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Don’t Worry, America #1’s Got You

America Chavez’ fights for what’s right in her new series!

Overdue. That’s probably the best way fans of America Chavez would describe the new America #1, on shelves this New Comic Book Day. The displaced powerhouse has been part of an ensemble in books like Young Avengers and has become one of the preeminent butt-kickers as the leader of Marvel’s latest incarnation of the Ultimates. Except that’s just America Chavez the hero, who saves the world from aliens and super villains on the weekend. Where’s a super-powered teenager going to discover more of what life and the world has to offer? America goes to college!

Helmed by YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath), the new issue gets right to the point and establishes the larger framework that America #1 will be exploring. America #1 makes no bones that it’s going to connect its eponymous character with the country she’s named for. From the beginning this series will beg the questions: Who is America and what does she stand for?

To help explore the answers while she lays the smackdown on a couple interdimensional monsters and tries to shutdown an alien cult who’ve begun worshipping her adventures, Marvel’s brought onboard some all-stars. Joe Quinones (Howard The Duck) brings the heat and the heart with his inks while father-son slam dunk duo Joe and Paolo Rivera delve into the depths of America’s journey with their colors. This collaboration will bring the high-octane solo adventures of America Chavez into what we can only hope will be a bright and riveting future.

There may not be a more important new series from Marvel in 2017 than America #1. Pick up your copy. Come together and show your support. Be bold. Be brave. Be…an American.

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Sin City, Here Comes ELEKTRA #1

It’s going to be a hot time in the old town tonight…

Marvel’s been building their own mini-universe within the Daredevil section of 616. Broadly titled “Running With The Devil” there’s a trio of titles to go along with old hornhead. Earlier this month we previewed the on-target Bullseye #1. We followed it up by highlighting the comeback of Wilson Fisk in Kingpin #1 (written by Forbidden Planet’s former master of the hand sell, Matthew Rosenberg). Now, we cap off this trifecta with Marvel’s deadliest assassin! Odds are this series is going to be killer.

Elektra‘s had quite a past. What with dying a few times, having been the head of the Hand, her epic love story with a certain pointy-headed blind vigilante, and at one point being the highest paid assassin in the world. If you were carrying all that baggage where would you go to get away from it all? Vegas, baby! Surely no one will notice her amidst all the neon and ulterior motives. Of course, can a former ninja assassin really expect to escape all of her history of violence when a new player wants to get in on the game? Welcome to the table: Arcade!

If you wanted some further Marvel Netflix U crossover then boy have you got it with this book. Not only is it a new adventure for the character after her television debut in the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil but it’s written by newcomer Matt Owens. Get it? You don’t get it. Okay, Matt Owens is a television writer who worked on Marvel’s Luke Cage and even had a couple episodes of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. This marks Matt Owens’ first foray into comics after a career on the small screen and internships under Cully Hammer and Brian Starfleeze. Plus, it’s got art by Juan Cabal, so Owens has plenty of muscle to tell the first story entitled, “Casino Battle Royale.”

This new comic book day, Elektra’s changing the rules. Wanna play?

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Chris’ Comics: Invincible Iron Man #1

New York Comic Con is a thing that happened, and a thing that made me grateful I have PTO at my day job, as I did not get out of bed until 10am this morning. It was a massive show that was super fun, I got to see a bunch of great folks, talk comics, and attend some neat panels. Now let us never speak of it again, unless it’s relevant to a comic book I’m discussing.

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Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez, Justin Ponder

Marvel $3.99

BEHOLD, THE MOST IMPORTANT MARVEL COMIC OF THE YEAR, I MEAN RIGHT AFTER STAR WARS AND SECRET WARS THAT IS!

Marvel’s made it no secret that they’re out to make Iron Man their flagship character these days, undoubtedly inspired by the success of the character on the big screen. A move I’m sure that will work, much like the Inhumans replacing the X-men-oh.

Snark and Bleeding Cool rumors aside, Marvel Comics has enlisted a team of top notch creators to make Iron Man their premiere super hero title; Brian Michael Bendis, who’s written the character numerous times in the past, David Marquez, a top talent who’s been a very good artist  for the last few years, and Justin Ponder, and excellent colorist in his own right. No disrespect to the previous creative teams, but this is by far the strongest group of creators Tony Stark has had since Matt Fraction was attached to the book several years ago.

