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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Villains #30-26

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! We continue with Villains #30-26…

Enjoy!

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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Allies #35-26

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results! Here are the good guys! For the first day of the allies, we’ll open with ten characters and the installments will get smaller as we countdown to #1.

Enjoy!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 82

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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75 Greatest Friends and Foes of Batman: Villains #40-31

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman. Future installments will deal with Batman creators and stories, but this month will be about Batman’s allies and his villains.

You all voted, now here are the results (40 bad guys, 35 good guys for a total of 75)! Bring on the bad guys! For the first day of the villains, we’ll open with ten characters and the installments will get smaller as we countdown to #1.

Enjoy!

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Comic Book Six Degrees: Darkseid to Darth Vader

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 Wolverine to Wolverine MacAlistaire. Matt L. was one of three people who connected the two in three moves. Here is how Matt 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!

Wolverine was in Wolverine/Shi: Dark Night of Judgment #1 with Shi
Shi was in War of the Independents #1 with Megaton Man
Megaton Man was in normalman vs. Megaton Man #1 with Wolverine MacAlistaire

Matt’s challenge is…

Darkseid to Darth Vader

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 Past Was Close Behind: What’s Hawkeye Think About Wolverine as an Avenger?

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 we take a look at some choice comments Hawkeye had about Wolverine’s chances of being an Avenger…
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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time the Greek Gods Fought Jesus as Part of a Comic Book Crossover

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 a strange crossover between two Rob Liefeld creations, Glory and Avengelyne, that involves the Greek gods getting pissed at Christianity…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #467

Welcome to the four hundred and sixty-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 sixty-six.

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #186 – Comic Book Characters/Wrestlers – An Ultimate Warrior Tribute

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…

It’s Spring Break time! So suggest something that a comic book character would do for spring break! Somebody better suggest Batman water skiing!

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

In tribute to the passing of the Ultimate Warrior, team-up a comic book character with a famous professional wrestler. It doesn’t have to be the Warrior himself, but I’d imagine that it would be nice if he could appear a few times next week at the very least.

Enjoy!
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Buy This Comic: Skinned #1

You know him from all of his excellent contributions to The Line it is Drawn over the last couple of years, and now Joshua Gowdy has a brand-new comic book out TODAY from MonkeyBrain Comics! It is called Skinned and it is a fascinating tale about a world where optical illusions are the rule of the day and the elite get to see the world as they choose to see it. But what happens when one young heiress decides to see the world beyond? Read on to see some preview pages from the comic book, which is on sale RIGHT NOW!

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You Decide – What Was Your Favorite Ultimate Spider-Man Story Arc?

With the recent 200th issue of Ultimate Spider-Man, as well as the upcoming release of the new Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man comic, we thought it’d be interesting to see what your favorite Ultimate Spider-Man story arc was.

Read on for the choices!
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The Crazy, Manic Silver Age Style Origin of the All-New Ghost Rider

So far, through two issues, Marvel’s All-New Ghost Rider has been a delight. Tradd Moore, Nelson Daniel and Val Staples combine for some stunning visuals and come on, how can you not feel something for a comic with the following design feature to kick the book off…

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but what strikes me the most about the series is how Felipe Smith has managed to give the All-New Ghost Rider an old school Silver Age origin, without feeling old fashioned at all.
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Wolverine to Wolverine MacAlistaire

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). Last time was The Rose to Rose. Rob M. was one of five people who connected the two in four moves. Here is how Rob 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 Rose (Richard Fisk) appeared with Daredevil in Daredevil #234
Daredevil appeared with Shi in Daredevil/Shi
Shi appeared with Fone Bone in War of the Independents #1
Fone Bone appeared with Rose in many issues of Bone

Rob’s challenge is…

Wolverine to Wolverine MacAlistaire

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)!

…And the Superhuman Review – Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #4

Chad Nevett and I will be reviewing every issue of Before Watchmen through a discussion with each other. We continue with Ozymandias #4 by Len Wein (writer), Jae Lee (art) and June Chung (colors).

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Things That Turned Out Bad – That Time Captain America Fought a Villain Driven Mad By an Evil Black Man’s Hand

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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 very poorly-conceived origin of Captain America’s Golden Age foe, the Black Talon.
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