Tuesday, November 17, 2015

What Stan Lee did during the war

So just what did Stan Lee, John Romita, and many other top-name comic creators do in the war? Read all about then in a Veterans Day tribute over at Newsarama.

And the pic above? It's a recruiting poster done by John Romita back during the Korean War!

Jim McLauchlin

The Internet Rage Machine

What makes people be a dick on the Internet? A few things. And real psychological professionals tell you all about it over at Newsarama. Go read. Then please don't be a dick.

Jim McLauchlin
photo illustration: Zach Pennington

Thursday, October 15, 2015

When John Romita made $270

John Romita is a giant in the Earth in terms of comic book artists. You know him. He was "the Spider-Man guy."

But once upon a time, he was just another guy trying to break into the art biz, and his first pro job in comics paid him $270 back in 1949.

So what's that worth today? You can find out at Newsarama, and also find out how much Dan Jurgens, Dan Slott, Roy Thomas and others made for their very first gig (and what it would translate to today).

Jim McLauchlin

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

10 Famous Folks You Didn't Know Wrote Comics

What do Rep. John Lewis, William Shatner, and Jenna Jameson all have in common? Well…they've all written comic books.

And there are other famous Joe and Janes who have done the same. Trek over to Newsarama for a look at 10 big-name people you might not know have written in the comics field.

Jim McLauchlin

Friday, July 17, 2015

There Used to be a Ballpark Here

As a baseball fan, I'm continually fascinated by the sites of old Major League Baseball stadiums (Stadia? Okay, let's go "stadia."). I'm also pretty much continually saddened. Somewhere in the impractical part of my brain, I feel there should be a freakin' museum on the sites of our old Baker Bowls and Eclipse Parks and Crosley Fields, because hot dammit, Pete Browning or Wahoo Sam Crawford or Smokey Joe Wood used to play there, and that's scared freakin' ground as a result.

The result is we sometimes get a plaque in the middle of what is now a Lowe's Home Improvement or a shopping mall. C'est la vie, eh?

But hey—there are some nice monuments, and even though the capitalists might not find the ground sacred, you still can. Put in your worship at some of these sites, courtesy Berkshire Hathaway Travel.

Jim McLauchlin

photo: Cullen Stapleton

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Marvel Comics, $4 billion. Best deal ever?

How much is Marvel Comics worth? Disney paid $4 billion for it. Good deal? Bad? Indifferent? And what's EBITDA?

Find out at the mighty Newsarama.com, son!

Jim McLauchlin

Stan Lee on the Supreme Court and Spidey

June 22, 2015 was a busy day for Stan Lee. He was mentioned as part of a Supreme Court decision (!) and weighed in on how he thinks Spider-Man should be depicted in movies in light of documents revealed in the Sony hack. Read ’em both at Newsarama.com.

Jim McLauchlin