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No respect: Comic characters who get the shaft

By Evan BevinsSome comic book characters have developed unearned reputations as bad, lame or useless.I'm not trying to convince you that Sleepwalker is awesome (he is) or Zauriel should be a Justice League mainstay (he should). Instead, I'll present 10 of the most unfairly maligned mainstream ...

Their alter egos have alter egos

Sometimes one alter ego just isn't enough.Superheroes have been known to take on an additional costumed persona (or four) in an effort to fight the good fight, protect their identity or deal with a mental breakdown.Bruce Wayne, of course, spends most of his nights dressed like a bat, beating ...

No Spider-Man, no problem?

Face it, obscure Spider-Man-adjacent characters, you just hit the jackpot.In an effort to make as much money as it can off the Spider-Man movie rights acquired years before Marvel Studios was a Disney-backed powerhouse, Sony seems to be throwing every character under that license at the wall to ...

West Virginia comic connections

West Virginia tends to be overlooked as a setting in a variety of media.It's as true in comics as anywhere else, but there have been a few occasions where superheroes, villains, monsters and more have visited the Mountain State.Both the Hulk and Batman have battled misunderstood man-monsters in ...

What a tangled web: Continuity a help and hindrance in comics, movies

The proliferation of comic book movies has produced some excellent adaptations that bring the spirit and, in some cases, the letter and artwork of the originals to life. Other aspects have resembled their comic counterparts in name only.But perhaps the most comic-accurate aspect of the Marvel ...

The Circle of Life: Comics influencing movies influencing comics

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is based on more than 75 years of comic book stories, but the movies are now influencing their own source material.Here's 10 ways how:10. Phil CoulsonA year before beloved S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson was brought back after his on-screen demise in "Avengers" to ...

Doctored resumes? Some characters didn’t earn titles

The term "doctor" gets thrown around pretty liberally in comic books, but not everyone who uses the title has the credentials to back it up.Take Doctor Doom. He was expelled from Empire State University after an experiment exploded, scarring his face. Taking over his home country of Latveria, ...

WV Native Releases Memoir of Growing Up in Webster County

Graffiti had an opportunity to interview Todd Snyder about his upcoming book, "12 Rounds in Lo's Gym". Snyder, a first generation college-goer who grew up in Cowen, writes of his childhood in West Virginia and his father's work, both as a coalminer and as the driving force behind a series of ...

X-Men, FF returning to the fold

So Disney's acquiring a bunch of assets from Fox, and while there are debates to be had about the power of mega-corporations and one entity dominating so much of the entertainment industry, the takeaway for many is: Marvel gets the X-Men and Fantastic Four back.I'd be lying if I said it ...

A New Year’s reboot? Comic characters look to be better in 2018

Fresh starts are all the rage in comics.Series, characters, storylines and more are constantly restarted, rebooted and revamped. DC's done it twice in the last seven years, and Marvel did it once. Even Marvel's Legacy initiative, which reverts back to triple-digit numbering on many series, ...