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The Visible Dork Forty: Random Hilarity

July 18, 2016 // 1 Comment

So my usual pattern here on the Dork Forty is to ramble on endlessly about some funnybook or another. But I like pretty pictures, too. I collect dozens of the things, more than I could ever find time to write about. Some of those go up on our Facebook page (JOIN…US…), while others just go in a folder for some future date when I don’t feel like talking. But lord knows THAT [...]

The Visible Dork Forty: Orphaned Oddities

February 18, 2014 // 2 Comments

So I know that I usually drone on and on endlessly about some funnybook or other. It’s kind of what visitors to the nerd farm have come to expect, I suppose. Well, except for those pervs who keeping coming around looking for Gimli Porn. But when you make jokes like that, you’ve gotta expect to attract a rough crowd. ANYWAY… I do like to ramble on a bit, but I also like [...]

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 [...]

Countdown to Halloween: the Horror of… DITKO!

October 7, 2013 // 2 Comments

Classic funnybook artist Steve Ditko is best-known as the co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange among a host of other memorable super hero characters. But around Halloween time, I like to remind people that he was also one hell of a horror artist. Ditko broke into the industry in the early 1950s, when horror comics reigned supreme, and his gifts for mood, shadow, and bizarre monsters [...]

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 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 [...]

Ditko by Ditko

November 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

All the nerd wranglers here on the Dork Forty would like to wish a happy belated birthday to Mr. Steve Ditko. Born on November 2, 1927, Steve Ditko is one of the primary architects of the Silver Age of comics, ranking (in my humble estimation) behind only Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in responsibility for shaping comics into what they are today. He’s also a much more private individual than [...]

Ditko’s Amazing Fantasy

March 25, 2012 // 0 Comments

We’ll return to our Jack Kirby love-fest this evening, but in the meantime… I just ran across this seldom-seen unused Steve Ditko cover for Amazing Fantasy 15 (the first appearance of Spider-Man), and thought I’d share: If you’re not familiar with the story, Stan Lee had initially gone to Jack Kirby to develop his Spider-Man idea. But Ditko told Stan that Kirby’s [...]