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Fantastic Four Remix, Part Two: A Matter of Character

December 13, 2016 // 2 Comments

So here we are again. Nobody burned the nerd farm down after last week’s excursion into fan fiction (in fact, I appreciate the kindness a few of you showed it). So we’re back for Round Two. But if you were fortunate enough to have missed that first part, you can go here to read it now. The gist of it, though, is that a discussion I ran across of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four movie [...]

A Whole Buncha Nothin’

March 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

So I’ve got nothing to write about this week. It happens sometimes. I mean, I read some funnybooks last week, but nothing I could fill a column with. The only new book I picked up, for instance, was the third issue of Andrew MacLean’s excellent Head Lopper… …and all I’ve really got to say about it is that it’s more of the same crazily-inventive fantasy [...]

THINGBEARD: Staring into the Abyss

February 9, 2016 // 1 Comment

Beginning an irregular series, in which we look back at one aspect or another of the nerd farm’s favorite super-team, The Fantastic Four! This week: the first five issues, and the incredible importance of that time the Thing became a pirate… The Greatest Moment in Funnybook History occurred in 1962, in the pages of Fantastic Four #5. And it looked a little like this: Clearly, some [...]

Heavy, Man, Heavy: Jim Starlin’s Thanos Saga, Part Two

December 10, 2013 // 10 Comments

Warlock, by Jim Starlin and Friends Last time, we looked at Jim Starlin’s Thanos Saga, or at least the portion of it that ran in Captain Marvel. That story introduced the Mad Titan in love with Death, and… Actually, you know what? Starlin himself gave us a recap heading into the grand finale of that story, so why not just take a gander at that? It’s fully embiggenable, after all, and [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super-Villains of All Time, Part Five

September 26, 2013 // 8 Comments

So here we are at last. The Top Five, and the end of our countdown of the 25 Greatest Super-Bastards of All Time (click here to check out the whole list). I’m not gonna lie, this has been an exhausting blogging experience. It’s completely eaten my life, or at least the portion of it I set aside for entertainment. I haven’t read a book or watched a movie since I started this [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super-Villains of All Time, Part Three

September 16, 2013 // 3 Comments

Hello, and welcome back to our countdown of the 25 Greatest Funnybook Super-Bastards Ever! What’s that? This is your first visit? You didn’t know we were counting down super-bastards? Well, hell! Why didn’t you say so? Part One of our list can be found here… …and Part Two is located here. Or you can just jump in below to see if all that clicking is worth it. We start [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part Three)

June 27, 2013 // 2 Comments

Continuing our countdown of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time! Part One can be found here, with Part Two here. Go back to get caught up, or dive in below… We’re down to the top five now, and that seems like something of a watershed moment to me. The tension I’ve felt throughout the list between quality of story, quality of concept, and historical importance really ramped [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part Two)

June 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

After a day of wrestling with WordPress, our list of the 25 Greatest Spandex Characters of All Time continues! Please forgive any layout problems or typos. It’s been a difficult posting. Part One can be found here, or you can jump right in below. Just remember: one dork’s opinion, nobody will ever agree with every pick, etc etc… 14. The Flash A character whose enduring appeal, I [...]

Dork Awards: The 25 Greatest Super Heroes of All Time (Part One)

June 19, 2013 // 6 Comments

Recently, a friend showed me a mainstream entertainment site’s list of the 25 Greatest Super Heroes. I approached the list cynically, of course. As a funnybook connoisseur (read: DORK), I automatically assumed that the straight world just wouldn’t get it right. And I was correct to some extent, but as I went through their list, I also found myself becoming fascinated. Because it [...]

Halloween Leftovers: Jim Steranko’s Tower of Shadows

November 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Incredible as it may seem after 31 days of posts, I actually did have a few Halloweenie odds and ends that I didn’t get around to last month. But, hey. One of the great pleasures of the holiday season is leftovers, right? So tonight I thought I’d share one of the tastier bits: That’s Jim Steranko‘s cover for Tower of Shadows #1, Marvel Comics’ entry into the [...]