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The Face Behind the Name

What’s up guys! Happy Tuesday!

After many failed attempts/reboots and cuddling with my dog to not freak out while I waited, I was finally able to get my computer up and running again! Hopefully, this will be the last time my computer revolts against me. This has already been a hectic week with the premiere of the podcast! The first three episodes are already out there on iTunes and Podbean so go check them out! We’re going over a variety of topics concerning Stranger Things in episodes 1 & 2 as well as violence and gaming in episode 3. We’ve been so excited to bring to you guys and we hope you enjoy!

Going right into today’s topic, I’ll be talking about the possible controversy surrounding CB Cebulski, who has just been appointed Marvel’s Editor in Chief. Just a few days later, BleedingCool’s Rich Johnston broke the story that CB had used the name “Akira Yoshida” as a pen name. A cursory Google search will pull up some comics with that author as well as news articles and a joke Wikipedia page. Cebulski started working as a manga editor in 1997 for Central Park Media, an American multimedia company that dealt with East Asian media. He left in 2001 and started doing freelance editing for many titles already under Marvel. Marvel hired him in 2002, first as a writer for Marvel’s Mangaverse and then became an associate editor. In 2006, he left the company for several months to pursue freelance writing and editing, working closely on some Image titles. By the end of 2006, he was back working for Marvel as an editor/talent liason. With this new position, he was able to travel the world and meet creators, who were in their prime or had raw talent, to bring into the Marvel-verse. He brought on creators like David LaFuente, Steve McNiven, Adi Granov and Matteo Scalera, to name a few. He was promoted in 2010 to Senior VP of Creator and Content Development. He oversaw a team to recruit, manage and coordinate the creators and editors. In 2016, he was sent to Shanghai and made Marvel’s VP of International Business Development and Brand Management, which helped develop the Marvel brand in Asia for over a year.

You may be wondering when Akira Yoshida first appeared in all of this. From the start of 2004 to the end of 2005, Yoshida started to appeared in comics, with his first publications being with Dark Horse. A different editor at Marvel liked the work and wanted Yoshida to work for Marvel.  He made the jump to Marvel not long after he appeared, writing miniseries comics like Elektra: The Hand and Kitty Pride: Shadow and Flame. He even had a backstory about his life in Japan and America, which basically made a fictional character. Just as quickly as he appeared, he vanished out of nowhere. Apparently, he was set to write something else for Marvel, which fell through with his disappearance. Rumors have always surrounded Yoshida, the man who never appeared at conventions and no one ever talked to on the phone. All interviews were done via email, which was very strange for an up and coming writer. Several people, like Rich Johnston and Brian Cronin, have inquired on whether or not the name was a psuedonym and some wondered if he was even real. Those rumors had been dispeled by Marvel’s senior employees, like Mike Marts, who has stated that he had a meal with Yoshida and talked Godzilla. The man behind the mask remained a mystery for 10 years, even Cebulski was asked if he was Yoshida, which he promptly denied. He chose to wait ten years to admit to something he’d been asked about before, which I find to be interesting because he had a chance before he became EiC to share this and to get it out in the open. Why he said no, I don’t think we will ever know, but it’s food for thought.

The reason I say this is a possible controversy pertains to the fact that the outrage/lack of reaction seems to be evenly matched. The most morally controversial topics is the issue of yellowface and whether or not it could be applied in this case. I’ve been scouring  the internet, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and have seen a bevy of responses to that. Some Asian creators have posted about their outrage, stating that it’s taking away from ACTUAL Asian creators and writers and artists, which very fair and probably true, to what extent I don’t know. HuffPost interviewed two Asian writers, Joshua Luna and Trung Le Nguyen, who pointed out some key points about Marvel and their Asian representation, like the white washing of “The Ancient One”. While Cebulski stated that he has already been punished and that he “learned his lesson”, there are many who don’t believe that he has and think that he should step down. There’s also a lot of people, including Larry Hama, who have stated that Cebulski has done a lot of Asian creators at Marvel and they are unbothered by it. While I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes at Marvel, what I can share as a person of color is that I’ve known people who have done phone interviews and then gone to the in house interview and had the interviewer do a double take and look a little take aback because of their race. More food for thought.

