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Brian Cronin, Author at Comics Should Be Good @ CBR

Top Five Spider-Man “What If…?” Deaths

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

Everyone knows that Marvel’s What If…? comics are filled to the brim with death. It seems like whatever decision the heroes didn’t make would have led to their deaths at every turn. Like, if Spider-Man had cereal instead of a bagel for breakfast one day, the “What if…Spider-Man had a bagel?” story would somehow end with the world destroyed. So let’s celebrate that odd trend by spotlighting the top five Spider-Man “What If…?” deaths.

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Abandoned Love – Remember When Wolverine’s Healing Factor Failed and He Hallucinated All the Time?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. 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 from reader Blakeastro, we look at a long-running Wolverine plotline in Uncanny X-Men that ended up going nowhere…
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Does Deadpool Actually Even LIKE Chimichangas?

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 Damon B. wrote in with a question inspired by a recent meme. He saw a meme whose humor was based, in part, on the fact that Deadpool really likes chimichangas, which are basically fried burritos. So Damon wanted to know if that was actually a thing from Deadpool comic books or was it something that they came up with in the Deadpool movie.

So read on, folks, to see if Deadpool actually liked chimichangas in the comic books!
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Remember to Forget – That Time Green Arrow Cheated on Black Canary and Blamed the Woman He Slept With

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that I wish we could just forget. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today we look at the time that Green Arrow cheated on Black Canary and then blamed it on the woman he slept with…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #581

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-ninth 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, were Cyclops and Madelyne Pryor really going to live happily ever after? How did Neal Adams change the ending of the famous Green Arrow/Speedy drug storyline? Finally, was Bruce the Gargoyle on the Spider-Man Animated Series a Batman reference?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #296 – Sequels to Classic Comic Book Storylines!

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 Fourth of July weekend next week, have a superhero team up with a famous person from United States history. Captain America and Theodore Roosevelt, Cable and Johnny Appleseed, etc.

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

With Marvel doing Civil War II currently and the now-announced Clone Conspiracy storyline, suggest a famous comic book storyline that you’d like to see a sequel to

Enjoy!
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Meta-Messages: Todd McFarlane Makes Fun of….Todd McFarlane?

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 Todd McFarlane giving a hard time to…Todd McFarlane?
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Provide Some Answers – The Tragic Reason Aunt May Never Had Any Children

This feature is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today, we see how Roger Stern resolved one of his own plots involving Aunt May’s past over twenty years after he introduced it!
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Abandoned Love – The Great JLA Love Triangle of Green Arrow, Black Canary and…Batman?!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. 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, we look at a rather odd romantic entanglement introduced during a fill-in issue of Justice League of America that was quickly abandoned.
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 195

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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Thoughts on…Sunday’s Cyclops Article

A professor wrote to me today about some issues he had with the Cyclops column from Sunday.
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Is Cyclops a Sociopath?

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.

Recently, I joked in a column about Cyclops being a sociopath. A few readers then wrote in to me to ask if I thought he was ACTUALLY a sociopath, all joking aside. Off the top of my head, I would say no, but then I thought, hey, why not run Cyclops through the Sociopath checklist and see what we find? So let’s do that!

Edited to Add: I addressed some people’s concerns about whether we SHOULD have done this in the first place here.
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Knowledge Waits: 14 Superheroes That Refused Membership in the Justice League

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.

Today, as a companion piece to the similar piece I did on people who turned down membership in the Avengers, we take a look at fourteen superheroes who, at one point or another, refused membership in the Justice League.

Enjoy!
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Abandoned Love: HOW Did Batman Get a Son?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. 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, we take a look at the changes Grant Morrison had to make in the classic graphic novel, Son of the Demon, to get Batman having a son to work in the then current DC continuity.
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Top Five Most 1990s Superheroes

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

Today’s CBR Managing Editor Albert Ching’s birthday, so I thought I’d do a special top five that I’m sure he’ll appreciate – who is the most 1990s superhero?

Eligibility requirements for being the “most 1990s” superhero are 1. Character must be created in the 1990s and 2. Character must have been a serious creation and not a parody of the 1990s style of character.

Factors taken into consideration on whether said character is “more” 1990s than another: Do they have a mullet? Do they wear a trenchcoat or a jacket of some other kind? Are they any kind of cyborg? Is their codename just two unrelated words mashed together? Do they have claws and/or swords? Is their codename a word spelled incorrectly? Do they have pouches of some kind on their costume? How about shoulder pads? Are they extreme? All of these play a role in determining the most 1990s superheroes.

Read on for the list!
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