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Friday Favorites – 100 Bullets

Back when I wrote “10 comics that stuck“, someone mentioned in the comments that 100 bullets would make their top 10 list.  In fact, I’ve never heard anything but praise for the series.  Why it took me so long to finally pick it up is beyond me. Well, I finally did and I’m happy to report all the accolades are well deserved.  Brian Azzarello’s story, and yes – it’s a single 100 issue story, is full of…

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Friday Favorites – The Killing Joke (1988)

Everyone’s “golden age” is the years they grew up in.  Guys that grew up reading comics in the 60’s think that period is the best.  Guys a little younger than me think the greatest stuff came out of Image comics in the early/mid 90’s.  For me it’s the period between 1986-1988.  The Dark Knight Returns, The Watchmen, Daredevil: Born Again, and this one-shot gem, The Killing Joke.  That’s just a few I can recall off…

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Friday Favorites – The Weird (1987)

The 80’s were the decade of the mini-series.  There were so many!  Good ones…the four issue Claremont and Frank Miller Wolverine, The Punisher by Mike Zeck, The Dark Knight, Watchmen…and of course there were those that didn’t quite live up to expectations…Ice Man, Hercules, Hawk & Dove, Cloak & Dagger…and then there is The Weird.  It featured two of the biggest names in comics, Jim Starlin and Bernie Wrightson.  It had the Justice League –…

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Friday Favorites – Creatures on the Loose #13 (Sept/1971)

My favorite this week just turned 30 years old: Marvel’s CREATURES ON THE LOOSE #13 (Sept/1971). I picked this up as a back issue somewhere (probably an “indoor flea market” at the local mall) as a kid.  What grabbed me immediately was the cover! I devoured all the monster reprint titles of the era (such as WHERE MONSTERS DWELL, MONSTERS ON THE PROWL, WHERE CREATURES ROAM and so on), and it was the Kirby and…

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Friday Favorites – The Sandman #13

Sandman is arguably one of comics’ greatest series.  This is one of its finest issues. In this issue we’re introduced to  Hob Gadling.  It’s 1389 and he’s boasting that he’ll never die.  Morpheus (Sandman) and his kid sister Death overhear these boasts and challenge Hob Gadling that if that’s true, they’ll meet him in this very tavern in 100 years…and so the story goes.

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Friday Favorites – The Boys

The idea behind “The Boys” is simple.  Not all superheroes are gonna be nice guys like Clark Kent.  In fact, with the power they have, it’s pretty likely they’re going to think the rules don’t apply to them.  That’s where “The Boys” come in.  It’s their job to make sure the supers keep their noses clean.  How do you do that with people who can leap tall buildings in a single bound?  It ain’t pretty.

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Friday Favorites – Daredevil #227

Yeah, I know Daredevil again.  What can I say, most of my favorite comics are the adventures of a sightless lawyer! The last Daredevil I talked about was #163 which had a profound effect on me as a youngster.  It inspired an understanding about what heroes truly are, and that one need not wear underoos in public to be one.

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Friday Favorites – Swamp Thing #4

Another Friday, another favorite.  This week it’s Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s Swamp Thing #4. Swamp Thing #9 was my introduction to Bernie Wrightson.  That issue really didn’t do it for me though.  If I recall it was a story about aliens.  Just not my cup of tea.  It was years later that I went back and collected all ten issues of Swamp Thing that Bernie drew.  (Amazing isn’t it that he only drew ten…

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