A Quick Guide to THE FLASH!

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The Flash has had many incarnations over the years, starting with his first appearance in the aptly titled Flash Comics #1 way back in 1940. Since then, there have been many incarnations of the character over the years…

Flash Comics 1

Jay Garrick

The original Flash (of the Golden Age) was Jay Garrick who was sort of a modern (err, retro?) version of the Greek messenger god, Hermes, also known to the Romans as Mercury. Jay was a college student / football player who became The Flash when he inadvertently inhaled some fumes in a lab that gave him incredible speed and reflexes. As the protector of Keystone City, Jay Garrick eventually joined forces with other Golden Age Super Heroes, like the original Green Lantern, Alan Scott, and formed the Justice Society.

Fast-forward to 1956 with the release of Showcase #4 – introducing Barry Allen as the Fastest Man Alive, which single-handedly kicked off the Silver Age of Comics!


Barry Allen

The unique thing about this version of the Flash (and the Hal Jordan Green Lantern) is that unlike his Golden Age counterpart, his powers were much less magic, and much more scientifically plausible, well… more sci-fi less fantasy at least. Barry Allen was a nerdy ‘police scientist’ (forensic analyst) with a reputation for always running late.

The Origin of The FlashOne night in the lab, a lightning bolt strikes his work station, dousing him in random electrified chemicals, which should have killed him, but instead miraculously gifted him with uncanny super human speed and extremely fast reflexes! Naturally, Barry Allen does what any classic comic book character would do and creates a themed costume in which to fight crime… for some reason!

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Previously on… THE SHORT BOX!

Badr Milligan, Cesar Cordero, Adam Wollet and… sometimes Ed… Together, they are THE SHORT BOX! - Jacksonville’s premiere comic book and pop culture podcast.

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Power Couples

This Valentine’s Day, I decided to showcase some of comics’ most memorable romances…

Superman / Wonder Woman

Superman / Wonder Woman

Clark Kent / Lois Lane

Lois and Clark - Smallville

Batman / Catwoman

Batman / Catwoman

Spider-man / Mary Jane / Gwen Stacy

Spidey / Mj vs Peter / Gwen

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PREVIEWS – February 2015


Love is in the air… for comics that is! (yeah, I know, bad joke)

Well don’t be a Fool, order your April comics now! (too cheesy no?)

Ok fine, enough with this intro, onto the good stuff…


It’s a good time to be a comic fan, with so much awesomeness coming our way, between Dc’s Convergence and Marvel’s Secret Wars, but I’d be remiss to not mention two new Image books that take a different approach to super hero mythology…

Todd McFarlane’s “Savior”

Savior #1

Mark Millar’s “Jupiter’s Circle”

Jupiter's Circle

Then there’s this limited edition Catwoman bust based on Jim Lee’s design. Also, if someone wanted to randomly buy me this Legend of Zelda “Archer Link” (raglan) shirt, I would be unimposed, just sayin’…

Catwoman bust - Jim LeeZelda shirt



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PREVIEWS – January 2015!


I don’t know about you, but my New Years’ resolution is to read more… COMICS!

Here’s some highlights of what’s coming up this March.

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ANT-MAN: A Short History


Who is Ant-Man you ask?

Well it’s actually not a simple answer… You see ‘Ant-Man’ is a persona that’s been passed down almost as many times as Robin!

Ant-Man - Scott Lang (Paul Rudd)

“Is it too late to change the name?”

The original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym, first showed up in 1962’s “Tales to Astonish” #27 (created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber) although he didn’t don the mantle of “Ant-Man” till Issue 35.

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The Short Box – Issue #75!

This week I’m proud to present a very special, limited edition, foil covered, Super Hero Team-Up issue of The Short Box Podcast! Why you ask? Because I’m on it! 

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Adam Wollet hanging out with his bestie.

Episode 75 - “Chadam”
Jan 18, 2015
SuperHeroIncHQ.com webmaster and writer in charge, Erik Slader, joins the show to talk about the best of Spidey, DC, and explains just who the hell the Sentry really was. Adam falls out of love, and Ant-Man is spotlighted with a brief history lesson…

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“You have failed this city, son!” – Cesar’s Dad

Click below for related articles:

Tales from the Spider-Verse!

The Best DC Animated Movies

RIP Wolverine: A Eulogy…

Retro Review: THE SENTRY

THOR #7 Review

Be sure to support Erik’s “Epik Fails of History” by heading over to Patreon.com/EpikFails

Also, in case you slackers missed it, here’s the previous episode…

“The Episode Without Fear”
Jan 05, 2015
The Short Boxers are back with their first episode of 2015! The crew lists their top five favorite artists and writers to look out for this year, Adam has more rumors and movie news to share than ever before, and our first Matt-Attack of the year.

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Tales from the Spider-verse!

Spider-man Comics

Ever since his debut in Amazing Fantasy #15, Spider-man has had some of the most iconic story arcs in comics history. Since 1962, Spidey has been swinging across the New York skyline from page to screen in numerous incarnations, from web headed teenager to star crossed lover to fighting alongside the Avengers.

