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Posted by tom on July 2, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Wowie, wow, wow, wow! Creating videos is hard work! This one took longer than I hoped, and it was aided by the fact that I started to do a little bit more writing for Anititcool.com. You can swing by there and read some of my, “This Week in Comics” articles. That, plus preschools being closed just makes my spare time disappear before I know I have it!

Anyway, this video is about DC Comics- my first comicbook love. DC’s, and comics in general’s best decades were the 40’s, 60’s and 80’s. So this video is about the Top Ten stuff DC published in the 1980’s. I gotta say, it was pretty hard coming up with the list. DC just put out so much good stuff that decade. It probably didn’t help that, that was also the time I started reading comics! I got a few subscriptions for Christmas gifts (FF and Marvel Team-Up), started using my allowance on buying Justice League of America and others at the grocery store, and eventually convinced by parents and older brother and sister to drive me to a comicbook store once a month! That turned weekly once I was able to drive. To date myself, one of my first comics bought at the comicbook store was Blue Devil #1 (I somehow thought that series was going to follow me all the way up today! Little did I know back then how fast things would get canceled!). But still 80’s was a great time, beyond my personal connection. Aside from the top ten list, I have 24 items in the Honor Mentions section! So I tell you honestly, I can’t wait to hear your complaints about this list. Because just about everything DC was doing at this time was so good! So have at it and enjoy, and I’ll see ya next time.

Posted by tom on April 8, 2020 in Uncategorized with No Comments


So this just a fun short one talking about Wonder Woman wardrobe. To steal a joke from Svengoolie: “You’d like to see more of Wonder Woman on TV? So would I, but that’s as small as the censor’s will allow her costume to be.” But seriously, this was something I found / figured out a long while ago and always wanted to talk about. So I’m happy to get to it, even if it is rather trivial. Because nearly every well versed person in comicbooks will tell you Wonder Woman used to wear a skirt. Just like Captain America’s shield wasn’t originally round. But here’s the thing, while yes Cap’s shield wasn’t always round, Wonder Woman never wore a skirt! Crazy right? Well it’s all about culottes. What’s a culotte? Watch the video and find out. I didn’t spend all this time putting the video together to just spoil the lead!

On a more human note, I know we are all dealing with ‘the’ corvid-19, and I sure hope it isn’t affecting you more than just sheltering in place! I hope you have managed to keep you income and that no one you know has actually been hit by the virus. But if that’s not the case, all I can say is: That sucks @$$. And I pray that our nation (or your nation, if you aren’t from around here) will only get stronger when it’s over. In how we deal with pandemics, to how we deal with the sick and in how we deal with people’s livelihood. Often times I think we makes things harder than they need to be, for fear of doing the wrong thing. And that often turns into the worst thing to do. So, good luck and if you pardon me, God bless. I hope to see you in better times soon!

Posted by tom on October 3, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

I thought I’d give Puzzle Time another shot. Based on the views last time, not a big fav! But we’re still a growing channel, so I’ll be giving it a few more tries. This time the puzzle is Masked Man- as in can you guess who the DC character (hero or villain) is solely based on a close-up image of their mask. Images are a bit blurrier than I’d like- but be free to yell at me if it’s not doable.

Now some of you might be wondering: “Where’s the usual comicbook video?” Well with Halloween around the corner, I’ve got a monster related one coming in another week or so- but instead of leaving you hanging at the beginning of the month, I posted this. Typically, a Puzzle Time should be a mid-month video. In November, things will be back to normal, so don’t hate me too much!

Anyway, back in a few weeks with some monster fun.

Cheers!

Posted by tom on June 14, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party people,

Well I tell ya, the combination of a toddler and a new born can really kick your @$$! I’ve barely had time to scratch my own nutz (as they say). But finally, my newest video is up! Hooray, let me tell ya. This time I get to talk about a little cartoon oddity- did I just give it away??? Well stop reading if you want to be surprised by the video. Because today I dig into the fact that Spider-Woman is the only, the only, only superheroine to ever (to this day!) to have her own cartoon show. How messed up is that, huh? Check out the video to learn more about it.

As for more videos, they are still coming! And my schedule just got a bit easier. So the wait until the next one should be as long (please God, please). Because I as I’m sure you hear all us YouTube video makers say, it’s a lot of work- but it’s fun too. One thing I love most, is the talkback. This is why my videos appear on Aintitcool.com and why I write from them, over other ‘superhero type’ websites. It’s just a lot of fun, even poking the trolls.

