Tag: Stan Lee

Marvel Comics in the 1960s

Print Reviews

Pierre Comtois breaks down the first ten years of Marvel into three phases and the comics that epitomize them in his Field Guide.

The Incredible Hulk

Screen Reviews

Bruce Banner is on the run as he tries to control the beast inside of him. You wouldn’t like Rob Levy when he’s angry, but you’ll like him even less when he’s disappointed by a summer blockbuster.

John Romita… And All That Jazz

Print Reviews

Still depressed over that last Spider-Man movie? Matthew Moyer recommends you pick up this collection of interviews with Spidey artist extraordinaire Romita and travel back to a simpler time in Marvel Comics. Face it tiger, this is your lucky day!

Brush Strokes With Greatness

Print Reviews

All hail the lowly inker, whose work in comics is always seen but rarely noticed. Matthew Moyer takes a gander at this retrospective on Marvel’s Joe Sinnott and feels the impact.

Fantastic Four

Screen Reviews

“Flame on!” With that iconic phrase, Marvel Comics’ first super-group – the Fantastic Four – finally make their appearance on the big screen this summer. Can Tim Story’s presentation of the classic comic book possibly live up to the hype? More importantly, does the movie reach Spider-Man levels of filmmaking genius…or will it join Hulk and Elektra in the dustbin of superhero duds? Our resident Jack Kirby worshipper, Steve Stav , just might have the answer.

The Collected Jack Kirby Collector: Volume One

Print Reviews

Jack Kirby was the creator or co-creator of almost every Marvel Comics super-hero and villain you ever heard of, including The Fantastic Four, Magneto, the X-Men, and Doctor Doom. Ben Varkentine says this book may not be the place to start for newcomers, but fans will have a picnic.

Dick Giordano: Changing Comics, One Day At A Time

Print Reviews

Artist and editor Dick Giordano headed DC Comics’ editorial department through the ’80s. By a strange coincidence, that happens to have been the decade of Ben Varkentine’s “golden age” as a fan, so he’s here to get filled in on all the details.

The Life and Art of Murphy Anderson

Print Reviews

Comics legend Murphy Anderson finally gets his own biography, an event big enough to draw in reformed comic geek Aaron Shaul, who actually learns a thing or two along the way.

X2: X-Men United

Screen Reviews

In reviewing the second installment of the X-Men series, Steve Stav reveals his secret alter-ego of “comic-book geek.” Guilty pleasures (and spoilers) await…

Spider-Man

Screen Reviews

Director Sam Raimi brings the Marvel Comics hero who “does whatever a spider can” to the big screen for the first time. Can he swing from a thread? Take a look at Ben Varkentine’s review to find out!

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Henry V

Henry V

Archikulture Digest

Blood, guts, and kicking butt in France — it’s the age-old story of Shakespeare. Carl F. Gauze once again enjoys the salacious violence and complicated plot points of Henry V, in the moody dark of Orlando Shakes.

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

Features

On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello

Features

Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.