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A Writer Weds

My good friend (and regular commenter on this blog) Michael got married earlier today. My wife and I had to be out of town this weekend for some stuff with her dad, so we had to miss it, but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to congratulate him and his wife, Erin. To keep it comics oriented, I figured I’d share a great wedding written by one of Michael’s favorite comic book writers, Peter David.

So here is the wedding of Rick Jones and Marlo Chandler from Incredible Hulk #418…

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time The Justice League Were a Bit Too Enamored With Zatanna

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Today, we take a look at an odd issue of Justice League of America from 1970 (by Mike Friedrich, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella) where the plot turns on everybody being really, really into Zatanna…
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What I Will Be Buying Tomorrow

The votes are in and here is the top ten comics for me to try tomorrow as selected by you:

1. TOOTH & CLAW #1: 15 votes
2. GOTHAM ACADEMY #2: 11 votes
3. BIRTHRIGHT #2: 10 votes
4. GRAYSON #4: 9 votes
5. ROCKET RACCOON #5: 9 votes
6. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9: 6 votes
8. ALL NEW X-FACTOR #16: 6 votes
9. SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #7: 5 votes
10. BATMAN ETERNAL #31: 4 votes

(In the case of the tie for fourth, I flipped a coin. In the case of the tie for sixth, I used an online list randomizer. And, in adding up the votes, choosing less than three comics didn’t make your vote count more. And, if you listed more than three, I only counted the first three you gave. The others are dead to me.)

So, tomorrow, I will be buying the top three books that my shop has — say there are no rack copies of Gothan Academy #2, I would move onto Grayson #4 and so on until I have three new books. I will then write about all three later this week. Maybe in separate posts. Maybe together. We’ll see how I’m feeling.

Thanks for your help!

Reminder: Pick What I Buy on Wednesday

There’s around 26 hours left in the comment-voting to determine which three comics I’ll buy on Wednesday. Head there, see the full details, and leave your comment.

What should I buy on Wednesday November 5?

Next week, my pull list is looking pretty small: Futures End #27 and Miracleman #13. So, I figured I’d take the opportunity to try out two or three new titles and I want you, the readers of Comics Should be Good, to pick them. Starting now, until Tuesday November 4 at 8pm EST, you can leave a comment telling me up to three specific comics coming out on Wednesday November 5 that I should buy (sorry, no trades!). I’ll do my best to get the three comics that get the most votes. Obviously, since I will be going off the rack, the top three may not be available when I go to my shop (so maybe don’t vote for the more obscure stuff on the Diamond list). But, I’ll take a short list and go in order of preference. I will, then, write up some short reviews/thoughts on the new books and we’ll see if anything sticks. The list is below with a few caveats added by some of the titles…

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We Know How You Feel, Mark…

So in today’s Groo vs. Conan #4, the letter column had the following (I did some crude photoshopping to get the end of the letter on to one page, as originally it carried over to the second page)…


Congrats, Travis!

The Case of the Missing Rabbit

I am going to pretend that the absence of David Branstetter’s “Case of the Missing Rabbit” piece in this week’s Line it is Drawn was all part of the plan, so that I could reveal it to you all here now…
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Tea Party: Chapter 2, Page 1

Line it is Drawn artists Thea Sousa and her daughter Amanda are doing a new webcomic with writer Sam Machado. It is called Tea Party and it is about the earliest days of the American Revolution. Click here to read the first chapter/issue. Read on to read the first page of the second chapter/issue (every day this week I’ll feature another page from Chapter 2).
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Heroic Skeletor in “Draped in Goodness”

Brendan Tobin returned to the Line it is Drawn for the first time in a couple of months with a piece that was a bit late for inclusion in the original entry of this week’s “Heroes become villains and Villains become heroes” theme. I’ve edited it into the Line, but I thought it was too neat to pass up giving it a little spotlight.

So here, based on a suggestion by reader B_Granderson, is heroic Skeletor in “Draped in Goodness”
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A Chronological Look at the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History Countdown

My pal Corey Blake sent me a a fun chronological listing of the moments in the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History countdown, if you ever wanted to read the entire countdown in the order that it was released.

You can check it out on Google docs here.

Or here it is a giant image:


R.I.P. Stan Goldberg


The great Stan Goldberg passed away last night.

There are basically two major areas of comic book history where Stan Goldberg’s name will be forever linked. One, he was the main colorist for Marvel in the early days of the Marvel Age. Two, after Dan DeCarlo left Marvel Comics in the 1950s, Stan Goldberg took over most of DeCarlo’s humor titles at Marvel. It was here that Goldberg began drawing in the famed DeCarlo style (which is now known as the Archie house style). Goldberg then followed DeCarlo to Archie. Among the many strong artists of that era who drew in DeCarlo’s style, I feel that Goldberg was the best of the bunch. DeCarlo is DeCarlo, of course, one of the greatest comic book artists of all-time, but Goldberg was excellent in his own right. He had a strong sense of storytelling (which was very important in the Archie Sunday comic strip that he drew for years) and always had a knack for bold figure work that really drew you in as a reader. Goldberg drew the Archie sequences in the classic Archie Meets Punisher comic. After DeCarlo stopped drawing for Archie, Goldberg was the main artist on the flagship Archie comic title throughout most of the 1990s and well into the 2000s, ending his tenure with the famous recent storyline where Archie marries Veronica and Betty in two alternate futures.

My condolences to his friends and family.

Read on for a classic Goldberg story from 1996…
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Amazing Heroes: Daredevil


This is the last 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


When Daredevil first fought crime—he was a man of no words.
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Howard the Duck Legends Revealed

With Howard the Duck #1 released this week, we thought it would make sense to revisit our spotlight of the various installments of Comic Book Legends Revealed that featured Howard over the years.

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CSBG’s Complete Celebration of Batman’s 75th Anniversary!

The last few months we have celebrated the 75th anniversary of Batman with a variety of polls. I thought it would be nice to collect the master lists from each of the polls here for easy access.

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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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