iFanboy http://ifanboy.com Comic Books Discussion, Podcasts and Community Sun, 22 Nov 2015 20:26:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 IFANBOY PICK OF THE WEEK PODCAST #501! LIVE! http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-pick-of-the-week-podcast-501-live/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-pick-of-the-week-podcast-501-live/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:09:13 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=238821

You can re-watch the live stream from Thursday:

Come here this Thursday September 3 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT to join us in a grand iFanboy tradition — a live broadcast of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast!

But first, you still have until Thursday at noon PT to send an email to contact@ifanboy.com with a subject line “501″ for a chance to get your letter on the show. Anything that comes in after that time won’t be under consideration for the show.

We will be using Google+ Hangout to capture the video and we will embed a player in this post so that you can watch it here. We will also be embedding a chat room widget here so people can follow along the action. The video will also be available to watch live on on our YouTube page, and that page will also have a chat room, but we will only be paying attention to the chat room embedded here

(Don’t worry, if you can’t watch the live show or if you don’t want to watch the live show, we will of course be releasing the audio version as we normally do on Sunday and the video will be archived on our YouTube page.)

What: iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast #501 – Live!
Where: Here or YouTube
When: Thursday September 3, 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT



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VIDEO: Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke Panel from WonderCon 2015… Featuring The iFanboy Reunion! http://ifanboy.com/articles/video-spotlight-on-darwyn-cooke-panel-from-wondercon-2015-featuring-the-ifanboy-reunion/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/video-spotlight-on-darwyn-cooke-panel-from-wondercon-2015-featuring-the-ifanboy-reunion/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 23:28:16 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=238449  

We had a blast talking with Darwyn Cooke, one of the leading talents in the comics industry, who was especially candid in this wide-ranging discussion that covers everything from his earliest days trying to break into comics through to his first creator owned work Revengeance, which is coming later this year from Image Comics.

Oh, yeah, and we also enjoyed of the original iFanboy founders and co-hosts: Ron Richards, Josh Flanagan, and Conor Kilpatrick. This weekend marked the first time we had been in the same room in about three years. It was a special weekend all around.

iFanboys and Darwyn2

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iFanboy Reunion at WonderCon! Josh, Conor, and Ron Host the Darwyn Cooke Spotlight Panel! http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-reunion-at-wondercon-josh-conor-and-ron-host-the-darwyn-cooke-spotlight-panel/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-reunion-at-wondercon-josh-conor-and-ron-host-the-darwyn-cooke-spotlight-panel/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:58:37 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=238376  

We’ve been talking about a big announcement for a few weeks and now we can finally share the details with you!


Next month at WonderCon, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick will be reuniting with their co-founder Ron Richards for the first time since he left to go work at Image Comics! They’ll be getting together to host the Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke panel!

iFanboy has a long history with Darwyn Cooke, which began when they co-hosted the after party for the release of Justice League: The New Frontier at WonderCon in 2008, and continued on throughout the years in (often drunken) adventures both on and off the record. At times it seems as if Darwyn loves nothing more than to bust iFanboys’ balls, so it should be a really fun discussion!


Here’s the description of the panel:

Darwyn Cooke Spotlight Panel
Revengeance! The original hosts of iFanboy reunite to talk creator-owned with Darwyn Cooke. Join Ron Richards, Conor Kilpatrick and Josh Flanagan as they come together one last time to face off with Darwyn in a free-wheeling discussion of his new work, the industry and whatever else crosses their mind.

Our plan is to record the panel and put it out at as a podcast for those who cannot attend, but we make no promises or guarantees.

Here are the particulars of the event:

What: Spotlight on Darwyn Cooke
Where: WonderCon 2015, Anaheim Convention Center, Room 213
When: Sunday, April 5 at 12:30pm

If you’re going to be at WonderCon this year, stop on by! Let’s pack the room with the iFanbase, otherwise there are going to be a lot of confused Darwyn Cooke fans wondering about the three idiots on the dais. Hope to see you there!

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iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast #450! LIVE! http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-pick-of-the-week-podcast-450-live/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-pick-of-the-week-podcast-450-live/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:25:28 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=237916

Come here this Friday August 22 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to join us in a grand iFanboy tradition — a live broadcast of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast!

But first, you still have until Wednesday at 6pm PT to send an email to contact@ifanboy.com with a subject line “450″ for a chance to get your letter on the show. Anything that comes in after that time won’t be under consideration for the show.

We will be using Google+ Hangout to capture the video and we will embed a player in this post so that you can watch it here. We will also be embedding a chat room widget here so people can follow along the action. The video will also be available to watch live on on our YouTube page, and that page will also have a chat room, but we will only be paying attention to the chat room embedded here.

(Don’t worry, if you can’t watch the live show or if you don’t want to watch the live show, we will of course be releasing the audio version as we normally do on Sunday and the video will be archived on our YouTube page.)

What: iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast #450 – Live!
Where: Here or YouTube
When: Friday August 22, 9pm ET / 6pm PT

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iFanboy Update: After 13 Years It’s Finally Time To Scale Back http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-update-after-13-years-its-finally-time-to-scale-back/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-update-after-13-years-its-finally-time-to-scale-back/#comments Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:14:52 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=234922 Josh_Conor_Ron

Josh Flanagan, Conor Kilpatrick, Ron Richards

This has certainly been a year of transition and change for iFanboy and that continues today as we, with heavy hearts, announce that we are scaling back operations; more specifically, after 13 years we are ceasing normal day-to-day operations at iFanboy.com.

This is not a decision that we have made lightly or impulsively, in fact it’s a discussion that we’ve been having internally for over a year now. There comes a time in every one’s life when you have to take a step back and take stock of things and having done that we’ve decided that our lives no longer support the time it takes to run iFanboy.com the way we want and the way that visitors to the site have come to expect and certainly deserve.

The simple fact is that our lives are much different now than they were even five years ago, and with families and day jobs and other opportunities all vying for our time and attention, iFanboy.com has been suffering for it and we couldn’t watch it suffer any longer. It hurts us to not be able to put our all into this place that we’ve spent so many years building into a vibrant and wonderful community. After five years spent running iFanboy.com as our primary jobs, we had to transition back to running iFanboy part time after Graphicly handed it back to us in February of this year, and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to focus on everything we need to focus on in the manner that it deserves to be.

So what happens next? We will continue to produce all the podcasts that we have before. That means that every Sunday you will still get a new episode of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast. We will still produce the occasional Special Edition, Talksplode, and Booksplode podcast. All of those shows will still be found here at iFanboy.com, which will still exist, but will now serve solely to host our shows. The old content on the website will continue to exist as well, that’s not going anywhere, but there will be no new daily written content on iFanboy.com, there will be no new comics page, there will be no new written Pick of the Week review, there will only be new podcasts.

Running this website every day for the past 13 years has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and we are still struggling to come up with proper words to convey how much fun, frustrating, educational, insane, and revealing it has been. We’ve learned so much about ourselves, about running a business, about the comic book industry, and about all the crazy and wonderful people in it. It’s an experience that we’ll never forget and probably never replicate. That fact that our day-to-day lives as we’ve known them for almost a decade and a half are forever changing is something that hasn’t even really sunk in yet. Running this place as been as an important part of our lives as anything else. We’re extremely proud of it.

A wise man once said, “All things must pass.” And so it is with iFanboy.com.


Josh Flanagan & Paul Montgomery

We could not have found any of this success without a whole bevy of people. Most importantly, none of this would have happened without our fellow founder and partner-in-crime Ron Richards. We also want to thank all the people who have contributed to the website over the years: Dave Wiese, Jim Mroczkowski, Mike Romo, Sonia Harris, Tom Katers, Ryan Haupt, Molly McIsaac, Paul Dini, David Brothers, Chris Neseman, Ali Colluccio, Chris Arrant, Jonathan Hickman, Austin Hartman, John Siuntres, Jason Wood, Daniel Robert Epstein, Matt Adler, Jeff Reid, Josh Richardson, Timmy Wood, Josh Christie, Bon Alimagno, Gabe Roth, and Gordon the Intern.

But most importantly we want to thank the man who we’ve come to know as the glue that has held iFanboy.com together these last few years–Paul Montgomery. He journeyed from website commenter to columnist to editor to full-fledged iFanboy. Quite simply, this place would not be where it is today without him.

Of course we want to thank all of you wonderful people who have come to be known as the iFanbase. You came to this website every day and often spent all day hanging out and talking comics. And that’s exactly why we created this place 13 years ago—we wanted to build a cool place where cool people could hang out and talk about, and share their love of, comic books. More people came here to do just that than we would have ever imagined and it’s because of all of you people that we had, in our estimation, the best comic book community on the internet. You’ll never know just how grateful we are to each and every one of you.

– Conor Kilpatrick & Josh Flanagan



(Back, Left to Right): Jim Mroczkowski, Conor Kilpatrick, Jason Wood, Ron Richards, Molly McIsaac
(Front, Left to Right): Ali Colluccio, Chris Neseman, Josh Flanagan

And now, a few more final thoughts.

Paul Montgomery

Paul Montgomery

Paul Montgomery

I found my way to iFanboy while still in college, when my tonsils had to go. I wanted to read comics again, do the recovery up right with soft serve and Spider-Man. iFanboy taught me how, pointed me in all the right directions, shaped my tastes as a returning reader. I wrote so much, so often, my surrogate big brothers boosted me up and gave me a chance to be right and wrong and everything in between.

I’ve spent countless hours staring at this website, soaking in its sanctuary glow, raging at its error messages, fumbling to articulate, hazarding upon insight. It has been my night light and my constant in times when I couldn’t brave rolling out of bed. More importantly, it introduced me to collaborators who continue to excite and challenge me. There’s a lot of me in this code. I got so much more back.

Thank you for reading, for giving a hoot here and there. Thank you for ensuring, early on, that a blinking cursor on a white screen is hardly a lonely prospect.

Jim Mroczkowski

When Josh offered me this job out of the clear blue sky five years ago (and that’s how you got hired by iFanboy, by the way, people who kept writing in gunning for my job: they’d see something in you they liked and come to you) I was very close to turning it down.

Ali Colluciio, Jim Mroczkowski, Timmy Wood

Ali Colluccio, Jim Mroczkowski, Timmy Wood

“There is no way, simply no way,” I said to my wife, “that I could possibly find something to say about comic books every single week.”

Five years, 411 articles, and one “oh my god, you navel-gazing imbecile, take the job” from my wife later, I have learned more than I ever could have imagined about comics, the internet and myself. About twice a day I wish could unknow a lot of the stuff about the internet, but the comics stuff was great. Conor, Josh, and Ron introduced me to a whole new world; I got to go to cons, meet some of my heroes in the biz, and blow off C-3PO. I got to raise ROM awareness. I got to appreciate my favorite medium with a new set of eyes and meet scores of people from around the country who are now dear friends, all from bloviating and making Deadpool jokes. I got to be on my favorite podcast sometimes; once, the host of it even bear-hugged me. That’s a surreal couple of years. I will painfully miss the camaraderie and the outlet for my creativity. Not to mention the free audience, the money, the gossip, the occasional freebies, and that sweet, sweet press pass, but I’m trying not to think about that part right now.

