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What Marvel and DC Should Do Right Now What Marvel and DC Should Do Right Now

So overall sales in the comic book industry is down in 2017 by 6.3%. Sales have cooled off from 2016 (which had giant-sized hits like Civil War II and DC Rebirth) and even DC thinks that the comic book industry is in danger of collapsing. Clearly, both Marvel and DC need something to boost sales in 2017, something…

A History of DC Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part Two A History of DC Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part Two

Welcome, gentle readers, to the last article about DC’s crossovers. Previously, DC turned into some good and some bad crossovers, but going into 2009, things were going to get even more bumpy. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let’s begin.

A History of DC Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part One A History of DC Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part One

Previously: the Golden Age had few, the Silver Age had more, the Bronze Age had the biggest one of all, and the Dark Age had some contenders for the worst. And now we get to the Modern Age, which had perhaps the most ambitious crossovers. Some of them hit their mark and some missed it completely.

A History of DC Crossovers: The Sandman A History of DC Crossovers: The Sandman

Why do things go so horribly wrong for DC in alliterator’s latest series of Crossovers? The Bronze Age ended with Watchmen and DKR and instead of ushering in an age of “Sophisticated Suspense,” DC has one last hurrah with Darkseid and a decade of painful decisions. At least part of this was surely the creation of…

A History of DC Crossovers: The Dark Age A History of DC Crossovers: The Dark Age

Ooh boy. This is going to be a tough one. Previously, the Bronze Age ended with the publication of Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. From now on, due to the success of those two books, comics would take a turn for the dark and the edgy. You think, “Oh, how bad can it be?” but I haven’t even gotten to the part where a…

A History of DC Crossovers: The Bronze Age A History of DC Crossovers: The Bronze Age

Previously, the Silver Age ended with the complete overhaul of the Comics Code Authority. This allowed for darker and more mature themes. It also allowed Marv Wolfman to use actual wolfmen (the Comics Code prohibited the use of “werewolves” in comics, leading to a funny story where DC gave credit to Marv Wolfman as a…

An Explanation for the Ending of DC's Convergence An Explanation for the Ending of DC's Convergence

So Convergence #8, the last issue of the crossover, came out this week and you might have heard that it did something very interesting. Something that I don’t think anyone expected. Here is my explanation, in the form of a Q&A.

A History of DC Crossovers: The Silver Age A History of DC Crossovers: The Silver Age

So last time, we examined the crossovers in the Golden Age between National Comics and All-American Comics before they were merged to create, essentially, DC Comics. (They wouldn’t officially call themselves “DC Comics” until 1977. Before that, they would brand their comics as “A Superman DC Production” or simply “A…

A History of DC Crossovers: The Golden Age A History of DC Crossovers: The Golden Age

At last, the award-winning (well, not really) series is back! When last we left off, we had finished almost all of Marvel’s crossovers until the current Secret Wars. And now it’s DC’s turn.

Everything Dies: An Explanation for Secret Wars (2015) Everything Dies: An Explanation for Secret Wars (2015)

So the last Wednesday marked the last issues of Avengers and New Avengers and today, Free Comic Book, marks the beginning of Secret Wars with Secret Wars #0. But what, exactly, is Secret Wars? And how did Avengers and New Avengers end? Let’s find out!

The Meta Crossover: Final Crisis and the Darkness of Comics The Meta Crossover: Final Crisis and the Darkness of Comics

So as you've probably noticed, I've been thinking about crossovers a lot. What they mean and why they happen. And how crossovers tend to get larger and larger, always trying to "out crisis" the last one. Which brings me to my absolute favorite crossover: Final Crisis (2008).

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part Two A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part Two

Previously: some stuff happened and some people died and everything almost blew up. And now the conclusion. Let's get this party started!

A Lost History of Crossovers: The Amalgam Age A Lost History of Crossovers: The Amalgam Age

Before I finish off my History of Marvel Crossovers, there is just one thing I wish to discuss. It was a moment in time when something came about that was so strange, so weird, so perfect, that everyone knew it could never last.

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part One A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Modern Age, Part One

And now, at last, we come to the Modern Age of Marvel Comics.

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Dark Age A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Dark Age

When last we left off, Secret Wars was a massive success, which meant, of course, one thing: Secret Wars II. Unlike the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Ages, however, the Dark Age of Comics is nebulous at best — some people state that it started after the publication of Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, when comics took a…

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Bronze Age A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Bronze Age

When last we left off, the Silver Age was coming to a close with the death of Gwen Stacy. The actual end was precipitated, however, a little bit before, with a two-part Spider-Man story involving the standard "drugs are bad" lesson — a story the Comics Code Authority refused to authorized because they forbade any …

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Silver Age A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Silver Age

When last we left off, superhero comics had waned and been replaced by horror comics. In the Golden Age of Marvel, most heroes inhabited separate worlds, rarely crossing over, with two exceptions: the Human Torch/Sub-Mariner fight and the short-lived All-Winners Squad. When Timely Comics became Atlas, they tried to…

A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Golden Age A History of Marvel Crossovers: The Golden Age

Pretty soon, Marvel will be putting out the crossover-to-end-all-crossovers, Secret Wars. And with it, the current Marvel Universe will come to an end. But this isn't the first Secret Wars (heck, it isn't even the second). In fact, Marvel has been having crossovers since the Golden Age of Comics.

The Ultimate Spider-Man/Jessie Crossover Was So Terribad I had to Drink to get Through It The Ultimate Spider-Man/Jessie Crossover Was So Terribad I had to Drink to get Through It

So just remember what I had to go through watching this so you don't have to.

Crossover I want to happen:

I won't explain how I came across this desire, but I'd love to see a crossover between Howl (Howl's Moving Castle (you pick the medium)) and Dream (Gaiman's The Sandman).

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