If our weekly Ask Chris column isn't enough of definitive comic book (and pro wrestling) opinions for you, good news: ComicsAlliance is proud to present Here's The Thing, a series of videos where you can join our own extremely opinionated senior writer, Chris Sims, as he sits in his living room under a framed portrait of Destro, drinking a cup of coffee and sharing his opinion on comic books.
This week, Chris takes a viewer question from someone curious about Cadmus Institute, a fixture of the DC universe created by the legendary Jack Kirby that has its roots in the Golden Age and continues to operate in the background of comics all the way to the 21st Century.
Probably best known for his pivotal role in Crisis on Infinite Earths, Psycho Pirate, the multiples-projecting emotional vampire, will make his first appearance in DC Comics' New 52 Universe next month in both Superman and Superboy. The character has been pretty radically redesigned from his previous incarnation. He's younger, has a shock of hair and is sporting one fancy jacket.
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome. In honor of this year's 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman and this weekend's release of Man of Steel, we present for the second time a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's brilliant creation that we've highlighted in this feature over the last few years. We know it's cheating but we didn't count on going away for a month and then coming back in the middle of a big media event. All-new next week evermore.
In a lot of ways, Superboy is one of DC's best stabs at capturing the kind of wish fulfillment character that Captain Marvel perfected. It's one of the simplest ideas in comics, taking all the powers of Superman and compressing them down into a pint-sized package that also went to school and was secretly way cooler and smarter than any of his classmates who probably didn't even know about the Bottle City of Kandor. You
Just a day after DC Comics unveiled its new credit acknowledging that Superman appears in the pages of its comics"by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel family," federal Judge Otis Wright III ruled that a 2001 settlement agreement between Superman co-creator Siegel's family and DC parent company Warner Bros. awarded DC the full rights to Superboy.
DC's WTF month continues apace with the newly revealed gatefold cover of Superboy #19 insinuating that the titular character could be the son of a surprising pairing, though his previous appearances seemed to indicate he was a clone similar to the pre-New 52 Superboy.
DVD: The original 1974 Wonder Woman TV pilot starring Cathy Lee Crosby and Superboy: The Complete Second Season are now on DVD. Reminder: Season 2 is when Superboy fights Dracula in space.
If you polled the pool of regular ComicsAlliance contributors for a complete list of their all-time favorite comics, there's a high probability that Karl Kesel would be in some way responsible for the creation of at least some of those works. We'll get into
As much as I tend to enjoy Superboy stories for their sheer kookiness, I've never really been a big fan of the concept. For the most part, they tend to just be standard Superman stories with Metropolis swapped out for Smallville and a slightly different girl with an alliterative name giving him a headache. Occasio
I think we can all agree that the problem with Silver Age Superman was that he just didn't have enough powers. Flight, super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed, heat vision, X-Ray vision, telescopic vision, microscopic vision, super-breath, super-memory, super-ventriloquism, super-hypnosis, super-intellect -- I mean, honestly, how is anyone supposed to tell a story with such a limited set of tools?
Fortunately for us, the legendary Cary Bates and Kurt Schaffenberger were able to get around that little problem way back in The New Adventures of Superboy #11, with a deceptively simple solution: They gave that kid another super-ability: the amazing power of bio-magnetism, which essentially turned him into a giant Katamari.This wasn't the first time that Pre-Crisis Superman's power
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