Now, I guess I’m off to raise my alpacas.

Mike Romo

Well, this is a piece that I have been putting off for awhile now. When talking about an end, where do you begin?

Ryan Haupt & Mike Romo

Ryan Haupt & Mike Romo

With gratitude, of course. It perhaps seems sentimental, but I truly do remember when Ron and Conor offered me a chance to write for the site, way back in 2008. We were getting lunch at King’s Road Cafe with my wife Whitney, and they were explaining how they wanted to bring in some new voices, and, well, they wanted to know if I wanted to get involved.

I jumped at the chance, spilling LA’s best coffee all over the place. I had been an avid listener of the show for several years by then, and to get a chance to contribute to something that had been a really positive part of my life — nothing but gratitude.

Together, you, me, the rest of the crew, we’ve lived through a lot when it comes to comics. For those of us lucky enough to attend the Isotope + iFanboy parties during WonderCon, we got a chance to meet our favorite creators and sample some of the finest Tiki bars in the city. Indeed, for those of us lucky to go to any of the conventions, getting a chance to hang out with Ron, Conor, Josh and the rest of the iFanboy community was truly one of the best aspects of being into comics.

Together, you, me, the rest of the crew, we’ve lived through a lot when it comes to comics. We saw the entire industry change, moving from print to finally embracing digital in a meaningful way. We’ve seen DC (not) reboot their universe, we’ve gone through a seemingly unending series of Big Important Events. And through it all, the columnists and readers at iFanboy have discussed, complained and championed different aspects of the ever changing universe that is comic books. My first article ever was an ode to an unread stack of books—who knew that, just a few years later, I wouldn’t be worried about physical stacks at all? Amazing, what we’ve seen.

Together, you, me, the rest of the crew—we’ve become a real community. And you know what? This community is going to change, but it’s not going to go away. We’ll still have the podcast, we’ll still have the conventions, we’ll still chime in on Twitter and Facebook…we have a history together, a truly great and vibrant history, and that bodes well for a great future as well. While you may not be getting a weekly columns from the writing staff (and let’s be clear, you haven’t been getting regular weekly columns from me lately as often as I would have liked), we’re still going to be around!

So, yes: this is big transition for iFanboy, but it’s a good one. It’s not the end, of course. The podcasts will still come out, and the writing you’ve enjoyed will stay on the site in the archives, which makes me happy — the conversations we’ve had about comics and comic book culture…they are important, they are part of our shared legacy, and should live on.

Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, Ron Richards, & Mike Romo

Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, Ron Richards, Mike Romo

(long pause)

I guess this is it, then.

Here goes everything: thanks to all of you who have ever read one of my pieces. Thanks for putting up with my long winded analyses and tortured tirades about comic book trends and missed opportunities with favorite characters. Thanks for commenting, thanks for tweeting, thanks for emailing me when I had a typo—it’s impossible for you to know how much your support has meant to me over the years. I never, in a million years, thought I would write about anything, let alone something as near and dear to me as comics. Thanks to you, I can point to over five years of doing just that.

Thanks to my fellow writers, who showed me, week after week, a passion for this medium that never ceased to inspire me. I was a real honor, a true honor, to have a chance to be on your team.

And, thanks, finally, to Ron, Conor, and Josh, for providing all of us with a place to call “home” on the Internet; a place where the energy of the comic book convention, a place where we could just be ourselves and talk about the stuff we loved, was just a click away. And thank you for providing one of your fans an opportunity to be a part of something that was—and is— truly magic. I refuse to forget a moment of it.

Ryan Haupt

When I was told that my tenure as a weekly staff writer for iFanboy was coming to a close I was conflicted. Part of me was glad that I’d no longer have to come up with 1,000 words every week about something to do with comics, even during weeks when I felt like I truly had nothing to say. But that part was dwarfed by how sad I am to let this part of my life go. I wrote a piece of what iFanboy means to me when Ron took his job at Image, not knowing I’d have to write something like it again so soon.

Ryan Haupt & Molly McIsaac

Ryan Haupt & Molly McIsaac

I’ve been friends with the guys since before Ron moved to the Bay Area and I actually remember him telling me he was coming out my way before he even made the announcement public. Then one January night in 2010 we went to dinner at a sushi place near his apartment that he wanted to try even though he doesn’t eat sushi, and he asked me to come on board as a writer. My first column about the science of the X-Man Beast went up April 15, 2010 and I’ve strived to put out something worth reading every week since.

According to the site I’ve published a grand total of 225 items as of this writing, in addition to the times I’ve been on the various podcasts. It’s almost a little funny to feel sad about it all because it’s not like these people are going away. I’m sure we’ll be in touch less frequently, but my friendships with the whole staff here will stand the test of time. Meet Mike Romo just once and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ll miss the column, I’ll miss hashing out the science of some whacky concept only to have it broken apart by a single clever comment, and I’ll miss the various features both past and current (remember VS? That was always a good time); but the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast will prevail. It remains one of the few podcasts I’m still eager to listen to when it’s released, and I expect that will only intensify as it becomes my primary connection to the guys and to this site.

I am indebted to them for the opportunity to contribute for all these years, and indebted to you all for reading what I had to say. While this feels like a goodbye (or an iFanbye, and I’ve taken to calling it), you can still find me doing my own podcast Science… sort of, writing now and again for Marvel.com, and hopefully back on an iFanboy podcast for the next meeting of the Animated Brain Trust, because someone has to tell Chris he’s being an overly critical cantankerous cartoon curmudgeon, right?

Chris Arrant

(Left to Right): Molly McIsaac, Mike Romo, Conor Kilpatrick, Gordon the Intern, Ryan Haupt

(Left to Right): Molly McIsaac, Mike Romo, Conor Kilpatrick, Gordon the Intern, Ryan Haupt

I’ve been writing for iFanboy since February 2011, and as the defacto “new guy” still to this day I can say that this site — and this editorial team — has been one of those most encouraging and rewarding experiences I’ve had. My CV has me writing for everyone from Marvel Comics to Publishers Weekly and other comics sites like Newsarama and CBR, but iFanboy has let me in many way do the kind of stories I’ve always wanted to as a fan and a writer.

Highlight up and coming artists with Tuesday’s iFanboy Upstarts. Dream-casting big screen adaptations of comics with Monday’s Comic Book Casting. Cutting to the core of character’s with “must read’ list of books with Thursday’s Where Do I Start?. And act like a comic book casting director by picking series, who should work on them, and why in the concluded Remake & Reboot. Between that and my frequent Top 5 posts and various general stories, I’ve been able to scratch almost every conceivable itch I’ve had — with iFanboy even going so far as to commission me to do a five-part retrospective on the career of Stuart Immonen once.

Although iFanboy as a comics news site may be reaching it’s end, iFanboy lives on in the thing that brought everyone here in the first place — the podcast. And maybe someday if everyone gets sick I can make my debut. Pardon the stuttering.

Timmy Wood

I will never forget when I stumbled upon the iFanboy podcast (Batman #663, The “Prose” issue. Conor’s Pick of the Week). I had jumped back into the world of comics four years prior but this was the first time I went searching for a podcast about them. I

Paul Montgomery & Timmy Woods

Paul Montgomery & Timmy Wood

downloaded several and out of all of them, iFanboy was one of the few to stick around. I listened religiously for years and quickly became apart of the community. I know it’s all rose tinted glasses but the community of the iFanboy forums over at Revision3 was truly one of the best. This was before Twitter and before everyone was on Facebook.  The people who posted on those forums were some of the best people to talk about comics. It was big part of my comic reading ritual to head to those forums after I read my books and discuss them with dave-accampo, Gobo, Paper, Luthor, Kwok_Talk, piscespaul, Itsbecca, Kahuna_Blair, and of course the iFanboys themselves. Then several of those members were hired as writers and the website became even better. I was lucky enough to be hired in the third wave of writers with Jeff Reid and Josh Christie.

I am not trying to give a history lesson or bio on the site. I just want to say that one of the reasons it was so successful is due to the strong positive community it cultivated. We have Ron, Conor and Josh to thank for that. They started it and led by example showing that comic book fans don’t have to always be negative stereotypes. They can be normal people who celebrate comics as a wonderful medium.

I am going to miss the website and all of it’s regular content. All the writers here are tremendous and I consider them brothers and sisters. I also want to thank Ron, Conor and Josh for taking a chance on this goofy comedian. Those guys gave me outlet to write ridiculous articles about the Justice League’s Email Chains, Superhero Job Evaluations, and the character actors in The Dark Knight Rises. Thanks for memories guys! It’s been great.

Jeff Reid

For many readers, comics are a solitary experience. That’s been the case for me, anyway. For the majority of my life, there was no

Ali Colluccio, Jim Mroczkowski, Jeff Reid

Ali Colluccio, Jim Mroczkowski, Jeff Reid

one around me who shared my interest. Certainly there was no one who cared as much as I did about how the Crisis on Infinite Earths reshaped the DCU or could talk with me about which Captain Marvel was the best. Comics were an interior-only experience. That changed the day I first stumbled upon iFanboy and the community that was fostered on its website.

When I started commenting on, and then submitting bits and pieces to, iFanboy, it was a revelation. Here were interesting, knowledgeable, personable people who enjoyed comics in the same way I did. And those were just the commenters. Columnists like Paul, Jim, Ryan, Mike, and many others were writing pieces that forced me to reexamine how I looked at what I was reading. Josh, Conor, and Ron lead the way with vision and their podcasts were always something I enjoyed. iFanboy was exactly what I was looking for.

The fact that I was a writer on this website for nearly two years is something of which I’m extremely proud. Writing for iFanboy allowed me to share my fandom and focus it in a way that I didn’t know existed before. Now, my “interior-only experience” is long dead. It was forced out of me by the iFanboy community, its writers, and its founders. For that, I was always be thankful.

Josh Christie

Josh Christie

Josh Christie

When I started reading comics in 2006 (like many people, I came to read Civil War), I thought I’d just read a series or two and be done with it. It’s thanks to iFanboy that I’m now a capital-letters Comics Reader.

My first brush with iFanboy was the Pick of the Week Podcast #71. I needed some audio to get me through a killer snowstorm that was messing with my radio, and the guys’ discussion of the death of Captain America fit the bill. As a fledgling comic fan with no local shop and no friends that read in issues, iFanboy was a lifeline of funny, smart discussion of comics. Without the iFanboy community, I’m not sure I would be a comic reader at all. I certainly wouldn’t be the fan I am now. I wouldn’t have discovered as many cool books, gone to as many neat events, or met as many fantastic people.

