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    June 6, 2017 8:30 pm I have read most of the books that you mentioned about comic book history and yes, they're mainly about the history of Marvel comics. You lamented the lack of D.C. Comics histories. There's nothing in print and I hope you don't mind my pointing iFanboys to the podcast of a former contributor/comrade: Word Balloon. Check out previous Word Balloon episodes when Jon Suntries interviews Marty Pasko. Amazing oral histories and very DC-centric. Mr. Pasko is an detailed storyteller. A worthy listen.
    June 21, 2012 6:50 pm 1. There are 3 guys who not only love the stories in comics, the art, even the lettering, but they also love the way comics are made and the HISTORY of the industry. There is no better testimony to their love and respect (maybe reverence) but this website. Heck yeah they get paid now, but for years they were doing this as a "side-job/hobby". and they still provide it to us for free. 2. "iFanboy". take a funny, slightly insulting term, tweak it and plaster it prominently and display it proudly. The guys have a sense of humor. (ps: i remember hearing the 3 iFanboys regret their choice in naming the website for whatever reason--i dig it. it's geeky but it works) 3. to the few of you offended by the "editorial" caption attached to the cartoon, welcome to iFanboy. stay a while. read the articles, listen to the podcasts. Josh, Conor & Ron are great fans of comic books and great advocates of the medium. they can be critical sometimes but never disrespectful. dig up any old video podcast from their archives when they interview Stan Lee and you'll see that Stan likes them and they love Stan. every once in a while there's an audio podcast review of a comic where the art style harkens back to Kirby and they give Jack the accolades he deserves while comparing the new art to his. 4. Maybe it's the weather that's got everyone so hot and bothered!
    March 20, 2012 5:59 pm Geoff Johns & Gary Frank nailed it for me. Having stopped reading Superman (one of my top 5 superhero characters) years ago (Superman Red/Blue was the death knell), I picked up Superman/Brainiac at the library. WOW. THAT is Superman. That WHY he's Superman (Supergirl was so awesome too). I haven't watched Christopher Reeve movies that much since I was a kid (love them but they are a bit hokey and dated) but seeing Gary Frank draw him was...WOW. I immediately bought the trade & also bought Origins. Geoff John's magic touch & Gary Frank's amazing art. Epitome of Superman stories and refreshing reminder why Superman has always been one of my favorites.
    August 10, 2011 6:26 am To many comic book fans, these interviews with Marty Pasko are a TREASURE.  Besides the insights to the characters and stories many of us love, we also get behind-the-scenes history and politics that got these stories to print.  I am so thankful that Mr. Pasko (and John) took the time to record this (if John wants to publish these interviews, I'd buy the book!).  I am eagerly awaiting part 3.
    February 10, 2011 5:35 am I still love this show but I agree with Conor that this season was not as good.  However, I think it was how Ilsa and Ames were written into a few of the episodes.  Without seeing the writing credits, in some episodes the women were used as "comedy relief" but the result was not funny at all.  They were silly or stupid or a liability or all of the above.  The 3 men also got dumbed down in these episodes and there was no chemistry.

    However, about half the episodes of season 2 were really solid (especially this one).  In those episodes, the women played their characters intelligently & strong and the men didn't act like 12 year olds around them.  The best example I can think of are the back-to-back episodes where Chance's South American love interest comes asking for help (horrible episode) followed by the one where Chance & Ilsa are on the run in the jungle from the mercenary/assassin (very good episode).

    I really hope the show gets another season.  Overall, it's fun and entertaining. 
    December 17, 2010 6:54 am The best way I can describe this show is that it "feels" like a combination of McGyver and the A-Team.  Although it's very formulaic (protect/rescue someone, obligatory car chase/stunt, obligatory hand-to-hand combat scene), it's really well-paced and the 2 main characters (Chase & Winston) are charismatic/funny enough to keep you going.  I LOVED season 1.

    I'm a little worried about season 2 though because the addition of the 2 women to the team seemed to add unncessary comic relief and also seemed to dumb down everyone.  The first episode was great, the next 2 were disappointing, but this week's was back to good. 
    December 17, 2010 6:47 am CrossGen rocked!  I was close to stopping collecting comics when my local shop owner suggested picking up Meridian & Scion.  I gobbled up the first couple of trades in 1 weekend and started picking up issues. What a breath of fresh air--it gave me a reason to continue my 25-year hobby.  Marvel:  please bring them back too!

    Both were medieval fantasy-ish stories:  Well-written Meridian, about a smart, adventurous teenage girl and beautifully drawn by Steve McNiven (unknown to us fanboys back then) and the story of 2 archenemy princes with jedi-like swords beautifully drawn by Jim Cheung.


    June 21, 2010 10:28 pm

    Shows you how superhero genre fiction can work if done well and faithfully to the written character.  Glitz it up (Tim Burton films) or spend $100 million and 4 years (Chris Nolan films) and you lose many prospective fans.

    Keep it simple (one & done), low budget (read: made for tv) and you can have kids lapping it up on TV for years.

    How many of us old fogey comic book readers wonder how and where new readers/lovers of superhero fiction will come from?  We grew up watching George Reeve Superman and Adam West Batman re-runs ad nauseum and that just was great for us.

    Make a TV series for kids can love (Human Target comes close) and let the love of comics/action heroes live on in the next generations.

    May 15, 2010 5:34 am

    Heroes was dying since season 2.  Granted there were a few signs of life (i.e., good superheroic plot) interspersed which kept me (stupidly but loyally) watching, I had made my decision to stop watching it at the end of this year's finale.

    Human target is now my "can't miss" show fow which my wife clears out the living room TV for me.

    April 16, 2010 7:27 pm

    Direct Marketing (=Diamond) has been the bane of brick & mortar stores since the start ( R.I.P Wild Pig Comics II)

     

    On a tangent:  iFanLords (see paragraph #2)?  hmm.  i like it.