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Knowledge Waits: Original Designs for the All-New, All-Different X-Men

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at the original designs for the All-New, All-Different X-Men by John Romita and Dave Cockrum.
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Knowledge Waits : Batman Travels To Each State in the United States

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today, in honor of Independence Day in the United States, we take a look at Batman’s visits to each and every one of the 50 States in the Union over the last 75 years!
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Knowledge Waits: Curt Swan’s Superman Faces Design Sheet

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we look at a pair of design sheets by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan that were used to show other Superman artists how to draw Superman’s face in various emotional states.
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Knowledge Waits: The History of Trans Characters at DC and Marvel Comics

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

The other day, I had a TV Legends Revealed about a remarkable composer who transitioned during the early 1970s and continued her successful career doing music for television. Coupled with the news about Caitlyn Jenner, I thought it’d be interesting to look at how trans characters have been handled by DC and Marvel over the years. I chose “The Big Two,” specifically, because while there have certainly been a number of excellent independent comic works featuring trans characters over the years (Alison Bechdel, in particular, did some groundbreaking work with trans characters in Dykes to Watch Out For), I am a bit more interested in seeing how “mainstream” comics have handled trans characters over the years.

I’m going to avoid accidental gender-switched characters or body sharing stuff. No offense to fans of Wanda Langowski, but I’d like to keep this to characters who were assigned the wrong gender at birth and then chose to live their life as their true self, not people who were accidentally switched genders as part of a spell or whatever (now if they were switched in a spell that they themselves intentionally cast, that’d be a different thing, we are talking comics here, after all, a certain amount of fantasy is to be expected!).
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Knowledge Waits: Every Marvel Assistant Editor’s Month Comic

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

With David Letterman retiring a few days ago, there were a lot of features written about Avengers #239, the issue where the Avengers go on Late Night with David Letterman (I wrote about that issue a few years ago). That issue was part of a famous Marvel Comics “event” of late 1983, where the conceit is that all of the issues that month were edited by the assistant editors since all of the editors were away at the San Diego Comic Convention. aem With their bosses away, the assistants then allowed either funny or out of the ordinary stories to be printed that month (I am not even sure if the assistants actually DID edit the comics, but I suspect that they did). Here we will detail what each Marvel Comic title did that month. Note that there were two types of Assistant Editor’s Month comics that month (cover date of January 1984), comics with the logo for the event (those books tended to be goofier) and comics without the logo (where the assistant editor aspect of the comic was downplayed, often just having one silly page in the issue, or sometimes not even that!).

Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: The Possible Hints Over the Years That Iceman Is Gay

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

One of the interesting aspects of young Iceman coming out in the most recent issue of All-New X-Men (and from the sound of Brian Michael Bendis’ discussions of the topic, it sure sounds like adult Iceman will be catching up with him, as well) is the notion that Iceman being gay is something supported in past comics. Bendis noted to CBR:

CBR: This story isn’t something that’s coming out of the blue, either. Over the years there’s been a lot of hints that Bobby might not be entirely honest with himself about his sexuality.

Bendis: Yes! That’s the funniest conversation online. We have some people going, “What on Earth are you talking about? Where did this come from?” Then there are other people who weren’t surprised at all. Already on Tumblr, and I’m not going to repost them until later in the week, people have posted a road map of panels of things that Bobby has done over the last 50 years that prove the point that I thought was obvious, and many others did too.

Bendis is correct that “Iceman is gay” is something that has come up a whole lot over the years with X-Men fans. So what’s this road map that Bendis is referring to? I don’t know what he’s specifically referring to, but I know what what most of the signs people refer to when they argue that Bobby Drake is closeted. So let’s take a look at them.
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Knowledge Waits: Fifty Shades of Spider-Man

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

When Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson in 1987, the Spider-Man titles followed that story up with the classic Kraven’s Last Hunt and then followed THAT up with the less classic Life in the Mad Dog Ward. So it wasn’t until the books cover dated January 1988 that the Spider-titles really started dealing with the newlywed couple and a big part of the early treatment of the marriage was through Peter and Mary Jane’s sex life, presumably to highlight that these were still young, happy-go-lucky kids and not a boring married couple. Still, whatever the reason, it ended up being an interesting time in the Spider-books where every other issue for a couple of months seemed to involve Peter and Mary Jane pursuing different sexual situations, some kinkier than others. Here are some of them…

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Knowledge Waits: Comic Book Appearances by Every U.S. President Since the Golden Age

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today, in honor of Presidents Day, I will share one comic book appearance by every U.S. President since the start of the Golden Age of Comics, essentially eighty years of comics. Here’s the (slight) twist, though – I’ll only be using examples that came out when that president was in office.

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Knowledge Waits: Every Supervillain Death by the Original Scourge of the Underworld!

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we look at all of the various murders committed by the first Scourge of the Underworld throughout the pages of various Marvel Comics throughout 1985 and 1986!

Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: A Reader Poll About the Greatest Challenges Captain America and America Would Face During the 1980s

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we look at a poll that Roger Stern did in Captain America as 1980 began, asking readers what they felt that Captain America’s biggest challengs would be during the 1980s as well as what the biggest challenges that America itself would face during the decade.

Read on for the results!
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Knowledge Waits: 1984 Pronunciation Guide for Marvel Comics Writers and Artists

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Back in 1984, Marvel Age had a pronunciation guide for various Marvel artists and writers at the time (at least those with tricky names).

A lot of them are still working today and the ones that aren’t are still useful to know (like John Buscema).

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Knowledge Waits: Mark Gruenwald’s Early Preview of Star Wars

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Mark Gruenwald attended Big Comicon Creation Convention in November of 1976 and he did a write-up on the con for the January 1977 issue of Comics Journal (#32, to be precise).

In his write-up, the future Marvel editor had a fascinating section on the then-upcoming Star Wars film.

Read on to see what Gruenwald had to say!
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Knowledge Waits: Jack Kirby’s Original Design of the Sentinels

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

With the recent reveal of what the Sentinels will look like in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past film, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at Jack Kirby’s original design for the Sentinels from FOOM #10…
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Knowledge Waits: Wally Wood’s Design Sheets for Daredevil

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This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Today we take a look at the design sheets that Wally Wood made up for Daredevil during his short-lived stint on the title in late 1964. Wood totally re-designed Daredevil’s costume, giving him the classic red outfit that Daredevil has worn pretty much ever since. So around this time, Wood drew a series of design sheets for how to draw Daredevil, Matt Murdock, Karen Page, Foggy Nelson and Daredevil’s cane. An old issue of FOOM reprinted them and I’m now sharing them with you all.

Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: The Mad Covers of Sergio Aragones!

This is the first of a new feature that is basically just comic book facts that interest me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

This past week saw the latest issue of Mad magazine (#522), which had a cover by the legendary Sergio Aragones. Did you know, though, that despite working for Mad for over FIFTY years, this is only the THIRD cover that Aragones has ever done for the magazine proper (not counting specials or other one-shots)? Obviously, it is not THAT weird when you think about it, as Mad has had a certain amount of “regular” cover artists, so the fact that Aragones did not get the chance too often is not that surprising, but that it only happened on THREE issues still surprised me when Mad’s Ryan Flanders told me about it the other week.

Read on to see Aragones’ three Mad covers!
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