Karl Heitmueller
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Raised in the wilds of Amish Country PA, currently based in Jersey City NJ, writer / illustrator / cartoonist Karl Heitmueller Jr. has been spouting about pop culture and how society relates to it for decades, in print, online and at the bar. He’s not sure whether he’s more passionate about his loves (Superman, Sinatra, Schulz, the Clash, Hitchcock, SCTV) or his hates (Disney, Judd Apatow, Emo rock, Diablo Cody). He’s been published by MTV, Warne

'Smallville' Recap: 'Isis'

10/23/2010 11:00pm EDT
Patron of the arts Oliver Queen is going over the preparation for Green Arrow’s appearance at the opening of the Metropolis Museum’s exhibit, “Isis: A Tale of Eternal Love” (you will recall Carter Hall / Hawkman relating the story to Lois in Africa three weeks ago). The only problem: the key part of the exhibit, the amulet of Isis has gone missing. And it bears a curse! Whatever soul dares possess it will be condemned to spend all of eternity in Hell!

Wouldn’t you know it, the amulet has somehow landed at the bottom of the cluttered handbag of Lois Lane, who is currently back in Smallville...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Homecoming'

10/18/2010 6:36am EDT
Brainiac and Clark
Clark’s self-doubt lingers as the episode opens with a nice synergistic shot of some Time Warner magazines with superheroes on the covers. Lois pops by to remind Clark that their 5-year high school reunion is the next day and she does not want to miss it (never mind that she was enrolled in Smallville High for all of 23 days, five of which she actually attended). The on-hold status of their relationship notwithstanding, Clark agrees to go.

Back at Smallville High, a beleaguered guidance counselor looks back over a decade of dealing with meteor-rock malfeasants (in early seasons of SMALLV...

Casting Call: Who Should Be The 'New Wonder Woman'

10/12/2010 9:00am EDT
The Next Wonder Woman
Any time a movie or TV comic book adaptation is announced, the internet becomes instantly abuzz with casting ideas, and when it comes to a character as iconic as Princess Diana of Themiscyra, those opinions are STRONG!

David E. Kelley’s new "Wonder Woman" show (presumably designed to fill the gap Clark Kent will leave when he finally becomes Superman at the end of this final season of "Smallville") is the latest attempt to bring live action resurrection to comics’ pre-eminent superheroine. So who can fill the red and white boots so memorably worn by Lynda Carter in the 1970s? Here are a fe...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Supergirl'

10/9/2010 1:56pm EDT
Kara Zor-El
Three weeks ago: A great darkness comes to Earth in the form of smoke and crows and possesses incendiary radio host Gordon Godfrey. Cut to: Today, Gordon speaks on a Metropolis street (?) to promote his new book (written and published in three weeks?), “Super Heroes or Super-Menace?” A disgruntled Clark watches from the sidelines as Lois sidles up to him, back from Africa (Why? Unexplained). Godfrey unveils a huge billboard emblazoned with the phrase “Stop the Menace” next to a “Ban the S-shield” graphic.

Suddenly, a crane strikes the billboard, which falls towards the crowd below, only t...

'Smallville' Recap: 'Shield'

10/4/2010 9:15am EDT
Cat Grant
SMALLVILLE Recap: Season 10, Episode 2: “Shield” -

We begin our story with Lois Lane at the “newly unearthed tomb of Isis,” an archaeological dig in Africa. Perturbed as usual, Lois is greeted by Carter Hall, last season’s Justice Society member Hawkman, who tells he you never know what Fate has in store for you. Back at the Daily Planet, Clark is trying to get a hold of the missing Chloe while himself missing Lois, whose desk is being taken over by perky new reporter Cat Grant (Keri Lynn Pratt), not to be confused with last season’s talk show host Catherine Grant, although both are based...

'Smallville' Recap: Season 10, Ep.1: "Lazarus"

9/25/2010 5:50pm EDT
Lazarus Lois Lane
When we last saw our hero, Clark Kent, aka Kal-El, aka The Blur, he had successfully sent the evil Zod and a whole cadre of cloned Kryptonians to a new inter-dimensional home via the Book of Rao, while being mortally wounded by a super-power-sapping Blue Kryptonite dagger.

Confused? So am I (and I’ve watched SMALLVILLE since the beginning), but it doesn’t matter. After years of stalling a conclusion that has been foregone since the premiere, this year SMALLVILLE will stop dragging its feet, as Clark Kent will finally become Superman, even if it’s not until until the finale.

As Season ...

Assembling The 'Avengers': The Star Power In The Marvel Movie

8/8/2010 12:00pm EDT
Chris Evans
For comic book fans, one of the highlights of last month’s Comic-Con was the panel that brought together, for the first time in public, the entire roster of The Avengers, the Marvel Comics super-team headed for the big screen in 2012. Since the end of 2008’s Iron Man, in which Nick Fury approached Tony Stark to discuss “the Avengers initiative,” fanboys have been teased with hints and cameos in almost every Marvel superhero film. After next summer’s one-two punch of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, all the individual pieces will be in place to launch what could be the most epic ...

TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

5/20/2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...

Marvel And DC Comics Will Be Slugging It Out On The Big Screen For Years To Come

5/5/2010 10:06am EDT
Marvel And DC Comics Movies
With Iron Man 2, Kick-Ass, The Losers and Jonah Hex all hitting the multiplex this summer, the onslaught of comic book movies shows no signs of slowing (for better or worse). Leaving the Green Hornet (who started as a radio show) and Scott Pilgrim (indie press slacker hero) for later debate, we’ll get you up to speed on the heavy hitters from comics’ Big Two, DC and Marvel that are heading to the big screen in the next few years, culminating (supposedly) in epic team-ups for both universes!


THOR (May 2011)

Kenneth Branagh is directing Chris Hemsworth (Captain Kirk’s father...

Christina Hendricks May Be Hot, But In Hollywood Thin Remains In

4/28/2010 10:08am EDT
Christina Hendricks vs Hollipops
Hollywood’s IT girl of the moment is Christina Hendricks, the voluptuous redhead who plays über-secretary Joan Harris on AMC’s Mad Men. Hendricks (for those of you not paying attention) is a throwback to an era of Jayne Mansfield and Russ Meyer, the antithesis of the Size 0 pretzel sticks dominating the tube and screen. But with Hendricks in the running for Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive, could she signal a new standard of beauty in Hollywood?

Don’t hold your breath.

This is not to say that Christina Hendricks isn’t hot. Oh, she most undoubtedly is. But part of the allure of the actress li...