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'Captain America: The First Avenger' Stands Out in a Glut of Comic Book Films

Marvel Studios recognized that by mining other genres through the superhero lens, it could continue to keep comic book films fresh and entertaining to audiences and sidestep the constant predictions of imminent superhero fatigue.

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'Black Panther' Turns Repeatedly to Women for Better Judgment

Will it take the Black Panther world as long as it's taken every other white comic book hero world to build itself around wondrous women?

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'Kirby: King of Comics' Proves the Marvel Universe Lives and Dies on Paper

Comics films are fun but they barely scratch the surface of that other world, where comics really live and die.

Comics

Marvel vs DC: It's a Real 'Slugfest'

Slugfest offers a fascinating look behind the scenes, detailing the treachery and real-life good vs. evil scenarios being played out between the twin giants of comics, DC and Marvel.

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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?

Books

The Results of True Collaboration: 'The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio'

Reading The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio is like entering the offices of Simon and Kirby and rifling through their files, scouring the slush pile, even breathing in the smoke from one of Kirby's cigars.

Comics

The Legacy of Uncanny X-men

After 50 years, the Uncanny X-men reflect a message and a struggle that is still as relevant as ever.

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The Staff Become Characters Themselves in 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story'

Licensing deals became all important, with comics becoming vehicles for selling things like toys, towels, and shampoo.

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Epic Ideas, Epic Images: Adapting Comics to Film

Superhero comics have become eminently exploitable resources for filmmakers seeking images, characters, and concepts that can be matched to the scale of the theater screen.

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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.

Comics

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?

Books

The Dangerous Influence of 'Agonizing Love'

Old horror comics were meant to shock, but these stories offered advice and instruction -- a much more dangerous form of influence.

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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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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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