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My Favorite Monster: Why The Thing Is A Prince Among Monsters [Fantasy Week]


It feels almost too clichéd to be worth saying: whether you're naming a favorite superhero or a favorite comics monster, the Thing is no surprise for the top of either list. In fact the archetype of the monster as member of a superhero team started with him, and with Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who introduced the character in Fantastic Four #1. He wasn't exactly the first superheroic monster, but he was the first one who wasn't a loner, and the first whose gruff but self-conscious demeanor contrasted with the sunnier dispositions of his non-monstrous teammates.

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Ask Chris #311: The Many Deaths Of The DC Universe

Ask Chris #311, background art by Pop Mhan

Q: Can you explain the difference between the Black Racer and the Black Flash and why DC needs both? - @CoreyInformin

A: Oh, this one's easy. Black Racer has skis. All right, cool, see y'all next week!

Okay, fine, it's a little more complicated than that. Despite the obvious difference in appearance and the fact that one of those characters tends to only show up around the Flash, they're actually pretty similar characters, both in terms of powers and in terms of what they represent. In the DC Universe, they're both aspects of capital-D Death, and I don't just think DC needs both of them, I think it could probably use a whole lot more.

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When You Cry Out In Your Dreams, It Is Darkseid That You See


When Jack Kirby came to DC Comics, darkness followed after him. He arrived ready to build his own mythology, the interlocking Fourth World, a saga of gods locked in an eternal interplanetary war, with Earth caught in the middle.

And Kirby wasted no time introducing the villain of that saga, a gray-skinned god of evil named Darkseid. What Kirby didn't see coming was that he'd created such a great villain that he would grow larger than Kirby's saga and become perhaps the most important villain of the DC Universe.

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Sentinel Of Liberty: Celebrating The Life And Career Of Joe Simon

Cap Simon

On this day in 1913, one of the most influential creators in the history of the comic book industry was born. Joe Simon --- best known as the co-creator of Captain America alongside Jack Kirby --- helped establish superhero comics as one of the most exciting and dynamic storytelling forms of the 20th century, and created a host of iconic characters alongside Cap.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In An OMAC Movie? [Sci-Fi Week]


Sci-Fi Week is ending on ComicsAlliance, but I couldn't resist doing one more special Cast Party. This time I'm focusing on one of DC's all-time greatest sci-fi comics, Jack Kirby's OMAC.

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First Family: The Best Fantastic Four Fan Art [Sci-Fi Week]


There's probably no superhero team that's as strongly associated with one lineup as the Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing, and Human Torch are a perfectly balanced quartet of heroes. The aloof one, the balanced one, the grumpy one and the impulsive one. Dad, Mom, and two uncles. The Four who were at the center of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's genre-defining run are always going to be the center of the franchise.

Naturally most of this Fantastic Four fan art focuses on the original team, but a few artists do choose a different lineup. A lot of the artwork plays with their team uniforms, another factor that separates the FF from most heroes. Some artists radically re-imagine the Fantastic Four, while others just try to capture their classic spirit. And of course a few artists pick just one of the four to focus on. Most are interested in the team dynamic, which is what the FF is all about. This is the best Fantastic Four fan art.

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Rogues’ Gallery: Who Is The Best Marvel Monster? [Poll]


With Halloween season almost upon us, we want to know who you think is the best Marvel Monster. The category covers not just villains and rampaging beasts, but several heroes and anti-heroes too. We'll leave it up to you to tell us which is the spookiest, scariest one.

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Costume Drama: The Enduring Simplicity Of The Black Panther Suit


Welcome to Costume Drama, a new feature where we turn a critical eye toward superhero outfits and evaluate both the aesthetics and the social issues that often underlie them. For this first installment we're looking at a costume created by Jack Kirby, and still in use with only minor tweaks today: T'Challa's Black Panther suit.

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The Last Good Boy: Celebrating Jack Kirby’s ‘Kamandi’


In the early 1970s, DC Comics attempted to gain the rights to publish comics based on the popular Planet of the Apes franchise. When that effort failed, editor Carmine Infantino asked Jack Kirby to create a comic with similar themes and visuals. Kirby hadn't seen the movies, but he got the gist --- post-apocalyptic, talking animals, animalistic humans, the Statue of Liberty in disrepair. So on August 29 1972, the day after Kirby's 55th birthday, Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth #1 was published.

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Strange and Astonishing Humans: The Anniversary Of ‘Fantastic Four’ #1


On August 8, 1961, Fantastic Four #1 changed superhero comics forever, and yet it's barely a superhero comic at all.

Legend has it the book was inspired by the success of rival DC's Justice League of America. That book is a superhero comic through and through, and apparently its team of heroes inspired Marvel publisher Martin Goodman to ask his top creators, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, to create a superhero team of their own. But while DC gathered its Justice League from their other superhero titles, Marvel was publishing no superhero books at that time.

So Lee and Kirby created a team from scratch. But springing from the minds of Lee, who was by all accounts terribly burnt out on comics at the time, and Kirby, who had done everything in comics, but was then the master of monsters, Fantastic Four #1 was a weird, dark superhero book, about a weird, dark team

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