IIM-Preview01-58c53Assigning David Marquez and Justin Ponder to this book was a brilliant move. Aside from already having a solid working relationship with Bendis, the pair of artists create a gorgeous looking book that says “This is an Iron Man comic for 2015”. Marquez’s style is perfect for a character like Tony Stark, blending Robert Downey Jr’s good looks with a new suit of armor that feels new and refreshing. I dug how detailed, not to mention how cool, his armoring up sequences where in this book, as well seeing the new suit flying around. Sadly most of the action scenes were limited to another long time Iron Man villainess who also gets a slight redesign, but I’m sure Bendis will give Marquez a chance to blow our minds somewhere down the line.  Justin Ponder’s colors are incredibly strong in the comic. Bendis and Marquez give Ponder a number of locations and characters to work with in this issue, and he absolutely nails the environments and lightening perfectly. These two creators have given us a great looking book, and I’m excited to see more from them on this title.

Invincible_Iron_Man_1_Preview_3I believe this comic marks the first time long time Marvel comics Brian Michael Bendis has tackled Tony Stark in a solo capacity, only writing him as a part of team or in crossovers. Bendis’ take on Stark is very much influenced by RDJ as well, which is good, because this book is suppose to be super accessible to new readers. That being said, his take on the character is still pretty faithful to the core of the character, so long time fans won’t be put off by it. Bendis does an excellent job creating a new status quo for Iron Man, and manages to craft a post-Secret Wars comic that doesn’t spoil the event much, if at all. The much hyped final page is cool, and definitely lets reader know that this is VERY much a Marvel Universe with Iron Man at the center of things. And I REALLY like the 2 new female characters introduced in this issue, and hope they stick around for the long haul My only compliant is that the book feels brief, which is more of a nitpick I guess, because it definitely has me wanting to read more.

Invincible Iron Man certainly has the potential to be one of the biggest Marvel books of the year in terms of sales and excitement. Will it dethrone Star Wars or the surprisingly wonderful new Amazing Spider-Man is yet to be seen, but also not a concern of mine. It’s a good comic that I dug, with a fantastic creative team who can hopefully give us the best run of solo Iron Man stories since the last incarnation of an Invincible Iron Man book.

 

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5.5 Questions with Marvel Editor Daniel Ketchum

One of the nice things about comics is that the people who write and draw ‘em are just as likely to show up at Forbidden Planet on a Wednesday to pick up their stack as anyone else.

And that’s when we strike!

This week we caught up with STORM, MAGNETO, and X-MEN editor, Daniel Ketchum. No Pokemon questions were asked. Probably for the best.

FORBIDDEN PLANET: So, as an editor, I’m assuming that you sometimes have to be the bad guy. SO in the world of bad guys are you more like Simon Cowell, Gordon Ramsay or Judge Judy?

DANIEL KETCHUM: If I had to choose one, I’d say Gordon Ramsay, because he’s a Tiger Mom like I am–he criticizes out of love and only wants people to be their best. But when it comes to likening myself to reality show judges, I have definitely said that I am the Michael Kors of Marvel. (e.g. “It looks like you colored that page with a trackball mouse and an eye full of lemon juice!”)

FP: If you could put any single character in all of your books, who would it be and why?

DK: Definitely Mary Cherry from your favorite TV show, Popular. (“Y’all, I’ve got two words for you: EXORCISM!”) But if we’re talking about a Marvel character I would put in all of the books that I edit, it would be STORM…and I do.

FP: If you could have any non-comic writer (novelist, screenwriter, poet) write book for you, who would it be?

DK: Oh, lordy. You know, the last book book I ran to the store to buy the day it was released was Joan Didion’s BLUE NIGHTS. I can only vaguely imagine what a comic written by Joan Didion would be like. But I’d love to read it and, even more so, I’d love to be the editor who got to collaborate with her on it.

FP: If you could have dinner with any comic character (you’re paying) who would it be and why?

DK: I would take Alfred Pennyworth and Jarvis to dinner because they deserve a chance to kick back and enjoy a delicious meal they didn’t have to lift a finger for. I might also take Jubilee, because it looks like she’s fallen on hard times…

FP: Follow-up: Would your answer change if they were paying?

DK: Yes. Because then I would be dining with ALL-NEW X-MEN‘s Hank McCoy and I would expect no less than a magical evening. MAGICAL.

FP: Who would win a Magic the Gathering game? Batman, Reed Richards or Emma Frost?

