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I have free stuff, so it’s time for a contest!

Well, folk of the blog, I have some comics sitting around that I happened to receive in the mail, yet I already owned them. Now I have two copies. So why don’t I give them away?

As you may know from contests I have run in the past, I love presenting panels and having you guess from which comics they come. Some people have bashed me for it, but there’s a reason I do it: It takes the subjective out of it. If I ask you to do something where I have to judge your entries, there’s too much subjectivity in it. If I ask you to identify panels, you really can’t argue with the answers – you either get it right or not! And, to be fair, for this contest, it’s usually a page that you have to identify, and definitely more than one panel, so there’s that. Let’s take a look at what you can win:

Aces: Curse of the Red Baron by Shannon Eric Denton, G. Willow Wilson, and Curtis Square-Briggs. This is an action-adventure story set during World War I that goes weirdly off the rails at the end, but you might like it!

Awesome: The Indie Spinner Rack Anthology. Lots of weird short stories by dozens of independent creators. It’s published by Evil Twin Comics, so you know it’s quality!

The Black Diamond by Larry Young and Jon Proctor. Larry’s homage to 1970s car-centered action movies is gleefully goofy, and while Proctor’s art is occasionally stiff, it gets better as it goes along and the coloring makes it pop off the page.

Dugout by Adam Beechen and Manny Bello. This is the tale of a manager of a bad baseball team and the lengths he’ll go to in order to get his star pitcher out of prison. A nice, twisty story.

Captain Stoneheart and the Truth Fairy by Joe Kelly and Chris Bachalo. This is a big-ass hardcover version of Elephantmen #7. Richard Starkings gave it to me at San Diego, and while I want to keep it because it’s a nice huge thing, I do already have it, so I ought to share it!

Elephantmen: War Toys by Richard Starkings and Moritat. This is the trade that tells of the war that shadows the elephantmen in the present. It’s stunning – one of the best “mini-series” of the year (I put that in quotes because the regular book went on hiatus while this was being published, and it could easily fit into the regular title).

Holmes: Haydn’s Head by Omaha Perez. Perez, who seems normal enough, retells a Sherlock Holmes story as a wild acid trip through some ridiculous situations. It’s Holmes as a Mad magazine feature, and works quite well.

The Middleman: The Collected Series Indispensability by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McClaine. This collects every Middleman series and the original graphic novel. Grillo-Marxuach was nice enough to give me a copy, so I have an extra one. Yes, I ordered it even though I own every issue of The Middleman already. I don’t care! It’s a wonderful comic book. Join the Middlecult!

Strange Embrace by David Hine. This is another monster hardcover that Starkings gave to me, and another one I’m tempted to keep. I’m sure it looks fantastic (it’s wrapped in plastic, so I haven’t looked at it). But I do have the issues, so I’ll pass it on to a lucky winner. It’s a creepy horror comic that is a tad predictable, but scary nevertheless.

Yes, that’s NINE comics you can win! Okay, not one person, because we’ll have three winners. The winner will get their choice of five (5) comics, the second-place finisher will choose three (3), and the third-place finisher will get the one that’s left. That’s fair, isn’t it? ISN’T IT??????

So here are the rules, if you’ve never done this before. I show you panels from comic books. You tell me the title of the book, the issue number, the writer, and the penciller (I won’t ask for the inker, because that’s a bit too difficult). Each answer will get a point value. Thus:

The title of the book is worth one (1) point.
The issue number of the book is worth two (2) points.
The writer of the book is worth one (1) point. I should point out that some of these have two writers, usually a plotter and a scripter. You can give me only one, but if you give me both, I’ll give you a bonus point! How nice am I?
The penciller of the book is worth one (1) point.

The issue number is worth more because it’s harder to get the issue number. At least I think it is. It seems like it would be, because you can guess the others more easily. I could be wrong, but I’m sticking to the point system! So each panel is worth five (5) points. You can get a possible three hundred (300) points.

What’s that? You can do math? Does that mean that there are sixty (60) panels to identify? Mais oui! Isn’t that too hard? In the past, people have accused me of being a bit too obscure with these. So I put more panels in this contest, but tried to address that criticism. Therefore, every panel below is from a Marvel or DC book. Nothing too weird. In fact, every page below is from a Marvel or DC book that, when it was published, had nothing but a DC or Marvel logo on it (I will say that I have no idea if the pages are still “in continuity,” but I can’t help that, can I?). That means no Vertigo, no MAX, no Elseworlds, no Icon, no Epic, no New Universe, no Milestone – only Marvel and DC, as mainstream as you can get! How easy is that????

