From Wi-Fi at McDonalds to G.I. Joe action figures with more than 11 points of articulation, 2010 has a lot of things that the '80s sorely lacked. One thing that decade did better, though, was the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It's been a few years since I've woken up before noon to catch it, but if YouTube is to be believed the Masters of the Universe Float from '84 and the Marvel Floats from '87 and '89 alone are proof alone that the parade's floats just ain't what they used to be. See Skeletor whack Orko in the face with his Havoc Staff and the Silver Surfer hold on for dear life after the jump.
Marvel Comics editor Tom Brevoort teased it last night, and now the Avengers Assemble panel at New York Comic Con has made it official: Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca's "Invincible Iron Man" is officially going back to the original numbering of the classic "Iron Man" series with January 2011's "Invincible Iron Man" #500. The issue features the return of the Mandarin and a device that Tony Stark invented and doesn't remember due to his recent memory wiping. It will also launch a brand new War Machine series titled "
Despite increasingly heightened rumors about a DC Comics move to Los Angeles, Marvel Comics just became the first of the Big Two comics companies to announce that they're moving... to 135 West 50th Street, better known as the Sports Illustrated Building, a 60,000-square foot space a few miles away
It's a sad fact of a super-hero's life that saving the world doesn't leave a whole lot of time for a social life. Time and time again, relationships have been ruined when super-heroes have chosen "fight then team up" over "dinner and a movie," and actually starting a relationship is even worse
This week marks Joe Quesada's tenth anniversary as Editor-in-Chief (and now Chief Creative Officer) at Marvel Comics and there is most definitely cause for celebration. It's been a pretty great decade for Marvel if you reflect upon the assortment of engaging stories, creative risks and majo
In the 22 years that I've been reading comics, I've built up a collection with some pretty weird stuff in it: A pristine copy of "Godzilla vs. Barkley" (in which Godzilla rises from the ocean to do battle on the court with a 300 foot-tall Sir Charles), a copy of "Rock Reflections of a Super-Hero," even the two comics about Prince that Dwayne McDuffie wrote back in the early '90s. But of all the weird ephemera I've got laying around, this is one of my favorite pieces:
The Mighty Marvel Strength and Fitness Book!
Released in 1976 by writer Ann Picardo and artist Joe Giella, the "Strength and Fitness Book" was an attempt to whip the ever-widening youth of America into shape by illustrating simple exercises as performed by everyone's favorite Marvel heroes. The end result wasn't just an exercise manual, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from something called the "Mighty Marvel Strength and Fitness Book," which is why I've gathered up my ten favorite pages!
As someone who runs a comic book website, I get a lot of press releases, and I consider myself pretty battle-hardened to the incredibly bizarre things that come out of the world of comics on a daily basis. But