Author Jon Morris wrote this series of comic book history books, including silly superheroes like Doctor Hormone, freakish villains like Animal-Vegetable-Mineral Man, and stupid sidekicks like Frosting the Bear. The books are packed with vintage art, backstories on the characters, and amusing commentary.
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Marvel and DC Comics have been rivals for decades. Produced by the Russo Brothers, this documentary series explores the history of the two comic book juggernauts and their friendly and not-so-friendly competition over the years. Narrated by Kevin Smith and premiering on The Roku Channel on 12.24.21.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings introduces the first new hero to Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Shang-Chi has appeared in comic books since 1973. Alamo Drafthouse offers a retrospective on the character to give us a bit of background on the martial arts master before heading to the theater.
Based on the beloved graphic novel by Jeff Lemire, Sweet Tooth follows the story of a boy mysteriously born as a hybrid human/deer, and who must rise to the challenges of a world ravaged by a pandemic after being raised in isolation by his father. Coming to Netflix 6.4.2021.
From Mark Millar, creator of Kingsman and Kick-Ass comes a Netflix series about the changing of the guard between the first generation of superheroes and their children. Will the young heroes maintain their parents’ ideals, or has the world changed too much to live up to their expectations? Premieres 5.7.2021.
We’ve all heard of Captain Marvel, but the character has a long and complicated history, mired in lawsuits that gave birth to oddities like the UK’s “Marvelman.” Nerdwriter explains how the long lost character was resurrected and became the forefather of today’s of dark and flawed anti-hero characters.
Based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book, this animated series follows the relationship between a young man (Steven Yeun) and his father (J.K. Simmons), the world’s most powerful superhero. As he inherits his father’s powers and learns of his origins, he struggles to accept his new role. Coming to Prime Video 3.26.2021.
From the poison brick-slinging Brickbat to The Horrible Hand, author Jon Morris’ humorous reference book catalogs some of the weirdest and worst supervillains in the history of comic books. Can’t get enough? Round out your bookshelf with some equally unfortunate superheroes and their half-baked sidekicks.
After a great kickoff for the graphic novel Code 45, the second and third issues are now available for order. The story follows Vanessa, a subway driver in Montreal who hears rumors that there are ‘dragons’ in the tunnels. This mega-issue journeys into the night shift and closer to the monsters that dwell beneath the surface.
Jampacked with amazing visuals, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a must watch for any fan of animation, comic books, superheroes, or just good movies. Movies with Mikey provides an in-depth look at some of the art and animation techniques used to bring this masterpiece together.
Captain Marvel is shaping up to be a blockbuster. Variant Comics jumps in on the movie’s hype by sharing the most notable versions of the hero/heroine. That includes the original version, one who defeated and then restored Death itself, and even a villain.
Todd McFarlane reinvented Spider-Man, created Spawn, and helped revolutionize the comics industry by co-founding Image Comics. Now he has a toy empire. He sat down with Complex to share tons of practical tips for success based on his passion and experience.
Vox looks at the history and evolution of comic book lettering. The most well known style – all caps, italicized, and with consistent thickness – was developed to make text easier to read on cheap paper. But there are dozens of comic book fonts and lettering styles.