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

75 Greatest Joker Stories: #10-6

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories!

Enjoy!
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Top Five Most Embarrassing Gambit Moments

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

Rumor has it that Channing Tatum has pulled out of a possible starring role in an upcoming Gambit film, throwing the future of that film into question. That’s pretty embarrassing for the ol’ Cajun X-Man. So I figured I’d cheer him up by showing him that it could always be worse. Here, then, are his most embarrassing comic book moments…

Enjoy!
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Abandoned Love: Stop Making Out With Your Sister, Luke!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. 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.

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Ian P., we take a look at Marvel’s Star Wars comics and how they had to deal with the later revelation that Luke and Leia, who the comics had begun to develop as a romantic pairing, were actually brother and sister. This one is TRULY an “abandoned love”!
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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #20-11

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories!

Enjoy!
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Talking Vampire Hunting with John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake

Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander are doing a Kickstarter campaign for a new graphic novel about a vampire hunter during the Civil War called Kros: Hallowed Ground. It’s almost completely funded with just two days left, so you can help put it over the edge! I figured I’d have a talk with Tom and John about the comic and the campaign.

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Harlan Ellison to Warren Ellis

As suggested by Jenos Idanian #13, the idea behind this game is to connect two comic creators to each other through artists/writers that they have jointly worked together with, in as few links as possible.

For instance, take connecting John Byrne and John Buscema.

Byrne drew Captain America with writer Roger Stern
Roger Stern wrote Avengers with artist John Buscema.

That’s a simple one, but presumably there are more difficult ones out there.

I’ll try to keep the ground rules brief.
1. We’re only using writers and pencilers for this game. No offense to inkers, colorists and letterers, but it makes this too easy if we count them.
2. Plotting counts as writing and breakdowns/layouts count for penciling. Finishes SHOULD count, but I’m not counting them for the same basic reason of #1.
3. Alterations by another penciler don’t count as a connection to the first penciler. Basically, you’re never going to connect an artist with another artist. You can connect writers with each other, though, if they co-wrote (or plotted/scripted) a story. And obviously if an artist wrote a story, you can connect an artist with another artist in that fashion (like John Byrne can connect with Jerry Ordway from Byrne writing stories Ordway penciled).
4. Only comic book stories count. No pin-ups.
5. If a comic story contains multiple writers and artists, it’s up to you to prove that the given writer actually wrote the page in the comic that the artist drew.

Every installment, whoever connects the two creators in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match.

NOTE: When you folks send in your answers, please include your suggestion for the next match in the event that your answer is chosen. And demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices within six moves. Thanks!

Last week’s match-up was Mike W. Barr to Greg Rucka. David P. was one of about ten people who connected the two in two moves. David was the randomly selected winner. Here is how David connected the two:

Mike W. Barr/Dale Eaglesham: Adventures of Superman Annual #9
Dale Eaglesham/Greg Rucka: Detective Comics #741

David’s challenge is…

Harlan Ellison to Warren Ellis

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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 creators gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

The Wrong Side: Green Arrow vs. Solomon Grundy

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!

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Brad P., we take a look at Green Arrow’s unlikely/”wrong” victory over Solomon Grundy.
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Many Dead Loves of Wolverine

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.

Like Daredevil, Wolverine’s loves tend not to have long lifespans. In this piece, I’ll spotlight five loves of Wolverine that have met untimely fates. To narrow the field a bit, we’re only talking violent deaths and women Wolverine cared for deeply (I could do a whole other column, and I probably will eventually, on murdered women who Wolverine just casually hooked up with before they were killed). NOTE: The above crying Wolverine is not from the death of one of his girlfriends, but it is just an awesome shot of him crying, so I figured I’d still use it.
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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #25-21

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories!

Enjoy!
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Top Five X-Men/Fantastic Four Crossovers

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve one over the years.

As the rumors build that Fox might actually do an X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover in the future, I figured I’d spotlight the five best X-Men/Fantastic Four comic book crossovers over the years…

Enjoy!
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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #35-26

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #533

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-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 the Beyonder really create the New Universe? Learn the strange origin of a classic Joker comic book story! Plus, discover the amusing prank that Bill Gaines pulled on the New Yorker!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #250 – Crossed Over Crossovers

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…

In honor of the current Star Trek/Green Lantern mini-series, team-up comic book characters with Star Trek characters!

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

Crossed over crossovers! Name a famous comic book storyline and then name a comic book character from a different comic book company to star in that famous storyline! Darkseid in Infinity Gauntlet, Daredevil in Knightfall, stuff like that.

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75 Greatest Joker Stories: #45-36

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Joker, we’re doing a countdown of your favorite Joker stories of all-time.

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Joker Stories!

Enjoy!
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Abandoned Love: The Death and Life of Cassie Lang, Ant-Man’s Daughter

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. 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.

This time around, we look at the death (and life) of Cassie Lang, the daughter of the second Ant-Man.
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