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Ask Chris #143: Death To All Nostalgia (Except Mine)

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: You've been talking a lot about Mighty Morphin Power Rangers on Twitter lately. I loved the original Power Rangers as a

Hasbro’s Unproduced New USS Flagg Prototype Makes Your Inner Six Year-Old Weep

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In 1986, there was no better way to gain false friendship and genuine jealousy than being the one kid in class whose parents loved him enough could afford to buy The G.I. Joe USS Flagg. The massive 7 foot-long aircra

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12 Reasons Why Bringing Back Letter Columns Is Not The Best Idea

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This week, DC announced that while they're cutting two story pages out of all of their monthly titles in an effort to keep prices at $2.99, the trade-off is that one of those missing pages will now be filled by the return of the letter column! Of course, some naysayers have pointed out that the lettercol has been made largely redundant by the Internet, but personally, I'm looking forward to elevating the discourse about comics out of the message boards and back to the prestige that comes from the printed page, the format that brought us missives like this:

As thrilling as it was for readers to see their names printed in their favorite comics -- as as much as great creators like Jim Shooter, Cary Bates were able to break into the industry through the fine art of letterhacking -- we honestly haven't been missing a whole heck of a lot from not having letters. And to prove it

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Tales of The Comic Book That Got Away

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Every comic book collector experiences a certain moment. Maybe after a long, complicated move, one of our long boxes is a little lighter than it was in the old apartment. Maybe after a visit from nieces or nephews our coffee tables aren't as crowded with comics as they once were

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Classic Comic Ads Take You Back to the Days of Sea Monkeys

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The ads sprinkled through comic books have slowly evolved through the years, as comics moved from mainstream entertainment to collector's items, the comic book audience aged, and the internet became the number one repository of obvious scams, semi-obvious scams, and products that weren't scams but also weren't anything that people would buy.

Yes, the days of Sea Monkeys for saes may be behind us --

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