And that’s not to mention the great writing that has been on the site over the last few years. The whole staff haven’t just written interesting articles – they’ve helped me develop a smarter, sharper voice as a writer and a better critical vocabulary for comics. Like everyone else, I’m sad to see the written aspect of iFanboy come to an end. I’m also thrilled I got to (in a small way) be a part of this special site, and I’m looking forward to seeing the impact that iFanboy – and especially Ron, Conor, Josh and Paul – will undoubtedly have on comics in their future work.

Ali Colluccio

When I first started reading comics, I really only talked about them over email with a small group of friends. Anytime I tried to jump into the communities at CBR or Newsarama, I pretty much ran away screaming. I had heard from a friend about the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast, and since podcasts weren’t really my thing at the time, I figured I’d check to see if they had a website.

Ali Collucio & Josh Flanagan

Ali Colluccio & Josh Flanagan (and Bacon)

That was in 2008. And the truly amazing and wonderful iFanbase quickly became my home on the internet. Last week comicbookchris mentioned somewhere in the comments that the “live taping” of the Pick of the Week Podcast Episode #200 at Jim Hanley’s was how he met most of the people he knows now. That is not an exaggeration. A lot of my friends in New York (Chris included) are my friends because we met at that party. There were unofficial tweet-ups and NYCC parties and eventually just hanging out for the sake of hanging out. I go to a lot of comic conventions in a lot of different cities. And the reason I do it is to hang out with iFanbase friends from different cities, different countries even! I can call people as far away as Australia friends because of this site.

I guess this is just a very long-winded way of saying iFanboy.com is so much more than the place I go to make my pull list each week. It’s a place for comics and friendship. For enthusiasm and camaraderie and even comfort. It’s a home.

I cannot thank Josh, Conor, Ron and Paul for everything they’ve done here, for building this incredible community. I have nothing but best wishes and highest hopes for them, and for all my fellow iFanbase members, in the future.

Matt Adler


Matt Adler

Hey there. Mine is a name you haven’t seen around these parts in a while, for various reasons having to do with life, work, and other complications. Still, once upon a time, Matt Adler was a proud and active member of the iFanboy staff, and the proud part is still true. When Josh, Conor, and Paul let us know a few weeks ago that the time had come to bring this phase of iFanboy to a close, my initial reaction, as I’m sure was the rest of the staff’s, was sadness. Sadness that, as all good things must, this great fellowship was coming to an end, and sadness for what might have been. But I choose to look back on happier times, and think about some of my favorite work for the site.

(Back, Left to Right): Jamie McKelvie, Gordon the Intern, Josh Flanagan(Front, Left to Right): Mike Romo & Conor Kilpatrick

(Back, Left to Right): Jamie McKelvie, Gordon the Intern, Josh Flanagan
(Front, Left to Right): Mike Romo & Conor Kilpatrick

The many interviews I did with my comic book idols; greats including J.M. DeMatteis, Bob Layton, Marc Silvestri, Brian K. Vaughan, Mark Waid, Mike Carey, Peter David, Kurt Busiek, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Paul Cornell, Roy Thomas, Cully Hamner, Cary Bates, Dan Jurgens, Paul Levitz, Jim Shooter, Neal Adams, Karl Kesel, Gail Simone, and more. The reviews that gave me the chance to highlight overlooked or under-appreciated comics, like Tony Puryear’s Concrete Park and Robert Love’s Number 13 from Dark Horse Presents. The fun columns I got to write, like the two-parter on some of the more notorious ne’er-do-wells of the comic book industry, the mini-feud between Jason Aaron and Alan Moore, or my stint on WANT where I discovered Ham Solo in Candybaronite. I was writing during an exciting time for the industry, and it gave me ample opportunity to indulge in my geekdom; when the Thor movie hit theaters, I relished the chance to do a breakdown of Marvel mythology vs. Norse mythology and highlight some of the surprising differences. The X-Men: First Class film offered the chance to take a look back at the some of the stories that revealed the characters’ backgrounds in the comics. I had the chance to cover some of the sad moments too, as when Wildstorm came to an end, or when legends like Dwayne McDuffie and Gene Colan passed away. And I have to thank Paul Montgomery for giving me a shot at filling in on an iFanboy podcast—even if it was to cover the Conan The Barbarian remake, a movie we agreed was lousy!

In summary, I want to say thank you to everyone I worked with, and to you, the audience. And if you like what I’ve written for iFanboy, you can still follow me over at Ain’t It Cool News where I continue to do interviews and reviews, as well as PopTardsGo.com, where I am part of a quartet of comic book reviewers who do a weekly, spoiler-heavy podcast. You can also friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or reach me by e-mail with questions/comments. Peace and love, everyone.

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The Best of the Week in Panels – 08.28.2013 http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-best-of-the-week-in-panels-08-28-2013/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-best-of-the-week-in-panels-08-28-2013/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:15:07 +0000 Paul Montgomery http://ifanboy.com/?p=236939 I’m shakin’ the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I’m gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I’m comin’ back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I’m gonna build things. I’m gonna build airfields, I’m gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I’m gonna build bridges a mile long…


American Vampire Anthology
By Rafael Albuquerque, Ivo Milazzo, Taylor Esposito

There’s a moleskine field note quality to “Bloody Kansas,” one of many stellar stories in this consistently pleasurable anthology. I love seeing the artist’s hand in this watercolor masterpiece.


Adventures of Superman #4
By Rob Williams, Chris Weston

I read this digitally, and it actually took my breath away as I advanced to this scene. Superman as the ultimate pugilist, the same Superman who danced with Ali. The same Superman who adorned my childhood bedsheets.



Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Easy does it, rookie.



Deadpool #15
By Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan, Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

A haunting, even poignant image of loss and desperation, and in the latest issue of Deadpool of all place.


Young Avengers #9
By Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Mike Norton, Matthew Wilson

Well that’s a cool use of negative space.



American Vampire Anthology
By Greg Rucka, JP Leon, Dave McCaig, Steve Wands

A masterclass in atmosphere, all though line and color.



Adventures of Superman #4
By Rob Williams, Chris Weston

Like an old lunchbox or the musty packaging of a colorful action figure playset unearthed from the basement, this image is nothing short of a call to adventure from a bygone era. Has Despero ever been so wonderfully pink?


Lazarus #3
By Greg Rucka, Michael Lark

“Mind if I…?”

“Be my guest.”

“All in the wrist.”


Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Thor pays a long overdue visit to the Westboro crowd.



American Vampire Anthology
By Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, Travis Lanham

Holy Fawke.



Batman / Superman #3
By Greg Pak, Yildiray Cinar, June Chung, Matt Yackey, & John Kalisz, Rob Leigh

City Mouse, meet Country Mouse. Pennyworth and Kent, World’s Finest Dads.



Thor: God of Thunder #12
By Jason Aaron, Nic Klein, Joe Sabino

Walter never stands under trees anymore. A nice bit of levity during quite an emotional sequence. Aaron and Klein handled what could’ve been a maudlin, overwrought scene with tenderness and honesty. My favorite single issue of 2013.


Adventures of Superman #4
By Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Wes Craig, Craig Yeung, Lee Loughridge

Middle Management Red Skull, make way for Conference Room Gorilla Grodd.

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I’ve Got Voices In My Head http://ifanboy.com/articles/ive-got-voices-in-my-head/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ive-got-voices-in-my-head/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:00:07 +0000 Gabe Roth http://ifanboy.com/?p=236866 1572563-headacheI think it’s safe to say that most of us have voices in our heads. I know I do. I’ve got voices that are constantly talking, singing, questioning my actions, babbling on, muttering about the state of the world and so forth. I even have a voice that tells me to get “extra mayo” when I order a sandwich at my favorite deli. There’s a competing voice that responds and tells the mayo voice to pipe down and order something healthy. These are the same voices that I hear whenever I read comics. They are the cast of voices that give life to the words on the page. And most of the time, I like these chatty guys and gals; it’s a good stable of invisible folks who put on a pretty good show somewhere amidst my grey matter. But sometimes I’m tired. And sometimes those voices don’t do a very good job. They blow the lines or garble great comic book dialogue because, let’s face it, they’re overworked. I ask them to perform a lot and I don’t pay them. Wednesdays are a problem. Sometimes I just wish there were a way to have my comics read to me. After all, who doesn’t like a little “story time” now and again?

My son is lucky. I read him comics before bed a lot. We’ve worked our way through six or seven volumes of Bone andimgres-7 I’ve done all the voices as best I can along the way. It takes a little getting used to, I admit, but ultimately your mind casts the characters with your own stable of voices, and then you pepper in some scene description as a bonus. The end result feels pretty comprehensive and my son has never complained. I’ve even attempted to read aloud some issues of Claremont’s New Mutants, but I find that my southern accent is dreadful, so my Cannonball basically stinks. Still, I think my son appreciates having these books read aloud to him. It’s certainly rewarding as a father. But who reads to the reader? Where’s the old man’s story time? Fortunately, I think I’ve come up with some solutions or at least some ways in which you can give the ol’ voices in your noggin an occasional day off.


Hi, y’all!

While reading the recently released first issue of Straczynski’s Sidekick I was pleasantly surprised to discover a QR link on the final page that provides what is essentially an audio version of the book, complete with dialogue and soundtrack. This seems to be a trend of Straczynski’s books (at least debut issues), as the same service is offered in the first issue of Ten Grand. You simply press play on the page (or download the file) and start “reading” your books. The experience is pretty cool (at least on a conceptual level), though you’re likely to have moments where you question the voice actor’s choices (and maybe even the musical choices). Still, it’s a cool option to have and it allows for a second way to read one’s books, so there’s added value there.

There are always going to be people who argue that listening to a book is literary heresy and doesn’t compare to “actual” reading. And I do understand there’s a distinction, but I wouldn’t say that one isn’t necessarily better than the other. Just different. I’m not saying that all comics or books should be “audible-ized,” but once in a while it’s a nice shift in the way we experience the medium. I suppose you could argue that a soundtrack provided by the writer and publisher does take away from opportunity for the reader to bring his or her own interpretation of the material, but it’s also an additional outlet for a creator to tell his or her story and to assure that it’s “heard” as it was intended.

As far as other options, there are always motion comics (if you can find them). I would argue that motion comics really don’t work all that well because the manipulation of the art takes away from experience as a whole. JokerorigSimply put, I find it hard to really listen to the story with all the art wiggling around and whatnot. I’d much rather have the static panel images shown to me while voice actors read. There are some versions of this sort of thing online (mostly fan-created) that work pretty well. I found a version of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke on YouTube that did just that. The comic pages are doled out in sync with a fairly decent cast of voice actors for an experience that feels pretty darn natural when all is said and done. There are some clunkers in there, but if you can see (or listen) past that, then it’s basically a relatively high quality way of having The Killing Joke read to you like a script with visual aids. I found that it sort of freed me up to look at the book’s awesome visuals because the verbal part of my brain was given a break.

imagesKevin Smith recently did a couple of “read-a-long” episodes on his Fatman on Batman podcast. Basically, he reads through a classic comic, giving detailed descriptions of what’s going on in panel while also reading most of the dialogue in character. It’s a bit more freeform (and he of course offers a lot of commentary), but it’s a cool way to experience or re-experience a classic comic with an informed albeit slightly stoned commentary track. The most recent “read-a-long” was dedicated to Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing #53. Generally speaking, Smith’s voice work is spot-on and he manages to do a nice job of bringing the Swamp Thing to life.