The other issues it brings it up is an ethics issue, one with CB and possibly with Marvel. At the time of his first tenure with Marvel, there was a policy saing that Marvel staffers weren’t allowed to write or draw comic books and if they were able to get approved to write, that they weren’t to get paid over their salary. Originally, it was commonplace for staffers to write for Marvel as well but it was seen as bad practice and discontinued. By  creating this name, he was able to circumvent the current policy to work as a writer which is really tricky. Again, I don’t work at Marvel or have any insight on the inside, but if he was being paid as Akira, which I’m presumig he was, and paid as CB, he would be bringing home two checks which breaks that policy in half like a Kit Kat. It also put him over others because he could control which pitches Akira wrote and which comics he pitched to write, which meant he could have gotten bigger projects than others because he wanted them. The last issue is whether or not Marvel knew about it. According to BleedingCool in the above linked article, the senior offcials who met with Yoshida apparently met with a Japanese manga translator, at least that’s the story. There’s also a possibility that Marvel knew all about what he was doing, which would explain the random gap in his Marvel career. This is all speculation, again, and some things which popped into my mind when going over this shituation.


Do you think Marvel knew? Do you think that he was racist or did something stupid? Leave your opinion in the comments below! Remember to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all located in the sidebar and to listen to the first three episodes of the podcast!

That’s all I have for this week, oddballs!



What exactly is Ragnarok?



Hello Misfits, with the newest installment of the Thor saga making its way into theaters there is plenty of excitement from both casual Marvel movie fans and hard-core comic book geeks.  The former however may be a little curious about where the name of the new Thor movie came from and what it means. Ragnarok is here and I’m going to explain exactly what that is and what it means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Some of you may be thinking “Ragnarok” sounds like some sort of Norwegian hair metal band and…. your probably right but in terms of what it means in the comic book and cinematic universe it’s a little more complex than that. You see Thor is from a place called Asgard which is home to the Asgardians; a race of powerful beings that often act as galactic peace keepers,the Asgardians are so powerful that many other races see them as gods.

Although the Asgardians are powerful they are not immortal in fact their home land is stuck in a cycle of life and death that causes the destruction of Asgard and the death of almost all of the Asgardians. The process of this cataclysm taking place is referred to as Ragnarok. Usually some super powerful evil deity leads an invasion of evil beings into Asgard, the Asgardian ruler is killed  and everything is destroyed. Eventually Life finds its way back to Asgard and the cycle begins again.

So basically Ragnarok is the Agardian apocalypse that brings about suffering and death but is also the beginning of a new cycle, at least that’s what it means in the comic books anyway. In the new Thor movie it seems like they combined elements of Ragnarok from the Thor comics and elements of Planet Hulk. While there is a giant battle and an overpowered evil doer that leads an invasion, the movie steers clear of many of the apocalyptic elements that are in the comics. This is good news for the Avengers franchise because it means they may be getting their two heaviest hitters back sooner than we thought.

With that said the Thor movie is doing well in theaters so regardless of what interpretation was used, this film is still and action packed entertaining block buster.

Feel free to let us know what you thought of the movie in the comments or drop us a line on social media. Catch you later misfits.






Time to Get Down With a Thor Showdown Countdown

By: JJ Ferrigno

First off, I want to apologize to you, my wonderful readers. Last week (on such a hallowed day no less, haha) I lied to you. I am so sorry. Haha, yeah, I said I watched 19 hours of Stranger Things for you, while what I really watched was 17 hours because 8+9=17, silly ol’ me. Now that my groveling is done, onto the article.

As you may or may not know, Thor Ragnarok premiered on November 3rd, 2017. For those of you Marvel movie lovers that dig Thor you probably have seen or have plans to go see this movie soon. For those of you that don’t necessarily vibe with Thor, let’s be real, it’s a superhero movie and if you’re reading this article, you’re probably going to go see it anyway. Yeah, that’s right! I know you! I can see into your soul! Haha, just kidding…or am I?

This installment of the franchise’s God-liest Avenger holds many surprises inside. Without giving anything away and only sharing what can be seen in the trailer anyway, Thor gets a haircut (God forgive whoever dared cut those luxurious locks), He reunites and fights (haha rhymes are fun) with his “friend from work” The Incredible Hulk, and his hammer, Mjolnir, is destroyed apparently. Poor thing. An added thought to increase the sadness of that fact, Mjolnir is said to be alive in some way, so technically his hammer was…murdered? That is pretty dark Marvel, leave the innocent sentient weapons alone!

In honor of this movie premiering and the hype surrounding it, we at Misfit’s Tavern want to keep the hype train chuggin’ along all week. So to keep you excited, happy and entertained (I do so much for you guys) I have compiled a list of some of Thor’s Greatest battles and fights. 

Let’s get down to our throwdown showdown!


