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Six Questions About This Week’s Arrow

Since you folks seem to like talking Arrow and I typically have a few questions after every episode, I figure I’ll occasionally post something like this.

So read on for seven questions about this week’s episode of Arrow, “Canaries”…
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – A Collection of Chew Easter Eggs!

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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!).

A number of you over the years have asked me to feature easter eggs from John Layman and Rob Guillory’s excellent series, Chew. Guillory, in particular, LOVES to do easter eggs. So here are fourteen examples of Chew Easter Eggs. These are far, far, FAR from all of the easter eggs in the pages of Chew, but I figured I had to draw the line somewhere, and that line was fourteen.

Enjoy!
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Cover Theme Game for 2/11

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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Month of African-American Comics – The Empty #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at The Empty #1, which debuted THIS WEEK from Image Comics by Jimmie Robinson (writer/artist).

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Comic Book Questions Answered – Did Bucky Have a Secret Identity or What?

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.

Today we look at a question from reader Randy:

I’m hoping you can answer something that has bothered me for decades. In the original Captain America series from the 40s Bucky was Cap’s sidekick and, as a civilian the company mascot. My question is Did Bucky have a secret identity? Steve went to great lengths to hide his alter ego but Bucky was always “Bucky.” It was written (at least in the few I’ve read) that no one knew Bucky was Bucky. What was Stan (or, really Joe and Jack) thinking? Or are we just supposed to ignore that fact? Thank you!!

Read on for the surprising answer!
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Month of African-American Comics – Nutmeg #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at Nutmeg #1, written and co-created by James F. Wright and drawn and co-created by Jackie Crofts, which is set to be released on March 25th from Action Lab Entertainment.

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 124

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: Elvira to Vampirella

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 X-O Manowar to Man-At-Arms. buttler was one about a dozen people to connect them in three moves. Here is how buttler 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!

X-O Manowar and Blackout were in X-O Manowar/Iron Man in Heavy Metal.
Blackout and Killer Croc were in JLA/Avengers #3
Killer Croc and Man-at-Arms were in DC Universe vs. Masters of the Universe #6

buttler’s challenge is…

Elvira to Vampirella

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)!

Month of African-American Comics – Nowhere Man Volume 2 “Jacked Up,” Book 1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at the first book of Volume 2 of Jerome Walford’s Nowhere Man: Jacked Up (I reviewed the first volume, which consisted of three books, last year).

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Spider-Man Fought…the Measles?!?

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 I thought I’d go with a rather topical story (for a 41-year-old comic book) of Spider-Man’s battle against…the measles?!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed Addendum: Paul Smith’s Rejected Wonder Woman Design

In this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed, I featured a story about how Paul Smith’s original designs for a Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman “Year One” type project (to be written by Jeph Loeb) were rejected, in part because of the pants that he had Wonder Woman wearing. On Sunday, Paul did a piece on his blog featuring his designs for the story. He noted that I had neglected to show any examples of what he would have had Wonder Woman wearing. I was confused, as I didn’t recall him sending me any examples. I’m no dummy, if Paul Smith sends me artwork, I’m sure as heck going to show that artwork as Paul Smith’s artwork is amazing. However, as it turned out, I WAS a dummy! I had missed the image attachment in Paul’s e-mail. So here, without any further ado, are Paul Smith’s rejected designs for Wonder Woman from the late 1990s project “Love and War”…
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Month of African-American Comics – Fashion Forward Books 1-3

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at the first three books of Fashion Forward by Shawnee and Shawnelle Gibbs (writers) and Linda Chung (artist). Covers by JM Tolman (Books #1 & 2) and Adam Fay (Book 3).

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Top Five Most Iconic Daredevil Covers

Here are my picks for the top five most iconic covers featuring Daredevil (with iconic being determined by what covers are most established and most recognized when it comes to Daredevil, with a preference towards covers that are homaged a lot). This is not a BEST cover list and due to the very nature of icons, very few (if any) recent covers will be on the list. A notable exception to the rules is that I don’t count covers from a character’s first appearance (which isn’t applicable to all characters, of course, just those who appeared on the cover of the comic they debuted in), as those tend to be automatically iconic so they’re boring. Here‘s a list of all characters featured so far.

Enjoy!

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Month of African-American Comics – “Grovers” from Disruption: An Anthology

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at “Grovers” by J.N. Monk (writer and also the co-editor of the anthology) and Kelly Angel (artist)

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Month of African-American Comics – Hero Born #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by African-American creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Check out the archive to see what books have been spotlighted so far.

Today we look at Hero Born #1 by Robert Garrett (writer and creator) and Peter Cacho (artist).

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