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I Saw It Advertised One Day – “What Do You Think About Alligators, Cabbage…and Negroes?”

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 a handful of odd public service announcements from comics!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #536

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-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, in honor of two comic book characters in the news, we’ll do a pair of legends featuring Psylocke and a pair of legends featuring Devil Dinosaur!

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #253 – Superheroes Versus Famous Wrestlers!

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…

With Matt Ryan’s Constantine showing up on Arrow next season, do a team-up between two live action comic book TV series! Batman ’66 on The Walking Dead! George Reeves’ Superman meets Dean Cain’s Superman! Wonder Woman meets the Middleman! And so on and so forth!

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

In honor of the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper, pick a professional wrestler and a comic book character you’d like to see them fight

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Remember to Forget – When Archangel Had Sex With a Teenager In the Sky Above Her Mom

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 the infamous “Archangel/Husk” sex scene from the Uncanny X-Men storyline “She Lies With Angels”…
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Cover Theme Game for 8/12

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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Knowledge Waits: Nine Times Doctor Doom Cheated Death Itself

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

A few years back, I did a piece about times where Doctor Doom was thought to be dead. A reader asked if I could show how Doom SURVIVED those times, so, well, here is that! I decided to limit myself to nine times just because, well, I didn’t feel like doing more than nine times. This dude has cheated death a LOT, ya know?
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When We First Met – When Did John Constantine and Green Arrow First Meet?

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!

After the announcement that Matt Ryan would be reprising his role as John Constantine on Arrow next season, we figured it’d be interesting to see when the two characters first met in the comics!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 150

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 Questions Answered – When Did the X-Men Pass the Fantastic Four as Marvel’s Flagship Team?

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.

Here is a bit of a different one. Jaime Weinman wrote an article for Maclean’s Magazine about how the Fantastic Four are no longer the hot property they once were and he asked me for the article when they officially stopped being Marvel’s flagship team book. I answered him and he cites my answer in the article. However, that was just a three word answer, and I figured it’d be fun to give a more elaborate answer here. Or, of course, if you just want the short answer, read his article. You might as well read it anyways. It is an interesting article.

So…when did the Fantastic Four stop being Marvel’s flagship team book?
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Comic Book Six Degrees: David Michelinie to Brian K. Vaughan

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 Alex Toth to Greg Pak. Taylor B. was one of just three people who connected the two in three moves. Taylor was the randomly selected winner. Here is how Taylor connected the two:

Alex Toth drew Adventure Comics #491, written by Dennis O’Neil
O’Neil wrote Amazing Spider-Man #210, drawn by John Romita, Jr.
Romita, Jr. drew World War Hulk #1, written by Greg Pak

Taylor’s challenge is…

David Michelinie to Brian K. Vaughan


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)!

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Mr. Fantastic Really First Meet the Invisible Woman When She Was TWELVE?

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 the Fantastic Four’s new film, let’s take a look at the complicated back story of Reed Richards and Sue Storm Richards, otherwise known as Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman!
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The Wrong Side: The Invisible Woman vs. A Celestial

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!

Enough people wrote to me to request this one after I featured it as part of Invisible Woman’s Greatest Moments that I figured I might as well spotlight it!
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Fantastic Four Legends Revealed!

In honor of the Fantastic Four’s new movie opening this weekend in the United States, we decided to spotlight past editions of Comic Book Legends Revealed that have featured the Fantastic Four over the years!

Check them all out below!
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When We First Met – Famous Fantastic Four Firsts!

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 a bunch of notable Fantastic Four firsts, some collected from previous When We First Mets and some brand new!
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Knowledge Waits: The 13 Times in the First 50 Issues of Fantastic Four the Invisible Girl Was Held Hostage

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

In my most recent Top Five list, I counted down the greatest Invisible Woman moments. In it, I noted that Sue didn’t have a whole lot of “great” moments during the otherwise phenomenal Jack Kirby and Stan Lee run on the book. In the early issues of their run, though, things were even worse for Sue. In the first 44 issues, Sue was held hostage THIRTEEN times (I’m using 50 in the title because it’s a nice round number)! So I figured I’d spotlight those thirteen times below, to show, when placed together, just how crazy it all looks…
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