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Ask Chris #282: Getting Into The Golden Age

Q: Aside from laying groundwork, most Golden Age stuff I've read is not very good. Are there any must-reads from the era? -- @TheKize

A: Listen, if you're having trouble getting into Golden Age books, I do not blame you. I've read my fair share of them over the years, and while I definitely think it's worth tracking down some of those early superhero comics if you're looking to broaden your horizons a little bit, I'll be the first to tell you that they can be hard to get into for a variety of reasons --- and as you said, chief among them is the fact that a lot of those old comics are just not very good.

Of course, you could say that about pretty much any era of comics and you wouldn't be far off from the truth. More than that, though, I think there's a big barrier that keeps the average reader from getting into those comics, and it has a lot to do with when, how, and why those comics were being made.

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Fantastic Five: Best Frankensteins in Comics

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

Halloween is just over a week away, so this week we're counting down different comic renditions of the original literary monster, Frankenstein! Since the publication of Mary Shelley's novel in 1818, the story of the Modern Prometheus and his monster has been adapted into basically every other medium there is. While people probably known Frankenstein's monster best from Boris Karloff's portrayal in the Universal series of movies, the lurching metaphor for the consequences of man's hubris has been no slouch in comics either. Join us as we count down comics' five best portrayals and adaptations of Frankenstein.

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Angry Birds Getting Shot into Comic Books

IDW Publishing and Rovio Entertainment are proud to announce that Angry Birds is getting its own comic line!

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