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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis Season 3 Episode 1: ‘Flashpoint’

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It’s been a long, long Flash-less Summer, unless you count Grandmaster Flash in The Get Down, but we’re finally back. This episode, Barry screws up a good thing, everyone forgets what an original timeline looks like, and John Wesley Shipp says “Slugger,” twice! Does he get paid each time he says it? Let’s find out… together. "Flashpoint" was directed by Jesse Warn, from a story by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, and a teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Brooke Roberts.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Black Magic Of Supergirl! (1965)

Action Comics #324, DC Comics

It's finally October, friends and neighbors, and that means that it's the spookiest time of year: Halloween Season! That frightfully fun time of year when we turn our attention to stories about Draculas, Frankensteins, and the various other haints that perplex our favorite heroes --- and believe it or not, that's actually a little more difficult than it sounds. The same years that produced the comics I often focus on for Bizarro Back Issues --- the height of the Silver Age --- were also the years when the Comics Code Authority put a stranglehold on supernatural content, giving us two solid decades without a single wolfman to speak of.

And yet, they somehow let this story where Supergirl uses demonic skeleton magic to turn into a full-on Satan slide right through in the pages of Action Comics.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Eat-Man Eats, Is A Man (1997) [Sci-Fi Week]

Eat-Man #1, Viz

Back in the dim and distant times before the manga boom at the turn of the century, if you wanted anything that looked even remotely like Japanese comics you had to hunt through long boxes and hope that you could track down a whole story.

But like a lot of inconvenient things from the '90s --- like, say, VHS tapes --- that's an experience that I have a lot of nostalgia for, and the last time I was digging through dollar books at a con, I thought it might be fun to replicate what it was like to go into some random '90s manga completely cold. That's how I ended up with a copy of Eat-Man #1, the story of a man who eats things --- and based on this one issue, I think it might be my new favorite manga.

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Fantastic Five: Superman’s Strangest Powers

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

Everyone knows about all of Superman's cool powers like super-punching and laser eye beams, but what about some of his lesser known powers?

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Bizarro Back Issues: Secret Of The Super-Box! (1957)

Adventure Comics #241

Getting super-powers can be a tricky bit of business. Sure, you could always wait for a magic space ring to just literally fall out of the sky, and if you're confident in your ability to be a protagonist and not just a background character, I suppose you could always try to fall into a nuclear reactor and hope you get a new costume out of the deal, or train yourself to be a world-class karate detective, but if you can't afford a rocket car to go with it, you might just end up wasting your time.

Or you could just wait for "Wizard" Holton, Criminal Scientist, to show up and offer you a big Box of Super-Powers that you can wear on your back. All things considered, that's probably the best way to go.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Body Swaps And Human Metal Men In ‘Silver Age!’ (2000)

The Silver Age: The Brave and the Bold, DC Comics

So let's talk about The Silver Age. No, not the period from 1954 to 1971 that was largely defined by rigid rules, bizarre transformations, and Superman constantly playing educational pranks on all of his friends and loved ones; the other Silver Age. The fifth-week event from 2000? That's the one I want to talk about today, largely because I'm not sure that anyone else ever has.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Colonel Blimp’s Extremely Improbable Reign Of Terror (1982)

Detective Comics #519, DC Comics

I think we can all agree that the single biggest piece of news in comics right now is the shocking return of Colonel Blimp in the pages of Tom King and Ivan Reis's Batman #6, in stores now.

But just who is Colonel Blimp? Well, if you read that issue, you already know that he's got a blimp and steals submarines, and really, that's kind of all there is to it.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Badger, Bruce Lee, And Elvis (1990)

The Badger #65

Badger is a very weird comic, and it's weird in a way that's such a product of its time that the best way to read it may be to just pick up whatever back issue you see and read it in complete isolation from the rest of the series. Which is how I got the one where the Badger teams up with Elvis to fight Bruce Lee.

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BOO Power! Should My Kids Be Reading ‘Johnny Boo’? [Kids’ Comics]

Cover to Johhny Boo Goes Like This! James Kochalka/Top Shelf Productions
Cover to Johhny Boo Goes Like This! James Kochalka/Top Shelf Productions

There are a lot of kids' stories about ghosts. There are a lot of kids' stories about friendship. But what if there was a kids' comic about ghosts... who are friends?!? That's what James Kochalka's Johnny Boo books are about and they're delightful, combining simple stories, good lessons, colorful artwork, goofy humor, and ghosts and monsters, to create an appealing series of tales that can be laughed over and read again and again.

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Bizarro Back Issues: When You Want To Bring Down An International Terrorist, Send In the Archies! (1992) [Kids’ Comics]

Archie & Friends #61

The cast of the Archie titles are never too far from diving into something that goes far beyond the routine. They've been dropped into just about every weird genre there is, from soap opera drama to religious sermonizing to blood-soaked zombie horror. And then there was the time that the the regular core-universe Archie characters were hired by the government to go undercover and bring down a terrorist operation.

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