Sunset on the Susquehanna

The Harrisburg Senators had their first Marvel’s Defenders of the Diamonds Night, an official tie-in between Marvel (Comics or Studios, I’m not sure which) and Minor League Baseball. The game started at six and over by 8:15; enforcing the pitch clock and shortening the time between innings really makes things flow. I walked across theContinue reading “Sunset on the Susquehanna”


This morning Marvel Comics sent out a press release: KIMOTA! In honor of the 40th anniversary of Miracleman’s groundbreaking reinvention, Marvel is proud to announce the brand-new MIRACLEMAN OMNIBUS. This extraordinary collection will house the influential work on the character from all of its legendary creators such as Alan Davis, Garry Leach, John Totleben, andContinue reading “KIMOTA!”

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Last night I went to see Spider-Man: No Way Home, a week after I changed my blog theme to a Spider-Man theme. This is the long-awaited film that pits the Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, portrayed by Tom Holland (not the historian and novelist), against the villians of the previous cinematic incarnations of Spider-ManContinue reading “Spider-Man: No Way Home”

Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future: Some Thoughts

Last night, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures surprised the geek world by announcing that they had struck a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in other words, the universe of the Iron Man, Captain America, and Avengers films. Some potentially unnecessary backstory follows; those who know it can skip this paragraph. WhileContinue reading “Spider-Man’s Cinematic Future: Some Thoughts”

When Janeway Fought Galactus

Over the years I’ve mentioned a story I plotted in the mid-1990s but never wrote (for obvious reasons) — Captain Janeway (of Star Trek: Voyager) vs. Galactus (of Marvel Comics). Star Trek? Galactus? What madness is this? Return with me to the halcyon days of late 1995/early 1996 when Marvel Comics announced that they hadContinue reading “When Janeway Fought Galactus”

On the Great Gatsby Trailer — and Mutant Healing Factors

Come Christmas time, there’s a new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby coming to theaters, directed by Moulin Rouge‘s Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the mysterious Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. I’ve read Gatsby a half-dozen times over the years, drawn as much toContinue reading “On the Great Gatsby Trailer — and Mutant Healing Factors”

On Things I’ve Been Reading

John Carter: World of Mars Marvel Comics Written by Peter David Art by Luke Ross A few weeks ago I saw John Carter, director Andrew Stanton’s adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars, the first of his eleven books set on Barsoom (better known to us as Mars), for Disney. John Carter hasContinue reading “On Things I’ve Been Reading”

On Disappointment in Marvel Studios’ Thor

I don’t go to the movies very often. Five years ago, I would go at least once a month. Sometimes, during summer blockbuster season, multiple times a week. Now, I go to the movies maybe twice a year. In 2010, i saw Sherlock Holmes on New Year’s Day and The Chronicles of Narnia: The VoyageContinue reading “On Disappointment in Marvel Studios’ Thor”

On My Childhood Superhero

I suppose it was inevitable that my life would end up surrounded by superheroes. My first job was in a comic book shop. I write about superheroes most every day of the week at work. Some would find this surprising, knowing how little of Marvel Comics’ output I read (right now, just Thor, and I’mContinue reading “On My Childhood Superhero”