ORIGINAL ESSAY: The History of Marvel Comics’ ULTIMATE ADVENTURES, with Special Guest Duncan Fegredo

On October 25, 2001, Marvel Comics issued a press release heralding the hiring of Ron Zimmerman, a TV writer best known as a regular contributor to Howard Stern’s radio program, as a writer on a variety of freelance projects. “Welcome to The House, Ron – we think you’ll find it even more strange than Hollywood!” it extolled.

Little did he know.

Two and a half years later, Zimmerman would be one of the most reviled names at Marvel, inciting a degree of Internet hatred so great that Joe Quesada himself would step in to publicly defend him. His legacy would be some of the strangest comics ever put out by the House of Ideas, including perhaps the most obscure Ultimate Universe book, Ultimate Adventures.

The true story of Ultimate Adventures is one that represents the nexus of Marvel’s output and attitude in the early 2000s, a combination of creativity and aggression that proved both admirable and regrettable.

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Collection of Published Articles for 2013, Pt.1

UPDATED: This is going to be a repository for links to my published stuff for a bit. I haven’t been posting about toys because I got a paying gig blogging about them for MTV Geek!  Here’s my first few posts: Power Lords Return Django Unchained Toys Pulled from Shelves Django Unchained Toys Now Banned on […]

Things I Did in 2012 That Which Were Cool

Here are some things I wrote and things I did in 2012 that I thought were kind of cool and possibly of interest to people In January, I wrote some more offbeat pieces, such as an interview with literary novelist Michael Malone about his time writing the daytime soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE as that […]

Grant Morrison on SUPERGODS, Pt.2

Our two-part interview with Grant Morrison on his new book Supergods, which hits bookstores this week, concludes today. We’re going to be blunt and say that this part is a free-flowing discussion of Morrison’s thoughts on recent trends in comics, some of his favorite all-time books, and what it’s like working on DC’s new relaunch. […]

Grant Morrison on SUPERGODS, Pt.1

Grant Morrison’s has long held a reputation as one of the most imaginative (and occasionally surreal) creators of comics out there. This week, readers get a chance to understand what made Morrison the man he is with the release of his new book Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville […]

Grant Morrison on KILL YOUR BOYFRIEND

Before All Star – Grant Morrison on Kill Your Boyfriend By Zack Smith “People said we were evil, but they missed the point again. “It was just high spirits.” Because we at Newsarama know you can never get enough of Grant Morrison, we’re following up our long look back at his recent All Star Superman […]

Grant Morrison on ALL STAR SUPERMAN, Part 10

Comics All Star Memories: Grant Morrison on All Star Superman, 10 By Zack Smith Our look back at All Star Superman with writer Grant Morrison finally concludes. In our last installment, we look at the possibility of future stories with this version of the character, the hidden meaning of the title All Star Superman…and what […]

Grant Morrison on ALL STAR SUPERMAN, Part Nine

All Star Memories: Grant Morrison on All Star Superman, 9 By Zack Smith In the penultimate section of our look back at All Star Superman, we examine some of the religious underpinnings of the series.  Many have compared Superman to Christ, but how does Grant Morrison really see him – or religion in general?  Read […]

Grant Morrison on ALL STAR SUPERMAN, Part Eight

Boy, we’re really milking this, aren’t we? All Star Memories: Grant Morrison on All Star Superman, 8 By Zack Smith As we head into the home stretch of our look back at All Star Superman with Grant Morrison, we take a look at where Superman came from – both on and off the page. In […]