Dave Richards

Staff Writer
Plymouth, Michigan

Early on my mom came up with the plan to introduce me to reading via comics. Her plan worked and gave me both a lifelong love of reading and comics. The earliest comics I remember were some Spider-Man stories where he fought the Kingpin and an issue of Marvel’s “Star Wars” where Darth Vader battled a cyborg. My early comic habit got a regular fix whenever we’d take the Ohio Turnpike to visit my grandparents in Pennsylvania. We’d stop at a rest stop and I’d get a three pack of mostly Gold Key books like “Grimm’s Ghost Stories” or reprints of “Turk: Son of Stone.”

In the ‘80s I started collecting super hero books on a regular basis with “Thing” #24, where he battled the Rhino. From there I picked up a ton of Marvel books. Several years later I was introduced to the DC Universe via books like “Batman: The Killing Joke” and “Suicide Squad.” Later my tastes branched out as I discovered companies like Dark Horse and DC’s Vertigo imprint. Currently I’m a huge fan of all forms of genre comics: super hero, crime, action, horror, science fiction and fantasy

When I’m not writing for CBR I’m usually toiling away at the public library I work at or working on book reviews or other pop culture related ramblings at my blog.

FIRST COMIC: “Amazing Spider-Man” & “Star Wars”

FAVORITE CHARACTER: Spider-Man, Captain America, The Thing and Luke Cage

Articles By Dave Richards

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CCI, Day 3 - All the Stars Over Gotham City: Jim Lee's "All-Star" Panel @ CCI

Sun, July 17th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

A large crowd turned out to hear superstar artist Jim Lee dish about the creation of his latest project, "All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder," at the DC All-Stars panel at CCI. Lee fielded questions from fans and gave some insight into the book.

CCI, Day 2 - Counseling Session: DC Comics Crisis Counseling @ CCI

Sat, July 16th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

The DCU won't be the same after "Infinite Crisis," the universe-altering mini-series which begins in October. CCI was the site of the latest "Crisis Counseling" session, a panel discussion where DC's Dan DiDio, joined by special guests, fields questions from fans about "Infinite Crisis" and its effects upon the DC Universe.

CCI, Day 2 - Orientation: Top Cow Panel San Diego Comic-Con

Fri, July 15th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Top Cow's panel at CCI Friday proved informative and hilarious. The panel highlighted the studio's offerings for the rest of the year with a particular spotlight on "Freshmen," the new series by Hugh Sterbakov and Seth Green about a group of college students given powers that aren't quite super.

CCI, Day 2 - Taking Another Bite: Chaykin talks "Bite Club: Vampire Crime Unit"

Fri, July 15th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

In spring 2006 Howard Chaykin and David Tischman take readers back to sun-drenched and vampire-infested Miami with "Bite Club: Vampire Crime Unit." Artist David Hahn is also back providing interiors and Frank Quitely returns to do covers for the series, which looks at the vampire crime family, the Del Toros, through the eyes of the members of an elite police unit. CBR News spoke to Chaykin about the series.

CCI, Day 1 - History Lesson: David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" Panel at CCI

Fri, July 15th, 2005 | Category: TV/Film

This September, the silver screen adaptation of John Wagner and Vince Locke's graphic novel "A History of Violence" hits theaters. Convention goers were given a sneak peek of the film and a chance to chat with the film's writer, Josh Olson, and the film's director, the legendary David Cronenberg.

CCI, Day 1 - Timelessness and Extinction: Ultimate Marvel Panel at CCI

Thu, July 14th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Many details were revealed at today's Ultimate Marvel panel, include the effects of Galactus' arrival in the Ultimate Marvel Universe and that many Ultimate characters would have a subtly implied super power -- they would not age. Includes monkey-loads of preview art.

Mystery, Mutants and Murder: Hine talks "Mutopia X" and "X-Men: Colossus - Bloodline"

Tue, July 12th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Even mutant utopias have a seedy underbelly. David Hine and Lan Medina examine the cops and criminals of the "House of M" in "Mutopia X," a mini-series featuring the characters of "District X," which begins this week. Hine and Jorge Lucas tell another mutant based crime story in "X-Men: Colossus - Bloodline," which begins in September. CBR News spoke to Hine about both projects.

Crime Reporting: Gabrych talks "War Crimes"

Fri, July 8th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

During the "War Games" story line, Batman made a fatal mistake that cost the life of a young girl. A mysterious figure intends to make him pay dearly for that mistake in "War Crimes," a four-issue story line that runs through "Batman and "Detective Comics" during the month of August. CBR News spoke to Andersen Gabrych, one of the writers of "War Crimes," about the story.

