When a Company is Bigger Than its Country

Novo Nordisk is worth more than home country’s Denmark annual GDP.

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[Updated] Picturing The Gap Between Fantasy And Reality

Police and the Punisher Skull

Top Gun: Maverick Setting Records

Mild spoilers ahead.

Turley on Impeachment

His column for The Hill feels more like concern trolling than anything else.

The Great Unbundling

The days of one-stop media shopping are long gone.

Stan Lee’s Former Manager Arrested For Elder Abuse

Stan Lee’s former business manager has been arrested on charges that he used his influence over the late Marvel Comics founder to divert funds and alienate Lee from his family in his final months of life.

After 20-Year Delay, Works from 1923 Lose Copyright Protection

The damage done for Mickey Mouse in the name of Sony Bono is finally coming to an end.

Marvel Comics Creator Stan Lee Dies At 95

Rest in Peace and Excelsior, Stan Lee!

Comedy is Not Funny

Is political satire even possible in the age of Trump?

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]

Hollywood Has Worst Summer In 17 Years

The summer of 2014 was the worst Hollywood has seen since Bill Clinton was President. It’s pretty easy to figure out why.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

James Franco Does It All

James Franco is a film director, screenwriter, painter, author, performance artist and actor. And working on a PhD at Yale.

TV Better Than Movies

Changing economic realities led to a role reversal: television is where you turn for smart entertainment, whereas the movies have become lowbrow.

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.

Comic Books Top Stocks as Investment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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