The collision of worlds can provide rich fodder for storytelling. Not in the literal sense, of course (although plenty of excellent speculative fiction has sprung from just such a scenario), but rather finding new ways to combine contexts in the service of a compelling tale.

Take “Secret Identity” (Flatiron Books, $28.99), the new novel from Alex Segura. It’s a mystery with noir elements, only set in the world of comic book publishing in the mid-1970s. It might sound strange, but these oddly shaped pieces have been fit together to form something altogether different, a story both of and beyond its parts.

Fast-paced and quick-witted, it’s a novel that takes full advantage of its disparate elements, finding room for moments seedy and sublime alike as it takes the reader on a twisting and thoughtful ride.

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Wonder Woman is one of the most beloved comic book creations in the history of the medium. And with the recent success of the cinematic adaptation of the character, she’s as popular as ever. She’s been at the center of some incredible stories over the years.

But the story of how Wonder Woman came to be is incredible in its own right.

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 11:06

Bangor Comic & Toy Con returns

Convention coming to the Cross Insurance Center May 26-28

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Friday, 05 August 2016 09:47

'Suicide Squad' goals

Latest DC effort can't quite pull it together

There's no disputing that when it comes to making the leap from comic book pages to the big screen, Marvel has got it all over DC right now. For any number of reasons, Marvel and its Avengers have basically worked out a way to delight fans and critics alike.

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CALVERTON, N.Y. Walter Yakoboski scraped together nearly every penny he made as short-order cook in 1979 to begin buying a small collection of rare comic books for $10,000, hoping his boyhood passion could one day pay off as an investment.

That day may soon be here.

Yakoboski's copy of 'Amazing Fantasy' No. 15 from 1962 which introduced the world to Spider-Man could fetch $400,000 or more when it goes up for auction later this month.

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014 18:13

Exhibit highlights early black comic artists

PITTSBURGH Comic books are full of superheroes and a dazzling variety of characters, but in the early days of the industry one thing was conspicuously rare: black characters. Now, an exhibit in Pittsburgh chronicles some early artists and a publisher who started to break the comic color barrier in the 1930s and 1940s.

The exhibit called 'Beyond the Funny Pages' coincides with Black History Month and is being shown through the end of February at the City/County building. It chronicles the contributions of Matt Baker, the first black to work in the industry; Zelda 'Jackie' Ormes, the first black female comic artist; and Orrin Evans, the first black comic publisher.

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