Comic Book Mentality, Part 3: The Older The Comic, The Less Condition Matters

When I initially started this, it was to wonder about the need to collect every variant possible - but as I was writing I came to a realization regarding that need, and the post began to morph into something else - that something else is currently a three part (and counting) series of articles. The …

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Will Video Game Movies Ever Surge Like Comic Book Movies Did?

There’s a great look at whether videogame movies can ever share the same success as comic book movies over at Title To Be Determined.

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I read an article a while ago (sorry, I can’t find the link) that discussed video game movies and why none of them live up to expectations. That got me thinking about the difference between video game movies and comic book movies. Both comics and video games started as “nerd” activities, but playing video games has moved into the mainstream, while reading comics is still considered a niche activity. What’s odd about that is that comic book movies have thrived while video game movies have struggled. Here are my thoughts on why that happened, and whether or not video game movies will ever make a similar surge in popularity:

History

superman movieComics have been around for a long time. The Golden Age of comics started in the late 1930s, and Superman, the first superhero, debuted in 1938. That currently gives comic books about an 80-year backlog of characters and stories that…

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Golden Age Showcase: Amazing Man

A really interesting read on an almost forgotten character.

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Well, last week was fun but I think it’s time for a return to form.  Let’s talk about an obscure comic book hero from an obscure comic book publisher who had more of an impact on the world of comics than he had any right to have.

Today we’re talking about the aptly named Amazing Man.

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Origin and Career

Amazing Man was one of the greatest and most noteworthy heroes to come out of a small publisher called Centaur Publishing, mostly because he was created by comic book super creator Bill Everett.

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Centaur was a spin off company created by two former employees of National Allied Publications, the company that would eventually become DC Comics.

They were actually one of the first comic book publishing companies in American history and in 1939 they debuted Amazing Man in the creatively named Amazing Man Comics #5.

Comic Book Cover For Amazing Man Comics #5

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Collector Mentality, Part Two: Everything Is Worth Money!

When I initially started this post, it was to wonder about the need to collect every variant possible - but as I was writing I came to a realization regarding that need, and the post began to morph into something else - that something else is currently a three part (and counting) series of articles. …

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From The Archives: Investing In Comics?

Every Friday, or at least some Fridays, I'm going to share a link to an article/post/whatever from the archives of Ramblings Of A Comics Fan, presented under the From The Archives tagline. These reposted features may be some of the more popular posts from Ramblings Of A Comics Fan's history, some of my personal favourites, or …

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Collector Mentality, Part One: I Must Have Everything!

When I initially started this post, it was to wonder about the need to collect every variant possible - but as I was writing I came to a realization regarding that need, and the post began to morph into something else. It became a stream of consciousness musing about the different collector mentalities. This first …

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Thought Of The Day: What Do You Do When You’re Not At A Con You Want To Be At?

Excuse the excessively long title, but as I'm sure you're aware this weekend is the biggest comic and pop-culture convention in North America: San Diego Comic Con. I won't be there this year, and many of you are in the same boat as me this year, so what do you do when you're not at …

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Underrated: Alterna’s Newsprint Comics

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet …

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