DK: Obviously Emma Frost. You can’t play a card game with a telepath! And you know Emma would totally cheat and, like, read her opponents’ minds to find out what their face-down morph creatures are…

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Our 200 Best-Selling Graphic Novels of 2013

Even though it’s damn near the middle of February I thought the following list of Forbidden Planet NYC’s most popular, best-selling graphic novels of 2013 would be of some interest.

Perhaps you’re looking for a new read, and are curious as to what the cool kids in the heppest city in the solar system are picking up (even if some of these books have been perennial faves for years and years).  Perhaps you’ll be looking at this list for some other reason (stalkers). Either way, thanks to all our customers who made 2013, and every year, such a great time to be in the business of slinging quality books!

It’s a rather lengthy post so it continues after the jump…

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TODAY IS THE BEST DAY.

Not only is it May and it’s 45 degrees outside and raining in New York (shivers of excitement in anticipation of cozy/anxious Twin Peaks watching later), the weather has met in complete conjunction with how it will be on the day that this new book releases at the Brooklyn Book Fest in September…shivers of anticipation and sweaty palms….

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Post-Turkey Day Weekend Recap

For the 5 of you who follow the adventure of Chris Troy and Fantasy Football, I wisely started the Patriots defense over the weekend. That was 25 points I needed. A shame it was up against the Jets who I actually like and are doing terrible this season…… HEY WHERE ARE YOU GOING, I’LL TALK ABOUT TOYS IN A FEW MINUTES I SWEAR!

::: Makes several jokes about the Mcfarlane Tim Tebow figure collecting dust of on our shelves that maybe 3 of you would get first :::

Usually I’d just type “COULSON LIVES!!!” and call it a day, but I imagine some context would be nice. Otherwise I’m on a Tony Harris level of confusion (RELEVANT JOKE!). Hot Toys announced that everyone’s favorite Marvel Cinema S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent will be getting the Hot Toys treatment next year, and pre-orders are available. Given the demand of the Avengers line, you may want to swing by the store and look into that. Also keep your eyes out for the newly released Hot Toys Hawkeye figure, which much like every Hot Toys released is amazing.

If you always dug Hot Toys  but maybe wanted something not comic book movie related (What the hell is wrong with you?!?!), FPNYC still has you covered. We have a nice variety of Sci-Fi related Hot Toys, covering classic movies like Terminator 2 with the T-8000 up to more modern flicks like Avatar and Predators (pictured is the Tracker Predator, which is an awesome set!) And if your more of a Star Wars type of person, there’s the delux Bespin Luke Skywalker figure, which comes with  TON of accessories, ranging from various lightsaber props to an actual light-up base. You definitely get your $300 worth with that one. It’s also worth noting the other figures I mentioned aren’t exactly slouches in the props department either as  all Hot Toys come with a variety of weapons, variant heads and hands. They are definitely the kings of the high end toy market. And if you are someone who digs more super hero based Hot Toys, we have figures from everything from Spider-Man 3 to….the Avengers.

Believe it or not, I’m actually a bit behind on my coverage of Marvel Universe figures! We’ve been getting in a ton of figures as of late, making up for the “drought” we’ve had over the summer! Wave 19 dropped a little back, and featured several re-releases, as well as some new figures. The new ones include the likes of She-Hulk (O.G. Jennifer Walters for the record), a new Punisher figure (with a machine gun, 2 handguns and a knife), Kang the Conqueror (with a ray gun), Scarlet Witch (with a Hex Bolt) and Spider-Man in  his Future Foundation outfit, with the variant being Peter in his “Bag-Head Fantastic Four” costume. It’s actually a really solid line-up, and the sculpting on the females actually quite good for a change.

There’s also been a plethora of releases in the Greatest Battles 2-pack sets. There’s a classic Mandarian (repainted from the Iron Man 2 movie line) and Silver Centuiron Iron Man, Classic Colossus and a unmasked Juggernaut, 1st Appearance Wolverine and Hulk, a Jacky Kirby era Falcon and Captain America, & a Defenders 2 pack featuring Dr. Strange and the Silver Surfer. A nice mixture of repaints, and harder to find figures, I recommend picking up a few of these packs to fill in any gaps in your collection!

