Saturday, October 15, 2011

NY Comic Con this weekend

For the first time in a long time I am not going to be working at a convention. My GF got me a ticket, which I gave to her when I realized that I can get a professional pass. Sadly, my new job has me working late Friday and Saturday, and I will be performing in the Faux-Real Theater's Oedipus Rex on Saturday morning, so the poly full day I will get is Sunday. But I am still going to make the most of it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Negro Romance" from Fawcett Comics on PBS tonight

On PBS tonight, the show "History Detectives" investigated a coverless copy of a Fawcett comic, "Negro Romance." They talked with Dr. William Foster at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon art, went to Geppi's Entertainment museum, then went to a historian who has been tracking down old comics creators.

It was he who had been in contact with Roy Ald, the editor listen in the front page. It turns out that he had written the book, and the artist was a black man named Alvin Hollingsworth, who went on to a significant art career after leaving comics in 1955.

Negro Romance was apparently an experiment by Fawcett in creating a comic with realistically written and drawn black characters in a mainstream genre. It lasted for three issues in 1952.

The segment and related info can be seen at

Friday, March 25, 2011

Capt. Marvel vs. Captain Mar-Vell on WWE Raw (video game)

This YouTube poster has done a series of superhero wrestling matches. This one involves two of my favorite Captain Marvels. The Original Captain Marvel owns Mar-Vell through most of the match, but the cosmic space hippie manages to get two near pinfalls and bloodies the World's Mightiest Mortal. The big red cheese manages to recover, however, and executes several "clifhangers," He get several pins that are broken up by Mar-Vell getting his foot on the rope, but in the end...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

New lecture video: The Death of Mar-Vell and the Coming of Monica Rambeau

The lecture at the Wicked Faire went well, but I am realizing that one hour is really not enough time to cover the whole history in the depth that it deserves. I put together this little video of a part of the history that doesn't get a lot of press...

Monday, February 14, 2011

Captain Marvel Culture lecture at Wicked Faire this Saturday!

Hi friends. Happy New Year! I know it’s been a long time since a Captain Marvel Culture update, but I have news!

I will be giving an updated version of my lecture about the history and significance of the many Captain Marvels this weekend! Attend, and you will learn how the name of Captain Marvel, which has been used by no fewer than 12 different superheroes from 4 different companies over the years is the most important name to follow when studying the history of comics with regards to western popular culture and history.

On Saturday, Feb 19, at 1:00 PM, the lecture will take place in the Palace of the Eagles room at the Wicked Faire at the Doubletree in Somerset, New Jersey. This is a wild, fun, bizarre event for people age 16 and older. I will also be singing there (, giving a lecture on the history of armor and chivalry (, hosting a costume contest (, and presenting “Hit the Mat,” a grappling arts stage show I produced (

So come on down and check it out!

Captain Z