Category Archives: Marvel Comics

Bad Comic Panels #10: “Just like a woman! […] you’re too scatterbrained and emotional!”

Ah, Reed Richards. Few characters have been as consistently portrayed as sexist, in mainstream superhero comics. It’s probably because he and Sue were one of the first “real” couples in superhero comics: they were already dating in the very first … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #9: “Our Communist overlords will slay us if we fail in our mission!”

Since the Anti-Communism entries in the Bad Comic Panel series have, so far, been about the Soviet Union, I thought that such a “monopoly” would be unfair to our Chinese friends in the 1960s, who have been ignored so far. … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #8: “Da! That is why you will never be dictator!”

Unlike other entries in the Bad Comic Panels series, this one’s main quote is from an actual historical figure. I really love how the morally simplistic comics of the 60s (and earlier) depicted their opponents — such as Communists, in … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #6: General Fang two-in-one

I could have stretched this one into two separate posts, but since they would both concern the very same character (again, much like Karl Kort, never seen again after this story, sadly), and are from the same story, I chose … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #4: “a pretty young lady can always be of help — just by keeping the men’s morale up!”

Yes, if your sense of humor is anything near mine, you may be grinning already, after reading the dialog above. But, for the full effect, this entry in the Bad Comic Panels series requires a little more background. So, Fantastic … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #3: “It’s a membership card in a subversive Communist-front organization!”

Comics, like all forms of art, are a product of their times. In the early 60s, American mentality was still mostly based on the 50s, with their sexism(1), and a huge dose of paranoia, especially in relation to Communism and … Continue reading

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What’s so funny about ‘The Human Top’?

Some of you may recall how, in my recent post about the Wasp’s useful and insightful contribution to a discussion in a room otherwise full of men, as I mentioned that they were trying to capture the Human Top, I … Continue reading

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Bad Comic Panels #2: “If there’s one thing I like, it’s being in a room full of men!”

Sometimes, things that were common and acceptable at one time become unintentionally funny decades later. A great example is the panel above, in which Giant-Man (Hank Pym) and several government types are discussing how they’ll frustrate the Human Top(1)’s plans, … Continue reading

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Comics: recap captions and lampshade hangings

If you’re a TV Tropes regular, you’ve probably seen this panel before: You can find if, of course, in the page for the As You Know trope: the one where character A explains to character B, in detail, something that … Continue reading

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Now reading: Steve Englehart’s “West Coast Avengers” run

I’ve read a lot of Englehart’s Marvel stuff in the past, including, of course, his runs on Avengers and Defenders, but this is my first time reading this: Loving it so far; it’s far more “crazy” than most superhero group … Continue reading

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