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8.0

This is a beloved tale in Spider-Man noir, and with good reason. Here Spider-Man meets Timmy, his #1 fan and makes his day (Or night) by paying him a visit and showing him first hand how his powers work. It's the greatest experience the boy can ask for and the adventure of a lifetime, which turns out to sadly be a short one as poor Timmy is terminally ill.
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Amazing Spider-Man #248

By: Roger Stern, John Romita Jr.

The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man. This tale of true heroism touches the heart of all who read it.

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8.5

Kraven's last hunt became an instant hit and is still a fan favorite over 30 years later. This is the most important chapter as it's Kraven's death. One so well done I always thought resurrecting him was an injustice to such a well-made death sequence. This issue alone is what makes this saga so legendary (And the other 5 issues were amazingly spectacular too). This is also one of my top 10 most r more

Amazing Spider-Man #294

By: J.M. DeMatteis, Mike Zeck

It's the startling conclusion to Kraven's Last Hunt. After Kraven proves his superiority over Spider-Man, what is left for the hunter? You must read this shocking ending.

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7.5

I've always liked the cover to this one. Spidey beaten and Hobgoblin triumphant? Nah...
I first read this story in a Marvel Tales reprint. It was the first reference to the Green Goblin and introduced me to the Osborn family. I didn't know at the time what big roles they had in Spider-Man's life. It also offered interesting insight in the connection between the Green Goblin and the Hobgoblin.

Amazing Spider-Man #261

By: Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

The Hobgoblin goes for broke in his quest to put Spider-Man away forever! And it looks like nothing Spidey can do will stop him!

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8.5

I found this at a garage sale 12 years after its release, and it gave interesting insight into the history of the Black Cat's character, not to mention Spidey's relationship with her. The poor gal just can't resist stealing and Spidey must choose, love or responsibility.
This was an interesting tale from the past when I first read it, and I still remember how it made me want to learn more abo more

Amazing Spider-Man #227

By: Roger Stern, John Romita Jr.

It's difficult for Spider-Man to take down the Black Cat. Especially when his heart is involved. An emotional and wrenching battle that Spider-Man doesn't want to win!

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8.0

If I were a kid checking this out at the drug store I knew I'd have to choose this book to spend my hard saved $0.12 over a soda at the fountain. With Spider-Man still in his early phase of creation, and the key demographic for comics were still kids, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sure knew how to make an eye-catching cover alone. Dr.Octopus unmasks our hero. What now? Is this the last issue? If I were more

Amazing Spider-Man #12

By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Released: May 6, 1964

Spider-Man confronts J. Jonah Jameson about his constant negative reporting in the Daily Bugle. Meanwhile, Dr. Octopus is in the middle of a nationwide crime spree.

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8.0

Another of many Lee/Ditko masterworks. This issue is a fine example of why Spider-Man has made it through the test of time so well. Not even at 10 issues yet and he already had one of the coolest rogues galleries in all Super Herodom.
Electro has always been one of the coolest. A guy who can manipulate something as powerful as electricity. There have been tons of Supervillains with that kind more

Amazing Spider-Man #9

By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Released: Feb 5, 1964

The Man Called Electro
Meet the super-powered villain Electro! Does the web-slinger have to power to stop him!

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7.5

They really knew how to give Spider-Man covers detail back then. Stan was on to something there too. I always wish he'd explored the concept of Spidey seeing a psychiatrist. I can imagine how the Doctor would've served as an interesting supporting character for years to come, becoming one of Spidey's most trusted friends, all the while not knowing his true identity.
I first read this tale in more

Amazing Spider-Man #13

By: Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
Released: Jun 10, 1964

Meet our webhead's newest foe: Mysterio, the master of illusion!

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10

I'll never forget buying that milestone edition 27 years ago. The Summer was ending and I'd be resuming my 13 year prison sentence, better known as school. This was my first Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And it was spectacular. It took my mind off the unpleasant fact in a week and a half I'd be in the last place on Earth I wanted to be.
In addition to being Dr. Doom's first appea more

Fantastic Four #5

By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Released: Jul 4, 1962

Prisoners of Doctor Doom!
The Fantastic Four are captured by the ruthless Dr. Doom. With Sue as his hostage, Doom sends the rest of the team back in time to recover the legendary Blackbeard's treasure!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Thor #432 Jul 1, 2020
7.5

This was my first Thor issue. Appropriate seeing as it also included a bonus reprint of his first adventure. I found the 2 stories very different, as I had a lot of catching up between them. This book also has a lot of sentimentality to me as it was my first Marvel book as well. And we all know our first Marvel is regarded in high esteem in our books.

