World Comic Book Review

29th February 2024

“Me, worry?” Happy 70th birthday, MAD Magazine

As happens to many septuagenarians, MAD has been in unhealthy decline for some time. Since June 2018, when US telecommunications giant AT&T finalised an ill-starred takeover for MAD’s publisher Time Warner, MAD’s creativity and originality has suffered in a slow and descending spiral. Once ever-present in newsstands, MAD is now only available in the United … Read more

Happy 80th Birthday, Liberty Belle

Creators: Don Cameron and Chuck Winter DC Comics, Winter 1942 Liberty Belle debuted in Boy Commandos #1 in the middle of World War 2, when superhero comics were at the height of popularity. Liberty Belle was the alter ego of famous radio columnist Libby Lawrence, whose initial disguise was merely to part her hair in a … Read more

Happy 30th Birthday, Spawn

Spawn, a comic book title created by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics since 1992, features an American superhero character with an interesting pedigree. Spawn is distinguishable by “a “neural parasite cloak,” a particularly shaped face mask, green eyes and a red “M” on the chest”, as described by a judge in Wisconsin (and … Read more

Happy 80th Birthday, Two-Face

Two-Face is not a very original character. A criminal, half-scarred, with psychotic tendencies? Another madman in the queue of Batman’s long line of adversaries, and not a potent one at that. Two-Face is a remarkably original character. Batman’s enemy Two-Face had his first appearance in Detective Comics #66, August 1942 – two months shy, as … Read more