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The Competitive Secrecy of Comics Printing

This article began as an inquiry into the comics printing process.  Noticing that a recent issue published by Marvel Comics was printed by Quad/Graphics, Nothing But Comics! contacted Quad/Graphics to learn more about how comics were printed.  In researching the topic, however, Nothing But Comics! encountered a reluctance to disclose details from both Quad/Graphics and comics publishers, revealing much about the competitive secrecy of comics printing.

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Publication information for MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN No.5. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Note that the comic was printed by Quad/Graphics in Waseca, Minnesota.

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Cthulhu Asks Tough Questions – The Fiona Staples Interview

Every week, malevolent cosmic deity and comics connoisseur Cthulhu critiques comics via Twitter (@ClockpunkEllis).  Cthulhu also reaches out to comics creators on Twitter to ask them tough, personal questions.  This week, Cthulhu contacted Fiona Staples, the artist of the comics series Saga and the upcoming Archie series, to ask her a tough question.

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“Super-Soldiers”: The U.S. Military’s Controversial Sponsorship of Superhero Films

Movies that are based on superhero comics depict inspiring heroes fighting to save the world, and box office sales data indicates that these movies appeal to young men and woman in their teens and twenties.  The United States Armed Forces noticed this interest in superhero movies from a key recruitment demographic, and the Army and Army National Guard sponsored two superhero films – X-Men: First Class (2011) and Man of Steel (2013).  These sponsorships were intended to reach an audience of young people who might be inspired to serve their country in the military, but they sparked controversy about the military’s recruitment tactics and spending.

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The Sandman’s Heroic Creator – Bert Christman

Artist Bert Christman co-created the comic book superhero “The Sandman” with writer Gardner Fox in 1939.  The Sandman is Wesley Dodds, a wealthy costumed adventurer who uses a gas gun that, when fired, puts criminals to sleep or compels them to tell the truth.  In his adventures, the Sandman is a brave hero, yet the character’s heroic exploits pale in comparison to the real-life deeds of his creator.

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