Where would the Marvel Universe be without its seedy underbelly of evil scientists bent on world domination? Today, we are going to focus on a specific group of criminal scientists: Advanced Idea Mechanics aka A.I.M. and its leader, MODOK.
The Marvel Universe has kept the spirit of vampires alive through new stories using classic monsters as well as making new kinds of vampires based in science. Here we learn more about these blood-sucking monsters like Dracula and Morbius.
One of the many epic potential character lines to come from the mind of Jack Kirby was The Eternals. Within that mythology, he works in Celestials, Eternals, and Deviants. Here's your primer.
Stan Lee co-created Spider-Man in 1962 and wrote the first 100 issues of "The Amazing Spider-Man." Steve Ditko helped invent the hero and provided stellar artwork on the first 38 issues of ASM. I'll be pulling out five of the best stories that Lee and Ditko created about the web-slinging superhero.
First appearing in 1961, the Fantastic Four graced the pages of their own comic in both human and superhuman ways. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's classic comic book tale is discussed at length here.
Doctor Bruce Banner, bathed in gamma radiation, becomes the gray giant known as the Hulk in this inaugural issue. How does the Hulk's origin follow the path Propp's morphology dictates?
Robots and androids play an important role in the Marvel Universe. Artificial intelligence does not necessarily mean artificial life. Learn more about these synthetic super beings who are not human.
Don’t open that door because Seth Tomko reviews the second volume of The Immortal Hulk.
Spidey's second adventure sees him go up against nemesis the Vulture... but how does this classic confrontation follow Propp's systematic story structure?
Spidey's first issue following his origin sees him battling against the costumed communist criminal known only as the Chameleon! Add in cameos by the FF, and you get a yarn for the ages.
Can Vladimir Propp's analysis of Russian folklore be applied to the modern-day comic book industry? We'll find out by exploring the origins of one of the most famous Marvel heroes of all time: Spider-Man!
Spidey's faced a plethora of villains over the years, and a lot of them have been created fairly recently. Despite his enormous rogues gallery, Spidey keeps picking up new baddies that stick around.
Fantastic Four #52 and Black Panther's first appearance in comics has heated up since the Black Panther movie. This is a historical comic book and greatly influenced the movie. Here's a brief but fun look at this classic key comic.
With "Avengers: Infinity War," there are lots of questions about the Infinity Gauntlet: how does it work, what does it do, and why does it make Thanos such a menace? In this article, I try to connect the dots and explain what can only be guessed at by an average audience viewer.
The Marvel Universe is a big place full of horribly dangerous pitfalls. For our next lesson, here are 11 places that should be avoided.
At the end of Brand New Day, Mark Waid teams up one final time with Paul Azaceta to bring us the return of Menace and the birth of her son, who Spidey must keep safe from his fiendish foes!
Joe Quesada answers questions unanswered since the beginning of "Brand New Day": How was Peter and MJ's marriage ended? How did everyone forget Spidey's identity? And do we really want to know?
Joe Kelly wraps up the epic Gauntlet tale with "The Grim Hunt," a big finale that brings Spidey face-to-face with one of his oldest foes as the Kravinoff family's ultimate plan is revealed.
Zeb Wells and Chris Bachalo team up again to transform Curt Connors back into the Lizard, with a much darker take on the classic foe. What happens when Connors is "shed" and only the Lizard remains?
A secret formula and a bombardment of mysterious vita-rays changed a sickly weak 4F reject into Captain America. The formula died with its creator. Now others look to recreate it. Read on to learn more about the supersoldier formula.
Taking a slight break from "The Gauntlet," Fred van Lente introduces us to a new Scorpion and Roger Stern crafts a sequel to his classic "Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut," because something can!
In “The Gauntlet, Volume 3: Vulture and Morbius” (Amazing Spider-Man 622-625), Fred van Lente reintroduces Morbius the Living Vampire. It's a story that sadly cannot live up to Mark Waid's drastic two-part Vulture story and Joe Kelly's dark conclusion to his Rhino arc.
In “The Gauntlet, Volume 2: Rhino and Mysterio” (Amazing Spider-Man 617-621), Joe Kelly and Dan Slott revamp two more old enemies—Mysterio and Rhino—further twisting the life of Spider-Man as he proceeds through the Gauntlet.
The Gauntlet begins to haunt Spider-Man as Mark Waid amplifies old enemy Electro, and Fred van Lente introduces us to a darker version of a classic foe, the Sandman.
Joe Kelly brings Black Cat into the Brand New Day setting, Marc Guggenheim resolves his Velociraptor plot, and Kelly returns to bring Deadpool into the mix as The Gauntlet draws near.
The use of metals within every universe is important regardless of whether they’re used for good or for evil. The same blacksmith that shoes a horse is usually the same one that makes chainmail.
Fred van Lente brings danger in the form of the Chameleon as he kidnaps and replaces Peter Parker for his own nefarious designs! What trouble will this spell for Spidey's friends and family?
Wedding bells are ringing as Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. have Aunt May tie the knot with Jay Jameson. But which old Spidey foe (and old Aunt May flame) rears his head at the same time?
Harry Osborn's chain gets another major yank as he joins Norman, who wishes to add him to his arsenal of heroes, and Spidey sneaks into Avengers Tower disguised as his enemy Venom to save his friend.
Fred van Lente makes his Amazing Spider-Man debut, and Dan Slott and Mark Waid craft a pair of crazy story arcs for our favorite web-swinger to fight his way through.
Marc Guggenheim wraps up the mysterious "Menace" plotline of Brand New Day, revealing the new villain's shocking identity and its repercussions for Spidey's supporting cast!
Spidey gets tangled in the Secret Invasion event, so watch Jackpot take down a Super-Skrull in a story with barely any Spidey in it! Then, watch as her secret origins are at long-last revealed!
While Mark Waid introduces a supporting character who will play a major role in Spidey's life, Dan Slott answers one of the most mysterious questions of Brand New Day: How is Harry Osborn still alive?
ASM fans are given a fun trio of tales that sees Spidey take on Hammerhead and Magnum Moses? Plus, a war story centered on Flash Thompson about a mission that will change his life forever.
John Romita Jr. returns to ASM to help Dan Slott craft a tale that pits Spidey against Norman Osborn, the Thunderbolts, and Anti-Venom—a brand new adversary wearing a familiar face.
Marc Guggenheim and Phil Jimenez introduce Ana Kravinoff, the young daughter of Kraven who will be a thorn in the hero's side for a long time to come, as the newest member of Spidey's Rogues Gallery.
This final volume in the Brand New Day Complete Collection takes Spidey on crazy adventures against new foes and old as he battles Screwball, Paper Doll, and the Enforcers.