Article & Podcast: (04-18-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Superman and the Mole Men was a pilot, or trial balloon as they called them back in the day, series which debuted George Reeves as Superman. George Reeves became a beloved Superman to an entire generation of fans through the Adventures of Superman television series. However, Superman and the Mole Men left a lot to be desired with it's too serious attitude and ham-fisted moral message and lack of action. Karl from When It Was Cool tells us all about Superman and the Mole Men (1951). Read More.
Article & Podcast: (04-10-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Captain America II: Death Too Soon was the sequel to Captain America, a made for TV movie special that aired in 1979. It was also the last time we would see the Reb Brown TV version of Captain America. This was actually a pretty good movie and, aside from the kind of goofy costuming, held up as well as other 1970s action adventure properties. Join Karl from When It Was Cool as he looks back at this television special from 1979. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (04-04-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Captain America was the first of two made for TV specials that aired in 1979 featuring the Marvel Comic books character Captain America starring Reb Brown in the lead role. Coming on the heels of the successful The Incredible Hulk television series, Captain America failed to launch into a full fledged television series but the TV pilot holds up better than you might remember. Join Karl from When It Was Cool as he looks back at this television special from 1979. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (03-28-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Legends of the Superheroes was just terrible. Two Legends of the Superheroes specials aired in 1979 just a few days apart. This review looks at the second one "The Roast". It reunited two members of the 1960s Batman cast- Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) but Frank Gorshin (Riddler) who appeared in part one decided to sit this one out, along with several new heroes and villains- Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Captain Marvel, Huntress, Black Canary, The Atom, Dr. Sivana, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, the Weather Wizard, and others. As awesome as that may sound... it wasn't. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (03-21-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) There's no good way of saying this. As bad as I wanted this to be good, or at least entertaining, Legends of the Superheroes was just terrible. Two Legends of the Superheroes specials aired in 1979 just a few days apart. This review looks at the first one "The Challenge". It reunited three members of the 1960s Batman cast- Adam West (Batman), Burt Ward (Robin), and Frank Gorshin (Riddler), along with several new heroes and villains- Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Captain Marvel, Huntress, Black Canary, Dr. Sivana, Sinestro, Solomon Grundy, the Weather Wizard, and others. As awesome as that may sound... it wasn't. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (03-14-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Join When It Was Cool editor Karl Stern with his look back at the 1950 Columbia serialized film adventure Atom Man vs. Superman! This 15 part serial series was a sequel to the 1948 Superman series and features Lex Luthor as the lead villain masquerading under a mask as the Atom Man while trying to destroy Metropolis. A fun filled adventures series. Read more.
Article: (03-10-2018) Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at one of the most iconic characters in comics - Captain Marvel (Shazam). Now with his own movie, Shazam is more in the pop culture spotlight than he has been in decades. In this article we take a look at the various incarnations and live action appearances of one of the earliest and greatest superheroes- Captain Marvel - Shazam! Read More.
Article & Podcast: (03-07-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Join When It Was Cool editor Karl Stern with this look back at the 1948 Columbia serialized film adventure Superman! This 15 part serial series featured the first live action appearance of Superman and includes his origins, the origin of Kryptonite, and his battle against the mysterious Spider Lady. A fun, action packed, movie serial. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (02-21-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Join When It Was Cool editor Karl Stern with this look back at the 1944 Republic serialized film adventure Captain America! This 15 part serial series used a man in a Captain America costume playing a character with essentially none of the elements of the Marvel Comics character. The lead actor even died a few weeks after filming from a heart attack after being cast slightly overweight to play Captain America. If it sounds like this serial is horrible, surprisingly, it isn't. It also isn't really Captain America either. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (02-14-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Join When It Was Cool with this look back at the 1949 follow-up to The Batman titled simply Batman and Robin. Released as a 15 part serial series in 1949 this Batman adventure featured all new actors, better stories, and significantly worse costuming. This Columbia Pictures feature met with great success at the time and we take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly costumes of this great old-timey classic. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (02-07-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) You win some and you lose some. Unfortunately, the 1943 Columbia movie serial The Batman is a real loser. From terrible casting to overt in-your-face propagandized racism, there is little to love about the first appearance of the Batman on film. Join When It Was Cool editor Karl Stern as he takes a look back in this free article (accompanied by a Patreon exclusive audio podcast) at the first time Batman appeared on film and what happened next! Read More.
