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HAIL TO THE KING: Jack Kirby’s Best Marvel Characters

HAIL TO THE KING: Jack Kirby’s Best Marvel Characters

On this day, 100 years ago, a creative force was unleashed upon this planet. Jacob Kurtzberg, better known to the world as Jack Kirby, is one of the founding fathers of comics and it is no exaggeration to say that without his mighty talent, the industry would not be what it is. His prodigious output

COMIC LOVE: Who Is Donna Troy? (And Why Do I Love Her So?)

It’s probably pretty clear by now that I’ve read more than my share of comic books. I have more than 15 thousand in my personal collection, curated carefully over the last 35 years, not to mention the thousands more I’ve read and subsequently donated to worthy causes. I still pick up an insane number of

Class Dismissed: The 10 Best Moments in GOTHAM ACADEMY

Every so often, a comic book series comes along that touches the heart in a way that few things have before it. When Gotham Academy #1 was solicited in 2014, fans didn’t quite know what to expect from the team of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. But it didn’t take long to find

Tugging at the Strings: A Guide to DC REBIRTH Threads

It’s been about 13 months since DC Comics released its 80-page giant of a comic declaring a brand new era for DC Comics. 13 months since writer Geoff Johns bid adieu to writing monthly comics after a five year run on Justice League, nine years re-imagining the entire Green Lantern mythos, two separate runs (no

COMIC LOVE: My Youth in Comic Book Detroit

Beginnings, in life and literature, make or break a story. Writers can agonize over their first line (as I, not coincidentally, just did) to ensure the reader is hooked immediately into a world about to unfold. Challenging, yet convenient, is the ability to rewrite, revise, and retcon your story until it is the perfect synthesis

Music and the Makers: Bringing Life to Comic Books

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato It may sound like an advertising tag line, but music inspires our lives. One of the first things we do when getting in our car

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