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My Top Ten Comics of 2015

Here is my list for the top ten comics for 2015. No honorable mentions this year, but suffice it to say that there were TONS of honorable mentions, just like there are every year, as I read a whoooole lot of good comics. I actually didn’t get CBR’s call for the top 100 comics list until the last minute, so I had to throw this list together pretty quickly, so I might be missing deserving candidates, but once I sent it in, I figured, hey, close enough! So my write-ups are pretty short.
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 172

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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Wrap it Up – Spider-Man Gives Ghost Rider a Blank Slate

This feature is a lot like my Provide Some Answers feature, which is about long-running comic book plots finally being resolved. This, though, is a more specific comic book occurrence where the plotlines of a canceled comic book are wrapped up in the pages of another comic book series. This would happen most frequently in Marvel Comics, but other companies did it, as well.

Today, we look at how former Ghost Rider writer, Howard Mackie, wrapped up the plot on the then-canceled Ghost Rider series, in the pages of Peter Parker: Spider-Man…
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Top Five Worst Justice League Members

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

For this top five, I’m only counting superheroes who were meant as legitimate members of the Justice League, not joke members like Ambush Bug or G’Nort or the members of Justice League Antarctica. So no INTENTIONALLY bad Justice League members.
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The Wrong Side: Harley Quinn vs. Wonder Woman

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!

Based on a suggestion from reader Eric H., we take a look at Harley Quinn taking out Wonder Woman!
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Meta-Messages: A Heartfelt Bat-Tribute to a Legendary Comic Book Editor

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

This time around, based on a suggestion from reader David B., we take a look at a heartfelt sendoff to one of Batman’s greatest writers and editors…
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Wolverine “Fought” a Little Lisping Girl Robot Bomb

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, in response to folks asking to see her on the Top Five Wolverine Female Friends list, I figured I’d spotlight the utterly bizarre (but awesome) character, Elsie Dee!
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Foundationed Deep – Banshee Helped Create Omega Red?!

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Rene, we look at the revelation that Banshee has history with not only Magneto but the creation of Omega Red, as well!
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Wolverine, Namor and Watcher Debate the Merits of Remaining Dead

This Nick Butch piece was sent in too late to iniitally appear with this week’s Line it is Drawn, but I’ve now added it to the post, but I figured I’d share it here, too.

Based on the therealAstrozac suggestion of

Wolverine and other dead characters promise to return

, Nick drew the following…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #557

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-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, learn why an episode of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends only aired once! Did Jim Starlin nearly kill off Shang-Chi? And finally, did Mark Waid originally intend to use Impulse at another comic book company before bringing him over to the pages of the Flash?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #272 – Comic Book New Year’s Resolutions

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 the passing of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, it’s a heavy metal week! Either team-up or mash-up a notable heavy metal band with comic book characters

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

Based on a suggestion from our own Merk, come up with some New Year’s resolutions for comic book characters!

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The World Outside – Dark Knight Returns on Girl Meets World

This is the first in a new feature where I examine comic books showing up in outside media, like TV shows, sports, novels and films.

The first example is based on a suggestion by reader Lynn J., who thought that I should write something about this usage. It is about the TV show Girl Meets World and its use of the Dark Knight Returns in a lesson plan.
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I Saw It Advertised One Day – An Life Size Inflatable Doll! What a Great…Burglar Deterrent! Yeah, That’s the Ticket!

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. Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at an ad for an inflatable doll, a bull whip and Vitalis hair cream! Sounds like a fun Saturday night!
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Top Five Wolverine Young Female Friends

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

Wolverine is well known for how well he gets along with young female characters. It is pretty much the fact that there is an interesting dichotomy between the gruff, old man and the young women that works surprisingly well.
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Abandoned Love: When Swee’pea Grew Up

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 how the Popeye character, Swee’pea, aged and then de-aged. 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

During the 1960’s my mother tells me I was the easiest child to buy for at Christmas. It was either something with Popeye or Bozo the Clown. One morning Santa brought me a Popeye Presto Paints Set by Kenner Toys. I remember one of the pictures to color was a young boy in a sailor’s uniform. While his face looked like Swee’pea I thought to myself, “but he always crawls”.

On April 14, 1957 readers of the Sunday Thimble Theatre Starring Popeye strip witnessed the debut of the walking Swee’pea. This occurrence would follow suit in the daily strip on June 7, 1957.
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