101 Marvel Comics Characters Comic Book Debuts
Article: (03-25-2019) (Zones: Comic Books) Marvel Comics got its start way back in 1939, but at the time it was known as Timely Comics. The era saw the launch of some of their most iconic characters including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and several characters that have been dominating the box office over the past several years such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, The Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more. Here is an amazing chart provided by AAAStateofPlay.com detailing the first appearance of many Marvel Comics greats! Read More.
Article & Podcast: (11-10-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Today is #HawkmanDay on social media and fans and comic book creators are celebrating one of the oldest DC Comics characters - Hawkman! Hawkman has a complicated backstory but a very cool costume design. He has been around since the golden age of comics, has been a staple of DC Comics since the 1940s, has had action figures, a role on the Super Friends, and appearances throughout media. Celebrate Hawkman with us today at When It Was Cool. Read More.
Article: (10-04-2018) (Zones: Comics) We continue to celebrate #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool and today we look back at the early appearances of Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster in the pages of Silver Surfer and his own Marvel Comics title - The Monster of Frankenstein. The Monster has been used less frequently in Marvel Comics than in DC Comics but today we look at the first and early appearances of the Frankenstein Monster in the Marvel Universe. Read More.
Article: (10-02-2018) (Zones: Comics) We continue to celebrate #MonsterMonth here at When It Was Cool and today we look back at the first appearance of Dr. Frankenstein and his Monster in the pages of Detective Comics where he ultimately confronts Batman and Robin. The golden age of comics featured lots of scientific elements and fun action. Read More.
Article: (08-09-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Moon Knight is an amazing character from the Marvel Universe, well, he could be an amazing character. Instead, he has fallen into eras of being a low-rent Batman, a punch-em up superhero, and a social commentary for the exploration of mental illness. When It Was Cool argues that the character would best be used by returning to his original eerie macabre roots. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (08-08-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) In this article, Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at the movie that launched the DC Comics Warner Brothers cinematic universe and, unfortunately, set the tone for it as well. Man of Steel isn't a bad movie but it doesn't know what it is, tries to be too many movies packed into one, and has a needless darkness that has effected every DC movie since. Henry Cavill as the lead character Superman does a fine job with what he has to work with but there is a lot going on in this movie... let's discuss it. Read More.
Article: (07-30-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) In mid-1977 Godzilla stomped out of the Toho movies and into the pages of Marvel Comics and began a rampant campaign of destruction from coast to coast across the United States. Godzilla - King of the Monsters is set fully inside the Marvel Universe with Godzilla meeting the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, and even the Avengers. When It Was Cool takes a look back at the 1977 licensed Marvel comic book series - Godzilla King of the Monsters. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (07-18-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Yes... we finally got around to reviewing the latest (awful) offering from the (horrendous) Warner Brothers DC movie universe. We finally get all of our (least) favorite movie universe heroes together to be sad in unison and fight an outrageously forgettable villain. DC's movie universe needs razed to the ground, buried, and forgotten. Tonya and Karl review this sludge of a movie in today's When It Was Cool movie review. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (07-11-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Ghost Rider is a Marvel Comics character who got his first movie in 2007 and a sequel a few years later. Though these movies are not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe there isn't any real reason they couldn't be. The Ghost Rider movie stars Nicholas Cage in the lead role and is largely faithful to the 1970s comic version of Ghost Rider. Sam Elliott also stars as the circa 1800s era Ghost Rider which is a very different take on the comic book version. How did the movie hold up? Join Karl as he looks back at Ghost Rider (2007). Read More.
Article & Podcast: (06-27-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) Continuing the continuity of the previous Superman movies starring Christopher Reeve, Brandon Routh gets the biggest role of his career thus far as Superman in Superman Returns. Ignoring Superman III and Superman IV, this movie re-imagines post Superman II continuity with Superman flying off into space for a few years only to return to a world that has moved on without him. Kevin Spacey replaces Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor and is up to another real estate scheme. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (06-13-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) The final Christopher Reeve Superman movie features Superman trying to save the world from nuclear weapons and the super powered Nuclear Man. This movie failed on just about every level and the Wikipedia entry calls it one of the worst movies ever made. I wouldn't go that far but this movie just did not work. Join When It Was Cool as we take a look at Superman trying to save the world from itself, Nuclear Man, and then just straight up admitting defeat in our review of Superman IV - The Quest for Peace. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (06-06-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) The hits just keep on coming for the Superman movie franchise starring Christopher Reeve. This time the directors just give up and decide to make a Richard Pryor comedy instead during which Superman shows up, turns mean, and fights himself. This movie is something else and people seem to utterly hate Superman III. Here is what When It Was Cool thought about it. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (05-30-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) As established with my review of Superman (1978) I am not a fan of these movies and the Richard Donner cut only furthered my disdain for them. I know some people hold these films up as nostalgic symbols of their childhood but I didn't like these films when I was a kid and I like them less now. In fact, I liked Superman II the best of them all until I watched the Richard Donner cut for the first time and... oh boy. Here we go. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (05-23-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) I'm probably going to lose friends over this one. Superman (1978) is one of the most beloved movies in superhero fandom and Christopher Reeve certainly deserves the accolades. But I hate this movie. I hate everything about this that isn't Christopher Reeve. I recently re-watched it again for the first time in many years and here are my thoughts on Superman (1978). Your mileage may vary. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (05-16-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) In 1977 Marvel Comics brought Spider-Man to live action for the first time. Well... not the first time if you count the Electric Company on PBS but you get the picture. I had no idea that this ended up being a TV series that ran TWO seasons! My childhood memory wanted this to be a couple TV specials and I remember them not being very good. Well, the TV pilot wasn't as bad as I remembered. It wasn't good but it wasn't horrible. More like just boring while soaked in 1970s. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (05-09-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989) was a made for TV movie featuring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as David Banner and the Incredible Hulk. One year after their return to television special, NBC brought the duo together again to team them with Rex Smith as the Daredevil to take on Wilson Fisk and his criminal empire. Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look back at this fun made for TV adventure movie. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (05-07-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) One of the biggest and most epic superhero movies in history is Avengers: Infinity War. There was a literal ten year build up to this movie and it did not disappoint with a huge cast of superhero characters including Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, The Hulk, and over a dozen more. Karl and Tonya from When It Was Cool give you this spoiler free article review then, if you want to dive deeper into spoiler territory, there is a downloadable podcast to give you even more! Read more.
Article & Podcast: (05-02-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) was a made for TV movie featuring the return of Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno as David Banner and the Incredible Hulk after being gone from television for several seasons and features the first ever live action appearance of Thor! Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look back at this fun made for TV adventure movie. Read More.
Article & Podcast: (04-25-2018) (Zones: Comic Books) The Green Hornet (1940) was a 13 part film serial edited into a two hour movie. The Green Hornet is part of the George W. Trendle universe and, in that continuity, is the great nephew of the Lone Ranger. He is accompanied by martial arts expert and genius inventor sidekick Kato. In this article and podcast special, Karl from When It Was Cool takes a look at The Green Hornet (1940) Read More.
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.
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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