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Remember to Forget – That Time Iron Man Ordered an Assassination Attempt to Provoke a War to Win Civil War

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 an odd plot development during Marvel’s Civil War…
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Captain America/Iron Man Legends Revealed!

In honor of Captain America and Iron Man’s new movie, Captain America: Civil War, opening this weekend in the United States, we decided to spotlight past editions of Comic Book Legends Revealed that have featured either Captain America or Iron Man over the years!

Check them all out below!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #574

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fourth 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, in honor of Captain America: Civil War, legends involving Captain America, Iron Man and, well, Civil War! Were Captain America and Iron Man initially on opposite sides for Marvel’s original Civil War? Was the Mandarin banned as a villain in the Iron Man films? And what famous Captain America villain was inspired by…an ice cream sundae?!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #289 – Classic DC Comics Cover Homages!

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 Captain America: Civil War, suggest two superheroes that you’d like to see fight each other.

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

In honor of our own Xum Yukinori, we’re doing classic DC Comics Cover Homages! Suggest a comic book character and a famous DC Comics cover.

Enjoy!
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Can You Ride an Arrow Like Ant-Man?

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A little while ago, we discussed the first time heroes rode on their teammates’ arrows, in honor of Ant-Man and Hawkeye pulling off the trick in the new Captain America: Civil War film. The comments section began to discuss the physics of such a trick. Well, our old pal Matt Brady decided to delve into the physics of the trick big time at his website, TheScienceOf.org.

Check out what he came up with here.

Comic Book Questions Answered: When Did Captain America’s Shield Become Indestructible?

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 Chris U. wrote in to ask:

With Captain America: Civil War coming out I got to thinking, “When was
Captain America’s shield first described as indestructible?”

Read on for the answer, Chris!
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Cover Theme Game for 5/4

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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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 188

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 187

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 186

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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How Can I Explain? – The Galaxy Is At Risk! Eight Heroes Should Be Enough…

This is the latest in a feature that spotlights unexplained comic book plot points (unexplained in the comics themselves, of course, as quite often there are outside explanations, like “the artist made a mistake,” etc.).

Based on a suggestion by reader The Third Man, we look at the oddity of Hightfather’s plan in The Cosmic Odyssey…
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Has the Hulk Ever Lifted Thor’s Hammer?

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 Juan asked a pretty straightforward question – has the Hulk ever lifted Thor’s hammer?

Read on to see!
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Top Five Coolest Moments From Marvel’s Original Civil War Series

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

In anticipation of the release of the Captain America: Civil War film, I thought it’d be fun to look at the coolest moments from the comic book that inspired it, Marvel’s Civil War, by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven and Dexter Vines.
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Remember to Forget – That Time the X-Men Decided Hunting Down Mutants Was a Good Idea

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 the short-lived career of the original X-Men as mutant hunters…
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Left Unresolved – What the Heck is Behind the Scarlet Witch’s Closed Doors?

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 from reader Jason M., we try to figure out what the heck was behind the locked doors in Scarlet Witch’s house in New Avengers #26 (this story has been referred to so many times as being about Scarlet Witch’s CLOSET that I originally intended on just sticking with that terminology. I decided to change it the more accurate “closed doors”, but I kept it as closet for our CBR headline because its more famously known as the closet story)…
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