Thor #432

By: Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz

BROTHER VS. BROTHER! Thor and Loki clash with all their might, but in the heat of battle, Thor does the unthinkable! What will be the repercussions for Thor's forbidden actions? And will Eric be spared of them?

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8.5

The original sequel trilogy. The novels are what brought Star Wars back in the early '90s. If those Disney Dumbasses had one iota of brains instead of big dollar signs in their eyes, they'd have made movie versions of this trilogy instead of the pile of horse shit they made instead. Then we'd have got our money worth instead of flushing it down the toilet with the entire franchise's integrity.

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1

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Released: Jan 13, 2010

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #42 Jul 1, 2020
7.5

In the '90s if you were above the age of 6, there was nothing more annoying than Barney. Crocky, was DC's answer to him, and this issue left us all wishing copyright laws didn't exist so we could see Robin kick the ass of a robber in a Barney costume instead. A very funny issue.

Robin #42

By: Chuck Dixon, Jason Armstrong
Released: May 28, 1997

In a one-shot story, Crocky the Crocodile, beloved mascot of tots everywhere, goes on a crime spree and it's up to Robin to bring the Croc to justice.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #12 Jul 1, 2020
8.0

Poor Tim has to deal with something no crime fighter wants to deal with-A fight while on a date. He's forced to let two loudmouth hoodlums, whom he could clobber in no time beat him up in front of his girl. Their problems aren't over either. His girlfriend's family business is threatened by a protection racket ran by former KGB operatives, including the KGBeast himself. At least we get to see Tim more

Robin #12

By: Chuck Dixon, Phil Jimenez
Released: Nov 30, 1994

"Prodigal" part 8, continued from DETECTIVE COMICS #680. After getting bullied and beaten up in his civilian guise while at a movie with his girlfriend, Tim gets some payback while on patrol as Robin. Continued in BATMAN #514.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #13 Jul 1, 2020
8.5

Crisis on Infinite Earths gave us a less-pleasant goodbye between Batman and the original Robin. This issue seemed to repair that rift that was torn with Dick's departure. He gives Bruce an overdue piece of his mind and tells him how disappointed he was not to turn to him in the first place, and instead put his trust in an unstable born and bred assassin. Bruce also gets to say what he's had so mu more

Robin #13

By: Chuck Dixon, John Cleary
Released: Dec 28, 1994

"Prodigal" conclusion! While Robin takes on Gotham's newest vigilante Steeljacket, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson try to make sense of their volatile past and mentor and ward come to blows!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #7 Jul 1, 2020
9.5

This was the one we all looked forward to for 8 long months. When Bruce Wayne returned to see what a mistake putting Azrael in charge was. He'd have to undergo intense training to get back in shape, but one thing was clear though thanks to this issue-The real Batman was finally coming back and that abomination we had to endure since the previous Fall was on his way out.

Robin #7

By: Chuck Dixon, Tom Grummett
Released: May 25, 1994

Tim Drake's father Jack Drake returns home, but the family reunion gets cut short when Bruce Wayne and Robin decide to confront current Batman Jean-Paul Valley about his extremely questionable actions.

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #45 Jul 1, 2020
7.5

This story focuses on how unfair it is to be a teen in an irresponsible generation. Poor Tim isn't even given a chance to try and explain his predicament. Instead his dad makes a jerk of himself by jumping to conclusions and being too short-fused and hotheaded to think clearly. In ways you can understand, but knowing what he doesn't, you know how unfair he's being and think "What an ass..."
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Robin #45

By: Chuck Dixon, Stewart "Staz" Johnson
Released: Aug 27, 1997

Crime rages as a hostage situation escalates in town. The city needs Robin. But Robin's other self, teenaged Tim Drake, is at home, grounded by his father!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Robin #19 Jul 1, 2020
9.0

There's a lot of humor to this book. You'd think a character like the General would be from a low-class family living in Gotham's more run down slums, but instead he comes from an average suburban family. They add that humorous element to the story. He has his mother completely brainwashed, believing him to be a perfect angel, while his father tries, but is obviously uncomfortable around the kid. more

Robin #19

By: Chuck Dixon, Mike Wieringo
Released: Jul 26, 1995

Ancient Rome meets Modern Day Gotham City when boy general Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong is released from prison and forces the Boy Wonder into a battle in his self-stylized coliseum!

