of love … MARCH MODOK MADNESS … a site I do know well! And, if you haven’t … Continue reading

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Robot Chastity League – Lost Entries from the OHOTMU

Doing a little research for a future episode of Marvel CounterPoint, I noticed that the design of many of the Marvel U.’s robotic characters of the 60s included skirts and other elements to obscure the “crotchal region.” It’s all well and good … Continue reading

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Oh yeah, it’s Primates Night!

Okay, I’ll fess up. There is no point. No commentary. No insight. No message associated with this post. When I sat down to decide what to blog next … all I could think of was creating a composite for Beast, Gorilla … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss(es)! ~ Week Six

Good evening, my little smartasses! I know you have been waiting on pins and needles for me to reveal the identity of this week’s Marvel BadAss! Well … it’s worth the wait, my friends. As there are two whose increadible … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics ~ Excalibur #14

Greatest. Panel. Ever. Okay, gang. There is no manipulation at work here. Just the insane dreamings of Chris Claremont and that brilliant, mad Brit, Alan Davis. Three of my favorite things in one beautiful little panel. Kitty Pryde. A.I.M. flunkies. … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! ~ Week Five!

So, like any good little Kirby-phile, I love scanning KirbyVision for art inspired by The King. And, today I found this Dr. Doom by Australian artist/colorist, Dylan McCrae. The dude’s got him some mad skyllz. Check out his blog (http://dylanmccrae.blogspot.com/) … Continue reading

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What If? West Coast Avengers #1

I had a fun day of family,  food and comics for Christmas today. But, my celebration started a few weeks ago, when I popped down to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find for a holiday sale. And, to what did my … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel BadAss! – Week Four!

Okay  … so it ain’t Thursday, but I couldn’t wait to share the Marvel BadAss(es) awards this week. I love the holidays for so many reasons … not the least of which is seeing what my favorite artists whip up to celebrate … Continue reading

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That’s Marvel Badass! – Week Three

Stop the presses! Santa … this is what I want for Chistmas. It combines two of my favorite things (and acronyms) in the world — M.O.D.O.K. and W.P.A. style. Seriously, I am in love here. I couldn’t find much on … Continue reading

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The 12 Days of Uncanny X-Mas ~ Days Twelve!

Well, *NOW* I am finally ready for Christmas as I load the last day of the 12 Days of Uncanny X-Mas! It’s been a really fun time ringing in the season with mad mutant love. Big, big, big, big holiday ups … Continue reading

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Marvel BadAss! – Week Two: Chris Samnee

This week’s Marvel BadAss Award goes to Chris Samnee for this insanely cool Iron Man sketch. For my money, it doesn’t get cooler than the red and gold armor … and Chris wrings every drop of coolness out of it … Continue reading

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John Byrne Terrifies Me: Avengers West Coast #54

This is another new category of exploration here in Smartassville … the twisted mind of John Byrne. Now, don’t get me wrong. Like many of you, I worshipped all things Johnny B. back in the day. Loved X-Men. Loved Fantastic … Continue reading

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K.O.D.O.M., Thy Name is Annoyance!

  My little Marvel Smartasses, thrill to the villainy of a mid-level management miscreant we working joes can recognize from our 9 to 5’s … Meet K.O.D.O.M. … Kid-Brother Organism Designed Only to Micro-Manage. Unlike George Tarleton, who was an A.I.M. scientist who … Continue reading

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Oh, CRAP! M.O.D.O.K. joined Facebook

Inspired by this hilarious story of a woman getting fired over forgetting her boss was a Facebook friend and the equally hilarious site, Oh Crap! My Parents Joined Facebook, here’s an all-new issue of “A.I.M. High. You are going to want … Continue reading

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Marvel Bad Ass! Mockingnerd

 This is the first of a new Thursday feature — Marvel Bad Ass! Each week, I’ll pluck my favorite find from my Internet exploration of the Marvel U. This week was easy, a fantastic pencil of Bobbi Morse in her … Continue reading

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This Smartass loves the First Amendment

To quote DJ Kool … let me clear my throat … I’m a smart ass. I like to speak my mind, so that means I’m very close friends with the first ammendment. And, that requries me to be open to … Continue reading

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Thor … Thunder God & Broken Little Boy

Okay… so, I love Marvel Comics. We all get that, right? Here’s another reason why … innocence. Check out this panel from Journey Into Mystery #112. The story sets up a titanic showdown between the God of Thunder and the … Continue reading

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The Short, Happy Life of Squad Force-X

Yesterday’s venture into the creations of my youth was wonderfully cathartic. So, I thought I’d double-dip. “Avengers Dissassembled”!?!?! Brave!?!?! Avant garde!?!?! Please. Bendis, it’s been done. In the mid-80s, despite brisk sales attained in 10% of the households on Cloudland … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Ull – God of Skiing

