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18 Jan 2016 // 2:45 AM

The Black Panther’s Pulp Epic

The pulpiness of Black Panther stories is precisely what enables them to comment brilliantly on a variety of social issues, particularly the politics of race.

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The secret of Archie is that neither its characters nor its readers desire any kind of truth at all. What we love most about comics is the balance of the art with story.

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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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Dick Briefer's Frankenstein was a patchwork monster, both horrible and hilarious. Few comic book creations can claim as much life as this creature possessed.

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Re-Imagining Pellucidar: Jamie Chase’s and Bobby Nash’s ‘At the Earth’s Core’

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