The ALAN KISTLER ARCHIVES

Online columns & essays

Nerdy Love Letters

Featured on GeekGirlAuthority, this weekly column delves into fictional characters, stories, and ideas that Alan thinks deserve attention from folks who may not know about them or haven't given them a proper chance.

Check back for the latest entries! 

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

After discussing superhero outfits with fashion icon Tim Gunn of Project Runway, Alan wrote his own regular column on the topic and revisits it from time to time. Check out his analysis of heroic costumes, fashion trends in comics, and the stylish choices of aliens and future-born societies.

Essays

Endgame - Stan Lee's Cameo is a Rebuke to "Keeping Politics Out of Comics" - Polygon.com

Why Batman Stopped Killing People in 1940 - Polygon.com

Santa is Just as Real as Superman - And That's the Best Thing About Them - Polygon.com

The Lessons Each Superhero Film Should Learn From Doctor Strange -  Polygon.com

The Secret to Superman Stories is Not Super-Flare - TheMarySue.com

We All Benefit from Better Representation - TheMarySue.com

Annotations

Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Special Annotations - Wired.com

Back to the Future Annotations - Tor.com

Avengers: Age of Ultron Annotations - TheMarySue.com

History Articles and Timelines

How the Comics Code Authority Kept LGBT Characters Out of Comics - History.com

The Craziest Doctor Who Stories That Almost Happened - Wired.com

The Many Origins of the Joker - Polygon.com

Why Batman Stopped Killing People in 1940 - Polygon.com

The DC Multiverse: How Did It Start? - Tor.com

Marvel's Civil War in Comics, Explained - Polygon.com

Doctor Strange, Explained - Polygon.com

Black Panther, Explained - Polygon.com

Elektra and the Punisher, Explained - Polygon.com

Deadpool, Explained - Polygon.com

Captain Marvel of Marvel Comics: A Beginner's Guide - GeekAndSundry.com

Guide to Doctor Who's Master/Missy - GeekAndSundry.com

Doctor Who: The Evolution of the Sonic Screwdriver - GeekAndSundry.com

Supergirl, Superwoman and Power Girl Timeline (Part 1, Part 2) - TheMarySue.com

Superman Historical Timeline (Part 1, Part 2) - TheMarySue.com