By Jacobus Dixon

It was bad enough having to contend with Captain Marvel, but now Superman-DC (the nickname given to comics from National Allied Publications and Detective Comics Inc. as they unofficially merged) had to deal with Captain America as well. One was a living childhood fantasy; the other was a super-idealized form of what happens when you mix nationalism and super heroics. Yeah, Superman’s great, but he’s a grown up while Captain Marvel is actually still a kid doing amazing things. And it’s fun watching Batman and Robin take on the Joker with nothing but their manpower and wits, but Captain America is fighting the real threat of German spies. While both Batman and Superman are certainly not devoid of neither childhood fantasy nor real world danger (or at least as real as it gets in terms of comic book writing), those subjects did not feature as strongly in their stories. So how did they contend with characters that used them as a solid foundation?

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By Michael Kim

 Hello sports and comic book fans, this is Michael from the back issue department for this installment on the national pastime and the First Avenger.  With the Major League Baseball (MLB) postseason in full swing, the 2014 season is drawing to a close.  For one player, his season and career has ended: New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.  Jeter, along with MLB, has said their goodbyes and thanks.  The thought came to mind to thank Jeter the comic book way.  If the 11th Captain in NY Yankees history Derek Jeter were a comic book character, he would be Captain America, Steven Rogers.

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By Jacobus Dixon

By the early 1940s, American readers were enjoying the exploits of their favorite funny book characters, while Europeans and Asians were a bit preoccupied with staying alive while World War II blasted all around them. That didn’t mean Americans weren’t aware of what was happening. Adolf Hitler, Emperor Hirohito, and Benito Mussolini worked very hard to earn their way onto many American’s most hated lists. Of the three, Hitler really made the strongest impression with his hate-driven tirades and the lethal German war machine that could make his Nazi dreams a reality. So naturally, most American politicians, military personnel, and civilians considered him the greatest threat (even though the Japanese proved time and again that they too were deadly with their military). Hitler and his Nazi party were staunch believers in Aryan superiority and that all lesser races needed to be removed from the world. And while the U.S. was known for being pretty racist itself, this terminology was a little extreme (even for American standards, which is pretty bad). The ones who got sore the most were the Americans of Jewish descent (many of whom came from families that had just emigrated from Europe or had come from there themselves). In particular were a couple of Jewish-American artists named Hymie Simon and Jacob Kurtzberg (or as they’re better known as: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby).  And they were just itching to let Hitler know what they and many other Americans thought of him. Read the rest of this entry »

We hope everyone’s gearing up for this year’s New York Comic Con 2014! We have a number of fun exclusives, discounts, giveaways, and contests this year, with yet another way to win prizes in our first ever NYCC Cosplay Bingo!

With help from Comics and Cosplay, we present our new NYCC Cosplay Scavenger Hunt/Bingo contest! Learn how to enter below!

Contest Rules:

1. You have to follow both Midtown Comics (@MidtownComics) and Comics and Cosplay (@ComixNCosplay) on Twitter.
2. You have to take a picture with each cosplayer you find at the convention.
3. Tweet the picture to both @MidtownComics and @ComicxNCosplay .
4. Include the hashtag #CosBingo so we know its a contest entry.
5. We will announce the winners on twitter!
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Cosplay Characters to find at the Con:
1. Ms Marvel
2. Batgirl
3. Dick Grayson
4. Angela
5. Silk
6. Gwen Stacy
7. Thor (Female)
8. Iron Man (Blue Suit)
9. Moon Knight
10. Captain America (Sam Wilson)

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Happy Fourth of July from Midtown Comics!

What’s a better way to show off your patriotic side than with some great comic books this summer? Stop into any of our three Manhattan locations and receive up to 20% OFF everything in-store from 11:00am – 6:00pm!

You heard that right, 20% off EVERYTHING all day long! Come celebrate the holiday with your friends at Midtown Comics!

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If you haven’t picked up a copy of the new Captain America Volume 7 #22, why not on the most patriotic day of the year? This is it folks! The final chapter of the story that began in Dimension Z! A face from the past hunts Steve. Can even The Avengers keep him safe? Find out for yourself!

Speaking of those guys, The Avengers Volume 5 #30 was also released this week, and is available at all three locations. This tie-in to Original Sin showcases the true American team in action! Why not stop in and pick it up for 20% OFF?

This sale isn’t just limited to comics! Stop in and receive 20% OFF EVERYTHING all day long! We hope to see you there!

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Our very own Ted Alexander (manager at Midtown Comics Downtown) recently spoke with Word and Film about Comic Book Movies and Their Source Material. You can find the full story here. Read below the jump for a few of our favorite quotes:

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