Tag Archives: Mark Millar

When Mark Millar Pitched A Shocker Mini-Series

There was an interesting tidbit in Mark Millar’s interview with the Let’s Talk Comics podcast. When Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palimotti were launching the Marvel Knights books, Millar pitched a mini-series with B-list Spider-Man villain Shocker. I pitched them a Shocker … Continue reading

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Other Comic Books Read In July 2013

I read The Ultimates #1-13 on the Fourth of July. It’s still great, a bit like League of Extraordinary Gentleman as the government assembles a team of flawed iconic figures, with a clash of personalities. It might have been short … Continue reading

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Iron Man 101: Introduction to Tony Stark I

With Iron Man 3 coming out in the United States the day after tomorrow, it seems like an appropriate time to list the best Iron Man comics for a new reader. “Extremis” (Iron Man Volume 4 #1-6) Warren Ellis and … Continue reading

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2013 Comics in 2013….March Progress Report Part 2

The Flash #6-18, 0, Annual 1 Reads a bit like a bronze-age comic, especially with the initial emphasis on self-contained single issue stories, as Barry Allen’s problems start resembling those of Silver Age Marvel heroes. Those early issues do tie … Continue reading

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Religion and Politics in the Spider-Man Comics

One question for the next Spider-Man writers and editors is how to depict religion and politics in the comics.  It’s something that many readers take quite seriously, and for the most part, writers have been vague about the religious and … Continue reading

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Writers and Villains

It’s worth looking at the many different ways top Spider-Man writers have handled the villains. Stan Lee co-created most of the major Spider-Man bad guys, who generally had mundane motivations, such as making money and becoming New York City’s top … Continue reading

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The Best of Spider-Man VS The Marriage

A few years ago, while pondering the question of why Spider‑Man hasn’t had an All‑Star Superman, I realized that even though Spider‑Man has been married in the comics, the majority of my favorite pre-OMD Spider‑Man stories featured a single Spider‑Man. These … Continue reading

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Mark Millar’s formula for successful comic books

On his message board, Mark Millar gave a formula for hit comics. It’s a variation of something I had heard in a seminar, although there’s a key difference. Millar suggests that a comic book that does well in the direct … Continue reading

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