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Things That Turned Out Bad – “Did Nightwing From the Future Just Try to Rape That Lady?”

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).

Today we look at the dark, strange path that “Dick Grayson” went on after he traveled from the future in the pages of New Titans and Team Titans (as well as a weird side-plot with his girlfriend in the future)…
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When We First Met – Robin Saying “Holy _____”

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like 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!

Reader Mike L. wanted to know when the first time Robin said “Holy ____” in the comics, plus who was the first themed henchmen of Batman’s villains
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2015 31 Days of Comics – A Comic You’d Hate to Leave Off a List of Comics

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We conclude with Day 31, which is A Comic You’d Hate to Leave Off a List of Comics.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 123

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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2015 31 Days of Comics – A Truly Smart Comic

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 30, which is A Truly Smart Comic.

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #508

Welcome to the five hundred and eighth 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, did Benny Hill help create She-Hulk? Did John Byrne change a key part of the Dark Phoenix Saga? And was Doctor Voodoo supposed to be in Rick Remender’s Uncanny Avengers from the start?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #225 – Lesser-Known Earths in the Marvel Multiverse

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…

Team-up comic book characters with Harley Quinn!

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

In Marvel’s upcoming Secret Wars series, Battleworld will be made up of a number of alternate Marvel Earths, like a place where Peter Parker is married with a kid or a place where the Age of Ultron is still going on. So suggest to us lesser-known parts of Battleworld. In other words, lesser known alternate Earths. Like a world where every Marvel hero rides a Segway or a world where Batroc is the greatest known hero on Earth. Stuff like that. Go nuts.

Enjoy!
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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic That Changed the Way That You See the World

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 29, which is a Comic That Changed the Way That You See the World

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Our Lives Together – The Living Laser Makes a Classic What If…? Cameo

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.

In this one, we’ll take a look at a “crossover” I featured in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed that I realized fit so perfectly here that I had to use it again.

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I Saw It Advertised One Day – Hey Kids, Want to Counterfeit Money?

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at a tool for kids to make their own money, a Chips Ahoy flip book and whatever the heck “Space Ice” is!
Enjoy!
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Cover Theme Game for 1/28

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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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic For Kids

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 28, which is a Comic For Kids

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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Went to Tell Everybody – Bob Harras, Steve Epting and Tom Palmer’s Avengers

In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they’d like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don’t like, but there’s so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).

Today’s creator is Jay Faerber, writer of Copperhead for Image (plus the upcoming Secret Identities) and Anti-Hero for MonkeyBrain Comics. Faerber has a long history in comics, from Generation X and New Warriors at Marvel to Titans at DC to a bunch of Image series, like Noble Causes, Dynamo 5 and Near Death. Jay has also worked as a television writer for the past few years, as well, working as a staff writer on shows like Ringer and Star-Crossed. Jay picked The Avengers by Bob Harras, Steve Epting and Tom Palmer.
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2015 31 Days of Comics – Comic You’ve Read the Most Times

Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. We did it last year and I figured it would be a fun bit to do again, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!

We continue with Day 27, which is the Comic You’ve Read the Most Times

Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
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The Past Was Close Behind: That Time Magneto Took Control of Scarlet Witch’s Mind And Made Her Dance For Him

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader James B., we take a look at a very creepy Avengers scene that became creepier in the future (and is possibly less creepy now)…
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