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How Has There Never Been a Spider-Man Story About Alice Tucker or Peter Doman?

Spider-Man has been around for over fifty years. As a result, his older stories have been sort of picked clean by writers looking for new meat for stories. So while I say this with tongue somewhat in cheek, I honestly am slightly surprised that a 1981 Annual that introduced a bunch of former students of Peter Parkers in high school haven’t been minded for any stories since…
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The Punisher in “Hostess Schmostess”

Brendan Tobin was late for this past week’s The Line it is Drawn Hostess Ad week, but I couldn’t not post his awesome piece, so here it is, based on a suggestion by BigBearSpeaks
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the chemical box // notes on Elektra Lives Again

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The chemical box was a podcast between Joey Aulisio and myself. It took us four years to record 25 episodes.

With that track record, we can’t begin this column by promising anything, really. No set schedule. No overall mission. Joey and I just work in a way that’s momentary, grabbing what we can when we can. The spontaneity is energetic, but admittedly it makes for limited workflow. You may get more of the chemical box here, in this form, but who’s to say? You may never hear from us again.

For now, just take the time and read these notes on Frank Miller’s Elektra Lives Again, and see this as a singular piece of content produced because the time felt right.  Continue Reading »

The Greatest Comic Book Fights That Never Were

Nick Butch did the following piece for last week’s The Line it is Drawn. It ran afoul of some nudity complaints, though, so I temporarily pulled it. I put it back (with one page altered by Nick and one page black barred by me), but since I pulled it so quickly, I don’t think enough people got a chance to see it, so I figured I’d post it again on its own. So enjoy!
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It Is Your Last Chance to Vote for the Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told!

Click here to cast your ballot!

I’ll probably be counting them for a couple of days, so honestly, while the deadline is in a little over three hours, you can probably still trickle in ballots for the next day or so and I’ll still count them.

House to Astonish Episode 133

It’s been a busy little week of news, and Paul and I have got chat about the Wicked and the Divine heading to TV, Tilda Swinton potentially joining the cast of Doctor Strange, the Lumberjanes movie landing at Fox, Stephen Amell’s dalliance with WWE, Mark Paniccia’s step up to X-Men senior group editor, the post-Secret Wars Marvel teasers, Brian Bendis and David Marquez’s Invincible Iron Man and DC’s half-page ads. We’ve also got reviews of The Covenant, Bizarro and Airboy, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is what it eats. All this plus Gary Oldman Logan, Rage Twix and Fear Twix, and Formula One’s legendary piranha pit crews.


As usual, we want to know what you think of the issues of the day, including (but not limited to):

  • What do you hope to see coming out of Secret Wars?
  • Who would you cast as the Ancient One?
  • What’s your favourite comics-to-TV adaptation?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 133 – Uncle Lemmy’s Big Idea by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think in the comments below, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email to housetoastonish@gmail.com, or on our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget that if you want to look amazing and help keep us in Jaffa Cakes, our wonderfully affordable shirts are available at our Redbubble store.


The Line it is Drawn Addendum – Wonder Woman Coloring Book Pages!

A few of the artists for last week’s The Line it is Drawn put together high resolution black and white versions of their pieces for coloring purposes for our suggestion-giver last week, 4-year-old Amelia. A number of folks have mentioned in the comments and in e-mails that they’d like to have access to those pages, as well, so I figured I’d give the people what they want, so here they are, including a NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN piece from Nick Perks!
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Bonus Line it is Drawn – Wonder Woman Meets The Hero Business

The most recent Line it is Drawn was a special edition where our artists just drew suggestions based on ideas that a 4-year-old girl had. Former longtime Line it is Drawn artist Bill Walko is in the midst of doing a Kickstarter for a collection of his excellent web comic, The Hero Business, so I thought it would be fun to ask Bill to contribute a bonus piece (based on Amelia’s suggestion of Wonder Woman fighting dinosaurs) that could also see Wonder Woman meeting characters from Bill’s Hero Business!

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Wonder Woman and the Octonauts Meet Aquaman

Cynthia “Thea” Sousa and daughter Amanda were a bit late for this week’s Line, where people all drew Wonder Woman drawings based on suggestions by a four-year-old Wonder Woman fan named Amelia, so after adding them to that piece I also figured I’d give them this post, as well. Be sure to check out the new comic they’re working on (along with Sam Machado) here.

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Last Day to Vote for Your Favorite Valiant Comics Stories Ever Told!

Today’s the last day to cast your ballot for our Greatest Valiant Comics Stories Ever Told poll!

Click here to vote!

Results of Our Daredevil Binge-Watching Poll


623 people responded to my question about how many episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil did people watch on the opening weekend of the series. Read on to see how people responded!
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Jeremy Renner Doubling Down on Yikes

As you might have heard, Jeremy Renner decided to double down on his original joke about Black Widow being a slut by un-apologizing for it on Conan O’Brien’s show last night, arguing now that it is just a fact that if you sleep with four of the Avengers (she didn’t, of course, but let’s go with his premise) then that just makes you a slut.

Again, I’m struck by the reference to how “unguarded” Renner is when he comes on to the show with clearly a pre-planned bit.

Anyhow, well, at least this should get rid of the ol’ “But he was just joking!” defense for his behavior (which wasn’t much of a defense to begin with).

What Happens When Vartox Runs Afoul of A-Force?

Nick Butch’s piece for this week’s Line it is Drawn was a bit late, so while I edited it into the feature, I also figured I’d share it here, to make sure everyone got a chance to see it.

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Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans – Yikes

As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans have caused a bit of a controversy by referring to a question about Black Widow seemingly becoming involved with Bruce Banner in the new Avengers movie instead of either Renner’s Hawkeye or Evans’ Captain America, and their responses were…wow.

What I think gets me more is their APOLOGIES, well, at least Renner’s.

Here’s Evans’ apology: “Yesterday we were asked about the rumors that Black Widow wanted to be in a relationship with both Hawkeye and Captain America. We answered in a juvenile and offensive way that rightfully angered some fans. I regret it and sincerely apologize”

While here’s Renner’s, “I am sorry that this tasteless joke about a fictional character offended anyone. It was not meant to be serious in any way. Just poking fun during an exhausting and tedious press tour.”

As you can see, Evans went with a legit “My bad, sorry,” while Renner went with the classic, “Sorry that you were offended.”

The thing that gets me about Renner is that he seems so calculating about some of this stuff. Remember his Golden Globes bit with Jennifer Lopez?

And there, too, his “apology” was “don’t take things too seriously.”

It’s certainly fair to say that these things aren’t extremely important issues, but they’re not nothing. It’s not “just” a joke when the entire hook of the joke is calling a woman (even a fictional woman) a slut because she is dating another guy. Slip of the tongue while you’re overworked doing press junkets? Sure, fair enough. Just say that. But own it like Evans did. Concede that it WAS an offensive joke. But what’s particularly disappointing is when Renner seems to be trying to be OVERTLY crass, in a sort of calculated “See! I’m a bad boy!” manner. I guess what’s even more disappointing is that Renner might be correct and that doing this is probably better for his career.

The Impossible Man vs. Bat-Mite

This Nick Butch piece was finished late enough for this week’s Line it is Drawn that I figured I might as well give it its own little spotlight, to make sure people see it.

Ted_LisaDahlman suggested

batmite vs impossible man

and here is what Nick came up with…
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