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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