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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2015

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The new Previews is out, and we all have to get used to writing “2015” on everything! Can you handle it?!?!?!?
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Year of the Artist, Day 360: Wallace Wood, Part 5 – Vampirella #12, Sally Forth #4, and Cannon

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Wallace Wood, and the story is “To Kill a God!” in Vampirella #12, which was published by Warren and is cover dated July 1971, as well as “Sally Forth” #4 and excerpts from “Cannon,” which were published in Overseas Weekly in 1971-1974. The scans of Vampirella and “Sally Forth” are from WoodWork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981, which was published by IDW/Éditions Déesse in 2012, while those from “Cannon” are from Cannon, the hardcover collection published by Fantagraphics in 2014. Enjoy! And yes, it’s late-era Wood, so it’s pretty Not Safe For Work below!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #503

Welcome to the five hundred and third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous five hundred and two. This week, did the theme song to Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends have lyrics? Who really designed War Machine’s armor? And in what strange way did Robert Kirkman kill off a major Walking Dead character in the lead up to Walking Dead #100?

Let’s begin!
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Year of the Artist, Day 359: Wallace Wood, Part 4 – Blazing Combat #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Wallace Wood, and the story is “Me-262!” in Blazing Combat #4, which was published by Warren and is cover dated July 1966. These scans are from the hardcover collection, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2009. Enjoy!
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Christmas Comic Book Legends Revealed!

In honor of the holiday, I figured I’d share with you all some classic Christmas-related Comic Book Legends Revealed (plus a couple of comic/cartoon-related TV and Movie Legends).

First off, this week’s Movie Legends Revealed is also a bit of a comic tie-in, as it asks the question: Did Flash Gordon really almost team-up with Ralphie in the film A Christmas Story?

Was one of Alan Moore’s very first comic book works a Santa Claus story?

Did the state of Massachusetts ban an EC comic book for making fun of Santa Claus?

Was the first issue of Marvel Team-Up (the Christmas issue) intended to be the start of specifically a Spider-Man/Human Torch series?

Did Wolverine nearly stab Nightcrawler over a mistletoe mishap because Marvel editorial felt Wolverine wasn’t crazy enough?

Did Jerry Ordway threaten to quit DC Comics over a Supergirl Christmas story?

Was Carl Barks censored by Disney in one of his classic Christmas comic book stories?

Did Marvel have a specific “no Christmas stories” rule during the Silver Age?

Did no one knowing whether Enemy Ace spoke English lead to John Byrne doing a silent Enemy Ace Christmas story?

Was the screenwriter of the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special forced to create new characters and plots because he couldn’t find a copy of the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer book to use as a basis for his script?

Was there originally a Coca-Cola ad in the middle of the anti-commercialism masterpiece, A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Did Montgomery Ward give the copyright to “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to Rudolph’s creator for free?

How did Charles Schulz owning a Ford indirectly lead to A Charlie Brown Christmas?

Was the original ending to the 1964 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special changed due to viewer complaints?

Merry Christmas, everybody!

Year of the Artist, Day 358: Wallace Wood, Part 3 – Daredevil #6

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Wallace Wood, and the issue is Daredevil #6, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1965. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: Daredevil volume 1, which was published 2003. Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Rudolph Tried to Skip Christmas to be on TV

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, we take a look at a delightfully bizarre Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story from 1959’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer #10 (back when DC Comics put out a new Rudolph comic book every year)
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Committed: Make Your Own Superhero Snowflakes 2

snowflake_window1It’s Christmas Eve and if you’re reading this, then you’re looking for a distraction and you’ve found it! Print out and make these superhero-themed snowflakes, they will keep your loved ones busy for at least an hour. Just like last year, each one is based on a different hero, this time we’ve got; Captain Marvel, The Flash, Spider-Man, Phoenix, and Wolverine.

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2014 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar

As with any traditional Advent Calendar, each day reveals a treat. Just click on the current day and you’ll be linked to a neat comic-related Christmas treat. This year, we’re spotlighting Silver Age Christmas, Christmas tales from the Silver Age of Comics (1956-1970)!

Nick Perks did a brand-new drawing for this year’s Advent Calendar! Thanks, Nick!

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 117

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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2014 Comics Should Be Good Advent Calendar

As with any traditional Advent Calendar, each day reveals a treat. Just click on the current day and you’ll be linked to a neat comic-related Christmas treat. This year, we’re spotlighting Silver Age Christmas, Christmas tales from the Silver Age of Comics (1956-1970)!

Nick Perks did a brand-new drawing for this year’s Advent Calendar! Thanks, Nick!

2014 Top 50 Comic Book Writers #3-1

Here are the last three writers that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
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Year of the Artist, Day 357: Wallace Wood, Part 2 – Shock SuspenStories #8 and #9, Two-Fisted Tales #34, Weird Science-Fantasy #23, and MAD #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 Wallace Wood, and the issues are Shock SuspenStories #8 and 9, Two-Fisted Tales #34, Weird Science-Fantasy #23, and MAD magazine #13, all of which were published by EC and are cover dated April/May 1953, June/July 1953, July/August 1953, March 1954, and July 1954. The scans of the first two stories are from Came the Dawn and Other Stories, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2012, and the next three stories are from WoodWork: Wallace Wood 1927-1981, which was published by IDW/Éditions Déesse in 2012. Enjoy!
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2014 Top 50 Comic Book Artists #3-1

Here are the last three artists that you voted as your favorites of all-time (out of roughly 1,040 ballots cast, with 10 points for first place votes, 9 points for second place votes, etc.).
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Anthro to Zot

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every installment, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match. Last time was Yeager to Fafhrd. Eric Henry was the only person to get it in five moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for the next match if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Yeager was in “Nodwick” #9 (or 10) with Skull
Skull was in “PvP” #11 with Savage Dragon
Savage Dragon was in “Superman & Savage Dragon: Chicago” with Superman
Superman was in “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane” #70 with Catwoman
Catwoman was in “Wonder Woman” #201 with Fafhrd

Eric’s challenge is…

Anthro to Zot

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

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