According to Jack Kirby is a historical book written by Michael Hill examining the claims of Jack Kirby to the creation of several seminal Marvel Comics characters of the 1960s. In the wake of the immense popularity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), one key question emerges – who created the icons that underpin the MCU’s success viz. Iron Man, Thor, Hulk and the Avengers. What about the other characters that paved the way for the MCU e.g. the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Spider-Man? Would it surprise you to discover that all these characters were created by one man? And not the one you might think – JACK KIRBY.(more…)
Comics of every kind
The Superman Analogue is a character that is analogous to Superman. That is, a superhero that is based on Superman but is different in a significant manner. In the over eighty years, since Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1 (1939), there have been numerous examples of the Superman Analogue.(more…)
The Winter Soldier Explained is an article targeted at fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (“MCU”) who were introduced to the character in the movies (and the streaming TV series) and would like to know a little more about the Winter Soldier’s origins.(more…)
Offworlder #1 is the first issue of this star-spanning science fiction comic book saga by writer Mike Baron and artist Jordi Armengol. Imagine Edgar Rice Burroughs (John Carter, Tarzan et al) pulp scifi concepts melded with the brutal barbaric sensibility of Robert E. Howard’s Conan books.(more…)
This Dune Graphic Novel is a godsend. It’s no secret to visitors to Power of Pop that I love comic books. So a chance to read one of my favourite scifi novels in comic book form was, like I said, a godsend. In addition, the Dune Graphic Novel is of critical interest while we wait for the Denis Villeneuve film adaptation coming only in 2022.(more…)
After the bloated third instalment in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns saga, it seems that Miller is still not done. Dark Knight Returns : The Golden Child picks up a few years after the Master Race and focuses on the generation after Batman and Superman. Our story analysis follows.(more…)
Besides being a singer-songwriter/composer and a pop culture writer, I am also a teacher of arts and music subjects. Which comes in handy as I find myself thinking in terms of carrying out music and story analysis in order to write about an appreciation of music, film, TV and comic books.(more…)
And Not Intellectual Properties(more…)
VOL. 1 BLADE OF THE CHRYSALIS(more…)
Steve Ditko, the legendary comic book artist, was found dead in his New York home this week. Ditko was 90.(more…)
GEEK OUT!!! SUPERHERO COMICS | MARVEL UNIVERSE – MAGNETO ARCGEEK OUT!!! SUPERHERO COMICS | MARVEL UNIVERSE – MAGNETO ARC
The media juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) had humble beginnings in a 1961 comic book created by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby – the first issue of Fantastic Four.
GEEK OUT!!! PROVIDENCE BY ALAN MOORE & JACEN BURROWS [REVIEW]GEEK OUT!!! PROVIDENCE BY ALAN MOORE & JACEN BURROWS [REVIEW]
A bit late to this graphic novel but considering the responses to recent geek movies The Shape of Water and Annihilation, the moment seemed appropriate for quick thoughts about Providence.
GEEK OUT!!! DC COMICS’ SIDEWAYS : CLICHÉD SUPERHERO CHARACTER SAVED BY PROMISING ARTWORKGEEK OUT!!! DC COMICS’ SIDEWAYS : CLICHÉD SUPERHERO CHARACTER SAVED BY PROMISING ARTWORK
Sideways is basically your high school superhero comic – the Spider-Man trope.
GEEK OUT!!! REVIEW OF DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 [SPOILERS]GEEK OUT!!! REVIEW OF DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 [SPOILERS]
If like us, you consider yourself a true fan of the Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons masterpiece Watchmen, then you will be revulsed by Doomsday Clock, the purported Watchmen sequel.
GEEK OUT!!! MASTERCLASS : WRITING IN COMICS WITH MARJORIE LIUGEEK OUT!!! MASTERCLASS : WRITING IN COMICS WITH MARJORIE LIU
Monstress writer/co-creator Marjorie Liu had been given an hour by the Singapore Writers Festival to deliver a so-called Masterclass for Writing in Comics.
GEEK OUT!!! RESIDENT TOURIST (PART 9) BY TROY CHINGEEK OUT!!! RESIDENT TOURIST (PART 9) BY TROY CHIN
If you are familiar with the underground genre known as “autographical comics” and its lauded authors viz. Robert Crumb, Harvey Pekar, Art Spiegelman, Joe Matt, Chester Brown et al, then simply put, Troy Chin’s Resident Tourist is the Singaporean version.
GEEK OUT!!! MARVEL UNLIMITED : UNCANNY X-MEN #94 + #95 (1975)GEEK OUT!!! MARVEL UNLIMITED : UNCANNY X-MEN #94 + #95 (1975)
Marvel Unlimited is Marvel Comics’ member subscription service that gives members unlimited access to over 20,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through a desktop web browser and the mobile app.
GEEK OUT!!! | COMIC BOOKS : MOVING TARGET – THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF GREEN ARROWGEEK OUT!!! | COMIC BOOKS : MOVING TARGET – THE HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF GREEN ARROW
300+ paged book on Green Arrow? You have got to hand it to writer Richard Gray and publisher Sequart Organization for investing the time and effort into this unlikely character study.
There is only ONE reason to pick up Jupiter’s Legacy 2 – the gorgeous art of Frank Quitely!(more…)
The best way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the ‘King of Comics’ the late great Jack Kirby is to simply appreciate his work.
2016 is almost done with. And what have we learnt from modern pop culture? That rock ’n’ roll is dead? That nostalgia & fan service in movies trumps originality? That real life is slowly but surely upstaging science fiction for sheer bizarreness?
GEEK OUT! THE RESIDENT TOURIST (PART 8) BY TROY CHINGEEK OUT! THE RESIDENT TOURIST (PART 8) BY TROY CHIN
The eighth part of cartoonist Troy Chin’s autobiographical work finds our protagonist still trying to make sense of life in Singapore.
Organised jointly by cartoonist Sonny Liew and writer-historian CT Lim in conjunction with the National Library, Speech Bubble is a exhibition showcase of the marginalised art form popularly known as comic books. The opening night event was held last night at the National Library, Basement 1 Central Public Library and I was fortunate to get invited!
GEEK OUT! REMEMBER THE WHOLE STEVE ROGERS HYDRA AGENT BROUHAHA? IT WAS ALL JUST A GIMMICK!GEEK OUT! REMEMBER THE WHOLE STEVE ROGERS HYDRA AGENT BROUHAHA? IT WAS ALL JUST A GIMMICK!
“But I certainly believe it’s not a gimmick. It’s a story that we spent a long time on, that’s compelling and captures the zeitgeist of the world. It will make readers wonder how the heck we’ll get out of this.” These are the words of Marvel executive editor Tom Brevoort when asked if making Steve Rogers/Captain America a Hydra double-agent was a “gimmick”.