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Year of the Artist, Day 245: Jason Copland, Part 4 – Masks & Mobsters #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jason Copland, and the comic is Masks & Mobsters #4, which was published by Monkeybrain in December 2012. These scans are from the collected edition, which was published by Image and is cover dated July 2013. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2014

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Because why wouldn’t IDW cross over the Transformers with Angry Birds? Previews #312 shows just how logical that is!!!!
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R.I.P. Stan Goldberg


The great Stan Goldberg passed away last night.

There are basically two major areas of comic book history where Stan Goldberg’s name will be forever linked. One, he was the main colorist for Marvel in the early days of the Marvel Age. Two, after Dan DeCarlo left Marvel Comics in the 1950s, Stan Goldberg took over most of DeCarlo’s humor titles at Marvel. It was here that Goldberg began drawing in the famed DeCarlo style (which is now known as the Archie house style). Goldberg then followed DeCarlo to Archie. Among the many strong artists of that era who drew in DeCarlo’s style, I feel that Goldberg was the best of the bunch. DeCarlo is DeCarlo, of course, one of the greatest comic book artists of all-time, but Goldberg was excellent in his own right. He had a strong sense of storytelling (which was very important in the Archie Sunday comic strip that he drew for years) and always had a knack for bold figure work that really drew you in as a reader. Goldberg drew the Archie sequences in the classic Archie Meets Punisher comic. After DeCarlo stopped drawing for Archie, Goldberg was the main artist on the flagship Archie comic title throughout most of the 1990s and well into the 2000s, ending his tenure with the famous recent storyline where Archie marries Veronica and Betty in two alternate futures.

My condolences to his friends and family.

Read on for a classic Goldberg story from 1996…
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Year of the Artist, Day 244: Jason Copland, Part 3 – Kill All Monsters!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jason Copland, and the comic is Kill All Monsters!, which was serialized on-line circa 2010, while the collection was published by Alterna Comics and is cover dated July 2013. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Zen Is Still Nowhere Near The Building

So, I thought about writing about a few different things this week, maybe a focus on some great books or something, but the state of our industry and sister industry of gaming just has me too damn wound up and frustrated to focus on anything else.

For those playing catch up, gaming has been thrown into absolute chaos as it continues to deal with the growing pains of facing some really long gestating problems with sexism and misogyny in the industry. It’s a problem we here in comics know well. Many of us are “gamers” (or players perhaps is a better word) and even for those of us that don’t play games, there’s still a bond between comics and games – as “geek hobbies” we’re sister industries for good or ill. I guess it makes sense that both our industries are pushing on these boundaries and trying desperately to grow past these limitations at the same time and with some of the same disturbing results, but man has it exposed some truly nasty people and agendas.

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Year of the Artist, Day 243: Jason Copland, Part 2 – Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jason Copland, and the story is “Send Louis His Underwear” in Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened, which was published by Villard Books and is cover dated July 2007. Enjoy!
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Become Super-Villains!

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This time around, we’ll take a look at how S.H.I.E.L.D. just can’t seem to keep their various agents from becoming super-villains!
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Saturday’s Power Fantasy

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Year of the Artist, Day 242: Jason Copland, Part 1 – Empty Chamber #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jason Copland, and the issue is Empty Chamber #1, which was published by Silent Devil and is cover dated October 2006. Enjoy!
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Gimmick or Good? – Cyberspace 3000 #1

Cyberspace3000-1-coverIn this column, Mark Ginocchio (from Chasing Amazing) takes a look at the gimmick covers from the 1990s and gives his take on whether the comic in question was just a gimmick or whether the comic within the gimmick cover was good. Hence “Gimmick or Good?” Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far. We continue with the glow-in-the-dark cover to 1993′s Cyberspace 3000 #1.

Cyberspace 3000 #1 (published July 1993) – script by Gary Russell; art by Steve Tappin and Michael Eve. Cover by Liam Sharp and Andy Lanning

Thanks to the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy film, Marvel’s cosmic-verse is in the midst of another popularity revival. As such, I thought it would be fun to dust the mothballs off this deep cut of a comic, the debut issue of Cyberspace 3000, a short-lived science fiction series published under the Marvel UK imprint. To commemorate the first issue of the series, the Liam Sharp and Andy Lanning cover received the glow-in-the-dark treatment.

But what about inside the comic?
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 101

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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Year of the Artist, Day 241: Steve Mannion, Part 5 – Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Mannion, and the story is “Monsters” in Painkiller Jane: The 22 Brides #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2014. Enjoy! (Oh, and I hate that I have to do this, but there’s some Not Safe For Work stuff below. And no, it’s not horrific violence, because that’s a-okay!)
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #486

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-five. This week, oddly enough, is a Human Torch theme week. Did Marvel omit the Human Torch from Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends over fear of kids setting themselves on fire? Speaking of kids setting themselves on fire, was John Byrne’s classic Fantastic Four issue on that topic originally written WITHOUT the Beyonder in it? Finally, did Captain Marvel (Billy Batson) have a team-up with the Human Torch (the android version) during the 1960s?!? In Brazil?!!

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #204 – Modern Day Superdickery!


Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

I update the blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic is…

With all of the hubbub over the Milo Manera Spider-Woman variant cover, let’s do similar covers starring male comic book characters. So suggest a male superhero and our artists will draw an equivalent “sexy” variant cover featuring that character.

Read on for the sketches that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

A famous cover motif from DC’s Silver Age was so-called “Superdickery,” where it would seem like Superman was doing something cruel for no good reason (inside the comic you’d realize that it was all for a good reason – he was attacking Jimmy Olsen because Jimmy was secretly a bad guy disguised as Jimmy, stuff like that). There’s a whole site devoted to the concept. This week’s theme is doing MODERN version of Superdickery covers. For example, Lois Lane aghast at Superman, who is on his iPad “Why did you unfriend me on Facebook, Superman? Why?!?”

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