web stats

Recent Posts

Top Five Supporting Cast Members Who Moved From One Comic to Another

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

With the news that Mary Jane Watson will soon be a supporting cast member in the pages of Invincible Iron Man, I thought it would be interesting to spotlight other notable examples of supporting cast members who moved from one title to another…

Continue Reading »

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…
Continue Reading »

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!
Continue Reading »

If Se7en Was a 1990s Comic Book…

If Se7en was a 1990s comic book, the box wouldn’t be opened until the third sequel, and its contents would most likely involve clones.

Now your turn! Give me a good “If ____ was a 1990s comic book, then _____”! I might put together a top five of my favorites if there are enough good ones.

Provide Some Answers – Wait, HE’S the X-Traitor? Seriously?

This is the debut of a new feature that is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today we look at the unexpected resolution to the question of “Who is the X-Traitor?”
Continue Reading »

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 155

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – September 2015

Is Travis back? Find out below! (Hint: This is far later than I would have liked, so odds are good it’s because of Travis!!!!!)
Continue Reading »

What I bought – 9 September 2015


“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

He turned.

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.” (John Fowles, from The Magus)
Continue Reading »

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Deadpool Create Venom?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a bunch of suggestions, we take a look at whether Deadpool helped create Venom!
Continue Reading »

The Wrong Side: Gambit vs. Gladiator

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, based on a suggestion from reader David A., we take a look at whether using “the whole deck” would really make a difference against the Imperial Guard member, Gladiator…
Continue Reading »

Déjà Vu on the Night of the Stalker


It’s probably my favorite Batman story of all time… well, okay, tied for first with “The Laughing Fish” and “Half an Evil.” Continue Reading »

Left Unresolved – What the Heck Was the “Prize” That the Upstarts Were Playing For?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Jesse, we take a look at how the group of X-Men villains, the Upstarts, and their sick “game” (which involved killing lots of mutants) and how it sort of fizzled out there in the end without ever actually being resolved, including what precisely was the “prize” that they were fighting over…
Continue Reading »

When We First Met – Who Was the First Superhero to Die in the Line of Duty?

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

Today, based on a request by a few different readers over the years, we take a look at the first comic book superhero to die in the line of duty…
Continue Reading »

Death is Not the End – How Did Dr. Octopus and Hammerhead Survive Being Ground Zero at a Nuclear Explosion?

This is the first installment in a new feature spotlighting the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

We begin with a follow-up to today’s “Why Did Doctor Octopus Try to Marry Aunt May?” post, namely “How the heck did Doctor Octopus and Hammerhead survive being ground zero at a nuclear explosion?”
Continue Reading »

Abandoned Love: So Who Exactly is the Sea Hag’s Son?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This is a special guest star edition of Abandoned Love. Noted Popeye expert Fred Grandinetti contributed this piece about the strange history of how the popular Popeye villain, the Sea Hag, has oddly ended up with a few different sons over the run of the series. Be sure to check out Fred’s cool Drawing With Fred show (and, of course, his many books about Popeye, like “Popeye: An Illustrated History of E.C. Segar’s Character in Print, Radio, Television, and Film Appearances 1929-1993″. – BC
Continue Reading »


Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives