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Birthday Contribution to the Line it is Drawn’s #200!

John Trumbull’s birthday is the same day that the Line turned 200.

Read on for John’s contribution to the anniversary event!
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Amazing Heroes: Black Terror

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This is the second in a series of essays on the classic characters that are being made into action figures via the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter campaign by Fresh Monkey Fiction. The figures are Stardust, Captain Action, Black Terror, the Golden Age Dare-Devil, Champion of Mars, and Silver Streak. Historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and Graphic NYC) kicks it off with a look at Fletcher Hanks’ surreal hero Stardust the Super-Wizard. – BC

It’s 1942. Superman is huge, having already gone to the big screen in the Fleischer Brothers cartoons and dominating the airwaves with the Bud Collyer radio show.

And then, there’s Batman—the dark avenger fighting crime with his colorful kid sidekick.

And then, there’s Black Terror, who falls in between the two of them. While he never took off quite like the Man of Steel or Dark Knight, he still keeps turning up as the superhero who can never die.
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Gal Gadot is a Badass Looking Wonder Woman

As I noted a while back, I was pumped about Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman, and now we have our first visual evidence that she can pull the roll off.

CBR has the photo, but you can just look at it here, too:

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Congratulations to Comic Book Resources On Their Eisner Win!

CBR just won the Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism!

Awesome!

Congrats to Jonah and the gang! And, I guess us? Kind of, sort of?

By the way, how is Tom Spurgeon not at least nominated, like, every year for that award? Not saying he should win it all the time, but that guy should at least be nominated every year (I feel the same way about CBR, but that’s sort of a biased opinion, ya know?).

Come See Axel Medellin at the San Diego Comic Con!

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Axel Medellin will be at San Diego Comic Con again this year at the Comicraft/Elephantmen booth (#2106) starting tonight. He’ll be there all the way through Saturday. He begins his sketching schedule tonight at 7-9 pm Pacific time. From that point on, just go to the booth where they’ll have a schedule posted where he’ll be there doing sketches.

As he told me, Line it is Drawn fans get the best sketches, so come and show your support for a great artist!

Brendan Tobin’s Art Show is TONIGHT, People!

Be forewarned! The awesome longtime Line it is Drawn artist Brendan Tobin is having an art show in Brooklyn tonight.

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You’ll get to see cool stuff like Blitz Randall, Man of Action…

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If you’re in the Brooklyn area tonight, be sure to check it out!

Congrats to Kelly on Her Movie Deal!

Kelly’s book, The Girl Who Would Be King, has been optioned as a film!

What awesome news!

Congrats, Kelly!

2 Days Until Brendan Tobin’s Art Show!

Longtime Line it is Drawn artist Brendan Tobin has an art show this Saturday in Brooklyn!

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One of the pieces he’ll be showing is Paging Dr. Bigfoot…

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If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out!

Amazing Heroes: Stardust

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This is the first in a series of essays on the classic characters that are being made into action figures via the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter campaign by Fresh Monkey Fiction. The figures are Stardust, Captain Action, Black Terror, the Golden Age Dare-Devil, Champion of Mars, and Silver Streak. Historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and Graphic NYC) kicks it off with a look at Fletcher Hanks’ surreal hero Stardust the Super-Wizard. – BC

In the Golden Age of comic book history, when teenagers were scrawling out primitively-drawn comic book heroes for mostly unscrupulous publishers with shady backgrounds and questionable connections, one artist destroyed New York City over, and over, and over…
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It’s Not Easy Being Green….Lantern

Tsubasa Yozora’s piece was too late to make the initial posting for this week’s Disney-themed Line it is Drawn, so I figured I’d share it with you here (it’s also in the Line now, as well).

Based on a KeithAlanMorgan suggestion of

Kermit singing, “It’s not easy being Green Lantern”

This one was drawn by Tsubasa Yozora. Here is his website.

Read on for the drawing!
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In Space, No One Can Hear Deadpool Scream

Uncle Woofie missed out on the alien-themed week of The Line it is Drawn a few weeks back, but he recently finished the piece he planned on doing then, so I’ll just post it now, along with his piece for this week’s Line (technical issues delayed his entry, so I didn’t get to add it until late in the day so I imagine many people missed it).
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Die Alone, Unmourned, and Unloved: Reflections upon Reading Cerebus

Last Sunday, I finished reading Cerebus. I bought all 16 phonebooks collecting the series last year (I already had the zero issue and World Tour book from backing the digital High Society Kickstarter, so no gaps there either) and, prompted by Andrew Hickey deciding to write about the series over at Mindless Ones, I dove in. Two months later, give or take, I have finished and have spent the last week thinking about the series, wondering if I have anything to say about it. I believe I do.

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Best Wishes to Yukinori Xum

Our longtime Line it is Drawn artist, Yukinori Xum, has been away from home for some time now due to some business he had to take care of overseas. He has finally returned, so we’ll be missing him for a few weeks while he has a well-deserved reunion with his family. Anyhow, Xum passed along a piece he did to commemorate the occasion and I figured I’d post it for him.

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Again, our best wishes, Xum!

Spotlight on Apocalypse at the Main Site

In honor of the upcoming X-Men Apocalypse film, I did a write-up on Apocalypse’s history on the main CBR page. Check it out here.

No, Seriously, the X-Men Can’t Get AIDS

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Last week, I discussed the rather odd (in a bad way) idea that mutants cannot contract AIDS (nor, naturally enough, HIV). I thought that the notion first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #427 by Chuck Austen, Steve Kim and a number of inkers. As it turns out, commenter Mikhail pointed out that Austen actually debuted the notion six issues earlier, in Uncanny X-Men #421 by Austen, Ron Garney and Mark Morales.

Read on to see how it was introduced!
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