If all else fails, you can read your books aloud to yourself. I sometimes do that just to truly hear the intention and cadence of a writer’s dialogue. The people in Starbucks find this practice strange, of course. Maybe this is all a solution looking for a problem. Some may argue that you should just read your books silently to yourself and escape into your head the way comics were originally intended. Maybe comics should be seen and not heard. But there’s something primal about actually hearing a good story told out loud. It’s important to remember that those precious written words in those printed word balloons are representations of actual voices, even if they only truly ever existed in the mind of the comic creator.

Gabe Roth is hearing things. He loves comics and he’s @gaberoth on Twitter. Follow him.

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Weekly Sketch Up – 08.30.2013 http://ifanboy.com/articles/weekly-sketch-up-08-30-2013/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/weekly-sketch-up-08-30-2013/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:00:45 +0000 Josh Flanagan http://ifanboy.com/?p=236844 wolvie2_nicklein

Wolverine by Nic Klein




Wolverine vs. Broo by Dave Wachter




Spider-Man and Venom by James Harren




Thor by Mahmud Asrar




Fear Agent by Tony Moore



ROM-1 chris samnee

ROM by Chris Samnee




Batman and The Question by Gabriel Hardman




Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic




The Avengers by Sean Murphy

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The Best of the Week in Covers – 08.28.2013 http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-best-of-the-week-in-covers-08-28-2013/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-best-of-the-week-in-covers-08-28-2013/#comments Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:58:34 +0000 Paul Montgomery http://ifanboy.com/?p=236837 Yes we are. But we’re like a real family. Opinionated, argumentative, holding grudges, challenging each other. We push each other to be better than we are. That kind of thing doesn’t happen at barbecues or ball games. It happens on the job where it’s supposed to. Putting down a murder. The work itself is the most important thing. What we do is important. We speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves and you’re not gonna ever find anything like that anywhere, not in LA, or patrolling the grounds at Disneyland.

Thor_God of Thunder_12

Thor: God of Thunder #12
Cover by Esad Ribic

A glorious depiction of flight to turn skyscrapers horizontal. A wonderful sense of weight and weightlessness here as Thor allows Mjolnir to tow him to his destination.


Lazarus #3
Cover by Michael Lark

Nothing says culpability like a reflection in a pool of blood. The end of one story and the beginning of another, all in a single, white frame sullied by carnage.


FBP_Federal Bureau of Physics_2_Full

FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #2
Cover by Nathan Fox




Gambit #16
Cover by Clay Mann & Rachelle Rosenberg

This is practically an Eisner style Spirit title page. Not entirely sure how I feel about the letters in red rather than formed by protruding or recessed stones.


The Massive_15

The Massive #15
Cover by John Paul Leon

Fraught and frantic, all driven by the intensity of our man at the wheel and the rain of torpedoes.

Young Avengers_9

Young Avengers #9
Cover by Jamie McKelvie & Matthew Wilson

Loss. An excellent use of white-space as both a void and an immense weight.



Secret #3
Cover by Hickman, probably?

The ominous unknown.



Uncanny X-Men #11
Cover by Phil Noto

Bonus points for Scott Summers in Peril.


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James Spader is an Egomaniacal Artificial Intelligence in ‘Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ http://ifanboy.com/articles/james-spader-is-an-egomaniacal-artificial-intelligence-in-avengers-age-of-ultron/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/james-spader-is-an-egomaniacal-artificial-intelligence-in-avengers-age-of-ultron/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:25:40 +0000 Paul Montgomery http://ifanboy.com/?p=236822 Deadline reports that Pretty in Pink’s James Spader will provide the voice of the titular villain in Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As a paunchy gentleman myself, I would imagine CG and practical effects will combine to create the visuals. This fall, Spader has joins the growing number of creepy people trapped in transparent cells (Magneto, Raoul Silva, Loki, Hannibal Lecter) in NBC’s The Blacklist.



Meet your new machine overlord on May 1st, 2015.

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Elektra: Where Do I Start? http://ifanboy.com/articles/elektra-where-do-i-start/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/elektra-where-do-i-start/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:00:17 +0000 Chris Arrant http://ifanboy.com/?p=236201 3105795-977906_384968941615520_1454537932_oGood ninjas never die.

For Elektra, the daughter of a Greek diplomat turned ninja assassin, she’s been killed three times but each time came back stronger, more determined and more resolute. Created by Frank Miller in 1981′s Daredevil #168 based on a character he had made as a teen, Elektra was a violent counterpoint to the Catholic-tinged heroics of Matt Murdock, being equal parts ally and antagonist. Trained by both Daredevil’s mentor Stick and the Japanese ninja organization known as the Hand, Elektra has gone on to work for virtually everyone in the Marvel U from S.H.I.E.L.D. to Kingpin, HYDRA, and now as a member of Thunderbolt Ross’ Thunderbolts.

Forged in fire through writers like Miller, Chichester, Bendis and Rucka, Elektra has become much more than the one-off character originally intended. As long as she stays away from the creepy T&A, bad girl territory she’s sometimes pulled into, she can be a pivotal and dramatic addition to any story — and even on her own. In this week’s Where Do I Start?, we go from her origins in 1982 to the modern day to find the heart and soul of this one-time Hand assassin.

But above all else, avoid the movie.

51V9n3OdFrL._SY346_Daredevil Visionairies: Frank Miller, Vol. 2: Frank Miller’s legacy on Daredevil came to define the character more than anyone before or after — even his creators. One of his many gifts to the Marvel Universe and Daredevil was the introduction of Elektra. This second volume of his run on the Daredevil title collects everything from her first appearance in #168 to her (first) death in #181, including the postmortem the next issue.This really sets the tone for everything that’s gone after, with Frank Miller in full force like few times in his career.

Elektra By Frank Miller & Bill Sienkiewicz Omnibus: After killing her just a few years earlier, Miller returns to his Greek ninja creation in a series of great collaborations with Bill Sienkiewicz spread over one miniseries, one graphic novel, one anthology story and a great (but forgotten) What If? issue. iFanboy has gone on record of saying how good Elektra: Assassin is (which is included in this volume), but in addition to that is What If? #35, “What If Elektra Had Lived?” In this oft-forgotten story, we see what would happen if she hadn’t been struck down by Bullseye and had rebelled against the Kingpin. They end up in a life far different from what they have now in comics, part Blade Runner and part True Romance.

9780785163930_p0_v1_s260x420Elektra: The Scorpio Key: One of the lesser known Bendis stories in his massive Marvel oeuvre, this six issue arc by a pre-Daredevil Bendis and misguided art by Chuck Austen takes Elektra out of the ashes and into the employ of Nick Fury’s S.H.I.E.L.D. to assassinate Marvel’s version of Saddam Hussein and recover an artifact from Fury’s past called the Scorpio Key. This isn’t the Bendis we know now from his work on Powers or Avengers, as this feels looser and less trained but still full of intense dialogue and setting Elektra down a more realistic and personal path. Austen’s art brings this book down several notches from what it could be as it veers into the T&A territory I mentioned.

Elektra by Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection: Likewise marred by some questionable art choices, Rucka overcomes it as best as he could and quietly becomes the most powerful chronicler of Elektra’s story since Miller back in the 80s. Fresh off his work on Queen & Country, Rucka central conceit is what if Elektra can’t get work as an assassin. To hot to be hired, the idea of an out-of-work contract killer pushes Elektra down some different paths than we’ve ever seen for the character. The single bright spots in the art is two issues by Carlos Meglia that, although cartoonish (especially in comparison to the pseudo-realism the other artists use), really gives the character some spirit that was never followed up on much before or sense.

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Top 5: Best Comic Book Series… Right Now! http://ifanboy.com/articles/top-5-best-comic-book-series-right-now/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/top-5-best-comic-book-series-right-now/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:00:04 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=234925 It used to be an annual iFanboy tradition to gather around a grill, cook way too much food, and talk about comics, including the listing of our top 5 comic book series… right now. Well, we thought we’d bring that tradition back and this time invite some of the staff to play the game.

I present to you, in no particular order, the Top 5 Best Comic Book Series… Right Now! as chosen by various members of the iFanboy staff.

Conor Kilpatrick


  • Batman
  • Hawkeye
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Saga
  • Daredevil


Josh Flanagan


  • Revival
  • Daredevil
  • Avengers Arena
  • Thor: God of Thunder
  • Saga


Paul Montgomery

Top 5_Paul

  • Daredevil
  • Satellite Sam
  • The Private Eye
  • Batman
  • Thor: God of Thunder


Jim Mroczkowski

Top 5_Jim

  • All-New X-Men
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Saga
  • The Superior Spider-Man
  • Ultimate Comics Spider-Man


Mike Romo

Top 5_Mike

  • Batman
  • Daredevil
  • Saga
  • Hawkeye
  • Batman / Superman


Ryan Haupt

Top 5_Ryan

  • Saga
  • Wolverine and the X-Men
  • Fables
  • Daredevil
  • The Walking Dead



Gabe Roth

Top 5_Gabe

  • Batman
  • Deadpool
  • The Private Eye
  • The Manhattan Projects
  • Star Wars


Chris Arrant

Top 5_Chris

  • Dark Horse Presents
  • Prophet
  • The Private Eye
  • Saga
  • Lazarus


Jeff Reid

Top 5_Jeff

  • Batman ’66
  • Star Wars
  • Justice League of America’s Vibe
  • Avengers Arena
  • Smallville: Season 11


Timmy Wood

Top 5_Timmy

  • Hawkeye
  • Adventure Time
  • Daredevil
  • Saga
  • Avengers Arena


Josh Christie

Top 5_JoshC

  • Saga
  • Star Wars
  • The Activity
  • Young Avengers
  • Chew


Matt Adler

Top 5_Matt

  • Girl Genius
  • Saga
  • Trillium
  • All-New X-Men
  • The Unwritten


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Great Moments in Comics History: Superman #20 http://ifanboy.com/articles/great-moments-in-comics-history-superman-20/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/great-moments-in-comics-history-superman-20/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:33 +0000 Jeff Reid http://ifanboy.com/?p=235390 Superman (Vol. 2) #20 (1988)

Who needs natural story progression and an internal integrity to a comics page when there are books to sell!

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Process: PROTOCOL #1 in Pencils, Inks, and Colors http://ifanboy.com/articles/process-protocol-1-in-pencils-inks-and-colors/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/process-protocol-1-in-pencils-inks-and-colors/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 18:49:35 +0000 Josh Flanagan http://ifanboy.com/?p=236778 Protocol #1, is an espionage thriller out from BOOM! Studios, Michael Alan Nelson, and Mariano Navarro in November. They’ve  given us a look at their pages, and the whole process behind them.

