Posts Tagged ‘Stan Lee’

Posted Friday, March 31st, 2017 by Barry

Gwenpool Holiday Special Merry Mix-Up (2016)

Red Skull – a villain created to be as evil as any of his real life Nazi counterparts of World War II – receiving a lesson on political correctness is worth the price of admission. Toss in not one, but two stories featuring one of Stan Lee’s most alliterative creations, Fin Fang Foom, and the 2016 Gwenpool Holiday Special Merry Mix Up is worth double the $5.99 sticker.

If you’re not a regular reader, some of this may be confusing, but, as stated above, it’s all worth it in the long run.

It’s hard to follow every title with the increase on cover prices and the necessary evils like the electric company don’t understand the importance of comic books. Still, do a little research. I had to last year after the 2015 Gwenpool Holiday special, but it was worth it. Marvel has some great female characters headlining their own titles.

Bite the bullet and see where Marvel is going these days. But, start with this one.

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 by Barry

Marvel Holiday Special (1992)

Marvel Holiday Special (1992)

Marvel Holiday Special (1992)

As I said, the 1990s were bleak for comic books in general. One shining beacon were the early Marvel Holiday Specials.

Stan “the Man” Lee himself returned to pen the Spider-Man story, the first time since issue 200 outside of the newspaper strip. Barring Lee’s story, the star is Doc Samson’s revisionist origin of Chanukah. Even his ridiculous pony tail and post-Village People jump suit couldn’t spoil the fun.

Thanos’ touching tale of parenthood comes off as anything but contrived as do all the stories, featuring Wolverine, Punisher, New Mutants, Ironman and Daredevil.