Batman Turns 80

Issue #1000 of Detective Comics is hitting the stands.

Dad’s Stuff is Junk, Grandma’s Stuff is Treasure?

Does trash become treasure with time?

Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee Dies At 95

Rest in Peace and Excelsior, Stan Lee!

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Captain America

The opinion journalist who has lately been writing the Black Panther comics is taking on one of the format’s most iconic characters.

Marvel Post-Credit Scenes

Here’s one vote for ending this annoying practice.

Black Panther Movie Review Roundup

Some thoughts on the biggest Marvel blockbuster yet. [Modest spoilers]

What Does a Superhero Owe Us?

The new Black Panther movie raises a variant of the central question of the superhero genre. [No significant spoilers]

Adam West, Television’s Batman, Dies At 88

R.I.P., Caped Crusader

Superhero Movie Actor Comparisons: Who Pulled Off Superman, Batman, Spiderman, and Hulk Best?

Who was the better Superman: Christopher Reeve or Henry Cavill? Who was the better Batman: Michael Keaton or Christian Bale? Who was the better Spiderman: Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield?

Cool Infographic – Evolution of Superman’s “S” Shield

Superman’s famous shield changes from 1938 to present.

You Got Your X-Men in My Avengers!

Fox and Disney are in a legal fight over movie rights to a minor comic book character.

Superman Turns 75

Today is the 75th anniversary of Superman.

Marvel Kills Spider-Man Again

Issue #700 marks the final issue of Amazing Spider-Man and Peter Parker’s run as that character. For now.

Why Are So Many Superheroes Orphans?

Most of the most popular superheroes in American comics are orphans. Coincidence or something else?

Rush Limbaugh: Batman Villain Created In 1993 Is Attack On Romney

Rush Limbaugh made perhaps one of the dumber comments I’ve seen from the right about the entire Bain Capital story, and managed to display an apparent inability to use Google to look things up.

Green Lantern is Gay (and Afraid of Wood)

Green Lantern is gay. The original Green Lantern. No, the other original Green Lantern.

Dark Knight Rises Trailer

The trailer for the next Batman movie, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is out.

Fear of a Black Spider-Man

Marvel has created an alternate universe in which Spiderman is a half-black, half-Latino teenager. Some people are angry.

Jack Kirby in 1965. (Rosalind Kirby Estate) Jack Kirby in 1965. (Rosalind Kirby Estate)

Jack Kirby’s Heirs Suing Marvel

Jack Kirby’s heir are trying to posthumously renegotiate half-century old deals with Marvel.

DC Resets Universe Again

DC is once again resetting the clock on its universe and starting all its books over with issue #1.

Superman Loves America After All

Superman doesn’t hate America after all!

Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘Governator’ Comic Book

Arnold Schwarzenegger has mastered the worlds of bodybuilding, show business, and politics. Next, he’s going to try his hand at being a Marvel superhero.

Wonder Woman Gets New Costume

After 69 years fighting crime in a star-spangled bathing suit, Wonder Woman will get a super hero costume.

Action Comics #1 Sells for Million Dollars

When I started collecting the books, back in early 1977, copies of Action #1 were available for something like $3500. 

Marvel Sues to Keep Spider-Man, X-Men Copyrights

Marvel Comics is suing the estate of its second most famous figure in order to keep the rights to its most lucrative properties.

Marvel Team-up: Obama and Spider-man

Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover.

Iron Man a Second-Tier Superhero?

The lead character of the new Marvel movie hasn’t received the pop-culture exposure of Superman, Batman, Spiderman, or the Hulk.

Marvel Back Issues Online

Marvel Comics is putting back issues of its comics online, hoping to lure young fans. Excelsior!

Comic Books and the War on Terror

For universal icons, albeit fictional ones, to suddenly become partisan props is a bit sad.

Pat Leahy in Batman Dark Knight Movie

Patrick Leahy has a small part in “The Dark Knight,” the next Batman flick. No word on whether Dick Cheney will take part.

Comic Books Top Stocks as Investment

Rare comic books have been among the best-performing investment vehicles.

Marvel Kills Off Captain America

The publishers are being coy about whether someone else will wield the mighty shield, but insist that “This is the end of Steve Rogers, the meat and potatoes guy from 1941.”

Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four Movie Sequel

The Silver Surfer will make his live-action debut in the second installment of the Fantastic Four movie franchise.

Green Lantern Creator Dead at 91

Martin Nodell, the creator of Golden Age Green Lantern and the Pillsbury Doughboy, has died

Forbes Wealthiest Fictional Characters

Scrooge McDuck, Richie Rich, Bruce Wayne, and Tony Stark make the cut.

Friday Afternoon Fun Post

Given that the first two Spidey flicks were amongst the best superhero movies of all time, there are high hopes for this one.

Heath Ledger to Play Joker

I’m not sure if that’s an inspired choice or an insane one. However, given that Batman Begins was by far last year’s best movie, I have confidence that Christopher Nolan knows what he’s doing.

Superhero Stamps Coming Tomorrow

The U.S. Postal Service is set to launch D.C. superhero commemorative stamps tomorrow.

Marvel, DC Duel At the Box Office

Superman is the biggest franchise in comics and Batman is close behind. Marvel’s stable of characters is more interesting, though.

Batman Begins Movie Review

This isn’t your father’s Batman. (That Boy Scout Adam West would never do such a thing.) He’s not even your brother’s Batman. (Tim Burton’s vision was dark, but whimsical too.) No, this killer is your grandfather’s Batman, the Dark Knight who, in his early 1939 appearances in Detective Comics, didn’t show any qualms about dispatching the bad guys.

Frank Gorshin, Batman’s Riddler, Dies at 72

Actor Frank Gorshin, the impressionist with 100 faces best known for his Emmy-nominated role as The Riddler on the old “Batman” television series, has died.

DC Comics Unveils New Logo

DC Comics has unveiled a new logo, replacing one that has graced their books since 1980.

Marvel Settles Suit With Spider-Man Creator Stan Lee

I’m glad to see Lee get a piece of this pie given that none of it would exist without his creative vision.

Marvel Comic for Troops

Marvel Comics is putting out a special edition Avengers book for free distribution to American troops around the world.

Pope John Paul II Comic Book

Reuters is abuzz with news that Colombia is publishing a Pope John Paul II comic book. I’d point out that Marvel already did this–in 1983.

Batman Begins Movie Trailer

Batman Begins, starring Christian Bale in the title role, looks quite interesting. It’s scheduled for release on June 17, 2005.


I’m apparently Spider-man.