In the Golden Age of Comics, which ran from roughly the late 1930s until the early 1950s, it was not unusual to see a superhero given either a kid sidekick or a bumbling adult friend, either so the hero had someone to talk to or as comic relief. While a few of these characters—Robin, Bucky, Speedy, Aqualad—have survived in comics readers’ consciousness to the modern day, here are some characters whose names alone would make you feel sure you had accidentally hit the “random” button on Urban Dictionary.
Stephen Colbert is a noted Marvel fan. He met Spider-Man that one time, he’s schmoozed with Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada and he’s even got Captain America’s shield on the set of The Colbert Report. But now he’s breaking ranks with the House of Ideas over the new Ms. Marvel, who will be a teenage Muslim named Kamala Khan in a new ongoing series by writer G. Willow Wilson (Cairo) and artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways).
By Kate Leth
Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes on a new workplace hazard that creators Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have introduced to comics shop employees.
By Chris Sims
With their unintentionally terrifying masks and bizarre plastic coverall-style suits, the Halloween costumes produced by Ben Cooper, Inc. have become downright iconic in American pop culture through sheer awfulness. From the ’50s to the ’80s, they were a staple of Halloweens across the country and are still valued as vintage collectibles, despite the fact that they are — and this is putting it nicely — hilariously awful. With Halloween just around the corner, we’re still feeling a little nostalgic for those mind-bogglingly terrible costumes of days gone by. That’s why today, I’ve picked out 10 Amazingly Bad Retro Halloween Costumes from the archives at the Wonderful Wonderblog!
By Chris Sims
Today we’re reaching back into the vault for one of our favorite Halloween features about the hilariously terrible anime Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned.
I’ve mentioned before that Marvel’s long-running Tomb of Dracula comic by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan features my favorite version of the Lord of All Vampires, and reading through the series I remember thinking that it would be a great source for a TV or movie adaptation. Little did I know that that already happened in Japan, thanks to a feature-length anime special from 1980 called Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, which largely centered around Dracula stealing the girlfriend of the actual Devil and trying to keep Satan himself from getting laid. Like so many things in the 21st century, the entire film has made its way to Youtubein six parts, and we’ve got commentary to take you through the whole thing.
By Chris Sims
Q: What are the best halloween themed Power Ranger episodes? —@I_AM_maxHELL
A: I’m about 400 episodes into my attempt to watch the past 20 years worth of Power Rangers, and one of the things that has consistently surprised me is that there aren’t a whole lot of holiday-themed episodes. There’s a Christmas special here and there and a couple of episodes where they staple a Jack O’Lantern onto some existing footage and call it a Halloween special, but those are very few and far between. Maybe that’ll change once I get up to Mystic Force, the season where they use their witchity powers to battle an army of the undead. You’d think they’d be doing a lot more than they did.
By Chris Sims
October is finally upon is, and here at ComicsAlliance, and one of the best parts of the month is gearing up for Halloween with costumes! It’s the one time of year when even people like me who could never cut it in our Best Cosplay Ever feature can drop by the local department store and walk out with the ability to dress up as our favorite characters.
But is that really a good thing? I have my doubts, which is why I’m spending every day taking on the store-bought costumes inspired by our favorite things. Today, we’re heading into the discount aisle and trying not to violate copyrights with Generic Superheroines!