Articles tagged michael barson, romance comics, bill everett, will elder, love, john severin, joe simon, jack kirby

Trapped in the Negative Zone: The Fantastic Four on Film

The dust has cleared on the fourth attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen. Why is this team of comic characters so important? What keeps going so horribly wrong?

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X-Men ex nihilo? The Secret Origins of Marvel’s Mutant Superheroes

When Kirby and Lee introduced the X-Men to the world, they did so without recourse to that staple of the superhero genre, the origin story. That doesn't mean that the mutant superheroes arose ex nihilo, however. They clearly have roots in these four classic sci-fi novels.

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Love Is a Battleworld in ‘Secret Wars: Secret Love #1’

The Heroes of the Marvel Universe Battle their Feels.

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Big Art and Big Ideas in Jack Kirby’s ‘Devil Dinosaur’

Today comics giant Jack Kirby would have celebrated his 98th birthday. It's time to commemorate his mightiest monster.

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Songs About the Southland: Marvel’s Black Panther vs. the Klan

It was a hot Southern summer when the Black Panther came down South to do battle with the Klan.

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Drawn Together: Cornell’s “Demon Knights” and the Ideal of Camelot

In Demon Knights Paul Cornell not only dramatizes the idea of Camelot, but exquisitely reenacts it at one of the oldest comicbook publishers.

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Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.

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Counterbalance No. 49: Love’s ‘Forever Changes’

Sometimes we deal in numbers, and if you want to count Love, count them Number 49 on Acclaimed Music's Great List. We're all normal and we want our freedom.

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Life, Murder and Companionship: Dexter’s Quest for Friendship

Looking back over Dexter’s journey, the need for a trustworthy companion has never been greater. As the character has become more human, the desire for companionship and a normal life has overtaken the necessitation to kill. It has become—in fact always was—the driving force in his life.

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The Human Collision: A Conversation with Matt Nathanson About Modern Love

Songwriter Matt Nathanson has just made his finest statement with his new album, Modern Love, a diverse collection of songs about relationships, sexuality, and intimacy in a rapidly changing world.

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Captain America and a Past That Must Linger Still

Despite the dark times that birthed the original Captain America #1, there was a hopefulness to the character. Writer Ed Brubaker however offers a Cap worn down by personal history. Or is that the point?

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The Submarines: Love Notes/Letter Bombs

The Submarines charm below the surface of their newest album, but get too monotonous as they emerge.

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‘Glee’ and ‘The Bachelor’: Less Talk About Love, Please, and More Action

Glee and The Bachelor need to show a little trust in the relationships they're filming, and lighten up on all the talk.

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‘Jass’ Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

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10 Mar 2010 // 8:58 PM

All Together Now

Director Adrian Wills skillfully captures the massive scale of the Cirque du Soleil production from concept to reality, as well as the enormous challenges facing the individual contributors.

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The Best of Simon and Kirby by Jack Kirby

For Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, as with most creators during the boom years of the early '40s, comics were as much about earning a paycheck as they were about creative expression.

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One sure way to care is a sure investment in health. Health, like love, cannot be bought, but cultivated, and oils the wings of love. So here’s a tip on summer cultivation, a sure way of taking care of your partner from someone who is in the midst of the seven-year itch.

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7 Jun 2009 // 2:16 PM

The Death of Captain America

"Out of time", Captain America summons to mind two classic icons of the American popular imagination.

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The Best Re-Issues of 2008

Artist: Pole Album: 1 2 3 Label: ~Scape Image: US Release Date: 2008-08-05 UK Release Date: 2008-0

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31 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Love Story

A considerable achievement, this is an overdue gift for the converted, and a valuable introduction for the uninitiated.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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