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Whats Up with Marvel? Dueling Headlines

I love the hilarious juxtaposition of the following three headlines. March 15: Marvel Comic Sales In Freefall In February 2017 — What’s Going On? People aren’t wanting more politics; in the aftermath of the most divisive election in US history, … Continue reading

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Marvel, DC, and Archetypes

It’s interesting how Marvel and DC have discovered the same kinds of characters. I’m going to compare some characters from opposite sides of the mirror and see if they shed some light on heroic archetypes. Superman and Thor Superman and … Continue reading

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What Makes a Hero a Superhero?

A recent YouTube video by Diversity in Comics got me thinking. In his video, he claims that both Indiana Jones and James Bond are super heroes, which I completely disagree with. But then I started thinking about comic book characters. … Continue reading

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Marvel Sales Chart – The Last 8 Months

I generated the following graph of copies sold for Marvel’s top selling books over the last eight months. Note that months where two issues were sold, I took the average. Civil War II, their top seller, ended at the end … Continue reading

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Is Marvel in Trouble?

The news that Marvel executive David Gabriel attributed their recent slump in sales to a lack of demand for diversity and female characters generated a storm in the media. Here’s the quote: “We saw the sales of any character that … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Saga” (vol. 1)

* * C The first volume of Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, is a decent science fiction novel. The protagonists, Marko and Alana, are a mixed race couple from opposite sides of a war. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Grendel: Black, White, & Red”

* D While Matt Wagner’s graphic novel “Grendel: Black, White, & Red” has a few interesting chapters, it is a poor excuse for a novel. The main character of this book is primarily evil, a sort of Walter White character. … Continue reading

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