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For our second seasonal trip to the necropolis of Nobody’s Favorites, we’re going to check in with a diabolic damsel from the dying days of disco. Ladies and gentlemen, bats and ghouls, slip on your finest pair of boogie shoes and say hello to the Satin Satan. Also known as “Sabrina Sultress,” this Bianca Jagger-esque […]

It has been a while since I delved into the dank depths of Nobody’s Favorites, and what better time than the Halloween Countdown to exhume the Dreaded Feature That Cannot Die? In keeping with the seasonal spirit, we’re going to turn the spooky spotlight (it’s covered in cobwebs, okay?) upon the night-loving non-entity known as […]

Star Wars saved funnybooks as a mass medium. Landing the licensing rights to the franchise gave Marvel a leg up at a time when some suspected the publisher’s days were numbered. Its success was able to turn things around long enough for the rebooted X-Men (and its DC counterpart, the New Teen Titans) to gain […]

As distressing as recent events have been, I think it’s time to return to the Feature That Refuses to Die with a character who exemplifies the kinder, gentler side of Nobody’s Favorites…. …the splendorous Stingray. The second-rate scourge of sea-borne villainy started his career as Walter Newell, a government scientist and surface-dwelling pal of the […]

When I launched Nobody’s Favorites eight (?!?) years ago, I promised myself that it would not turn into another one of the many “Mort of the Month” features which infested the comics blogosphere at the time. The goal wasn’t pummeling a succession of soft targets in a context-free vacuum, but to use the dimmer lights […]

Nobody’s Favorites: Byrned out

September 13th, 2016

In the realm of comics fandom, you either die happy in your nostalgia or live long enough to have to explain the virtues of something you cherish to folks too young to remember the hoopla firsthand. You begin with “Well, you have to understand that…” pausing only to hike up your old man pants as […]

Nobody’s Favorite: Cut rate

August 22nd, 2016

I’ve never cared much for Arcade, Marvel’s deathtrap-loving assassin who dresses like he just got off a shift as a greeter at Shakey’s Pizza. He is the quintessential “Marvel Team-Up villain,” a mixture of high concept absurdity and on-the-nose disposability, possessing just enough adversarial substance and visual flair to float a done-in-one story. Don’t get […]

Blimpy the “Bungling Buddha” was created by Sy Reit, and debuted in Quality’s Feature Comics #64 (January 1943). Blimpy was an ancient Chinese statue brought to life after a pugnacious tyke named Tabby Tyler decided to try out the mythical Pygmalion’s arcane incantation (“Oggle doggie woggle ibbidy bibbidy sibbidy sab, dictionary down the ferry, out […]

In the beginning there was The Unholy Three, a 1925 silent thriller directed by Tod Browning and starring Lon Chaney as the leader of a trio of circus performers gone bad. Chaney played a rogue ventriloquist and master of disguise, Harry Earles played a little person able to pass as small child, and Victor McLagen […]

A Most Modest Flower: Day 27

February 27th, 2016

(from “Acceptance” by Paul Levitz and Francis Portela in Legion of Super-Heroes v6 #6, December 2010) “It’s nice our relationship doesn’t have to be coyly hinted at anymore, but it would have been nicer if they managed to do it while anyone still cared about the Legion.” Ah, the “Rip Van Winkle” reboot of the […]

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