Tag: Stan Lee

Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Marvel Essential: Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos Vol.1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers (graphic novel review).

Like all ‘Marvel Essential’ and ‘DC Showcase’ volumes this is in black and white on cheap paper. Marvel has discontinued the ‘Essential’ line, sadly, but I think DC are still doing ‘Showcase’. The first issue of ‘Sgt. Fury And His Howling Commandos’ was dated May 1963 with story by Stan Lee and art by Jack […]

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The Essential Doctor Strange vol # 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (graphic novel review).

September 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Essential Doctor Strange vol # 1 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko (graphic novel review).

One of this year’s big Hollywood films had humble beginnings. Doctor Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the soon to be released movie, first appeared in Strange Tales # 110, July 1963. ‘Strange Tales’ was a comicbook anthology of short Science Fiction and fantasy stories and the character was almost certainly named to fit in […]

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (film review by Frank Ochieng).

April 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (film review by Frank Ochieng).

One certainly cannot go wrong when presenting Marvel Comics super-heroes on the big screen as these action-packed gems mean big business at the box office. Okay…maybe with an exceptional dud here and there ( ‘Thor: The Dark World’ anyone?) the Stan Lee universe continues to rule at the cinema complexes worldwide with larger than life […]

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Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7 by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Rich Buckler, Ross Andru, Bob Brown, Dick Ayers, Joe Staton, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont and Steve Englehart (graphic novel review).

June 26, 2013 | By | Reply More
Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7 by John Buscema, Joe Sinnott, Rich Buckler, Ross Andru, Bob Brown, Dick Ayers, Joe Staton, Gerry Conway, Tony Isabella, Len Wein, Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Marv Wolfman, Chris Claremont and Steve Englehart (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Fantastic Four Volume 7’ features stories from Fantastic Four # 138 through to Fantastic Four # 159 with a couple of ‘Giant-Size’ issues thrown in for good measure. Over 500 pages, as usual with ‘Essentials’, so good value at least so far as pages per pound/dollar/euro pint of yak milk or whatever currency you […]

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Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6 by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

May 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 6 by Stan Lee and Roy Thomas (graphic novel review).

‘From beyond the stars shall come the Overmind and he shall crush the universe.’ So goes an ancient prophecy steeped in Stan Lee hyperbole. Super-heroes used to save America, then the world and later the galaxy from some terrible menace. Now it’s the universe. This shows that Stan didn’t know how big the universe is. […]

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Iron Man 3 (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

May 4, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
Iron Man 3 (a film review by Frank Ochieng).

Well, everybody’s favorite Marvel Comics metal-head is back in the fold while combining action, aerodynamics and angst in the explosive yet slightly uneven ‘Iron Man 3′. Most ardent fans of the comicbook capitalist super-hero will appreciate the further antics of the high-flying and adventurous billionaire Tony Stark and his conflicted heroic alter ego. ‘Iron Man […]

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Stan Lee… with great power comes great responsibility.

January 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Stan Lee… with great power comes great responsibility.

Stan Lee is one of the greatest pensioners the planet – or at least, the geek planet – has ever known. He really doesn’t need to prove it to us, but he keeps on insisting on trying. Take for example the young teenager Bowe Cleveland, another victim of the school shootings that seem to permeate […]

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Essential Thor Volume 4 by Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Buscema and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

December 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 4 by Jack Kirby, Neal Adams, John Buscema and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

Kirby soldiers on! For 12 more issues anyway and does a pretty good job of them, too. Just before he left Marvel, that company or Stan Lee had decided to revert from multi-issue stories to yarns that were full and complete in one comicbook. The theory was that potential new fans were put off by […]

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Essential Thor Volume 3 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 3 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (comic-book review).

Here be another ‘Essential Thor Volume’ for ye to read, mortals. This is the point at which the Thunder God became more godly, more cosmic and yea, more awesome. Stan Lee contributed to the elevated atmosphere by having the Asgardians speak in an old-fashioned, cod Shakespearian dialogue. Verily, I remembreth a letter in the pages […]

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Essential Thor Volume 2 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (graphic novel review).

December 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Essential Thor Volume 2 by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee (graphic novel review).

‘Essential Thor Volume 2’ opens with a magnificent battle scene in which Odin, Thor and a bunch of other Asgardians fight the demon men of Jutenheim. As they are defeated in two panels, they obviously weren’t all that tough. ‘For Asgard and freedom!’ cries Odin, which is a bit rich coming from an absolute monarch. […]

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