Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978. David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta created Madame Xanadu. Background A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena. She often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Cal Durham

Cal Durham

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Calvin “Cal” Durham, a supporting character in Aquaman comics. Cal first appeared in “Aquaman” #57 in 1977. He was created by Jim Aparo and David Michelinie. Background Cal’s backstory states he was originally a henchman of Aquaman foe Black Manta. Manta (who’s also African-American) claimed he was trying to … Read more

My thoughts about “Young Justice” the animated series

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Since its series debut on Cartoon Network, I’ve been giving a go at watching the new “Young Justice” animated series. Unfortunately, I’m left underwhelmed by what I’ve seen. “Young Justice” was originally a 90s DC Comic that featured several teen sidekicks (Robin, the modern Superboy, speedster Impulse, etc.) as a superhero team mentored by JLAer … Read more

Comic reviews: Tiny Titans #35, The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2

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Tiny Titans #35 Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco Art by: Art Baltazar This issue sees the Titans deal with alternate Earth counterparts, and starts off with a hilarious bit of banter between Talon (the guy in the red-and-gray costume) and Robin about being counterparts of each other. This leads to Robin “not getting” the … Read more

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for February 2011

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Time again for DC Comics’ solicitations, this time for February 2011: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/dc-february-2011-solicitations-101115.html Comics I’ll be buying Detective Comics Classics, on sale Feb. 16, $6 Young Justice #1, on sale Feb. 16, $3 The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #4, on sale Feb. 9, $3 Tiny Titans #37, on sale Feb. 16, $3 Comics … Read more

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for January 2011

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Time again for my picks among DC Comics’ solicitations, this time for the start of the new year (and the end of my spate of “2010: The Year We Make Contact” puns), January 2011. I plan to buy The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #3, on sale Jan. 12, $3 Tiny Titans #36, … Read more