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“The Death of Speedy Ortiz” by Jaime Hernandez

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be fun to look back on a work that happens to have “love” right there in the title: Love and Rockets. Continue reading “The Death of Speedy Ortiz” by Jaime Hernandez

When Spidey Jumped the Shark, Pt. 6: The Denny O’Neil Era

We’re calling it the Denny O’Neil Era of Spider-Man, which it is, but it’s also the stealth beginning of the Roger Stern Era. Continue reading When Spidey Jumped the Shark, Pt. 6: The Denny O’Neil Era

Frank Miller’s First Batman

Considering the many options for classic Christmas comics this season, I recalled Frank Miller’s first Batman story, “Wanted: Santa Claus—Dead or Alive!” Continue reading Frank Miller’s First Batman

Super Friends 50th Anniversary

A couple months back, a Saturday morning favorite of mine celebrated the golden jubilee of its debut as Super Friends premiered on the ABC television network on September 8, 1973. Continue reading Super Friends 50th Anniversary

Casper #170, “The Littlest Trick-or-Treater”

Looking for something Halloween themed while also looking to branch out into fresh genres and publishers, I figured there would be a ton of Halloween stories of Casper the Friendly Ghost out there, right? Continue reading Casper #170, “The Littlest Trick-or-Treater”

Keith Giffen 1952-2023

At some point within the last couple of days, Keith Giffen passed away. He would have been seventy-one years old on November 30. Continue reading Keith Giffen 1952-2023

When Spidey Jumped the Shark, Pt. 5: The Marv Wolfman Era

Today it’s the Marv Wolfman Era of Amazing Spider-Man I’ll be covering. Continue reading When Spidey Jumped the Shark, Pt. 5: The Marv Wolfman Era

Spidey Miscellanea Pt. 7: Ditko Essays and More

In the midst of doing some Steve Ditko research recently, I stumbled across this article on what might be my new favorite comics blog, Jack Elving’s Elving’s Musings. Continue reading Spidey Miscellanea Pt. 7: Ditko Essays and More

The Wagner-Grant-Breyfogle Batman

Re-presenting another classic column of mine from the Pronto days, this one is about some great Batman stories from the very late 80s. Let’s call it the Wagner-Grant-Breyfogle Batman, as these stories come from writers John Wagner and Alan Grant, and artist Norm Breyfogle. Continue reading The Wagner-Grant-Breyfogle Batman