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Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a… Read More »



Really quick post today. But I do want to take a quick moment and mention that this is the 100th post on Four Colors. Started this blog 4 years ago and I really should have reached the 100 post mark a long while ago, but I just wanted to thank everyone who has supported and read the blog over the years and that I really appreciate all of my readers. So thank you! Now that we have that taken care… Read More »

Secret Agent Men (and Women)


[youtube T3T-evQZiQo] My friend Ivan asked me yesterday what the big deal was about Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” That is kind of a loaded question for someone as nerdy as myself. As I sit here writing, literally wearing the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo, I can think of two paths to take when it comes to establishing my enthusiasm for this show. The first is the involvement of Joss Whedon. Now, Whedon has been the de-facto geek hero for many, many years (basically… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

The Trouble with Teens


I just watched the preview for Young Justice. It’s a new series premiering at the beginning of 2011 on Cartoon Network and will be focusing on the young sidekicks of DC Comics: Robin, Kid Flash, Superboy, Aqualad, etc. But as I watched it, I was struck by two things. 1. It’s really weird that there are so many ice-themed villains in DC. The preview featured the sidekicks and their mentors fighting villains, all of whom have an ice theme. The… Read More »

Unto Every Generation…


It is really no secret that vampires are IN now. “Twilight” has taken over the mind of most every teenage girl in the country. HBO’s hit “True Blood” is gaining quite a following that grows with each episode. And there are a few vampire shows premiering on the networks this fall. But people are forgetting the originator of it all (or at least the one that paved the way): “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Still revered as one the best teen… Read More »