REVIEW #2: "Fantastic Four"

Fri, July 8th, 2005 | Category: TV/Film

Checking in with review #2, CBR's Dave Richards shares his thoughts on the film. Did the movie capture the feel and history of the comic? Which characters worked the best and which failed? How about Dr. Doom?

Saving the World is Easy, Comedy is Hard: Hogan talks "Hero@Large"

Thu, July 7th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

This August Erick Hogan and Jeremy Treece take readers to the city of Megalaotropolis for a wacky and sometimes touching look at the city's costumed defenders in "Hero@Large." Hogan gave CBR News the scoop on the comedic superhero series.

Evolution Revolution: Bendis talks "House of M"

Wed, July 6th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Reality in the Marvel Universe has been spun on its head. Mutants are now the dominant species on earth, mumans are treated like second class citizens and Magneto is the most influential person on the planet. This is the setting of "House of M" by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Copiel. CBR News spoke to Bendis about the series, plus a preview of issue #3.

Yo-Ho! A Pirate's Un-Life for Me. MacPherson talks "Dead Men Tell No Tales"

Tue, July 5th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

This August readers will be taken to a time when the high seas were ruled by blood thirsty buccaneers in the mini series "Dead Men Tell No Tales." CBR News spoke to writer Dwight MacPherson about the series, which has three of history's most notorious pirates searching for fabled mystical treasure.

Getting Knighted: Helfer Talks "Batman: Journey Into Knight"

Wed, June 29th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Batman was not always the grim guardian of Gotham, but then something happened. Beginning this August, Andrew Helfer and Tan Eng Huat will show readers how Batman became the Dark Knight in "Batman: Journey Into Knight," a new 12 issue maxi series. Helfer spoke to CBR News about the dark transforming road that Batman took.

Redemption Song: Nicieza talks "New Thunderbolts"

Wed, June 22nd, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

The cast of Marvel's "New Thunderbolts" are trying really hard to be heroic, but the path of the superhero is proving to be difficult for these former villains. We spoke with writer Fabian Nicieza about what other perils and hardships lay ahead for the Thunderbolts.

Magical Mystery Tour: Christos Gage talks "Paradox"

Tue, June 21st, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

In a parallel world where magic and sorcery are the corner stones of society, a bizarre murder involving "science" occurs, leaving it up to an LA homicide detective to solve. Writer Christos Gage transports readers to this world in "Paradox" this October. CBR News spoke to Gage about the Arcana Studios release.

The Winding Way Back: Sacasa Talks "Nightcrawler"

Mon, June 20th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

This Wednesday the "Nightcrawler" ongoing series by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Darick Robertson returns to stores after a three-month hiatus. CBR news spoke to Sacasa about the series, which has the X-Men's teleporter using his mutant power to explore some of the darker places in the Marvel Universe.

Kingpin of the Hill: Lapham talks "Daredevil Vs. Punisher"

Wed, June 15th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

When Daredevil dethroned the Kingpin and declared himself the new lord of New York's underworld, it set off a bloody Mob power struggle and set him on a head on collision with the Punisher. The full story will be revealed starting this July in the pages of "Daredevil Vs. Punisher," by "Stray Bullets" creator David Lapham. CBR News spoke to Lapham about the series.

In Layman's Terms: Layman talks "Fantastic Four: House of M" and the end of "Gambit"

Mon, June 13th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

This July, John Layman and Scott Eaton introduce readers to the new guardians of Latveria in the pages of Marvel's "Fantastic Four: House of M." On Wednesday of this week, the final issue of Layman's other Marvel comic, "Gambit," is released. Layman spoke to CBR News about both series.

Illuminating the Darkness: Gibbons talks "Green Lantern Corps: Recharge"

Fri, June 10th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

Hal Jordan may be back, but that doesn't mean the Guardians of the Universe can rest any easier. Interstellar war is shaking up the cosmos and powerful, unknown threats lurk in the stygian depths of space. This September the darkness of space is once again lit by emerald light with "Green Lantern Corps: Recharge" at DC. Writer Dave Gibbons spoke to CBR News about the mini-series.

Know Your Enemy: Vzquez talks "El Arsenal: Unknown Enemy"

Fri, June 10th, 2005 | Category: Comic Books

This July Salvador Vzquez and Daniel Perez take readers south of the border and into a dark futuristic world in "El Arsenal: Unknown Enemy," a world filled with heavily armed mercenaries who are regulated and recruited by an underground organization called The System. We spoke with Vzquez about the Arcana Studios series.