"I've often wondered what made me such a violent teenager... But whatever the reason, by the time I was in my mid-teens I fancied myself a pretty tough customer." Originally published in Real Stuff #6, April 1992. Illustrated by Seth and Chester Brown.
Read the other Real Stuff stories and listen to Mark's interview with Dennis Eichhorn here.
True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee is a brand new biography from author Abraham Riesman about the life of Stan Lee, with all its complications. Riesman conducted more than 150 interviews and sifted through thousands of pages of private documents—legal paperwork, family voicemails, and more—to paint a much more nuanced portrait of… READ THE REST
The first Batman logo was designed in 1939. Since then, it has undergone many changes. It's hard for me to pick a favorite because they're all cool. The exception is any of the logos from Batman movies from 1995 and after, which all suck. READ THE REST
The first conspiracy theory wormhole I really remember falling down was the one about Andrew WK being replaced by an actor, either because of contractual disagreements, or the Illuminati, or something more insidious, depending on who you ask. It was the commitment to the verisimilitude of the fiction that really drew me in. I enjoy… READ THE REST
Want an example of exactly how fast the world of tech moves? Ten years ago, Amazon Alexa and Google Home were unheard of. Now, your child can build one! Well, maybe not those particular smart home assistants. But it's fascinating to see how a device like a home assistant, heralded as a technological marvel only… READ THE REST
Did you know young people spend more time on average in the shower than older age groups? It's true. In fact, 18-to-24-year-olds routinely log more than 13 minutes under their showerheadduring each shower, as opposed to the much more concise 8 minutes for those 55 and over. Considering the average person takes almost 7 showers a week,… READ THE REST
Bright, hands-free light isn't easy to come by. Headlamps unnaturally focus their beams in what seems like a laser pointer, and they typically don't produce enough light. And who wants to strap a big battery pack to their head? The Liteband Activ 520 Wide-Beam LED Headlamp lives by a simple motto: see everything, feel nothing. As… READ THE REST