Adam Strange is an archaeologist, who I assume is a very good one so he may have finished his PhD and is a doctor of archaeology (like that other guy who calls himself Indiana). Has anyone referred to him as Dr. Strange in the comics?
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
Time to showcase some Philippine comics characters! Palos (Eel) is a thief with a heart of gold, robbing from the bad guys to give to the needy. Gagamba (Spider) is a masked crimefighter in the vein of pulp characters like, well, The Spider. Both debuted in separate stories in the weekly anthology Tagalog Klasiks, co-created by brothers Virgilio and Nestor Redondo. Both were also very popular at the time (the '60s) and spawned numerous sequels and movies. Later on, both of them headlined their own titles (Palos Komiks and Gagamba Komiks), a rarity in the Philippines, where most titles are anthologies.
Friday, June 24, 2016
I've always loved team-up books when I was a kid. To my young mind, it was a bargain. Two heroes for the price of one comic book! I always felt like I got my money's worth... Marvel Team-Up, The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics Presents, Marvel Two-In-One... Even Marvel Double Feature, which wasn't a team-up book but featured two heroes nonetheless.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
It looks like Marvel's not giving up on highlighting the Inhumans any time soon. If rumors are to be believed, they're being positioned to replace the X-Men as a major franchise because Fox won't let Marvel take back the X-Men movie rights. But are readers biting?
Monday, June 20, 2016
Among all the superheroes on the Justice League roster during the Giffen & DeMatteis run, these guys emerged as my favorites. Their individual short-lived titles were okay, but it was in the Justice League that they started to grow on the fans. Ted Kord was a generic millionaire superhero in his own title, and Booster Gold sometimes got pretty annoying in his. But Giffen & DeMatteis (with Maguire, Templeton, Hughes, McKone, etc.) gave them personality and character.
Friday, June 17, 2016
For as long as I've been reading comics, these two have been a couple. There have been ups and downs (especially the time when their son was killed), but they've always ended up together sooner or later. Hopefully they'll get re-married again soon.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
DC Comics' late '60s Captain Action had great art by Wally Wood and Gil Kane. It may not come, but I would snatch up a trade paperback reprinting of those issues in an instant. And although the original Captain Action was before my time, I had the pleasure of working on these two characters for Moonstone Books and Captain Action Enterprises. I hope I can work on them again in the future.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
To the best of my knowledge, Nightwing didn't appear on DC Comics Presents. Dick Grayson did, however, team up with Superman back when he was still Robin. Also, I just realized that this cover features two guys who went by the code name Nightwing at one time or another.
Monday, June 13, 2016
When I was in grade school, I used to buy black and white reprints of Harvey Comics. My favorite was Hot Stuff, the Little Devil. He appealed to me more than Casper, since I found Casper to be a bit depressing (a ghost who just wanted to have friends but more often than not scared those he wanted to befriend). So I guess the answer to the question on the cover above is "Turned him into Hot Stuff."
Thursday, June 9, 2016
The character Patsy Walker must have the most interesting journey in comics. First starring in an Archie-type teen comedy book, then becoming a supporting character in the main Marvel universe. After a while she became a superhero as Hellcat, and even got married to the Son of Satan himself! (I know, the cover above is a bit of a cheat since Patsy herself didn't star in The Cat comic book. That was Greer Nelson, who later on became Tigra.)
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I don't know why a lot of people don't like the Silver Centurion armor. For me, it looked great and the additional abilities (like the Stealth Mode) were awesome. Plus, I think the silver and red color scheme went together better than the gold and red. It was also the first time that Tony Stark would change his armor on a more frequent basis. The armor that preceded this was Iron Man's standard look for over a decade, except for the time that it grew a nose.
Monday, June 6, 2016
The Domino Lady is one of the characters I've worked on for Moonstone Books. Seeing as how she's a public domain character, it's not far-fetched that she could've appeared in DC's Shadow comic book series. Dynamite is doing well with The Shadow nowadays, and with Matt Wagner at the helm that shouldn't be surprising.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Friday, June 3, 2016
Deathstroke was introduced as Deathstroke, the Terminator in the first page of New Teen Titans no. 2, but after that he was always just referred to as the Terminator. I wonder why, later on, DC decided to refer to him as Deathstroke once again? Was it to avoid confusion with the Terminator movie series?
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Rom comes back to comics this year courtesy of IDW. I did pick up the FCBD issue last month, and it was okay. I'm still on the fence if I'm going to pick up the regular series. I liked the Marvel series by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema when I was a kid, and it's a testament to both creators' talents that Rom still has a large fan base decades after the original comic ended. If you're so inclined, information on how to help Bill Mantlo with his medical bills can be found on billmantlo.com.