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Fred Van Lente

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Fred Van Lente is the New York Times-bestselling author of comics as varied as Archer & Armstrong (Harvey Award nominee, Best Series), Taskmaster, MODOK's 11, Amazing Spider-Man, Conan the Avenger, Weird Detective, and Cowboys & Aliens (upon which the 2011 movie was based), as well as the novels Ten Dead Comedians and The Con Artist.

Van Lente also specializes in entertaining readers with offbeat histories with the help of his incredibly talented artists. He has written the multiple-award winning Action Philosophers!, The Comic Book History of Comics, Action Presidents! (all drawn by Ryan Dunlavey), and The Comic Book Story of Basketball with Joe Cooper (Ten Speed September 2020).

He lives in Brooklyn with his wife Crystal Skillman, and som
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Top 13 WANDAVISION...er, VISION & SCARLET WITCH

With the impending premiere of WANDAVISION on Disney+, I thought I'd try something a little different with my 13th Dimension column and run down my favorite issues of the two VISION & THE SCARLET WITCH miniseries from the '80s that were clearly a big inspiration for the show. Enjoy!
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Great look at an aspect of history I knew nothing about. Would have been nice to have more nuts-and-bolts about the rules and play of the wargame itself, but maybe that's limited to gaming fanatics like myself. ...more
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Very well done, with a nice balance of academic info and pure-pleasure reading. Reminded me in the best of ways of Métraux's Voodoo in Haiti, another great scholarly Practical-Magic book. ...more
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" Michael wrote: "I haven't read all 13 of those - - but "Ray Gun In The Sky" was a personal favorite."

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Thanks so much for reading Bruce! I've written plenty of non-Marvel books too, if the current Marvels aren't to your liking you can check those out as well. ;)
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“Float like a corpse sting like a lemon.”
Fred Van Lente, Deadpool Team-Up, Volume 1: Good Buddies

“Myths, legends and stories are the signposts previous generations have left us so we don't have to figure out our own personal journey in solitude!

They have to be metaphorical, because their interpretation will be different for each individual life!”
Fred Van Lente, Action Philosophers! Giant-Sized Thing, Vol. 1

“Fandom has a nasty tendency to absorb the surface appearances of a thing without ever bothering to internalize its underlying message.

Huh. I guess it is just like a religion”
Fred Van Lente, The Con Artist




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