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Drawing Crazy Patterns Archive

Here are all of the installments of Drawing Crazy Patterns that we have published so far. They each feature five comic book moments/scenes that coincide with a particular theme or topic. The latest additions are at the end of the list. I also specially marked each example of what we call a CLAREMONTISM, something that Chris Claremont specifically liked to repeat in his work.

1. Times Hal Jordan received blunt head trauma during the Silver Age.

2. Times Juggernaut’s helmet was removed

3. Times a character “Bwah Ha Ha”ed.

4. Patriotic Comic Book Moments About the United States

5. The SHIELD Helicarrier Crashing

6. Elektra’s sais cutting through people’s backs and flesh but being halted by the fronts of their shirts

7. CLAREMONTISM: Psylocke telling everyone that her psychic knife is the “focused totality of her telepathic powers”

8. Superboy telling everyone he has tactile telekinesis

9. The Hulk complaining about why humans never leave Hulk alone.

10. CLAREMONTISM: The X-Men Playing Baseball

11. Times Someone Other Than Colossus Has Done a “Fastball Special” With Wolverine

12. Failed attempts by Mister Fantastic to cure The Thing of his cosmic mutation

13. The Joker falling to his “death”

14. Dramatic Last Page Reveals of Magneto

15. Comic Book Decapitations (WARNING: Some of the pages contain, well, you know, decapitations – you might not want to see that)

16. Wolverine Threatening to “Pop” His Middle Claw

17. People Learning Batman’s Secret Identity Right Before Dying

18. Avengers Announcing a New Roster With a Press Conference

19. People Who Look Exactly Like Superman/Clark Kent

20. Fastball Specials Without Colossus OR Wolverine!

21. Batman Using Special Costumes

22. Doctor Doom Seemingly Being Killed

23. Flash Stories Ending With Iris West Complaining ABout Barry Allen

24. Jean Grey “Dying”

25. Green Arrow Copying Batman

26. Hawkeye Quitting the Avengers

27. Grant Morrison-Penned Characters Threatening to Inflict or Actually Inflicting Brain Trauma

28. Green Arrow(s) Quitting the Justice League(s)

29. Women Who Just Look Exactly Like Lois Lane

30. Lois Lane Trying to Learn Superman’s Secret Identity

31. Spider-Man Lifting Heavy Objects

32. CLAREMONTISM: Cannonball Explaining How He is Near Invulnerable WHen He is “Blastin'”

33. Batman Vanishing on Commissioner Gordon

34. The Watcher Interfering While Noting That He Cannot Interfere

35. Steve Rogers is Captain America No More!

36. Peter Parker is Spider-Man No More!

37. Other Characters Lifting Thor’s Hammer

38. Spider-Man…Unmasked!

39. CLAREMONTISM: Wolverine and Colossus Execute the Fastball Special!

40. Captain America; Unbreakable Shield Breaks!

41. Just How Easy Was it to Travel to Krypton Before it Exploded?

42. Superhero Spankings!

43. Avengers’ Quinjets Crashing!

44. The X-Mansion Being Destroyed

45. Iron Man Has to Go Back to Using an Old Armor!

46. “Nick Fury Is…Dead!”

47. What is it With Spider-Man and Bridges?

48. CLAREMONTISM: “No Quarter Asked, None Given”

49. CLAREMONTISM: “Bang. You Dead!”

50. The Thing’s Floating Superhero Poker Game

51. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Become Super-Villains!

52. The Inmates All Escape From Arkham Asylum

53. Thor Encounters Ragnarok

54. Kitty Pryde Gives an Impassioned Speech

55. Marvel Characters Visiting the Offices of Marvel Comics

56. CLAREMONTISM: “I’m The Best There Is At What I Do”

57. Comic Creators Officiating Superhero Weddings

58. CLAREMONTISM: “I Got Better”

59. Jason Todd’s Memorial in the Batcave Getting Smashed

60. Daredevil’s Dead Girlfriends

61. Avengers Falling for the Scarlet Witch

62. Batman and Superman Meeting for the First Time!

63. Lesser Known Batman Impersonators

64. Justice League of America Headquarters Being Destroyed

65. The Many Dead Loves of Wolverine

66. Wolverine Crying

67. “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Some Guy!”

68. The Entire Marvel Earth is Destroyed! Wait, Now It’s Back!

69. “Ach, Nein, Not ANOTHER X-Jet Destroyed!”

70. Mind Control Causes Batman and Superman to Fight

71. Knowing Daredevil’s Secret Identity Can be Dangerous for Your Health!

If you have suggestions for future installments, please e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com! Don’t post your suggestions in the comments section (this way, they remain a surprise).


You forgot the number of times Superman said “It tickles!” or a variation thereof after being blasted or shot.

You forgot to count the times a comic blog commenter started a comment with “You forgot.”


