Posts by Mark Seifert

About Mark Seifert

Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.

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Universal Studios Orlando Coronavirus Update, Closure Through April 19

Universal Studios Orlando has issued an update concerning the operations of Universal Orlando Resort, including their theme parks and Universal CityWalk, as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. The theme parks including Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay will remain closed through April 19 according to the current statement. The Universal Studios […]

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THE ISSUE: Theodore Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Theodore Roosevelt crossed my mind recently, prompted by a conversation with comics historian, former Marvel editor, and world's greatest Roosevelt expert Rick Marschall, which led me to think about the term "Rough Rider" because of course the word seeps into several corners of the dime novel field.  Naturally, for every question about history, there is […]

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THE ISSUE: Fanzines, BozCon and the Smallest Press of All

When I was researching this installment of The Issue, about The Egyptian Star: An Original Amateur Monthly, I had "The Secret Origin of Fanzines and Fandom" penciled in as the title.  That captures the spirit of the thing I suppose, but it isn't quite right. There's nothing secret about this or any of the other […]

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THE ISSUE: The Brave and Bold Before The Brave and the Bold

Most people reading this post will know The Brave and the Bold as a longtime DC Comics brand best remembered today for its association with Batman. That brand began with the series of that name which began in 1955, largely written and edited by Robert Kanigher to start with, and probably named by Kanigher as […]

THE ISSUE: Fredric Wertham's Hero and the Third Republic

THE ISSUE: Fredric Wertham's Hero and the Third Republic

Welcome back to a post-revolutionary edition of The Issue.  At issue today is Le Grelot No. 208 from April 4, 1875, with cover art by Alfred Le Petit.  This one caught my eye for further study due to its usage of the now-familiar "flip cover" technique, complete with flipped logos and cover dress.   What could […]

The CDC's Use of Comics to Fight the Spread of Coronavirus

The CDC's Use of Comics to Fight the Spread of Coronavirus

It's flown under the radar a little in recent weeks that the United States' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, are using the comics format on their widely-distributed flyers and posters that teach the basics of how to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like Coronavirus.  Despite the fact […]

Demonetized: In Which Google's Wertham Machine was Shocked by the Dark Knight

Demonetized: In Which Google's Wertham Machine was Shocked by the Dark Knight

Welcome to Demonetized, the first installment of an all-too-regular feature here on Bleeding Cool in which we've published a post that one of Google's advertising arms really wishes we hadn't, and talk about that a little. Being clear, I think that Google can do as they wish with their business within the bounds of the […]

NBA Suspends Season After Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert Tests Positive for Coronavirus

NBA Suspends Season After Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The NBA has just announced that the league will suspend its schedule of games effective with the end of tonight's schedule until further notice, following reports that Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert has preliminarily tested positive for coronavirus.  The NBA's press release on the matter states that the league will "use this hiatus to determine […]

How A Comic Book Publisher's Family Helped Start the Republican Party

How A Comic Book Publisher's Family Helped Start the Republican Party

 Many comics historians and collectors reading this will be familiar with the name Holyoke Publishing Company (called that because of its Holyoke, Massachusetts facility) due to the printing and publishing company owned by Sherman Bowles, which made a brief but memorable contribution to golden age comics history around 1942-48.  During that period, Holyoke printed 19 […]

THE ISSUE: Robin and Black Canary Leaping Through Leap Day

THE ISSUE: Robin and Black Canary Leaping Through Leap Day

Welcome to the once-every-four-years Leap Day edition of The Issue.  At issue today is Leslie's Magazine, February 29, 1912 edition. One of the most important non-fiction titles in American history, the series got its start as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper in 1855. "Frank Leslie" was actually an  English engraver named Henry Carter who had gotten […]

The Virality of David Cronenberg

The Virality of David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg gives good quote.  For example, he recently told The Guardian, "Movies were made for sex, there's no doubt about it."  He said lots of other things, but he knew that one would be the headline. Reading that closely and seeing that he gave The Playlist something similar, it becomes apparent that — presumably […]


The Issue: Frank Reade and The Ghost of Churchill's Mom

THE ISSUE: Frank Reade and The Ghost of Churchill's Mom

This installment of The Issue features my favorite science fiction character in American history: Frank Reade. The character debuted in the 1876 story paper (think newspaper format, but containing fiction instead of news) Boys of New York #28, and went onto feature stories in that title, Wide Awake Library, then getting his own series with […]

The Issue: Street & Smith's 1875 Avengers of the Wasteland

THE ISSUE: Street & Smith's 1875 Avengers of the Wasteland

Welcome to another installment of The Issue.  This time around  we're going to take a quick look at  New York Weekly Vol. 30 No. 10 from longtime publisher of American periodical fiction, Street & Smith. When I saw this promo image from Marvel's Avengers of the Wastelands, The Two Avengers was one of the first […]

THE ISSUE: A Vintage Daily Graphic in 1879, "The Smoldering Fire"

Welcome to a regular column about vintage comics and other vintage periodicals from throughout world history that I'm calling The Issue.  The idea behind The Issue is simple:  for each post, I'll choose something from my collection and talk about what's going on in it, and/or discuss the publishers and creators behind it.  And essentially […]


The True Horror of Crime SuspenStories #22

The True Horror of Crime SuspenStories #22

The horrific image on the front of Crime SuspenStories #22 by Johnny Craig has long been considered one of the most iconic covers in American comic book history.  It's a potent symbol of that moment in time:  EC Comics Publisher William Gaines tensely squaring off against Senator Estes Kefauver to debate the artistic merits of […]

Nicolas Cage and the True Tragedy of Ghost Rider

Nicolas Cage and the True Tragedy of Ghost Rider

Even though it was neither a critical or financial success when it was released in 2007, the first Ghost Rider film starring Nicolas Cage has always been a guilty pleasure for me.  The story nails the true spirit of the Spirit of Vengeance — and the history behind it — much better than is generally […]

Where's Our Flying Cars? Stan and Jack Tried to Make it Happen in 1962

Where's Our Flying Cars? Stan and Jack Tried to Make it Happen in 1962

When it comes to early issues of Fantastic Four by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee, it's nearly impossible to play favorites.  Fantastic Four #1 is obviously important for kicking off the Marvel Universe as we know it.  Fantastic Four #5 introduced Doctor Doom.  Fantastic Four #12 has that great Hulk crossover.  We could go on […]

The Lovecraftian Origins of the Justice League of America

The Lovecraftian Origins of the Justice League of America

Justice League of America co-creator Gardner Fox was a well-known fan of HP Lovecraft, as well as a fan of other fiction from the pulp era during which he grew up. It's pretty well-known that the villain of The Brave and the Bold #28 (the first appearance of the Justice League of America), Starro the […]