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 […]
Gomer Pyle used it as an exclamation of excitement and today many know it as the name of an app that identifies music you encounter. But the word “Shazam” originated in comic books as the source of power for Billy Batson, the hero originally called Captain Marvel and now more recently simply called Shazam. Not […]
Recently in the CW series Supergirl, title hero Kara Danvers (played by Melissa Benoist) lost her powers while exposed to the radiation of a red sun. So it seems timely to delve into just what the power sources is for Supergirl, her cousin Superman, and other Kryptonians that inhabit the DC Comics universe.
(NOTE: Obviously there are different origins in the cartoon and film adaptations, so just to keep things short, this article is focused on the comic book versions of how Tony Stark’s original armor was created.) The 1960s was a time of counter culture rebellion in the U.S. Marvel Comics tapped into this by making several […]
Batman’s now had many partners and apprentices that have taken on the codename “Robin.” But it all started with Richard “Dick” Grayson, a circus acrobat who today is known as Nightwing. So where did Dick’s original alter ego come from? What brought about the Dark Knight’s original squire and where did his name and costume […]
Yesterday was January 2nd, the birthday of Isaac Asimov. Born in 1920, Isaac Asimov wrote hundreds of books and short stories before his death in April 1992 due to HIV-related health issues. He is considered by many to be one of the grandfathers of 20th century science fiction, alongside his dear friend Arthur C. Clarke […]