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #85 Jun 28, 2020
5.5

Sorry, but the only thing I can say that sounds positive in any way is Thank God this Overly-long, completely pointless poor man's Knightfall rip-off is over. If I never see another story where Bane takes over the city again in my lifetime, it'll be too soon. Why was it called "City of Bane" anyway? It was the overly used Flashpoint Batman responsible for everything. Bane was just a lowly flunky, more

Batman #85

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Dec 18, 2019

The stunning conclusion to "City of Bane" is here! How will Flashpoint Batman be vanquished from our dimension? What will become of Gotham Girl now that she's betrayed all she knows? How will the Bat team cope without Alfred? Will Catwoman stick around? Who will rebuild Gotham City? Is Batman ever going to be Batman again? The event of the summer n...

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Batman #50 Jun 28, 2020
4.0

I've read comics with disappointing endings before, but this is likely the biggest of the decade. Sure, I knew it wouldn't go through. Batman's one of the only major superheroes neither to marry or go public with their identity. Not to mention Marvel pulled the same stunt at the same time with their own "Wedding of the year," but at least they had a surprise unexpected couple to marry in the end. more

Batman #50

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 4, 2018

It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbea...

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4.0

The best part of this issue meant this overlived story was over. I hate to speak so negatively about a story by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, since I'm a huge fan of their work. In the '90s I remember eagerly anticipating their next Batman story arriving on the shelf )If I only found one Batman book that month, Let it be theirs).
Unfortunately Batman's presence didn't add much, nor did Bane more

Bane: Conquest #12

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Jun 27, 2018

Bane! Batman! Their eternal feud continues in the heart of a Kobra stronghold! Who will live and who will die? And who will triumph in the end as this crime epic races on to its shocking conclusion, Bane co-creators Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan bring their yearlong saga, the latest chapter in the life of the Man Who Broke the Bat, to a climax that ...

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4.5

I really wish the cover spoke for the story. Gunhawk was one of my more favorite Dixon-Nolan villains. I remember he practically defeated Azrael's Batman in their first encounter. He hadn't appeared in almost 20 years and it would've been a better challenge for Bane than that stupid plan of his for Kobra.
Dixon and Nolan wrote several great tales featuring Bane, but compared to all the other more

Bane: Conquest #9

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Feb 7, 2018

Bane is going to war! And to take down Kobra in their lair, he's going to need an army. Travel around the world with the Man Who Broke The Bat as he assembles his own dirty half-dozen of faces familiar and new. Who has the stuff and who can he trust? The breakneck pace continues as co-creators Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan raise the stakes for Bane ...

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6.0

It's been 3 years, and I was looking through this issue recently. I'm not much of a Bane fan (My Batman #497 review makes that very clear), but I was excited to see one of my favorite '90s Batman Writer/Artist teams, Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan reunited, But that wasn't enough to save make it worth what I had to pay. This book sadly left much to be desired. Especially after Tom King's "I am Bane" more

Bane: Conquest #1

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: May 3, 2017

The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won't ...

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Comics Code Authorities reviewed Superman #18 Jun 28, 2020
4.0

December 2019: It's a BAD Idea and nothing good will come of it.
June 2020: 6 Months have passed and It was a STUPID idea and nothing good ever came of it. Leave the Marvel crap where it belongs Bendis. With them. The problem is how to undo this lame concept. Most likely another reality-altering crisis where "Nothing will ever be the same again" is on the horizon again, and likely EVERY DC ti more

Superman #18

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Dec 11, 2019

With Superman's family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel's life ever!

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7.5

The "Reign of the Supermen" saga reaches its ultimate turning point in this issue where Steel and Superboy fight to defend Metropolis together with help from Luthor and Supergirl. Now that the Cyborg's true colors have shown they'll need all the help they can get, and at last at the end of this issue the real Superman has returned.
This issue ends with the first actual shot of the real Superm more

Superman: The Man of Steel #25

By: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove

"Reign of the Supermen" part 14, continued from ACTION COMICS (1938-2011) #690. The Man of Steel, Lois Lane, Superboy and Supergirl try to get to the bottom of the Cyborg and Mongul's plans. Continued in SUPERMAN (1987-2006) #81.