We can only assume there’s some coded, secret message in these. Get out your rings.

PROT_01_01_1pen PROT_01_01_2ink PROT_01_01_3col PROT_01_04_1pen PROT_01_04_2ink PROT_01_04_3col PROT_01_10_1pen PROT_01_10_2ink PROT_01_10_3col PROT_01_13_1pen PROT_01_13_2ink PROT_01_13_3col PROT_01_16_1pen PROT_01_16_2ink PROT_01_16_3col

Check out those nice clear layouts, which are great for action. Why do 8 panels when you can do it in 3 or 4?

That is not a rule.

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Best of the Rest: September 2013 http://ifanboy.com/articles/best-of-the-rest-september-2013/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/best-of-the-rest-september-2013/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 15:00:20 +0000 Josh Christie http://ifanboy.com/?p=233987 Ads, previews, press releases … every week, we get loads of info on the latest and greatest books coming out in single issues and trade. Not as well covered are the myriad other works that fill the shelves of comic shops and bookstores. From the graphic novels published by comic publishers like Fantagraphics, First Second, and Drawn and Quarterly to the comics made at traditional publishing houses, there’s a whole world of comics that aren’t promoted on the back cover of the most recent Batman. There are great non-fiction works, translations of foreign comic albums, and reprints collecting out-of-print classics. Truly, these books can offer a refreshing perspective on comics.

Best of the Rest is a monthly series looking at the best upcoming works you may otherwise miss out on.

Art’s Craft


I’m not sure if September is traditionally a weak month for releases, but I had to stretch to find enough books to fill this column this month. That said, if the only book I included in Best of the Rest was the new Art Spiegelman retrospective Co-Mix, I’d be satisfied I was sending you off with a great book. The oversized hardcover showcases a ton of Spiegelman’s work, much of which has never been collected before. I’ve always been a big Spiegelman fan, mostly for the stories he tells, but Co-Mix gave me a new appreciation for his skills as an artist. Many of his New Yorker covers, which I had little familiarity with before reading this collection, are particularly striking and innovative.

Drawn and Quarterly
On Sale September 17th
Hardcover | 120 pages | $39.95

Co-Mix is a comprehensive career overview of the output of the legendary Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman. Gorgeous full-page reproductions of his artwork, including covers for R. Crumb’s Short Order Comix and panels from Maus, overwhelm the senses. Essays by the acclaimed film critic J. Hoberman and the MoMA curator and dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr bookend Co-Mix, offering eloquent meditations on an artist whose work has been genre-defining in every sense of the word.

Co-Mix began as a museum retrospective detailing Spiegelman’s lifelong involvement with comics, and was published in France in a bilingual edition during his presidency at the prestigious Angoulême International Comics Festival. This expanded North American edition has an additional thirty-two pages of content, including a full-size insert of the long-out-of-print Raw comic “Two Fisted Painters” and Spiegelman’s New Yorker comics about the authors Maurice Sendak, Charles Schulz, and Harvey Kurtzman.

Spiegelman has been a leader of, and an inspiration for, alternative comics artists throughout the past three decades, long before Raw magazine and Maus, and in Co-Mix readers will be able to trace the evolution of this multifaceted artist throughout his storied career.

Pre-code Sci-Fi From the Man Behind MAD


Month in and month out, Fantagraphics never fails to release really cool reprints from the golden and silver age of comics. In September, Child of Tomorrow by Al Feldstein continues this streak. Feldstein is best known for the nearly 20 years he spent as editor at MAD magazine, but he started his career at MAD‘s parent company EC Comics. Feldstein wrote and drew a number of comics (and many covers) in EC’s sci-fi line before the books were killed by the CCA. Feldstein’s stories, like the best science fiction, provides a new lens to look at controversial issues like race, drug abuse, and police brutality. On top of being a top tier writer, Feldstein was a stellar cartoonist, and the stories collected here feel as vital today as they must have in the 50s.

On Sale September 7th
Hardcover | 200 pages | $28.99

Al Feldstein is best known as the main writer/editor of the EC comics line during the first half of the 1950s—and then the editor of MAD Magazine for the first three decades of its existence. But what many don’t know or remember is that Feldstein was also an accomplished and distinctive cartoonist, whose comics (which he both wrote and drew, a relative rarity in those days) adorned the pages of many of those self same EC comics. His powerfully composed, meticulously inked pages, often featuring grotesque creatures or scenes of ghastly destruction (and some of the greatest stiffly handsome/beautiful specimens of 1950s humanity ever put to paper), were a vital part of the allure of these classic comics. Feldstein’s contributions to the first year and a half of EC’s two SF titles, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy—comprising 16 classic O. Henry-style shock-ending stories with such evocative, vintage title as “’Things’ From Outer Space.” “The Flying Saucer Invasion,” “Spawn of Venus,” “Destruction of the Earth,” and “Am I Man or Machine?”—will be collected in their integrity in this volume, which will also boast a new interview with Feldstein about his years at EC, focusing in particular in his work on these science fiction titles that were the company’s pride and joy.

“As long as there’s, you know, sex and drugs, I can do without the rock and roll.”


Festival Frenzy, Kyle Platts new OGN, perfectly captures the dirty truth of music festivals – the people, parties, and anarchic atmosphere often overshadow the music. The slim 20-page hardcover purports to capture the “classic British summertime” festival, though the scenes of campers, drinkers and rockers will be all too familiar to American audiences. The book, which stretches out accordion-style to about six feet long, recalls the fun of the classic Where’s Waldo books. The fun here isn’t the narrative (indeed, there isn’t one), but spotting all the craziness among the pages.

Nobrow has a preview of the book on their website.

On Sale September 10th
Hardcover | 20 pages | $24.95

Burning Man, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury: eat your hearts out. This is the festival to end all festivals. Prepare to get frenzied!

What if Spinal Tap, AC/DC, and Metallica teamed up to throw the most almighty party? You’ve just imagined Festival Frenzy, a concertina foldout that evokes the festival experience in all its horrific majesty. Smelly campers, drunken partyers, raging rock stars-from the campsite to the main stage, it’s all here.

This is the perfect gift for any rock music fan. But be warned, this is not for the faint of heart.

The Power of Protest

fight the power

Since I started this column, Seven Stories Press has been the biggest surprise. Despite a pretty strong presence in bookstores, the publisher was nearly unknown to me. They’ve built a strong backlist in recent years, with books that it’s tough to imagine being published elsewhere like The Graphic Canon and The Beginning of the American Fall. Fight the Power, a new collection written by Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson, joins these unique social justice-focused titles. In the book, Wilson and Dickson look at the history of protest over the last few centuries. With a focus on English speaking countries, they tell the story of protests from agrarian rebellions in the 1800s up to the Occupy movement of recent years. It’s a fascinating read, and it illuminates what has changed about non-violent protest over many years.

Seven Stories Press
On Sale September 24th
Paperback | 192 pages | $19.95

According to Gandhi, the Four Stages of Protest are as follows: First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win!

In Fight the Power!, comics authors Sean Michael Wilson and Benjamin Dickson team up with illustrators Hunt Emerson, John Spelling, and Adam Pasion to show how this process has been played out again and again throughout history-and has slowly but surely led to hard-won rights for the people along the way. Focusing on the English-speaking nations, Wilson and Dickson chronicle the struggles of the Luddites and Swing Riots in the early 1800s, through the Irish Rebellions that lasted through 1922; from the suffragettes in 1918 to Rosa Parks and the bus boycott of the mid-1950s; from the trial of Nelson Mandela to the Occupy movement that has only just begun. By illuminating the variety of protests-and the valuable connections among them-through an accessible art form, Fight the Power! shows that there is a point to the struggle, fight by fight, win by win.

Civil War Comix

grant v lee

We are, with rare exception, fans of Civil War stories here at iFanboy. Grant vs Lee takes a look at the dramatic final year of the war, when Grant and Lee’s veteran soldiers fought to the conflict’s bloody end. Wayne Vansant, who wrote and illustrated the excellent Gettysburg, has a strong sense of narrative and succeeds in putting the many players in understandable context. He’s particularly adept with maps and military strategy, which makes the many clashes in the book particularly striking. Packed with detail and well-told, the book is a good bet for people with a passing or a deep interest in the War Between the States.

Zenith Press
On Sale September 30th
Paperback | 104 pages | $19.99

Grant vs. Lee tells the dramatic story of the final year of the Civil War in Virginia – a bloody and unyielding fight for both sides-through the eyes of the two greatest Civil War generals: the North’s Ulysses S. Grant and the South’s Robert E. Lee.

The long and violent campaigns that took place from 1864-1865 (the Overland Campaign, Petersburg Campaign, and Appomattox Campaign) represent the beginning of modern warfare. By this point of the war, both sides employed seasoned and hardened soldiers who looked past the Victorian sensibilities of the gentleman soldier and understood that there would be no falling back. By the end of 1864, both sides built trenches and mounted attacks to break each other’s lines. There was a stalemate that winter.

Grant’s forces had superior numbers and supplies and by March 1865 they pushed Lee’s army out of the trenches at Petersburg and took Richmond, the Confederate capital. Lee’s dwindling forces retreated west, looking for food and other Southern forces to help continue the fight. After a bitter final battle at Sailor’s Creek, Lee’s army was surrounded by Union forces at Appomattox Court House. On April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered to Grant and the Civil War was over.

Beautifully illustrated and vastly researched, Grant vs. Lee is a dramatic, illustrated introduction to one of the most pivotal years in American history.

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DC Histories: Justice League http://ifanboy.com/articles/dc-histories-justice-league/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/dc-histories-justice-league/#comments Wed, 28 Aug 2013 13:00:50 +0000 Jeff Reid http://ifanboy.com/?p=235453 Here at DC Histories, we try to make sense of the continuity that perplexes, befuddles, and intimidates. We discuss what worked and what didn’t. This week, we’re talking about the premiere superhero team in the DCU, the Justice League.

The Brave and the Bold (Vol. 1) #28 (1960) Cover

The Brave and the Bold (Vol. 1) #28 (1960) Cover

In 1960, a comic book about a team of superheroes hadn’t existed in the DCU for nine years. The final adventure of the Justice Society of America, the world’s first superhero team, had been published in 1951. Afterwards, superhero comics had mostly faded away, having been replaced with horror, crime, science fiction, romance, and a host of other genres. However, the debut of Barry Allen as the Flash in 1956 had kickstarted a new generation of costumed mystery men. Julie Schwartz, an editor at DC, decided that this generation of heroes needed their own team. To that end, he brought together Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky. The two of them created the Justice League of America, which got their debut in the try-out title, The Brave and the Bold.

