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The Impossible Man vs. Bat-Mite

This Nick Butch piece was finished late enough for this week’s Line it is Drawn that I figured I might as well give it its own little spotlight, to make sure people see it.

Ted_LisaDahlman suggested

batmite vs impossible man

and here is what Nick came up with…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #519

Welcome to the five hundred and nineteenth 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 Daredevil: Man Without Fear really originate as a script for a Daredevil movie? Learn the secret origin for Wonder Man’s ugliest costume! Plus, what is the bizarre story of the Ghost Rider vs. Hulk comic book cover that didn’t have Hulk inside the comic?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #236 – Convergence, Line it is Drawn Style

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…

In honor of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix, suggest Marvel TV shows that you don’t think we’ll ever see. Like U.S. 1…the TV series! Feel free to make casting suggestions, as well, if you’d like.

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

In honor of DC’s Convergence event, let’s expand the concept to ALL comic book companies and have you choose two comic book characters from different points in time fighting each other. So, say, 1990s Superboy facing off against 1960s (Ditko-era) Spider-Man. There’s almost an endless array of combinations, so go nuts!

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The Wrong Side: Daredevil vs. Black Widow

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!

For the latest fight, we’ll take a look at the time that Daredevil defeated the Black Widow in a couple of seconds.
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Daredevil Easter Eggs!

In this feature, I share with you three 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, in honor of his new Netflix series, we take a look at some Daredevil easter eggs. Mostly comic book ones, but I’ll include Stan Lee’s cameo from the TV series!

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Cover Theme Game for 4/15

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Utter Inanity of Matt Murdock’s “Twin Brother,” Mike

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, in honor of his new Netflix TV series, we take a look at perhaps the most embarrassing moment in Daredevil’s history – the extremely silly but strangely awesome tale of Mike Murdock, Matt Murdock’s fake twin brother!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 133

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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R.I.P. Herb Trimpe

Sadly, we lost the great Herb Trimpe yesterday. He was 75 years old.

Herb Trimpe was an excellent comic book artist for his entire career. He was still doing fine work right up until his death.

Our pal Scott wrote an excellent write-up on Herb Trimpe’s underrated greatness here.

I featured a number of his stunning comic book covers here.

Herb was a funny guy. In an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, I detailed a rather randy joke he sneaked into an issue of G.I. Joe during the 1990s.

Later in the decade, Trimpe changed his style to appear closer to artists like Rob Liefeld. People thought Marvel forced him to do so, but in an old Comic Book Legends Revealed, he told me that he did it on his own volition.

He was not only a great artist, but in all of my interactions with him over the years he was also a sweet, nice man. He will be greatly missed.

You Decide – How Many Episodes of Daredevil Did You Watch This Weekend?


This Friday, Netflix released the entire first season of Marvel’s Daredevil. I was wondering how many episodes people watched during the weekend (among those of you who actually watched it, of course). How much did you all binge on it?

Read on for the poll!

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Comic Book Six Degrees: Carrie Stetko to Ms. Michael Tree

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every installment, whoever connects the two characters 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. Last time was Kool-Aid Man to the Quik Bunny. Eric H. was one of three people who got it in three moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for the next match if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Kool-Aid Man was in “The Adventures of Kool-Aid Man” #2 with Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin was in “Spidey Super Stories” #17 with Spider-Man
Spider-Man was in “The Adventures of Quik Bunny” #1 with Quik Bunny

Eric’s challenge is…

Carrie Stetko to Ms. Michael Tree

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 comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

Fabian Nicieza’s Five Favorite Teen Titans Issues

Fabian Nicieza is re-visiting the Pre-Flashpoint DC Universe with his Convergence: Titans series (the first issue came out earlier this week). As Fabian looks to the past for the writing of this new project, I thought it would be interesting for him to look back at his history with the Teen Titans as a reader. So here are five of Fabian’s favorite issues of Teen Titans. Everything from this point on is Fabian’s recollections of five of his favorite Teen Titans issues.
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50 Greatest Daredevil Stories Master List

With the release of Netflix’s Daredevil series this weekend, we decided to celebrate it by having our readers vote on what they feel are the greatest Daredevil Stories Ever Told. Here are the results (click on any story for a write-up on that story)!
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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Daredevil’s Dead Girlfriends

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This week, in honor of Daredevil’s new TV series, let’s take a look at Matt (Daredevil) Murdock’s dead girlfriends!
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What Do You Do When the Theme of the Line is Game of Thrones and You Don’t Watch the Show?

David Branstetter has the answer in this look behind the scenes at Line it is Drawn (as suggested by KeithAlanMorgan, kind of)!
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