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Knowledge Waits: Spider-Man Fights Gladiator…In a Snack Food Comic Book?

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 last week’s The Wrong Side, about Gambit and Gladiator’s ill-fated fight, I mentioned (in our traditional “How did each character do in a fight with Spider-Man?), I mentioned that the only time that Spider-Man had ever fought Gladiator was in a giveaway comic as part of a Drake’s snack cakes. I asked if anyone had a copy they could share with the world, and reader Antoine V. answered the bell! Read on for Spider-Man’s battle against Gladiator…
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Knowledge Waits: A Year’s Worth of Marvel Cool-O-Meters

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.

While I was getting a page from 1992’s Uncanny X-Men #287 for this column earlier today, I noticed something that I hadn’t thought about in years that I figured I’d share with you folks – Marvel’s Cool-O-Meters!
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If Se7en Was a 1990s Comic Book…

If Se7en was a 1990s comic book, the box wouldn’t be opened until the third sequel, and its contents would most likely involve clones.

Now your turn! Give me a good “If ____ was a 1990s comic book, then _____”! I might put together a top five of my favorites if there are enough good ones.

Provide Some Answers – Wait, HE’S the X-Traitor? Seriously?

This is the debut of a new feature that is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Today we look at the unexpected resolution to the question of “Who is the X-Traitor?”
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 155

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 Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Deadpool Create Venom?

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 bunch of suggestions, we take a look at whether Deadpool helped create Venom!
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The Wrong Side: Gambit vs. Gladiator

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, based on a suggestion from reader David A., we take a look at whether using “the whole deck” would really make a difference against the Imperial Guard member, Gladiator…
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Left Unresolved – What the Heck Was the “Prize” That the Upstarts Were Playing For?

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 Jesse, we take a look at how the group of X-Men villains, the Upstarts, and their sick “game” (which involved killing lots of mutants) and how it sort of fizzled out there in the end without ever actually being resolved, including what precisely was the “prize” that they were fighting over…
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When We First Met – Who Was the First Superhero to Die in the Line of Duty?

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, based on a request by a few different readers over the years, we take a look at the first comic book superhero to die in the line of duty…
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Death is Not the End – How Did Dr. Octopus and Hammerhead Survive Being Ground Zero at a Nuclear Explosion?

This is the first installment in a new feature spotlighting the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

We begin with a follow-up to today’s “Why Did Doctor Octopus Try to Marry Aunt May?” post, namely “How the heck did Doctor Octopus and Hammerhead survive being ground zero at a nuclear explosion?”
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Abandoned Love: So Who Exactly is the Sea Hag’s Son?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. 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.

This is a special guest star edition of Abandoned Love. Noted Popeye expert Fred Grandinetti contributed this piece about the strange history of how the popular Popeye villain, the Sea Hag, has oddly ended up with a few different sons over the run of the series. Be sure to check out Fred’s cool Drawing With Fred show (and, of course, his many books about Popeye, like “Popeye: An Illustrated History of E.C. Segar’s Character in Print, Radio, Television, and Film Appearances 1929-1993″. – BC
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #540

Welcome to the five hundred and fortieth 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, what was the strange origin of Spider-Man’s first Clone Saga? What was Juggernaut’s bizarre original look? And why did Todd McFarlane change the name of his toy line?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #257 – Superhero Horror Tribute to Wes Craven

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…

It’s time for the 2015 Update to the Super Dictionary! Suggest a word and a superhero (or villain) and our artists will produce a new addition to the Super Dictionary!

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

In honor of Wes Craven, who passed away this week, mash-up comic book characters with Wes Craven films. Here is a Wes Craven filmography if you’ve somehow never seen a movie and do not know who Wes Craven is.

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And Of Course – So WHY Does Doctor Octopus Want to Marry Aunt May?

In this feature I spotlight particularly outlandish/convoluted comic book plot resolutions.

Today we look at one of Doctor Octopus’ oddest plans, where he decided to marry Aunt May to gain certain things she didn’t know she had.
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Top Five Silliest 1990s Superhero Battle Armor

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

Reader Jim S. wrote in to suggest a top five on the rather odd trend in the 1990s of superheroes being given short-lived (typically story-driven) “battle armor.” Here are the top five silliest examples of this trend..
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