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“Nova” means “explodes and dies”

Mon, 07/01/2019 - 00:14
In writing about webcomics and the development of superhero characters through use, I had a weird flashback to 1976. So we’re cuttin’ alllll the way back to my tween-teen transition and the siren call of a new title at Marvel: The Man Called Nova, by Marv Wolfman and John Buscema. I bought it, and if […]


Thu, 06/27/2019 - 00:00
My pick for the most banal possible phrase to lead with in any writing about comics: “I have always loved the interplay between words and pictures.” However, right now I’m struggling to lead with anything else, because this post is simply about pictures that have emerged from playing (words). Playing in this case means a […]

Living comics

Tue, 06/18/2019 - 00:00
I’ve been thinking about when and how superheroes are “alive” in the culture. Swing a stick right now, and you’ll hit someone telling you that all is roses. Superheroes are in! They are arrived! They are (gasp) cool at last! … whereas all my little eye sees is that they are in the cage. They […]


Mon, 06/10/2019 - 00:00
I encountered Batman oddly. The pile of comics I’d inherited were Marvel-heavy with only a little bit of DC, and that leaning toward sword-and-planet or horror. Yes, there was the TV show, running in syndication by the time I saw it, but my TV viewing was strictly limited and I’d only managed to catch a […]