Why You Should Read Mark Waid's Daredevil

In 2011, Mark Waid took over writing the book Daredevil when it was relaunched in the wake of a crossover called "Shadowland" (it's complicated and involved Daredevil getting possessed by a demon). His run was almost immediately hailed as one of the best comics out there and still is. But now, after four years on the… » 3/01/15 12:26pm 3/01/15 12:26pm

The Greatest Comic Book Characters Who Didn't Originate In Comics

The path of comic book characters making their way onto the big and small screens is a well trod one. But what about the reverse, of characters who started out on-screen and then made their way into the comics? Here are the best comic book characters who got their start somewhere else. » 2/18/15 4:14pm 2/18/15 4:14pm

Career Spotlight: What I Do as a Comic Book Artist

So many of today's popular movies began humbly on the printed page—not in novels, but in comic books. There's a distinct appeal to the illustrated format's ability to tell both large, complex stories without compromising the intimacy of the narrative. And capturing those moments requires a skilled illustrator. What… » 1/27/15 6:44pm 1/27/15 6:44pm

The Spectre and Gotham by Midnight

So I read Gotham by Midnight #2 today and I love the way they are portraying the Spectre. To explain how and why the new Spectre works, though, I'm going to have to explain the history of the Spectre and why so many people had trouble writing for him before. » 12/29/14 10:46am 12/29/14 10:46am

Comic Book Movies should be anything but 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real'

The internet was busy this week ripping it out of the news that the Fantastic Four reboot will feature a radical reinvention of Doctor Doom. But it was Toby Kebbell's other comments that bothered me: Why is he bandying about buzzwords like 'Lo-fi' and 'Ultra-Real' like they're good things for Comic book movies? » 11/13/14 3:10am 11/13/14 3:10am

Meet The Feline Guardians Of America's Comic Book Stores

Faster than a speeding roadrunner, able to leap tall bookshelves in a single bound, these mild-mannered creatures possess extraordinary superpowers—which perhaps explains why they would feel right at home in a comic book store. » 10/30/14 10:30am 10/30/14 10:30am

3 Reasons The Savage Dragon Movie Must Be Made

Erik Larsen's cult-favorite Savage Dragon comic could be headed for the big screen, despite the odds being stacked against it. Here's why Savage Dragon: The Movie is the film fans deserve and the film fans need. » 9/10/14 1:58pm 9/10/14 1:58pm

Marvel Superheroes, Recreated As Custom LEGO Minifigures

Marvel and LEGO enthusiast autorazr has a mission: To recreate as many custom Marvel superheroes in LEGO form as possible. This includes characters from different timelines and universes, characters wearing their old and their new costumes. Villains that will probably never get their own set. So basically everyone. » 7/18/14 5:51am 7/18/14 5:51am

A Brief History of Ultimate Marvel

Ultimate Marvel has had a rocky history. A lot of people, myself included, really like Ultimate Spider-Man, and especially the introduction of Miles Morales. On the other hand, the line hosts some infamously bad stories, including the especially terrible Ultimatum. A question by LightningLouie over on my review of… » 7/07/14 11:38am 7/07/14 11:38am

Ninja Turtles Serves Up The Most Accurate Dinosaurs in Comics

Paleoart blog Love in the Time of Chasmosaurus has a good review of a recent Ninja Turtles comic book: TMNT: Turtles in Time #1. While the story is plenty of fun (aliens are playing Dino-Riders in the late Cretaceous, Turtles go back in time and beat them up), what really stands out is the incredible dinosaur… » 7/05/14 10:36am 7/05/14 10:36am

That Time The United Nations Condemned Superman (In Real Life)

In 1952, the UN issued an urgent report warning that American comic books and their sadistic superhero characters had become a threat to world peace: "By undermining or warping the traditional values of each country, the Superman myth is becoming a kind of international monster." » 6/19/14 9:00am 6/19/14 9:00am

The Cartographer Who Created The Map Of Gotham City

How did Batman manage to fight crime for so long without getting lost? Although the Dark Knight has been the guardian of Gotham for 75 years, the city's streets weren't mapped until 1998. » 5/30/14 1:20pm 5/30/14 1:20pm

This Is What Comic Books Looked Like in the Middle Ages

Curators at the British Library have compiled a list of the manuscripts in their collection which they believe are among the best examples of Ye Olde Comick Bookes, rife with superheroes, supervillains, origin stories, drama and, of course, blood and gore. » 5/13/14 2:30pm 5/13/14 2:30pm

​I use comic books to teach

Truth be told, using comic books in the classroom is by no means as unusual or risqué as it might have once been. Nowadays, comics are considered a legitimate teaching tool for any subject. Here are some I've used in class. » 1/30/14 10:54am 1/30/14 10:54am

Captain America: The First Interventionist

Captain America introduced himself to Americans by punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the cover of Captain America Comics #1. While this is something the vast majority of people would applaud in this day and age, Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel Comics, debuted Captain America in early 1941, when the U.S.… » 1/02/14 5:29pm 1/02/14 5:29pm

DC Comics to Reveal Native American Teenage Superheroine

A Canadian teenager is the inspiration for a new superhero in development for DC Comics. Jeff Lemire, an illustrator and cartoonist from Toronto, says that Shannen Koostachin — a young Cree activist from Attawapiskat — inspired him. » 10/31/13 1:03pm 10/31/13 1:03pm

Investigative Journalist Uncovers the Fake Geek Boys of Comic-Con

Even though we are all so over the "fake geek girl" nonsense, this video that turns the tables on the menfolk is kind of awesome. Yes, it's all tongue-in-cheek, and all the gentlemen here are excellent sports — but there's something so awesome (and funny) about watching these guys field the annoying questions so many… » 9/13/13 12:14pm 9/13/13 12:14pm

The Winter Soldier reveals the secret backstory hidden in his hair

The Winter Soldier is giving Thor a run for his money for the most fabulous Marvel hair on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But how did they decide that a character breakdown equals long hair? Actor Sebastian Stan, who plays both Bucky Barnes and Captain America's new foe, shares with us the evolution… » 7/24/13 1:30pm 7/24/13 1:30pm

The Best Comic Reader App for Android

Reading comics, particularly on tablets, is a delightful use of bright, vivid touchscreens. If you're a heavy reader and want to bring your own files, Astonishing Comic Reader is a relative newcomer with a ton of slick features. » 6/07/13 12:58pm 6/07/13 12:58pm

The time a billionaire bought his son a starring role in a Superman

What do you get the comic book fan who has everything? A starring role in an issue of Superman, obviously. British billionaire Godfrey Bradman did just this — he commissioned DC Comics to create a special issue of Superman for his son's Bar Mitzvah. » 3/12/13 7:00am 3/12/13 7:00am