Mickey Mouse Entering Public Domain (Sort Of)

Steamboat Willie is about to be ripe for exploitation.

Henry Kissinger, 1923-2023

The most important and controversial American diplomat of the postwar era is gone at 100.

Neal Adams, 1941-2022

The legendary comic book artist is gone at 80.

Wonder Woman 1984

A very low-spoilers review.

Cops Aren’t Soldiers

The similarities are obvious. The differences are more important.

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

Does trash become treasure with time?

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!

Is the Federalist Society Nefarious?

By popular demand . . .

Margot Kidder, Superman’s Lois Lane, Dies At 69

Rest in Peace, Lois Lane.

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

New York City Pay Phones To Become WiFi Hotspots

Adapting a relic of the 20th Century to the 21st Century.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Laughing Gas Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Software Patents are Crumbling

The courts have been striking them down at a dizzying pace since June.

Hollywood’s Changing Male Ideal

On screen body objectification is now equal opportunity.

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?

Films Based On Marvel Comics More Successful Than Those Based On DC Comics

Films from the House of Spiderman have grossed more than those from the House of Superman. But that’s mostly because of ticket price increases.

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

Superman’s famous shield changes from 1938 to present.

Superman Turns 75

Today is the 75th anniversary of Superman.

Die Hard’s Enduring Appeal

An excellent essay by Adam Sternbergh “On the Enduring Appeal of ‘Die Hard.'”

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?

Superman Through the Ages

The constantly changing face of Superman, the iconic comic book superhero, over the 73 years since he debuted in Action Comics #1.

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.

Gene Weingarten: Branding is Ruining Journalism

Gene Weingarten is not a fan of journalists building a brand.

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!

Superman Renounces American Citizenship

Superman will renounce his American citizenship!

Sexism Parody Demonstrates Lack of Sexism

A handful of young male bloggers have launched themselves to the head of the line, leapfrogging those who’ve spent years playing the game by the old rules.juice

Teachers Unions vs. Education

DC schools superintendent Michelle Rhee has radically transformed the system for the better. Naturally, the teachers unions want her gone.

Wonder Woman Gets New Costume

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

Burying The Lede

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 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.

Comic Books and the War on Terror

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

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