July 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

How many times have we have someone exclaim, “Impossible! Something that big moving that fast!”

Some really cool scenes here….even if some of them may have become cliche.

I got a better list:

How many times DICK GRAYSON became BATMAN. ( twice)

How many times Hal Jordan stopped being Green Lantern. ( 3 times)

How many times Steve Rogers stopped being Captain America. ( 4 times)

How many times the JLA disbanded. (7 times since early 80s)

How many times Hakman died. ( 4 times since 1990)

How many times the HULK was split from banner. ( 3 or 4 times)

How many times the avengers were forced to exile HULK from the earth. (twice)

How many times Aunt May died or was in the hospitol. ( died 1, Hospitol endless amounts)

How many times Krypton/ Supermans origin was rebooted/revamped since 2001 alone. (4 times)

How many times the DC UNIVERSE has been rebooted: ( technically 4 times– 1985 Crisis–1994 Zero hour–2006 One month later—2011 September Halfarse Reboot)

All of the above things DO NOT make comics fun— they are reasons why Superheroes from the BIG TWO are no different than ARCHIE.

@angry fan: Call me crazy, but I have a feeling you didn’t really get this feature.

The number of times the Avengers held a press conference to announce a new line up.

Just 5 of each? Someone should do a wiki or tumblr and try to get all incidents of a given cliche.

Probably not a character worthy of such treatment, but:

Number of times Venom threatened/expressed desire to consume someone’s brain and/or spleen without ever actually eating any part of anybody.

How about one for every time Batman tells another hero that Gotham is his City and to stay out:)
Mac Jackson
Singer/Songwriter for
“Harmony Constant”

How about the number of times some one said ” to quote Mark Twain, the reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

I’ve got a suggestion

How many times Marvel characters have said that they’ve been trained in hand to hand combat by Captain America

Huh? I came here from the home page because there was supposed to be something about the Joker, and all I see is some really long list.

@Star Saber

I like this suggestion : )

Yeah, Brian, WTH is with this “makin’ a list that I gotta read” crap? I came here for the Joker!!!

Number 13, buddy.

Can you please do the number of times the Watcher says “I’ve sworn never to interfere”, but then decides to interfere anyways?

How many times has Mr. Fantastic streched himself around the Thing in order to stop him from “going to far” when clobbering a villian? To many to count if you include the Human Torch.

How many times Wolverine killed/maimed a bear?

How many times is Dr. Doom revealed to be a Doombot?

How many times post-JLI that Beetle or Booster say Bwa-ha-ha in a sarcastic manner.

The suggestions are great, folks. But please e-mail me your suggestions at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Thanks!

It is enormously annoying that the RSS feed always leads to your index page rather than the actual story itself. Bang my head against the wall until my eyeballs explode annoying.

How about one with the number times that Batman has been under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug?

[…] The first issue of Age of Ultron moved fairly swiftly as we were shown a world in which Ultron had ultimately defeated and subjugated humanity.  Hawkeye rescued Spider-Man and brought him back to a base where most of the remaining heroes have been holed up and beaten down.  Our last image of the previous issue was a Captain America apparently left with no fight in him and a broken, unbreakable shield… again. […]

It’s an awesome article in support of all the web viewers; they will get benefit from it I am sure.

Here’s athought for all of these kind of features– Rework the lists so that they go from the most recent entry at the top and the oldest at the bottom instead of the other way around.

That would be helpful, but I imagine it would be a pain to do after the fact with the more prolific or long-running features.

the X-Mansion was destroyed yet another time. After the Events of Messiah Complex, Beast grabbed Martha Johannson and some notes or whatever when the X-Men moved to San Francisco. Beast then activated the Self-Destruct sequence. the Mansion got rebuilt after the pointless “Schism” event when Wolverine re-opened the school


I see that time is up there, but I meant to say that the mansion survived after Messiah Complex only for the X-Men to do it in themselves. The Sentinels weren’t the last ones to destroy it

Times JJ calls Spiderman a Threat/Menace

How many times had Themyscira been destroyed in Wonder Woman?

How many times has Vision (or an Avenger) stated that he is a synthezoid with the brain patterns of Wonder man?

Claremontism- “I got better”.

Love Claremontisms. Only thing on the list should be stuff done across different writers.

Ever thought of doing something like this but for creators? I’m sure many creators in the biz have had patterns in their work on various projects or just go to themes/plots/tropes they use multiple times.

Sort of like with Mark Millar’s tendency to have his characters in the ULTIMATES say “What are you talking about?” from time to time.

You mean like all those CLAREMONTISM posts on the list above? Good idea!

How about all the times the “immovable” Blob is most definitely moved? Not sure it qualifies as a CLAIRMONTISM, but I’d guess the he’s probably come up with most of the more creative instances.

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