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Avengers Vs Quality -What I pulled this week

So my ankle been’s acting up, as has my left kneecap. My lower back kind of hurts t00-GET IT? I SAID PULL IN THE TITLE AND YOU THOUGHT I WAS REFERRING TO COMICS BUT THEN I STARTED TO TALK ABOUT PHYSICAL PAI-never mind this joke is bad and I feel bad.

Loran is a bit behind thanks to the college year starting up, and the my next toy article is still being worked on.  Which means if I want to get paid, something needs to be tossed on the ol’ Daily Planet, or the powers that be will send me a displeased e-mail. It’s a lot more threatening than it sounds, I assure you. So, to please the pay-gods, I’ve decided to type up an article about what comics I bought this week, and if they’re worth your money.  Warning, slight spoilers below for those who trade wait.

The 11th issue (or “Round”, as it’s called on the cover) of AvX (Avengers Vs. X-Men) dropped this past week and man….I’m torn. Writer Brian Michael Bendis is probably the weakest of 5 “Architects”  working on this book,  as issue 11 is….kind of rough in the script department. Marvel having 5 different writers on this thing did not do it much service, as characters and the story  struggle to have one consistent voice,, not to mention act incredibly out of character at times, making either side hard to pull for. The Phoenix 5 (er 2…1) are suppose to be the bad guys for the last 5 or so issues, but the Avengers have been jerks since issue 1. It’s a rough read and the hyped up death is pretty weak, considering this is the UMPTEENTH time this character has died. Luckily,Oliver Coipel handles the art for this issue, so it’s a pretty trainwreck.

However, Uncanny X-men #18 follows the proud Marvel tradition of  being a book that is ” A tie-in book that’s actually better than the main series”. Kieron Gillen has been KILLING on this series, making the Extinction’s team fall from grace way more compelling that the core AvX series has, and we have Ron Garney drawing this issue, which is a HUGE step up in the art department. The book gives  more of an in-depth look  of the battle and events from AvX #11, and the B-story focuses on a plotline that dates back from “Fear Itself” with a shocking twist. “Uncanny X-Men” #18 is well worth the $4, where as AvX #11 is strictly for completionists, or fans of Coipel’s worth to the point where the plot means nothing to you.

I only pull 2 books from DC monthly, and they happen to come out on the same week this month. They also happen to be quite excellent. Batman #0 drops with the EXCELLENT team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. This issue focuses on Bruce Wayne from 6 years ago, fresh from his global training, ready to make a change. It also brings back and semi-reinvents some baddies that tie into another Bat-book, and sets the stage for a story in 2013. The back-up, written by James Tynion IV & Andy Clarke, focuses on 5 supporting characters, and how Batman’s present influences them, and shapes their destiny. This is the PERFECT jumping on point for this series and a great issue overall. Well worth the $4.

Sean Murphy’s Punk Rock Jesus #3 came so very, very close to being my book of the week. It’s a great mini by Murphy, who’s been kicking all sorts of ass on various Vertigo titles these last few years. This is the 3rd chapter of a 6 issue mini where the clone of Jesus Christ is the focus on a reality tv show, and the world that the Clone of Jesus (Chris) is born into is beginning to take it’s toil on the boy, which means we should be getting a heavy dose of punk rock next issue. Also the last 4 pages are the perfect cliffhanger, making the wait for #4 quite painful. A great creator owned title, and the $3 will get you a story I’m surprise DC will publish and some of the best art coming out of the big 2 today. Buy it now, and then double dip for the eventual trade.

And while both DC releases were amazing, Uncanny X-Force #31 is without a doubt my pick of the week. Rick Remender’s final arc is halfway through, and after having their asses hunted down and kicked several times, X-Force is ready to go on the offensive and take the fight to the new Brotherhood. Literally in this book is amazing, from the script to Phil Noto’s pencils, to the coloring and letting. I could gush on more, but I’m sure you get the point. Granted it’s a $4, 20 page book, it’s well worth the money. Buy it on sight, unless you’re not reading it, then buy all the trades and get caught up.

That’s it, which is bad, because I am not so great wrapping up articles. So um….buy comics. Preferably at Forbidden Planet NYC. Setting up a pullist with us would be fine as well.

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Hyped for Punisher #1

Time to update your pull list… cause a new Punisher #1 drops Wednesday!

Punisher #1 Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto

For Frank Castle death comes easy…life is where things gets complicated. As New York City’s body counts continue to rise, the city’s streets are teeming with more methodical criminals than ever and a police force doing it’s best to keep its head above water.

