In which, our heroes take on the recent news that a Marvel artist was fired for putting extremely controversial (and not particularly subtle) references to Indonesian politics into X-Men Gold #1, Tom Hiddleston’s sex appeal, whether or not Taylor Swift is actually a fancy, animatronic suit, and finally delve into the depths of Marvel’s 1991 event Infinity Gauntlet. We also reference goats a lot.
In which, Andrew, Tracy, and the Dude take on a plethora of geeky news. From whether or not Captain America should remain sexually ambiguous to a possible Black Widow solo movie, Steven Spielberg’s return to the fantasy genre, and the fallout from Fox’s decision to eschew Hall H at SDCC this year, we discuss it all.
They say that imitation is the most sincere from of flattery. If that’s the case, then comic books love to flatter one another. From the beginning of superhero comics there have been copies of the most successful characters and their gimmicks. This applies not only to the characters, but also to the most visible part of the book–the covers. It is a common practice in the industry to pay homage to classic or favorite covers from other books. Of course what better place to begin than Action Comics #1. This particular issue is one of the most frequently parodied.
This is of course an absolute classic. In his book Supergods, comic writer Grant Morrison talks about all the various reasons this cover appeals to people and he is dead on. There is something about this cover that tells people that inside these pages is something new and different, which it is. Because of this, the cover has been copied repeatedly through the years. Continue reading