Avengers — Kree/Skrull War!

Avengers-Kree/Skrull War!

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Longbox Graveyard #46

I’m four decades past my own personal comic book Golden Age, so I don’t expect everyone else to attach a lot of importance to many of the books I’ve examined here at Longbox Graveyard. Titles like Ms. Marvel, Micronauts, The Defenders, and Deathlok were obscure in their day — I’ve celebrated them here but I am fully aware few of today’s fans share my enthusiasm for these moldy oldies. But there are some titles from my heyday that I would expect to resonate with “kids these days” — titles with characters that are still active today, with events that form the historic underpinnings of continuing comic book universes.

I thought the AvengersKree/Skrull War was one of those events, especially with an Avengers movie due any day (and with the movie featuring an alien invasion of some sort). But no dice…

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The Song of Red Sonja

The Song of Red Sonja

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Longbox Graveyard #139

Welcome to TheDollar Box, where I look at comics with an original cover price of a dollar or less. This time we travel back to the dim pre-history of Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian Age — and the even more remote year of 1973 — for a date with a certain she-devil with a sword in issue #24 of Conan the Barbarian!

It’s The Song of Red Sonja!

Barry Windsor-Smith and Roy Thomas, Conan #24

Two-and-a-half years into its run, Marvel’s Conan the Barbarian had survived an early flirtation with cancellation to become an accidental masterpiece. Sales were up, awards were rolling in, and the book had been promoted to monthly status. Ably guided by writer Roy Thomas and a brilliant young artist by the name of Barry Windsor-Smith, Conan had broken through to become one of Marvel’s most popular comics.

Unfortunately, Conan was about to become a casualty of its own success. The…

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Monster Mash

Monster Mash

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Halloween Month is nearly complete here at Longbox Graveyard, but there is still time to enjoy a monster mash of horror comics goodness before the big night!

The month kicked off with my review of Afterlife With Archie, but that was only the most recent time I’ve written about horror comics. I’ve also enthused about Tomb of Dracula (twice!) …

Tomb of Dracula #26

… the classic Wein & Wrightson era of Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing #4, Len Wein & Bernie Wrightson

… and I walked with the Walking Dead!

The Walking Dead Are Here To Stay (For One More Season, At Least)

I also paid homage to Godzilla, the King of the Monsters; examined the very monstrous Martians of Killraven’s War of the Worlds; and even reflected a bit about the time I got to write a couple issues about Rune, the Malibu Ultraverse vampire Prince of Void!

P. Craig Russell & Don McGregor, Amazing Adventures #29

And don’t forget my horror and science fiction-themed Pinterest Galleries: Tomb of Dracula, Swamp Thing

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Six Signature Superhero Sound Effects!

Six signature superhero sound effects

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Longbox Graveyard #136

One of the singular pleasures of being a comic book fan is puzzling out their onomatopoetically-rendered sound effects!

Sound Effects by Wally Wood!

Sound Effects” from MAD, by the brilliant Wally Wood

While sound effects have somewhat fallen out of favor in contemporary comics writing, I still love them. And while I love a good BLAM! or WHAM! as much as the next guy, I particularly enjoy sound effects that are strongly associated with a specific character or comic. While most comic book sound effects are made up by a creator on-the-spot, a signature sound effect is always the same, and as much a part of a character as their costume or name.

My criteria for calling something a “signature” sound effect is simple — you have to know it in the dark. If all you have is a black panel with a single sound effect, but you still know what is happening…

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Captain America Covers Gallery

Captain America covers gallery

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Visit my Captain America Covers Gallery on Pinterest.

Captain America #224

Read my columns about Captain AmericaThe Rap On Cap, American Dream, Farewell To The King, Top Ten Captain America Villains, and celebrate Sam Wilson as the NEW Captain America in The Coming of … the Falcon!

(View all Longbox Graveyard Pinterest Galleries HERE).

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