Divinity #1 (2015)      //    Valiant Comics

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. 

Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity -– one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. 

Story: Matt Kindt, art: Trevor Hairsine

Admin notes:

After the revolution several Black African and mixed-race families came to the Soviet Union under the auspices of the Comintern. They were chiefly specialists in the spheres of industrial production and agriculture. The technical equipment, modest means, and professional experience brought by them were an appreciable contribution to economic development of a new state. 

When African nations gained independence from colonialism, the Soviet Union offered scholarships to young people from these nations. About 400,000 Africans studied in the former Soviet Union between the late 1950s and 1990. The first significant arrival of Africans was for the 6th World Festival of Youth and Students held in Moscow in 1957.  (X)

The Soviets gave the African Americans red-carpet treatment, including fat paychecks, subsidized housing and free vacations.

“My father felt the U.S.S.R. treated him better than America,” said Tynes-Mensah, a former university chemistry instructor who was born in the Russian town of Krasnodar and now lives mainly in the United States, spending summers in Russia. “He was happy here.” (X)

Above: Sergei Fanuelovich Kotov (orphan of Ghanaian father and Russian mother), Ghanaian tribal king.


A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History of the United States

“It’s a comic book history of America written by two Latinos and told from the perspective of some of the country’s most humble people - workers, immigrants, soldiers, students, slaves and housewives - who are often overlooked in other textbooks.”

Illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz (of the daily comic strip La Cucaracha) and author, professor and cultural historian Ilan Stavans.

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I had no idea the Hall of Justice, Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman’s super headquarters in the 1973 Saturday morning cartoon “Super Friends” was based on a real-life, gorgeous art deco-designed building, the Cincinnati Union Terminal. There’s a terrific breakdown of how this happened contained in this article from cincinnati.com. As a matter of fact, there is an ongoing struggle to keep the building from being torn down!

This may not make a lot of sense to new watchers since I haven’t done anything with these characters in a long time. Louis has some choice words about BrEXIT …

I feel like now would be a good time to bring back Horrible Histories’ ‘British Things’ music video, to remind them just how much of their culture has appropriated from other countries.


Lamp: Arrived late, but yep! Laptop is a part of the T.C.S. Union!

Gilbert: We refer to the union as “Colin Sucks” instead of “Computers Suck” whenever Laptop is around.

Lamp: You see, friend, the personalities of laptops are a lot more agreeable than your average desktop. For instance, we’ve agreed not to bicker about Laptop’s blue light until after Colin has been dealt with.

Gilbert: Also being partnered with another computer could get us valuable information. 

Lamp: But also also note–

Lamp: Unlike Colin, Laptop can be used from someone’s bed. That’s a twisty step in the right direction.


Here’s a unique piece of ephemera from comics’ golden age. My girlfriend’s Grandmother, the inimitable Edith Block, worked for Goodman Publishing back in the day. For her 18th birthday Stan Lee had Captain America artist Al Avison whip up this singing telegram themed birthday card, signed by Lee, Avison and the girls in the office pool. 

Avison inked Jack Kirby’s work on the Captain America strip. After Kirby exited, Avison stayed on, splitting pencil/ink duties with Syd Shores. Avison might be most famous, however, for his creation of the yellow, speedster Invader ‘The Whizzer’ (NEVER NOT FUNNY). He also worked on the golden-age Vision and inked Kirby again on Marvel Boy.

Heather’s Uncle took the piece to an event in 1992, where Smiling Stan resigned it fifty years later.