Author Archives: Matthew Colbert

Journal Review: Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated is a venerable sport publication that has been in print since August 1954.  As its title states, it is best known for the famous photography that adorns every issue.  Sports Illustrated is also well known for its annual Swimsuit issue.

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1st Appearance: Star-Lord


Real Name/Alias: Peter Jason Quill

1st Appearance: Marvel Preview #4, January 1976

Place of Origin: Missouri, Earth (1st Appearance claims Ohio)

Profession: Superhero

Affiliations: Guardians of the Galaxy, Infinity Watch, Ravagers, Shi’ar Imperial Guard, United Front

Created by: Steve Englehart and Steve Gan Continue reading

1st Appearance: The Lizard

The Lizard

Real Name/Alias: Curtis “Curt” Connors

1st Appearance: The Amazing Spider-Man #6, November 1963

Place of Origin: Florida, Earth

Profession: Genetic Biologist, U.S. Army Surgeon

Affiliations: Sinister Six and Sinister Twelve

Created by: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko Continue reading

1st Appearance: Loki


Real Name/Alias: Loki Laufeyson

1st Appearance: Journey into Mystery #85, October 1962

Place of Origin: Jotunheim, Asgard

Profession: God of Lies and Mischief, God of Evil

Affiliations: Acts of Vengeance, Cabal

Created by: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby Continue reading

1st Appearance: Hawkeye


Real Name/Alias: Clinton Francis “Clint” Barton, Ronin, and Goliath

1st Appearance: Tales of Suspense #57, September 1964

Place of Origin: Waverly, Iowa, United States

Profession: Carnival Attraction, Adventurer

Affiliations: Avengers, Defenders, West Coast Avengers, and the Thunderbolts

Created by: Stan Lee and Don Heck Continue reading

Storm Before the Storm Book Review

Mike Duncan examines the period from 146 to 78 B.C.E. in Roman history that illustrates the beginnings of the collapse of  the Roman Republic.  After achieving victory at the end of the Punic Wars, three wars between Rome and Carthage (located in North Africa), many citizens returned home to their farms and found them beyond repair and were forced to move to cities.  Their lands were then bought up by both rich plebeians and wealthy patricians.  The loss of farm land created shrinkage in the number of the middle class citizens and initiated a slow decay in traditional values of the republic.  Economic inequality began the destruction of the republic. Continue reading