Author: Mark Seifert

About Mark Seifert

Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.

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The Surprising Trans-Themed Story in Space Adventures #7 from 1953

The Surprising Trans-Themed Story in Space Adventures #7 from 1953

Even in an industry that has produced a seemingly endless number of eccentric characters among the ranks of its publishers, Charlton Comics stands out.  The Connecticut company was started by two men who had met in jail, after all.  Despite that unlikely origin story, the publisher managed to attract an impressive roster of talented staffers […]

Flash Comics #86 and #92: The Rare and Elusive Black Canary

Flash Comics #86 and #92: The Rare and Elusive Black Canary

Let’s call this one the Canary Effect: Sometimes when researching the possible inspirations for comic book characters, the historical connections can be complicated and hard to decipher. Like chasing down the butterfly whose flapping wings eventually lead to something greater, and trying to make sense of it.  Other times, even the smallest inspiration can be […]

DogStars:  The Strange, Secret Origin of the Dogs Who Replaced Green Lantern

DogStars: The Strange, Secret Origin of the Dogs Who Replaced Green Lantern

Never take a fictional dog’s origin story at face value.  Dogs really do have secret lives, it seems, and every time I’m tempted to forget about the scattered notes I’ve taken over the years regarding fictional and sometimes forgotten dog stars of long ago, I think about how many billions of dollars that the concept […]

Did Captain America's Weirdest Tale Help Inspire Avengers: Infinity War?

Did Captain America’s Weirdest Tale Help Inspire Avengers: Infinity War?

One of the best things about watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe movies is figuring out where it all came from.  These cinematic continuities have always been a thing somewhat apart from their comic book origins out of necessity, but even when they seem to radically depart from comic book continuity, you’ll […]

Black Cat Comics #50 and the High Cost of Uranium

Black Cat Comics #50 and the High Cost of Uranium

“Why did they write this story at this moment in time?” has become my favorite question to ask when it comes to comics history.  The answer is often just as entertaining as the comics themselves, and is always way more specific than you might guess.  I think I’ve learned more about American history than I […]

The Kid Who Became A Comic Book Hero in 1946 -- and Hated It

The Kid Who Became A Comic Book Hero in 1946 — and Hated It

On June 28, 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber collided with the Empire State Building.  Lt. Col. William Smith was piloting a routine transport mission from Bedford, Massachusetts to Newark, New Jersey.  It was an extremely foggy morning, and Smith received a warning from Laguardia Airport (then called NY Municipal Airport), “We’re unable to see […]


Going Antiviral: Robert Grossman's "Life on the Moon"

Going Antiviral: Robert Grossman’s “Life on the Moon”

“From the moment when living organisms appeared in the seas billions of years ago, they seemed driven by an instinctive urge to move beyond their own environment. Out of the dark waters they groped across aeons, toward the light and land and air.” —Time Magazine, December 6, 1968 “When “Comrade” Nixon finally emerged from the […]

Legacy vs Intent: Steve Ditko's Mr. A Collected Against His Wishes?

Steve Ditko’s Mr. A. Will Be Collected Against His Wishes

As BC reporter Joshua Stone sat in on the IDW Artist’s Editions & More panel Sunday afternoon at San Diego Comic-Con, I was curious to see what news he’d be reporting on regarding their upcoming offerings.  I’m a fan of the Artist Edition format, and the the top shelf in the corner of my office […]

Black Widow Cast Includes David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Florence Pugh

“Black Widow” Cast Includes David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Florence Pugh

Black Widow, the eagerly-anticipated Marvel Studios film debuting May 1, 2020, was one of the highlights Marvel’s Hall H presentation tonight at San Diego Comic-Con. The film is directed by Cate Shortland, and in addition to star Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, the cast includes Stranger Things’ David Harbour as Alexi, The Handmaid’s Tale‘s O-T […]

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“Doom Patrol” Renewed for Season 2 on HBO Max and DC Universe

