BACK ISSUES: The Working-Class Villains of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

BACK ISSUES: The Working-Class Villains of “Spider-Man: Homecoming”

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine characters, concepts or themes making waves in comics today through issues from the past. When Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theatres today, audiences will watch Tom Holland‘s wall-crawler face off against the Michael Keaton‘s Vulture. But those might not be the only Spider-Rogues popping up in the film. This edition is going to look at the comic book history of the Vulture as well as three…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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BACK ISSUES: Does the World Need A Superwoman?

BACK ISSUES: Does the World Need A Superwoman?

Earlier this week, TV’s Supergirl returned to our screens for a second season on its new network home, the CW. Just as the series kicked its new season off to fans’ delight, Supergirl faced a surprising new foe; Miley Cyrus. In a recent interview with Variety, the pop star commented on the concept of Supergirl: A lot of it could be changed if we had a female president. That would give us a subconscious boost….

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BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

BACK ISSUES: Sweet Christmas – Luke Cage, Hero for Hire

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, we look at the history of the Hero for Hire, Luke Cage! Tomorrow the latest Marvel TV series debuts on Netflix. Luke Cage joins Netflix’s line of Marvel series, which include “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”, both of which have been hits with audiences as well as…

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DC Comics Creates Position to Handle Creator Equity

DC Comics Creates Position to Handle Creator Equity

DC Comics, it appears, is learning from the mistakes of the past. Several weeks ago, we chronicled the struggles of veteran creator Gerry Conway to receive equity for his creation of the Killer Frost alter ego of Caitlyn Snow, a once-obscure character now featured as a series regular on CW’s The Flash. After the story was picked up by nearly every other comic book media outlet, DC was forced to take steps to address the situation, something…

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DC Comics to Clarify Creator Equity In Wake of Conway Outcry

DC Comics to Clarify Creator Equity In Wake of Conway Outcry

Every now and again, fans and comic book media can get something of real value accomplished. Last week, veteran comic book creator Gerry Conway took to Tumblr to draw attention to how he and other creators have been shut out by DC Entertainment of what was once a lucrative Creator Equity program which rewarded creators when characters they originated were translated into other media. We reported on his comments here, after which sites like Bleeding…

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Gerry Conway, Caitlin Snow, and the Freezing Out of Creators

Gerry Conway, Caitlin Snow, and the Freezing Out of Creators

Gerry Conway is possibly one of the most prolific creators in DC’s long history. With the notable exception of writers/editors such as Carmine Infantino, who was responsible for the bulk of the Silver Age movement at the company, Conway has contributed more to the source material responsible for DC’s recent run of television success than any other single writer. Among his many creations are Cisco “Vibe” Ramon, Felicity Smoak, Caitlin “Killer Frost” Snow, Count Vertigo,…

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