Anyway, enjoy the video- I got more to make!

Posted by tom on April 23, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

Got two things to talk about today.
1) In a change of format, instead of my usual trivia/info dump, Super-Hero Pow is doing a trivia game! Just something to keep the channel interesting. So in this first Puzzle Time, you have to guess which Marvel Artist drew each character. Sound easy enough, until you realize that the artist drew the picture with their eyes closed! Yup, it’s a fun little thing I swiped from my ancient copy of the Marvel Fun Book #2. I thought you’d enjoy it as well.
2) To draw back the curtain a little more, I’ll let you know I’m a father times two now. As I write this the wife and I are trying to manage an infant and a crazy toddler! It’s like burning the candle at both ends, let me tell ya! As you may have guessed, it’s thrown a real monkey wrench in my production flow. This Puzzle Time video was suppose to be uploaded last week, but life happens to the poor and sleep deprived.

But not to worry, content is still coming out! I’m in the middle of editing the next Super-Hero Pow and am researching two others. So don’t give up on me, because I’m not giving up on you… if that makes any sense. One thing I want to see happen is to increase my output to two videos a month. One being my usual Super-hero Pow and then another being a shorter video; ala the Shazam Mash-Up, Puzzle Time I just did. I’m also thinking of doing some old comicbook reviews. In the vein of what I used to for Antitcool.com’s comicbook post, “Raiders of the Lost Box”. I’m also hoping to have a guest host with me from time-to-time. And feel free to let me know what you’d like to see. So I got plans for more fun stuff to come! And, as you can guess, I hoping to crack YouTube’s glass ceiling and finally start getting some ads on these videos. I know you have no interest in watching YouTube ads, but seriously this is how the world works. And believe it or not, but I always try to watch the ads of other YouTubers- because I know how important it is to them! So please be kind and subscribe and watch an ad. And I’ll be kind enough to keep you entertained at the office, or the john- or wherever you like to watch!

Now thanks for your time, and here’s Puzzle Time 1:

Posted by tom on March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party People,

I’m back with part two of my look at diversity in superhero comics! As I showed in part 1, superhero comics still suffer from a lack of diversity. In case you missed it, you can check it out here:

http://toonocity.com/tomsblog/?p=328

So now the question is, what can we- or rather publishers do about it. As I lay out in the video, there are lots of different ways to increase diversity, but only one way to make everyone happy. Check it out!

Posted by tom on February 4, 2019 in Uncategorized with No Comments


Hey Party people,

Welcome to another year of Super-hero Pow! I can’t tell you how much I wanted to get this video out before February- but didn’t happen. My goal is to get one video out a month, and I’m behind already. If you’d like to help, encouragement will do it! I’m a fool for anyone telling me how great I am- it happens so rarely (sniff). Subscribing to the YouTube channel helps a lot too. Last year, after Super-Hero Pow’s launch and then YouTube’s rule changes, I wasn’t quite sure what to do. Then a hundred of you subscribed, and well I felt obligated to keep it rolling. So seriously, a simple “atta boy” keeps me from going to bed early.

So this time I tackle the main event of comicbooks these days- diversity! As the exact opposite of diversity myself, I thought do we really need diversity characters anymore? Obviously in the 1940’s, the superhero community was whiter than a news caster’s teeth! But it’s the 21th century now, the Black Panther was the biggest movie, hell a black guy was just President, and the new President dyes himself orange! Clearly white males are the new minority! Or are they??? Check out the video to learn more!

Posted by tom on December 6, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


First a word of warning: This is some serious insider baseball here. That said, every comicbook reader knows DC’s continuity is a complete mess, with too many reboots and non-reboots (whatever that is!). I think, the great comicbook genius, Julius Schwartz, is the only one who can save them now!

Posted by tom on May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


A few weeks back I talked about Power Girl’s physique, this time I talk about her costume. Just what is up with that circle window on her chest?

Posted by tom on April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized with No Comments


It’s often been said that Batman used to run around with a handgun and kill people. But, is that really true? Check out his first 14 issues, Detective Comics #27-39 and Batman Comics #1 to find out! Though while we are at it, how many did Robin kill???