Through the Ages: Transition in Comics – Part Three

Through the Ages: Transition in Comics – Part Three by Jerry Whitworth (see Part One and Part Two here if you haven’t already) DARK AGE During the Bronze Age, comic books began to make the transition from being sold at newsstands, convenience stores, and supermarkets to a direct market in comic book shops. As people began to stumble upon these stores, they would also discover that comics could be worth quite a profit as some books...

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The Avengers: Who are Those Aliens?
Apr09

The Avengers: Who are Those Aliens?

The Avengers: Who are Those Aliens? by Jerry Whitworth The upcoming Avengers film is with little doubt going to be the blockbuster of the Summer 2012 film season. Sewing up Marvel’s previous films together to make a mega-film, Avengers follows the events of Thor (2011) where Thor’s shape-shifting, Frost Giant foster brother Loki fails to destroy his adopted home of Asgard and retreats to Earth, where he manipulates...

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America, Japan, and Korea: A Cycle of Animation
Apr08

America, Japan, and Korea: A Cycle of Animation

America, Japan, and Korea: A Cycle of Animation by Jerry Whitworth The United States of America was one of the world’s leading developers into creating hand drawn animation, with Walt Disney an early visionary. Characters like Mickey Mouse, Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, and Popeye just a few examples of a new form of media brought to the big screen and later, when it was invented and made available to the public, for television....

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Ninja Turtles: A Space Odyssey
Apr03

Ninja Turtles: A Space Odyssey

Ninja Turtles: A Space Odyssey by Jerry Whitworth With the upcoming Ninja Turtles film mired in controversy after producer Michael Bay (director/producer for the Transformers film series) was quoted as saying the stars of the popular franchise were going to be aliens and may not even be teenagers, dropping both terms from the film title of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title, we will examine some of the origins of the...

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Young Justice: Shedding Some Light on the Light
Apr03

Young Justice: Shedding Some Light on the Light

Young Justice: Shedding Some Light on the Light by Jerry Whitworth In the Young Justice television series, the main antagonist of the first season is a shadowy group of villains called the Light (instigating almost every conflict in the series). What makes this organization unique is that it doesn’t exist in the comic books. As in much of the series it is featured in, the Light is instead an amalgamation of several concepts....

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