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Knowledge Waits: 14 Superheroes That Refused Membership in the Justice League

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, as a companion piece to the similar piece I did on people who turned down membership in the Avengers, we take a look at fourteen superheroes who, at one point or another, refused membership in the Justice League.

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Abandoned Love: HOW Did Batman Get a Son?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we take a look at the changes Grant Morrison had to make in the classic graphic novel, Son of the Demon, to get Batman having a son to work in the then current DC continuity.
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Top Five Most 1990s Superheroes

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

Today’s CBR Managing Editor Albert Ching’s birthday, so I thought I’d do a special top five that I’m sure he’ll appreciate – who is the most 1990s superhero?

Eligibility requirements for being the “most 1990s” superhero are 1. Character must be created in the 1990s and 2. Character must have been a serious creation and not a parody of the 1990s style of character.

Factors taken into consideration on whether said character is “more” 1990s than another: Do they have a mullet? Do they wear a trenchcoat or a jacket of some other kind? Are they any kind of cyborg? Is their codename just two unrelated words mashed together? Do they have claws and/or swords? Is their codename a word spelled incorrectly? Do they have pouches of some kind on their costume? How about shoulder pads? Are they extreme? All of these play a role in determining the most 1990s superheroes.

Read on for the list!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #580

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-ninth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while). This week, in honor of the news that Marvel is re-visiting the Clone Saga with their next big Spider-Man event, The Clone Conspiracy, this week is an all-Clone Saga edition of CBLR! Was the original intent of 1990s Clone Saga to make Spider-Man single again? Was Harry Osborn going to be the mastermind behind the Clone Saga? And finally, did the negative reaction to the Clone Saga change the ending of DC’s Superman event, “Dead Again”?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #295 – Comic Book Revelations More Shocking Than “Cap is a Member of Hydra!”

Welcome to our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from YOUR suggestions!

Go follow Comics Should Be Good on Twitter (if you have Twitter, that is – if you don’t, you can go sign up). Here is our Twitter page… http://twitter.com/csbg. And here are the Comics Should Be Good writers who are on Twitter (the links go to the person’s Twitter account) – myself, Greg Hatcher, Chad Nevett, Kelly Thompson, Bill Reed, Greg Burgas and Sonia Harris

I update the blog’s Twitter account updates whenever a new post is put up on the blog, so it’s an easy way to keep up with the blog. In addition, I post new content on the blog’s Twitter account.

Now on to the bit!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on our Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply) and our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week. Here is an archive of all the previous editions of The Line It Is Drawn!

To qualify, you have to be following us when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 3pm Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

With Marvel doing Civil War II currently and the now-announced Clone Conspiracy storyline, suggest a famous comic book storyline that you’d like to see a sequel to

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

Come up with a revelation more dramatic than Captain America being revealed as a Hydra double agent all along!

Enjoy!
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How Can I Explain? – No One Can Pick Up a Phone to Figure Out That the X-Men Aren’t Actually Dead?

This is the latest in a feature that spotlights unexplained comic book plot points (unexplained in the comics themselves, of course, as quite often there are outside explanations, like “the artist made a mistake,” etc.).

Based on some discussion about Cyclops’ love life the other day, let’s look at the bizarre way that the X-Men kept operating in the open without finding out that their teammates they thought were dead were not dead and vice versa…
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Three!

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One is the loneliest number this week, as one shalt be the number of DC Rebirth titles thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be one. It’s better than next week, I suppose, when there are none. Let’s get to it!
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Comic Book Questions Answered: Why Was Steve Ditko’s Name Excised From the Amazing Spider-Man Letters Page When He Left the Book?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Cass S. did a notable thing – he wrote in with a question and then he answered it himself before I could even answer it! I like the moxie, Cass!

Cass’ question was why, exactly, Steve Ditko’s name was excised from the letters column of Amazing Spider-Man when he left Marvel. Read on for the ostensible answer!
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Top Five Times Thor Encountered Ragnarok

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

With more and more info coming out about next year’s Thor: Ragnarok, I figured it would be fun to count down the top five times that Thor encountered Ragnarok (the so-called “Twilight of the God”) in the comics.

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 194

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 193

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #74 (October 1997)

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Why did Wizard want Deadpool to take things more seriously?  Which long-running Wizard feature says farewell this issue?  And will Heroes Return enable characters like the Avengers to stay in the spotlight?

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Comic Book Questions Answered: What, Exactly, Did Mephisto’s Spell in One More Day Do?

A few months back, I answered a question about who still knows Spider-Man’s secret identity in the Marvel Universe. During the discussion, it was evident that not a lot of folks knew what, exactly, happened as a result of Mephisto’s spell (or whatever you want to call it) in One More Day that took away Spider-Man’s marriage. Did it bring Harry Osborn back, as well? Did it hide Spider-Man’s secret identity? Did it bring back Aunt May’s house in Queens? I’ll answer it all here…
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Cyclops Ditched His Wife and Kid, But Don’t Worry, It’s Totally His Wife’s Fault

In this feature we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An’ Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we look at how the X-Writers tried to use retcons to help write-off and/or mitigate Cyclops’s behavior regarding him ditching his wife and newborn son to get check out his returned from the dead ex-girlfriend.
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Happy Mark Evanier Day!

The Bill Finger Award recipients were just announced for this year: Elliott Maggin and Richard Hughes. Both very worthy, no question. And both writers who have been largely and unfairly overlooked for an amazing body of work, which is the point of the award. Let me just say right up front that I do not for a moment suggest that there is any reason these two, or in fact any recipient of this award, shouldn’t be getting it.

Nevertheless, there’s a guy who deserves one of his own, and he probably never will get it… because he’s one of the folks who administrates the Finger Award and I suspect he’s too modest to accept one, plus it would look like a fix. Which is a shame.

But it’s typical. Mark Evanier spends so much time making sure we appreciate other great talents in comics, and is such a faithful historian and archivist of other people’s comics and animation work, that I think we forget how much amazing work he does himself. Continue Reading »

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