web stats

CSBG Archive

I have stuff that you can win!

It’s contest time again!  As you know, sometimes I get free swag from people, and I’m very appreciative for it, because often it’s stuff I missed, so it’s cool to have.  Then, sometimes, I get stuff I already own, but that’s cool too, because then I can give it away!  So just like last year, I’m having a contest in the same format as the last one.  That was difficult … this is more difficult!  Because that’s how I roll!

First, let’s look at the prizes.  Yes, I said PRIZES!  I have a bunch of stuff to give away, and more than one person will win them.  So let’s check them out, in alphabetical order:

Avengers: Ultron Unlimited trade paperback, collecting Avengers #19-22 and #0.  This is written by Kurt Busiek and drawn by George Perez, and it’s a fine superhero bash-up.  Ultron returns and does evil things – you know the drill!  It became redundant in my collection when I got the big hardcover volume, which has these issues.

Goldfish by Brian Michael Bendis.  Hey, remember when Bendis wasn’t such a hack?  This is part of those early works that include Jinx and Fire, and it’s pretty darned good.  Noir crime stuff, black-and-white, morally shady characters, takes place in Cleveland – what’s not to like?  And Bendis’ art is actually pretty decent.

Robotika by Alex Sheikman.  This is a really gorgeous hardcover edition of the mini-series, and I would keep it, but I have the individual issues, so I’m sharing the wealth!  The fine folk at Archaia sent this to me a few days ago, which was very cool of them.  Sheikman’s art is beautiful, and the story, which is not quite as good as the art, is still interesting.  It’s a futuristic samurai western!  I reviewed it here (scroll down, trust me) and posted some of the art here (again, scroll down).  More reviews: here, here, here (by some punk named Cronin), and here.  In case you’re interested.

Rock Bottom by Joe Casey and Charlie Adlard.  Larry Young sent this to me after I bought it, so I’m passing it on, just like Haley Joel Osment!  I enjoyed it, although not as much as I wanted to, and not as much as a lot of other people.  So read the reviews and see for yourself – Don McPherson loved it, H dug it, and so did Tom McLean.  A man turns to stone.  Whatever will he do?  Very nice art by Adlard.

Shatter by Mike Saenz and Peter Gillis.  Another one that Larry sent me after I already bought it.  I was disappointed in it, but as a historical curiosity, it’s pretty neat.  Completely done on a Mac back in the 1980s, and it shows, but it’s still an interesting book to check out.  And you know what?  It’s free!

Okay, so here’s the deal.  Below I have posted thirty (30) panels from comic books.  Yes, on a few I cheated and posted more than one, but generally, only one appears.  You must simply identify the comic book in which it appears and the creative talent that brought you said panel.  Yes, I’m asking for many things!  This is what I want:

1. The name of the comic book.

2. The issue number.

3. The writer.

4. The penciller.

I’m not going to worry about the inker, since we all know they’re just tracers anyway!  And yes, the issue number is a separate category this time, unlike last time, and I know it’s hard to get the issue number, so it’s not worth as much.  Numbers 1, 3, and 4 are worth three (3) points each, while Number 2 is worth one (1) point.  That will give us 300 total points.  Whoever has the most points wins.  Simple, yes?

I will take the top three finishers.  The winner will get his or her choice of three (3) of the prizes.  The second place person will get their choice of the next two, and the third place person will get the last one.  If a tie occurs, I’ll have to ponder what to do.  If the top two are really close and far ahead of the others, I may give the winner a choice of two and the second place person a choice of two.  We’ll see how it shakes down.  Everything’s free, after all!

Story continues below

Please do not leave you answers in the comments section.  That would be silly.  Send me an e-mail at: chlothar1@earthlink.net with something like “Comics contest” in the subject line.  I don’t want to delete yours because you put “Investment Opportunity!” in the subject line (I get a lot of those; why is that?).  Real names, please!  As this is a lot of stuff, I’m giving you the rest of the week.  You have until midnight on Sunday, 21 January, 2007 to send me your entries.  I live in the Mountain Time Zone of these fair United States, so if you send it to me at 11.59 p.m. and you live in California, it will show up as 12.59 on my e-mail and it will be too late!  Don’t wait that long!  Of course, if I only get one entrant, that person wins everything!

I will give you some hints and suggestions.  The God of All Comics is on this list, but maybe not for something you might think is obvious.  FOUR writers appear twice, and that was just an oversight on my part – I did these over a few days and it slipped my mind that I had already used them.  ONE artist appears twice.  Sorry!  IF a person writes and draws the panel, list that person TWICE.  One panel is from a comic book with two credited writers.  Giving me one of them is fine, but if you give me both, that’s three points of extra credit!  I tried to use some very famous comic books and some ridiculously obscure ones, but I’m not sure anymore which are famous and which are obscure after last year’s contest, because some people got the really obscure ones and missed on the famous ones.  So it’s a crapshoot!

I hope you have fun with these.  Even if you only know a few, there’s no reason no to enter!  Free comics, people!  So, if you’re ready … go!


