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Comic Book Legends Revealed #499

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-ninth 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 ninety-eighth. This week, did a letterer on Amazing Spider-Man hide an insult of McFarlane on a page? Was She-Hulk going to be GOLD on TV? And was the classic comic character Mafalda created as part of an ad campaign?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #217- Thanksgiving Leftovers 2014

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 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).

No topic this week, since you all already made suggestions last week.

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we give the Line artists a bit of a break and just use pieces that they were unable to finish in time for past Line it is Drawn weeks. Yes, it is Thanksgiving Leftovers week!

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 114

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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My Trip to Paris Comics Expo

Over the weekend I visited Paris as a guest of the Paris Comics Expo, where they did an exhibition based on my Comic Book Legends Revealed column.

Here are a few photos of the con…
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 113

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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Lookin’ to Fight: Silver Surfer vs. Thor

This is the debut of a new bit that we’ll see how it goes. The basic concept was pitched to me by artist Vlad Momot. Here is how it works. Every installment, I provide you good folks a fight match-up between two characters (the general set-up for the fight is that it is not to the death, it is on a neutral playing field and both characters have access to the standard weapons that each character would have available to them). In the comments, you then pick who you think would win along with a scenario where that character wins. Be sure to elaborate! Vlad and another artist will then each pick one side and then draw up the scenarios that they liked the best (they could splice together multiple scenarios, as well) and I’ll post their pieces in a few weeks (I figure we’ll give them three weeks for the first one and if all goes well, maybe we’ll aim at every two weeks).

For the first match-up, I’m going to go with one of the most highly contested matches from last year’s DC/Marvel Character Tournament – Silver Surfer vs. Thor (pre-Unworthy phase)!

So you’re giving us SCENARIOS here. Not just “Silver Surfer is more powerful, so he will win.” Remember, your scenarios as to why Thor or Surfer would win will be the basis for the artists then drawing their pieces, so be as detailed as you can!

When We First Met – Every Incarnation of Ultron!

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “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!

With the hype for the new Avengers film, Age of Ultron, still so strong, I thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the introductions of each incarnation of Ultron so far (this is basically a visual counterpiece to this loooong history of Ultron I did for the main site last month)…
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Poohdickery for 11/22/14

Writer Don Ferguson and artist Richard Moore did a syndicated Winnie the Pooh comic strip for ten years that still gets reprinted today. One of the notable aspects of the strip is how Winnie the Pooh and his friends often act a lot less nice than they do in their animated appearances. In this feature, I’ll post one of these examples each installment.

Read on for today’s example of Poohdickery (tip of the hat to commenter John for the name)…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #498

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-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 ninety-seven. As I mentioned last week, I’m in Paris this week doing a Comic Book Legends Revealed exhibit at the Paris Comics Expo, so I thought it’d be fun to tie in this week’s legends with the Paris Comics Expo. Therefore, each legend this week will be tied in to an artist appearing at the show! How did the size of Batman’s gun lead to Alan Davis quitting Detective Comics? Did Elliot S! Maggin get fired from DC over Superman’s appearance in Loeb and Sale’s Challengers of the Unknown series? And how do we owe MySpace for seeing Adi Granov’s artist vision on the Iron Man films?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #216 – Breaking the Internet!

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 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…

True Rock and Roll Superheroes! Pick four or five superheroes and our artists will draw them as a rock band. The superheroes don’t have to have any prior connection! NOTE: These suggestions will appear in two weeks.

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

In honor of “Breaking the Internet” becoming a big thing this week, come up with a comic book plot twist that would “break the internet.” The Joker becomes the new Batman, Norman Osborn marries a resurrected Gwen Stacy, stuff like that. It’s basically another “Dramatic Revelations” week, if you want to go that route.

Enjoy!
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Foggy Ruins of Time – John Byrne’s Inspiration for Wolverine

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This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today, we take a look at the not-so-well-known actor who was the inspiration for John Byrne’s take on Wolverine…
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Helping Some Folks in Need

Two friends of Comics Should Be Good need a little help and I figured that it was worth mentioning it here in case anyone was willing/able to give them some assistance.

First up, Seth Kushner, who you might know best from his brilliant photographs for the Graphic NYC comic book interview project with Christopher Irving. Seth was diagnosed with Myeloid Acute Leukemia with a FLT 3 mutation in April. He received a bone marrow transplant and had returned home but sadly last month he had a relapse. He is back in the hospital. Since he has been unable to work, his family could use some help and they have a GoFundMe page up here.

Next is Robot 6 writer Corey Blake, whose wife has been dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 2002 and lupus since 2010. The second diagnosis led to his wife having to leaver her full-time job and so naturally the two have been struggling since then financially. They’re basically looking to their friends and family to see if they can get a little bit of a break. They have a CrowdRise page here.

Anything can help them. Hell, just five bucks would help, if it comes from enough of you! If you can’t/don’t want to help, that’s fine, too!

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 112

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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Meta-Messages – “This E Doesn’t Stand For America!”

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 Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen having a little fun with Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s famous “You think this latter stands for France?” scene from Ultimates #12.
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A Writer Weds

My good friend (and regular commenter on this blog) Michael got married earlier today. My wife and I had to be out of town this weekend for some stuff with her dad, so we had to miss it, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to congratulate him and his wife, Erin. To keep it comics oriented, I figured I’d share a great wedding written by one of Michael’s favorite comic book writers, Peter David.

So here is the wedding of Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler from Incredible Hulk #418…

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