As I have spent the last four months poking gentle fun of others’ creations, perhaps it’s time to apply my patented blend of smartassery on one of my own creations … 🙂 It was 1985. I was 12. I read … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Tales of Suspense #48 (Birth of Iron Man 2)

In honor of the unveiling of the Iron Man 2 poster,I double dip into my love of Tales of Suspense #48. As you may have seen in my earlier post on this issue, I love many, many things about TOS … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Avengers West Coast #51

John Bryne is a sick man. A sick, sick man. Evidence: Avengers West Coast #51 I love Marvel Comics for their pure wild abandon. Evidence: Avengers West Coast #51 A few months ago, a writer friend of mine and I debated … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Fantastic Four #38

I love the 60s. Such a time of feigned innocence. Political correctness meant knowing the right way to shake hands at a Kiwanis meeting, and, the Fantastic Four’s playfulness with Sue Storm was seen as cute. That’s why this sequence from … Continue reading

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USAgent or Alien Bounty Hunter?

In the age of the Greg Land, Mike Deodato, Bryan Hitch and others, we’re getting very used to looking for actors,public figures and Victoria’s Secret models (ahem … Land) in the faces of our favorite super heroes. It’s not suprising when Samuel L. … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Captain America Annual #3

This is a fantastic example of the classic Kirby first page. The opening prologue is punctuated with loads of dramatic Kirby Crackle. And, then, there’s that alien. Oh, the alien. Is it just me, or is that alien just a little … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Journey Into Mystery #107

Guys … this one is easy. I am going to gush forth a lot of digital love today. (Stay away from me, Chris Hansen.) You have to love that there was a comic called, “Journey Into Mystery” … and that … Continue reading

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Marvel Smartass vs. The Vanisher

Okay. So. I apologize. I vanished off the face of the earth for a bit.  No, it wasn’t Galactus. The Demons of Belasco didn’t haunt me. I wasn’t lost in the nagtive zone. Kang did not pull me out of time. But, … Continue reading

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A.I.M. High ~ Issue 10 – Game Show Armageddon!

You have to stay up really late to catch this one on “Game Show Network. ”  View a bigger version here. P.S. You don’t even want to know the strangest place Dr. Zola has ever made whoopee.

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A.I.M. High ~ Issue Nine – Fanboys with Firearms

Come on, admit it, this has happened to you at work … Click here for a bigger version.

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A.I.M. High Issue Eight ~ A.I.M. vs. Econ 101

Fin Fang Foom would shop for undies at Wal-Mart, but mothers who beat their kids in public make him queasy …  

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A.I.M. High Issue Seven ~ Dr. Arnim Zola, Motivational Speaker

I am sad to report that  Tony Robbins and Zig Ziglar have been eaten by a 13-story monster made of Jell-O, leaving the status of the world’s best motivational speaker up for grabs. And, like the Cylons, Dr. Arnim Zola … Continue reading

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A.I.M. High Issue Six – Twin Paddles of the Apocalypse

Video games taking over the earth!?!?! Nah. Wait a minute, it’s been five minutes since I played “Halo” … AAAHHH!

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A.I.M. High Issue Five – The Yellow Speedo of Doom

Guys, read this and think before you get dressed next Friday …

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A.I.M. High ~ Issue Four: Rat Tails and Butt Whuppins

  Remember Kids: It’s always okay to brag on yourself during your annual review. Want to see an embiggened version? Click here.

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A.I.M. High Issue Three – The Promotion of Peril!

Don’t you just hate it when the boss’s son climbs the corporate ladder faster than you?

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AIM High Issue Two: Walking with The Celestial Mary Jane

Remember kids: No matter what Walter Bishop says, the periodic table and psychotropic drugs are not the two great tastes that taste great together. For a version super embiggened for your reading pleasure, click here.

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A.I.M. High – Issue Number One – “Lo, There Shall Be Boobies!”

Okay, guys, here’s my latest experiment in Marvel Smartass-ery. I have always loved the beekeeper boys in yellow. And, I know it isn’t exactly original, but this is my take on life in an A.I.M. laboratory. Please let me know … Continue reading

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The Thing Loves a Good Shiatsu Massage

Hey, Mamma Grimm’s blue-eyed boy is one tough S.O.B., but fighting the likes of Galactus, Dr. Doom, Blastaar and Puppet Master (okay, not so much that one) can bind you up even if you’re made out of orange boulders. On … Continue reading

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Heroes don’t let heroes borrow costumes …

In the early days of the Marvel U., everyone was new to the hero game. The name of the game was catching radioactive crooks and learning the ropes:  The Thing was experimenting with pants and helmets. Hank Pym was small … Continue reading

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Why Iron Man shouldn’t watch Bravo!

