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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 114

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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Year of the Artist, Day 331: Joe Madureira, Part 3 – Battle Chasers #5

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issue is Battle Chasers #5, which was published by DC/WildStorm/Cliffhanger and is cover dated May 1999. Enjoy!
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My Trip to Paris Comics Expo

Over the weekend I visited Paris as a guest of the Paris Comics Expo, where they did an exhibition based on my Comic Book Legends Revealed column.

Here are a few photos of the con…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 113

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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Review time! with Lady Killer #1

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Jamie S. Rich, who’s a cool dude, asked me if I’d like an advance copy of Lady Killer #1, which he co-wrote with Joëlle Jones (according to Rich, she did the main plotting). As I am a fan of both Rich and Jones, I said sure! So let’s take a look at it!
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Year of the Artist, Day 330: Joe Madureira, Part 2 – Uncanny X-Men #312, #316, #328, #329, and #348

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #312, #316, #328, #329, and #348, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated May and September 1994, January and February 1996, and October 1997. Enjoy!
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Lookin’ to Fight: Silver Surfer vs. Thor

This is the debut of a new bit that we’ll see how it goes. The basic concept was pitched to me by artist Vlad Momot. Here is how it works. Every installment, I provide you good folks a fight match-up between two characters (the general set-up for the fight is that it is not to the death, it is on a neutral playing field and both characters have access to the standard weapons that each character would have available to them). In the comments, you then pick who you think would win along with a scenario where that character wins. Be sure to elaborate! Vlad and another artist will then each pick one side and then draw up the scenarios that they liked the best (they could splice together multiple scenarios, as well) and I’ll post their pieces in a few weeks (I figure we’ll give them three weeks for the first one and if all goes well, maybe we’ll aim at every two weeks).

For the first match-up, I’m going to go with one of the most highly contested matches from last year’s DC/Marvel Character Tournament – Silver Surfer vs. Thor (pre-Unworthy phase)!

So you’re giving us SCENARIOS here. Not just “Silver Surfer is more powerful, so he will win.” Remember, your scenarios as to why Thor or Surfer would win will be the basis for the artists then drawing their pieces, so be as detailed as you can!

Committed: The Good People of Comic Books and the Role of Maus in Genetic PTSD Study

112614_mausThere are comic books I read for entertainment and comic books I read to expand my mind. Sometimes the two intersect, and once in a while there are books which appeal to such a large demographic that they change the way the world works. At a time when many in the press seek to highlight the negative and destructive elements within out comic book community, I find myself surrounded by impassioned constructive people and I can’t help but think that this has everything to do with our shared interests and passions.

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Year of the Artist, Day 329: Joe Madureira, Part 1 – Marvel Comics Presents #89 and #92

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issues are Marvel Comics Presents #89 and #92, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated November and December 1991. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 328: Erik Larsen, Part 5 – Savage Dragon #199

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Savage Dragon #199, which was published by Image and is cover dated October 2014. Plus, just for the fun of it, I included a few scans from Popgun volume 1, which was published by Image in 2007. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Defining Female Friendly

So, on last week’s piece about comics to buy on a $50/month budget, I put one of my base requirements that the books be “female friendly” since that is sorta what I do here, in this column about “women in comics.”

I had a couple people in the comments claim to not know what “female friendly” meant. I don’t know if they were trolls or if the confusion was genuine but I’ve decided to the err on the side of their confusion being genuine and talk about it a little bit this week.

Before we start, let’s be clear, my definition is surely not everyone’s, but this is where I come from when I look at comics (and other media but I’ll try to stick to comics). At the same time, I make no argument that ALL material SHOULD/HAS TO BE female friendly. The world is vast and there’s room for all kinds, including stuff that isn’t female friendly (True Detective would be a great example of something I love that I wouldn’t necessarily call female friendly). And there’s ALSO room for stuff that I hate and find offensive. Censoring creators doesn’t really get us anywhere, it’s not a good way forward to say what can and cannot or should or should not be done when it comes to art. But I can still advocate for, promote, and recommend the stuff that I feel is worthy, and especially given the comics climate we live in now — one in which there is a lot of great female friendly stuff to promote and one in which we still need much much more female friendly stuff to promote — this is a big and maybe even important job, one we can all help to get done right.

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Gorgeous relatable female friendly designs like these by David Aja are a big part of why Kate Bishop/Hawkeye has shot to the top of people’s favorite character lists in recent years.

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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 28: Futures End #29

The title of this post should have read “Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 28: Futures End #29, New Avengers #26, and Avengers #38,” but Diamond shorted my shop on New Avengers #26, so it and Avengers #38 (which I haven’t read yet since it comes after New Avengers #26) will be discussed next week with Futures End #30 and New Avengers #27 (bet on it being a Hickman-heavy post). I don’t actually mind, because that means Futures End #29 gets all of my attention this week and it’s an issue I don’t mind digging into a little, being the first one-story issue of the series since issue 21’s spotlight on the Earth 2 folks and the build-up of Cadmus as something Green Arrow wants to take down. Here, we get an origin story for the new Firestorm.

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Year of the Artist, Day 327: Erik Larsen, Part 4 – Amazing Spider-Man #335

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Amazing Spider-Man #335 (plus a few cameos from other issues), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1990. Enjoy!
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When We First Met – Every Incarnation of Ultron!

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “the first time someone said, ‘Avengers Assemble!’” or “the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny” or “the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth” or “the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter.” Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

With the hype for the new Avengers film, Age of Ultron, still so strong, I thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the introductions of each incarnation of Ultron so far (this is basically a visual counterpiece to this loooong history of Ultron I did for the main site last month)…
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Year of the Artist, Day 326: Erik Larsen, Part 3 – Doom Patrol #8 and #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 Erik Larsen, and the issues are Doom Patrol #8 and 13, which were published by DC and are cover dated May and October 1988. Enjoy!
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