10 Facts About Madame Fatal

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1.  Madame Fatal holds the distinction of being the first male cross-dressing hero in comics.  (Mainstream comics, at least.) crack1

2.  She first appeared in Quality Comics’ Crack Comics #1 (May, 1940). More

10 Facts About DC Comics’ Black Canary

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1.  The costumed crime fighter first appeared in Flash Comics #86 (August, 1947).  Like most other Golden Age DC Comics super-heroes, she was eventually shown to be a resident of the parallel Earth known as Earth-2.  (If you’re saying “What the heck is Earth-2 – welcome to the wild and wacky world of DC Comics!)

2.  Raven-haired florist Dinah Drake was the alter ego of the original blond wig-sporting Black Canary.  (Because blonds have more fun?) More

10 Facts About MAD Magazine

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1.  Started  by Harvey Kurtzman (editor and contributor) and William Gaines (publisher), MAD Magazine has been corrupting the minds of America’s youth since 1952.  (And as contributor Al Jaffee said in 2010, “from what I’m gathering from the minds of people all over, we succeeded” in that corrupting goal.)

2.  Originally published in a familiar comic book format, MAD switched to its more familiar magazine-size format with issue #24, in 1955.  This had the benefit of removing MAD from the censorship of the Comics Code Authority.  (Not even Superduperman could have successfully fought the CCA.) More

10 Facts About Marvel Comics’ Millie the Model

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1.  The titular comic which featured Millie was mostly a humor comic, although it spent several years in the sixties as a young romance style offering instead.

2.  Although initially drawn by Ruth Atkinson, Dan DeCarlo (known for his work on the Archie series of comics) solidified the Millie the Model “look” during his 10-year run.  (And what a look it was!) More

10 Facts About CW’s “Arrow”

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1.  It is drawn from tales of the DC Comics character Green Arrow.

2.  Arrow’s creators, Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, have been involved separately on such TV series as Justice League, Fringe, The Simpsons, Eli Stone, The Vampire Diaries, Everwood and No Ordinary Family and the film Green Lantern.  (I acknowledge that I am the only person in America who liked the Green Lantern movie.  Sue me!) More

10 Facts About Batman’s Foe, The Riddler

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1.  The Riddler’s real name originally was Edward Nigma.  (E. Nigma, get it?)  In more recent reboots, it has been changed to Edward Nashton.  Don’t ask me why.

2.  His shtick, of course, is leaving riddles that are clues to the crimes (or other activities, such as death traps) he is to commit.  He’s also partial to puzzles and wordplay.  (So am I….Hmmmm…..)

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10 Facts About Medusa (of “The Fantastic Four”)

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1.  Medusa made her first appearance in Fantastic Four #36, way back in 1965.  (Looks darn good for someone who’s been kicking around for 47 years!)

2.  Named after the figure of Greek myth, Medusa is a Marvel superbeing whose long tresses can be used as a weapon to strike, entangle or overwhelm.  (Wonder what shampoo and conditioner she uses – and how long it takes to wash that hair!)

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10 Facts About Superman’s Bottle City of Kandor

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1.  Kandor was the capital city of Krypton (yes, the whole planet).

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2.  Kandor did not perish when Krypton went Ka-Blooey!  It wasn’t even there when the planet exploded, having already been shrunken by the villainous Brainiac and put in a nifty glass jug, and then spirited away on Brainiac’s spaceship.  (Hence, its designation as the bottle city, see?)  (BTW, this all refers to the original story of Kandor; various Superman reboots have altered it somewhat.)

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10 Facts About Schroeder of “Peanuts”

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1.  Schroeder was introduced, as a baby, in the Peanuts strip of May 30, 1951.  (My, how quickly they grow up – to a point, at least.)

2.  Schroeder lives at 1770 James Street, “1770” being the year of his idol Beethoven’s birth; Schroeder’s birth year is unknown, but his birthday is January 18.

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10 Facts About DC Comics’ Cain and Abel (of “The Sandman”)

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1.  They started out in the 1960’s as the hosts of two DC Comics horror anthology titles, House of Mystery (Cain) and House of Secrets (Abel).  They also appeared in other DC horror titles, such as Plop! and Secrets of Haunted House

2.  Cain’s physical appearance was original modeled on Len Wein, a noted writer of comic books who was just getting started at the time.  (Tres chic goatee, Len!)

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