10 deaths of Captain America, real and fictional
Death in comics has ceased to create the desired effect, in my opinion, a very long time ago. Only an inexperienced reader can take seriously the death of a hero…

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How Americans imported German humor
“Bam!” On Sunday: Comics pioneers are honored in Frankfurt as pioneers of contemporary art history. Against their background, Picasso looks outdated. Among them was a German artist. In 1900, a…

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"Nobody will fall in love with Peter" and other subtleties of a forgotten rock opera about Spider-Man
Of course, it may seem that the most curious musical adventure involving Peter Parker is the 2011 Broadway musical Spider-Man: Extinguish Darkness, which seemed to curse long before the premiere,…

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Comics in which superheroes were dying is unthinkable simply for their world

High sales of any comic book series will guarantee that the publisher will continue to print these thin magazines until demand falls. This can go on for months, years, or decades for the coolest series. The love of fans, as a rule, knows no bounds and requires that she be fed monthly with new adventures of a super guy (damsel) or a super team in tight tights. The longer the story goes on, the greater the headache for the scriptwriters, who are forced to think over the years how the hero defeats the army of his enemies again and again, although, it would seem, this time for the thousandth time he definitely had no chance. Sooner or later, absurd accidents and divine interventions become the cause of victories. And after thousands of pages, we begin to firmly believe that the hero is immortal. But at the moment when the popularity of the comic strip falls, and the publisher wants to cash in on the superhero for the last time, the scriptwriter gets the opportunity to kill the hero. More often, a character may be allowed to die in an alternate world. And then we see how easy it is, in fact, to kill him when it is allowed.
Below are three Marvel stories in which superheroes died too easily for the comic book world.

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The man who made millions on old basement comics

The story of how a life-changing collection almost ended up in the trash bin Among collectors of a certain age, lamentations are very common, like “My mother threw away all my comics, and now they would cost a fortune.” (There is still a variation of this complaint when people moan over lost baseball cards.) In many cases, even in most of them, such statements are nothing more than a haze of youthful nostalgia clouded by clouds of greed. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that in the last ten years we have become witnesses to a real increase in the value of some comics and a rethinking of this value. For example, “Action Comics” # 1 (the first comic strip where Superman appeared), which once sold for 10 cents, can now bring its owner a seven-figure sum, provided that he is in perfect condition. The price of the story of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics # 27 in recent years has exceeded $ 1 million, while Amazing Fantasy # 15 (Spider-Man’s debut), Flash Comics # 1, Marvel Comics ”# 1 and“ All-American Comics ”# 16, in which Green Lantern first appeared, are valued at a solid six-figure sum. It is difficult to say why this market has suddenly risen to such an extent, and rare book dealers are often amazed at such prices. Most likely, several factors play a role here at once: excitement, skillfully implicated in nostalgia; the desire of young collectors to acquire a “cool” cultural artifact; reassessing and recognizing the talents of older screenwriters and illustrators (such as Stan Lee, Continue reading

What is happening in the world of movie comics

How adventures of people in ridiculous costumes became a powerful industry and how to get pleasure from it. Another ComicCon ended in California and presented us with a lot of info-guides: the Wonder Woman trailer from Gal Gadot, for example, a teaser for the new season of Game of Thrones and much more. But this is not even important, but another thing: the fact that film comics today is the top (in the box office, at least, sense) of the entire film industry, the last skeptic has ceased to doubt. The largest actors try on tights about who is better – Batman or Superman – adults argue on Facebook, and we analyze the phenomenon and how we came to this. The confrontation between DC and Marvel Any superhero movie that comes out for rent belongs to one of the two largest competing comic book studios – DC or Marvel. And this is a fundamental point: each studio has a set of its heroes, its drama and the characteristic tone of the narrative. And therefore, having even a slight idea of ​​each of them, you can Continue reading

The World "Zhui": Alexander Ilyin about a detective comic book lined up around food
In Russian, the second volume of the comic strip series “Rui” was released - a gloomy fantasy about a detective who can see his past by a bitten apple. However,…

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Interview with Philip Pullman: “I have always loved comics, and now I am writing one of them”
Philip Pulman tells Nicolette Jones about his new graphic novel, which takes place on the high seas, and why he is going to endow the nation with his ponytail. In…

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The 11 craziest cameos by Neil Gaiman
Remember how Neil Gaiman played Jareth from the Labyrinth and ate cartoon falafel balls? Not? Then I ask here - to the most amazing episodes with his participation ... Neil…

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The term “graphic novel” did a good job. We don’t need him anymore
Hey Glen, did you hear? Last March, March: Book Three by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, written by Congressman John Lewis, co-authored with Andrew Aidin, is the…

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