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September 15, 2017
by Dan
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Jeet Heer on Jack Kirby

At the New Republic, Jeet Heer looks back at the work of Jack Kirby, the cartoonist who shaped the Marvel Universe and remade popular culture:  The superhero stories Kirby created or inspired have dominated American comic books for nearly 75 … Continue reading

April 14, 2014
by Dan
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Batman: Strange Days

For me, and I suspect plenty of other people of a certain age, the noir-inspired Batman: The Animated Series, is still the most satisfying version of the character to come to screen. The series has long since ended but happily, … Continue reading

October 17, 2013
by Dan
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Superman 75th Anniversary Animated Short

Superman through the years in two minutes: There’s a list of annotations on the DC Comics blog.

May 30, 2013
by Dan
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Karen Berger: Mother of ‘The Weird Stuff’

“It’s the weird stuff… The stuff that makes you different.” The New York Times interviews Karen Berger, the former executive editor of Vertigo, whose departure from DC Comics has raised questions about the imprint’s future: When Ms. Berger joined DC … Continue reading

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