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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Hank Pym’s Dead Wife Is Alive! Oh Wait, Never Mind.

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, in honor of Ant-Man, we take a look at the return of Hank Pym’s wife from the dead…until, wait, never mind that wasn’t her.
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Help Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger: The Ongoing Series Become a Reality!

Jamal Igle is doing a Kickstarter for a Molly Danger ongoing series. I’ve pledged to it, you should, too! It’s a fun series! Check out his campaign here.

Foggy Ruins of Time – Which Silver Age Marvel Villain Was Named After a Dirty Limerick?

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, based on a suggestion by David M., we look at the notable Marvel Silver Age supervillain invented by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby whose name is a reference to a dirty limerick!
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The Wrong Side: Hank Pym vs. Wasp

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!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, in honor of the Ant-Man film, I’m doing two Wrong Side editions this weekend. One today and one tomorrow. Today, we look at the example of Hank Pym defeating Wasp in West Coast Avengers Annual #2…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #532

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-second 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 Wolverine about to be written out of the X-Men when John Byrne took over the book? Did Walter Simonson create his Surtur Sage over a decade before becoming the writer on Thor? And did an artist quickly put out a comic book to keep a cartoon company from stealing his idea?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #249 – Lesser Known Marvel Movies

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…

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.

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

If Ant-Man can have his own movie starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, what Marvel character COULDN’T? Name a lesser-known Marvel character that you’d like to see get their own movie, along with who you’d like to see star as that character!

Enjoy!
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Ten Goofiest Moments in the First Ten Ant-Man Comic Book Stories

In this feature, I spotlight the goofiest moments from specific batches of comic book stories. With the Ant-Man movie coming out, I thought it’d make sense to combine two separate bits on the first five Ant-Man stories and then next five Ant-Man stories into one bit on the ten goofiest moments from the first ten Ant-Man stories! The stories are Tales to Astonish #35-40, written by the brothers Lieber (Stan Lee plotted all ten comics, Larry Lieber scripted the first nine) and Ernest Hart (script for #44) and drawn by Jack Kirby (pencils on #35-40, 44), Dick Ayers (inks on #35-39), Don Heck (pencils and inks on #41-43, inks on #44) and Sol Brodsky (inks on #40)…

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).
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When We First Met – When Did Uncle Ben First Say “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility?”

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In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like 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!

Today we look at the first time that Uncle Ben was given credit for telling Peter Parker that “with great power comes great responsibility.”
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How Has There Never Been a Spider-Man Story About Alice Tucker or Peter Doman?

Spider-Man has been around for over fifty years. As a result, his older stories have been sort of picked clean by writers looking for new meat for stories. So while I say this with tongue somewhat in cheek, I honestly am slightly surprised that a 1981 Annual that introduced a bunch of former students of Peter Parkers in high school haven’t been minded for any stories since…
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The Punisher in “Hostess Schmostess”

Brendan Tobin was late for this past week’s The Line it is Drawn Hostess Ad week, but I couldn’t not post his awesome piece, so here it is, based on a suggestion by BigBearSpeaks
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 146

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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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 145

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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Comic Book Six Degrees: Mike W. Barr to Greg Rucka

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 Flint Henry to Henry Flint. Matt L. was one of six people who connected the two in four moves. Matt was the randomly selected winner. Here is how Matt connected the two:

Flint Henry penciled Grimjack #81 with John Ostrander
John Ostrander wrote Rai and the Future Force #10 with Sean Chen
Sean Chen penciled Nova Vol.4 #1 with Dan Abnett
Dan Abnett wrote Death’s Head II #16 with Henry Flint

Matt’s challenge is…

Mike W. Barr to Greg Rucka

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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)!

Comic Book Questions Answered – Why Weren’t the X-Men in Infinity Gauntlet?

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 Jazzbo wrote in to ask:

Was there a reason why the X-Men weren’t a part of the original Infinity Gauntlet series? Other than Wolverine and a brief cameo by Cyclops in one issue, no other X-characters are a part of the story, which seems like a strange choice as this was the height of popularity for those characters.I would assume there was some sort of editorial reason why they weren’t involved, although I guess it could just be that Starlin doesn’t like those characters? Anyway, I couldn’t find anything online about it. Thanks.

Read on for the answer!
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The Wrong Side: Hobgoblin vs. Four Foreigner Agents

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!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, based on a suggestion by Andy N., we take a look at a fight so controversial that it was eventually retconned!

I just noticed that Andy N. also suggested this week’s Drawing Crazy Patterns. Funny coincidence!
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