Author Archives: Paul O'Connor
It’s the story that never gets old (or less painful) no matter how many times I tell it!
Join me for the “Curse of the Marvel Value Stamp,” a terrifying podcast recounting of how twelve-year-old me cut up his copy of Hulk #181 for a useless scrap of paper … and maybe became a better person for it!
The Longbox Graveyard Sidekick Showdown March Madness Tournament grinds towards its conclusion … and YOUR votes have determined the championship match!
- (1) Robin defeated (4) Rick Jones, 61/39
- (3) Bucky Barnes defeated (7) Wonder Girl, 57/43
Robin had little trouble with Rick Jones — though he we challenged for the first time in this tournament — and the Boy Wonder has punched his ticket for the final showdown. On the other side of the bracket, Bucky Barnes trailed a hotly competitive Wonder Girl for most of the week, before a surge of weekend votes put him over the top. I guess being part of the biggest April weekend movie opening of all time will do that for you!
Here’s how our challengers made it to the championship match:
YOUR FINAL VOTE will decide who wins the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Sidekick Showdown! Vote below … vote early … and vote often! And tell your friends!
CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH VOTING WILL CLOSE sometime in the evening of Saturday, April 12th. The winner will be announced here at Longbox Graveyard on Monday, April 14th!
Your votes have given us a great final, with two sidekicks who might be either side of the same coin. Both characters were introduced in the 1940s; both characters were loyal sidekicks to some of the greatest superheroes of all time; and both characters have changed with the times, even managing to step from the shadows of their mentors to become important heroes of their own! We’ve even got a Marvel vs. DC final, with all the emotional baggage that entails!
BUT ONLY ONE HERO CAN WIN! VOTE NOW FOR YOUR FAVORITE SIDEKICK, BELOW!
Robin … the Boy Wonder … vs. Bucky, the Winter Soldier!
Voting for the Longbox Graveyard March Madness Sidekick Showdown will end sometime on the eventing of April 12th!
(And tell us why your favorite sidekick deserves to win in the comments section, below!)
This week’s FOOM Friday continues my examination of FOOM #13, which was all about Conan the Barbarian.
So why am I writing about The Coming Of Galactus?
It’s all down to a quote in FOOM #13 from Roy Thomas, discussing how he felt Robert E. Howard’s Conan had already peaked before Howard’s untimely death in 1936. In effect, Roy suggested that after a certain point, there’s little sense in telling more tales about a hero:
ROY: The problem is the same thing that happened to the FANTASTIC FOUR in 1965 or 1966, with the coming of Galactus. Once you’ve fought a God, which is basically what Galactus was, how do you go back to the other stuff? And everything since then to me, or almost everything on that book — even good things that came afterwards like the Inhumans — has been ten years of a rather competent anti-climax. There are some strips that just naturally climax at a certain point and anything you do afterward can still be good and saleable and go on forever –
FOOM: But you’ve said what you have to say.
The nature of comic book publishing ensures that the stories will go on, even if it is all anti-climax … but Roy has a point. Have the Fantastic Four broken any genuinely new ground since the Galactus story, or has it all been reboots, re-imaginings, and “fresh takes” on a glorious but fast-fading past?
Did the Fantatic Four jump the cosmic shark in 1966? What do YOU think? Share your thoughts in the comments, below.
I have a high-profile guest blogging engagement running right now over at What Culture!
5 Marvel Comics Fashion Disasters Of The 1970s is kind of like one of the very popular Top 10 articles I sometimes run here at Longbox Graveyard … except that it has five entries, instead of ten. And it isn’t on Longbox Graveyard.
Otherwise, it’s identical, honest! I get fractions of a penny for every click on this article, so aim your click-bots for What Culture, and watch me burn on poor Luke Cage’s fashion sense!
Thanks to What Culture for hosting my goofy article!