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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 142

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 Legends Revealed #527

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-seventh 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 Jean Grey set to survive the Dark Phoenix Saga even after the original ending was scrapped? Was Quicksilver not originally meant to return to being a hero in the late 1980s? And what was the deal with Hulk losing a fight to a snake?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #244 – Comic Book 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 is…

Disney-fy a comic book character! Pick a comic book character and our artists will draw them as an old school Disney character.

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

the theme is comic book cover homages! Suggest a comic book character (or characters) in an homage to a classic comic book cover!

Enjoy!
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The Wrong Side: A Snake vs. the Hulk

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, we take a look at what is likely the current most requested fight as suggested by readers (a whole pile of you wrote in with this one), the time that the Hulk was choked out…by a snake.
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Knowledge Waits: Curt Swan’s Superman Faces Design Sheet

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

Today we look at a pair of design sheets by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan that were used to show other Superman artists how to draw Superman’s face in various emotional states.
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Remember to Forget – That Time the Punisher Became a Black Guy

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

Today we look at how Punisher became a black guy for a short period of time…
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Cover Theme Game for 6/10

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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Drawing Crazy Patterns – Lesser Known Batman Impersonators

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, with Commissioner James Gordon taking over as Batman, following in the footsteps of characters like Dick Grayson, Jean-Paul Valley, Tim Drake and Jason Todd, we’re taking a look at five much lesser-known characters who have temporarily been Batman over the years (presumably much more temporary than Gordon’s tenure, of course).
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 141

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 – C.C. Beck to J.H. Williams III

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 Terry Kavanagh to Terry Moore. A bunch of people used a move that I’m now outlawing, but I figure I have to allow it this time. Lynn J. was the randomly selected winner. Here is how s/he connected the two:

Terry Kavanagh to Deodato Studios in Avengers: The Crossing
Deodato Studios to Terry Moore in Lady Supreme #1

In the future, you can’t use Studios like that, as we don’t know if the same artists ACTUALLY worked on both books.

Lynn’s challenge is…

C.C. Beck to J.H. Williams III

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)!

Things That Turned Out Bad – Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

Today, based on suggestions by readers Shaun M. and Luke M., we take a look at Power Girl’s magical pregnancy…
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I Saw It Advertised One Day – “Maybe This Batman Guy Will Work Out”: Promotional Ads for Famous Superheroes

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. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at promotional ads for the debuts of famous comic book characters. Will this Batman guy stick? Let’s find out!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #526

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-sixth 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 Marvel accidentally end a crossover the wrong way? See how Ms. Marvel was replaced by She-Hulk in a comic! Finally, does Don Rosa really hate DuckTales?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #243 – Saying Goodbye to the New 52…

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!

This is a special surprise edition of The Line it is Drawn that is both commemorating the end of DC’s New 52 line of comics (the DCYou began this week) and also the 52nd birthday of our own Xum Yukinori, which just happens to be today. So I had our artists all draw a New 52 superhero along with Xum’s super-persona, Professor Xum.

(And as Nick Butch points out later on, our own David Branstetter also had a birthday this week. Happy Birthday, David!)

Next week will be the previously announced cover homage theme!

Enjoy!
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The Wrong Side: Hawkeye vs. Hulk

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, we take a look at perhaps the most unlikely victory you’ve seen so far in these columns (something that even the story featuring the fight would agree with)…
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