Amazing Fantasy 15Now that Marvel’s “Spider-verse” event is upon us, I thought I’d ask a few people around town to share some of their favorite Web-slinging adventures from our favorite wall-crawler: Jonathan Sanders (manager of Super Hero Hive), Badr Milligan (of The Short Box Pod Cast), Adam Wollet (local comic creator), Brett Ricketts (creator of TheDirectEdition.com), Comic Zombie (blogger @ comiczombie.wordpress.com), and of course myself, Erik Slader (writer of the blog Epik Fails of History and content creator for this here site).

For those of you living in the Negative Zone these past few months, Spider-verse is a current story line where every single Spider-man ever from all corners of the multi-verse must unite against a common threat.

Ultimate Spider-man: Death of Peter Parker - the Sinister Six

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Comic Zombie Presents: 20 of the funniest WTF moments in comics history!

Happy New Year!

This time of year is a great time to reflect on the mistakes of the past as we move forward. What better way to ring in the new year than laughing at the weirdest covers and panels from comics’ (long and crazy) history? That’s exactly the kind of thing my good friend and fellow blogger, Comic Zombie, has been collecting for the past few years…


(warning: some adult language to follow)

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Retro Review: THE SENTRY!

Marvel Knights' "The Sentry" by: Paul Jenkins

Who is THE SENTRY you ask?

That’s the mystery that plagues Bob Reynolds… and the rest of the Marvel Universe!

The Watchtower (The Sentry)

The character of ‘the Sentry’ himself first debuted in this story (specifically “Sentry” #1 initially released in 2000), but the story implies that the Sentry was actually an old school Golden Age Marvel character predating even the Fantastic Four. In fact there was an entire viral campaign for the series in which an entire fake ‘real world’ story was created for this ‘lost character’ from the vault of Stan Lee’s rejected character concepts!

It’s worth noting that The Sentry has since appeared in a number of Marvel crossover events as well as a follow up series, but it all started with this self contained story.

“The Sentry” is a graphic novel collecting the entire Marvel Knights mini-series along with all the tie-ins and finale. All together these issues create a cohesive self-contained story created by the brilliant Paul Jenkins and fused with the spectacular art of Jae Lee.

Lee and Jenkins make the perfect creative duo, their styles cleverly complement one another as the story unfolds seamlessly. But that’s not all – the story also contains ‘cross-over’ chapters with: Spider-man, the FF, X-Men, and the Hulk! – each with their own unique styles from a legion of artists. (Phil Winslade, Mark Texeira, Rick Leonardi, Bill Sienkiewicz, Tom Palmer, and Terry Austin)

The Sentry and the Avengers

Part of the charm of this century-spanning tale is that it flashes back to panels and covers of issues that never existed, but it’s so convincing in the way that the art and writing styles of these comics (within the comic) reflect the times in which they take place. These creators have built an entire fake series for a made-up character, thoroughly weaved into the timeline of Marvel’s history with an impressive amount of detail.

The Sentry - Golden Age

It begins with Bob waking up late at night with a dark premonition, he’s haunted by something he can’t remember. Stumbling through the darkness in a cold sweat, dream-like memories slowly flood back. Memories of an earlier time. A time of eternal light waging a never-ending battle against an all consuming darkness… The Age of the Sentry!

Sentry opening“It was the storm. It wasn’t just your imagination. It was real — you know it. That was a sound you’ve not heard since… how long as it been? Months? Years, maybe — could it have been that long? Everything seems so distant, as if you’re coming awake from a perpetual dream. Whats happened to you, Bob? Where have you been? You try to remember how you got here — into this house, even — but it’s as though you’re looking at your memories through someone else’s eyes. Only… you know you heard the laughter — it’s a sound you promised yourself you’d never forget. No doubt about it: THE VOID has returned!”

The Sentry!It turns out not only was Bob a full-fledged Super Hero, he may have been the most powerful one to ever live. He’s like Marvel’s Superman, with powers that could seemingly rival the Phoenix Force, but what’s more is there’s a terrible secret to his powers. You see, he gains his powers from a serum, but each time he becomes the Sentry he has to up the dosage, to the point where he becomes addicted to it, addicted to the power, and something deep within him is awakened, a malevolent force of darkness fighting it’s way to take control.

The Sentry’s arch nemesis.

The Void!


The Void has returned and thus The Sentry must come out of retirement.

The problem is, no one believes in him any more. The entire world at large forgot he ever existed. None of his allies even remember him! Which leads Bob to consider, is he crazy, or is there more than meets the eye? The Sentry must piece together the puzzle of his past with the help of Peter Parker, Reed Richards, Professor Xavier, Doctor Strange, and even The Incredible Hulk himself who seems to remember The Sentry as his long lost pal ‘Golden Man’ (not Banner, just Hulk).

It all eventually culminates in one hell of a twist… but you’ll have to read it to find out for yourselves True Believers!

Curious about an older comic or graphic novel? Feel free to send me a request for a Retro Review! Up Next: KINGDOM COME!

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