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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Scarlet Witch Just Forget That She Had Kids?

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, based on a suggestion by reader Marios (and also commenter Mikhail) we look at what exactly was the deal with the Scarlet Witch’s kids and whether she remembered them or not.
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #68 (April 1997)


Erik Larsen is offending your mother in Savage Dragon, Adam Warren explains manga, the X-Men face “No Exit,” and did Denny O’Neil change comics forever?  All in the Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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House to Astonish Episode 145

Paul and I are back with an hour and twenty of comics chat, with news of the sad and untimely death of Darwyn Cooke; the cancellation of Agent Carter; the renewal of Supergirl; the woes of Marvel’s Most Wanted; a bit of movie chat around Black Panther, Civil War, Suicide Squad and BvS; the end of Darth Vader; the upcoming Section 8 mini; and DC’s anti-sexual harassment measures. We’ve also got reviews of Punisher and Satellite Falling, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is showing real growth potential. All this plus artisanal badger-baiting, the Muppet Babies of Star Trek and a man tap-dancing next to a kitten.

The Punisher #1 Satellite Falling #1

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Happy Marv Wolfman Day!

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Comic Book Questions Answered: Has Iron Man Ever Lifted Thor’s Hammer? Who Else Has Lifted It?

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.

After the piece I did a couple of weeks ago about whether the Hulk has ever lifted Thor’s hammer, reader Darryl M. wrote in to ask:

Okay, so how about Iron Man? Who else HAS lifted it?

The first one is easy. The second one is a lot tougher! But read on for the answers, Darryl!
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Remember to Forget – Captain America Doesn’t Even Know What MySpace Is!

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

Today, we take a look at another odd plot development during Marvel’s Civil War…
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When We First Met – When Did Iron Man and Captain America FIRST Disagree About the Superhuman Registration Act?

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!

Reader Kevin wrote in with a great piece of information that he covered on his own blog last year here. Apparently, Iron Man and Captain America were in conflict with each other over the Superhuman Registration Act for nearly TWO decades before Civil War came out! Read on to see how it all went down!
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R.I.P. Darwyn Cooke, 1962-2016


In case you haven’t seen it yet, Darwyn Cooke died last night at the age of 53. He had been battling cancer and was receiving palliative care, but lost the fight early this morning, according to his family. Cooke was a great artist who did amazing work on a lot of DC’s characters, and his graphic adaptations of Richard Stark’s “Parker” novels are excellent. As the link notes, if you want to make a donation, you can do so to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Hero Initiative.

It’s a sad day for the comics world, but go get your copy of New Frontier or Selina’s Big Score or any of the other superb Cooke comics out there and give them a read and remember what a staggering talent he was. And let’s hope that someday, we can figure out a way to cure cancer. That would be nice.

The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – How Immortus Ruined the Vision and Scarlet Witch’s Lives

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.

My pal Jude was asking me about information regarding Scarlet Witch’s assault on Wonder Man during John Byrne’s Avengers West Coast run, specifically about whether she was being mind-controlled at the time (as he was planning on writing something about it). While looking into it, I was shocked to see that I had forgotten just how many retcons were involved in that storyline! So read on to see how Immortus ruined the Vision and Scarlet Witch’s lives!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #575

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-fifth 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 Spider-Verse really have every Spider-Man in it? Who was the Red Hood during Dan Slott and Ty Templeton’s Batman Adventures? And did SHIELD and Hydra end up fighting against each other in a comic that originally didn’t feature either?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #290 – Superheroes Fighting Other Superheroes

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…

The TV season is slowly ending, so let’s celebrate it by teaming up characters from comic book TV series. Dean Cain Superman racing Grant Gustin Flash. Stuff like that.

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

In honor of Captain America: Civil War, suggest two superheroes that you’d like to see fight each other.

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Abandoned Love: What the Heck Happened to Blade’s Missing Hand?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. 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, based on a suggestion by reader Sinsear, we look at whatever happened to Blade’s missing hand?
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If I Pass This Way Again – The Secret Villain Behind Civil War

Every installment of this feature is about odd plot points that were never notably addressed again after they were first introduced.

Today, we look at the mysterious villain who helped orchestrate the events that led to Marvel’s Civil War.
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Comic Theme Time – Quotes About Love

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.

I’m doing a wedding reading next month and I’m still trying to figure out what to read. As you might know already, one of the “hottest” wedding readings nowadays is the following excerpt from Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit:

“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

So I thought, why not an excerpt from a comic book? But WHAT comic book? Does anyone have a good suggestion for an excerpt from a comic book that is a nice bit about love that would be suitable for a wedding?

I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Captain America Had to Dress Like an Old Lady to Stop the Nazis

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!

Last year, I did an installment about the time that Captain America and Paladin had to infiltrate a group of female villains by pretending to be women (and then almost got turned INTO women by the bad guys!). A bunch of folks said then that I should also feature the FIRST time that Captain America dressed as a woman to save the day. So here we are!
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