The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it's disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it's also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.
In today's edition: Who needs Godzilla when you've got Fin Fang Foom? One of the most ridiculous of the many monsters Stan Lee and Jack Kirby dreamed up in the pre-Fantastic Four era, the giant green (or maybe orange) dragon was first revived in 1974, and has shown up on a fairly regular basis over the past couple of decades. Sometimes (as in Kurt Busiek and Sean Chen's Iron Man) he's taken very seriously; sometimes (as in Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen's nextwave) he's not. Here are some of his most entertaining appearances in the Unlimited archives.
Rocky and Bullwinkle have had a few comics series to their names over the past few decades (often with the two characters' names transposed in the title), from publishers including Dell, Gold Key, Charlton and Marvel.
But never before have the characters gotten a series with the creative pedigree of IDW's new Rocky & Bullwinkle series by writer Mark Evanier (Groo the Wanderer and lots of biographical work on Jack Kirby) and artist Roger Langridge (Popeye, The Muppet Show). Stephanie Buscema will also provide variant covers. The series hits comic store shelves this March.
Two of my greatest loves in life are Christmas and comics, and so it's always a treat for me when the two cross over in that most wonderful of things: the holiday special. Even when those things are bad, they're still kind of good, because it's Christmas, and you're feeling charitable. But sometimes the introduction of Christmas-themed elements are not what you expect. Here are ten appearances by Christmas folk that might confound you, and that's even without mentioning that time Aquaman saved the baby Jesus from pirates by mind-controlling a giant squid.
For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!
It's been a big week for Little Nemo. Following the announcement that IDW would be publishing new stories of Winsor McCay's classic creation, Locust Moon Comics, a retailer/publisher, has revealed plans for a Little Nemo anthology. Titled Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, the title will feature contributions from an extremely impressive list of creators, including Bill Sienkiewicz, Becky Cloonan, Neal Adams, Paul Pope, Brandon Graham, Roger Langridge, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo, Mark Buckingham, Jim Rugg, David Petersen, and many more. Locust Moon has released a few early pages from the project, which you can check out after the cut.
On sale this week from IDW Publishing is The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror #3, continuing what is only the second-ever full-length Rocketeer story not written and drawn by the late, great Dave Stevens...
On sale this week from IDW Publishing is The Rocketeer Vs. Hollywood Horror #1, beginning what is only the second-ever full-length Rocketeer story not written and drawn by Dave Stevens, the visionary cartoonist who back in the 1980s introduced the handsome, impertinent and ferociously jealous stunt pilot-turned-accidental-hero Cliff Seacord and his long-suffering, impossibly beautiful model/actress girlfriend Betty (designed after the iconic pin-up queen Bettie Page)...
What time is it? At Boom! Studios it's Annual Time! Following the continued success of its ongoing series and tie-ins, Boom! has announced an upcoming Adventure Time Annual #1. Set for a May release, the annual will serve as something of an AT anthology with stories by Roger Langridge, Derek Fridolfs, Dustin Nguyen and more to be announced...
Next week IDW Publishing will ship the concluding chapter of The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom. Written by Mark Waid and drawn by Chris Samnee, it's the first serialized Rocketeer adventure since the death of Dave Stevens, the visionary cartoonist who back in the 1980s introduced the handsome, impertinent and ferociously jealous stunt pilot-turned-accidental-hero Cliff Seacord and his long-suffering, impossibly beautiful model/actress girlfriend Betty (designed after the iconic pin-up queen Bettie Page)...
Fresh from three Harvey Award nominations and an Eisner win for "Best Publication For Kids," Roger Langridge's Snarked! will conclude with issue #12 next Wednesday, September 19. Langridge's original series has been celebrated for remixing elements of the works of Lewis Carroll (chief among them, of course, his poem " The Hunting of the Snark") into a narrative fit for readers of all ages...
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