Supernatural characters are prevalent throughout comics, with Ghost Rider being one of the most badass. Many people will recognise the Spirit of Vengeance by the fiery motorbike and steel chain, but there’s more than one Ghost Rider in the world. Johnny Blaze might be the original, but others have followed in his path. Here are all the Ghost Riders that have torn up the streets in their quest to punish the guilty.
Retroactive continuity, retcon for short, is a literary device used to contradict or change an established story. It’s very common in comics and a convenient way for new writers to leave their mark on an established story. Retconning is often seen as a controversial decision because it alters what fans have come to love about a character. When it comes to the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, retconning has become the norm. Up until a few years ago, it was established they were the children of Magneto, but their parentage was altered and The Comic Vault is going to examine the history behind the twins.
The appeal of collecting memorabilia stems from passion, or something specific that resonates with the collector. I’ve always been someone who appreciates good craftsmanship. The amount of time that goes into sculpting a statue can be taken for granted. That’s why I’ll occasionally be reviewing products that I enjoy from a decorative stand point. I’m starting with the Geralt of Rivia statue I bought from Forbidden Planet in Manchester. This version was made by Dark House in collaboration with CD Projekt Red. The statue is around 20 cm and came in a window box.
Once upon a time, the world was made of stories. They were the first kind of currency, the thing that brought meaning to life. Passed down from person to person, to hear a story was to have knowledge. As the centuries rolled by, the stories found their way onto the page. People read books and discovered new worlds. Stories became the key to unlocking the imagination and books inspired people to learn how to read and write.
Somewhere along the way, stories found their way onto the screen. The public loved watching films and it became a new form of entertainment. But the stories were still stories. With the birth of the internet, stories became something you could consume on a daily basis. The way people chose to engage with the stories had changed, yet the medium remained the same.
Like any other medium, comics are keen to promote diversity, whether it’s through writers, artists or characters. There’s been a long history of Asian superheroes, and while some might have been inspired by stereotypes, there’s generally a better grasp of culture by modern writers. Marvel and DC feature a great mix of Asian superheroines, and here are six characters who aren’t defined by their heritage.
Finding something you’re passionate about is one of the greatest sensations in the world. When you’re willing to dedicate yourself to it no matter what then it’s the something to smile about. Writing about comics and pop culture gives me a sense of purpose. It’s been a good year for The Comic Vault so far, with readership increasing at a steady rate. It’s inspired me to experiment with different methods of engagement, so I’ve decided to create a Facebook page for the blog.
It’s common for people to be inspired by superheroes, to be drawn to what they represent. Larger than life characters like Superman and Thor represents hope. They wield god-like powers and use it to benefit mankind. But they aren’t human or prone to the imperfections of mortality. Human superheroes like Batman fail on a frequent basis. They have personal lives that are fraught with tragedy. They fuck up and have to live with the consequences of their actions. The same can be said for many ‘street-level’ superheroes, and they are the most interesting to me. But what is the appeal of a street-level superhero and why do we tend to gravitate to them?