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Remember to Forget – That Time the X-Men Decided Hunting Down Mutants Was a Good Idea

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 the short-lived career of the original X-Men as mutant hunters…
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Left Unresolved – What the Heck is Behind the Scarlet Witch’s Closed Doors?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Jason M., we try to figure out what the heck was behind the locked doors in Scarlet Witch’s house in New Avengers #26 (this story has been referred to so many times as being about Scarlet Witch’s CLOSET that I originally intended on just sticking with that terminology. I decided to change it the more accurate “closed doors”, but I kept it as closet for our CBR headline because its more famously known as the closet story)…
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When We First Met – When Did Iron Man Become Tony Stark’s Bodyguard?

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 Steve asked a fascinating question. Did you all know that Iron Man initially WASN’T Tony Stark’s bodyguard? So when did that start? Read on to find out!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #573

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-third 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 Marvel edit out the “snap” when they reprinted the death of Gwen Stacy? Was John Byrne nearly part of Image Comics’ start? And finally, what amusing Jungle Book-related mistake occurred in Vertigo’s Fables?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #288 – Prince Tribute Week!

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 our own Xum Yukinori, we’re doing classic DC Comics Cover Homages! Suggest a comic book character and a famous DC Comics cover.

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

In honor of the passing of Prince, the theme is, you know, Prince. Mash comic characters with Prince, illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Prince music videos, Prince album covers, comic book characters as Prince movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Questions Answered: When Did Batman and Catwoman First Kiss?

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Carlos M. wrote in to ask:

I was wondering if you could help me find the correct answer to a question a friend, who’s not a comic fan, once asked me. He wanted to know when was the first time Batman and Catwoman kissed? The only instance that I remembered was in the 1989 Catwoman mini-series by Mindy Newell, but there must be one, or several, before that one, right?

Read on to find out!
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Knowledge Waits: Check Out the Cool Hulk Transformation on the Covers of Hulk #292-300

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.

In the Incredible Hulk #272 (by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema), Bruce Banner gained the ability to transform into the Hulk while retaining his Banner intellect. He then got a pardon from President Reagan and became a more traditional superhero (even being offered a spot on the Avengers, which he declined since he also wanted to be able to do some scientific research with his returned intellect).

Eventually, he began to lose control of the Hulk. Read on to see the clever way they showed that devolution.
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Who Flew on an Arrow First, Ant-Man or Atom?

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

With Ant-Man prominently riding on Hawkeye’s arrow in trailers for Marvel’s upcoming Civil War film, reader Gareth A. wanted to know who did that trick first – Ant-Man riding on a Hawkeye arrow or Atom riding on a Green Arrow arrow?

Read on to find out!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Was Wolverine the First X-Man?!

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.

I was always planning to this as a follow-up to last week’s Abandoned an’ Forsaked, but I’ll give a shout out to commenter Nissus, who commented in that column about this topic, as well. So today we look at the out there goodness of Wolverine…the first X-Man?!
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Comic Book Questions Answered – Just HOW Did Gwen Stacy Die?

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 bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Tony F. wrote in the other day to ask me if they ever came up with a definitive cause of death for Gwen Stacy. Let’s find out!
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The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. Thor, Invisible Woman, Sasquatch and 7 Other Superheroes

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!

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Undominant Hybrid, we take a look at the time that Spidey took on ten superheroes during the Infinity Crusade, including Thor, Invisible Woman and Sasquatch!
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Abandoned Love: So is Hawkeye a Killer or What?

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.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Tom A., we see Hawkeye’s widely different views on killing over the years…
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What If the Punisher Competed in the Wacky Races?!

Daniel Cox was too late for this week’s Line it is Drawn, with Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters being mashed up with comic book characters, so I figured I’d give it a spotlight now so you folks don’t miss out on this awesome piece, which was suggested by
LordAndrew . Read on to see the Punisher compete in the Wacky Races!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #572

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-second 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 Marvel have a Spider-Man foe based on Prince? Did Peter David almost quit Incredible Hulk over Betty Banner’s pregnancy being terminated? And learn why the Hulk wasn’t allowed to crap out in Las Vegas!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #287 – Hanna-Barbera/Comic Book Characters Mash-Ups!

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 the passing of Prince, the theme is, you know, Prince. Mash comic characters with Prince, illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Prince music videos, Prince album covers, comic book characters as Prince movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!

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

In honor of DC’s upcoming line of Hanna-Barbera comics, we’ll re-visit an old theme – mash-up and/or team-up comic book characters with Hanna-Barbera characters! Here is a list of Hanna-Barbera characters if you’re unfamiliar with which cartoons they did.

Enjoy!
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