Feb 252014
 

CaptainAmerica_1Thanks in large part to the so-called “Marvel Cinematic Universe” that has emerged over the last decade or so, comic books are now bigger than anyone could have imagined. The film industry now dictates popular attention as it relates to popular comics that have been around for half a century, and we now see some of our most iconic characters in all different kinds of adaptations and entertainment forums. Consider, for example, the ever-increasing build-up for the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which is set for an April release.

Many old-school comic fans would never have believed they’d see Captain America grabbing headlines during the Super Bowl, yet the film studio’s decision to release a thrilling trailer as one of the game’s commercials was one of the most buzzed about events of the night. And that’s only the beginning of the Captain America enthusiasm we’re seeing across entertainment industries.

You can also find Captain America featured prominently at the BetFair poker platform online. This site differentiates itself from some other poker platforms by way of bringing in popular character and fiction themes, and the current promotion headlining the site involves a sort of Captain America mini-game! Similarly, you can find other gaming avenues promoting Captain America, with the most notable examples being multiple games featured in iOS and Android app stores. In fact, there’s a specific “Winter Soldier” gaming app being released in March to coincide with the coming film.

All of this is exciting for a lot of comic book fans, but there are still those among us who prefer an old, classic comic book to a modern gaming adaptation! So for our own form of preparation for the coming Captain America film (which admittedly looks pretty great), here are five of the best Captain America comic book stories ever.

Captain America No More

One of the most famous Captain America sagas out there, it ran from #332-350. Complex listed it as the #1 Captain America story of all time, and frankly it’s hard to argue. Dripping with dramatic intrigue and storyline potential, the core of the story is Red Skull’s determination to take down Captain America, not just in person, but in reputation as well.

Operation Rebirth

A 1995 story written by Mark Waid, this was a particularly interesting story that saw Captain America kept alive by his own nemesis. Red Skull requires Captain America’s help to defeat Adolf Hitler. There’s a nice review of the story at Comics Review.

The Coming Of The Falcon

This story from Captain America #117 (1969) was noted by iFanBoy for its social and cultural significance, and we couldn’t agree more. The story brought the Falcon into the Captain America story as the first mainstream African-American hero, in what was at the time a very bold move from Stan Lee. Additionally, if you’re watching trailers and playing games getting ready for the new film, you may want to read this issue specifically, as the Winter Soldier film will also be introducing the Falcon to the film franchise.

Civil War

Okay, so this is a more modern story, and lots of comic purists would frown upon it for this reason. But the Marvel Civil War (its own series running from 2006-2007) is one of the most compelling stories we’ve seen for Captain America. Basically, the Marvel heroes split against each other over a government act that would force heroes to disclose their identities, with Captain America holding strong to his freedom.

Captain America Comics #1

The debut comic in 1941 still deserves a spot on any list of best Captain America stories, though it’s more the iconic cover than anything else that has stood the test of time. Captain America splayed across the cover punching Hitler in the face (during WWII we might add) was a pretty emphatic beginning.

There have been so many Captain America comics throughout the years that no top five or ten list could be complete. But as we look ahead to the newest film in the modern Captain America cinematic saga, these are some of the best foundation issues to look back on in his comic history.

 Posted by at 7:06 pm
Feb 212014
 

It’s an age old statement, often exclaimed to the Comic Gods from within a sea of single issues: “I want to read a comic, but I have no idea where to start!”

You’re in luck! @MeltdownComics has shelves full of new titles, and we’re not only talking about the slew of Marvel #1’s released week-to-week.

Image Comics continues to impress with debuts of “Mercenary Sea,” “Fuse,” and the most recent “Undertow,” an Atlantis-meets-the-Matrix epic. How do those two go together? Read up and find out.

Dark Horse‘s “The White Suits” graduates from “Dark Horse Presents” into it’s own gritty title. If you’re a fan of noir and stylish assassins, check this one out!

With a successful @MeltdownComics signing in the bag, Oni Press’ “The Bunker” shook the shelves with a first issue that will literally break your brain (in a good way). Bunker Buzzwords: Future/Past-self, Presidency, Post-apocalypse, friendship!

From IDW, the character that’s permeated nearly every artistic medium and human heart out there, the swolest of the swole: Black Dynamite! Come join Byron Minns, Scott Sanders, and Brian Ash on March 1st, 2014 from 5-8PM @MeltdownComics, and get that #1 signed. Rumor has it Scott Sanders has soul music for us!

Out of the Marvel Comics bunch, “The Punisher” makes his way to sunny LA in his first issue, with a guest appearance from a Danny Trejo look-alike and many of the LA locales you know and love. But why stop there? Issue #2 introduces you to what could be Frank’s new mascot, and a surprise visit from a familiar Marvel villain.

Lastly, but certainly not least, “Black Widow” #1 delivers a rock-solid spy drama, written by the same writer of “The Punisher,” @NathanEdmondson. Want him to sign both those #1’s for you? Join us on March 12th, 2014 from 5:30-8:30PM.

Any of these titles grab your attention? Did you already pick one of them up this week? Let us know in the comments section which #1 titles you thought were the best/show the most promise, and we’ll give that title an in-depth spotlight review.

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Sep 252013
 

Art for when the check comes, Over 50 artists drop the bill at your table.
180 checks just waiting to be picked up.

Check Please! is a book collecting the very best of the Guest Checks art blog. Featuring N8 VanDyke, Matt136, Skinner, Dave Correia, Cody Schibi, Emonic, C.B. Canga, Super Ugly, Dave Dwonch, JoeMur, Robert Bowen, Brian Canio, Cody Vrosh, Greg Hinkle, Brent McHugh, Richard Jule, Nik Burman, Nigel Sussman, Cody Williams, Butch Adams, Josh Ellingson, Ben Walker, Shawn Coss, and Many More…

Welcome to Guest Checks…My name is Super Ugly, I am an artist from the Bay Area. Growing up I would sit around drawing on any scrap of paper and notepad I could find. Before becoming a full time artist, I waited tables and I would find myself doodling on the Guest Checks they gave us to take your order on. Some of my brightest ideas were sketched on a Guest Check. I went to all my friends and gave them some Guest Checks, told them to draw anything they want, no pressure. The response I got was so much more than I expected. What the artists were able to do within the borders of the check was amazing. I have collected my favorites into an 80 page art book.

the Guest Checks blog has been featured on Huffington Post, Laughing Squid, FoodDiggity, Junk Culture and other fine places.

Find out more here -> http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1711568151/check-please-a-collection-of-art-on-guest-checks

 Posted by at 2:17 pm
Sep 132013
 

Meltdown’s 20th anniversary is coming up and we’ve decided to make special buttons to commemorate this historic event. We wouldn’t be here without the support of our fabulous, creative customers so we want you to be our designers! All you need to do is download the 1 Inch Template  and start creating.  The only requirement is that you do one of our Meltdown logos in your own style.  We’ll be picking the best 20 to use for the buttons.

Here’s our previous run.

What do you get besides the glory and sense of pride that you have served the Meltdown empire?  Once our secret panel judges picks the top designs, we’ll notify the winners who will get 20 free buttons of their design.  And we’ll put your Facebook, Twitter, web site, blog, etc., information on our website and blast it out via our own social media. GLORY!

Submissions due by Oct. 1st, 2013
Please send all submissions to button@meltcomics.com

 Posted by at 12:46 pm
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