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Comic Book Legends Revealed #539

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-ninth 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 DC Comics going to kill Jason Todd regardless of the 1-900 results? If Jason Todd WASN’T killed, what was his destiny in the Bat-books? Plus, learn which X-Men figure was used to make the very first Lara Croft action figure!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #256 – Superheroes Have to Get Real Jobs!

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 is…

In honor of Wes Craven, who passed away this week, mash-up comic book characters with Wes Craven films. Here is a Wes Craven filmography if you’ve somehow never seen a movie and do not know who Wes Craven is.

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

In honor of next week’s Labor Day weekend, superheroes have to go to work! Imagine all the crime has been fought. So come up with new jobs for superheroes using their powers in new and interesting ways.

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Top Five Best Apocalypse’s Deaths

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

One of Apocalypse’s neatest tricks over the years has been turning established characters into his Horseman, most famously his Horseman of Death. So here are the top five characters who Apocalypse has turned into his Horseman of Death…
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Cover Theme Game for 9/2

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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Top Five Best Apocalypse Deaths

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

For a character whose whole hook is the “survival of the fittest,” the X-Men villain Apocalypse sure has died a lot in the comics. Here are his top five best deaths…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 153

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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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July and August 2015


I do these fairly haphazardly, don’t I? Oh well – that’s the way it is!
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Sunday in My Head

Okay, this is kind of nerdy and silly, but apparently this dumb habit of mine is shared by enough other people that there’s actually a name for it now. Continue Reading »

Knowledge Waits: 20 Rejected X-Men Covers

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 25 X-Men covers that were turned down for publication by Marvel. I used Chris Haizlip’s amazing The Unpublished X-Men site for a lot of these.
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The Wrong Side: Batman vs. Carnage

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, based on a suggestion from reader Michael S., we’re taking a look at the time that Batman did some maximum damage to Carnage through some, well, punches to the face…
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What I bought – 26 August 2015


“Wherever you will find empty land, there are men who try to get closer to God.” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – No,Really, HOW Did Storm and Black Panther First Meet?

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today we look at the first meeting between Storm and Black Panther and how it was retconned and then (based on a suggestion by reader FRM) re-retconned…
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Vote for the Top 100 DC and Marvel Characters of All-Time!

Welcome to the 2015 Comics Should Be Good Top 100 DC and Marvel Characters poll!

This is the third time we’ve done one of these, so it’ll be interesting to see what has changed!

It’s time to vote for your top ten all-time favorite DC and Marvel comic book characters.

Here’s the deal. You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, September 30th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the winners starting some time in October (after NYCC, so I dunno, the 9th? Something like that).

Sound good?

Okay, here are the guidelines!

1. Vote in the comments section below, making sure to include that classic word “ACBC” somewhere in your comment so your vote will be marked invisible.

2. You’re going to be voting for twenty people in total here. Your ten favorite DC characters AND your ten favorite Marvel characters (either living or dead characters and either heroes or villains or supporting characters). Vote for TEN each – less than ten DC characters and ten Marvel characters and I don’t count your ballot.

3. Rank your ten favorite DC and Marvel characters from #1 (your most favorite) to #10 (your 10th most favorite). I’d prefer it if you actually numbered your entry, #1-10. It’s easier for me to count. On that note, please also avoid listing them like this “1) 2) 3) 4),” because 8 with a ) after it transforms into a smiley face in the comments section (this one 8) ). Just plain ol’ “1. 2. 3.” works best.

Here’s a template you can use as a guide. You can just copy and paste it into your comment:





4. Your top choice will be given 10 points, your second choice 9, etc.

5. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

6. Any character currently owned by DC or Marvel is eligible. So the Wildstorm characters, the Watchmen and V for Vendetta characters and Vertigo characters. But no Marvelman stuff yet. Next time we do this thing I figure there will be actual new Marvel Miracleman stories and then I’ll allow it. What mostly is NOT allowed are any licensed characters. Luke Skywalker, Snake Eyes, Rom, Optimus Prime, Doc Savage, Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Astro City and the Milestone Media characters – none of them are allowed.

7. One of the more controversial aspects of the vote is how to handle alternate universe versions of characters. I’ve decided to go with “One name, one character” So Ultimate Iron Man and Iron Man would be one character, not two separate characters. Dark Knight Returns Batman and Batman would be one character, not two separate characters. You can include which version you’re specifically voting for, and I might include that in the end (you know, like, “Iron Man – XXX points (XX of those points for Ultimate Iron Man”). Similarly, Legion of Super-Heroes characters will all be lumped into one (so a vote for 3Boot Cosmic Boy would just be a vote for Cosmic Boy). The only difference would be if they do not share the same name. Like Green Lantern Alan Scott is different than Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Spider-Man Peter Parker is different from Spider-Man Miles Morales (the new 52 is making this tricky with stuff like Wally West, but for now, Wally West will remain a single character).

8. Identify which character you mean when you vote for a legacy character. In other words, don’t just write Green Lantern or Flash, specify which one you mean (Hal Jordan, Jay Garrick, etc.)

9. Make sure to include ACBC in your ballot.

10. The following groups count as one character for voting purposes (I’ll add more as it becomes appropriate):

Female Furies
Metal Men
Inferior Five
Warriors Three
Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur
Legion of Substitute Heroes
Red Ghost and the Super-Apes
Power Pack
Monsieur Mallah and the Brain
Skrull Kill Krew
Tiny Titans
Challengers of the Unknown
Cloak and Dagger
Hawk and Dove

11. The following groups do not count as one character (I’ll add more as it becomes appropriate):

Power Company
Young Avengers

12. For characters with multiple identities, vote for whichever one you like best, but I’ll be combining the votes in the end (so a vote for Yellowjacket (Hank Pym) is the same as a vote for Giant-Man (Hank Pym) and a vote for Oracle is the same as a vote for Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)).

13. I’ll make various other decisions in the interest of fairness.

14. If you have questions and or requests for clarification, feel free to ask them in the comments section below. I’ll list the answers here:

– Astro City does not count. They are entirely owned by Kurt Busek’s Juke Box Productions.
– I’ll allow Pre-Crisis Superboy to count as an individual character
– I’ll allow Ultimate Nick Fury to count as an individual character.
– I’ll allow Ultimate Reed Richards to count as an individual character.

Remember, please include the following word: ACBC – on your ballot. It will make it so your ballot appears invisible to other readers, so only I can read it (and count your vote secretly).

Now vote! :)

Foundationed Deep – Wolverine Knows EVERYone, Even Spider-Man’s Parents!

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today, we take a look at the time that Wolverine met Spider-Man’s parents…
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Our Lives Together – That Time The Entire Marvel Universe Suffered a Summer Blizzard

In this feature, I will spotlight some of the more interesting examples of shared comic book universes. You know, crossovers that aren’t exactly crossovers.

Today we look at Marvel’s November 1984 cover-dated books (so August-shipping books), as nearly the entire line of comics tied in with a Thor storyline involving the Cask of Ancient Winters going on that month.
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