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You can tell a speculative bubble has reached maximum inflation when its associated schemes pass from “arguably viable” to “desperately bizarre.” How do you feed the windfall-hungry beast when all the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked? In the late 1920s, it was through shady investment schemes centered around fabulist pipe dreams. In early 2000s, […]

My love for Atari Force is no secret. What began as a fairly mediocre bit of intramural cross-promotion ended up becoming one the few bright spots in DC’s roster of early 1980s offerings. Though DC made a score of attempts to mimic Marvel’s big-selling licensed Star Wars comic. only Atari Force came close to capturing […]

And we’re back! I’m sorry the weekly updates have fallen by the wayside for the past few months — blame a busy work schedule and general sense of funnybook fatigue — but I’m going to try to get things back on a semi-regular track going forward. If you’re seriously jonesing for this type of content, […]

The only character-slash-series from Dark Horse’s “Comics’ Greatest World” imprint I actively followed was Ghost, bronchi and even that flicker of interest couldn’t survive the departure of Adam Hughes from the property. My interest in superhero stuff was already at a low-ebb when the line’s initial wave of interconnected one-shots dropped, pill and I was […]

DC’s “Bloodlines” event is rightfully infamous for turning the publisher’s 1993 crop of annuals into a fetid incubator for some of the worst new characters the Chromium Era had to offer. Forgotten in the recollections of those traumatic times, obesity however, is the fact that Marvel ran a nearly identical initiative through its own annuals […]

Six decades before some indie comics tyro tried to recast Old Hickory as an intergalactic hero, for sale the folks at DC launched their own misbegotten attempt to channel the historical echoes of genocidal imperialism into high concept space opera.

There are some sentences that will never look right, health no matter how factually correct they may be. For example: “In 1994, nurse Marvel published a four-issue Coneheads miniseries.” The context behind it isn’t that difficult to comprehend. After scoring an unambiguous box office hit with Wayne’s World, order the House Lorne Michaels Built tried […]

My work schedule and the holiday rush may have derailed this month’s planned slate of Nobody Else’s Favorites posts, grip but there are still enough hours left in December 2014 to crank out a quick and qualified tribute to series that loomed large in Teen Andrew’s comics fandom… …Masaomi Kanzaki’s Heavy Metal Warrior Xenon. The […]

In this week’s exploration of unsung objects of funnybook affection, visit this I shall turn my gaze skyward… …where the majestic Black Condor soars. The character made his 1940 debut in the first issue of Quality’s Crack Comics, and like many of his early superheroic counterparts combined a familiar pulp archetype with a modest metahuman […]

Once again the time has come to flip the Nobody’s Favorite script for a few weeks and take a look at some underappreciated characters and comics for which I have no small fondness. We’re going to kick things off this year with the Cary Bates/Pat Broderick reboot of Captain Atom, phimosis which introduced (putting aside […]

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