The first JLA story started with the team having already been assembled. The main teammates were Hal Jordan as Green Lantern, Diana Prince as Wonder Woman, Barry Allen as the Flash, Arthur Curry as Aquaman, and J’onn J’onzz as the Martian Manhunter. Superman and Batman were available to help in a pinch, but they weren’t involved much in this first tale. Together, the Justice League went up against Starro, an alien starfish who could control minds. The five heroes met in their secret headquarters, located in a cavern near the city of Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.

From The Brave and the Bold (Vol. 1) #28 (1960)

From The Brave and the Bold (Vol. 1) #28 (1960)

Readers were dying to know just how the Justice League came together. This first tale, though fun, wasn’t much of an origin story. It wasn’t until two years later that readers were given the answers they were looking for in the pages of the Justice League’s ongoing series, which launched soon after a three-issue stint in The Brave and the Bold. There, it was revealed that the seven heroes came together in order to battle the Appellaxians, an alien race bent on global domination. The adventurers succeeded. Bruce and Barry suggested that everyone stick around and keep doing the hero thing together.

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #9 (1962)

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #9 (1962)

Stick around they did. For the rest of the Silver Age, the Justice League stayed together, battling foes of all shapes and sizes across the universe. Amazo, Earth-3′s Crime Syndicate, Despero, the Secret Society of Super-Villains, and many more came to battle the JLA again and again. There were also the regular crossover with Earth-2′s Justice Society of America, which was always a welcome treat for readers.

Soon, the Justice League outgrew their place in Happy Harbor. Their ranks began to swell and their membership began to change. Some members left the group while others, like Green Arrow, Black Canary, HawkmanZatanna, and many more, joined the group for a time. To accommodate this growth, a new headquarters was found. A satellite was built that orbited Earth. There, the JLA could monitor crime from a distance and quickly react wherever they were needed most.  The Satellite Era Justice League stretched all the way from the Silver Age to the Bronze Age and contained almost every Earth-bound DC hero of note during this time period. Their old place in Happy Harbor went on to be the headquarters of the Doom Patrol and Young Justice.

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #200 (1982)

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #200 (1982)

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and the Satellite Era was no different. Worried that their characters were too far removed from the common man, it was decided in the DC offices that the JLA would return to Earth. So, during a battle against a Martian threat, the Justice League Satellite was destroyed and its remnants were left to float through space. Not only was the Justice League suddenly without a headquarters, but there was now a ton of debris in Earth’s orbit which future space explorations would have to navigate around.

From Justice League of America Annual (Vol. 1) #2 (1984)

From Justice League of America Annual (Vol. 1) #2 (1984)

Just because the League was down didn’t mean it was out. From the destruction of the satellite came a new opportunity. On the streets of Detroit, a new version of the Justice League was formed. Made up of only a few veterans, like Aquaman, Zatanna, Elongated Man, and the Martian Manhunter, this League was best known as being the most newcomer friendly of any JLA before it. Gypsy, Vixen, a legacy character named Steel, and Vibe all made their Justice League debuts during this incarnation.

Justice League of America Annual (Vol. 1) #2 (1984) Cover

Justice League of America Annual (Vol. 1) #2 (1984) Cover

Informally known as the Justice League Detroit, this group wasn’t much liked by the fans. Aquaman turned out to be a terrible leader and was a real dick to most people on the team, especially Steel. He took a hard line approach to training the new members of the League and it wasn’t the most flattering of characterizations. Also, a good contingent of readers didn’t much care for Vibe.  It was certainly an admirable attempt to try something new with the Justice League but things just didn’t click.

Just a few years into the Justice League Detroit experiment, the plug was pulled. During the fallout from the Legends event following the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the League’s roster was decimated. Aquaman, Elongated Man, and Zatanna quit. Steel and Vibe were killed by a villain named Professor Ivo. The strain was too much for Vixen and Gypsy to bear so they too quit. J’onn shut down their Detroit headquarters all alone.

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #261 (1987)

From Justice League of America (Vol. 1) #261 (1987)

As the Justice League was officially folding up shop for the first time in its history, another group of heroes was forming a new League. Joined together in their battle against Darkseid’s forces during Legends, a new group of heroes took the name “Justice League” after Blue Beetle suggested it. It was awfully convenient that no one was using that name at the time.

From Legends #6 (1987)

From Legends #6 (1987)

Thus was the Justice League reborn before Steel and Vibe’s dead bodies were even cold.

The Justice League that launched from Legends would, in time, become just as loved as the Satellite Era before it. This is where the Justice League International made its debut. With as much focus on comedy and characterizations as big, world ending action, the creative team of Keith Giffen, J. M. DeMatteis, and Kevin Maguire captured lightning in a bottle. Many characters appeared to be having fun when they spent time together, a novel concept at the time. Everyone seemed to genuinely like each other, save for Guy Gardner. More importantly to the course of the Justice League’s future, this creative team turned the League into a franchise.

From Justice League International (Vol. 1) #7 (1987)

From Justice League International (Vol. 1) #7 (1987)

Now, the Justice League was tied to the United Nations. Each participating country was allowed to have its own Justice League if it so wanted. The League would reside in its own embassy in each country and could teleport around the world to other embassies thanks to a mix of Martian, Apokoliptian, and Green Lantern technologies. Justice League International focused on the League stationed in New York.

Another Justice League book was soon published. For the first time, two Justice League books were being published concurrently. Titled Justice League Europe, this book focused on the Leaguers who lived and worked in the Paris embassy. Alongside League veterans like Wonder Woman, Captain Atom, and Elongated Man were newcomers Wally West, Power Girl, Rocket Red, Animal Man, and Metamorpho.

Justice League Europe #1 (1989) Cover

Justice League Europe #1 (1989) Cover

The two titles mostly stayed apart, aside from one crossover tale shortly after the JLE formed.

As with all the Justice League’s various eras, this too came to an end. After several years of writing both titles, Giffen and DeMatteis stepped away from the two Leagues in early 1992. During a 16-part crossover titled “Breakdowns,” the various Leagues parted ways with the United Nations and nearly fell apart. When everything was said and done, both books came away with new creative teams and life resumed. A little bit before “Breakdowns,” Justice League International was retitled Justice League America and shortly after “Breakdowns,” Justice League Europe became Justice League International. It was only slightly confusing. Into this mix of Justice Leagues, a new League formed. Called the Justice League Task Force, it was a group led by J’onn J’onzz that was designed to be the League’s covert ops team. It also reunited J’onn with his Justice League Detroit colleague Gypsy.

From Justice League Task Force #1 (1993) Cover

Justice League Task Force #1 (1993) Cover

It seemed that, in the DC offices, more Justice Leagues were better than less. To that end, a title called Extreme Justice was launched in 1995 that featured “extreme” heroes who just didn’t want to take it any more. They simply called themselves “the Justice League” and didn’t seem to care that several other Leagues already claimed that name. The “Extreme Justice” branding was simply for the cover and title.

Extreme Justice #0 (1994) Cover

Extreme Justice #0 (1995) Cover

With four ongoing titles in the mid-1990s, the center simply could not hold. Across the board, the quality of each title was pretty poor. Justice League International was cancelled in 1994 during the Zero Hour event but the other three soldiered on. The Justice League America title became full of C-list characters like Nuklon, Blue Devil, and Obsidian. Justice League Task Force was concerned with J’onn training a new generation of Leaguers, such as the Ray, but it was fairly unimpressive. The less said about Extreme Justice, the better. Everything came to a head in 1996. The three remaining titles were cancelled and the Justice League was, once again, without a home.

That all changed with the January, 1997 cover dated JLA #1. Written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Howard Porter, JLA brought the Justice League back to the heights it hadn’t hit since the first few years of the International era but in its own unique way. Made up of the then-current incarnations of the original seven Leaguers from 1960, this new Justice League quickly set about making a new headquarters on the moon that they dubbed the Watchtower. DC’s pantheon had returned to power.

From JLA #4 (1997)

From JLA #4 (1997)

Similar to the Justice League story in The Brave and the Bold #28, it was later shown that the first JLA adventure wasn’t the group’s first outing. They had come together some time earlier to battle against Starro, a nod to that first Justice League story so long ago.

From JLA Secret Files and Origins #1 (1997)

From JLA Secret Files and Origins #1 (1997)

As with every incarnation of the Justice League, the JLA’s membership ebbed and flowed. Soon, the League’s ranks swelled to over a dozen characters, each one bringing something different and unique to the team. Plastic Man joined as did Orion, Oracle, John Henry Irons’ Steel, and the Huntress. After Morrison left the book, writer Mark Waid took over. After him came Joe Kelly, who quickly made his mark on the title by introducing more characters. Manitou Raven, an update on the Apache Chief character from the Super Friends show, became a major character as did several others.

While there was only one version of the League during the late 1990s and into the early 2000s, there was a quiet Justice League International revival in 2003. Mostly a comedy miniseries, Formerly Known as the Justice League featured the reunion of not only Blue Beetle, Elongated Man, Captain Atom, Booster Gold, and more, but it also was a reunion for Giffen, DeMatteis, and Maguire.

Formerly Known as the Justice League #1 (2003) Cover

Formerly Known as the Justice League #1 (2003) Cover

The miniseries found these former Leaguers making ends meet by working as a private entity which called itself the Super Buddies. It was a low point for all involved, but a ton of fun to read. This group came back during a multi-issue stint in the pages of JLA Classified a few years later, but continuity changes to the character of Maxwell Lord meant that these characters were no longer viable. Also, Max shot Blue Beetle in the head. But, that’s a whole other story. Most of the characters here also appeared in the excellent Justice League: Generation Lost miniseries from 2010 and 2011, though that wasn’t a Giffen / DeMatteis / Maguire reunion like these two stories were.

During Joe Kelly’s run on JLA, he used a group called the Elite. When they first appeared in the pages of Kelly’s run on Action Comics, the Elite were an organization that wasn’t against killing to make the world a better place. That, of course, went against the League’s charter, but a few Leaguers weren’t against some of the ideals of the Elite. Soon, a group called the Justice League Elite were formed to be the black ops team that the League wouldn’t officially recognize. After a 12 issue miniseries, the group wasn’t seen again.

Justice League Elite #1 (2004) Cover

Justice League Elite #1 (2004) Cover

This era of the League ended in 2006. After the events of both Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis, the League was pulled apart. It simply didn’t function right anymore. Soon, as it had so many times before, the League reformed. A new League, made up of mostly veterans, launched a new volume of Justice League of America. A nice mix of characters made up this version of the League.

From Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #7 (2007)

From Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #7 (2007)

As had happened so many times before, this League didn’t last. A revolving door of writers changed the lineup several times. By the time James Robinson took over the title in 2010, Dick Grayson joined the team as Batman, Donna Troy had Wonder Woman’s spot, and Mon-El was filling in for Superman. Cyborg and Starfire were there. Also, Congorilla and the Mikaal Tomas version of Starman weren’t far off on the horizon. It was a different League, to say the least.

From Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #42 (2010)

From Justice League of America (Vol. 2) #42 (2010)

Shortly there after, the New 52 hit the DCU. Gone from continuity was every other version of the League. In the line up of the fifty-two new series launched in late 2011 were Justice LeagueJustice League Dark, and Justice League International. The Justice League title told the story of how the original seven heroes from 1960 first met in this new continuity, though Cyborg took the place of the Martian Manhunter. Justice League Dark was a new group of magic users who had no real ties to the main group. Rounding out the trio was Justice League International, which was an update of the old U.N.-model League from the late 1980s.

Just a year later, Justice League International was cancelled, allegedly for creative and not sales reasons. A while later, Justice League of America launched featuring the United States government’s reaction to the highly powerful Justice League. Recently, the three surviving Justice Leagues became embroiled in a huge crossover dubbed the Trinity War.

Trinity War

Justice League (Vol. 2) #22, Justice League of America (Vol. 3) #6, and Justice League Dark #22 (2013) Covers

The outcome of this crossover appears to lead directly into the New 52′s first line-wide event titled Forever Evil. What form will the various Justice Leagues take when everything shakes out? Will everyone survive? And what about Justice League Canada? The answers will come in time. But rest assured, though the League may expand and grow, though it may fracture and multiple versions will exist, eventually the League will go back to its seven original charter members and the simple idea of a group of heroes coming together to battle evil that no one hero can handle alone. It’s wonderful in it’s simplicity and it’s an idea that has lasted for over fifty years. The Justice League will always survive.


Jeff Reid’s favorite version of the Justice League remains its first International incarnation. Jeff occasionally talks about that era on Twitter.

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iFanboy Upstarts: Ruben Rojas http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-upstarts-ruben-rojas/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/ifanboy-upstarts-ruben-rojas/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:00:44 +0000 Chris Arrant http://ifanboy.com/?p=236167 0e43888fbe3953b1c0f7efa07024a28eEvery comic artist stands on the shoulders of their predecessors. Jack Kirby stood on the shoulders of Milton Caniff and Hal Foster. Neal Adams took on Kirby and others. And Jim Lee on the shoulders of Adams, John Byrne and others. And this week’s iFanboy Upstarts is doing the same, but on much bigger shoulders: Picasso’s.

Born in the Southern Spanish port of Malaga, 30 year old artist Ruben Sanchez Hurtado de Rojas (Ruben Rojas for short) was born in the same town as Pablo Picasso. Undeterred by that pressure, Rujas was an avid comics fan beginning at the tender age of 5. In 2010 he completed a college degree in Illustration, winning several amateur awards along the way. His first professional work was an illustration in the classic Spanish horror comics magazine Cthulhu, and recently had his proper American debut with back-up stories in the Amigo Comics’ title Rogues!.Rojas is currently balancing work on a webcomic called Blue Yonder as well as a prospective print book titled Ruin, so it’ll be excited to see how those develop.

Rojas is extremely new to the professional world of comics, but has copious talent that looks waiting for the chance to shine on his own. Rojas has done two sets of try-out pages for Marvel — one with Uncanny X-Force and one with Daredevil – but has yet to grab the attention of editors. With hints of  Mike Oeming, Rob Gillory and Kristian Donaldson, I could easily see Rojas stepping up and breaking out drawing an upstart Image series should the opportunity present itself.

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The All-Time Comic Book Movie Box Office Ranking List http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-all-time-comic-book-movie-box-office-ranking-list/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/the-all-time-comic-book-movie-box-office-ranking-list/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 16:00:33 +0000 Conor Kilpatrick http://ifanboy.com/?p=235039 A couple of years ago I took a look at the box office performances of the modern age (post-2000) comic book movies to see how popular these movies ended up being with the movie-going public after all the hoopla from opening weekend faded away. I also wanted to see how these stacked up once you adjusted the grosses for inflation because it wouldn’t make any sense to compare them in other way. (Well, unless they publicized total tickets sold, which is the only true comparison as ticket prices vary.) It was a lot of fun.

Now that another summer movie season is winding down, I’ve decided to revisit the box office numbers–this time casting a wider historical net–because the movie business has changed dramatically in the last 3-5 years, with things like the near-total collapse of the DVD market, the rise of 3D and its higher ticket prices, and an increased focus on the international (i.e. outside of the U.S. and Canada) box office by the major Hollywood studios.

As for methodology, the box office numbers come from BoxOfficeMojo and I used the US Inflation Calculator to get the adjusted grosses. While compiling the list I reached a grey area as to what exactly is a comic book movie and what isn’t, but at a certain point I just decided “what the hell” and I threw a lot of borderline films in the mix. Additionally, BoxOfficeMojo did not have foreign box office information for some films (indicated by “N/A”) so their ranking here would not indicate their total numbers, just those publicly available, but that’s okay because this is just all in good fun.

* – Denotes films still currently playing in theaters.

