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Comic Book Legends Revealed #585

Welcome to the five hundred and eighty-fifth 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 The Killing Joke originally meant to be out of continuity? Was the 1991 X-Men comic first intended to be part of a single bi-weekly X-Men team? Did Wally West’s friend Chunk nearly have his own series?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #300 – Comic Book Characters 300 Years in the Future!

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…

In honor of Ghostbusters, suggest a movie and our artists will reverse the genders of the main characters of the film and either draw a movie poster for said movie or a scene from the movie

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

In honor of the Line it is Drawn’s 300th edition, we go 300 years into the future! Suggest a comic character (or team of characters) that you’d like to see what they’d look like 300 years from now!

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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Six!

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DC cranked out two more “Rebirth” titles this week, and I’m beginning to get worried. I have less than half the store credit I started with, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to get all of them for free, especially as they’re seemingly stretching this thing out to infinity. What will I do?!?!? I’ll worry about it later – for now, these comics aren’t going to review themselves!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Were the Hulk’s Personalities Ever Actually Merged?

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 odd tale of “Professor” Hulk…
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Knowledge Waits: Todd McFarlane Star Trek Art!

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.

Back in 1987, DC Comics put out a Who’s Who two-book series to tie in with their Star Trek comic book license at the time. Some major names drew for the book like John Byrne, George Perez, Walter Simonson, Ron Frenz, Howard Chaykin, Murphy Anderson, Curt Swan and Tom Sutton (Sutton was drawing Star Trek at the time) plus really early work from guys like Chris Wozniak and Art Thibert. Perhaps the most interesting part of the book was that a still relatively early in his career Todd McFarlane did three entries! Read on to see some early Todd McFarlane Star Trek art…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 200

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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1987 And All That: Matt Champion #1

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.

CoverMatt Champion #1 (Metro) by Robert Loren Fleming, Ernie Colón, Elaine Lee

There’s a lot working against Matt Champion, the comic and its eponymous character. The book itself is the first of what was meant to be a four-issue mini-series, but as far as I can find online, nothing was ever published beyond this debut. I’m not sure if the title was canceled or Metro Comics closed shop or what, but whatever the external circumstances, this comic is trapped forever as an unfinished story. There’s not a lot of payoff or resolution, because the goal of this issue is to make introductions instead. With only the introductions to go on, though, analyzing the book becomes a bit trickier. I’m not entirely confident I know what Matt Champion is about on a thematic level. I understand the plot—anyone could—but I don’t know what it wants to say or why it was created, because this opening chapter does not get that far. But does that make it a failure as a first issue? Continue Reading »

The Line it is Drawn Star Trek Gallery

With Star Trek: Beyond out this week, I thought it might be interesting to do a post putting together the various Line it is Drawn weeks over the years that involved Star Trek art pieces.

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Cover Theme Game for 7/19

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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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #82 (June 1998)


Wizard lectures Grant Morrison on how to handle the JLA, unveils the Kingdom Come sex scene, and keeps the Hal vs. Kyle debate alive, all while Jerry Seinfeld uses Superman to sell something besides peanut butter.  All in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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House to Astonish Episode 147

There’s absolutely loads to get through this episode, as we run through the Marvel NOW! announcements, take a look at the most recent Direct Market sales figures, look at Spell on Wheels, Ether, Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time and the Lost Boys sequel comic, have a quick chat about the new artist on Black Panther, discuss Plutona‘s potential move to the big screen, dig into the upcoming Marvel/Fox co-produced TV show and sigh wearily at the Wonder Woman cover thing. We’ve also got reviews of Horizon and New Super-Man, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a real gem. All this plus Mhor Thor, Superman with an elephant head for an arm and the brief return of a much-missed cockney.

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The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here:

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email to housetoastonish at gmail.com or on our Facebook fan page.

Don’t forget that we’ve got some fab shirts for sale on our Redbubble store – just the thing for the summer months.

And if you want to check out my appearance on Into It with Elle Collins, talking about ChikaraPro, it’s here, and if you want to revisit the anguished screams that were our Phantom Stranger review, well, then that episode can be found here.

Comic Book Questions Answered – Could the Hulk Have Torn Wolverine’s Adamantium Skeleton Apart?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at brianc@cbr.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Now that the Hulk has joined his old sparring partner, Wolverine, in death, reader Roger B. asked whether the regular Marvel Universe Hulk could have torn the regular Marvel Universe Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton apart (we know the Ultimate versions of the characters could).

Read on for the answer!
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Did She Really Just Kill That Guy With Her You-Know-What?!

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

My buddy Jude D. wrote in to suggest this one a couple of years back. He also then wrote a nice article on Bodies Endangered going into detail about why this particular plot was ill-conceived. So check out his article. It’s a lot more in-depth than what I’m doing here.
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Cross-Hatchings for July 2016

A little of this and a little of that. Sherlockian manga, cool stuff in the mail, and a worthy cause to which you should consider contributing. Continue Reading »

Top Five Biggest Hulk Rampages

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

In this week’s Civil War II #3, an Avenger made a difficult decision regarding the Hulk. It was based on the belief that Bruce Banner was about to turn into the Hulk and go on a rampage. Longtime commenter Cthulhudrew asked if the regular Marvel Universe Hulk really HAS gone on all that many rampages, excepting the times that Banner and Hulk were separated (during John Byrne’s run and during Heroes Reborn). So that inspired me to do this list, the top five biggest Hulk rampages (not counting the times that the Hulk and Banner were split from each other)…
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