The late 1980s were full of cartoons and comic books that were, essentially, built around the need to sell toys. For instance, the Transformers and their predecessors the Diaclones were just a bunch of toy robots. It was up to the writers of cartoons and comics to build a mythology about the planet Cybertron and its […]
This week, Marvel Studios released new ads for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a movie that might just become the best live-action adaptation of Marvel’s web-slinging wonder. But did you know that Spider-Man, introduced in 1962, wasn’t the first web-using or arachnid-based hero in comics and related media? There are several who preceded him. Let’s take a look!
The planet Vulcan is known to many science fiction fans. No, not the world full of mercury swamps that the Second Doctor visited in 1966 in Doctor Who. I mean, of course, home of Spock from Star Trek. Just as famous is Krypton, the birth planet of Kal-El, known on Earth under the names Clark Kent […]
The Lego Batman Movie is a wild success and some say it’s the best Batman film on-screen. But this is, of course, not the first animated film starring the Dark Knight, nor is it even the first animated Batman film to be released in theaters. So here are five other such movies you might want […]
Last week, Warner Bros. announced that it wants to put a live-action Nightwing film into production, with The Lego Batman Movie‘s Adam McKay as its director. Some of you may know that Nightwing is actually Dick Grayson, the first of Batman’s apprentices to take on the name and identity of Robin. Eventually, Dick grew up […]
Aside from wall-crawling, Peter Parker’s most famous feature is his webbing. While other heroes fly or run across rooftops with grappling hooks, Spider-Man swings on web-lines, zooming through New York at up to 40 MPH. But just what is this webbing and its true nature?
Published by DC Comics in 2001, written by Joe Kelly and Brandon Badeaux, with art by Mark Morales and Moose Baumann, Action Comics #783 gives a great single issue story. Advertised on the cover as “The Choice,” the story within is actually called “The Gift” and is a fine example of how a character like Superman can […]
In 1969, Ursula K. Le Guin published The Left Hand of Darkness. It went on to win a Hugo award and Nebula award for Best Novel. The story remains a classic and has gained renewed interest due to its focus on gender expectations and politics. If that’s enough for you, then go on and check it […]
DC has the Swamp Thing. Marvel has the Man-Thing. There’s also a creature called the Heap who’s appeared in different incarnations across publishers. But where did all these muck monsters come from? What’s the difference between them and where did it start?
Since Peter Capaldi announced his upcoming departure from Doctor Who, fans have been discussing and debating who should be the next actor to play the titular hero of the TV show. Like Batman and James Bond, there have been many people to play the mysterious alien scientist known as the Doctor. Unlike Bond, these changes […]