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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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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 174

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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Vote for the Top 50 Black Comic Writers and Artists of All-Time!

February is Black History Month, so I thought it would be worthwhile to put together a list, voted on by the fans, of who you all believe are the Top 50 Black Comic Writers and Artists of all-time. You will vote up until February 18th, then I’ll tally the voted and count down the Top 50 beginning on February 20th, hopefully shedding some worthwhile spotlights on some of the great comic book writers and artists of the past and present. It’s always fun to celebrate comic book history.

Read on for the rules…
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Abandoned Love: So Is Carnage Still the “Spawn” of Venom or What?

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.

Inspired by an Abandoned Love a few weeks back about how Black Cat suddenly forgot who Venom was despite him nearly killing her in battle before, commenter PM Agria suggested another case of a dropped plot involving Venom and Carnage, something a lot more notable – you see, Carnage isn’t actually the spawn of Venom anymore! Or, well, he SHOULDN’T be the spawn of Venom, but people have just dropped that plot…
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Remember to Forget – That Time Steve Trevor Used Wonder Woman’s Magic Lasso to Force Her to Marry Him

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

Today, based on another suggestion from reader Fraser (who sends in weird Wonder Woman stories as he gets to them), we look at the time that Steve Trevor used Wonder Woman’s magic lasso to force her to marry him…
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I Can’t Cover What I Am – 25 Action Comics #1 Cover Homages

In this feature, I spotlight comic book covers that follow a specific theme. Here is an archive of all the cover themes we’ve spotlighted so far.

Joe Shuster’s cover for Action Comics #1, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is one of the most famous covers in comic book history, and as a result, it has been one of the most homaged covers in comic history. Here are 25 of them!

Enjoy!
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Left Unresolved – Do the X-Men Still Have a Frozen Lady in Their Freezer?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Peyton, we look at how the X-Men have had a frozen woman in their mansion for years now…
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Meta-Messages: A Touching Legion Tribute to a Superman Art Legend

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 another suggestion from reader David B., we take a look at a touching tribute in the pages of Legion of Super-Heroes to a Superman art legend…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #560

Welcome to the five hundred and sixtieth 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 Wolverine originally defeat Spider-Man in the Spider-Man vs. Wolverine series, before the story was edited by Marvel’s higher-ups? Did some of Joe Madureira’s last issue of Uncanny X-Men have to be re-drawn because the original pages were lost by FedEx? Finally, find out which Alpha Flight members almost lost their lives to a super-serial killer!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #275 – Harry Potter Week!

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 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!

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

In honor of the passing of Alan Rickman, next week is a Harry Potter theme week! Mash-up or team-up comic book characters with Harry Potter characters!

Enjoy!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Was Sam Wilson: Captain America Ever “Snap” Wilson, Street Hustler?

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, based on a suggestion by reader Marcus W., we take a look at a retcon that was a long time coming in my book…
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Comic Book Questions Answered – The Math Mystery of Ultimate Spider-Man #150

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.

This time around, the question comes courtesy of Adam L., who asks:

My question involves another Marvel numbering snafu. This time on Ultimate Spider-man. The first series ended with issue #133 following the Ultimatum storyline. The series was relaunched with a new #1 and then resumed original numbering on issue #16/#150. The problem is 133 + 15 = 148 which would make issue #16 the 149th issue. There was an Ultimate Spider-man Requiem but as that was a 2 issue story, including it would still throw the numbering off.

Let’s do some crazy comic book math!
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