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Pillage and Plunder History’s ‘Vikings’ for These 9 Norsemen Facts
Pillage and Plunder History’s ‘Vikings’ for These 9 Norsemen Facts
History’s Vikings famously ditches the classic helmet imagery, but did you know the concept of filthy, horned raiders was historically inaccurate anyway? Or that the Travis Fimmel series pays homage to classic Norse myth in its titles? Sharpen your axes and fill your flagons, and let the 24th episode of ‘You Think You Know TV?’ take you along with Ragnar Lothbrok for a raiding party on History’s Vikings!
Ask Chris #214: DC’s Dracula Comics
Ask Chris #214: DC’s Dracula Comics
Q: Aside from the amazing cover for Superman #180, what's the best DC Comics story featuring Dracula? -- @brendan42 A: October is the month where I always find myself thinking about Dracula even more than I usually do, and just the other day I was thinking about how weird it is that there's never been a really good story about Batman fighting Dracula. They've tried it a couple of times, sure -- including a direct-to-video movie that takes a premise like Batman vs. Dracula and ends up committing the cardinal sin of being boring -- but it never really takes. Once I got your question, though, I started thinking about it, and I realized that there aren't many good stories about any DC Comics character fighting Dracula. It turns out that dude just doesn't show up a whole lot in the DC Universe. And that's pretty weird.
Big Chuck’s Time Capsule: Oneonta’s Wilber Mansion Saved From Demolition!
Big Chuck’s Time Capsule: Oneonta’s Wilber Mansion Saved From Demolition!
THIS IS A THROWBACK THURSDAY POST FROM MORE THAN 3 YEARS AGO! In 1964 there were serious discussions held in the city to discuss the fate of the Wilber Mansion, one of the city's grandest residences.  It had fallen into disrepair over the years and it looked like the old structure would be torn down -- to expand a parking lot. ...
Ask Chris #206: Spider-Man And The Rise Of The Teenage Superhero
Ask Chris #206: Spider-Man And The Rise Of The Teenage Superhero
Q: Just watched the latest Here's The Thing. I'd love to hear you expound on some of the attempts at re-creating Spider-Man. -- @stophatinisbad A: In case you missed it, this week's episode of Here's The Thing was focused on the idea of legacy and how it shaped the Green Lantern franchise -- and how it ultimately failed to really take hold in the way that it did in books like Flash and -- but one of the things I mentioned was that Kyle Rayner was one of many attempts to create a character in the mold of Spider-Man. It happens like clockwork, not just at DC and Marvel but across the board, and it's one of the most important aspects of how superhero comics developed. So really, I'm glad you asked, because the reason behind this gives me a chance to dive into some of my favorite subjects, like the socioeconomic impact of the rise of the teenager as a social construct, and how that led directly to the creation of Darkhawk.

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