Doom Patrol Season 2 was confirmed at the DC Universe event at San Diego Comicon this evening. Notably, Season 2 will air on HBO Max as well as DC Universe. While they haven’t started working on scripts for Season 2 yet, showrunner Jeremy Carver had a bit to say on the subject to Entertainment Weekly […]

CGC Announces a New Pedigree Label and Newly Recognized Collections

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) has released a new Pedigree Certification Label. This new black and white label is a way to differentiate exceptional comic book collections known as pedigrees, and will display “CGC Universal Pedigree” in place of “CGC Universal Grade”. Only pedigrees that qualify for a Universal grade will receive the new label. These new labels will be […]

"Deadwood: The Movie" - Riding History's Wavefront with Eric Hayden of FuseFX

“Deadwood: The Movie” – Riding History’s Wavefront with Eric Hayden of FuseFX

It took me to the end to realize exactly what it is that makes Deadwood so good. There have been numerous articles about the captured magic contained in the series since it debuted in 2004. Countless commentaries note the seemingly effortless genius of writer David Milch. Discussions of the series often mention the special chemistry […]

That Time Leonardo DiCaprio Sold a Dinosaur Skull to Russell Crowe

That Time Leonardo DiCaprio Sold a Dinosaur Skull to Russell Crowe

Leonardo DiCaprio is a collector. He takes collecting rare and valuable things very seriously.  As a collector myself, I’ve heard too many credible rumors over the years to think otherwise.  It’s said he owns one of the four existing copies of the incredibly valuable Metropolis 3-sheet movie poster.  And even if I were to only […]

Kevin Feige-Authorized Iron Man Cosplay is Bulletproof and Can Fly

Kevin Feige-Authorized Iron Man Cosplay is Bulletproof and Can Fly

As comic book fans, we’ve all seen this kind of thing coming, from a long ways off. The tendency for life to imitate art, for science fiction to drive real innovation, and the desire on everyone’s part to emulate their heroes from time to time was always going to converge in a place like this.  […]

Aubrey Plaza Licks Stephen Colbert in Catwoman Audition for The Batman

Aubrey Plaza Licks Stephen Colbert in Catwoman Audition for The Batman

It’s become a matter of routine over the past few years for actors to publicly declare their interest in playing a particular superhero character.  So routine, that it’s almost never newsworthy anymore — and of course, it rarely if ever works.  But I kind of love the way that Aubrey Plaza went for it on […]

Did a UK Publisher Make Us Believe Superman Could Fly in 1939?

Did a UK Publisher Make Us Believe Superman Could Fly in 1939?

Superman as created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster is without doubt one of the most popular and successful fictional characters of all time. People around the world recognize the iconic costume, know about his super powers and weakness to Kryptonite, and have seen or read his now-familiar origin story.  He is the prototypical superhero, […]

Futurama Fans: Here's a Rare Shot at the Bender Prototype

Futurama Fans: Here’s a Rare Shot at the Bender Prototype

Startling Comics #49 is an example of something I love about the vintage comic book market: no matter how long you’ve been collecting them, vintage comics will still surprise you. There’s always that special cover tucked away in the middle of some forgotten title run that you haven’t noticed before, that fresh connection to some […]

It's Alive? Elon Musk's OpenAI Tech Tells Me A Very Spooky Story

It’s Alive? Elon Musk’s OpenAI Tech Tells Me A Very Spooky Story

I’ve never been one to get too freaked out about the looming challenges and transformations that the world faces as we enter an era of sophisticated and widespread use of artificial intelligence. This is not to say that I don’t believe that the rise of such technology will have a dramatic impact on all of […]

Man-Bat, Detective Comics #400, and What Really Ended The Silver Age

Man-Bat, Detective Comics #400, and What Really Ended The Silver Age

Collectors like boundaries. We like to know when things start, and when they stop.  Knowing such things is an important requirement, because otherwise… well, you can’t just collect all the comic books, can you? Because even monetary demands aside, then pretty soon you’d have to have a warehouse to put all that vintage paper in […]