Category Archives: Marvel Comics

A Middle School Social Studies Teacher’s Experiences on Culture and Comic Books

This is based on an interview I did for the class on Multiculturalism in my Education masters program. GT is a Social Studies teacher in Middlesex County, New Jersey. I’ve known him for several years, since before I decided to … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Literature, Marvel Comics, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wizard’s Best Issue Ever!

Wizard celebrated 2000 with a special covering their favorite things about comic book, including the top ten creators, characters and Top 40 stories. It was good stuff for a high school freshman who was suddenly able to afford trade paperbacks. … Continue reading

Posted in Comics Industry, Criticism, DC Comics, List, Marvel Comics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Critics on 100 Essential Comic Books

Years ago, I was given the book The A List: The National Society Of Film Critics’ 100 Essential Films as a birthday gift. It was a collection of essays by notable critics on 100 important movies. It’s something I’ve returned to every … Continue reading

Posted in Comics Industry, Criticism, DC Comics, List, Marvel Comics, Spider-Man | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Best Spider-Man Stories By Decade

This was something I did for a message board a while back. The challenge was to list the best Spider-Man stories by decade. It’s obviously very subjective, although it was a useful exercise in considering what made the character tic, … Continue reading

Posted in List, Marvel Comics, Spider-Man | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Thoughts On Favorite Comic Book Writers

I spent way too much time thinking about something others might rattle off very quickly: who my favorite comic book writers are, and what it would take to displace them. This was based on a comment on a message board … Continue reading

Posted in Comics Industry, Criticism, DC Comics, List, Marvel Comics, Thomas Mets | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Tangled Webs: One More Day’s Doctor Strange

For the latest Tangled Webs column, I looked at Doctor Strange’s role in the controversial Spider-Man story One More Day, and considered how it changed the context of earlier scenes from writer J. Michael Straczysnki’s Spider-Man run. This is a … Continue reading

Posted in Marvel Comics, Spider-Man | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Tangled Webs: Four Types of Spider-Man Artists

My latest article for the Crawlspace was a piece on the four types of Spider-Man artists: Dynamic, Street-Level, Ditkoesque, and Weird DYNAMIC I’d almost say this is the standard superhero art format. The people whose adventures are depicted are generally … Continue reading

Posted in Comics Industry, Criticism, Marvel Comics, Spider-Man | Leave a comment