Atomic Pulp’s “Captain Midnight: Secret Squadron”


   In a world where the “War to end all wars” still didn’t manage to, but the second world war never took place, Captain Midnight fights the good fight against those who would constantly attempt to dominate the globe.

   This was a great read and it has a very cool Pulp/Saturday Matinee vibe to it. If you enjoy Alternate History stories, you dig this book. Click the graphic, and pick up a copy today on IndyPlanet. While you are there, check out Christopher Mill’s “Perils on Planet X”, also from Atomic Pulp Media… that series is just as fun to read.

Joan Lee: The Mother of the Marvel Age

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   It’s a sad day for comics, my friends. Today Stan’s bride of 70 years, Joan Lee, passed away at the age of 93. “93?”, you may ask… “isn’t that a full and long life?” Sure it is. It’s a great run. I am reflecting on the gift that she gave all geeks, and that gift was being the impetus for bringing about the “Marvel Age” of comics.

   Stan was ready to leave his position at the company, then called “Atlas” I believe, and told his wife he had had enough. She told him to do one last story, and to tell it the way he saw fit. That cosmic nudge created a multiverse of characters, and brought a failing company back from the ashes. Not only did this ignite the creation of new heroes and titles, it also bolstered the whole industry. Even DC was feeling the pressure and some of their top characters were heading dangerously close to the chopping blocks.

   There is nothing better than competition and a great rivalry to bring a faltering industry back from the brink. We can point to Stan, or Jack, or anybody else and heap praise upon them… and we wouldn’t be wrong. BUT, if we drill down deeper we can find that Marvel Universe “Big Bang” moment in the simple words of encouragement of Joan Lee.

   Without Joan, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. The world of geekdom would probably look far different than it does now.

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   She was the Mother of the Marvel Age. She shall be missed.

   Thank you, Joan.

Superman’s New Pal, Don Rickle?

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   Don’t you just miss those bat-shit crazy days of yesteryear? I know I do. There was a fine balance between fun comics and “serious” comics. We’ve come a long way since those days, but perhaps we’ve gone too far. At least in the comics. There are very few examples of goofy fun books anymore. Everybody is concerned with events and continuity. I would love to see some sort of FOOM type of book again from Marvel, or DC starting up the Jimmy Olsen book again.

   This begs the question…

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   At least Marvel knows how to have a little fun at its own expense in the Cinematic Universe.