The Punisher has returned to serve his own brand of justice with everything’s he’s got… but can he survive the darkness stored in his own arsenal? Plus bonus pages exploring some of the new personalities in Frank’s life…and how closely intertwined living is with dying.

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You must read Uncanny X-Force HC Vol 1

This coming Wednesday Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force Volume 1 The Apocalypse Solution hits the shelves.  Written by Rick Remender and illustrated by Jerome Opena, so you know its got the Matt D approval.  You’ll see me pushing their Fear Agent, or Punisher regularly.

When the singles of this came out people were in here rabidly eating them up.  Gone by Thursday night the latest.  When asked for  back issues I would have to ask the person “Where have you been?.. . Man.”   Every one loves a new X-Book.  Not only does this have some of the most beautiful art I’ve seen in modern comics, this one is easily accesible by guys like me who have a hard time following X-Books. I’m not totally lost because I haven’t been reading all 17 different X-Titles coming out each month.

I like comics that only need one book on the shelf to get the point across, thats why I read stuff like Punisher and Fear Agent in the first place.  Gimme a comic with one guy up against everyone in a no win situation over one with a team beating on one dude any day.  But we can trust our buddy Rick to do a heck of a job writing a sick and twisted team book easy enough for new comers to enjoy yet involving current X-Universe stuff to keep hardcore fans pleased.   So thats the X-Scoop on this X-Trade that you can order from our X-Web Store, or buy in our X-Store on X-Wednesday.

Did I mention it has Deadpool in it.

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Hyped for next Wednesday

Looks like I’ll be searching through the couch cushions for change again next week.  Here’s my projected pull list, I say projected cause I always end up buying more than I plan.

7 Billion Needles Vol 3 – Manga! Yeah I read that stuff too.  This one reminds me a lot of Parasyte but with a female lead.

Avengers #10 – The Hood, The Illuminati, and The Infinity Gems… Oh my!

Crossed Psychopath #1 – My favorite comic book creator David Lapham back with a new Crossed series.  I just finished the last Crossed run Family Values (also by Lapham) and let me tell you, its just as sick, if not sicker than Garth Ennis’ original run.

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Deadpool #33 – Deadpool in space.

Deadpool Team-Up #884 – Deadpool and The Watcher, best team-up yet.

Detective Comics #874 -More Scott Snyder, Batfans approved!

Gotham City Sirens #20 -Harley out for Joker blood.

Metalocalypse Dethklok #3 -Ca ca ca comic books.

Punisher In Blood #4 – Jigsaw is back and boy is he pissed, and so is Frank Castle for that matter.

Secret Avengers #10 – Watch your backs Secret Avengers its Bizarro Nick Fury and a guy who can actually kick Steve Rogers ass.

Vampire Tales Vol 2 – Finally! The 2nd digest sized collection of the Marvel Vampire Tales magazine.  I loved the first volume and was super stoked when I noticed this one is hitting shelves this week.  Even Matt D is reading vampire books on the train nowadays.

See you next Wednesday…

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Marvel vs DC Round 2: Clash of the Rising Sun Statues

By Christopher Troy

Hey there FPNYC faithful, cold enough out there for you? (The answer should be yes, because it’s cold enough for me dammit) It’s the new year and FPNYC recently got in a huge shipment of new collectibles in , ranging from  Gunpla, Figma, Nedroids, Play Arts/Formation Arts and DC and Marvel-based figures, amongst others. There’s too much to cover on a single blog entry, so brave the elements and swing by the store and see what we have in stock. Chance are you won’t be disappointed with our expanded selection!

Moving along, FPNYC faithful may remember that sometime last year I compared Marvel and DC action figure selection, trying to see which company could make the best tiny plastic men and women. I was checking out the Forbidden Planet collectibles selection  this past week and something came to my attention- both Marvel and DC still produced anime-influence statues of their female characters, despite the continuing downward spiral of the anime industry. Clearly this means I should do an article covering this.

