Back Where They Belong

I guess it’s a good news, bad news situation.  I’m almost always violently opposed to mega-mergers.  Especially when they involve media companies.  Consolidating media outlets means that our access to information gets choked even more than it already is.  Soon we will wind up with only a few billionaires deciding what thoughts and opinions are worthy of airtime.  When that happens, we are fucked. Cognizant of the dystopian future we are slouching towards, I must admit I am doing (figurative) handsprings over the news that Disney has gobbled up Fox. …

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Is It Really The Marvel Universe Without The Fantastic Four?

Fifty plus years ago, Benjamin Grimm piloted Reed Richards’ prototype spacecraft on what turned out to be a disastrous and miraculous flight.   The covert mission itself was a stunning failure but the resulting collateral damage was the birth of The Marvel Universe.   Triumph after triumph seemed to follow in those heady days so it’s no wonder that everyone wants to take the glory for being the genius who thunk it all up.  Was it Stan Lee?  Was it King Jack Kirby?  They both took the credit but I think it’s…

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