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CBR’s 2010 Top 50 X-Men

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The forums at Comic Book Resources were closed recently, which is fair enough, but I thought it would be worthwhile to re-post a countdown I did back in 2010 based on votes by the CBR X-Men forum members of their favorite X-Men. This way I can save the list for posterity. I should perhaps update this list some day, as it is almost four years out of date at this point.

Anyhow, from 2010, here are CBR’s Top 50 X-Men…
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Hulk 2099 vs. Batman Beyond and The Contest of Champions Cover Homages!

The CBR mail server went down earlier today so I was unable to access my CBR mail for a while, so I missed out on adding Fernando Pinto’s piece until way late, so I figured I’d give it his own post, along with Brendan Tobin’s late piece!

Enjoy!
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What Did You Think About the Flash Promo Spot?

Towards the end of Wednesday night’s fun finale of the Arrow, the CW debuted their promo for the new Flash series that is coming to the CW on Tuesday nights this Fall.

I really liked it. I love how they are making Barry Allen a joyful character. It is a smart choice and it is very impressive to see how they’re willing to avoid using the same tone for all of their series. Where Arrow can successfully pull off the darker vibe (although, as this season shows, he can also pull off the heroic vibe, as well), that’s not Barry Allen – not even with his new, darker origins courtesy of Flash Rebirth. And the producers are not going that route, which is great. Plus, isn’t it nice to see someone ENJOYING having superpowers? It really captures the unique appeal of HAVING powers like the Flash’s if the hero himself is pumped about his powers.

And the costume looks okay so far!

Barbie Was Ahead of the Selfie Game…

Barbie was ahead of the game when it came to taking selfies, as shown by this 1995 issue of her self-titled comic book…

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Matt Kindt Has a Thing About Paper

Reading last week’s books, I found an amusing bit in two comics released last week from writer Matt Kindt.

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Two Late Additions to This Week’s Line

Nelson Flores got his in after I posted the piece and David Branstetter has a second piece that I just completely missed in his submission to me this week (sorry, David!).

I’ve edited them into this week’s piece already, but because it is later in the day, I figure I should give them their own spotlight entry!

So read on for Spidey teaming up with Harvey Pekar and Indiana Jones!
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Interesting New How-To Guide to Drawing Comic Characters

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The 21 Draw Art Project has a new book looking for funding today on IndieGogo that seemed interesting to me, so I figured I’d feature it here.

Essentially, it’s a reference guide for drawing comic characters aspiring artists, with famous artists like Steve Rude and Ariel Olivetti supplying examples of different types of characters and then supplying explicit details for each of the characters. You know, front shots, back shots, side shots, details on hand gestures, facial expressions, etc.

The variety of different art styles is very important, as you’re bound to find an artists whose style is similar to your own so that they would be the most help to you.

It seems like a very useful book that I Figured a bunch of artists out there would be interested in, so if you’re one of those people, check out their IndieGogo listing here. They just went live with funding of their project.

The Crazy, Manic Silver Age Style Origin of the All-New Ghost Rider

So far, through two issues, Marvel’s All-New Ghost Rider has been a delight. Tradd Moore, Nelson Daniel and Val Staples combine for some stunning visuals and come on, how can you not feel something for a comic with the following design feature to kick the book off…

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but what strikes me the most about the series is how Felipe Smith has managed to give the All-New Ghost Rider an old school Silver Age origin, without feeling old fashioned at all.
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Interesting Survey About Sexual Harassment in the World of Comics

Janelle Asselin is doing a sexual harassment in comics survey. I recommend filling it out – the more responses she receives the better! She’s already received some fascinating information.

Here it is.

Congrats to Comixology!

Really, not much bigger news in recent memory than the announcement that Amazon has purchased Comixology.

I wouldn’t expect this to affect Comixology customers much, but it sure is a major success for the owners of the site. Congrats to them! They made a great product and now I’m sure they’re being greatly rewarded for it financially.

And what a smart move by Amazon! They’re getting ahead of the game.

I also think that this will open up any even larger audience to digital-first comics like Lion Forge.

Month of Women in Comics – Power Nap, Parts 1-4

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.

I apologize for no comic yesterday. The blog had server issues when I was trying to make my post and it never got through. I’ll just do two today.

We continue with Maritza Campos and Bachan’s Power Nap, Parts 1-4…

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And Of Course – That Time Spider-Man Invented a Device That Could Cancel Out Magnetism

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In this feature I spotlight particularly outlandish explanations from comic books.

Today we look at the time that Peter Parker, in his spare time, cobbled together a device that could cancel out one of the elementary forces of nature.
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Need Help From Some Diehard 2099 Fans!

For a future Comic Book Legends Revealed, I could use the help of anyone who collected Marvel’s 2099 to the bitter end of the ongoing series in 1996 and has easy access to their collection (the actual comics) to look something up for me.

If that fits you and you’re willing to lend me a hand, please drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com and I’ll let you know what to look for.

EDITED TO ADD: Someone found what I was looking for! Woohoo! Thanks for all the offers of help, folks!

Month of Women in Comics – True Story of Personal Humiliation #1

All this month I’ll be reviewing different comic books by female creators, based on submissions from the actual creators of the comic books themselves. Here‘s a list of all the books featured so far this month.

I apologize for no comic yesterday. The blog had server issues when I was trying to make my post and it never got through. I’ll just do two today.

So we continue with Meghan Lands’s True Story of Personal Humiliation #1…

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Foggy Ruins of Time – We Have As Much of a Chance as Spielberg Has of Winning an Oscar?

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This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today we take a look at a reference to a down point in Steven Spielberg’s career, as reflected in an issue of the Avengers…
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