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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2015

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It’s the dog days of summer (or is it? – here in the AZ, the dog days last from May to October, so I’m never sure when they actually are), but Previews #322 offers hope for the future! Let’s take a look!
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The Wrong Side: Luke Cage vs. Doctor Doom

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week we feature a fight that I think someone suggested but I can’t find their name anywhere (so if you suggested this fight, be sure to pop in in the comments section to get your credit!). In any event, the fight is the famous (infamous?) Luke Cage/Doctor Doom “Where’s my money, honey?” fight.
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Knowledge Waits: Original Designs for the All-New, All-Different X-Men

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at the original designs for the All-New, All-Different X-Men by John Romita and Dave Cockrum.
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What I bought – 1 July 2015


The Old One said, “It is not an easy thing to refuse to be worshipped.” (Madeleine L’Engle, from A Swiftly Tilting Planet)
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Knowledge Waits : Batman Travels To Each State in the United States

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today, in honor of Independence Day in the United States, we take a look at Batman’s visits to each and every one of the 50 States in the Union over the last 75 years!
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Comic Theme Time: The Most Absurd Page Turn Reveals of All-Time

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

I presume you’re all familiar with the concept of “page turn reveals,” right? Those are reveals written into a comic book story that are designed to be surprises, because you literally can’t see what happens until you turn the page (in other words, these reveals are almost never on the opposite side of a two-page spread). This time around, I’d like to hear you folks make suggestions for some of the most outlandish, absurd page turn reveals that you can think of.

If you read on, I’ll share the one that I was thinking of that inspired me to open up this theme…
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Abandoned Love: So is Wasp a Mutated Wasp-Like Creature or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at the Wasp’s short-lived stint as a mutated wasp-like creature.
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The Greatest Comic Book Fights That Never Were

Nick Butch did the following piece for last week’s The Line it is Drawn. It ran afoul of some nudity complaints, though, so I temporarily pulled it. I put it back (with one page altered by Nick and one page black barred by me), but since I pulled it so quickly, I don’t think enough people got a chance to see it, so I figured I’d post it again on its own. So enjoy!
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A Week With The Perennials

It’s been the kind of bad-news week where I find myself eschewing new books, instead gravitating toward some beloved old favorites for the week’s bus reads. Comfort food.

To me the essence of comfort food reading is the pleasure of the expected. It’s the same reassuring feeling you get from seeing a favorite band play the hits. Just for fun, I thought I’d share a few of those familiar old favorites with you this week. Continue Reading »

Comic Book Legends Revealed #530

Welcome to the five hundred and thirtieth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, did Marvel create the Spider-Mobile because they had a deal with a toy company to make a Spider-Mobile toy? Did Walter Simonson have feathers on Velociraptors before scientists proved that they actually DID have feathers? Did the same comic that got sued for ripping off Superman also get sued for ripping off the title of a pulp magazine?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #247 – Superheroes Celebrating Marriage Equality!

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 and Sonia Harris

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 artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions 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).

This is a special edition of the Line it is Drawn. Our artists already made their selections based on your suggestions for next week’s theme, Hostess Comic Book Ads. This week, they’re going off on their own to each do a special piece celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling last Friday (the ruling came in after I had sent the theme suggestion out, so it was too late to change it for last week) establishing marriage equality in the United States.

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Review time! with Heart in a Box


“Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet; cut myself on angel’s hair and baby’s breath”
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Follow the Path – Gotham City’s Skyline

In this feature I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media. I’m sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today, based on a suggestion by Dave H., we look at how DC actually had a storyline to explain how Gotham City’s skyline in the comics matched the skyline in the Tim Burton Batman films.
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1987 And All That: Captain Atom #1-10

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

CaptainAtom1Captain Atom #1-10 (DC) by Cary Bates, Greg Weisman (#10), Pat Broderick, Bob Smith, Carl Gafford (#1-4, 6-10), Bob LeRose (#5), John Costanza (#1-3), Agustin Mas (#4-5), Duncan Andrews (#6-10), Denny O’Neil

It’s not always an easy distinction to make, but there’s a difference between doing good and being good, and Captain Atom is all about skirting that line. The title character is a good man who does bad things for good reasons, and then uses those bad things to allow himself to do good things, too. After gaining his powers, he is coerced by the U.S. military into being a superhero, but I believe that he probably would’ve chosen that life (or something close to it) for himself anyway because of his core decency and sense of responsibility. He’s a good person doing good deeds, but doing them in an arguably bad way, lying to the world about his past and present in the name of protecting the less-good men who control his life. And there are consequences for his deceptions, sometimes serious ones, meaning that for all the positive work he does, there’s always a certain taint around him, a hidden shame he can never entirely shake. It makes him an extremely interesting character to follow, because even when he’s saving the day as a superhero, the reader understands that he’s still trapped as a soldier, following orders and keeping secrets he doesn’t always like. Captain Atom is a sad but also hopeful figure, improving his life and earning his freedom inch by difficult inch. Continue Reading »

Review time! with San Hannibal


“Where no one seems to mind if you string your words together with Kool cigarettes and sparkling wine; keep the conversation light, wait until the girls get under-dressed and then the talk gets less polite”
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