The comic book and movie community is divided. The world is at war. The hard question must be asked: Do you prefer your Superman with or without red shorts? Yeah, it's not the most pressing question in the world but fans seem genuinely divided over Superman's shorts. In this article, When It Was Cool editor Karl Stern talks about why it both does and does not matter. Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at one of the most critically acclaimed serialized features from the golden era of movies; Republic films Adventures of Captain Marvel (Shazam) starring Tom Tyler and Frank Coghlan, Jr. This serial is perfectly cast and holds up much better than most of the old movie serials do. Find out all about the series and what happened to the two main stars as we take a look back at the Adventures of Captain Marvel. Be sure to download the podcast review special as well! Read More.
When It Was Cool has crunched the numbers using dozens of Best of Comics, Greatest Comic Books, and Must Read Comic Book Stories lists. We have polled the visitors to When It Was Cool and these are the 100 Greatest Comic Book Single Issues, Comic Book Runs, and Graphic Novels of all time! Where did your favorite comic book or comic book story rank on the top 100 comics of all time list? Check it out! Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at the 1970s Marvel Comic book series Werewolf by Night which, not only brought the classic Wolfman / Werewolf into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Moon Knight. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this frightening Marvel Comic book series- Werewolf by Night! Read More.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at the dark 1970s Marvel Comic book series The Tomb of Dracula which, not only brought the classic Vampire into the Marvel Universe but introduced us to other new and interesting characters like Blade the Vampire Slayer. #MonsterMonth continues with a look back at this macabre Marvel Comic book series- The Tomb of Dracula! Read More.
Joseph Perry is back with another great comic book review. This time he takes a look at The Twilight Zone from Gold Key Comics and review two issues of The Twilight Zone television show comic book spin-off. Read More.
Absolutely Everything You Did (or Did Not) Want to Know About the Most Maligned G.I. Joe Character- The Headman
He is a character so unlikable that he was portrayed as being hated by G.I. Joe and Cobra alike! Writers and artist went to great lengths to make him completely hateable with no redeeming qualities because drugs are bad... m'kay? Join us on a detailed look at the G.I. Joe enemy- The Headman. Read more.
Karl Stern from When It Was Cool takes a look at some superheroes he really wants to like but hasn't found a great story about them. This article also contains a free When It Was Cool podcast special you can stream or download. From Ant-Man to the X-Men here are some comic book characters we really want to like! Read More.
Two years ago Marvel Comics had momentum and ate up a giant slice of the comic book distribution pie. Now, there is a steady stream of negative Marvel Comics stories from their controversial diversity comments to the handling of Captain America. So, what is the trouble with Marvel and why don't they see the point? Read More.
Free Reading the Marvel Universe in Order Podcast - Fantastic Four #1 Podcast
The When It Was Cool family reads the Marvel 616 Universe in chronological order starting with the November 1961 Fantastic Four issue 1 in which the team comes together to face the Mole Man. This podcast series is a Patreon supporter exclusive but issue 1 is free for everyone.
When It Was Cool takes a look back at the iconic Batman solo title debut from 1940 featuring two Joker stories and an early peak at Catwoman, plus Robin the boy wonder. Batman issue 1 shows us a very different Batman than the one in the modern age, one who kills. We also get the origin of Bruce Wayne and his transformation into the Batman told for the first time in comics. Read More.
When It Was Cool pens an open letter to Marvel Comics begging them to take Moon Knight back to his supernatural origins. Read More.
Karl Stern takes a look at the mess of a mini-series Marvel has gotten themselves into. It's a fight between two sides over something or other. Read the article.
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