Of course, I do try to trick you. I’m not going to make this too easy, after all. So I tried to find some obscure Marvel and DC books for you to identify. I’m not Greg Hatcher, though, so I often don’t have too many obscure comics, but I hope I did all right. But trust me – every comic below has only a DC or Marvel logo on the cover, and nothing else.

People who want to enter should send me an e-mail with their answers. Remember: Give me the name of the comic that appears on the cover of the book. Just because a famous character shows up in a panel, don’t just assume that name is on the front cover (in fact, it’s probably not going to be the case, although it might be!). And to those people who complained about this the last time I did it … well, is there any reason to do that? If you don’t want to enter, don’t enter. It’s all in fun!

I guess I’ll give you until the end of November to enter. That means you have until the Sunday after Thanksgiving, a little over a week. That’s enough time, right? I’ll remind you about it over the next week so you don’t forget. Last time I did this I got 12 entries. Let’s see if I can top that!

Okay, let’s check out the panels. Have oodles of fun with them! Click on them to make them bigger, because they’re kind of tough to read. Plus, it will help you gaze in wonder at the awesomeness!





























































Have fun, everyone! Remember – you don’t have to answer them all, just beat everyone else! That’s easy, right?

[Edit: Sorry I had to delete some comments, because they contained answers. I didn't even look at them, so I don't know if they were right or not. DON'T ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS, PLEASE!!!!!!! That would defeat the purpose a bit, don't you think?

I thought the link to my e-mail address worked. My e-mail is: chlothar1@earthlink.net. I hope that works! Let me know if anyone is having problems with it.]


I’m surprised by how many of these I actually recognize.

I was expecting to be stumped on, like, all of ‘em.

Good deal.

My emails not sending to your address. Is there another way to enter the contest?

John: I wrote the address out without a link, so give that a try. If that doesn’t work, I’ll figure something out.

I definitely recognized some. I now need to fasttrack the papers I need to get done this week so I can research these. That David Hine HC will be mine!

Question: is this open to people outside the U.S.?

Sure, Matt! I’ll send free comics anywhere that has a post office! Even the Maldives! Or Senegal! Or Andorra! Free comics should be a world-wide phenomenon!

8, 16 and 56 i know without breaking a sweat.

the rest? no clue.

man, i feel dumb.

I just want to know what 37 is so I can buy it.

>>8, 16 and 56 i know without breaking a sweat.

8, 11 & 26 for me. I’m hoping I’ll be able to add to that when I get access (i.e. go to work Monday) to a good-sized monitor & non-dialup internet … as it is, enlarging each page would probably take me the rest of the day.

Thanks. The link works but my mail doesn’t like the address.
Also I’m in the UK. If I won a prize would that be ok?

R: Come back on 1 December and you’ll find out!

John: I will mail stuff overseas, because we’re all part of the worldwide community! It sounds like you’re still having problems e-mailing me. Is that so? I’ll have to figure something out!

I recognized 8, 22, 23 and 46. But I think I’ll let someone else claim the prize.

I knew 19 off the top of my head well enough that I could pull the TPBs off the shelf and find the necessary details; particularly the ones from the humor mags which says more about me than I care to admit (that Doom page is from one of my favorite comics ever).

I’ll hang my head in shame.

All I could think about #13 was “Why does Batman sport shoulder pads?”

Am I the only one that thinks it’s odd to reward this kind level of DC/Marvel knowledge with a bunch of indie books?

It seems like the people who would do best at this contest would be least interested in a bunch of indie books, and that people who would be most interested in those books probably don’t have this level of DC/Marvel knowledge.

Not that I’m complaining – I just wanted to point out that Burgas is being subversive – tricking the hardliners into wanting to read some non-Big 2 books. I approve!

Tyson: Yeah, I’ve heard that before with other contests. My problem is, of course, that DC and Marvel don’t deem me worthy of receiving their work, so I don’t get it. I get a bunch of indie books. On the other hand, I admit it’s kind of hard to identify indie comics, so I stuck to the Big Two. My hope is that people will be interested in checking out stuff they might have missed!

and maybe it’s a secret plot to wean hardcore readers off of the big two and into a more diverse addiction…

Greg, with what the big two are putting out anymore, I think you’d have a hard time drumming up enough interest for people to put the effort into the contest. Indie books as prizes are just fine.

I am astounded, I say, I say, astounded at the number of books I own that have those panels. With T-day off, I may enter this contest…

Hmm…I actually know most of these. But I won the last one.

I may enter for fun…but I think it would be unfair if more people didn’t share the wealth. We’ll see. Great job though Greg! The last one got me hooked on Robotika, which was an awesome mini and I love the sequel’s concept.

I sent my entry earlier today. I really hope mail didn’t bounce or anything and i miss the contest, or else i am going to be pissed.

I’m not expecting the top prize, but I hope I got some of the panels right at least.

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