After catching a few, fateful minutes of “Project Runway” while dressing for a showdown with The Mandarin, Tony Stark gets inspired … Several third degree burns and five boxes of Hello Kitty Band-Aids later, the “Iron Summer” costume was permantly … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Tales of Suspense #48

I love that this two-panel sequence is in existence. I love that the character that after Iron Man fought the likes of Crimson Dynamo, Jack Frost and The Melter, it was, in fact, the Mysterious Mr. Doll who made him … Continue reading

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Hawkeye and Ghost Rider Do the Scooby Doo

Nothing like ending an insane comic thst starts with good ol’ Johnny Blaze taking a joy ride with a dude named Bronco Bill by pulling off the classic Scooby Doo ending with Hawkeye in tow … as well as his … Continue reading

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Wakanda 1 – New Genesis 0

Highfather may be the leader of a cosmic boy band that communes with The Source, but he really needs to consult a trademark attourney before he starts trying to sell T-Shirts of his new look. Screwing with fashion conscious government … Continue reading

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Thor Forsakes Asgard for the Competitive Eating Circuit

After working with the Avengers to polish off the Masters of Evil, banishing Loki to the Negative Zone and crushing Galactus in an arm wrestling contest, the God of Thunder embarks on a new course of conquest … the competitive eating circuit. Afterwards, he … Continue reading

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OCAP! Man of the Past to Save the Future!

It’s alive! It’s alive! The Smartass is back! Sorry it’s been a while, so I hope you enjoy this little homage to the Top 5 Classic Cap covers over at ComicBookResources.com and two great Kirby creations! Here’s the original OMAC Cover: … Continue reading

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Disney Invasion: Fantastic Four #264

Guys, I know everyone is a bit on edge over Disney’s purchase of Marvel. You’re worried it will change the comics you love. But, the rabbit hole goes deeper than you know. The roots of the mouse invasion, much like … Continue reading

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Why I Love Marvel Comics: Secret Wars #4

It’s been a long day. I just took five to skim an Secret Wars #4 on Marvel.com … and what did I find, more reasons I love Marvel. It’s sharing time.   Okay, so it’s like 30 minutes after the … Continue reading

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TGIW! The 800-Pound Gorilla Wants His Comics

Hey, he has opposable thumbs. He can read comics and fling his own poo at the same time.

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Don’t you just hate it when this happens?

Guys, really, in this age of technical miracles, there is no excuse for not better coordinating your outfits. Now, in fairness, Dormammu has been around since the dawn of time, so …

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Ant-Man Just Wants a Good Night’s Sleep

He’s taken down giant communist bugs; played not one, but two roles in the Destiny War; designed and worn more costumes than Ru-Paul, but stalwart scientist, Dr. Henry Pym never quite defeated the true demon in his life, speep apnea. … Continue reading

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Everything I Love About Marvel Comics in Just Two Panels

So, this is going to sounds like shameless plugging for Marvel.com, but I do love digital comics, especially as they allow me to time-travel back to the golden age. And, this Friday was no exception. Skimming through the online release … Continue reading

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Project: Runway Invades the New Avengers

So … is Hawkeye trailer trash or Euro trash … ?

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God Love Hawkeye … I know I do.

Calling people out in public is always a dicey proposition … especially at the “who’s who hero fest” that was the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Strom in Fantastic Four Annual #3. But, that’s where Clint Barton is such a … Continue reading

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TGIW: Doom Hits Fanboys Where It Hurts

The ultimate realization of his plans to destroy Wednesday and to control all of Comicdom was finally within Dr. Doom’s grasp. And, he would have succeeded, too, if it weren’t for that meddling postal holiday. Thursday!?!?! Not in Latveria … … Continue reading

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Elseworlds 2.0 – The Hulk Tosses Cars on Action Comics #1

Couldn’t resist the “Watchmen” reference on this reimagining of Action Comics #1, but doesn’t “Tunderbolt” Ross just look like a kid in a candy store here? Let’s be honest … the Hulk wouldn’t have waited 40-odd years to get with … Continue reading

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Elseworlds 2.0: Eat it, Joe Chill … Punisher in Batman #9

The Joker, Two-Face, Riddler and Penguin may not have terrorized Gotham City so much … if they’d had a bullet between the eyes on day one. Come on, who wouldn’t want to see the “Punisher Signal” shining in the night?

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Elseworlds 2.0: Iron Man in Green Lantern Green Arrow #85

Ah, Speedy’s little dalliance with heroin was weak. Come on … if Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams really wanted to take on hard core addiction in comics, go with a heavier hitter … like Tony Stark. Remeber kids, drinking and … Continue reading

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