flash 123 September 17

Retro Review: Flash #123 (1961) – “The Flash of Two Worlds”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC comic books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Flash #123 (1961) – “The Flash of Two Worlds” Written by Gardner Fox Pencils by Carmine Infantino Inks by Joe Giella Colours by Carl […]

The Legion of Substitute Heroes, from left to right: Night Girl, Stone Boy, Polar Boy, Chlorophyll Kid, Fire Lad, and Color Kid - Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #243, DC Comics September 10

The B-Team

As a rule, superhero mythology – and mythology in general – tends to embrace extremes. The world’s greatest detective, the fastest man alive, even the King of the Sea – all of these titles imply the superlative nature of the heroes they describe (Batman, Flash, and Aquaman, respectively). The same applies to the villains – […]

Lady Shiva vs Catwoman - DC Comics September 03

Death Wish

Of the many master martial artists in the DC Universe, Lady Shiva is arguably the greatest of them all. First appearing in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #5, she is a dangerously skilled fighter who trained from a young age in order to avenge the murder of her sister. She eventually trained and fought alongside Richard […]

Swamp Thing vs Anton Arcane - Swamp Thing #10, DC Comics August 27

Diametrically Opposed: Swamp Thing / Anton Arcane

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. The DC Universe is full of deities of all descriptions. From the Greek pantheon to Rama Kushna to the God of the Abrahamic faiths, the mythology is populated by numerous gods and avatars, each of whom occupies a specific place in […]

MM Annual 1 August 20

Modern Mythologies Annual #1

It’s hard to believe that Modern Mythologies is already one year old! Since our debut last August, we’ve shared 60 articles about the characters and storylines that comprise the mythology of DC Comics. Our essays and reviews have been read over 60 000 times in more than 120 countries all over the world, and we’ve been fortunate […]

The first appearance of Green Arrow and Speedy - More Fun Comics #73, DC Comics August 13

Retro Review: More Fun Comics #73 (1941) – “The Case of the Namesake Murders”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC comic books and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. More Fun Comics #73 (1941) – “The Case of the Namesake Murders” Written by Mort Weisinger Art by George Papp Published: November 1941 […]

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Fluid Identity

Identity is a key theme throughout superhero mythology. From the secret identity to the moral identity, every hero struggles in their own way to define their place in the world. And though in every character’s mythology there is an element of this struggle, there is one in particular that frames identity as a journey rather […]

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