Tag Archives: Spider-Man

The best 1990s superhero TV show or movie openings

Today, I’ll look at my picks for favorite 1990s superhero TV show and movie openings. My vote for the best 90s openings are “Batman: The Animated Series” and “The Powerpuff Girls.” But I did have plenty of runners-up to choose from… Captain Planet and the Planeteers I’ve written about this early 90s eco-conscious series in a previous minorities in cartoons entry. The series has been released to DVD. X-Men The 1990s X-Men series that aired on Fox was a lot of people’s first non-comics exposure…

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The best 1980s superhero TV show or movie openings

Moving on down the list, here’s my favorite superhero TV show/movie openings for the 1980s. By this point, the rise of first-run syndication meant a way around networks’ strict bans on violence, plus deregulation of children’s TV standards led to a wave of half-hour toy ad-like shows (“He-Man,” “Transformers,” “My Little Pony,” etc.). Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Spidey had gone through a few previous TV shows (both live-action and animated) in the late 70s and early 80s, but this one’s probably the most fondly…

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Top 10 superhero TV show or movie openings

I thought I’d compile a list of what I consider the 10 best opening title sequences for superhero TV shows and movies. I largely went decade by decade in analyzing the best openings, though the 60s or 90s seemed to be the two biggest decades for superhero TV shows (probably the influence of Batman for both decades). I’ll post the much longer list of runners-up in the future… but for now, here’s my top 10, in chronological order. The Fleischer Superman shorts The 40s theatrical…

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Could DC and Marvel use some content diversity? (The answer’s “yes.”)

Last week on Twitter, there was a discussion on how reliant DC and Marvel, the “Big Two” of American comics, are on their various properties. Based on the discussion, I thought I’d look over DC and Marvel’s various franchises myself, to see if “Wolverine Publicity” (as TV Tropes might put it) really holds true. DC Going by DC’s November 2013 solicitations, my goal was to find “New 52″ ongoing books that aren’t related to Superman, Batman, the Justice League, or Green Lantern. And here’s the…

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Anthony’s Marvel picks for July 2013

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from Marvel for July 2013. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #25, $4 Trade paperbacks None. Comments I admit my reading of Marvel’s slacked off lately; thus the lack of “picks.” This includes keeping up with Miles Morales’ book. I’ve been attempting to wait for the trade paperback versions of “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” in an attempt to save money (by borrowing them from the public library). There’s also that Barnes and Noble doesn’t carry much of…

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Anthony’s Marvel picks for June 2013

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for June 2013. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #24, on sale June 19, $4 Trade paperbacks None. Comments This month’s Ultimate Spidey brings the Ultimate versions of…Power Pack. In the regular Marvel Universe, they’re a group of kid siblings who fight crime with superpowers. Can only imagine what their “Ultimate” versions will be like (cynical teenagers?).

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Anthony’s Marvel picks for May 2013

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for May 2013. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #23, on sale May 15, $4 Trade paperbacks None. Comments Marvel seems well in the grip of the latest mega-storyline, “Age of Ultron.” This month’s “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” cover seems to mimic the various “Spider-Man No More” stories… plus probably fits the line of various other “a superhero quits” covers.  

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Anthony’s Marvel picks for April 2013

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for April 2013. Comics Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #22, $4 Trade paperbacks Spider-Man: Danger Zone (TPB), $20 Spider-Men (TPB), $20 Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, volume 3 (TPB), $20 Comments This month sees mass quantities of whatever the heck “Age of Ultron” is about. In case anyone forgot who Ultron is like I did, here’s his Wikipedia entry. Very long story short, “evil robot.” Meanwhile, last year’s “Spider-Men” five-part crossover between Peter Parker and Miles Morales is being collected. Not read it…

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The best and worst of 2012 in comics

Since it’s time for “end of 2012″ lists aplenty, I thought I’d get in as well. And since everything seems to be couched in “best of”/”worst of” lists, I’ll go that route as well. So let’s start off with a look back at the best and the worst of comics over the past year. Best The wedding of the adult Kevin Keller in “Life With Archie” selling out, as well as One Million Mom’s boycott of “Toys R Us” for carrying the issue backfiring hard. …

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Minorities in cartoons: Robbie Robinson

This week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is Robbie Robinson, who’s yet another of the Spider-Man comics’ alliteratively-named characters (though his real first name is revealed to be “Joseph”). Robinson was created by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr., and first appeared in 1967′s “Amazing Spider-Man” #51. Robinson works at the “Daily Bugle” as an editor, where besides his usual newspaper duties, spends his time trying to serve as the voice of reason to his hot-headed boss, J. Jonah Jameson. Unlike JJJ, Robinson likes Spider-Man, and…

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