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Smart and Interesting

By ProfessorAlan - Apr 17 2017
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Tim and his rotating band of co-hosts do an excellent job covering comics from across the spectrum and around the world. Definitely not the usual comic book podcast. it is smart, insighful & entertaining.

one of the best. a blue ribben cast

By aries009 - Aug 06 2009
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mmmm uh-huh.other than using that fraze too much its the best podcast on comics ive hear yet!!!!!

iTunes Ratings

25 Ratings
Average Ratings
18
4
1
1
1

Smart and Interesting

By ProfessorAlan - Apr 17 2017
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Tim and his rotating band of co-hosts do an excellent job covering comics from across the spectrum and around the world. Definitely not the usual comic book podcast. it is smart, insighful & entertaining.

one of the best. a blue ribben cast

By aries009 - Aug 06 2009
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mmmm uh-huh.other than using that fraze too much its the best podcast on comics ive hear yet!!!!!

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#634 The End of “The Walking Dead”

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Last July, with issue 193, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and company abruptly ended The Walking Dead. In this episode, Emmet is joined by Bobsy (of the podcasts Shadow Trap and Diane, and an occasional guest on Silence) to examine the series and how it ended. What is the deeper meaning of the series, and was […]

Sep 10 2019

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#617 Swamp Thing meets the monsters

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After, well, a slight delay, Deconstructing Comics continues its look at Alan Moore’s 1980s run on Swamp Thing— a run in which the title character met werewolves and vampires (as Moore and co. found a new way to use these old tropes), as well as new character John Constantine. Moore was aided by artists Stephen […]

Jan 30 2019

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#620 “Daredevil: Born Again”

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Daredevil: Born Again came out in 1986, when US mainstream comics were changing in ways that now are either taken for granted or now look a bit antiquated (so much story in so few pages!). Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli were making their mark. But does their storytelling style hold up 33 years later? How […]

Mar 20 2019

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#602 Mike Baron

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Mike Baron has been a presence in comics for 35 years, from his own creations Nexus and Badger, to mainstream work like the Flash and the Punisher. Recently he’s turned to thriller and horror novels as a creative outlet, while still keeping Nexus and Badger going. He talks to Tim in this episode about switching […]

Jul 30 2018

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#625 Crowdfunding comics!

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Comics are booming on Kickstarter.com, and this week Tim talks to three who have turned to it multiple times to get their comics out to fans: 01:30 Ron Randall has just launched his latest campaign, to fund the next volume of his long-running series Trekker. 22:23 Arledge Comics’ Natalie Cooper explains how the publisher crowdfunds […]

May 29 2019

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#631 Goodbye, MAD!

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MAD Magazine is ending! Much handwringing has occurred — mainly among people who probably haven’t read it in ages but fondly recall it from their childhoods. Tim, a MAD reader for most of the last 23 years, is joined by Kumar, and MAD contributor Joe Dator, to discuss what went wrong, and recollections and reminiscences […]

Aug 10 2019

1hr 20mins

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#626 Wolverine ’82: a second look

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The 1982 Wolverine mini-series, by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, was seminal in a number of ways: One of the first Marvel minis, a major fleshing-out of Wolverine’s character, a milepost on the road to the expunging of omniscient narration from American comics. Six years back, Kumar and Dana had a lot of reservations about […]

Jun 12 2019

1hr 15mins

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#628 Two viewpoints on “The Killing Joke”

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Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s Batman: The Killing Joke is a favorite of many, but also a tough read more many others. And perhaps there’s some overlap. In this episode we meet two who both spoke on this book at recent Batman in Popular Culture conference in Bowling Green, Ohio: William Weaver on the book’s […]

Jul 10 2019

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#613 “My Favorite Thing is Monsters”

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters is a horror-movie-influenced graphic novel set against the tumult of the U.S. in the 1960s. What’s stunning is that it’s the first published work for Emil Ferris, but it’s very accomplished. Kumar and Emmet review.

