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Over the past year, I've been working on a fictional story called The Next Man in Hell. It’s a tale of what would happen if someone in our present society decided to take up the mantle of a masked vigilante in our world, taking comic books out of the America of the 1950s, where comics... Read More
PK Note: This is not an endorsement of violence, but an exploration of the history of heroes in comic books resisting government tyranny. The past day has been interesting. The United States government has given the military the ability to arrest and detain any American citizen suspected of terrorism. No trial. American citizens held without... Read More
Editors note: On July 22, 2011, a short book on superheroes and whiteness will be released. Expect to see a few Web sites carry an article or two (in truncated form) that will be featured in this tome. This is a passion of mine - along with college football - and the date coincides with... Read More
Over the past 10 years, Hollywood has relied heavily on comic book adaptations to bring people into the glut of state-of-the-art theaters built across the country. Transformers, Harry Potter, Star Wars I - III, James Bond and a few other franchises have been big money-makers for Hollywood studios of late, but comic book movies -... Read More
In 2006's Superman Returns, a boring and uninspired sequel to Superman 2, the Man of Steel has been gone for five years on a soul-searching mission back to his home planet hoping to find some sign of Krypton. Upon his return to earth, the editor of The Daily Planet has a meeting with his entire... Read More
Many people believe that Batman Begins and The Dark Knight represent two of the finest superhero movies ever made. Both were beautifully shot in the architecturally stunning city of Chicago, a magnificent stand-in for Gotham City where the Batman universe is set. Christopher Nolan's vision of Gotham City has been a metropolis inhabited by a... Read More
It was said by a man long since gone that, "Myths are public dreams, dreams are private myths." During Black History Month we discussed how cinema presents opportunities for Black people to take on roles that reality seems to continually deny them, granting them the chance to play characters who have vocations that are exceedingly... Read More
"Why read comics book?" is a question tossed at those who read them frequently. For one reason: comics have been on the cutting edge of popular culture for the last 20 years. If it happens in comic book (or graphic novel) chances are, you'll see a movie, television series, video game or even a theme... Read More
If you were to consider the most profitable genre of film in the past 15 years, what would your answer be? Chances are, you wouldn’t consider the answer a genre at all, but comic book fans everywhere would beg to differ. Superhero films would be the correct answer as the exploits of DC, Marvel and... Read More
Ceasar Romero. Jack Nicholson. Mark Hamill. Heath Ledger. And now, Barack Hussein Obama. What do these five men have in common? They have all played the Joker, the sadistic clown that is Batman’s arch-nemesis and one of the more sinister antagonists in contemporary literature. Now, it would be fair to say that all of the... Read More
"Look, up in the sky. It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Barack Hussein Obama on the cover of Spider-Man!" Black people have long loved comic books, as it is their favorite form of reading pleasure, even though the comic book industry has been hard pressed to create Black characters that resonate with the public.... Read More