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Putting the ‘Comic’ in ‘Comic Book': A Tribute to John Stanley

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While the word “comic” is right there in the name, the medium of comic books is more often associated with action, or maybe melodrama, than it is with humor. But one man, John Stanley, brought humor to comics in the middle decades of the 20th century in ways that no one before ever had, and that few have matched since.

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Now Girls Allowed: Celebrating the Impact of Little Lulu

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Little Lulu is a truly iconic figure in the world of cartoons. At her peak in the 1950s, she towered over Times Square, broke down gender stereotypes, and was read by millions in comic books and newspapers around the country --- a massive level of success that was achieved through the dedication and vision of her creator, Marjorie Henderson Buell, a woman who navigated the treacherous waters of the publishing business and kept full control over her signature character.

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Comics Pride: 50 Comics and Characters That Resonate with LGBT Readers

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We are not the mainstream.

That's a truth understood by anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or in any other way queer. We are not the audience. We are not the market. We are not the people...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 23, 2011: The End of Lulu

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Numbers
^ Exodus
% Genesis
¢ Colossians

^ % BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC
Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla's double-headed Batman/Commissioner Gordon serial from Detective Comics was one of the chief attractions of the pre-reboot DC (and had a lot of impressively over-the-top artwork), even though it was kneecapped a little by the series reverting from 30 to 20 pages of story very shortly into its run. I'm loo...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – September 7, 2011: Slaying the Father

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Watch me jumpstart
^ They're not witches
% The closer you are, the quicker it hits you
¢ Cigarette tricks

* % ACTION COMICS #1
Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and Rick Bryant relaunch the flagship superhero comic book. OK,...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – August 31, 2011: Pressing the Cosmic Reset Button

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Big guns
^ Big swords
% Big chops

* ^ ABC WARRIORS: THE BLACK HOLE
This is the second collection of stories involving Pat Mills' robot-warrior team--essentially a cross between Metal Men and Sgt...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – August 17, 2011: Shadows and Tall Trees

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Small things, looking up
^ Large things, looking down

^ AVENGERS #16
I still don't know if alternating issues in the same storyline drawn by John Romita Jr...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 23, 2011: End of Four, Multiple Sevens, All of Zero

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Gloves
^ Moustaches
% Eyebrows
¢ Oaths

% ¢ ACTION COMICS #898
Paul Cornell and Pete Woods' Lex Luthor serial continues to slither toward its climax; this time, he meets up with Green Lantern's completist-collector stand-in Larfleeze.


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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 2, 2011: Emerald, Ivy, Woodcuts

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"Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY
* I become a transparent eyeball
% Braver five minutes longer
^ Like a vegetable bud
¢ Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

% ¢ BATMAN: ODYSSEY #6
The first leg of Neal Adams' miniseries concludes; this thing has been getting more and more off-the-map as it goes along, like Bob Haney levels of whoa. Adams co...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – Nov. 3: Brand New Sunset, Morrison Hardcovers, and Israel Explained

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Savage Critic and "Reading Comics" author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY
* Foxy
@ Batty
% Tubby
¢ Spandexy
^ Politics-y (p.s. if you are in the U.S. a...

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