1.01-10-2007 01;51;08PM.JPG


2.01-10-2007 01;58;06PM.JPG


3.01-10-2007 02;02;45PM.JPG


4.01-10-2007 02;11;17PM.JPG


5.01-10-2007 02;16;13PM.JPG


6.01-10-2007 02;24;05PM.JPG


7.01-10-2007 02;28;10PM.JPG


8.01-10-2007 02;32;29PM.JPG


9.01-12-2007 01;23;53PM.JPG


10.01-12-2007 01;27;29PM.JPG


11.01-12-2007 01;30;40PM.JPG


12.01-12-2007 01;35;27PM.JPG


13.01-12-2007 01;38;34PM.JPG


14.01-14-2007 05;20;00PM.JPG


15.01-14-2007 05;24;00PM.JPG


16.01-14-2007 05;29;09PM.JPG


17.01-14-2007 05;33;17PM.JPG


18.01-14-2007 05;36;47PM.JPG


19.01-14-2007 05;40;26PM.JPG


20.01-14-2007 05;43;16PM.JPG


21.01-14-2007 05;46;39PM.JPG


22.01-14-2007 05;50;05PM.JPG


23.01-15-2007 07;24;08AM.JPG


24.01-15-2007 07;28;10AM.JPG


25.01-15-2007 07;32;15AM.JPG


26.01-15-2007 07;36;44AM.JPG


27.01-15-2007 07;41;31AM.JPG


28.01-15-2007 07;45;32AM.JPG


29.01-15-2007 07;50;19AM.JPG


30.01-15-2007 07;53;47AM.JPG

Easy, right????  Get to it!


Whoa. This one is way harder than your first one. And I’m ineligible anyway. Or should be. Whichever. And I’d lose. So.

But it’s *so awesome* you put #24 on there.

There is no way I could hope to win this, but I have #15 in my childhood collection. The cover was so wacky/stupid.

…so basically it’s a contest for completists who have somehow managed to not get everything you’re offering as a prize?

Bill – I’m not sure why you’re ineligible. Give it a try!

I’m not quite sure if you’re being rude, Mighty God King. No need for that. Just ignore the contest.

I don’t recognize any of these besides 5, 9, and 10.

I got so happy when I saw number one, because I knew that one and I thought I might actually know a lot more. It’s more like 2 more…

Wow – I’m amazed how well I did there my issue numbers are mostly guesses, but I think I had good guesses for the rest (and a few I actually knew).

Number 4 is annoying me though. I’m sure I should know it – and I’m sure I should be able to guess the artist, but I’m coming up completely blank on it.

I wasn’t sure whether or not I would enter again, but I know a few. Thanks for running this contest again, Greg!

Hey Greg, I don’t want to sound snarky (as chdb kinda does), but then again, I agree with his (her?) overall point. I’ve no idea how well I would do in this contest overall — I’d rank somewhere in the middle, I suppose — but I am pretty damn sure I’d never win, place or show. To earn your prizes, one really must have an encyclopedic knowledge of comics. It’s your contest and your call, of course, and it’s all well and good if you wish to reward those folks with more comics … but I wonder if it might not make more sense to try to get these prizes into the hands of less knowledgable readers, to expose them to stuff they wouldn’t otherwise pick up. A contest that demands this much overall knowledge of characters, storylines and art styles is great, but even better if the prize were, oh I don’t know, signed artwork or a copy of a comic script or some more insider-y trophy. (Not that you have any of those lying around. I can appreciate you just working with what you’ve got. I’m just sayin’.)

Anyway, rock on, all you comics badasses!

Man, this is just mean.

Props to whom ever wins.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, Rebis and Scott!

Of 30 panels, I’d guess that 24 are from “mainstream” comics. This roughly parallels my moderately-ranging comics reading experience of over 40 years.

Though I claim some exposure to about 75% of the panels, I could only estimate to be in the lower 40% of points earned.

In other words, this contest is, um, not easy.

I will enter, after some verification of what I think I know.

I would be very interested in a follow-up, identifying the panels, and giving some indication of why that panel was selected. That would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the fun!

Fun! I’ll play.

I look forward to crushing you all.

I don’t really get why everyone thinks it’s so insanely hard! I’m only a student, with a few years of being into comics, which I would guess is a considerably lower age than most of the readers here, and I was pretty happy with how I did. I doubt I’ll win anything, but I knew a fair number of them, I thought, and it was a lot of fun anyways.

That’s the spirit, Blair! You did a pretty good job, too. We’ll have to see how it shakes out.

“Of 30 panels, I’d guess that 24 are from “mainstream” comics. ”

Maybe this is the answer to the chdb’s point…

Maybe next time you do a competition like this you should either give mainstream prizes but have indie panels to identify or you should have indie prizes and mainstream panels. That way hopefully you’re introducing people to things they might not otherwise have read.

And yeah – I probably won’t win, but the panels aren’t nearly as hard as I thought they’d be


Well…it wasn’t exactly easy, but Blair’s right…it wasn’t super-hard either. I’ll probably send my completed entry tonight (doubt I’ll win…but it was still fun).

Ah now I see what’s happened. You only get the “read the rest” text if you go in from the front page. I go directly to the page via the RSS feed so I just had the whole post slapped out in front of me with nothing to click.

Ignore that – Wrong thread.

Man, these are tough! I sent in my entry, and most of them I only had a vague guess on, but I was able to come up with better guesses using Wikipedia, GCD, and Google. Gotta love the internets! And there were a couple that I was able to check comics in my collection for, including one that I was going to guess at, but then got an idea and went and looked it up, and I was right! Awesome! I doubt I’ll win, but it was lots of fun! Thanks, Greg, and don’t listen to these naysayers!

i really want to win

Leave a Comment



Review Copies

Comics Should Be Good accepts review copies. Anything sent to us will (for better or for worse) end up reviewed on the blog. See where to send the review copies.

Browse the Archives