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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #43 (March 1995)


Howard Chaykin pays Chris Claremont what might be the greatest backhanded compliment of all time, Preacher quietly debuts, and Wizard runs what could be the best piece in the history of the magazine (honest).  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Top Five Deadpool Guest Appearances

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

As Deadpool has become more and more of a popular character, he has made a number of guest appearances over the years. Let’s check out his top five guest appearances!
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Meta-Messages: Deathstroke Stabs…Deadpool?!?

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!

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Christine S., we take a look at the time that Deathstroke and Deadpool fought in the pages of Superman/Batman…
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Another Super Bowl Weekend In The Stacks

As I have done since I was but a lad, instead of getting interested in sporting events, I am actively avoiding them by hiding out in the library. Only now I’m an adult and it’s the library I’ve built in my home.

Anyway, the review pile’s starting to get a little out of control again, so I thought I’d try and catch up by doing a bunch of capsule reviews. All kinds of things– Golden Age comics, Bronze Age comics, indies, manga. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »

House to Astonish Episode 142

House to Astonish is back, and there’s an absolute ton of news to get through this time round. We’re looking at DC Rebirth; Wal-Mart’s move into graphic novels; the Hanna-Barbera comics revamp; the mess that was this year’s Angoulême; Si Spurrier and Dylan Burnett’s Weavers, the return of Steve Rogers as Captain America; the Supergirl/Flash TV crossover and the Legion show casting. We’re also reviewing Spider-Man and Mirror, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe makes our heart sing. All this plus mutant potatoes, the long leg of the law and one of 1992’s worst SF movies immortalised in limerick form.

Spider-Man #1 Mirror #1

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here…

House to Astonish Episode 142 – Effy’s Illegal VR Den by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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The Dark Knight Dialogues 002: The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

The Dark Knight Dialogues 002: The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

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Follow the Path – Star-Lord

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 from reader Alex S., we take a look at how the Star-Lord of the comics changed based on Star-Lord in the hit Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy…
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Abandoned Love: Weren’t Carnage’s Legs Torn Off?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. 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.

Starting with last week’s Abandoned Love about the recent history of Carnage’s symbiote, there were two major questions people had that kept popping up in the comments section – 1. Wasn’t Carnage killed by the Sentry? and 2. What the heck happened to Carnage’s legs? The first question I resolved the other day with this installment of Death is Not the End, but that just brought even more comments asking, “Okay, so what’s up with his legs?” So let’s get into it today (be forewarned, the answer is very unsatisfying)…
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Celebrate First Second’s 10th Anniversary With Some Cool Reading Lists!

The great graphic novel publisher First Second is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.

All through the year, they’re featuring themed reading lists for each month. Read on for January and February’s lists!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #561

Welcome to the five hundred and sixty-first 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, was Luke Cage as the last man on Earth originally going to be the star of Marvel Zombies? Who was “Barry Allen” going to be revealed as during the original version of “The Return of Barry Allen”? Finally, is the Justice League cartoon adaptation of “For the Man Who Had Everything” really the only adaptation of his work that Alan Moore liked?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #276 – What if Classic TV Shows Were Continued as Comic Books?

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).

The topic for the next Line is…

With Deadpool’s film debuting next week, the theme is “Deadpool Goes to the Movies!” Just mash-up Deapdool with any movie. You can just name the movie or you can give a suggestion as to HOW you’d like to see Deadpool mashed up with the movie.

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

With the news that Deadwood would be returning to TV, along with all the other TV revivals, I thought it would be fun to continue a finished TV series as a comic book, with the sky’s the limit as to how said show would continue as a comic book. Don Draper gets bitten by a radioactive spider? Jonah Hex ends up at the Ponderosa? Whatever!

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The World Outside – The Big Bang Theory Asks, “Who Can Lift Thor’s Hammer?”

In this feature, I examine comic books showing up in outside media, like TV shows, sports, novels and films.

Today, as suggested by reader Pat S., we take a look at how The Big Bang Theory addressed the classic debate of “Who should be able to lift Thor’s hammer?”
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Death is Not the End – How Did Carnage Survive Being Torn Into Two Pieces by the Sentry?

In this feature, we spotlight the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

Today, in response to a few folks who asked the question during my recent post about how Carnage’s current symbiote didn’t actually come from Venom, we look at how Carnage survived being torn into half by the Sentry during the first New Avengers storyline…
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Remember to Forget – The “Hero” Who Traveled to the Future to Make Women Take Their Clothes Off

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look at one of the characters introduced during DC’s Bloodlines event, the rather ill-thought out Jamm, who traveled to the 31st Century from the 20th Century to…use his powers to make women take their clothes off for him…
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Wrap it Up – Namor Brings Iron Fist Back to Life Through Magic and Skrulls

This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, in a story I addressed in the past with Abandoned an’ Forsaked, we look at how Namor brought Iron Fist back to life after his seeming murder at the end of the Power Man and Iron Fist series…
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