Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

Real Heroes

Marvel revisits it super-heroes A-Z from the 60s and Narwain publishes a new title that could be described as “Captain America” today. Mark Arnold reviews selections from the super-hero genre.


The Power and the Glory

If Joe Simon and Jack Kirby created Captain America today, with a more sophisticated and adult audience in mind, they might have come up a book such as this.

Everything about this book is much more extreme than you would typically find in a conventional comic book, with much more nudity, more graphic language and more graphic violence and situations, and it succeeds quite well.

At its heart, there is an element of patriotism, but with much less naiveté than what was typically presented during World War II.








Marvel Legacy: The 1960s Handbook

Back in the 80s, Marvel issued the first in a number of series that detailed the background histories and superpowers of virtually all of its characters and called it Marvel Universe: A-Z.

The series has since been updated and reissued many times. But for this production, Marvel invites readers to: “Imagine a Handbook written at 11:59pm on December 31, 1969.”

Unfortunately, there are a lot of “missing” Marvel characters that probably would have been included had this book actually been issued in 1969, namely from the Western and Comedy genres.

But it’s still an intriguing idea that succeeds on that level alone.







Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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