Category Archives: Out of the Vault

Out of the Vault – Ripley’s Believe It or Not #14

Since we’re approaching Halloween, I’m reviving Out of the Vault for some monstery goodness. First up: Ripley’s Believe It or Not #14, which bears the subtitle on the cover “True Demons and Monsters.” The issue is dated June 1969, and … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – The Amazing Spider-Man #122

Sorry for the late entry. Since we’re about the hit the climactic final portion of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, I figured I would take a look back at one of the comics which provided the movie’s inspiration: The Amazing Spider-Man #122. … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Elektra: Assassin

It should come as no surprise that Frank Miller became a hot property in the aftermath of his success with Batman: The Dark Knight Returns in 1986. What is often forgotten is that, during the same year when Miller’s redefining … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Jontar #2

If you were to ask me what the best comic in my possession is, I would be hard pressed to answer. There are so many I like for so many different reasons. But if you were to ask me about … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Cap’n Quick and a Foozle

Coming in a day late, sorry. Still trying to adjust my time management to an overnight schedule. Last week, we revisited a story published by Eclipse titled “Slab,” which was a reworking of a Steve Englehart Superman/Creeper story he had … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault: The Foozle

Actually going to spend two weeks on this one, because it’s a sort of circular story. It all started with Steve Englehart having a dispute with DC Comics over payment on a story for DC Comics Presents. Englehart took the … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault: A Distant Soil

I talk a lot about the explosion of innovation in the comics of the mid-1980’s, because it’s worth talking about. But it’s also worth remembering that the explosion couldn’t have happened if there hadn’t been pioneers preparing the way. For … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Echo of Futurepast

Once again visiting the 1980’s, just because the decade was such an exciting time to be a comics reader (or arguably a comics creator). The big two comics companies had emerged from the chaos of the late 70’s with a … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Marvel Team-Up #74

It may be a little difficult to believe now, when Marvel superheroes dominate the box-office and permeate popular culture, but there was a time in the 70’s when Marvel was desperately trying to build a wider awareness of its characters … Continue reading

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Out of the Vault – Shade, the Changing Man (1990)

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, DC tried to capitalize on the success of Alan Moore’s reinterpretation of Swamp Thing by bringing on other British writers and giving them other obscure cancelled characters to work their magic on, with … Continue reading

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