Nov 24 2018

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#605 Audio “MIND MGMT” & 20 years of “Jane’s World”

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Matt Kindt (creator of Super Spy, Revolver, and more) recently ran a Kickstarter for an audio comic — on a vinyl record! — set in the MIND MGMT universe. He talks to Tim in this episode about how it went, why he wanted to do this project, and what’s coming next from him. Then, Jason […]

Aug 20 2018

44mins

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#629 Mike Barr: My career with Batman

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Mike Barr is perhaps best known for writing the late-’80s hit comic series Batman and the Outsiders. He also created Camelot 3000 and Katana, and wrote many other books for Marvel, DC, and other publishers. On April 13, Mike Barr was a keynote speaker at the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Batman in Popular Culture […]

Jul 24 2019

58mins

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#612 RIP Stan Lee

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Stan Lee, Marvel Comics writer, art director, publisher, promoter, and icon, died November 12 at age 95. While he is loved by many, and undoubtedly had a hand in some of the greatest stories of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and more, he was also known to aggravate disputes over story credit and art ownership with […]

Nov 20 2018

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#622 “A Small Killing” – and also “Jerusalem”

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A man is being stalked by a child who wants to kill him. Who is the child? Or perhaps the question is, what does the child symbolize? Could this book be an autobiography in disguise? Koom and Mike discuss Alan Moore and Oscar Zarate’s underappreciated 1991 work A Small Killing— as well as Moore’s prose […]

Apr 17 2019

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#637 “Ghost World” haunts us still

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Daniel Clowes’ 1990s series Ghost World became a movie in 2001. Will Weaver, a professor at John Carroll University, says that each version of the story was what it needed to be for that medium. Why did those choices, such as adding Seymour, make sense for the movie? Could a film version have worked without Seymour? And what’s the deal with that bus, anyway? Will joins Tim to discuss these questions and more.

Comic Journal review of the movie, by Michael Dean

Daniel Clowes interview in Salon

Oct 09 2019

53mins

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Critiquing Comics #139: “Tabi” and “The Quick and the Dad”

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Tim and Mulele are back with two critiques: Oscar‘s recent book Tabi (“Journey”) is another silent comic, this time featuring a sword-wielding rabbit. Is that sword to be used for good, or for ill? Ken Holtzhouser brings us The Quick and the Dad, in which a somewhat goofball dad tries to reconnect with his son […]

Aug 23 2018

29mins

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#638 “Domu: A Child’s Dream”

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In the manga world. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira has Watchmen-like status. But, as with Alan Moore, the work that caused a sensation overshadows the creator’s excellent previous work. In this case, that’s Domu: A Child’s Dream, originally published in Japanese in 1980-81, and (criminally) out of print in English for nearly two decades now. In this episode, Alberto Melendez (co-creator of the recently-critiqued AntFarm) joins Tim to discuss this forgotten gem.

Review by Seth T. Hanhe on goodokbad.com

Review by Evan Krell on anigamers.com

Reviews on Goodreads

Read Domu on super-cheesy site Kissmanga

Oct 23 2019

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#627 Walt Simonson’s “Thor”

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One of the most acclaimed Marvel runs of the 1980s was by Walt Simonson on The Mighty Thor. He began writing and drawing it with #337, continued through to #367 (with a quick break in the middle), then gave up art duties but continued writing through #382. This run set aside Dr. Don Blake, […]

Jun 26 2019

58mins

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#615 “MIND MGMT” book and record

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Matt Kindt recently ran a Kickstarter project to realize his dream of doing an old-school book & record story, set in the MIND MGMT universe, featuring the voice of longtime radio host Clint McElroy. Did someone say “audio comics”? That means it’s time to (finally) bring back voice actor Kevin Horton to discuss the book, […]

Jan 09 2019

49mins

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#588 We love “HATE”

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Peter Bagge’s HATE was an amazing hit for a ’90s indy comic, outselling some Big Two titles. Tim, Kumar, and Tom Spurgeon talk about some of the amazing aspects of this strip, and discuss whether it’s accurate to classify it as a comic about slackers.

Mar 19 2018

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Critiquing Comics #165: “Purgatory Pub” and “Amazing Tales”

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Critiquing Comics returns to discuss the following comics:

  • Gabriel Dunston’s Purgatory Pub presents an angel and a devil having a philosophical discussion. Tim and Mulele have very different levels of tolerance for that concept, and yet come to the same conclusion about this story.
  • David Dye’s Amazing Tales gives us “stories of an Australian nature,” as the cover warns (his word, not ours!). While we might not understand every word of this, we’d sure like to see more of the art.

