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Knowledge Waits: 14 Superheroes That Refused Membership in the Justice League

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today, as a companion piece to the similar piece I did on people who turned down membership in the Avengers, we take a look at fourteen superheroes who, at one point or another, refused membership in the Justice League.

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Knowledge Waits: How to Pronounce the Name of Thor’s Hammer Plus Other Tricky Comic Book Pronunciations

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Reader Cardell G. wanted to know how to pronounce the name of Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. So I figured I’d answer that question and tackle a bunch of other tricky comic book pronunciations!
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Knowledge Waits: Check Out the Cool Hulk Transformation on the Covers of Hulk #292-300

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

In the Incredible Hulk #272 (by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema), Bruce Banner gained the ability to transform into the Hulk while retaining his Banner intellect. He then got a pardon from President Reagan and became a more traditional superhero (even being offered a spot on the Avengers, which he declined since he also wanted to be able to do some scientific research with his returned intellect).

Eventually, he began to lose control of the Hulk. Read on to see the clever way they showed that devolution.
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Knowledge Waits: 11 Superheroes That Refused Membership in the Avengers

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at eleven superheroes who, at one point or another, refused membership in the Avengers.

Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: Original Designs of 12 Famous Superheroes

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at a dozen original designs of notable superheroes, from the 1940s through the very early 1990s…

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Knowledge Waits: Rejected Spider-Man Covers

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at some rejected Spider-Man covers.

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Knowledge Waits: Superhero Tijuana Bibles

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

The other day, I did a legend about whether there was a “nude” cheat code in the original Tomb Raider video game. It reminded me of the obsession people have with seeing famous characters in “sexy” situations, which in part drove the “Tijuana Bible” market of the 1920s to the early 1960s. Most of the characters featured were comic strip characters or celebrities, but a few of them were superheroes (famously, Watchmen shows Silk Spectre having Tijuana Bibles made about her – she was both a superhero AND a celebrity!). The website tijuanabibles.org has a bunch of these X-rated parody strips. I’ll show you the covers to three of them.

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Knowledge Waits: All of Marvel’s Characters From Their 1993 Annuals

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

A while back, I did a spotlight on DC’s 1993 Annuals, where they introduced a brand-new character in each annual. Well, just like in the spirit of Deep Impact/Armageddon, A Bug’s Life/Antz and Volcano/Dante’s Peak, there was serendipity in the air as Marvel Comics decided to do the same thing. Just like DC’s Annuals, all of these characters went on to become super famous (or rather, not famous at all) and we’ll take a look at them now.

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Knowledge Waits: The History of Marvel’s No-Prize

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today, we look at the history of Marvel’s No-Prize.
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Knowledge Waits: George Perez Batman Illustrations

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Back in 1990, George Perez did a portfolio of Batman illustrations. Most of them were covers he did for Batman and New Titans for first Batman: Year Three and then Lonely Place of Dying (the introduction of Tim Drake as Robin). However, three of the illustrations were never published otherwise. Read on to see these gorgeous pieces!
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Knowledge Waits: All of DC’s Original Bloodlines Characters

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

With the recent news that DC Comics is coming out with a new Bloodlines series later this year, I thought it would be fun to take a look at each of the characters (the “New Bloods”) who debuted as a result of the original 1993 Bloodlines crossover.

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Knowledge Waits: Spider-Man Fights Gladiator…In a Snack Food Comic Book?

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

In last week’s The Wrong Side, about Gambit and Gladiator’s ill-fated fight, I mentioned (in our traditional “How did each character do in a fight with Spider-Man?), I mentioned that the only time that Spider-Man had ever fought Gladiator was in a giveaway comic as part of a Drake’s snack cakes. I asked if anyone had a copy they could share with the world, and reader Antoine V. answered the bell! Read on for Spider-Man’s battle against Gladiator…
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Knowledge Waits: A Year’s Worth of Marvel Cool-O-Meters

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

While I was getting a page from 1992’s Uncanny X-Men #287 for this column earlier today, I noticed something that I hadn’t thought about in years that I figured I’d share with you folks – Marvel’s Cool-O-Meters!
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Knowledge Waits: 20 Rejected X-Men Covers

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at 25 X-Men covers that were turned down for publication by Marvel. I used Chris Haizlip’s amazing The Unpublished X-Men site for a lot of these.
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Knowledge Waits: The Two Most Swipe-Filled Issues of Wolverine Ever

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

While I was researching the history of Deadpool’s word balloons the other day, I came across Wolverine #88 (Deadpool’s first meeting with Wolverine) and I remembered how much of a kick I got out of Wolverine #88-89 back when they first came out, over twenty years ago, watching penciler Fabio Laguna blatantly swipe SO much Jim Lee artwork. So prepare yourself for the two most swipe-filled issues of Wolverine ever!
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