Nerd Factor: Santa’s Resume

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Way back in Sensational She-Hulk #8, writer/artist John Byrne introduced Nick St. Christopher to the Marvel Universe.  Nick was an interesting fellow, because he could tell who was naughty or nice.  He could enter any residence with a chimney, and he could travel anywhere in the world almost instantly.  As such, his powers were uniquely suited to private detective work, but mostly during the summer months when he was not doing his main job.   Read More


Nerd Factor: The I in Team

Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Joining a superhero team offers tremendous advantages.  Membership has its privileges, after all.  Unless you’re a Wayne or a Stark, where else are you going to get access to a supersonic jet or high tech crime scanners? Read More


Nerd Factor: Satellite Operations

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Not every superhero has a hideout or a headquarters.  Both Daredevil and Batman battle crime on the mean streets of their respective home cities, but only Batman has taken the time to build a lair.  Of course, he has to make a Batcave.  Where else is he going to keep all that Bat-stuff?   Read More


Nerd Factor: TV Comic Origins

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Superheroes have been part of the television landscape for a long time.  But for much of their early history on the medium, they arrived as cartoons or in live-action shows aimed squarely at children.  Batman (1966-1968) was the first primetime superhero hit.  While the brightly colored pop program had action sequences galore, its mission was often more pop movement camp than serious adventure.  Imitators followed that glorious show, but for me, there is an unsung hero of the genre.   Read More


Nerd Factor: Where Did the Monsters Go?

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Another October has come and gone.  As the big box stores start to gear us up for Christmas, our collegiate minds are at last starting to turn toward final assignments and Thanksgiving breaks. But Halloween just happened.  Am I the only one left who is wondering about where the beasties and baddies went? After all there should be plenty of opportunities for things to go bump in the night when the nights are getting longer and longer. What would cause the ghosts and ghouls to vamoose so quickly? I have some theories. Read More


Nerd Factor: Halloween II

Dr. Mike Robinson, LC Communication Studies Professor~

Well you got through it all last year, but the spooky energy of the season just keeps coming back.  As always, the Nerd Factor cares about you and offers these tips to tell if, once again, you might be in trouble this Halloween.

If you and the other survivors of last year’s events have decided to go to college together or have all taken a job at the same location, then you might be in trouble this Halloween. Read More