Marvel Comics

Alex Ross

Ross’ style has been compared to that of Norman-Rockwell and he has been praised for his realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters.

SGT. Fury Special Marvel Edition – Captain America and Bucky

There is a lot of mystery and excitement in the comic edition of SGT. Fury Special Marvel Edition – Captain America and Bucky. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby hid a lot more than just secret identities between their characters as readers see the early signs of unbeatable teamwork – a foreshadow of S.H.I.E.L.D. and things to come.

Superhero Films by the Numbers

Once again, I am called back to my obsession with number crunching. This time, I turn my powers on Superhero films. The following useless trivia may only interest me, but I hope you enjoy. Statistics are taken from the Internet Movie Database and Wikipedia. The statistics reflect non-animated feature films only. The first real superhero […]

Sequential Wednesdays #13 – On Reminiscing & Predicting

Hey folks, I’m back after a self-imposed 6 week (or so) hiatus from writing posts for ASM.  I went off to work on an art installation, so now that’s done I can get back to writing about what’s truly important: comics. During the time I was working on the installation – I took a quick […]

Superheroine Movie

Imagine the teaser trailer. Peeks at the iconic costume, a villain’s growled one-liner, the title looming suddenly out of the darkness with THIS CHRISTMAS or SUMMER 2014 beneath it. Imagine the interviews in Entertainment Weekly: the costume design chief noting how they “went with the more textured fabric, to get that realism in there,” the […]

On Fatherhood

When I was around six or seven, I discovered my father’s old comic books. He’s an archivist and his closet reflects this–it is a meticulously organized trove of his interests, packed away in folders, binders and shoeboxes. The calm, stacked neatness of it compelled me, reigning in what might have been, in the hands of […]

NORVELL W. PAGE: WAN TENGRI – PRESTER JOHN

While Fritz Leiber was creating a boisterous style of Sword & Sorcery based upon E. R. Eddison and James Branch Cabell, Norvell W. Page wrote two novels that seem on the surface to be closer to Robert E. Howard and his Conan series. But only to those who do not look closely. Norvell W. Page […]

The James Allison Stories: Dreaming of the Past

Robert E. Howard produced several series: Solomon Kane, Kull of Valusia, Bran Mak Morn, and finally Conan the Cimmerian, all existing more or less in the same world at different times. In “Kings of the Night” (Weird Tales, Novembr 1930) he tied Kull with Bran Mak Morn through magic, as he did Turloguh o’Brien and […]