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Year of the Artist, Day 263: Marc Silvestri, Part 2 – Web of Spider-Man #22

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issue is Web of Spider-Man #22, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 1987. Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: Every Supervillain Death by the Original Scourge of the Underworld!

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

Today we look at all of the various murders committed by the first Scourge of the Underworld throughout the pages of various Marvel Comics throughout 1985 and 1986!

Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Superman Fought…Popeye?!?

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, based on the suggestion of reader Jonathan M., we take a look at the time during the 1970s (and even into the 1980s) where Popeye fought Superman and then actually sort of became a supporting cast member!
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Year of the Artist, Day 262: Marc Silvestri, Part 1 – House of Mystery #292 and King Conan #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the story is “… And Spoil the Child!” in House of Mystery #292 and the issue is King Conan #13, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1981 and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1982. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #489

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-ninth 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-eight. This week, did the U.S. government pay Marvel to do an anti-marijuana Spider-Man story? Why didn’t we get Frank Miller and Roger Stern together on Doctor Strange? And did Mark Gruenwald really regret creating the Scourge of the Underworld?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #207 – What If All TV Shows Starred Superheroes?

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…

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!

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

Superhero-themed television shows seem to be taking over the airwaves, with a new superhero TV show seemingly announced every week. What if that were the ACTUAL case, though? What if EVERY TV show became superhero-based? Just in time for the new fall TV season, name a TV show that you’d like to see our artists redo as a superhero-themed show. Cast of Big Bang Theory as superheroes, cast of Scandal as superheroes, etc.

Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 19: Futures End #20, Futures End: Justice League #1, and Avengers #35

Comparing Futures End and “Time Runs Out” seems natural. It’s a bit difficult after 20 issues (and numerous one-shots) of the former and only one issue of the latter. You would think, under those circumstances, the future of Futures End would feel more fleshed out and compelling than the brief glimpse we get of Marvel eight months from now. I didn’t find that to be true. Avengers #35 was far more engrossing in the future it presents, how it relates to the ‘present,’ and how well it defines the changes that have happened. It genuinely feels different and new, like the future is supposed to feel. Has Futures End ever felt that way?

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Year of the Artist, Day 261: Milo Manara, Part 5 – L’odyssée de Giuseppe Bergman

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is L’odissea di Bergman/L’odyssée de Giuseppe Bergman (Bergman’s Odyssey), which was published in 2004 (I can’t find where it originally appeared, but it was published in both France and Italy). These scans are from The Manara Library volume 5, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated June 2013. Enjoy! (For the last time – at least with regard to Manara – I have to place a Not Safe For Work warning here.)
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Year of the Artist, Day 260: Milo Manara, Part 4 – Revoir les étoiles

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is Revoir les étoiles (To See Once More the Stars), which was published in À Suivre magazine in 1997. These scans are from The Manara Library volume 5, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated June 2013. Enjoy! (Once again, I have to hit you with a Not Safe For Work warning. HERE IT IS!!!!)
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Meta-Messages – Hulk With a Fin on His Head Revisited

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at Erik Larsen’s response to the “Hulk with a fin on his head” issue of Incredible Hulk…
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Committed: Last Gasp’s Revolutionary Logo Designs

091714_lastgasp_rydenWhile this might be obvious to everyone, I only just realized that Last Gasp don’t have a logo. Or rather they do… they have hundreds of logos, practically one for each book, letter, and business cards… This was such an insane concept  in amongst our uniform, mass-produced world that I had to take a moment to look at a few of the logos by old and new authors, and find out the thinking behind such an adventurous approach to branding.

Last Gasp is the one of the largest and oldest underground publishers and the most well-established company not to have a consistent logo. Founded in 1970 by Ron Turner to publish underground comix, the job of adding a Last Gasp logo was given to each individual who published a book with them, from Robert Crumb, to Bill Griffith, to Frank Kozik (see below for examples, click to enlarge). Authors are asked only to make sure that they “incorporate a skull or a skeleton reading a book or with a book. Ideally the skull should have eyeballs and a tongue.”

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Review time! with Thanatos Diver #1

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I usually don’t review books that don’t come out for two months, but I’ll tell you why I’m doing it under the cut, if you dare read on!
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Year of the Artist, Day 259: Milo Manara, Part 3 – Viaggio a Tulun

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Milo Manara, and the story is Viaggio a Tulun* (Trip to Tulum), which was published in Corto Maltese magazine in 1989. These scans are from The Manara Library volume 3, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated August 2012. Enjoy! (And, in case you’re curious, there’s some Not Safe For Work nudity under the cut. Stay away, prudes!)
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Lookin’ to Connect: Spider-Man Edition! Amazing Spider-Man #642-647, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11-12 and Amazing Spider-Man #1/Superior Spider-Man #31/Spider-Man 2099 #1

This is the latest installment of a feature where I spotlight interconnecting covers. I will feature three selections each installment, with my current plan being to feature one diptych, one triptych and one tetraptych (or larger). Here is an archive of all of the covers listed so far. I am sure you have suggestions for future editions, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!

This edition is all Spider-Man covers!

Enjoy!

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