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Knowledge Waits: 11 Superheroes That Refused Membership in the Avengers

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 eleven superheroes who, at one point or another, refused membership in the Avengers.

Enjoy!
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How Can I Explain? – That Time Spider-Man Skipped the Final Onslaught Battle

This is the debut of a new feature that is a bit tricky. I was originally going to do this as a left unresolved, but then I thought, “It’s really not unresolved. It’s resolved. It just wasn’t explained.” So then I thought, “You know, there are a number of just inexplicable comic book plots out there,” so that’s what this feature will be – spotlights on 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.).

The first one is how Spider-Man skipped out on the final battle during the Onslaught crossover.
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #63 (November 1996)

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Give the people what they want — Witchblade and Gen 13 spinoffs!  Plus, Rob Liefeld is leaving Image, Superman’s getting hitched, and Wizard mocks its readers during the annual Halloween costume contest.  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Past Was Close Behind: Tony Stark’s Age of Ultron Try-Out?

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.

Today, based on another suggestion from reader Mark H., we take a look at an interesting precursor to Tony Stark’s role in the hit film, Age of Ultron (plus a bit of a similarity to the Marvel comic book event, Age of Ultron).
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Our Two-Convention Weekend

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Top Five What If…? Comics That Actually Came True!

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

Over the years, there have been many, many issues of What If…? by Marvel Comics. So many, in fact, that a number of them were bound to eventually happen in the “real” comics. Here, then, are the top five examples of that theme (there are SO many examples that there are tons and tons of honorable mentions, so this is a long one!).
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Was Wolverine Brainwashed Into Joining the X-Men?

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 the surprising way that the story of how Wolverine joined the X-Men was retconned into a story involving BRAINWASHING!
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Provide Some Answers – Who The Heck Freed the Venom Symbiote Way Back When?

This feature is basically a counterpart to our Left Unresolved feature. That feature is for plotlines that were, well, left unresolved. In this one, though, we spotlight examples of long unresolved stories that WERE ultimately resolved by later writers. The only rule is that at least four years have to pass between the plot point being introduced and it being resolved.

Suggested by reader Dave W., this is a very unusual example for this column, since the original question WAS answered back in the day, pretty much. However, the answer that was given wasn’t really all that accepted back in the day and in the years since, it has been answered even FURTHER with new information! So read on to see who freed the Venom symbiote way back in the mid-1980s!
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Comics You Should Own – Swamp Thing #140-171

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I warned you that there would be more Swamp Thing, and here it is!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #571

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-first 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 Batman first introduce the “What If?” comic? Was DC Comics almost re-named Dynamic Comics in the 1980s? And what’s the deal with the “missing” pilot episode of M.A.S.K.?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #286 – Lesser Known DC Rebirth Titles

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…

In honor of DC’s upcoming line of Hanna-Barbera comics, we’ll re-visit an old theme – mash-up and/or team-up comic book characters with Hanna-Barbera characters! Here is a list of Hanna-Barbera characters if you’re unfamiliar with which cartoons they did.

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

In honor of DC Comics’ new Rebirth, come up with a DC character that you’d be surprised to see get their own Rebirth title.

Enjoy!
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Top Five Vision Non-Superhero Outfits

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

In a recent trailer for Captain America: Civil War, viewers were treated to the sight of the Vision rocking a V-neck sweater. That reminded me of how awesome it is to see the Vision sometimes wearing clothes other than his superhero outfit. Here, then, are the top five Vision non-superhero outfits.
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If I Pass This Way Again – Spidey Gets Paid HOW Much For Photographs?

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

We continue with a suggestion from reader Mark H., as we look at exactly how much Spider-Man initially got for his photographs of Spider-Man.
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“I pass boats and the Kingdome …”: It’s all about Emerald City Comic-Con!

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I spent the weekend in Seattle going to the Emerald City Comic-Con, seeing old friends, and generally having a grand time. And now I’m going to write about it!
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Abandoned Love: Didn’t Galactus Vow Never to Attack Earth Again?

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 Fraser, we look at how Galactus went back on his vow from his first appearance to never attack Earth again.
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