Showing posts from March, 2015

Op-Ed: Why the Batgirl Cover Should Have Been Cancelled!

Originally Written for Legions of Gotham in March 2015
by Matt MacNabb
In recent weeks a controversy has arisen in the comic book fan community over a variant cover to Batgirl #41 that pays homage to the fan-favorite 1988 Batman one-shot graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke. The story has been picked up by national media outlets and some comic book fans may be wondering why this cover is such a big deal. The idea that this is an issue of censorship has been thrown around, as has a huge movement by the predominantly male comic book community to pressure DC Comics into releasing the cover as scheduled. The request to not release this cover actually came directly from the artist, Rafael Albuquerque. We aren't talking about any violations of free speech or censorship here -- neither of those would qualify in this instance. We are looking at a private company that opted not to release a comic book cover that they commissioned to be created, based on sensitivity to the public. It …

The Top 5 Gimmick Gums That 1980s-90s Kids Loved!

Originally written for The Atari Nation March 2015
by Matt MacNabb
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Kids get the shaft in the candy department these days! In the 1980s and 90s we got all kinds of themed candies that enriched our young lives and made things so much more fun! The candy companies need to bring it back. I know, I know its unhealthy and they shouldn't market it to kids, blah, blah, blah. This is why they make dentures, right? Here are the Atari Nation's top five awesome gimmick gums from the 1980s and 90s!

-Fruit Stripe Gum
Yipes! Stripes! Fruit Stripe Gum! This multi-colored gum has been around for many decades, but it got a branding resurgance during the 1990s with colorful commercials featuring a cartoon zebra. The gum packs would often include pack-ins like tattoos and in 1996 the gum gave 5 cents from the sale of each jumbo pack to the World Wildlife Federation. Their total donation was in the area of $100,000. This aside, the gum looked a lot funner than it…

The Top 5 Coolest Animated Incarnations of Mr. Freeze!

Originally written for Legions of Gotham in March2015 by Matt MacNabb
Mr. Freeze is one of the most enigmatic and emotional villains in the Batman's rogues gallery.  Orginally dubbed 'Mr. Zero' when he was first introduced to comic book fans back in 1959.  His appearances on the 1966 Batman television show altered his name forever to Mr. Freeze!   The real birth of this once one-dimensional character, however, came in the Batman cartoons.   Legions of Gotham will now countdown the top five animated appearances of the tragic Dr. Victor Fries!

5. Young Justice
    The Young Justice cartoon ended too quickly after just two seasons, but Batman fans were treated to a few appearances by the king of cold before it was done!  Mr. Freeze  appeared in three episodes of the popular series, voiced by Keith Szarabajka.   This beefed up older version of Freeze was captured by Batman and Robin and transported back to Arkham Asylum, and later transfered to Belle Reve Penitentiary after bein…