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. was … » 1/02/14 5:29pm 1/02/14 5:29pm

​Marvel at a Museum Dedicated to One of Comics' Greatest Artists

Captain America, the Hulk, Fantastic Four... If you read superhero comics, you've probably liked a character created or co-created by Jack Kirby. He made the battles of superheroes like Thor feel larger than life but he also grew up fighting in the streets of New York City's gritty Lower East Side neighborhood. And he … » 11/12/13 5:50pm 11/12/13 5:50pm

New Marvel Game Gives Stan Lee Eleven Super-Powers. And Immortality.

No one likes to think about it but there will be a day when Stan Lee’s cameos will end. He may be an indefatigable 90-year-old but the co-creator of The Fantastic Four, Hulk and Spider-Man is still only human. But, in the upcoming Lego Marvel Super-Heroes video game, Stan Lee is pretty much omnipotent. » 9/10/13 4:02pm 9/10/13 4:02pm

The weirdest political messages in the history of comics

Every now and again, comic book writers try to infuse superheroes' foibles with societal relevance or their own personal political beliefs. But in fictional worlds where Galactus the World Devourer tries to eat the biosphere every two weeks, these attempts can get downright baffling. » 10/24/12 12:30pm 10/24/12 12:30pm

This was awkward, but…

In Thor: God of Thunder, the Asgardian Avenger will confront lots of…

How does a guy known for writing Punisher and Wolverine tackle the highfalutin fantasy of Asgard? If you're comic scribe Jason Aaron, you bring in berserkers, beer, beards, and a mystical serial killer who targets gods. » 10/22/12 2:45pm 10/22/12 2:45pm

Thanos concept art from The Avengers shows the mad titan close up

Tucked away in some crazy marketing ploy exclusive app designed to get fans to spend all of their money on new Avengers Blu-rays and DVDs is some very nice Thanos concept art. Behold the macho, ribbed chin of the Avengers' next big problem. This art was hidden inside the Avengers Initiative: Marvel Second Screen … » 9/27/12 6:35am 9/27/12 6:35am

The 1983 X-Men Coloring Book Is A Lost Psychedelic Masterpiece

When famous science fiction heroes make the jump to children's coloring books, usually the characters' dignity is jettisoned in the process. But such was not the case with the 1983 Uncanny X-Men Super Activity Book. Indeed, this unheralded tome — in which Magneto builds a frightening "Alphabet Beast" — may very well be » 9/26/12 12:25pm 9/26/12 12:25pm

Ad from the 1980s promised that superhero impersonators would end the…

After reading this advertisement, how many artisanal bassoon rental shoppes thought to themselves, "Well, that's what I've been doing wrong. Time to hire the Green Goblin and the Thing to hang outside my store for three months straight." (It's also worth mentioning that if you recruited Captain America for your bookmark… » 9/04/12 6:30am 9/04/12 6:30am

8 Times Captain America Had Bizarre and Embarrassing Dilemmas

Today is Labor Day stateside, and many of you are enjoying a brief respite. Not Captain America though — Marvel Comics' star-spangled crusader has been fighting crime for decades (only to pause for twenty odd years to be frozen in a glacier). Such a track record guarantees an off day (or eight), so here they are,… » 9/03/12 10:40am 9/03/12 10:40am

Over Two Dozen Reasons To Get Jazzed About Comic Books This Fall

Can you feel a nip in the air? We sure as heck can't, because it's still August and hotter than the Twilight Sword of Surtur the fire demon. But when the weather turns, these titles will be landing in your neighborhood comic shop. » 8/17/12 4:55pm 8/17/12 4:55pm

How to write Deadpool (and actually make him funny)

Over the last several years, Marvel Comics' mercenary Wade "Deadpool" Wilson has gone from tertiary X-Men antihero to one of the publisher's most recognizable characters. (He's getting his own video game, for criminey's sake.) That's some impressive longevity for a guy who was originally conceived 21 years ago as an… » 8/14/12 11:55am 8/14/12 11:55am

It's Adventure Time and cloned messiahs in this week's comic book haul

It's Comic-Con this week, and there are, rather fittingly, a ton of new reads on the spinner racks. First off, we have the Adventure Time: Marceline And The Scream Queens miniseries penned and illustrated by Meredith Gran of the webcomic Octopus Pie: » 7/10/12 10:25am 7/10/12 10:25am

Steampunk Spider-Man and his nemesis, Victorian-era Doctor Octopus

Steampunk superheroes are not an unfamiliar concept, but this particular batch was drafted by Italian artist Denis Medri — who was responsible for those delightful greaser Batman designs — so we'll give them a pass. Behold such villains as Kraven, the Green Goblin, and Doctor Octopus, who I presume is named "Professor… » 7/06/12 2:55pm 7/06/12 2:55pm

In this rad fan art, The Avengers get the Dungeons and Dragons…

While bored in class one day, Malaysian artist The Durrrrian decided to doodle Earth's Mightiest Heroes going medieval. In these illustrations, the shawarma is replaced with mutton, and Tony Stark's exoskeleton is traded out for luscious silks with an absurdly high thread count. We're not normally ones to encourage… » 7/03/12 7:10am 7/03/12 7:10am

Who the heck are the Guardians of the Galaxy, the stars of Marvel's…

If you've been on the internet over the past few days, you may have noticed that Marvel Studios is moving ahead with their Guardians of the Galaxy feature film. And unless names like "Rocket Raccoon" and "Groot the living tree" ring true to you, there's a strong chance you have absolutely no clue who the Guardians of the… » 7/02/12 8:30am 7/02/12 8:30am