Oct 16 2019

37mins

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#642 Klaus Janson and “Sacred Creatures”

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Klaus Janson has a long and storied career, working for both Marvel and DC as a writer, penciller, and inker, including some famous collaborations with Frank Miller and John Romita Jr. His latest series, Sacred Creatures, is a creator-owned collaboration with artist Pablo Raimondi. In this extended-length episode, he tells Koom about the ideas explored in the new series, and shares musings on the artistic process.

Nov 27 2019

1hr 45mins

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#641 A Manga “At the Mountains of Madness”

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Horror writer H.P. Lovecraft understood that it was more upsetting to let the reader imagine the horrific thing, than to actually show it. So, can one really do Lovecraft in comics effectively?

In volume 1 of his comics adaptation of Lovecraft’s H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness Volume 1 (Manga), Gou Tanabe (so far) hasn’t spoiled the reveal in the way some other comics creators have, in other Lovecraft-based comics. Emmet and Kumar discuss.

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Kumar’s novel: Tanuja Ramachandran: Hunter-Seeker

Emmet’s short comics story: Something Wicked 2019

Nov 20 2019

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#640 Kristin Tipping

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This week, Critiquing Comics favorite Kristin Tipping talks about the background to Evil Witch Allie and A Book for Sad Pets. Why did her art style change on Evil Witch Allie, and why did volume two seem more confident than volume one? Why is the tone of A Book for Sad Pets so desperate? Plus, her experience in going to school to make comics, and more.

Nov 13 2019

1hr 12mins

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#639 Fionnuala Doran talks “Roger Casement” and more

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Roger Casement is known in the UK and Ireland as a British diplomat who joined the Irish Nationalists and, in 1916, was convicted of treason and executed. But the rest of the world is less familiar with his name. Enter Fionnuala Doran, who has released a graphic novel about him called The Trial of Roger Casement. In this episode, she talks with Emmet about the book, its protagonist, and the issues surrounding him, as well as some chat about Preacher and the new status quo in the X-men books.

Nov 06 2019

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Critiquing Comics #166: Jorge Munoz and Illustrating Batman

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Jorge Munoz has been a favorite of ours for a while. Recently he sent in several recent works (Longdog, Quin Reyes and Hao Delivery, a sketchbook, Yon Kuma, Sea), and this episode we sit down and take a look at them.

Also, Mulele recounts his visit to a New York exhibit called Illustrating Batman. (switch to grid view to browse)

Oct 30 2019

31mins

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#638 “Domu: A Child’s Dream”

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In the manga world. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira has Watchmen-like status. But, as with Alan Moore, the work that caused a sensation overshadows the creator’s excellent previous work. In this case, that’s Domu: A Child’s Dream, originally published in Japanese in 1980-81, and (criminally) out of print in English for nearly two decades now. In this episode, Alberto Melendez (co-creator of the recently-critiqued AntFarm) joins Tim to discuss this forgotten gem.

Review by Seth T. Hanhe on goodokbad.com

Review by Evan Krell on anigamers.com

Reviews on Goodreads

Read Domu on super-cheesy site Kissmanga

Oct 23 2019

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Critiquing Comics #165: “Purgatory Pub” and “Amazing Tales”

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Critiquing Comics returns to discuss the following comics:

  • Gabriel Dunston’s Purgatory Pub presents an angel and a devil having a philosophical discussion. Tim and Mulele have very different levels of tolerance for that concept, and yet come to the same conclusion about this story.
  • David Dye’s Amazing Tales gives us “stories of an Australian nature,” as the cover warns (his word, not ours!). While we might not understand every word of this, we’d sure like to see more of the art.

Oct 16 2019

37mins

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#637 “Ghost World” haunts us still

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Daniel Clowes’ 1990s series Ghost World became a movie in 2001. Will Weaver, a professor at John Carroll University, says that each version of the story was what it needed to be for that medium. Why did those choices, such as adding Seymour, make sense for the movie? Could a film version have worked without Seymour? And what’s the deal with that bus, anyway? Will joins Tim to discuss these questions and more.

Comic Journal review of the movie, by Michael Dean

Daniel Clowes interview in Salon

Oct 09 2019

53mins

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#636 Dan Mishkin on “Warren Report,” “Amazon Academy,” and Ernie Colon

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In part two of Tim’s interview with longtime comics writer Dan Mishkin, Dan talks about writing Warren Commission Report: A Graphic Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination with artists Ernie Colon and Jerzy Drozd; explores the reasons for Marvel’s breakout success in the 1960s, and compares working for DC vs working for Marvel; explains the concept of his web comic with Jerzy Drozd, Amazon Academy; and remembers working with the late Ernie Colon.

