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August 28, 2015 – 12:00 pm

Even the most casual student of pop culture is aware of Jack Kirby’s comic book accomplishments, but did you know that he co-created the romance comic genre?

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Bob Leeper co-owned Mesa’s art and collectibles shop Evermore Nevermore, a pop culture haven that was instrumental in reviving the once-sleepy downtown scene by attracting eclectic artisans and other creative forces while organizing events such as Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON.

‘Comics Never Stop’ paper debuts at Valley coffee shops

September 4, 2015 – 9:24 am

See you in the funny papers!

Review: A Walk in the Woods – Gallivanting geezers in the great outdoors

September 2, 2015 – 2:45 pm
AWITW_Feat

A Walk in the Woods is a fun buddy flick overall, but its forest is not quite as refreshing as you might hope.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Fantastic Four #46

August 30, 2015 – 7:45 am
Fantastic Four #46 – January, 1966

Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
Fantastic Four #46 – January, 1966
Cover art by Jack Kirby and …

In love with Jack Kirby

August 28, 2015 – 12:00 pm
Young Love #4 (1949)

Even the most casual student of pop culture is aware of Jack Kirby’s comic book accomplishments, but did you know that he co-created the romance comic genre?

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Detective Comics #359

August 23, 2015 – 7:45 am
Detective Comics #359 – January, 1967

Fans of the sixties’ Batman television show took a big hit last week with the passing of Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl for 26 episodes of the classic series.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Devil Dinosaur #5

August 16, 2015 – 7:45 am
Devil Dinosaur #5 - August, 1978

Scientists say that dinosaurs and cavemen never coexisted, but that didn’t stop Jack Kirby from throwing them together and mixing in some alien action to boot.

Review: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Snazzy sixties spy cinema

August 14, 2015 – 7:45 am
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This cold war era throwback holds its own against the 2015 surplus of spy films. Director Guy Ritchie delivers a fun, stylish thriller with a sixties retro vibe.

Phoenix to celebrate Jack ‘King of Comics’ Kirby’s birthday

August 12, 2015 – 7:45 am
Jack Kirby and friends.

Get hip to the life of comic-book illustrator Jack Kirby, the co-creator of modern American mythology, as Phoenix celebrates the King of Comics’ 98th Birthday.

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Fantastic Four #51

August 9, 2015 – 7:45 am
Fantastic Four #51 – June, 1966

This Man… This Monster is symbolic of the Marvel/Fox film rights flap with Fox trying to run the franchise into the ground with imposter FF characterizations.

Review: Fantastic Four – Fourgeddaboudit

August 7, 2015 – 7:45 am
Fantastic Four

Despite its baggage I had high hopes Josh Trank would deliver an exciting Fantastic Four film that would prove the naysayers wrong. Well…that didn’t happen.

Review: Denny’s ‘Thing Burger’ – A revoltin’ development or slobberin’ time?

August 3, 2015 – 8:03 am
Denny's Slamtastic Thing Burger - photo by Bob Leeper

I bit into Denny’s ‘Thing Burger’ and prayed that I would not be doomed to take a trip to the doctor. Would this be a revoltin’ development or slobberin’ time?

Classic Comic Cover Corner – Amazing Spider-Man #131

August 2, 2015 – 7:45 am
Amazing Spider-Man #131 – April, 1974

Many rumors flying regarding the 2017 Spider-Man reboot, but one bit of Spidey news that I’m uneasy about is that Marisa Tomei might be our new movie Aunt May.

Review: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

July 31, 2015 – 7:45 am
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is one of the best films I’ve seen this year, and in comparison with 2015’s other fun action movies, that’s saying something.

Classic Comic Cover Corner (Dog Days Edition) – Superboy #56

July 26, 2015 – 7:45 am
Superboy #56 – April, 1957

We celebrated Hot Dog Day and we’re tail-deep into the Dog Days of Summer, so it’s time we got ‘Sirius’ and showcased a cover that celebrates man’s best friend.