Thanks to the Iron Man films, Tony Stark has become a major superhero around the world. The star of three of his own feature films, he has also been a main character in both Avengers films, the movie Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Known as the […]
We tend to marry heroes to a special weapon, vehicle, super-power or fighting technique that they use. Superman flies. Spidey has web-shooters. Batman has his cool car and his batarangs. Wonder Woman has her lasso. Captain America has his mighty, ricocheting shield. But for Cap, that wasn’t always the case. For years, the shield was […]
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 […]