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Trump Re-election Official Campaign Video Has Trump as Thanos Killing All the Democrats - of Half the Life In The Universe

Thanos Creator Jim Starlin on Trump’s Use of Thanos: He Feels “Violated”

Thanos creator Jim Starlin seems…less than thrilled that the Trump Campaign tonight. It all started earlier today when the Twitter account @TrumpWarRoom tweeted out a video of the President as Thanos “snapping” away various Democratic leaders who today brought articles of impeachment against him. You can see that tweet below: House Democrats can push their […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Flash, Green Lantern, and the Art of the Vintage Reboot

The Flash, Green Lantern, and the Art of the Vintage Reboot

A tale of the Multiverse: it’s pretty impossible to remember this in the era of always-on superhero content, but there was once a world where major superheroes vanished without a trace. No warning, no explanation, you just went to the newsstand one week and instead of a new issue of The Flash or Green Lantern, there […]

Will Justice League Beat The Avengers... Again?

Will Justice League Beat The Avengers… Again?

Confession: I finally got around to watching the Justice League film recently and… absolutely loved it.  I think I liked it way more than most people because I’m a comics history nerd, and like all of Zack Snyder‘s DC Comics films, Justice League is filled to the brim with comics history easter eggs. I haven’t […]

Spider-Man 1st Appearance Amazing Fantasy 15 CGC 9.2 Hits $598,000

Spider-Man 1st Appearance Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.2 Hits $598,000

We’ve covered a lot of chart-busting sales of the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 during the first decade of Bleeding Cool.  It is perhaps the most liquid single vintage comic issue across the entire range of grades in all of the comic book collecting hobby. Spider-Man himself is seemingly immune to the […]

Thor: Ragnarok Art, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Having Lunch with the Thing

Thor: Ragnarok Art, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Having Lunch with the Thing

As a collector of vintage comics, other old paper, and original art myself, I’ve often said that there’s a lot that even a very good scan can’t tell you about the historical paper object in question.  The quality and nature of the ink, the texture of the paper, and often even the smell of the […]

First Tintin Cover Art by Hergé Bidding Passes $1 Million at Auction

First Tintin Cover Art by Hergé Bidding Passes $1 Million at Auction

After making original comic art auction history just last month with the $5.4 million sale of Frank Frazetta‘s cover painting for Eerie #23, the famous “Egyptian Queen” painting, Heritage Auctions has one heck of a follow-up on their hands with this week’s European Comic Art Signature Auction. The headline piece of the auction, Hergé‘s very […]


Captain Marvel, Legion X and the Civil War

With anticipation running high for the Captain Marvel movie ahead of its March 8, 2019 premiere, you’re sure to run across a few articles telling you that Carol Danvers is not the first comic book Captain Marvel. Nor is she the first Captain Marvel from Marvel Comics. A few of those articles will even tell […]

Hellboy, The Goon, and Frankenstein: Three Tales to Chill Your Holiday Spirit

The tree has been trimmed, the lights hung with care, and all about your household good cheer is abundant. This time of year is rife with reflection on time with family and loved ones, perhaps a chance remembrance of good times passed. Sometimes, it’s also good to reflect on the darkness that makes us yearn […]


Fandom 1842: Happy 176th Birthday, Comic Books in America

On September 14, 1842, a publication which has widely been considered the first comic book to be published in the United States of America was released by a publisher called Wilson & Co.: Brother Jonathan Extra No. 9, better known as the Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck. It was an English translation of an 1837 […]

Super Weird Heroes v2.4: We Never Sleep

The story behind this particular Super Weird Hero starts — as many such stories did in those times — with a man named Everett “Busy” Arnold. As Wikipedia puts it, the company that published The Eye, the… um, character? … which is my subject today from Craig Yoe‘s Super Weird Heroes Volume 2, (in stores […]

Super Weird Heroes v2.3: Who Will Be The Man of Tomorrow?

The Hip Knox story that Craig Yoe has chosen for inclusion in his Super Weird Heroes Volume 2 is one of my favorite weird tales in this book, but not just for the story itself.  Oh, the story is certainly quite weird, and the character is very weird indeed, but the thing that makes this […]

Super Weird Heroes v2.2: The Zookeeper of Berlin

If there’s one thing that studying comics history has taught me, it’s that there’s usually a reason for Weird. A series of disconnected events transforms into a streamlined narrative, perhaps a chance meeting with an infamous figure inspires a villain for the ages, or just maybe a brush with a radioactive rat turns into a […]

Super Weird Heroes v2.1: Gene Simmons, Steve Ditko, and Hand Gestures of Power

Comics creators are collectively among the most powerful forces on Earth. Don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.  They’re connected to everyone and everything. They’re the original masters of memetics.  This is why Thomas Nast had political clout in the 19th Century that the likes of Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart could never dream of […]

suspense comics #3

Suspense Comics #3 and the Iconography of Fictional Hate

Suspense Comics #3, up for auction at Comic Connect tonight, features an infamous Alex Schomburg cover for this 1944 comic book from a lesser known publisher Continental (it’s complicated, but they used numerous other publishing names also) which also published titles such as Captain Aero Comics and Cat-Man Comics, among others. Suspense Comics is a short-lived suspense/horror […]