There are a number of comic sites online quite legally republishing digital versions of comics now considered to be in the public domain, based on extensive research and sourcing original copies. One of them is the Digital Comics Museum – run by a team clearly determined to honour contested ownership when companies like Warner Bros. recently asserted rights over early appearances by the original Captain Marvel, first published by FawcettContinue reading Warner asserts copyright over early Captain Marvel appearances
Reviewed by Tim Robins We all have a superhero inside of us — it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In 14-year-old Billy Batson’s case, all he needs to do is shout out one word to transform into the adult superhero Shazam. Still a kid at heart, Shazam revels in theContinue reading In Review: Shazam!
Radio Summerhall is a group of arts podcasts coming out of the Summerhall arts hub in Edinburgh, and it has recently added the We Read Comics podcast to its roster. There are two shows up already, the second of which saw myself joining Jenny Mayhew (who also runs a book podcast on Radio Summerhall) andContinue reading We Read Comics Podcast spotlights Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s “Black Hammer”
With Marvel celebrating 80 years in publishing in 2019, it’s great to hear IDW Publishing and Yoe Books have announced plans for a series of large-format hardcover collections from Marvel Comics, beginning with Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups. To be released in July, the 120 page retrospective hardcover will collect a multitude of Silver Age pin-ups andContinue reading Silver Age Marvel Masterwork Pin-Ups collection announced
When I caught a tweet from the Comics in the Golden Age Podcast about a US costumed hero called The Zebra, I had to admit I was a bit sceptical. Was this some bizarre April Fool’s Day prank to try to convince us a US comics publisher had finally jumped the shark when it came to silly superhero names and even crazier origin stories? But no – this wannabe 1940s Batman wannabe is quite legit, although he hasn’t had an adventure for decades…Continue reading Not a Hoax! Not an Imaginary Superhero Story! Meet… The Zebra!