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Year of the Artist, Day 327: Erik Larsen, Part 4 – Amazing Spider-Man #335


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Amazing Spider-Man #335 (plus a few cameos from other issues), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1990. Enjoy!
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When We First Met – Every Incarnation of Ultron!

In this feature we spotlight the various characters, phrases, objects or events that eventually became notable parts of comic lore. Not major stuff like “the first appearance of Superman,” but rather, “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!

With the hype for the new Avengers film, Age of Ultron, still so strong, I thought it’d be a good idea to take a look at the introductions of each incarnation of Ultron so far (this is basically a visual counterpiece to this loooong history of Ultron I did for the main site last month)…
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Year of the Artist, Day 326: Erik Larsen, Part 3 – Doom Patrol #8 and #13


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issues are Doom Patrol #8 and 13, which were published by DC and are cover dated May and October 1988. Enjoy!
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Sucksgiving Day Soundtrack

Yesterday was so miserable and unpleasant I was feeling like that Joe Bftsplk guy in Li’l Abner that had the rain cloud over him all the time.

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Poohdickery for 11/22/14

Writer Don Ferguson and artist Richard Moore did a syndicated Winnie the Pooh comic strip for ten years that still gets reprinted today. One of the notable aspects of the strip is how Winnie the Pooh and his friends often act a lot less nice than they do in their animated appearances. In this feature, I’ll post one of these examples each installment.

Read on for today’s example of Poohdickery (tip of the hat to commenter John for the name)…
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Year of the Artist, Day 325: Erik Larsen, Part 2 – Teen Titans Spotlight #10 plus a short web-slinging bonus!


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Teen Titans Spotlight #10, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1987. But before we get to that, I want to show a few scans from Amazing Spider-Man #287, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1987. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #498

Welcome to the four hundred and ninety-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and ninety-seven. As I mentioned last week, I’m in Paris this week doing a Comic Book Legends Revealed exhibit at the Paris Comics Expo, so I thought it’d be fun to tie in this week’s legends with the Paris Comics Expo. Therefore, each legend this week will be tied in to an artist appearing at the show! How did the size of Batman’s gun lead to Alan Davis quitting Detective Comics? Did Elliot S! Maggin get fired from DC over Superman’s appearance in Loeb and Sale’s Challengers of the Unknown series? And how do we owe MySpace for seeing Adi Granov’s artist vision on the Iron Man films?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #216 – Breaking the Internet!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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…

True Rock and Roll Superheroes! Pick four or five superheroes and our artists will draw them as a rock band. The superheroes don’t have to have any prior connection! NOTE: These suggestions will appear in two weeks.

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

In honor of “Breaking the Internet” becoming a big thing this week, come up with a comic book plot twist that would “break the internet.” The Joker becomes the new Batman, Norman Osborn marries a resurrected Gwen Stacy, stuff like that. It’s basically another “Dramatic Revelations” week, if you want to go that route.

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Year of the Artist, Day 324: Erik Larsen, Part 1 – Faze One Fazers #4


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Faze One Fazers #4, which was published by AC Comics and is cover dated 1986. Enjoy!
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Foggy Ruins of Time – John Byrne’s Inspiration for Wolverine


This is the latest in a series giving you the cultural context behind certain comic book characters/behaviors. You know, the sort of then-topical references that have faded into the “foggy ruins of time.” To wit, twenty years from now, a college senior watching episodes of Seinfeld will likely miss a lot of the then-topical pop culture humor (like the very specific references in “The Understudy” to the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding scandal). Here is an archive of all the Foggy Ruins of Time installments so far.

Today, we take a look at the not-so-well-known actor who was the inspiration for John Byrne’s take on Wolverine…
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1987 And All That: Blue Beetle #8-19

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

BlueBeetle1Blue Beetle #8-19 (DC) by Len Wein, Joey Cavalieri (#12), R.J.M. Lofficer (#14-15, 17-19), Paris Cullins (#8-9, 11-14, 17-18), Chuck Patton (#10), Ross Andru (#15-16, 19), Dell Barras (#8-15), Danny Bulanadi (#16-17, 19), Carl Gafford (#8), Gene D’Angelo (#9-19), John Costanza, Karen Berger (#8-13), Denny O’Neil (#14-19)

To be a superhero requires a certain amount of optimism. It’s not just about having power, but also about believing that you can use that power to make an actual difference. It’s about picking the good side in the never-ending good-vs.-evil conflict that rages within and around us all, and convincing yourself and the world that you’re contributing something, that you’re genuinely helping your side win in the short- and/or long-term. I suppose this requires some level of ego/arrogance, too, and probably more than a little delusion. The titular star of Blue Beetle certainly possesses both of those traits, but it is the aforementioned optimism that shines through most brightly with that character and the series as a whole. Ted Kord earnestly, enthusiastically does good for it’s own sake, and seems to find that it is it’s own reward, too. His life is full of other rewards— money, status, romance, an entire corporation to run—but his superheroics are what take precedence and usurp most of his time, because that’s what most interests and satisfies him. It even, at times, gets in the way of his other obligations, but ultimately Kord chooses over and over to put his Blue Beetle activities first since he thinks of them as the most important, valuable work he does. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 323: Nick Dragotta, Part 5 – East of West #4


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is East of West #4, which was published by Image and is cover dated July 2013. Enjoy!
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Committed: “The Dark Knight Strikes Again” 12 Years Later

111914_dk2_amazonRecently I had to take a look at The Dark Knight Strikes Again and it surprised me. It looked pretty good, had some funny, energetic treatments of old characters and an engaging story arc. I particularly enjoyed the variety of techniques used in the coloring, which heavily supplemented the mood and dynamism of the book.

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Helping Some Folks in Need

Two friends of Comics Should Be Good need a little help and I figured that it was worth mentioning it here in case anyone was willing/able to give them some assistance.

First up, Seth Kushner, who you might know best from his brilliant photographs for the Graphic NYC comic book interview project with Christopher Irving. Seth was diagnosed with Myeloid Acute Leukemia with a FLT 3 mutation in April. He received a bone marrow transplant and had returned home but sadly last month he had a relapse. He is back in the hospital. Since he has been unable to work, his family could use some help and they have a GoFundMe page up here.

Next is Robot 6 writer Corey Blake, whose wife has been dealing with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 2002 and lupus since 2010. The second diagnosis led to his wife having to leaver her full-time job and so naturally the two have been struggling since then financially. They’re basically looking to their friends and family to see if they can get a little bit of a break. They have a CrowdRise page here.

Anything can help them. Hell, just five bucks would help, if it comes from enough of you! If you can’t/don’t want to help, that’s fine, too!

Year of the Artist, Day 322: Nick Dragotta, Part 4 – Vengeance #2


Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is Vengeance #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 2011. These scans are from the hardcover collection, which came out in February 2012. Enjoy!
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