Strange Adventures 180 February 25

Retro Review: Strange Adventures #180 (1965) – “I Was the Man With Animal Powers”

Retro Review takes a look at influential issues of DC Comics and measures their artistic integrity against their cultural and symbolic importance to the DC Universe and comic books in general. Strange Adventures #180 (1965) – “I Was the Man With Animal Powers” Written by Dave Wood Pencils by Carmine Infantino Inks by George Roussos […]

The Guardians of the Universe - DC Comics February 18

Maltusian Check

There is a prevailing social, political, economic, and evolutionary theory dictating the natural forces of balance known as Malthusianism. Named for Thomas Robert Malthus, the theory outlines a key principle known as the Malthusian check; that is, a circumstance that can be mathematically predetermined by which a system in a state of out of control […]

The Enchantress, separated from June Moone - Justice League Dark #1, DC Comics February 11

Good & Evil

When it comes to discussion of superhero comics, the most common defining trait for characters tends to be their morality. Good and evil have traditionally been seen as such absolutes within the genre that characters were exclusively referred to as superheroes or supervillains. It wasn’t truly until the Bronze Age of Comics that the arbitrary […]

Doctor Fate vs Wotan in the New 52 - Earth 2 #12, DC Comics February 04

Diametrically Opposed: Doctor Fate / Wotan

Diametrically Opposed is a series exploring the best hero-villain rivalries in the DC Universe. Beyond superheroes with metahuman powers and vast fortunes and incredible gadgets, DC is home to an enormous set of magical mythologies. These characters bend the very essence of the natural world to their whim and many of them are among the […]

Dick Grayson as Robin - Batman and Robin Annual #2, DC Comics January 28

A Light in the Darkness

The Batman is defined by his failures. Some, like the iconic deaths of his parents, were not in fact failures of his own making, but rather those of a broken and corrupt system of justice – a failure which nevertheless is the most defining moment of the Batman’s history. But even after that, the milestone’s […]

Manchester Black banner January 21

The End Does Not Justify the Means

In the earliest days of Action Comics and Detective Comics, it was no rare occurrence for the titles’ heroes – Superman and Batman, respectively – to not only defeat their nemesis, but to put them down permanently. In both characters’ first appearances, they killed at least one adversary, intentionally or otherwise, with no regret or remorse. As […]

The Elongated Man takes on Booster Gold - Booster Gold #15, DC Comics January 14

Use It or Lose It

If Superman is so incredibly strong, how is it that he’s in such muscular shape? It sounds like a silly question, but it comes from a place of extremely genuine curiosity. Scientifically speaking, building muscle requires us to put some strain on our bodies by lifting (curling, pressing, pulling, etc.) weights at the limit of […]

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