DC  Ame-Comi Statues

Retail price: $60-$70

The Ame-Comi line dates back to the early/mid 2000s, when DC Direct was attempting to cash in on the anime craze that had infected America (also see CMX, the dead manga line they use to run w/ Wildstorm…which is also dead. Funny how that works out huh?), and instead of having actually Japanese artist redesign their characters (outside of several manga versions of Batman), DC hired Canadian art studio UDON to redesign their characters with a heavy Japanese anime influence. This “influence” meant for the most part stripping down the character’s costumes and increasing the size of their “assests”, because clearly, that’s how “The Anime” works.  However, there was clearly a market for such figurines (men liking half-naked comic book women. Shocking I know!)  as the line is still going strong, recently releasing 2 figures based on Green Lantern Jade and the Star Sapphire.  And yes, they’ve even managed to make a Batman Ame-Comi, a male at that, despite the fact that they turned Robin into a girl (Yes, I know there’s been 2 female Robins, but the statue is based on the Dick/Jason/Tim style of Robin). DC Direct, please don’t change. Ever.

However, there’s only been one Batman released (to date). Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Catwoman all have seen several variants based on their histories, and there’s been some statues for lesser known characters like Steel’s niece and Power Girl. More recently, DC Direct has released smaller versions of the older, harder to find releases, for half the price. Nice if you’re late to the game. Continue reading

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Iron Man 2: The Review

By Devin T. Quin

In Iron Man 2 Robert Downey Jr. plays a booze swilling, millionaire at the forefront of civil defense who battles foreigners in order to secure his father’s legacy. It’s like the George W. Bush story, only Tony Stark fights his own battles! ZING!

In case you missed the first movie, Tony has an artificial heart he uses to run a powerful battle suit called the Iron Man Armor. As we join him in his sophomore film endeavor he has successfully privatized world peace, making a bundle as a scoundrel war profiteer, although his mechanical heart has burned out and is slowly killing him…So it’s more like the Dick Cheney story only Tony Stark actually SHOWS UP at Senate Committee hearings into his possible criminal malfeasance! WHOOOooHOOO! I’m on a roll!

At his side is his best friend, the decorated military hero James Rhodes a.k.a. War Machine played by Don Cheedle and love interests Pepper Potts and Scarlet Johansen. He is menaced by Micky Rourke who’s character name, I believe, was Ivan. The toys on sale for the movie name him as Whiplash, though he’s never called that in the film, which proves that toys are filthy G.D. LIARS! Continue reading

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Comic Book Cooking

Nearly a third of Marvel’s comic book characters have roots in a neighborhood of New York City known as Hell’s Kitchen. Nick Fury grew up there, as did the yarmulke sporting rock monster known as the Thing. Daredevil calls Hell’s Kitchen his home, as did Stiltman, Vermin and Ms. Lion.

That so many Marvel denizens live in the same neighborhood is understandable. Most of the Marvel stories take place in the city that never sleeps, and let’s face it… the rents in Williamsburg are astronomical right now. The fact that now-legendary comic book creator Jack Kirby grew up in Hell’s Kitchen probably didn’t hurt matters, either.

Maybe this “Hell’s Kitchen” connection can explain the curious artifact of comic’s past: The Marvel Comics Cookbook.

Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was published in 1977 by a division of Simon & Schuster called Fireside books. Fireside books also published the famous “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,” the indispensable book detailing Marvel comic secrets. Stan Lee Presents the Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook was, how should we say, LESS indispensable?

Ostensibly written by Stan Lee (I mean, it says he wrote it right on the cover…that means that he wrote it, right?) with illustrations by Jack Kirby, John Romita and any other Marvel bullpen artist needing a pay check at the time, the book was packed with bizarre recipes, anecdotes and other forgettable food moments that you wouldn’t shake a Hostess Fruit Pie at. Continue reading

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Of Monkeys and Masters

By Unkiedev

The end of a millennium is always an opportunity to look backwards in nostalgia, but it seems when we crossed over from the Twentieth to the Twenty-First centuries we never stopped looking back.

This is a nice way of saying that, while individual comics can still be a hoot, on the whole the medium seems to be treading thin water, idea wise.

Hit Monkey #1, Daniel Way (W) Dalibor Talijic (A), Marvel

Just as the Chinese have a revolving wheel of animals to represent a calendar year there is a somewhat established cycle of go-to-funny characters we cheap humorists use when we want to mail in a joke. I think it goes Pirate, Ninja, Robot, Monkey, Caveman, Zombie, Cowboy, uhm… Richard Simmons, Nerds, Santa Clause, Bigfoot, Filipinos. Something like that…

The point is that, while the separate elements of a business suit wearing, serious toned, silver pistol toting Rhesus Monkey as a hit man seem good on paper it is the complete lack of originality BEHIND the desperate quirkyness that make him fail. Continue reading

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