EARTH’S MIGHTIEST COMIC BOOK BLOG

Here, you will find all my posts about comic books. I read craploads of comics. I have them all over the house in boxes and bags, on the walls and in the sofa cushions.

On this site, the focus is a panel (or two) a day from (just about) every issue of my favorite comic books series:

The Avengers
Batman by Frank Miller
Batman by Grant Morrison
Captain America
Daredevil
Daredevil by Ann Nocenti
Daredevil by Denny O'Neill
Daredevil by Frank Millerl
A Panel from Every Defenders
Fantastic Four
The Flash by Mark Waid
The Joker (1975)
Planetary
The Evolution ofThe Punisher
The Secret Six by Gail Simone
Spider-Man (both Amazing and Peter Parker)
Spider-Man by JMS
Spider-Man by Peter David
Spider-Man by Roger Stern
Suicide Squad
Superman by John Byrne
Superman: For Tomorrow

For the long-running titles I've reviewed, you can see what I thought of specific creators on my rating the runs page.

I also post things like:

5 Panels From A Great Comic (reviews of my favorite runs or issues)
Action Figure of the Day (toys!)
Best Comic Book Runs of All Time
Best of 2011
Best of 2012
Best of 2013
Best of the Decade
Civil War & tie-ins (Marvel)
Top Ten Lists

If you’re interested in other specific topics, click on it from the tag cloud.

Thanks for reading!

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MOON KNIGHT #15

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This was the first “direct market” issue, which means it was sold only at specialty comic book stores. The story itself is a one-off involving a mutated rat. Very creepy, and, for its time, very adult. It signaled a new era for comic books: Gone would be the drug store spinning rack, and the future would be in higher prices, better quality paper and, for the most part, better quality comic books.

However, it also heralded the beginning of speculators: People who would buy comics for investments rather than pleasure. Eventually, this would lead to variant covers; dealers overbuying #1 issues and keeping a hidden stock in the back, which they’d pull out a few weeks later and sell at inflated prices; and Todd MacFarlane basically being a dick and saying “people will buy anything I draw so give me my own Spider-Man title and let me cram tons of shit into it and prove what idiots my fans are.”

But I get ahead of myself.

Moon Knight was good to the direct market, and the direct market was good to Moon Knight: Without this niche market, the book would have been cancelled.

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THE INCREDIBLE HULK #227

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Roger Stern takes on the writing chores, and with remarkable art by Sal Buscema and Klaus Janson, Stern suggests that Hulk is a manifestation of Bruce Banner’s childhood frustrations. Bill Mantlo, nearly 100 issues later, would take this to the next level suggesting that Banner was abused as a child.

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THE TOP 10 BANNED BOOKS IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2013

As reported by the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom. I’m printing it here because, hey, comics!

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violenc

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

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