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Sunday on the Broken Frontier

I almost never do this, build a whole column around a single book. But once in a while, a project comes along that’s worth putting front and center. Continue Reading »

Happy Birthday, Big Guy! Here’s to the Lost Years…

And by ‘big guy,’ of course, I mean… Superman.

Specifically, I’m talking about the pre-Crisis Superman. His birthday, according to DC Comics, is February 29th. That’s straight from E. Nelson Bridwell and if anybody at DC knew that stuff, it was him. He was THE MAN when it came to DC trivia.

But what’s this about ‘lost years,’ you ask? Continue Reading »

On This Day….

We’ve been playing with this interesting new widget. Continue Reading »

Another Super Bowl Weekend In The Stacks

As I have done since I was but a lad, instead of getting interested in sporting events, I am actively avoiding them by hiding out in the library. Only now I’m an adult and it’s the library I’ve built in my home.

Anyway, the review pile’s starting to get a little out of control again, so I thought I’d try and catch up by doing a bunch of capsule reviews. All kinds of things– Golden Age comics, Bronze Age comics, indies, manga. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »

Saturday’s Trivia Contest – Wanton Savagery Edition!

It’s been a while since I did one of these, and it seems like everyone always enjoys them. Certainly, I do… and so it’s time for another Hardcore, Take-No-Prisoners Trivia Contest!

Past contests are here for those that are interested. Last week I asked for suggestions and only Edo Bosnar came through, so that’s what I am going with. This time, it’s all about Savages– past, present, and future! Continue Reading »

Cross-Hatchings for January 2016

Just stuff. A little of this and a little of that. Nothing this week rated a full column on its own but I did get a couple of review items, and found some interesting old stuff as well. Indie superhero comics from Australia, The X-Files, Hard Case Crime… and me and my students did a fun author signing. All awaits you below the fold. Continue Reading »

Annual Inventory 2016: The Pull List Vs. the Pile

Traditionally, around the first of the year I’ve looked at what’s on my pull list and decided what stays and what goes, and for the last few years, I’ve said I’m going to go trades-only and just dump the list entirely. I say this every January, but then I cave and decide to hang on a little longer.

However, this is the first year where it looks like it might actually be happening. Continue Reading »

A New Year’s Gift

In ten years of writing this column I’ve made some interesting connections with people. I’ve corresponded with many of the artists and writers that I idolized in the seventies, I’ve renewed acquaintances with childhood friends, and –this always floors me– Google occasionally leads people to me as being some sort of pop culture expert. Continue Reading »

Christmas Morning

When you’re a columnist type writing about popular culture and this season rolls around, invariably people ask for something about looking back on the high spots, or a year-in-review, or gift guides, or… you know, sum-it-all-up stuff. Big picture. Continue Reading »

A Long Time Ago, In a Place Far, Far Away

No, not that big movie that’s out this week. I’m talking about that OTHER series about an orphaned farm boy who longs for adventure, has a gentle aged mentor wise in the ways of magic, befriends a princess, a rogue, and a furry sidekick, and ends up doing battle with an evil Emperor and his terrifying masked war lord to save a kingdom. Continue Reading »

Cross-Hatchings for the Holidays

A little of this, a little of that; bits and pieces that didn’t rate a full column in and of themselves. Some cool new books, I’m on the internet radio thing again, upcoming author signings, an oddball bit of comics-related live theater, and even some actual comics. Continue Reading »

Ten Years!

It kind of sneaked up on me, to be honest. But it’s been ten years almost to the day since Brian Cronin sent me a private message over the CBR forums saying, “I think you should write for the blog.” Continue Reading »

More Deja Vu with Sal Amendola and the Night of the Stalker

I’ve made no secret of the fact that “Night of the Stalker,” from Detective #439, is one of my favorite Batman stories of all time. A couple of months ago, my various columns about it came to the attention of the primary architect of that story, Sal Amendola, and he was kind enough to share his memories of it with me and even let me share them with you all, here. But there’s more. Continue Reading »


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