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Brian Cronin, Author at Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources

Meta-Messages – Hulk With a Fin on His Head Revisited

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at Erik Larsen’s response to the “Hulk with a fin on his head” issue of Incredible Hulk…
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Lookin’ to Connect: Spider-Man Edition! Amazing Spider-Man #642-647, Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #11-12 and Amazing Spider-Man #1/Superior Spider-Man #31/Spider-Man 2099 #1

This is the latest installment of a feature where I spotlight interconnecting covers. I will feature three selections each installment, with my current plan being to feature one diptych, one triptych and one tetraptych (or larger). Here is an archive of all of the covers listed so far. I am sure you have suggestions for future editions, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com with your suggestions for future installments. Don’t post suggestions in the comments section!

This edition is all Spider-Man covers!

Enjoy!

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Meta-Messages – “Hey, It’s the Hulk With a Fin on his Head!”

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at some teasing from Peter David about Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon…
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You Decide – Who is Your Favorite Writer from Wolverine’s Ongoing Series?

As the death of Wolverine draws near, we thought it’d be interesting to learn who your favorite writer was among all of those who have had runs on Wolverine’s ongoing series (so you’re judging them here solely by how well they wrote Wolverine in his solo series – not in the X-Men). Read on for the choices!

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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Inmates All Escape From Arkham Asylum

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This time around, based on a suggestion by Will B., we take a look at times that the inmates all escape from Arkham Asylum…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 103

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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Comic Book Legends Revealed #488

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-seven. This week, who came up with Batman’s origin? Bill Finger or Gardner Fox? Which artist’s retirement opened the door for Frank Miller’s legendary Daredevil run? Plus, did the French decide to make William Buckley the Kingpin of Crime?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #206 – Superheroes Doing Commercials!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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…

Superhero-themed television shows seem to be taking over the airwaves, with a new superhero TV show seemingly announced every week. What if that were the ACTUAL case, though? What if EVERY TV show became superhero-based? Just in time for the new fall TV season, name a current TV show that you’d like to see our artists redo as a superhero-themed show. Cast of Big Bang Theory as superheroes, cast of Scandal as superheroes, etc.

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

Comic Book Character Spokespersons! You simply pick a product and the comic book character you’d like to see as a spokesperson for that product. Green Lantern/Energizer Bunny, Flash/Nike, Spider-Man/Papermate Erasers, you get the drift

Enjoy!
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You Decide – What is Your Favorite Jack Kirby Creation?

We did this one for Kirby’s 97th birthday. Which Kirby creation/co-creation is your favorite (the 20-choice limit was rough here)?

Read on for the choices!
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You Decide – Which Earth Are You Most Looking Forward to in Multiversity?

Oops, I’ve forgotten to keep us up to date on these CBR polls I do on the front page. I missed a few. I’ll try to put up the results, at least, later on!

But for now, here are the polls you can still vote on, beginning with what Earth in the Mulitverse are you most excited about seeing more about?

Read on for the choices!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 102

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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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Breaking Bad Easter Eggs!

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In this feature, I share with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today we take a look at some Breaking Bad easter eggs!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Storm Shadow to Whisper

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Secret to Slimer. Eric H. was one of three people to get it in four moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

The Secret was in “Young Justice: Sins of Youth” #1 with Batman
Batman was in “Batman/Danger Girl” with Abbey Chase
Abbey Chase was in “Infestation 2″ #2 with Britt
Britt was in “Ghostbusters: Infestation” #2 with Slimer

Eric’s challenge is…

Storm Shadow to Whisper

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So WHEN Did Thor First Meet Hercules?

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 take a look at the surprisingly complex history of when, exactly, Thor first met Hercules.
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #487

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-seventh in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-six. This week, was the Batman villain Anarky originally created to become the new Robin? Did Jack Kirby not know what color the Thing was going to be? And finally, did Iron Man really make an oddly sexual proposition to Captian America in a 1974 Cap issue?

Let’s begin!

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