The Captains Marvel: A History – Updated

The convoluted history of the various Captains Marvel (and their knockoffs) is probably the subject of more urban legends and misunderstandings than probably any other segment of comics history. Throw in the widespread confusion over the difference between copyright and trademark, and it’s a pretty deep swamp. Let’s go wading!

Tony Isabella on ‘Black Lightning’ and Creator Credit

There was a minor controversy in the comics world after Bleeding Cool picked up an Instagram post from comic artist Trevor Von Eeden; a photo of a check, which Trevor described as his payment from the Black Lightning TV show. Bleeding Cool assumed that this check must also be indicative of Tony Isabella’s proceeds from the show. Naturally, Tony had something to say about that. I reached out to him and recorded an interview. Here’s a transcript of that conversation.

Russ Heath

We lost Russ Heath today. He passed peacefully at age 91. If you don’t know his work, do yourself a favor and look him up. He was one of the best comic artists of his generation, specializing in WWII and western comics. Aside from his enviable talent, Russ was quite the character. He was cranky but in a fun curmudgeonly way, always quick with a (usually off-color) joke, but with pretty strong opinions about comics and a lot of other things. Today we say goodbye.

Atomic Roundtable: Harlan Ellison 1934-2018

One of the most incisive and compelling observers of the human condition, Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep last week at age 84. Everyone who ever met him has a Harlan story, to the point that being in his presence was usually referred to as “witnessing the ‘Harlan Live’ show,” and we here at the Junk Shop are no exceptions. Here are a few.

We Were Warned: What the Movie Villains Should Have Taught Us

This thought occurred to me as I was driving home the other night. I was listening to the soundtrack to Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, it was at the part where the mob sings: “We don’t like what we don’t understand, in fact it scares us…” I thought “huh, Trump voters.” And then it hit me… Donald Trump is a Disney Villain.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ – Spoiler-Free Review

Marvel decided to throw themselves a birthday party, and they invited everybody! Avengers: Infinity War puts the cap on 10 years of Marvel movies and sets the stage for many more to come. Bringing together the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, and the people of Wakanda to fight the greatest menace the universe has ever faced, the film does an amazing job of juggling multiple intersecting storylines and enough characters to fill a Greyhound bus.