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Comic Book Questions Answered – What Comic First Broke the Internet?

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.

Today we look at a question by CBR’s own Managing Editor, Albert Ching. With the Kim Kardashian nude photo shoot for Paper Magazine working around the theme of “breaking the internet,” Albert wanted to confirm with me what was the first comic that used the idea of breaking the internet as part of the publicity for the book. That is to say, not the first controversial comic book, but the first comic book that used “breaking the internet” as part of the publicity for the comic book. Albert had a comic in mind but wanted to be sure.

So let’s see if the book he had in mind was correct!
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Year of the Artist, Day 317: Joëlle Jones, Part 3: Helheim #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joëlle Jones, and the comic is Helheim #1, which was published by Oni Press and is cover dated March 2013. Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time The Justice League Were a Bit Too Enamored With Zatanna

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 take a look at an odd issue of Justice League of America from 1970 (by Mike Friedrich, Dick Dillin and Joe Giella) where the plot turns on everybody being really, really into Zatanna…
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Year of the Artist, Day 316: Joëlle Jones, Part 2: You Have Killed Me

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joëlle Jones, and the comic is You Have Killed Me, which was published by Oni Press and are cover dated August 2009. Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 111

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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Year of the Artist, Day 315: Joëlle Jones, Part 1: 12 Reasons Why I Love Her

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joëlle Jones, and the comic is 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, which was published by Oni Press and are cover dated October 2006. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 314: Michael Golden, Part 5: Uncanny X-Men #273, X-Men Unlimited #31, and Daredevil #65

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #273, X-Men Unlimited #31, and Daredevil #65, all which were published by Marvel and are cover dated February 1991, April 2001, and November 2004, respectively. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – 10 Women Who Would Kill It As Captain Marvel

Thanks to the She Has No Head! publishing schedule I haven’t really had a chance to express my insane katee-sackhoff-noexcitement here over the Captain Marvel movie announcement. I am, in a word, PUMPED. Pumped that they finally committed, pumpbed that it has a date, and over the moon pumped that they’re calling it Captain Marvel (as it should be). I am extremely disappointed that they didn’t commit to two female led films by also announcing a Black Widow film, but that’s another post for another day. Today we are here to celebrate and what better way to celebrate than with fan castings!

One of the only things the internet seems to collectively agree on is that Katee Sackhoff would make a near perfect Captain Marvel [ed. note: this is hyperbole people - these are the jokes - the internet is clearly in agreement on nothing - it would be literally impossible for all of the internet to agree on something, which seems like it should be obvious. Please take this statement as the hyperbole it is clearly intended to be. As a sidebar, I am sorry that I have to spell this out, but a few freak outs in the comments section over this one line means I must clarify or risk people continuing to miss the forest for the trees...and this is why the world cannot have nice things. Now back to your regularly scheduled program...]

ANYWAY, Sackhoff does feel a bit like no-brainer casting, the kind that has spawned an internet full of Sackhoff as Carol images. And to be clear, I agree. I think she could fill the role very well and she tends to be my default pick. However, Marvel, given their history seems to be interested in more known/bankable stars, and it’s fair to say that Sackhoff has not done much of note (especially when it comes to film) since her star-making turn as Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica (which ended five years ago). So assuming that Marvel is interested in a bigger/more bankable “film star” – and that does seem to be how they’re trending if you look at their casting choices, who might be our other options? Trying to focus (for the most part) on bigger more well names and those with more film experience or more recent break out roles, here are my alternate suggestions starting at 10 and working my way down to my #1 pick!

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Year of the Artist, Day 313: Michael Golden, Part 4: The ‘Nam #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issue is The ‘Nam #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1987. Enjoy!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – The Infinity Gauntlet Can Never Be Used Again! Or Can It?

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 Jack C., we take a look at how the Infinity Gauntlet was taken completely off of the board before it was, well, put back on to the board…
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 26: Futures End #27

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it before, but I’ve always been fascinated with the superheroes who quit and why they would do so. I’ve railed against the endless cycle heroes who, after a time, become responsible for the deaths that their enemies commit despite numerous examples that the ‘don’t kill bad guys’ policy is completely ineffectual. “Sorry, Batman, but the Joker will kill again no matter what and you know that, so…” It’s a fairly common argument and one I won’t bore you with here. But, related to it are the superheroes that give it up. For whatever reason, they decide to stop doing what they do and, as a result, people almost certainly die. While these absences are almost always temporary, there is that middle period where they have given up and I love what it means. Futures End has, in a large part, been about this.

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Year of the Artist, Day 312: Michael Golden, Part 3: Bizarre Adventures #25 and Avengers Annual #10

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issues are Bizarre Adventures #25 and Avengers Annual #10, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated March and [August] 1981. Enjoy!
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A Birthday Flashback Favorites Meme Thing

Because I have a birthday coming up, which is an occasion to look back on all the years leading up to this one, and also because it looked like fun– here is another one of those meme-questionnaire things, this time asking questions about favorite stories. As usual, I have re-purposed it a bit to make it all about comics. Continue Reading »

Drawing Crazy Patterns – Thor Encounters Ragnarok

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This time around, based on a suggestion by Jeff S. (I believe he actually intended it as a question for Comic Book Questions Answered, but I think it works better here), in honor of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok film, let us take a look at all the times that Ragnarok has shown up in Thor comics…
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Year of the Artist, Day 311: Michael Golden, Part 2: The Micronauts #7

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issue is The Micronauts #7, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1979. Enjoy!
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