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Bizarro Back Issues: Spider-Man Beats Venom With Beach Nudity (1989)

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When I was a kid, I had a paperback called The Very Best of Spider-Man that I read until the binding wore out. Looking back, I might take a slight issue with that title, but it really was a pretty great selection of stories that had a huge impact on making me a fan of the character: "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan" is still a favorite to this day, the heartstring-tugging "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man," and, probably most importantly, "The Final Chapter" from Amazing Spider-Man #33, which still ranks as the single best comic Marvel ever published.

And then there was the one where Spi

Ask Chris #92: The Great and Terrible ‘Batman: Year Two’

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Why am I so wrong for hating Batman: Year Two? --

A: No joke, guys: As bad as its reputation might be, Batman: Year Two has a special place in my heart. If I'm honest -- and the Ask Chris column is nothing if not a sac

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Spawn 20 Years Later: Looking Back at the Quintessential ’90s Comic Book

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In stores this month is Spawn Compendium Volume 1, a gargantuan tome collecting the first fifty-ish issues, marking the 20th anniversary of Spawn's creation. At 984 pages, this collection may even be as heavy as the subject of Todd McFarlane and his most popular creatio

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Happy 20th Birthday To Image Comics

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Image Comics celebrated its 20th birthday today, truly a milestone year in the life of an independent comics publisher. The company was founded on February 1, 1992 by Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Mark Silvestri and Jim Valentino as a means for those popular creators to produce and publish their own original work while retaining full ownership of their intellectual property.The original Image line included such memorable hits as Spawn, Youngblood and WildC.A.T.S., and the 20 years

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Neil Gaiman And Todd McFarlane Settle Legal Dispute Over Co-Spawned Characters

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As comic book battles go, the legal conflict between Neil Gaiman and Spawn creator Todd MacFarlane was as huge, sprawling and intense as any involving super-powered titans trading punches, and even more long and drawn-out. After ten years in court, the dust is fin

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Link Ink: Thor’s Hammer Opens Bottles, Hulk Dog And Walking Dead Toys

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Tools: You may never party with Chris Hemsworth, but this Thor bottle opener modeled after Mjolnir might make you feel like you have.

Anime: There's a new Rurouni Kenshin OVA on the way, but it's just a parallel narrative featuring Misao as she wat

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Link Ink: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Gets Another Vehicle, ‘The Darkness II’ Controversy And OK Go Meets ‘The Muppets’

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Movies: The Dark Knight Rises' latest Bat vehicle was caught on the streets of Pittsburgh by YouTube user Miclarko and a few others. Provided it's what it looks like, fans can expect the Dark Knight to literally rise.

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Link Ink: Fear and Loathing with ‘Rango,’ Elizabeth Hurley to Take on TV’s Wonder Woman and Todd McFarlane Teaches

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Movies: Artist Edward Rueda does his best Ralph Steadman impersonation of what Rango's tale might look like if it were inspired by Hunter S. Thompson's exotic adventures.

TV: Elizabeth Hurley will play an unspecified villain role in the upcoming Wonder Woman TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki.

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Judge Rules for Neil Gaiman Against Todd MacFarlane in Medieval Spawn Case

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As reported by CBR (and relayed by Tom Spurgeon), U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on Friday in favor of Neil Gaiman in the long-running legal struggle between Gaiman and Todd McFarlane over the

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The Guardians of the Globe Get Silly With Spawn

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While yesterday's "Avengers" marketing parody by Image comics seemed rooted in at least a dash of seriousness with a feasible shot of Invincible seemingly announcing his spot on The Guardians of the Globe's new team book launching in August, the publisher's newest unveiling calls everything into question

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