• Nola Pfau’s Redeye for That Cyclops Guy

    Nola Pfau’s Redeye for That Cyclops Guy0

    In an effort to trick WWAC contributors into writing profile essays about their favourite character, I may have bitten off more than I can chew when it comes to Nola Pfau and her love of Scott Summers. While I don’t hate the character, I’m certainly not fond of him, and there are those who feel

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  • Captain Britain Reading Diary 10: Howl at the Moon

    Captain Britain Reading Diary 10: Howl at the Moon0

    The last period of Captain Britain’s hometown publication is split three ways: Alan Davis and reserve writers, Alan Davis and Jamie Delano, and Alan Davis going solo. It’s the most lastingly recognisable segment of superhero comics in Captain Britain’s history—it combines an unhappy hero with family drama and romantic tension, villainy from within and maimings

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  • Captain Britain Reading Diary 7: Your Brother and Your Sister

    Captain Britain Reading Diary 7: Your Brother and Your Sister0

    Betsy Braddock is a fairly famous comics character. [She is certainly not Linda McQuillan, but we’ll get there. –Ed.] She debuted as an X-Man in the 80s, moving from New Mutants Annual #2 in the summer of ‘86 to X-Men Annual #10 in the autumn of that year. By the full swing of ‘87 she

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  • Captain Britain Reading Diary 3: Enemy in the Front Room

    Captain Britain Reading Diary 3: Enemy in the Front Room0

    Captain Britain Weekly is dead; long live Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain! Super Spider-Man had been a weekly magazine headlined by Spidey. Now, starting with issue #231, it also contained the Captain. Spider-Man came first, with fourteen pages of Lee/Buscema reprint. Then CB (still all-new material) got seven, followed by The Avengers (reprints) and then

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  • Captain Britain Reading Diary 1: Sun Over a Stone Circle

    Captain Britain Reading Diary 1: Sun Over a Stone Circle0

    In the beginning, there was Claremont. Chris Claremont was born in London, and that either means something to him or means enough to other people that he talks about it as if it means something about him. In his introduction to the trade collection Captain Britain: Birth of a Hero, Claremont talks about the creation

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  • Claremont’s Consequences: Discussing “Asian Betsy” in 2018

    Claremont’s Consequences: Discussing “Asian Betsy” in 20186

    When I spoke to Chris Claremont in 2017 (the fruit of which is yet to see light—forgive me, I’m a ~Creative and I’ve never heard of schedules) I took a moment to ask him about his decision to turn Betsy Braddock, the white, English X-Men member, into a woman who appeared to be and is

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