* Roger Green talks about the Fantaco Chronicles series, a kind of specific permutation of the early Direct Market that shines a light on how things worked just 25 years ago.
* Tim O'Neil looks at the problems Marvel has with their Spider-Man property in terms of the character being married when many believe the character probably functions more effectively as a single person. This kind of thing fascinates me. Unlike a character like Mickey Mouse, Spider-Man and the other Marvel characters have to function as broad plug-in archetypes with which you can make movies and toys and as characters buffeted by change and growth on the level of progressive soap opera that engages fans paying close attention on a monthly or even weekly basis over the course of several years. There's no good way to solve the problems that causes that isn't eventually exhausted as the decades pile up, so Marvel has to kind of perpetually fudge matters, letting the character change and then scaling things back to the status quo in a demented cycle of innovation and aphasia.
* Holy crap! A series of home movies from 1986 about Forbidden Planet NYC were added to YouTube a couple of weeks back with little fanfare. I could watch videos like these all day: