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Brian Cronin, Author at Comics Should Be Good @ CBR

I Saw It Advertised One Day – One Out of Three Isn’t Bad…Okay, It Kind of is

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at the final issue of Marvel’s Godzilla comic book from 1979 and the three ads within the comic that featured famous athletes endorsing products. Two of the three have since become…well…let’s just say not as well-admired as they were in 1979…heck, even the third had his issues…
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Top Five Deadpool Guest Appearances

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

As Deadpool has become more and more of a popular character, he has made a number of guest appearances over the years. Let’s check out his top five guest appearances!
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Meta-Messages: Deathstroke Stabs…Deadpool?!?

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!

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader Christine S., we take a look at the time that Deathstroke and Deadpool fought in the pages of Superman/Batman…
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Follow the Path – Star-Lord

In this feature I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media. I’m sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Alex S., we take a look at how the Star-Lord of the comics changed based on Star-Lord in the hit Marvel movie, Guardians of the Galaxy…
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Abandoned Love: Weren’t Carnage’s Legs Torn Off?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. 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.

Starting with last week’s Abandoned Love about the recent history of Carnage’s symbiote, there were two major questions people had that kept popping up in the comments section – 1. Wasn’t Carnage killed by the Sentry? and 2. What the heck happened to Carnage’s legs? The first question I resolved the other day with this installment of Death is Not the End, but that just brought even more comments asking, “Okay, so what’s up with his legs?” So let’s get into it today (be forewarned, the answer is very unsatisfying)…
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Celebrate First Second’s 10th Anniversary With Some Cool Reading Lists!

The great graphic novel publisher First Second is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.

All through the year, they’re featuring themed reading lists for each month. Read on for January and February’s lists!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #561

Welcome to the five hundred and sixty-first 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, was Luke Cage as the last man on Earth originally going to be the star of Marvel Zombies? Who was “Barry Allen” going to be revealed as during the original version of “The Return of Barry Allen”? Finally, is the Justice League cartoon adaptation of “For the Man Who Had Everything” really the only adaptation of his work that Alan Moore liked?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #276 – What if Classic TV Shows Were Continued as Comic Books?

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…

With Deadpool’s film debuting next week, the theme is “Deadpool Goes to the Movies!” Just mash-up Deapdool with any movie. You can just name the movie or you can give a suggestion as to HOW you’d like to see Deadpool mashed up with the movie.

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

With the news that Deadwood would be returning to TV, along with all the other TV revivals, I thought it would be fun to continue a finished TV series as a comic book, with the sky’s the limit as to how said show would continue as a comic book. Don Draper gets bitten by a radioactive spider? Jonah Hex ends up at the Ponderosa? Whatever!

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The World Outside – The Big Bang Theory Asks, “Who Can Lift Thor’s Hammer?”

In this feature, I examine comic books showing up in outside media, like TV shows, sports, novels and films.

Today, as suggested by reader Pat S., we take a look at how The Big Bang Theory addressed the classic debate of “Who should be able to lift Thor’s hammer?”
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Death is Not the End – How Did Carnage Survive Being Torn Into Two Pieces by the Sentry?

In this feature, we spotlight the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

Today, in response to a few folks who asked the question during my recent post about how Carnage’s current symbiote didn’t actually come from Venom, we look at how Carnage survived being torn into half by the Sentry during the first New Avengers storyline…
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Remember to Forget – The “Hero” Who Traveled to the Future to Make Women Take Their Clothes Off

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look at one of the characters introduced during DC’s Bloodlines event, the rather ill-thought out Jamm, who traveled to the 31st Century from the 20th Century to…use his powers to make women take their clothes off for him…
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Wrap it Up – Namor Brings Iron Fist Back to Life Through Magic and Skrulls

This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, in a story I addressed in the past with Abandoned an’ Forsaked, we look at how Namor brought Iron Fist back to life after his seeming murder at the end of the Power Man and Iron Fist series…
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Classic TV Character Cameos in Comic Books!

In this feature, I share with you 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 classic TV characters making cameos in the pages of some comic books!
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Kickstarting Things with Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s Semiautomagic

Alex de Campi and the great Jerry Ordway have a new Kickstarter up for a new set of stories set in the world of their fun Semiautomagic world.

Check the campaign out here.

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 175

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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