Part two of our top fifty runs of all time podcast going from 25 to 1 featuring discussions on The Flash by Carmine Infantino, Brian K Vaughan & Pia Guerra’s Y The Last Man, Nick Fury by Jim Steranko, Animal Man by Grant Morrison, Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Spiderman by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, The Fantastic Four by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby and more. Click below for the rankings Continue reading Podcast Episode Fifty Part Two
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Dean’s Recommendations … Seven To Eternity #2
“This book is essential reading right now. There will be very few comics on the shelf better than Seven To Eternity.”
Nothing But Comics has hit our three year mark and in observance of the site’s anniversary, every Tuesday from now until we finish, one of our staff members will list off their favorite comics creators all time. Last week was Cosmo, this week is Itho. Continue reading TUESDAY TOP FIFTEEN: OUR FAVORITE CREATORS Josh
We’ve seen Peter Parker in high-school and in love, fighting his greatest enemies, twice in live-action (soon to be a third retelling) and many more in animation. It’s a familiar story that we all know by heart but tolerate so we can see how far it gets taken. One spin that I’ve always found inspired and unappreciated is the 1999 series, Spider-Man Unlimited… Continue reading Counter-Intuitive: Spider-Man Unlimited was the Coolest Spin on the Character
By Ryan North, Will Murray, Erica Henderson & Rico Renzi
“You said you’re ten, right . . . [so] why are you already deciding there’s things you can’t do, Doreen Green?”
by Ryan North, Erica Henderson,Rico Renzi, Will Murray & Steve Ditko
Last week, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl celebrated the 25th Anniversary of its title character. Co-created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko, Squirrel Girl debuted in a one-off tale for Marvel Super-Heroes #8. In the story she tussled with Iron Man before defeating the latest egotistical machinations of Dr. Doom. Despite some initial editorial skepticism, she would stick around the Marvel Universe over the next couple decades landing gigs on The Great Lake Avengers and as Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ babysitter. Her biggest spotlight, however, arrived in 2015 with the premiere of her first solo series. Writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson invested the title with a distinctive flavor which was an immediate success, winning over new legions of fans for Doreen Green. North and Henderson bring that same spirit to the anniversary issue, crafting a charming, heartfelt portrait of a girl discovering herself.
Sometimes it is odd what gets honored and what slips through the cracks. For example, The Question, a series by Dennis O’Neil which debuted in 1987. The late 80s was a period where DC was allowing creators to shake up a decades’ old status quo. Much of this was necessitated by Crisis on Infinite Earths sweeping away the pre-existing DC Universe. It was in this spirit, John Byrne rewrote Superman’s origins in Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Frank Miller did the same for Batman, fashioning landmark takes on both the beginning and ending of The Caped Crusader’s career. In addition, DC was rolling the dice on lesser known writers reworking second-tier (or even third-tier) characters. This trend had already gotten off the ground with Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing. Over the next couple years, it would keep expanding with the likes of Grant Morrison’s Animal Man (followed by his Doom Patrol), Peter Milligan’s Shade, the Changing Man and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman (an original character, yet, one who still possessed multiple ties to pre-existing DC entities). These characters, along with John Constantine (originally created by Moore for his Swamp Thing series), would form the core of DC’s “Mature Readers” line, which in 1993 would become the Vertigo imprint. Twenty years later, the Vertigo label remains an indicator of non-traditional comics for “Mature Readers.”
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“The Hero Who could be You.” This was Marvel’s original tag line for Captain Universe. The concept was simple: there is a cosmic force called the Uni-Power which has the ability to inhabit a host, bestowing upon that individual immense powers. These abilities are temporary, though, granted in order to face a specific threat. As a child of the 90s, my first and primary association with Captain Universe were the Spider-Man stories from Acts of Vengeance. Recently, however, I read some of the original Captain Universe tales, which hue closer to the concept that anyone, no matter how unlikely, could become a cosmic hero.