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8.0

Poor Bizarro. It seems everything he does ends in disaster. And there's this other Superman trying to capture him. This issue explores what a well-meaning character he really is. He shares the regular Superman's feelings for Lois, who sees this and reluctantly helps trap him. Enter the real bad guy, Luthor, who has legal claim to Bizarro, whom his company created, and whom he plans to use to cure more

Superman: The Man of Steel #32

By: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove

"Bizarro World" part 4, continued from ACTION COMICS (1938-2011) #697. Having captured Bizarro and saved Lois, the Man of Steel must take his imperfect clone to the only place that can possibly save the deteriorating duplicate: LexCorp. Continued in SUPERMAN (1987-2006) #88.

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7.5

This was an interesting stand alone story. I was surprised to see the return of Rajiv Naga so soon. Here he hijacks a satellite and uses it as a weapon. Superman really should be careful. As Clark he did admit his identity under truth syrum (Rajiv didn't believe it though). But this was supposed to be their "first encounter" with one another, yet He seems to know the bad guy as though they met. I more

Superman: The Man of Steel #66

By: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove
Released: Feb 5, 1997

Superman's "S" shield represents many things to the citizens of Metropolis and those meanings are explored in this moving story! The Daily Planet does a special feature on the Man of Steel-while Rajiv, the villain who wrecked Lois and Clark's honeymoon, rains terror on Metropolis from a space satellite!

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7.5

Lois gets a chance to shine as the one to save the day in this story. It's so unusual to see poor Clark being tortured by his captors with no powers to stop them. This would've made a great episode of Lois & Clark. This was a thrilling conclusion to the wildest Honeymoon ever.

Superman: The Man of Steel #63

By: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove
Released: Oct 30, 1996

Clark Kent is captured! Without his powers, Lois must come to his rescue!

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8.0

When you grow up in the midwest Tornadoes are a scary, but regular thing. I never saw an actual one and hope never to, but remember a lot of scary near misses. This issue concludes a story where Superman battles Tornadoes all over Kansas. Unlike supervillains he's up against something Natural here. I can imagine his determination because he grew up fearing these storms like I did, but now he can d more

Superman: The Man of Steel #57

By: Roger Stern, Roger Robinson
Released: Apr 24, 1996

With the help of Jay Garrick, Superman puts a stop to the tornadoes going through Kansas.

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8.0

The cover reminds me of a Duck Tales episode. The plot is more comical than usual, but still works. Mr. Mxyzptlk makes a pest of himself, even when he's trying to help. Usually he'd wreck things to get a rise out of Superman, but here he portrays thousands of shocked fanboys at the time, unable to accept Lois and Clark have broken up. He tries everything to pull them back together while granting e more

Superman: The Man of Steel #56

By: Louise Simonson, Jon Bogdanove
Released: Mar 27, 1996

Mr. Mxyzptlk does his best to get Lois and Clark back together again.

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8.5

I remember what I enjoyed about this issue at the time was it featured Luthor back where he belonged. At the heart of the trouble in Metropolis. After nearly one year on the run, and one before out of action, it was good to see him back at Lexcorp, even though it was a secret. But Luthor was the last thing on Superman's mind. He went to see his parents after Lois called off their engagement. That more

Adventures of Superman #535

By: Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen
Released: Apr 10, 1996

Clark pays his folks a visit in Smallville, but he's just not having any luck at all, especially when a tornado threatens to destroy the Kents's rebuilt home and the rest of Smallville!

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8.5

This issue had an intriguing end, but I was disappointed the plot would be one of those that developed a few pages per issue. I remember wanting to see Superman battle the new Intergang before his upcoming metamorphosis, which I boycotted (I was a teenage fanboy still getting over the 2-year-long Spider-Man clone saga, and had enough of heroes becoming "Extreme '90s style," God, did that decade su more

Adventures of Superman #544

By: Karl Kesel, Stuart Immonen
Released: Jan 15, 1997

Who killed Clark Kent in broad daylight in front of the Daily Planet? This tantalizing mystery is only the beginning of the latest menace to face Metropolis-the rise and return of Intergang!

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