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What I bought – 8 and 15 April 2015


All of our religions but the Judaic and the Greek think more of us dead than alive. (Joseph Heller, from Picture This)
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She Has No Head! – Print vs. Digital

In the spirit of the “defining superheroes” column (which in case you haven’t guessed is about my favorite column ever for the wonderful dialogue it created and the surprisingly low number of jerks that showed up to that dialogue) I wanted to pick your brains about Print and Digital comics.

Before I open this up to comments, thoughts, rants, etc., I want to give you a general state of where I’m at on this thing, my concerns and interests going forward, and what spurred me to talk about this today.

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Cross-Hatchings for April 2015

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So, Did Daredevil Kill a Hooker or What?

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, we look at how Daredevil was wracked by guilt over his role in the death of a hooker. But did she really die? Let’s find out!
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Fabian Nicieza’s Five Favorite Superboy Issues

Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Zero Hour DC Universe with his Convergence: Superboy series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with Superboy as a reader. So here are five of Fabian’s favorite issues of Superboy (both Clark and Kon-El). Everything from this point on is Fabian’s recollections of five of his favorite Superboy issues.
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Daredevil Legends Revealed!

In honor of his new hit TV series, we’ve decided to feature a collection of our past Comic Book Legends Revealed installments that involve Daredevil.

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The Impossible Man vs. Bat-Mite

This Nick Butch piece was finished late enough for this week’s Line it is Drawn that I figured I might as well give it its own little spotlight, to make sure people see it.

Ted_LisaDahlman suggested

batmite vs impossible man

and here is what Nick came up with…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #519

Welcome to the five hundred and nineteenth 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, did Daredevil: Man Without Fear really originate as a script for a Daredevil movie? Learn the secret origin for Wonder Man’s ugliest costume! Plus, what is the bizarre story of the Ghost Rider vs. Hulk comic book cover that didn’t have Hulk inside the comic?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #236 – Convergence, Line it is Drawn Style

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).

The topic is…

In honor of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, suggest Marvel TV shows that you don’t think we’ll ever see. Like U.S. 1…the TV series! Feel free to make casting suggestions, as well, if you’d like.

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

In honor of DC’s Convergence event, let’s expand the concept to ALL comic book companies and have you choose two comic book characters from different points in time fighting each other. So, say, 1990s Superboy facing off against 1960s (Ditko-era) Spider-Man. There’s almost an endless array of combinations, so go nuts!

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The Wrong Side: Daredevil vs. Black Widow

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning. This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

For the latest fight, we’ll take a look at the time that Daredevil defeated the Black Widow in a couple of seconds.
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 35: The New 52: Futures End #0-48, Futures End: Green Arrow #1, and Futures End: Superman #1

You know there’s something wrong when the series isn’t even 52 issues. The New 52: Futures End is 49 issues long and, taking into consideration any and all one-shots released in September 2014 under the “Futures End” banner, I’ve increased it to 51 issues. I thought long and hard and solicited opinions about any other inclusions into the official run of this comic and nothing else mattered. Hell, Futures End: Superman #1 barely matters. I tried my best to help DC out and make it an even 52. I couldn’t do it.

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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Daredevil Easter Eggs!

In this feature, I share with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today, in honor of his new Netflix series, we take a look at some Daredevil easter eggs. Mostly comic book ones, but I’ll include Stan Lee’s cameo from the TV series!

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Cover Theme Game for 4/15

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Utter Inanity of Matt Murdock’s “Twin Brother,” Mike

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, in honor of his new Netflix TV series, we take a look at perhaps the most embarrassing moment in Daredevil’s history – the extremely silly but strangely awesome tale of Mike Murdock, Matt Murdock’s fake twin brother!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 133

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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