25 Jul, 2014
24 Jul, 2014
By Jacobus Dixon
It’s late 1939, we’re coming out of the Great Depression, World War II has started everywhere except the U.S., Gone with the Wind is the motion picture everyone’s talking about, the New York World’s Fair has opened, and Superman is dominating comic book magazine sales. A close second of course, was Batman (originally Bat-Man, but I guess National Comics figured the hyphen cut in on the name’s appeal). Unlike Superman, Batman was not super-powered and relied on his athletic abilities, gadgets, spooky appearance, and sheer determination to get him out of a jam. But he wasn’t the only popular character to have these traits.
Midtown Comics has created another fun contest for you to enter! This time, we’re giving away free copies of our Superman #32 signed by both John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson! This contest will last from 07/23/14 – 07/31/14. You can only enter the contest once, but can build up more entries by Liking our page on Facebook, Following us on Twitter, Following us on Pinterest, and Tweeting at us daily about the contest. You can also now gain more entries by referring your friends or signing up for our newsletter as well! Read on for more details below:
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By Tom Hairston
Marvel Studios has certainly accomplished many feats that had been called impossible (or at least highly unlikely) in the short time since they started building the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has only been a few years but people seem to have already forgotten what a huge achievement bringing several characters from separate movies together for a team up was. The mere fact that Thor and Iron Man are now household names is incredible to me. However, when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy this is without a doubt their riskiest step yet, because although Iron Man may not have been a common name when his film was made, nobody outside of the comic book community has ever heard of Guardians of the Galaxy and it is so different from every film they’ve made so far that the average movie goer has no idea it’s even a Marvel film. Well, after seeing the movie I am happy to say that this was a gamble that paid off, big time.
By Dan Gladston
Archie Andrews was created in 1941 by Vic Bloom and Bob Montana and is a fictional character appearing in the comic book series Archie Comics. This iconic character was also the star of the long-running Archie Andrews radio series, The Archie Show, and Archie’s Weird Mysteries. The true origin of Archie Comics lies within Montana’s sketchbook, which was an illustrated diary of life in Haverhill, Montana’s hometown.
In the story, Archie’s friends, Jughead Jones and Moose Mason, were based off of Montana’s high school peers, Skinny Linehan and Arnold Daggett. Miss Grundy was inspired by Montana’s school librarian, Elizabeth Tuck. In addition, Montana’s school principal, Earl McLeod, became the model for Mr. Weatherbee.
Archie is a typical suburban teenager who is generous, proper, clumsy, and well-liked by most of his friends. Throughout his long journey, Archie has always had his two main crushes by his side, Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Together, they have formed the famous love triangle that has shaped the comic’s plot-lines and provided readers with many laughs. Today, it seems that Archie Andrews has come to an end in the new issue, Life With Archie #36.
In this new issue, Archie makes the ultimate sacrifice to save a friend, and the unimaginable occurs. Archie Andrews dies! Do not miss the incredible finale of America’s most beloved character. This double-sized issue combines all the material from Life with Archie comic issues #36 and #37.
14 Jul, 2014
By Tom Hairston
This month Marvel has once again released several new ongoing series, and something caught my eye about three of them, The Legendary Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, and Storm. These three titles might seem like they’ve got very little in common, but I couldn’t help but notice that each of these three characters have always been viewed solely as Team Characters — characters that would only be seen on their respective teams and never have their own solo series (Star-Lord had his own series in Marvel’s European line of books, but that whole line was considered by many to be only semi-cannon, plus this Star-Lord is so different from the old European incarnation I’m not counting it for this argument). And I for one love that they’re getting their own series, because it’s been a long time since “team characters” were allowed to break out on their own. In the old days, being on a team was kind of like your pathway to getting your own series, but most recently if a team is full of popular characters, those characters tend to just appear on more teams.
So hopefully we’ll see some more “team characters” get their own series, because everybody out there who picks up the Avengers, Justice League, X-Men, or any other team book has their favorite character on that team, and they want to see those characters break out on their own adventures. So for those fans, I’ve put together our list of the top five characters we would love to see break out into their own series.