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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Master List

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we did a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the final results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #3-1

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the last results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #491

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-first in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety. This week, how did Joker jumping (or NOT jumping) out of a cake lead to the creation of Harley Quinn? Is there a completed issue of Lobo by Frank Quitely that has never been published? And finally, did Frank Miller name James Gordon’s wife Barbara in honor of Miller writing Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon out of continuity as Gordon’s daughter?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #209 – Anime/Manga Versions of Comic Book Characters!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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…

In honor of the debut of Marvel’s Axis crossover, pick a non-Marvel superhero you’d like to see redone as a supervillain or a non-Marvel supervillain that you’d like to see redone as a superhero.

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

As a companion piece to our feature earlier this year about doing Western re-designs of Manga/Anime characters, this time around our artists will be doing a Manga/Anime style re-design of Western characters. What if Superman was a Manga character? Stuff like that.

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Green Arrow #35 Review

greenarrow35coverWhen the New 52 reboot hit back in 2011, some characters clearly saw themselves a lot more changed than others. Titles like Batman and Green Lantern had relatively minor changes (although in both cases more changes came down the line as writers used the freedom provided to them to make more alterations) while books like Teen Titans were more or less completely rebooted. Perhaps the most ill-advised change in my book was to Green Arrow. The New 52 launched at the same time that the TV Series Arrow did, so I completely understood the impulse to reboot Green Arrow to make him align better with the TV series version. So when they announced that Green Arrow would be de-aged, that made some sense to me, even if I did not think it made a whole lot of sense to essentially nullify his longstanding relationships with Black Canary and Green Lantern. However, the end result by J.T. Krul and Dan Jurgens ended up serving NEITHER goal – it erased all of his comic book continuity and it also didn’t remotely resemble the TV version of the character, either! That, to me, was just a total failure. The book’s creative team changed early on and the book got even worse. Things got so bad that after just sixteen issues, DC brought in a top notch creative team (Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino) to essentially reboot the reboot. And they did so, with a standard “scorched earth” revamp. Lemire and Sorrentino did a fine job on the title. But here’s the thing – despite their addition of the TV character John Diggle to the title, their take on Green Arrow was somehow even FURTHER away from the popular TV version of the character. Lemire and Sorrentino were doing an impressive sort of “ninja noir” tale, and I’ll miss their run, but I can understand the impulse to finally take Green Arrow more in line with Arrow.

And to do so, DC brought in two writers from the show, producer and co-creator Andrew Kreisberg and writer Ben Sokolowski (they’re co-plotting the stories with Sokolowski then scripting the book solo).

So let’s take a look at the latest Green Arrow revamp (three reboots in 35 issues, oh my!) in Green Arrow #35, courtesy of writers Andrew Kreisberg and Ben Sokolowski and artists Daniel Sampere, Jonathan Glapion and Gabe Eltaeb

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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #6-4

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Thor #1 Review

thorcoverI’m going to give a little experiment a try (for as long as I can). I’m going to try to review a new comic every day this month and then perhaps continue to review some of the comics on a continuing basis (therefore I’ll be mostly spotlighting new series or ongoing series with new directions, as if I am to continue with a review I’d prefer not to pick books already significantly in progress).

I begin with this week’s release of Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matthew Wilson, debuting the all-new female Thor.

One of the absolute joys I get in reading so many comic book titles is when I get to see a comic book creator develop. I recall seeing Russell Dauterman’s work on Grace Randolph’s Supurbia and finding it to be strong work. However, as time has gone by his work has gotten better and better. By the time he began drawing Cyclops for Marvel, it seemed clear to me that this was a guy who was destined for a bigger spotlight and now, with the release of the brand-new Thor, he has gotten that spotlight and Jason Aaron seems content to spend much of the first issue of the title showing off the impressive work that Dauterman can do working with colorist Matthew Wilson.
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Cover Theme Game for 10/1

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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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #10-7

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #15-11

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 105

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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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #20-16

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Crossfire to Firearm

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 week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Magnus, Robot Fighter to Robot. Lynn J. was one of four people to get it in three moves (and one of two to use the Magnus/Nexus crossover). Here is how Lynn 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 next week 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!

Magnus crossed over with Nexus in a mini-series
Nexus had a crossover one-shot with Madman
Madman appeared in Invincible #60 with Robot

Lynn’s challenge is…

Crossfire to Firearm

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)!

75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #30-21

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the latest results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

Enjoy!
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Jack Kirby’s Back Pages

Each installment of this feature I will share with you the first (at least as far as I know) U.S. professional work by a notable comic book creator. Here is an archive of the creators who have been featured so far.

Today’s featured creator is Jack Kirby!

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