Hulk and Yellow Face: Stan and Jack Take On China’s Annexation of Tibet

Journey Into Marvel - Part 63

General Fang... and Yellow Face

General Fang… and Yellow Face

Extremites, you may not have known that in the Marvel/Atlas comic company  all of the creative team, with the exception of those who were to young like Steve Ditko and those who were rated 4-F by the draft board like Stan Lee — served in the military. Knowledge of the military often bled into the creative work of the period. The culture of the military bled in too, and sometimes, that culture was negative. That’s clear in today’s story.

You may or may not have run into a World War II veteran who has trouble discerning cultural differences when it comes to Asian peoples. That is the fault of American and Canadian (for me) propaganda. ‘Yellow-face: a caricature of Oriental Asians is still present, seen recently in Rob Schneider’s character in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. It was very prevalent in the 1940s and the decades after the cultural conscience came to terms with the horrors of that World War. When the Maoists took China this stereotype bled to combine with Communism. General Fang the central villain in this Hulk story is an example of the stereotype. Read the rest of this entry

Examining Tyrannus: The Hulk’s Knockoff Sub-Mariner

Journey Into Marvel – Part 62

Tyrannus is definitely a looker that's for sure.

Tyrannus is definitely a looker that’s for sure.

Extremites, a creative war floods every panel of the Hulk series. That greyish-purple Hyde knockoff monster of Issue #1 has disappeared into an altruistic, albeit selfish, Thing knock off. In comparison with the Fantastic Four series, which predates the Hulk by a few months, by their fifth issue they had solidified character intentions, traits, and even a few arch baddies. In contrast, in Hulk’s fifth we have Hulk who is barely defined as a character, Bruce Banner: who seems to both be a seeker of justice and a character that wants nothing to do with justice, and Rick Jones — I write with biting disdain.

Where’s the villains?

Hulk has no villains! Read the rest of this entry

How the Debut of Amazing Spider-Man Signalled a Coming Change At Marvel

Journey Into Marvel – Part 61

The Official First Spider-Man

The Official First Spider-Man

Extremites, up until now — aside from the tangent into 1963 when I couldn’t find the early issues — we’ve been progressing through the Marvel universe chronologically. The Marvel Universe doesn’t work like this. Some issues and stories occur before each other; regardless of date. This is why Amazing Spider-Man #1, which is issued March 1963, happens here even though my last review was issued December 1962.

SO TO SPIDER-MAN! Read the rest of this entry

Understanding Ant-Man’s Only Nemesis: The Dastardly and Brilliant Egghead

Journey Into Marvel - Part 60

The Marauding Brilliance of the Egghead!

The Marauding Brilliance of the Egghead!

Extremite, American sensibility is said to be different from the rest of the world because it elevates practicality over theory. Americans do things and Non-Americans think things. Although, I dislike this just on the grounds of generalization, I can see what and where this idea comes from.

What does any of this have to do with comics? Read the rest of this entry

Carry On Our Wayward Sons: Supernatural Season One – The One In Which the Winchesters Become a Pair

Extremis is proud to present a new series from sometimes contributor PoiSonPaiNter about the CW’s Supernatural. 

The Winchester's and their Impala

The Winchester’s and their Impala

Usually a review on this page is for a Comic Book volume, detailing what is happening and how the overall storyline is coming along. This one is instead about a TV series and also a bit different.

Supernatural by Eric Kripke is more or less a monster-of-the-week mystery drama show that started into its tenth season in the beginning of October. Because (nearly) every episode follows a certain pattern a proper review – episode by episode – would be rather redundant. Therefore I’ll give an overview of the storyline and a few important plot points so far, so that you will be well prepared for catching up. Read the rest of this entry

Marvel’s Thor Swallows His Obligatory Red Pill and Great White Sharks

Journey Into Marvel - Part 59

Look at those monsters!

Look at those monsters!

Extremites, they’re back. Stan Lee’s favourite punching bags. The sign that the writers were strapped for time. Those monsters that appose everything that the US stands for and therefore Marvel. Those disgusting malevolent Reds!

This time they cross Asgard’s favourite son: Thor. Read the rest of this entry

The Fantastic Four Explain What Superheroes Do For Cash

Journey Into Marvel – Part 58

Fantastic_Four_Vol_1_9Extremites, if you’re like me, and I assume you are because you follow this blog — and if you don’t follow it you should — you have found yourself sitting reading a comic wondering two things: one, ‘where do these superheroes find all this spandex’ and two, ‘how do these folks afford all of this?’ It must be expensive to keep up a multitude of gadgets. Insurance payments on crazy building collapsing battles must be through the roof.

Some characters are billionaires. Batman has endless cash to fund the latest mobile or new grapple hooks. Tony Stark is the heir to a massive military supply shop.

What about the ‘average joes?’ Read the rest of this entry

The Anatomy of a Silver Age Comic: What the Solo Human Torch Teaches Us About Silver Age Comics

Journey Into Marvel - Part 57

137839-18066-110795-1-strange-talesExtremites, I give the Torch solo issues a tough time. I over think things. This has the treacherous affect of over complicating my writing.

The Torch solo stories were written hastily. They often do not possess the same poetic grandeur that an issue of the Fantastic Four or Journey Into Mystery possesses. My analyses of the Torch Strange Tales stories has been nitpicky.

As Syrio Forrell says to death, ‘not today!’ Today I take the story on its own terms.

This Torch story is a perfect encapsulation on what makes the Silver Age period at Marvel so charming. Today’s review is a dissection of what makes a good Silver Age story tick. Why are they charming? Why do we still, in this age of long form narrative, post Frank Miller/Alan Moore complexity, still enjoy sitting down with a simple Silver Age yarn? Read the rest of this entry

Moffat’s Shitty Fairy Tale Obsession

The Seven Shitty Moffatisms Destroying Doctor Who – Part IV

drwho-nameofthedoctorExtremites, I begin this article with an apology. It’s been a while since I’ve updated Seven Shitty Moffatisms and, like George RR Martin, I’ve been over taken. Blame writer’s block.

Mr. Moffat, I’m back.

It has been a while, sir.

I’ve heard that you and Pete, the former president of the Scottish Doctor Who fan club turned actual Doctor, have had some clashes. Apparently, he thinks some of your ideas are off the mark.

Of course, darling Moffat, this is all unsubstantiated but I chose to believe it’s true because it aligns with my world view. You are no stranger to narrow world views are you, Steve?

I guess that is why we are here today isn’t it; because your misguided world view is decimating our beloved Doctor Who. Read the rest of this entry

Loosing the Legend of Jonah Hex: How Palmiotti and Gray Lost the Plot

Decoding DCPart 18JH 1 cover

Extremites, after the fall of the Vertigo line, and it’s reabsorption into DC proper, the darkness that permeated those wonderful anti-DC line pages began to disappear. Character traits that readers had come to expect from those titles became whitewashed. I don’t how or why it came about but mainstream DC decided to revive Jonah Hex. Instead of following the dark anarchic world constructed by Joe R. Lansdale, and drawn by Tim Truman, the character was revived by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray as a throwback to the Jonah Hex of 80s. The main difference being that all the supernatural aspects that have come to define the character have been excised. Jonah is now a scarred bounty hunter who resembles the Man with No Name. The legend of Jonah Hex is lost within the pages of Palmiotti/Gray’s reinterpretation. Everything has become so insignificant. Read the rest of this entry

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