Year Poster Title Domestic Box Office (U.S. & Canada) International Box Office Total Box Office Adjusted Box Office
1. 2012 Marvels The Avengers_Movie Poster
Marvel’s The Avengers $623,357,910 $888,400,000 $1,511,757,910 $1,538,109,013
2. 2013 ironman3-poster-watermark-jpg_162144
Iron Man 3 $406,609,688 $804,600,000 $1,211,209,688 $1,211,209,688
3. 2012 The Dark Knight Rises_Official Poster
The Dark Knight Rises $488,139,099 $636,300,000 $1,084,439,099 $1,103,341,706
4. 2008
The Dark Knight $533,345,358 $468,576,467 $1,001,921,825 $1,087,049,091
5. 1978 Superman_The Movie_Poster
Superman: The Movie $134,218,018 $166,000,000 $300,218,018 $1,075,609,327
6. 2002 Spider-Man $403,706,375 $418,002,176 $821,708,551 $1,066,969,598
7. 2007 Spider-Man 3 $336,530,303 $554,341,32 $890,871,626 $1,003,675,320
8. 2004 Spider-Man 2 $373,585,825 $410,180,516 $783,766,341 $969,214,834
9. 1997 Men in Black_Poster
Men in Black $250,690,539 $338,700,000 $589,390,539 $857,814,780
10. 1989 Batman_1989_Poster
Batman $251,188,924 $160,160,000 $411,348,924 $774,915,026
11. 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man $262,030,663 $490,185,894 $752,216,557 $765,328,270
12. 2010 Iron Man 2 $312,433,331 $309,623,643 $622,056,974 $666,391,602
13. 2013 Man of Steel_Poster_3
Man of Steel * $290,229,822 $359,500,000 $649,729,822 $649,729,822
14. 2012 MIB3_Poster
MIB3 $179,020,854 $445,005,922 $624,026,776 $634,904,042
15. 2008 Iron Man $318,412,101 $266,762,121 $585,174,222 $634,892,953
16. 2002 Men in Black_II_Poster
Men in Black II $190,418,803 $251,400,000 $441,818,803 $573,691,523
17. 1994 The Mask_Poster
The Mask $119,938,730 $231,644,677 $351,583,407 $554,173,262
18. 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand $234,362,462 $224,997,093 $459,359,555 $532,264,655
19. 2003 X2: X-Men United $214,949,694 $192,761,855 $407,711,549 $517,607,538
20. 1995 Batman Forever_Poster
Batman Forever $184,031,112 $152,498,032 $336,529,144 $515,825,865
21. 2007 300 $210,614,939 $245,453,242 $456,068,181 $513,816,317
22. 2011 Thor $181,030,624 $268,295,994 $449,326,618 $466,619,397
23. 2006 Superman Returns $200,081,192 $191,000,000 $391,081,192 $453,149,812
24. 2005 Batman Begins $205,343,774 $167,366,241 $372,710,015 $445,794,002
25. 1992 Batman Returns_Poster
Batman Returns $162,831,698 $103,990,656 $266,822,354 $444,252,563
26. 1995 Casper_Poster
Casper $100,328,194 $187,600,000 $287,928,194 $441,331,196
27. 2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine $179,883,157 $193,179,707 $373,062,864 $406,204,956
28. 2000 X-Men $157,299,717 $139,039,810 $296,339,527 $401,996,098
29. 2005 Fantastic Four $154,696,080 $175,883,639 $330,579,719 $395,402,457
30. 2011 The pride of Belgium has come a long way.
The Adventures of Tintin $77,591,831 $296,402,120 $373,993,951 $388,387,478
31. 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger $176,654,505 $191,750,151 $368,404,656 $382,583,073
32. 2013 GI Joe_Retaliation_Poster2
G.I. Joe: Retaliation $122,512,052 $249,400,000 $371,912,052 $371,912,052
33. 2008 Wanted $134,508,551 $206,924,701 $341,433,252 $370,442,780
34. 2011 X-Men: First Class $146,408,305 $207,215,819 $353,624,124 $367,233,698
35. 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles_Poster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $135,265,915 $66,700,000 $201,965,915 $360,967,328
36. 2013 The Wolverine_Movie Poster
The Wolverine * $125,079,463 $225,600,000 $350,679,463 $350,679,463
37. 1997 Batman and Robin_Poster
Batman and Robin $107,325,195 $130,0881,927 $238,207,122 $346,693,027
38. 2009 GI Joe_The Rise of Cobra_Poster
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $150,201,498 $152,267,519 $302,469,017 $329,339,705
39. 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer $131,921,738 $157,126,025 $289,047,763 $325,647,486
40. 2003 Hulk $132,177,234 $113,183,246 $245,360,480 $311,495,797
41. 1990 Dick Tracy_Poster
Dick Tracy $103,738,726 $59,000,000 $162,738,726 $290,857,807
42. 2012 John Carter_Movie Poster
John Carter $73,078,100 $209,700,000 $282,778,100 $287,707,139
43. 2008 The Incredible Hulk $134,806,913 $128,620,638 $263,427,551 $285,809,404
44. 1981 Superman II $108,185,706 N/A $108,185,706 $278,017,031
45. 2005 Constantine $75,976,178 $154,908,550 $230,884,728 $276,158,468
46. 2007 Ghost Rider $115,802,596 $112,935,797 $228,738,393 $257,701,641
47. 2011 The Green Hornet $98,780,042 $129,037,206 $227,817,248 $236,585,020
48. 2002 Road To Perdition_Poster
Road To Perdition $104,454,762 $76,546,716 $181,001,478 $235,026,243
49. 2013 The Lone Ranger_Poster
The Lone Ranger * $87,989,692 $142,400,000 $230,389,692 $230,389,692
50. 2011 Green Lantern $116,601,172 $103,250,000 $219,851,172 $228,312,361
51. 2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen $66,465,204 $112,800,000 $179,265,204 $227,584,970
52. 2003 Daredevil $102,543,518 $76,636,200 $179,179,718 $227,476,442
53. 2002 Blade II $82,348,319 $72,661,713 $155,010,032 $201,276,950
54. 2008 Watchmen $107,509,799 $77,749,184 $185,258,983 $200,999,323
55. 2010 Red $90,380,162 $96,191,551 $186,571,713 $199,868,867
56. 2005 Frank Miller’s Sin City $74,103,820 $84,650,000 $158,753,820 $189,883,550
57. 1998 Blade_Poster
Blade $70,087,718 $61,095,812 $131,183,530 $187,999,680
58. 2011 Cowboys & Aliens $100,240,551 $74,581,774 $174,822,325 $181,550,535
59. 2008 Hellboy II: The Golden Army $75,986,503 $84,401,560 $160,388,063 $174,015,271
60. 1995 Judge Dredd_Poster
Judge Dredd $34,693,481 $78,800,000 $113,493,481 $173,960,782
61. 1994 Timecop_Poster
Timecop $44,853,581 $56,793,000 $101,646,581 $160,217,508
62. 2004 Blade: Trinity $52,411,906 $76,493,460 $128,905,366 $159,405,917
63. 2006 V For Vendetta $70,511,035 $62,000,000 $132,511,035 $153,541,903
64. 1980 Popeye_Poster
Popeye $49,823,037 N/A $49,823,037 $141,243,472
65. 1983 Superman III $59,950,623 N/A $59,950,623 $140,604,676
66. 1982 Annie_Poster
Annie $57,059,003 N/A $57,059,003 $138,121,812
67. 1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II_Poster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II $78,656,813 N/A $78,656,813 $134,903,941
68. 2012 Ghost-Rider_Spirit-of-Vengeance_Poster
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance $51,774,002 $80,789,928 $132,563,930 $134,874,621
69. 2009 Surrogates $38,577,772 $83,867,000 $122,444,772 $133,322,498
70. 1997 Spawn_Poster
Spawn $54,870,175 $32,969,867 $87,840,042 $127,844,750
71. 2004 Hellboy $59,623,958 $39,695,029 $99,318,987 $122,819,047
72. 2007 TMNT_Poster
TMNT $54,149,098 $41,459,897 $95,608,995 $107,715,170
73. 2013 Red 2_Poster
Red 2 * $51,605,125 $53,231,000 $104,836,125 $104,836,125
74. 2010 Kick-Ass $48,071,303 $48,117,600 $96,188,903 $103,044,383
75. 2004 Catwoman $40,202,379 $41,900,000 $82,102,379 $101,528,784
76. 2001 From Hell $31,602,566 $42,955,549 $74,558,115 $98,398,177
77. 2007 30 Days of Night $39,568,996 $35,936,977 $75,505,973 $85,066,668
78. 2011 Priest_Poster
Priest $29,136,626 $49,172,505 $78,309,131 $81,322,935
79. 1986 Howard the Duck_Poster
Howard the Duck $16,295,774 $21,667,000 $37,962,774 $80,911,972
80. 1991 The Rocketeer_Poster
The Rocketeer $46,704,056 N/A $46,704,056 $80,101,913
81. 1994 The Crow_Poster
The Crow $50,693,129 N/A $50,693,129 $79,903,590
82. 1980 Flash Gordon_Poster
Flash Gordon $27,107,960 N/A $27,107,960 $76,848,434
83. 1994 The Shadow_Poster
The Shadow $32,063,435 $16,000,000 $48,063,435 $75,758,611
84. 2005 A History of Violence_Poster
A History of Violence $31,504,633 $29,236,194 $60,740,827 $72,651,378
85. 1979 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century_Poster
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century $21,671,241 N/A $21,671,241 $69,728,859
86. 1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles_III_Poster
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III $42,273,609 N/A $42,273,609 $68,338,726
87. 2005 Elektra $24,409,722 $32,271,844 $56,681,566 $67,796,144
88. 2004 The Punisher $33,810,189 $20,889,916 $54,700,105 $67,642,804
89. 2013 2 Guns_Poster
2Guns * $65,353,995 N/A $65,353,995 $65,353,995
90. 2013 RIPD_Poster
R.I.P.D. * $32,731,495 $28,900,000 $61,631,495 $61,631,495
91. 1994 Richie Rich_Poster
Richie Rich $38,087,756 N/A $38,087,756 $60,034,733
92. 1981 Heavy Metal_Poster
Heavy Metal $20,117,636 $N/A $20,117,636 $51,698,562
93. 2010 Scott Pilgrim vs. The World $31,524,275 $16,140,284 $47,664,559 $51,061,660
94. 2003 Bullet Proof Monk_Poster
Bulletproof Monk $23,358,708 $14,355,171 $37,713,879 $47,879,409
95. 1999 Mystery Men_Poster
Mystery Men $29,762,011 $3,699,000 $33,461,011 $46,916,916
96. 1999 Virus_Poster
Virus $14,036,005 $16,616,000 $30,652,005 $42,978,305
97. 2008 The Spirit $19,806,188 $19,225,149 $39,031,337 $42,347,594
98. 2013 Kick-Ass 2_Poster
Kick-Ass 2 * $22,526,445 $16,100,000 $38,626,445 $38,626,445
99. 2012 Dredd 3D
Dredd $13,414,714 $22,211,811 $35,626,525 $36,247,522
100. 1981 The Legend of the Lone Ranger_Poster
The Legend of the Lone Ranger $12,617,845 N/A $12,617,845 $32,425,501
101. 1987 Superman_IV
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace $15,681,020 N/A $15,681,020 $32,244,925
102. 1984 Supergirl_Poster
Supergirl $14,296,438 N/A $14,296,438 $32,142,355
103. 2010 The Losers $23,591,432 $5,788,291 $29,379,723 $31,473,645
104. 1996 The Crow_City of Angels_Poster
The Crow: City of Angels $17,917,287 N/A $17,917,287 $26,675,631
105. 1996 The Phantom_Poster
The Phantom $17,323,326 N/A $17,323,326 $25,791,329
106. 2001 Josie and the Pussycats $14,271,015 $595,000 $14,866,015 $19,619,444
107. 2009 Whiteout $10,275,638 $7,565,229 $17,840,867 $19,425,810
108. 1984 Sheena_Poster
Sheena $5,778,353 N/A $5,778,353 $12,991,339
109. 2010 Jonah Hex $10,547,117 $356,195 $10,903,312 $11,680,402
110. 2001 Ghost World_Poster
Ghost World $6,217,849 $2,546,158 $8,764,007 $11,566,310
111. 2008 The Punisher: War Zone $8,050,977 $2,049,059 $10,100,036 $10,958,175
112. 2003 American Splendor_Poster
American Splendor $6,010,990 $1,975,094 $7,986,084 $10,138,680
113. 2013 Bullet to the Head_Poster
Bullet to the Head $9,489,829 N/A $9,489,829 $9,489,829
114. 1993 Batman_Mask of the Phantasm_Poster
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm $5,617,391 N/A $5,617,391 $9,080,969
115. 1995 Tank Girl_Poster
Tank Girl $4,064,495 N/A $4,064,495 $6,229,985
116. 1996 Barb Wire_Poster
Barb Wire $3,793,614 N/A $3,793,614 $5,648,011
117. 2006 Art School Confidential_Poster
Art School Confidential $3,297,137 $9,492 $3,306,629 $3,831,425
118. 1997 Steel_Poster
Steel $1,710,972 N/A $1,710,972 $2,490,194


Note: I scoured the internet for box office figures for Batman: The Movie (1966) but I couldn’t find any credible numbers or sourced numbers that I trusted. It remains in the top ten of my heart.

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Light Week? Try AMERICAN VAMPIRE ANTHOLOGY #1, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1, or STATION TO STATION! http://ifanboy.com/articles/features/light-week-try-american-vampire-anthology-1-itty-bitty-hellboy-1-or-station-to-station/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/features/light-week-try-american-vampire-anthology-1-itty-bitty-hellboy-1-or-station-to-station/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:00:02 +0000 Paul Montgomery http://ifanboy.com/?p=236599 Last Night was an A1, tip-top, clubbing, jam fair. It was a sandwich of fun, on ecstasy bread, wrapped up in a big bag like disco fudge. It doesn’t get much better than that. I just wish that I could control these *fucking comic books!*

Josh Flanagan says try…

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American Vampire Anthology #1

By Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Greg Rucka, Gail Simone, Gabriel Ba, Fabio Moon, Becky Cloonan,
Rafael Albuquerque, Francesco Francavilla, & Declan Shalvey

It’s eight bucks. But look at those names. Scott Snyder went and got all his super talented friends together, and made some comics. That’s a party I want to go to.


Conor Kilpatrick says try…

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Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

By Art Baltazar & Franco

An all-ages Hellboy book from the team that brought us Tiny Titans and the transcendent Superman Family Adventures? Where do I sign? Oh, I don’t have to sign? I just have to give you money? Okay! Hellboy and his band of misfits are the perfect subjecs for Baltazr and Franco’s unique brand of humor and action. They thrive with big groups of characters bouncing off of each other in increasingly goofy ways and in increasingly goofy scenarios. This one’s a no-brainer.


Paul Montgomery says try…

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Station to Station (One Shot)

By Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman

Whether you missed this one in the pages of Dark Horse Presents or simply want it all in one place, consider this terrifying tale of kaiju terror in the Bay Area your final summer blockbuster of the season. Bechko and Hardman always deliver on a brand of science fiction both pulpy and substantive, so you’ll want to wrap your tentacles around this one before it slinks back into the abyss. The abyss being a longbox in some other lucky, discerning reader’s collection.

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Top 5: Dogs in Comics http://ifanboy.com/articles/top-5-dogs-in-comics/ http://ifanboy.com/articles/top-5-dogs-in-comics/#comments Tue, 27 Aug 2013 13:00:20 +0000 Chris Arrant http://ifanboy.com/?p=236151 Stomponato

5. Stomponato

Not only one of the best dogs but perhaps one of the best police officers in all of comics, Transmetropolitan‘s Stompanato was a shit-eating (literally and figurative!) talking bulldog. Stompanato swore a pox on Spider Jerusalem after the journalist caught him messing up a stripped and had him fixed. But still, good cop. It’s Law & Order meets Lassie in a very bad — and very good — way.



4. Lockjaw

Like his master Black Bolt, Lockjaw isn’t one much for words. In addition to his teleportation powers, he also has a cast-iron stomach able of ingesting all manner of destructive material unharmed. He’s also got a nose like no other — he can telepathy follow a scent across dimensional space. He might not be a dog in the literal sense, but he’s a dog in our hearts.


3. Krypto

(Super)man’s best friend. Launch a tennis ball into outer orbit and see if you get any other takers.


Sam & Max

2. Sam

Overlooked by many in its original comic incarnation, this 1980s comic creation gained a second — more popular — life in video games. But Sam as a “canine shamus” is a earnest, 6 foot talking dog. He’s not much of a car mechanic and carries an oversized revolver, but hey — sometimes you need it in that line of work.


1. Snoopy

Charlie Brown might be considered the star of Peanuts, but for me it’s Snoopy. From his personas as a flying ace, Joe Cool or his own indomitable self, this spotted beagle is the dog every child (and adult) would want.


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