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BEN G-Hot Sauce

South Carolina’s Ben G offers a mixtape with an excellent first half and a not-as-excellent second half. Lots of potential here.
Get it free here.

Stream the whole thing (as one long cut) below.

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IRON MAN #138

Steve Martin guest stars.

IRON MAN #138

Steve Martin guest stars.

DISNEY CARTOON OF THE DAY

Wow.
NEW JOEY BADA$$, A CYNDI LAUPER COVER, AND OTHER STUFF TO LISTEN TO
THE HULK #46

First Romita Jr.  Then Lee Weeks.  Now, Stuart Immonen. You can’t accuse Marvel of not supporting Bruce Jones’ run on Hulk with stellar artistic talent! 

THE HULK #46

First Romita Jr.  Then Lee Weeks.  Now, Stuart Immonen. You can’t accuse Marvel of not supporting Bruce Jones’ run on Hulk with stellar artistic talent! 

MODOK by Bill Siekiewicz

One of my favorite artists draws one of my favorite characters.

MODOK by Bill Siekiewicz

One of my favorite artists draws one of my favorite characters.

FEVER SHAKES-Concrete Echo

Terrific album cover–and we really don’t get good album covers anymore, in these days of digital music. This is some good garage rock and roll in the tradition of Gaslight Anthem.

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IRON MAN #137

No matter how well-written, 1980s comics still had one-dimensional, hacky portrayals of black people.  Sigh.

IRON MAN #137

No matter how well-written, 1980s comics still had one-dimensional, hacky portrayals of black people.  Sigh.

COSPLAY OF THE DAY

ungoliantschilde:

Neal Adams is amazing.

Frank Miller’s “the Dark Knight Returns” changed DC comics, and comics in general for that matter. Frank Miller has repeatedly stated that his take on an older, angrier Bruce Wayne was very much so based on the Batman characterization that was established in Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams seminal tenure as the creative team on the World’s Greatest Detective.

And if you can’t see a connection between this artwork and the work of just about everyone that came into the business having grown up on Neal Adams comics, then… Well, keep looking.

Dennis O’Neil wrote Batman in the same way that Chris Claremont wrote the X-Men. It went on for decades, and mostly it was great in the beginning, pretty good in the later years, and kinda lame at the end. Read the Neal Adams Batman Archives. Just… Just read them.

Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins were established as villains in this era. The Joker became genuinely evil instead of the mischief he got up to on the TV shown. “The Laughing Fish” is still one of the best Batman books out there.

That Splash page of the Vision and the Captain America is from Avengers # 93: right at the beginning of the Kree/Skrull War. Neal Adams is one of the most influential creators out there. He brought realism and action movies to comics.