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Unassuming Barber Shop: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster vs. The Klan

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Superman's creators took on the Klan in a daring story from 1938.

Unassuming Barber Shop: Star Wars America

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In Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a grizzled Han Solo addresses those eager space-millennials Rey and Finn as they start going on and on...

Unassuming Barber Shop: Logan and The Claws of the Wolverine

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You could make the argument that Wolverine is no longer the most ubiquitous Marvel character – Cap, Iron Man, Spidey, Deadpool? – but you...

Unassuming Barber Shop: A Real Doctor Strange

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Welcome back to Unassuming Barber Shop, a semi-regular column here at The Beat that examines--and sometimes flat-out speculates-- on the possible historical origins of fictional comics...

Unassuming Barber Shop: Bat-Klan?

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Why did the early Batman villain The Monk disappear from his rogue's gallery?

Unassuming Barber Shop: Who Is The Real Wonder Woman?

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We are smack-dab in the middle of celebrating Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. There are new stories, merchandise, a snazzy logo, a movie on the...

Unassuming Barber Shop: In Search of the Fantastic Four

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On April 12, 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin became the first human being to achieve Earth orbit, effectively winning the space race. At NASA,...

Unassuming Barber Shop: Who is the Scarlet Witch?

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From the time the Scarlet Witch first appeared in X-Men #4 (March 1964), her fictional adventures have been pretty complicated. Now a new, eventually...

Unassuming Barber Shop: Age of Ultron, Vision, and Spock

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The passing of Leonard Nimoy last week was, as Lance Parkin notes, “a significant event.” Trekkers Everyone mourned this actor, and this character, by...

Unassuming Barber Shop: Salvador Dali’s Sub-Mariner

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In a previous post, we looked at how Carl Burgos’ original Human Torch might have been inspired by helldivers at the 1939 New York...

Unassuming Barber Shop: The 1st American Comics Scholar was a Superman Artist

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Brad Ricca reports on a stunning historical find: One of Superman's early artist wrote a master's thesis in 1942 that surveyed cartoonists of the time on their working methods.

Unassuming Barber Shop: The Fabulous Fantasti-car

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With New York Comic-Con upon us and Fantastic Four rumors aswirl, I found myself thinking about one of my absolute favorite things about the...

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