Oct 02 2019

1hr 34mins

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The Spidey-Star Wars connection

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Spider-Man is back in the MCU! Is it a coincidence that this announcement came out just days after it was revealed that MCU mastermind Kevin Feige has been named the producer of an upcoming Star Wars movie? Mulele tells Tim about his theory of the case.

Oct 01 2019

21mins

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#635 Dan Mishkin talks “Amethyst”

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Dan Mishkin has worked on many different superhero properties, especially for DC — big names such as Batman and Wonder Woman, as well as characters that he helped to create, such as Blue Devil and Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld. Tim has been reading the original 1983 Amethyst series, and in part one of his talk […]

Sep 25 2019

54mins

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Critiquing Comics #164: “Collapse” and “Evil Witch Allie”

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In this episode, Tim and Mulele critique: Collapse v 1: “Isolation,” in which a group of people emerge from an underground bunker 19 years after an apocalyptic war. By RP Foster, Russ Pirozek, Pablo Lordi, Jake Isenberg, and Eduardo Camacho. Buy issues of Collapse Evil Witch Allie v 2: We revisit this series about a […]

Sep 18 2019

1hr 10mins

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#634 The End of “The Walking Dead”

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Last July, with issue 193, Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and company abruptly ended The Walking Dead. In this episode, Emmet is joined by Bobsy (of the podcasts Shadow Trap and Diane, and an occasional guest on Silence) to examine the series and how it ended. What is the deeper meaning of the series, and was […]

Sep 10 2019

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Critiquing Comics #163: “Read More Comix” and “Antfarm”

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In this episode, we discuss: Read More Comix, by Robb Mirsky, James Spencer, and David Craig, a series featuring hilarious, weird, and sometimes disturbing comics, long and short Antfarm, story and art by Alberto Melendez, working on a concept created by his late brother Tony “War” Melendez. Anthropomorphized ants in battle gear for a start, […]

Sep 04 2019

59mins

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#633 “Eileen Gray: A House Under the Sun”

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Eileen Gray: A House Under the Sun is a slim graphic novel by Charlotte Malterre-Barthes and Zosia Dzierzawska, about the titular famous Irish architect that most people have never heard of. Kumar and Emmet found it beautiful and intriguing; here’s their review.

Aug 28 2019

56mins

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MCU update: Spidey in, or out?

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It’s been a topic of discussion all week: Is Sony really refusing to let Marvel/Disney handle Spider-Man in the movies anymore? What looked like a shocking middle-finger to the mouse now looks to have been a case of negotiating via the media. Tim and Mulele discuss the latest, and also touch on the newly announced […]

Aug 24 2019

28mins

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#632 Johnny O’Bryant’s Noir Caesar

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Pro basketballer Johnny O’Bryant has long been a fan of manga. But he wanted to see manga-type stories showing people of other races, with characters he could more closely identify with. So he created comics publisher Noir Caesar and hired creators to make his vision happen. Tim and Mulele talk with Johnny about balancing his […]

Aug 21 2019

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Critiquing Comics #162: “Monster Mashup”

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Monster Mashup is a comics anthology in which public-domain characters meet classic monsters. Tim and Mulele review. Also, a look at the announced (and rumored) content to come from the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Aug 14 2019

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#631 Goodbye, MAD!

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MAD Magazine is ending! Much handwringing has occurred — mainly among people who probably haven’t read it in ages but fondly recall it from their childhoods. Tim, a MAD reader for most of the last 23 years, is joined by Kumar, and MAD contributor Joe Dator, to discuss what went wrong, and recollections and reminiscences […]

Aug 10 2019

1hr 20mins

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#630 A Celebration of “SHAZAM!”

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Captain Marvel — the one who shouts “Shazam!” to change from little boy to adult super hero — first appeared in Whiz Comics #2, dated February 1940, almost immediately prompting comparisons to Superman and outrage at DC. Yet the “Big Red Cheese” actually outsold Supes in the ’40s. Why has the most popular hero of […]

Aug 07 2019

1hr 20mins

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