Marvel vs. DC 2017

DC’s ‘Suicide Squad’ provides clues to Marvel’s troubles.

Marvel Comics has a diversity problem.

The company employs too many morons.

By now, I’m sure you’ve had your fill of the Marvel marketing dunderhead who blamed Marvel’s falling sales and its shrinking share of the marketplace on its female and minority heroes.

But the real problem lies not with its nontraditional heroes but with its approach to selling them, and this all became apparent when I watched the Warner Bros. film “Suicide Squad.”

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‘Tomb of Dracula’: The Lord of Vampires is the Worst Houseguest Ever

Tomb of Dracula cover No. 33
And yet still safer than flying United.

The best stories are driven by conflict, and comic books are no exception.

Good vs. Evil, life and death, the fate of our civilization, the world, the universe, all reasons why readers keep coming back year after year.

And yet one of the most horrific acts of violence, one that has stayed with this reader all these years, centered on the flipping of an urn.

It remains distressing to this very day.

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I am Obsessed with ‘The LEGO Batman Movie.’ Send Help.

Beware, Evildoers! Batman is - wait. Did he just wink at me?
Beware, evildoers! Batman is – wait. Did he just wink at me?

“The LEGO Batman Movie” deserves to win the Best Picture Oscar.

No, “The LEGO Batman Movie” deserves to win all the Oscars.

Sure, the film doesn’t hit theaters until Feb. 10, but I am confident it is the best film either you or I will ever see in our lifetimes.

Check out the trailer!

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Thank You, Mr. President

President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Dear President Obama,

As a child of the ’60s, I’ve seen my share of presidents – some good, some bad, some well-meaning, some corrupt.

Like many of my generation, I have a cynical view of politicians. The word seems to suggest, if not a charlatan, then certainly an opportunist.

You changed that and more.

When you became the 44th president of the United States in 2009, you inherited an economy in crisis and a country fighting two wars in the Middle East.

As the first African-American leader of the free world, you faced unparalleled opposition from Republicans, who vowed to thwart your every initiative even before you took the oath of office.

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Meet the Ant-Man! Not him. No, not the other one. DC’s Ant-Man!

The Ant-Man strikes
What lies beneath the mask of the pint-sized peril?

He’s the mighty mite, a six-inch dynamo with the weight and density of a full-grown man, the small scourge of crime everywhere.

He’s …. the Ant-Man!

You’re probably thinking of Marvel Comics’ Hank Pym right about now.

No, it’s not him.

Or maybe you’re guessing it must be his successor, Scott Lang, who recently received the big-screen treatment and was hilarious.

Sorry. This is DC’s Ant-Man – a character who made but one appearance in “Batman” No. 156, cover date June 1963.

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