Marvel Special Edition: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (1975)

The Spectacular Spider-Man Special Edition, cover

I’ve a great fondness for Marvel’s reprint collections from the 1970’s and I’ve already written about their Treasury Editions that ran from 1974 to 1981. Released when reprinted comics were a rarity, these oversized collections were great favourites of mine when I was a kid, as they gave me the opportunity to re-read some classic comic book stories. But Marvel also published a range of reprints under their Marvel Special Edition‘s banner so I’m also going to take a closer look at some of those. This time it’s The Spectacular Spider-Man Special Edition #1. Continue reading Marvel Special Edition: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 (1975)

Marvel Special Edition: Star Wars (1977-78)

Marvel Star Wars Special Edition #1, front coverLast year I posted an article discussing my appreciation of Marvel Comics’ oversized reprint collections from the late 1970’s, Marvel Treasury Editions. 28 volumes were published between 1974 and 1981 reprinting stories featuring the publisher’s most popular superheroes. But they weren’t the only stories to receive the Treasury treatment.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

X-Men: Days of Future Past, theatrical poster

“From the beginning, the Sentinels were targeting the X-Men. Then they began targeting everyone”.

In the late 1970’s you’d have been hard-pressed to find a reader of comic books who wasn’t aware of Chris Claremont and John Byrne‘s ground-breaking run on Marvel Comics’ The Uncanny X-Men. The two helped reinvigorate the failing comic by creating believable and relatable characters who readers genuinely cared for. During the three and a bit years of their partnership Claremont and Byrne created some of the most memorable story-lines to ever see print, as they pitted the X-Men against an array of challenges including arch-foe Magneto, the Savage Land, the Hell-Fire Club and the terrible power of the Dark Phoenix. Artist Byrne quit the title after issue 143 but before leaving he and writer Claremont crafted a two-part story destined to become a classic – Days of Future Past. Continue reading X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Stripped (2014)

Stripped, theatrical poster

Since their debut in the late 19th century American newspaper cartoon strips has enjoyed a level of respectability and adoration not afforded to many other forms of popular entertainment. A new documentary, Stripped,  attempts to examine the reasons for the success of this enduring and much-loved art form, while also considering the challenges that the medium faces in the future. Continue reading Stripped (2014)