Corey Pung

The Oddest Avengers Story of the Decade

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In pre-Socratic Greek philosophy, there was a belief held that when something or someone underwent a change, the thing they were before dies. You can’t be two things at once, right? In comic books, there’s a similar mentality that’s used for a more pragmatic purpose: to change a character, do so by first killing them. [...]

A Brief Guide to the Marvel Universe: The Past Decade

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If you’re a casual fan of superheroes and you decide to pick up a Marvel comic featuring a character you recognize, odds are, you are going to be highly confused. If you’re like me, you grew up watching cartoons featuring the X-Men or Spider-Man, and you might think the comics will be a continuation of the world you know. What [...]

Top 5 Supervillains I’d Like to See More Of

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Once upon a time, supervillains were plentiful in comics, and each one could be easily recognized and described in an epithet of a few words based on their names. Hence, you hear the name “Captain Cold” and you immediately think, “Oh yeah, ice powers,” or when you hear “Gorilla Grodd,” you immediately think, “gorilla.” You [...]

Superhero Origins That Have Been Inspired by Celebrities and Pop Culture

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In many instances, superhero origins have been inspired by celebrities and pop culture. The comic book industry has always had an organic, symbiotic relationship with the rest of the culture; sometimes giving, sometimes taking.  Along the way, many superheroes got their look or attitude from popular actors, and many stories were loosely inspired by popular [...]

What’s in a Name? The Secret Identities of Superheroes

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I believe it was an in old Marvel comic featuring Stan’s Soapbox (a column Stan Lee used to answer reader’s questions) that Stan Lee revealed his technique on naming many of his characters.  He gave a lot of the original Marvel characters alliterative names for their secret identities, meaning that their first and last names [...]

Is Watchmen the Greatest Comic Ever Written?

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Is Watchmen the greatest comic ever written? A lot of people adamantly say so. Myself, I have some reservations about such an accolade, since I’m still partial to Jeff Smith’s Bone, enjoying it almost as much now as I did when I was 12, and I absolutely love Neil Gaiman‘s Sandman epic. Recently, I’ve been pretty enamored with Starman and [...]

The Superhero Movie that Started It All

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There’s no shortage of lists out there by bloggers and fanboys saying what they think the top 10 superhero movies are. I’ve viewed a few, and I’d have to say that they’re all pretty upsetting, namely for the reason that everyone seems to have forgotten about Superman (1978), the movie that started it all*, and [...]