By Jacobus Dixon

By the winter of 1940, superheroes were causing funny book magazines to just fly off the newsstands. They were an odd blend or mythology and athleticism wrapped in a brilliant package of primary colors. They often lived fulfilling lives as prosperous or wealthy men, but men still hungry for adventure. And almost all of their adventures involved finding the source of their problems and delivering a killer knockout blow to them. It was like watching a sports event with higher stakes and a team that you knew would win, but not how. And even though the hero’s tactics to triumph were often completely exaggerated and unrealistic, it didn’t matter! That was part of the fun. It would have been like saying Popeye was terrible because he misrepresents what spinach can do for you. But people didn’t read Popeye comic strips and watch Popeye cartoons because they wanted to see the effects of spinach on human physiology, nor did they read superhero comics for real solutions to the financial inequities of the Depression and American life in general. They wanted to be entertained, and seeing a colorfully clad athlete sock a local street tough or thieving businessman was just what they were looking for.  But what was the next step? How do you keep these characters from going stale? Well…grouping them together to form some kind of team seemed like a good idea. And that’s exactly what All-American Publications did.

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By Jacobus Dixon

Although All-Star Publications wasn’t in a complete rivalry with National Allied Publications or Detective Comics Inc. (due to the fact that they were all owned by Harry Donenfeld) they still didn’t want to sit out on the superhero craze that was transforming the publishing industry.  They had some success with the Flash, Hawkman, and Johnny Thunder in Flash Comics. And naturally that taste of success led them to produce more superheroes. The spooky Spectre had promise, but he may have been a little too supernatural to attract more average readers. While most superheroes were defined by their phenomenal abilities, it was that human appearance that made them so appealing to readers. So you didn’t want to step too far away from that (at least not in the late 1930s/early 1940s) if you wanted your character to be successful. People do like supernatural stories though, so where do you strike the balance?

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By Michael Kim

Hello Guardians of The Comicalaxy! I can’t help it; it’s such a good movie. Isn’t it true? Aren’t we all guardians, protectors, defenders of our comic book collection? This is Michael from the back issues department (BID) at Midtown Comics for another entry on protecting your collection. Let’s talk about protecting your digital collection.

Step 1: Protect your password to your online account by changing it once every 30 to 180 days (recommended.)

Step 2: See Step 1.

Uhmmmmm…OK that’s it. Thank you so much for reading this entry on protecting your collection.

OK, maybe there’s more to it…..

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Sam, Andrew, Gavin, and Ted chat with Clay Mcleod Chapman the writer of next week’s Edge of Spider-verse #4 inside an actual location of one of the Midtown Comics stores!  Clay talks about writing his first 22-page long comic and how he got there.  We also discuss his career in film and stage including a upcoming show next month in Los Angeles. We also talk about Marvel’s upcoming anti-bully covers, let you know some scary comics to read in time for Halloween, and officially introduce our new segment ‘I’m so confused!’.  We give our top picks for the week and what you should look for on the shelves next week.  Sam then fills us in on banned book week and we scratch our heads on what is actually banned and why.

Music at the end of show provided by The Mary Janes (aka Married With Sea Monsters) – Face It Tiger

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Midtown Comics recently had the chance to interview Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, 2000 AD) about his recent work on the upcoming Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo series from Dynamite Comics. Check out the whole interview below!

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