The First Appearance of Spider-Man and His Lasting Legacy
Which comic holds the first appearance of Spider-Man, and why is the character so popular? Also discover how Spider-Man came about and why he was a hit with comic fans and revolutionized comics forever.
Movie vs. Comics: "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings"
The Marvel/Disney film "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" is actually based on several comic books. Find out what they are, and see some major differences between the comics and the Shang-Chi film.
Marvel's Kate Bishop in the Comics vs. the "Hawkeye" TV Show
Let's explore some differences in the character of Kate Bishop between the comics and the 2021 Disney+ "Hawkeye" series. Learn about the comics that inspired the hit show starring Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner.
How to Collect Spider-Man’s “Clone” Stories
Spider-Man's history with genetic duplicates isn't just limited to the infamous "Clone Saga" of the '90s. He's experienced quite a few wacky clone stories; here's a list so you can figure out which ones you're interested in (if any) and how you can read them.
4 Eternals Stories to Read Before You See Their Marvel Cinematic Universe Debut
The Eternals are coming to the big screen as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's 26th film and an important stepping stone in the movie mogul's Phase 4. Right now is the perfect time to dive into their comic book basis and uncover some of the team's history
Superhero Academy 101: Secret Societies—AIM and MODOK
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.
Superhero Academy 101: Vampirism—Science, Magic, and Psychology
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.
Superhero Academy 101: Celestials, Eternals, and Deviants
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.
5 of the Best "Amazing Spider-Man" Stories by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
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.
Propp's Morphology and Comics: "The Fantastic Four #1"
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.
Propp's Morphology and Comics: "The Incredible Hulk #1"
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?
Superhero Academy 101: The Artificial Lives of the Marvel Universe
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.
Review of The Immortal Hulk, Vol. 2: The Green Door
Don’t open that door because Seth Tomko reviews the second volume of The Immortal Hulk.
Propp's Morphology and Comics: "Amazing Spider-Man #2"
Spidey's second adventure sees him go up against nemesis the Vulture... but how does this classic confrontation follow Propp's systematic story structure?
Propp's Morphology and Comics: "Amazing Spider-Man #1"
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.
Propp's Morphology and Comics: "Amazing Fantasy" #15
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!
Brand New Baddies: The 10 Best Original 21st Century Spider-Man Villains
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": Black Panther's First Appearance
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.
Superhero Academy 101: Artifacts (The Infinity Gauntlet)
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.
Superhero Academy 101: Geography (11 Places to Avoid in the Marvel Universe)
The Marvel Universe is a big place full of horribly dangerous pitfalls. For our next lesson, here are 11 places that should be avoided.
Amazing Reviews: “Origin of the Species” (Amazing Spider-Man 642-647)
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!
Amazing Reviews: “One Moment in Time” (ASM 638-641)
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?
Amazing Reviews: “Grim Hunt” (Amazing Spider-Man 634-637)
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.
Amazing Reviews: “The Gauntlet, Volume 5: The Lizard” (Amazing Spider-Man 630–634)
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?
Superhero Academy 101: History (The Quest for the Supersoldier Formula)
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.
Amazing Reviews: “The Gauntlet, Volume 4: Juggernaut” (Amazing Spider-Man 626-629)
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!
Amazing Reviews: “The Gauntlet, Volume 3: Vulture and Morbius”
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.
Amazing Reviews: “The Gauntlet, Volume 2: Rhino and Mysterio”
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.
Amazing Reviews: “The Gauntlet, Volume 1: Electro and Sandman” (Amazing Spider-Man 612-616)
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.
Amazing Reviews: “The Return of the Black Cat” (Amazing Spider-Man 606–611)
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.
Superhero Academy 101: Metallurgy (Vibranium, Adamantium, and Uru)
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.