INTERVIEW: Spencer Declassifies "Captain America: Steve Rogers'" Hydra Secrets, Cosmic Connections
I've been reading comics on a regular basis since "The Death of Superman" storyline captured my imagination in 1992 at the age of 9. My parents fully supported my oncoming comic book addiction by driving me to the comic shop every week on Wednesdays, schedules permitting. At around that same time, I realized I wanted to be involved in the comics world in one way or another.
I went to college at Ohio Wesleyan University where I met my future wife, got a degree in creative writing and literature and also scored an internship at Wizard. After graduating the next year, I stayed around my hometown of Toledo, Ohio until a spot opened up at Wizard. I interviewed for the job in the research department and wound up getting it. I was at Wizard for about four years where I learned a lot about the magazine business and eventually worked my way up to Associate Editor of ToyFare. Moving to New York has lead to me living in a bunch of towns no one's ever heard of like Nyack, Stony Point and New Windsor.
Since 2009 I've been freelancing full time which has been both nerve wracking and a lot of fun. I've written for Maxim.com, UGO.com, Marvel.com and a number of others, with CBR being the most recent. My main gig is covering the wild and diverse world of comics coming out from Image along with a few other topics here and there.
FIRST COMIC: A stack from a neighbor that included the first four issues of "Captain Carrot & The Zoo Crew," "Fantastic Four" #335 and "New Teen Titans" #19 among others.
FAVORITE CHARACTER: Superman, Creeper, Batman, Captain America, pretty much anyone who's interesting.
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Scott Pilgrim star Ramona Flowers levels up into action figure form thanks to a limited edition release from Mondo.
Square Enix has debuted Play Arts Kai limited-edition versions of Spider-Man, Iron Man and Venom.
The galaxy's best buds join Hot Toys' line of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" collectible figures.
Will Smith is immortalized in plastic once again in Medicom's "Suicide Squad" Deadshot MAFEX figure.
Check out Kotobukiya's pair of new statues featuring Batman and Superman's alter egos, available exclusively at Comic-Con International.
Mezco, Mattel, Funko Kidrobot and more show off products that will only be available at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer.
The high-end doll manufacturer's newest DC Comics line takes its cue from DC Collectibles' popular statues.
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Hot Toys conjures up Marvel's Scarlet Witch, NECA unleashes "Batman Returns'" Catwoman, Hasbro rounds out the X-Men and so much more!
John Barber, Cullen Bunn and Fico Ossio discuss combining G.I. Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, M.A.S.K., Action Man and Rom into a single universe.
Some of the top collectible manufacturers got a head start on Comic-Con International with reveals of their newest exclusive merch.
Brenden Fletcher discusses working with Kelly Thompson on BOOM!'s Pink Ranger solo series, and why Kimberly returns to her heroic roots.
Iron Studios and Sideshow Collectibles unveil movie Black Panther while Mezco and Hot Toys jump into the "Suicide Squad" pool -- and so much more!
Brandon Easton and Tony Vargas explain how they're transforming '80s toy-and-cartoon franchise "M.A.S.K." into comic form.
Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys debut May the Fourth looks while McFarlane Toys bumps "The Walking Dead" up the 7-inch scale.
A whole lot of Alien Day collectible news, plus new pieces based on Black Widow, Batman and Samurai Spider-Man!
Hot Toys rounds out the "Captain America: Civil War" ranks while DC, Diamond Select Toys and Gentle Giant reveal their latest solicitations.
Black Panther from Hot Toys, Life-Size Boba Fett from Sideshow and "Game of Thrones" from Funko mark just a few of this week's reveals.
DC Collectibles expands its Bombshells line while "Captain America: Civil War" inspires Hot Toys and Kotobukiya.
CBR spoke with "Powerpuff Girls" animation writers Jake Goldman & Haley Mancini and returning artist Derek Charm about their new ongoing IDW series.