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75 Bob Dylan Comic Book References

In honor of Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday today, I decided to feature seventy-five comic book references to Bob Dylan, whether it is a story named after a song of his, him appearing in the actual comic (or the cover) or him being mentioned in the comic itself (this is basically just the same bit I did for his 70th birthday, just with 5 more references, plus I explained all of he references this time, for those of you who don’t know Dylan songs that well)!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #70 (June 1997)

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Rob Liefeld departs Heroes Reborn, Batman & Robin is slated to disappoint audiences nationwide, and this Kyle Rayner guy will always have Wizard’s heart, all in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 191

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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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 190

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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Cross-Hatchings for May 2016

Short one this week, because frankly I haven’t been reading a lot of new stuff. I wanted to point you towards a couple of the cool things I did read, give you a heads-up on a new podcast, and admit I was wrong about a couple of other things… and also, gloat about the thing I was completely RIGHT about. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »

Travis reviews Heavy Metal #280

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Why would anyone review Heavy Metal #280? Because it’s the first issue edited by everyone’s favorite God of All Comics, so famed commenter and Previews-post contributor Travis Pelkie picked it up and checked it out, and now he’s going to write about it! Join me under the cut for everything you want to know about nekkid sci-fi weirdness!
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Top Five What If…? Comics Where Everything Actually Turned Out Okay

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

Everyone knows that What If…? comics often end up with generally sad endings (like Spider-Man joins the Fantastic Four, but ultimately it leads to the Invisible Woman leaving the team to be with Namor or the Hulk having Bruce Banner’s intelligence that leads to the Thing ultimately becoming a mindless savage) or outright sad endings (lots of them end with pretty much the entire cast of the comic dead). But what about the ones with HAPPY endings? Check out the top five What If…? comics where everything actually turned out okay!
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Abandoned Love: That Time Green Lantern Had a Threesome With Two Superheroines

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at the infamous (and thus quickly discarded) plot involving Green Lantern Hal Jordan having a threesome with two superheroines.
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Left Unresolved – Is There More Than One Miles Morales in the Marvel Universe?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader nightsking666, I look into the sort of open question of whether there is one Miles Morales in the Marvel Universe or are there more?
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Knowing Daredevil’s Secret Identity Can be Dangerous for Your Health!

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.

Over the years, Matt Murdock’s secret identity has been revealed to the world, hidden again from the world, revealed again to the world and hidden again from the world a number of times (we took a look at some of them in this old Abandoned Love post). However, for many years, it stayed a secret, with the famous exception of Karen Page discovering his secret identity surprisingly early on. What’s interesting is how many times people discovered it…just before they died! Batman had a number of these, so now let’s look at some Daredevil examples!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #576

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-sixth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, learn whether Batman was intended to kill Joker at the end of The Killing Joke! Did David Choe almost do an X-Men comic book? And who was the Titans Leader in Armageddon 2001?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #291 – Superheroes Against Cancer

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 and Sonia Harris

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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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).

This week is a special theme. Caanan Grall, one of the original artists on the Line it is Drawn and the creator of the excellent Max Overacts, sadly has a brain tumor. He is getting it operated on Tuesday and he asked if we could do a special Line about cancer and tumors this week, with him making suggestions and the artists also choosing ideas of their own. While we were planning this, sadly Darwyn Cooke also passed away from cancer. Caanan suggested we expand it to a general anti-cancer week. Cooke was from Canada and Caanan lives in Canada, thus we thought it would be nice to mention that Cooke’s family requested that anyone interested in donating to charity in honor of Cooke send the money to the Canadian Cancer Society or to The Hero Initiative. Meanwhile, the Gralls have a GoFundMe that has been generously funded so far, but you know that they could use even more, as they deal with Caanan being out of work for months.

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Top Five Times Steve Rogers Retired His Captain America Identity

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

Next week sees the release of Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, celebrating Steve Rogers’ return to action as Captain America. Let’s take a look, then, at how this recent example of Steve retiring his Captain America identity and then returning as Captain America ranks among the other times that Steve has pulled this off!
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1987 And All That: Power Pack #28-33

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

CoverPower Pack #28-33 (Marvel) by Louise Simonson, Terry Shoemaker, Jon Bogdanove, Val Mayerik, Hilary Barta, Dan Green, Glynis Oliver, Christie Scheele, John Wellington, Petra Scotese, Joe Rosen, Ken Lopez

Kids want to be adults. And there is a tendency among adults to respond to this desire hand-wavingly, because kids aren’t given the credit they deserve. At the same time, there are absolutely aspects of life that children are not ready for and should not have to deal with. The massive, unsolvable problems of the world, the unfairness and bottomless cruelty, can’t even be handled by many grown-ups. I’m not one to advocate over-protection or needles sheltering, but it’d be nice if people’s childhoods could be unsullied by such despicable things. Of course, that’s not always going to be the case, which is at the center of Louise Simonson’s Power Pack. Dealing with extremely adult problems in believably childlike ways, the kids of the titular team prove themselves to be more mature than the adults of their world may think, but not yet as grown as they’d like to believe. Continue Reading »

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Scarlet Witch Just Forget That She Had Kids?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Marios (and also commenter Mikhail) we look at what exactly was the deal with the Scarlet Witch’s kids and whether she remembered them or not.
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