And back! All Spider-man all the time this time ’round. Click the “Best Team-Up Books” tag at the bottom for previous installments.
Fine, fine, fine. Y’all like the White Rabbit? I’ll give you the White Rabbit! (And if the response in fandom in GENERAL is as strong as it was in the comments to this last post, Marvel’s sitting on a potential gold-mine here.)
Anyway, here are the first few parts of the list.
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Everyone caught up? Then let’s go….
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So. hey, top ten, here, now! But first let me explain a little bit about how the list is put together.
Here’s the next three. Introduction and “What the heck is all THIS then explanation” over here.
Worth Noting: While I know what the top runs are, the ORDER of the top five or six isn’t set in stone yet. If you have a favorite team-up run, lemme know in the comments and it might effect the outcome.
Since the team-up format is undergoing a bit of a resurgence lately with the addition of The Brave and the Bold TV show to the Cartoon Network line-up, I thought it might be fun to examine the comic book roots of the show.
Ah, the team-up book! These are a strain of comic, most popular in the ’70s and early ’80s, where a sales-grabbing “A” list character – Superman or Spider-man, say – would be paired with a succession of less-popular co-stars in hopes of expanding the audience for (and salability of) the current guest.
Sadly, this doesn’t make for an especially stable storytelling engine, and, as much as I love them – (*choke*) Many of these comics just aren’t very good. Sure, you might get Alan Moore to do one issue of DC Comics Presents, or Jack Kirby to do a few covers for Marvel Two-In-One…
But these dudes aren’t gonna stick around working on Marvel Team-Up month in and month out. So a really good multi-issue RUN on one of these books is something of a rarity.
Let’s look at some.
Over at GraphiContent.
(Which is raising money for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and it would be swell if you’d GO DONATE!, and tell Chad via a comment on his blog that you did.)
Man, I hated these comics.
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This came up on the CBR boards, and it’s going to bother me forever. Apparently, due to some kinda corporate shenanigans, Wonder Woman is blocked from appearing on certain DC television programs.
Here producer James Tucker says
We don’t have permission at this time to use Wonder Woman or Superman.
We also got this post from a poster who goes by Captain Canada, saying that Paul Dini couldn’t use Wonder Woman in Batman Beyond, and that Wonder Girl was blocked from appearing in Teen Titans. (Can anyone verify?)
So. What gives? Does anyone have actual documented proof as to why Wonder Woman has never shown up as a “guest star?” The whole thing seems more’n a little silly to me, but is there a decent reason?
So, we’re gonna play “Guess Where this (Slightly Edited) Image is From.”
Answer Waaaaayyyyy down at the bottom.
This cover is pretty much my favorite thing ever.
So we’ve had Brave and the Bold poppin’ up here at CSBG, and since I am (A) the World’s Biggest Fan of team-up books ever, and (B) in the process of collecting *all* the team-up books, …
Well, I thought I’d do a series of posts ‘em.
So the Brave and the Bold popped up in Comic Book Urban Legends AND the Snark Blocker last week, and it occurs to me I’ve never talked about my violent, obsessive love for team-up books.
“Obsessive” as in, “I’m trying to collect all the team-up books.”
But my cheerful insanity and the master list of all 710 team-up books I painstakingly assembled for the hunting is a topic for PART II!, which is coming tomorrow.
But to kick the series off, I thought it would be fun to do some quick reviews and commentary on (departing ) Brave and the BoldÂ (4th Series) writer Mark Waid’s favorite team-up issues of Brave and the Bold (1st Series) taken from Wizard Magazine, which I found via this George Perez news-site here.
Made it into the webcomic As seen in VT.
Sooo I’m pretty much required to post it here.
Doug’s the guy with the glasses. (Not Batgirl, Catwoman, or Prisoner # 45678.)
Also: More snotty-ass reviews of Entertainment Weekly’s favorite albums from me and Jonathan Bogart here, (We had a troll for a while, even. Which was annoying, and also strangely validating. It’s like we were causing the internet to work like it’s supposed to.)