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Flippin’ through Previews – October 2014

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Wait, Damian might not be dead? The hell you say!!! All the answers can be found in Previews #313 … well, probably not, but it’s nice to think so!
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Year of the Artist, Day 272: Tim Vigil, Part 1 – Faust: Love of the Damned #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 Tim Vigil, and the issue is Faust: Love of the Damned #1, which was published by Northstar and is cover dated 1989 (although my copy is the reprint from Rebel Studios, which came out in 1991, and Wikipedia has a cover date of this issue as November 1987, so take that as you like). Enjoy! (And seriously, if you’ve never heard of Faust, I can’t stress enough that there’s some Not Safe For Work stuff in this post. I’m really serious, here! I mean, it’s probably Not Even Safe For Home, depending on who might be looking over your shoulder. Okay? Okay.)
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She Has No Head! – The October Five

The five comic things I’m most excited about for October? Glad you asked!

  Gotham Academy Cover 1#1. Number with a bullet is GOTHAM ACADEMY.

I’ve read it, it comes out this week (10/1) and it is AWESOME.

That’s right, written by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher and with some absolutely incredible art by Karl Kerschl (colors by Geyser/Dave McCaig) this is my pick of the week before I even read anything else. No way anything else is coming close to kicking it out of the #1 spot. It’s got some fantastic new female characters in Olive and Maps, the hottest Bruce Wayne this side of…well, anywhere quite frankly, and a rich beautiful take on telling stories in Gotham that only touch Batman lightly. Everything about this feels young and new and smart. It’s the exact breath of fresh air that DC desperately needs. And while I wouldn’t want ALL of the DC TMSGAbc_variantbooks to feel this way (the same way I don’t want them all to feel grim and gritty) I must say it’s a welcome change of pace from what we’ve been seeing from DC. Even though Gotham Academy is a pretty gothic book – it’s set in Gotham after all – it’s not going to be all roses and sunshine – it has a lightness hope about it that just sings.

BONUS: Gotham Academy wonderfully straddles several lines, the first being that it will be effortless for new readers unfamiliar with Gotham (or even cape comics) to jump into, and yet it’s filled with little details that hardcore Batman fans will love. It also straddles that often difficult line of being all-ages friendly – and it is – there isn’t anything worrisome for younger audiences but it’s plenty complex, layered, and nuanced for older audiences. Check out the Becky Cloonan variant cover (right), so pretty!

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I submit this as the hottest Bruce Wayne in just about ever. All hail Karl Kerschl!

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Year of the Artist, Day 271: Al Williamson, Part 5 – Epic Illustrated #27 and 34

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Al Williamson, and the stories are “Relic” from Epic Illustrated #27 and “Out of Phase” from Epic Illustrated #34, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated December 1984 and February 1986. I found these stories on the blog Ragged Claws Network here and here. Enjoy! (Oh, and there’s some Not Safe For Work shenanigans below. Comics artists are just filthy old men, aren’t they????)
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #30-21

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Jack Kirby’s Back Pages

Each installment of this feature I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.

Today’s featured creator is Jack Kirby!

Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 270: Al Williamson, Part 4 – Classic Star Wars #2 and Return of the Jedi #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Al Williamson, and the issues are Classic Star Wars #2 and Return of the Jedi #2, the first of which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated September 1992 (but reprints strips from 1981), and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1983. Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #40-31

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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I Saw It Advertised One Day – Neal Adams Wants Kids to Read Comics…Well, His Comics, At Least

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at Neal Adams trying to get parents to buy their kids Continuity Comics, a Tummy Slim product and a smoking ventriloquist’s dummy!
Enjoy!
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Flashback Friday

One thing leads to the next, I guess. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 269: Al Williamson, Part 3 – X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Al Williamson, and the series is Secret Agent Corrigan, which were published by King Features Syndicate in June to August 1969. These scans are from X-9: Secret Agent Corrigan by Al Williamson and Archie Goodwin volume 1: 1967-1969, which was published by IDW/The Library of American Comics in August 2010. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #490

Welcome to the four hundred and ninetieth 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-nine. This week, how did a scene in a soap opera give us Harley Quinn? Did Captain America creator Joe Simon also play a role in the creation of Superman? And finally, what was NBC’s problem with Firestar’s ass?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #208 – What Would Their Kid Look Like?

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…

As a companion piece to our feature earlier this year about doing Western re-designs of Manga/Anime characters, this time around our artists will be doing a Manga/Anime style re-design of Western characters. What if Superman was a Manga character? Stuff like that.

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

Based on an old Axel Medellin suggestion, What if ___ and ____ had a baby? Name two comic book characters and our artists will draw their offspring/gene splicing!

Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #50-41

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In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 20: Futures End #21, Futures End: Superman #1, Futures End: Booster Gold #1, Futures End: Aquaman and the Others #1, and New Avengers #24

I’ve had a lot of less-than-positive things to say about Futures End and DC’s theme month supposedly tied to it lately. The month was a flop, from my perspective, rarely enhancing the weekly series, often contradicting it, and, most likely, offering little for most regular readers of titles aside from a disruption (hell, I buy Wonder Woman every month, but skipped it this month… even while buying many Futures End one-shots… and Futures End being co-written by the writer of Wonder Woman, but he didn’t write the Futures End: Wonder Woman issue… wow, how did DC manage that scenario?). However, I’ve got to say, this week, I was fairly pleased with the Futures End comics that I got. Let’s shove Futures End: Aquaman and the Others #1 aside, because it functions as a conclusion to the story started three weeks ago in Futures End: Aquaman #1 and was, at best, a neutral book and, at worst, a complete waste of my time and money. The other three comics, though, are pretty much what I had hoped for this month.

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