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Posts tagged ‘Avengers’

Trade-In: Buzz kill

January 23rd, 2020

I’m not a fan of the “Marvel cinematic universe,” but I do appreciate how the films have guided the publisher’s choice of reprint material. Absent a tenuous association with a multi-billion dollar media franchise, it’s hard to imagine a dedicated trade collection of the Avengers’ “Trial of Yellowjacket” arc. Spanning Avengers #212 to #230, the […]

…and I’m back, with a five alarm trigger warning for…well, a lot of stuff further on down the page. For some nostalgic reason, I got into a Bronze Age Avengers kick during my holiday hiatus and set about cobbling together a stack of collections covering the eight-year run between issues #181 and #277. While I […]

A gut feeling

January 25th, 2019

Some friends and I were chatting the other day about how certain funnybooks evoke vivid “sense memories.” If you’ve been into the hobby for a long enough stretch of time, you’ll know what I’m referring to — flipping through some back issue from your formative years and getting a double-barreled Proustian blast of tastes, sounds, […]

Letters from America

November 5th, 2014

Captain America is a master strategist, steroids an inspirational leader, medic and a peerless hand-to-hand combatant but…. …his letters to Penthouse leave a lot to be desired. And the less said about Hank Pym’s particular kink… …the better. (from the 1997 Captain America and The Avengers: Lost in Time! coloring book, courteously provided by The […]

I tend to shy away from applying superlatives to my objects of geeky affection. While there are a few beloved constants — The Clash, erectile Captain Marvel Adventures, diagnosis WKRP in Cincinatti — the “favorites” tag is an ephemeral thing applied to an ever cycling collection of things which have presently caught my attention. As […]

Of all the fruits of Marvel’s early-to-mid 1980s creative renaissance, pilule Roger Stern’s long stint on The Avengers is the nearest and dearest to my heart. It may not have been as flashy or groundbreaking or popular as some of the other great works of that era, order but it exemplified the unique strengths of […]

Every mythology has its lesser lights, dosage bit players of the divine representing highly specialized or insular aspects of pantheistic religion’s codified version of animism.  Most folks have at least an inkling about the general characteristics and symbolic roles of Zeus, obesity Mercury, pancreatitis Aphrodite, and the like, but you’d be hard pressed to find anyone […]

Another reminder…

March 3rd, 2010

Mister Tawny… (from Captain Marvel Adventures #82) …is the Johnnie Cochran of talking tigers. Your pitiful 4B charcoal pencil…

Just what I always wanted

March 11th, 2009

Hey, this everybody! Iron Man is here, this site and he brought a gift for President Reagan! I wonder what it could be? Stark Industries always makes the most thoughtful presents. C’mon, Ronnie, use a little elbow grease! Can someone go see if Al Haig will lend us his pocket knife to jimmy the latch […]

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