Tuesday, July 30 2013
Previously “To Be Continued...” discussed the early versions of Superman and how he evolved from one-off villain to science fiction hero to costumed strongman to the actual flying, heat visioning, powerhouse he became by the 1970s. But with so much power, how could the first superhero possibly remain challenging?
Wednesday, September 14 2011
We often think of comic books as the height of escapism, but recent events point to an industry in a death spiral, due in no small part to how badly it mistreats the writers on which it depends.
Thursday, July 28 2011
Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.
Wednesday, July 6 2011
Most of the films in this anthology will be kryptonite to you. But if you are looking for the origins of the 20th century's pop culture fascination with gods and heroes, this is the set for you.
Sunday, May 22 2011
Bounding from the pages of comic books onto the screens of films and TV, our superheroes unite formerly divided interests -- comics geeks vs. everyone else.
Monday, November 15 2010
The original Supergirl and her readers would no doubt be scandalized by the current length of her skirt and exposed skin, not to mention her toned physique.
Monday, August 30 2010
The latest volume in Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy series casts a philosophical eye on the world of manga.
Monday, September 22 2008
Without a couple of recognizably fallible and ordinary men like Harvey Dent and Commissioner Gordon at its center, The Dark Knight would ultimately be nothing more than an exceptionally well-tooled and smartly-acted thriller.
Thursday, September 4 2008
Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.