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The iconic comic book hero Captain America first hit newsstands 80 years ago this month, in a book with the cover date of March 1941. Cap has starred in movies and serials, served as leader of the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers – and was frozen in a giant block of ice for a couple of decades. Here’s a look at the (fictional) life and times of Captain America, Steve Rogers.
The New York-based cartoonist is the first guest of the university’s visiting writer series this year. Spiegelman, creator of perhaps the most academically studied comic book of all time, will discuss the current and past state of the art form, even as Nazi ideology has violently returned to the American public square.
Captain America is so identified with his victories over the Third Reich, in fact, that it proved controversial last year when Marvel debuted Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz’s tales of “Steve Rogers: Captain America” by having Cap utter two unthinkable words: “Hail Hydra.”
For the first two issues of the series (the second of which was released Wednesday, digitally and in print), the “Hulk” in the title represents the monster Jen Walters is trying to keep at bay.
After announcing his intentions to create an environmentally friendly Puerto Rican superhero as a part of this summer’s Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York, Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, with the collaborative efforts of several Puerto Rican artists, inkers, colorists and editors, introduced his flag-wearing heroine, La Borinqueqa, to comic-book fans Thursday.
“Doctor Strange” makes a big promise to infuse the superhero story with a much-needed frisson of strangeness. But as a product of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s hamstrung by its own origins. Despite the inventive visual imagery, city blocks that fold like origami and air that shatters like glass, it’s the same formula as the rest of the movies, which feel more and more like predictable products – down to the post-credits teasers – than films. Thankfully, it is an enjoyable product.
Actors often talk about the investment they make in a role. In the case of Anthony Mackie, who reprises his role as comic book hero Falcon in “Captain America: Civil War,” the investment came out of his wallet.
Claudia Bucciferro, a professor of communication and media studies at Gonzaga University, edited a book that released in February focusing on what the billion dollar ‘X-Men’ film franchise says about us as human beings. Her love of the mutants on the big screen began in her hometown in Chile more than 15 years ago.
For people who love comic books, Saturday approaches religious-holiday status, said John Waite, who owns Merlyn’s, a comic book shop downtown. Free Comic Book Day – extended to a full weekend at Merlyn’s – is celebrated every May in book shops throughout the U.S. Along with two or three free books for anyone who asks at participating comic book shops (the number depends on the shop), the event abounds with costume contests, discounts on books and merchandise, and photo opportunities alongside Stormtroopers and superheroes.
Spider-Man. Batman. Manga. Tintin. “The Walking Dead.” No matter who your superhero is, it’s very likely that The Comic Book Shop has you covered. With two stores, one on North Division and another on the second level of NorthTown Mall, The Comic Book Shop just celebrated its 25th anniversary.