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Reign of the Adequate Man... Part 1: When no other hero will “do”.

"To Be Continued..." has covered “all things comics” from the big heroes at Marvel and DC to the lesser known heroes at the big and small companies. This time out, JC figures that going “Ultra Indie” would be... adequate.

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The Captain America That Wasn't…

“To Be Continued...” has yet to cover Marvel Comics in any significant way. That changes today as we take on one of Marvel's biggest icons... well... sort of.

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To Be Continued... On Affleck Being Batman

On August 22, 2013 the press (and internet) swarmed and brimmed with Warner Bros' news surrounding the casting of Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. The overall internet consensus? Overwhelming negativity. Why? The actor they chose is Ben Affleck.

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Evolution of the Superman Part 6: The Man of Tomorrow, Today

The final in the "To Be Continued..." six-part look at Superman’s evolution is upon us now. From fanzine villain to the world’s first superhero, back and forth from stage to screen, to godlike powers, to reboot to death, to resurrection to complete power revision… what do we get in the Man of Tomorrow today?

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Evolution of the Superman Part 5: From Powerless to Power Shift

For the past month “To Be Continued...” told you the story 'bout Superman. How he evolved, how he “died”. Gave you a kick, huh? You're kickin' for more. So folks, here's the story of Superman Red.

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Evolution of the Superman Part 4: Here Lies the Earth's Greatest Hero

Last time “To Be Continued...” delved into the near-ridiculous escalation of Superman's powers and the retcon that finally reigned them in. But if the Man of Steel's powers aren't limitless, is he really invincible or could he be killed?

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Evolution of the Superman Part 3: Man AND Superman

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?

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The Lost in Space Family Robinson Part II

Last time in the pages of “To Be Continued...” we discussed the connections with and contrasts between The Space Family Robinson and Lost in Space. So what rescued any part of these sagas from “Danger, Will Robinson”?

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The Lost In Space Family Robinson

To Be Continued...” is back with more on “all things comics”, and as you know “Comics” don't always stay on the gridded page, but impact other media as well. Here's one of those unbelievable times for those of you who do not believe in “coincidence”.

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The Daredevil You Don't Know Part 2: The Miseducation of Bart Hill

Last time “To Be Continued...” introduced Bart Hill, the Original superhero to go by the name of “Daredevil”, published not by Marvel Comics, but by Lev Gleason Publications. So with him around how did Marvel create their more famous, latter-day hero?

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The Daredevil You Don't Know: The Original

To Be Continued...” explores aspects of Graphic Literature and Comic Art to connect the none-too-obvious links and histories found in comics. This week we focus on the superhero named Daredevil... but it's not the Marvel Comics hero you know.

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Miyamoto Usagi Yojimbo Part III: On the Cutting Edge

When we last left "To Be Continued..." we discussed the history, cinema and saga of Miyamoto Usagi, from Stan Sakai's most famous work, but what are the most noteworthy stories in that continuing saga?

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Miyamoto Usagi Yojimbo Part II: The Cinematic Samurai

Previously we introduced Stan Sakai's Miyamoto Usagi, the "Rabbit Bodyguard" who travels the landscape of ancient Japan, supported by a cast of anthropomorphic animal characters, but Usagi didn't start as a "cute bunny" with a martial arts mean-streak. This ronin was all Samurai, all the time, as informed by Japanese legend as by Japanese cinema.

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Follow the White Rabbit: Miyamoto Usagi Yojimbo

While the resurgence in popularity of the uncolored gridded page is often traced back to the surprise success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984), many of the comics that benefitted from the wave that erupted in the wake of the Turtles were already in publication with cult followings of their own…

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The Name of the Rose: The Journey of Grendel

To Be Continued...” has HECKLED the light and shadowed the DARK. And now we delve deeper into the devil(s) you don't know. Prepare for Grendel…

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Spotlight on the Dark Knight Part 4: The DARK Amalgamation

Wrapping To Be Continued's month-long look at the Dark Knight, there's really only one question left: how can all these different visions of the Dark Knight all be true?…

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Spotlight on The Dark Knight: “The Smile on the Bat”

Of all the laughs and the gaffs and the smiles we've had on "To Be Continued…", this week's smile comes from the strangest place--the Batman…

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Recollecting 'The Heckler' 2: Behind the Scenes, Behind the Mask

Previously on To Be Continued..., we explored the skullduggery and hijinks of DC's unstoppable showman, The Heckler. Well. unstoppable until his “ongoing monthly” series was cancelled at issue #6…

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Recollecting 'The Heckler', DC's Almost-Forgotten Absurdist Hero

Debuting this week, Next Reel columnist J. C. Maçek III casts an eye on all things comics, To Be Continued…. This week -- DC's flirtation with the absurd in 1992's The Heckler

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