#5. Thor vs Hercules: The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136

This was a long-awaited battle by fans of Hercules and Thor alike. The premise behind this fight is a bit convoluted, but the battle itself is fun, humorous and entertaining as hell. Hercules is duped into impersonating Thor to carry out a dark deed that is necessary to the complicated plot. Thor arrives thankfully, disguised as Hercules (wait…what?) This comedically influenced fight culminates when Thor-Hercules kicks Hercules-Thor square in the holy trinity and follows it up with a nice atomic wedgie. If you don’t believe me or want to check out this visually impressive fight for yourself, take a gander at The Incredible Hercules Vol 1 #136.



#4. Thor vs The World Serpent: Thor #380

In this showdown, Thor battles Jormungand, the World Serpent! Thor, who was previously injured in earlier events, is pitted against a serpent that was destined to destroy him. Throughout the entire stunningly beautiful fight, the two send powerful attack after powerful attack at each other, until finally, the serpent clamps its gigantic jaws around our beloved Asgardian. So sad to see, the serpent seemingly fulfilled his purpose, until….his teeth are shattered from the inside of his mouth. “Outh, thahh wreawy hurrr, thawwww” -The World Serpent. The issue ends with a final clash between the two, resulting in Jormungand being killed and Thor’s armor laying on the ground, empty. Oh, sure he kills a giant serpent and then leaves so someone else has to clean up his mess. Real classy guy.


#3. Thor vs Iron Man: Thor Vol 3 #3

After such events of the superhero civil war, like Tony Stark championing a government registration system for supers as well as creating a clone of Thor, named Ragnarok (OMG LIKE THE MOVIE??) that murdered Goliath, Thor and Tony meet in New Orleans. Tony informs the god of the new registration system which is welcomed by lighting bolts and insults courtesy of Thor. Thor easily shrugs off any attacks attempted by Tony and informs him that he is no longer holding back from using his full strength on his former metal friend. Tony is embedded into the ground by a blow from Thor and is rebuked with “learn the difference between a god of thunder and a mortal man in a metal suit”. Tony hastily offers a compromise which causes Thor to walk off, leaving a battered Iron Man to walk home in broken armor. While this is an excellent fight, it is sad to see these two former friends great each other with such malice and contempt.


#2. Thor vs The Incredible Hulk: Hulk Let the Battle Begin Vol 1 #1

This is one of my favorite fights between Thor and The Hulk. These two always have interesting and fun to watch battles, however, this battle was the first definitive win for The Hulk. Now I know what you’re thinking: “But this is a list of all of THOR’S best battles”. I hear you and my answer is simply, calm down. As Drake would say: you win some, you lose some, as long as the outcome is income. Now I am not 100% sure that the outcome was income, what I do know was that this was a great battle. It took place at Mount Rushmore which is pretty freakin’ cool (fuck it, let’s have them fight at a national monument for some reason). Plus, Hulk earns his first official win by grabbing Thor’s hand and pull-off the ol’ “why are you hitting yourself? why are you hitting yourself?” with Mjolnir and Thor’s beautifully sculpted face. Overall, enjoyable battle, humorous style of fighting and two great characters duking it out.


#1. Thor vs Superman: Justice League of America/Avengers #2

With the JLA and Avengers pitted against one another in a deadly scavenger hunt across the multiverse, many intense battles ensue. When the score is 6 to 5 in favor of JLA, Thor and Superman battle over the cosmic cube. What is better to settle a religious debate than to have your gods kick each other’s asses to prove whos best? The world would be so much simpler (and cooler). With their teams fighting messily around them, Supes and Thor proceed to decimate a forest around them (STOP DEFORESTATION!) while hurling insults and attacks at one another. One thing you have to love about large scale battles in comics is all the shit talk that goes on during the altercations. I can barely sip soup and listen to music at the same time, let alone use superpowers and think of witty zingers to mentally demoralize my opponent. Props to you superheroes, that’s impressive. The thing I love about this fight is that it actually has the balls (can a battle have balls?) to declare a winner. The winner, after a well-fought battle on both sides, is ultimately Superman (Line up and shake hands, good game, good game, good game). Though Thor lost, this battle deserves the number one spot because not only is it a stunning fight visually and has some incredible sequences, it brings together both universes for an exciting battle that puts all of our favorite heroes in jeopardy, facing off against one another. Good job breaking down barriers comic book people.


So? What did you think? Did you like my list? Anything you think I missed or should have added? Are you still hyped to see the new Thor Movie? Let me know the answers to any of those questions or just say hi, either down in the comments or on any of our social media accounts.

