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DCYou and You, Week Four

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After a big week 3, this week DC only released three of the DCYou books. That seems like poor planning. They couldn’t have held a few from last week for this week? Oh well – let’s check them out!
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The Wrong Side: Catwoman vs. Prometheus

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, oddly enough, we feature the fight that I got the most suggestions for. It’s honestly not one that would normally occur to me, but hey, if enough of you want to see it, I’ll feature it! So here is Catwoman’s whipping of Prometheus…
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The Past Was Close Behind: “We’ll Never Forget You Supergirl…Until We All Forget You Right Away.”

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Based on a suggestion by reader Austin B., we take a look at everyone talking about how they will never forget Supergirl and her sacrifice in Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Jerry Ordway)…
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Top Five Best Superhero Origins

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

The best superhero origins become almost icons themselves. You can identify them with very little information. Here are what I think are the top five best ones…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #529

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-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, did the screenplay for never-produced Superman V become Superman: The Earth Stealers? Did Kurt Busiek almost have a series at DC Comics that ended up being hurt by Busiek getting TOO good of an artist for the series? And finally, did Steve Englehart take a West Coast Avengers story and make it a Fantastic Four story instead?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #246 – Superhero Fight Club!

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 is…

Name a comic book character and our artists will draw a modern day Hostess Pie ad for them!

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

Comic book fight club! Pick any two comic book characters and our artists will draw them fighting. Superman vs. Scott Pilgrim. Calvin and Hobbes vs. Kick Ass and Hit-Girl. And so on and so forth.

Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Jimmy Olsen Had to Make Superman Cry to Gain Super Powers

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 look at the time Jimmy Olsen needed Superman to cry for Jimmy to gain some super powers…
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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Realistic Versions of Saturday Morning Cartoons!

In this feature, I share with you comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

Today we look at a bunch of Saturday morning cartoon characters making cameos in comics in more “realistic” versions, most notably by John Byrne in a special issue of Sensational She-Hulk!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 143

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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Review time! with Jem and the Holograms #4

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Why yes, I do keep reviewing these the day before they come out. That’s because the awesome Kelly Thompson keeps sending them to me! We won’t stop until everyone is buying Jem and Kelly can take over the world!!!!!
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Comic Theme Time – What’s the Weirdest Origin for a Character’s Name?

Comic Theme Time is a twist on the idea of a “Top Five” list. Instead of me stating a topic and then listing my top five choices in that topic, I’m giving you the topic and letting you go wild with examples that you think fit the theme.

Today, I did a Music Legends Revealed about the unlikely source of the name Mony in the hit song, “Mony Mony.” This made me think about comic book names and some of the odd origins some names have, like the Atom being named after a science fiction editor who was also a little person named Ray Palmer or the Rainbow Raider being named after the mnemonic device for remembering the colors of the rainbow (ROY G BIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet).

What other good examples can you think of?

DCYou and You, Week Three

Big week for DC this time around – third weeks always seem to be huge – but were the comics any good? Go below the cut … if you dare!
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The Wrong Side: Spider-Man vs. Graviton

In this feature, I examine comic book fights that were particularly notable in the wrong side winning (or at least that the fight wasn’t won the “right” way). This really isn’t a big deal, of course, as it doesn’t really matter if the “wrong” person won a fight. But it’s fun to talk about!

If you want to suggest a fight for future inclusion in this feature, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t suggest a fight in the comments!

This week, based on a suggestion by reader Michael F., we look at the time that Spider-Man one-punched a guy who took on an entire team of Avengers…
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When We First Met – When Did Bruce Wayne Become a BILLIONAIRE Playboy?

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore, like the first time someone said, “Avengers Assemble!” or the first appearance of Batman’s giant penny or the first appearance of Alfred Pennyworth or the first time Spider-Man’s face was shown half-Spidey/half-Peter. Stuff like that. Here is an archive of all the When We First Met features so far! Check ‘em out!

Readers Alex J. and Tim H. both e-mailed me the same question recently, namely when did Bruce Wayne move from MILLIONAIRE to BILLIONAIRE? I figured I’d just go through all of those debuts (millionaire, billionaire and even the first time he was referred to as a playboy)!
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Saturday In the Overcrowded Batcave

Why do so many people think Batman should become a franchise?

I don’t mean in the real world. I understand why DC Comics has always published a bunch of Batman comics. No, I mean in Gotham City. Continue Reading »

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