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Peace and love Misfits. May the many-faced God bless you all.

The Spooktastic Top 5 comic’s for the Halloween Spirit


The spookiest day of the year has officially passed but let’s face it, we still have a little bit of Halloween left in us. Maybe it’s our love for scaring the hell out of ourselves, or just the fact that we are twisted little misfits who just love great stories. Whatever your reason, sit back eat some candy and check this list of my Top 5 Scary comics, you should be reading!


5. American Vampire (Scott Snyder)

Though this is not traditionally not very scary it is nonetheless an incredible story surrounding two main characters at two separate timelines, Pearl Jones and the infamous Skinner Sweet. Neither character is the perfect protagonists set to the backdrop of important times in human history these two anti-heroes have very different motivations but without getting into spoilers their paths of destruction create a beautifully weaved story worth a read.


The Vertigo Comic was first launched in 2010, and written by Scott Snyder from issue 1 and the king of thrillers himself Stephen King. Though Stephen would stop writing the story after Issue 5, Scott Snyder has gone on to take the series a lengthy 7 years and will be returning in 2018. The Period Comic, is both hard hitting and a complete gem in its genre.


4. Batman’s Arkham Asylum: A serious House on Serious Earth (Grant Morrison)


Written By the Legendary Grant Morrison this tale marked his first step into the world of Batman. A fantastic read seeing Batman thrust into a psychological game of escape, as the prisoners riot and begin to literally run the asylum. This book gives a revealing look at the history of both Arkham Asylum but more importantly Amadeus Arkham the founder of the famous asylum. It is dark and honestly a little spooky.


Most people know Arkham Asylum title as the video game series, but contrary to popular belief this comic is the where it all got its start. The comic has inspired both the video game and the backdrop for the movie Batman Begins. It even inspired some of the stories in Batman the animated series. It is a fantastic read and a bit chilling!


3. The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore)


Originally this classic was pitched to be a sequel to George Romero’s cult classic Night of the Living dead. Though Image Comics powers that be loved the idea they suggested that they rework it and make it an original piece so they could have 100 percent of the rights. This decision gave birth to the famous Walking Dead we know and love today. The story follows former Sheriff’s Deputy and comatose patient Rick Grimes and his not so merry Band of survivors, struggling to not only survive the zombie apocalypse but also each other.


It originally debuted in 2003 before spawning its critically acclaimed TV series in 2010. Although the TV show is a instant classic, it’s slightly watered down in quality compared to the comic books. What both show and Comic do that makes my insides jiggle, is the “no one is exempt from death” Concept it employs. It is still ongoing and begs a read whether you are a fan of the series or not.


2. Preacher (Garth Ennis)


This Vertigo Comics rooted piece of fiction is both thrilling and a little weird, it centers on preacher Jesse Custer.  Who after being “Bonded” with a supernatural infant source known as Genesis a product of a unholy shag fest between an angel and Demon. It ends up giving Jesse unbelievable abilities making him arguably one of the most powerful beings in the universe. He sets out on a Cross country journey in search of God who has abandoned heaven upon Genesis’ birth. Jesse does so with his Ex-girlfriend Tulip, and his Irish Vampire sidekick Cassidy. The three meet incredible foes that both shape and destabilize the very fabric of Jesse’s world.


Though this show had a few attempted Adaptations, it ultimately found its footing on AMC with the Preacher series in 2015 with a Pilot Co-written by Seth Rogen. It has inspired other concepts, such as Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger born. It is a terrifying, and often humorous ride, that redefines both good, bad and ultimate power.


1.  The Crow (James O’barr)


This is my number one pick, for the unfamiliar comic book fan this character is The Punisher meets Batman. Though that is probably a gross misrepresentation, it’s as close to the tone that I can get. The story is about Eric, a young man who is brought back by this supernatural crow who resurrects victims of murder to exact revenge on their murderers. Eric Was killed by a group of gang members while his fiancé was raped in front of his paralyzed eyes before she was killed as well. Eric returns to the land of the living and hunts down his Murderers. The Gothic and dark tone sets the comic apart from other Thrillers as it beautifully seams psychological thrilling with creative Violence.


It was later adapted to a couple of movies, the first and most famous starred the Late Brandon Lee, who unfortunately died while filming the movie during a set accident. Its dark tone, and vengeful motivations creates a both spooky but thrilling adventure.

So there you have it! My List for a Spooktastic post Halloween Follow up. Let me know your thoughts below, and share your own favorite comics in the comment section. Until next time, this is Jared signing off.