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The Wrong Side: Ant-Man and the Wasp vs. the Absorbing Man and Titania

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, in honor of the Ant-Man film, I’m doing two Wrong Side editions this weekend. One yesterday and one today. Today, we look at Ant-Man (Scott Lang) and the Wasp defeating Absorbing Man and Titania!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Hank Pym’s Dead Wife Is Alive! Oh Wait, Never Mind.

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, in honor of Ant-Man, we take a look at the return of Hank Pym’s wife from the dead…until, wait, never mind that wasn’t her.
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Help Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger: The Ongoing Series Become a Reality!

Jamal Igle is doing a Kickstarter for a Molly Danger ongoing series. I’ve pledged to it, you should, too! It’s a fun series! Check out his campaign here.

Two Invitations For Today and Tomorrow- UPDATED!

Two cool things you can do… today’s is for anyone in the world, tomorrow’s is for Pacific Northwest types. Continue Reading »

Foggy Ruins of Time – Which Silver Age Marvel Villain Was Named After a Dirty Limerick?

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, based on a suggestion by David M., we look at the notable Marvel Silver Age supervillain invented by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby whose name is a reference to a dirty limerick!
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The Wrong Side: Hank Pym vs. Wasp

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, in honor of the Ant-Man film, I’m doing two Wrong Side editions this weekend. One today and one tomorrow. Today, we look at the example of Hank Pym defeating Wasp in West Coast Avengers Annual #2…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #532

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-second 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, was Wolverine about to be written out of the X-Men when John Byrne took over the book? Did Walter Simonson create his Surtur Sage over a decade before becoming the writer on Thor? And did an artist quickly put out a comic book to keep a cartoon company from stealing his idea?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #249 – Lesser Known Marvel Movies

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…

Crossed over crossovers! Name a famous comic book storyline and then name a comic book character from a different comic book company to star in that famous storyline! Darkseid in Infinity Gauntlet, Daredevil in Knightfall, stuff like that.

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

If Ant-Man can have his own movie starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, what Marvel character COULDN’T? Name a lesser-known Marvel character that you’d like to see get their own movie, along with who you’d like to see star as that character!

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Ten Goofiest Moments in the First Ten Ant-Man Comic Book Stories

In this feature, I spotlight the goofiest moments from specific batches of comic book stories. With the Ant-Man movie coming out, I thought it’d make sense to combine two separate bits on the first five Ant-Man stories and then next five Ant-Man stories into one bit on the ten goofiest moments from the first ten Ant-Man stories! The stories are Tales to Astonish #35-40, written by the brothers Lieber (Stan Lee plotted all ten comics, Larry Lieber scripted the first nine) and Ernest Hart (script for #44) and drawn by Jack Kirby (pencils on #35-40, 44), Dick Ayers (inks on #35-39), Don Heck (pencils and inks on #41-43, inks on #44) and Sol Brodsky (inks on #40)…

As always, this is all in good fun. I don’t mean any of this as a serious criticism of the comics in question. Not only were these writers certainly never imagining people still reading these comics decades after they were written, great comics often have goofy moments (Kirby/Lee’s Fantastic Four is one of the best comic book runs of all-time and there were TONS of goofy stuff in those 100 plus issues!).
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1987 And All That: 3-D Three Stooges #3

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.

StoogesCover3-D Three Stooges #3 (Eclipse) by Norman Maurer (and possibly others, see below)

I was pretty excited going into 3-D Stooges #3 to see what kind of fun Three Stooges gags might be pulled in a 3-D comicbook. It feels like an opportunity to really go nuts with the medium, because the Stooges’ comedy is so physical, and the 3-D gimmick potentially allows for enhanced physicality within the comic. The illusion of depth and motion should be able to add a lot, and I was hoping for things like pies that seem like they’re flying right at my face, or fingers threatening to poke me in the eyes, or even just the joy of seeing one Stooge hurt another from a weird, funny angle or perspective. Instead, this is a comic that’s 3-D for no reason, that takes basically no advantage of the one thing that could set it apart. Every panel has 3-D elements, but none of them do anything with that except to have some characters seem like they’re standing behind others, and to just generally mess with the reader’s eyes and make it hard to focus or follow the story. There’s some solid humor in here, but none of it comes from the 3-D or is even heightened because of it. Between that disappointment and a certain amount of editorial sloppiness, reading this comic is a more difficult, slow-going task than it ought to be based on the story content. It’s a collection of extra-lightweight comedic narratives held down by the weight of many creative missteps. Continue Reading »

House to Astonish Episode 134

Paul and I are back after a slightly unusually long break, with a massive run-through of the All-New All-Different Marvel books, the announcements out of Image Expo, DC’s Convergence tie-in launches, Vertigo’s new slate, IDW’s surprising licensed launches and the return of Tokypop. We’ve also got reviews of Archie, The Spire and Dungeon Fun, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is lovely jubbly. All this plus Little Nico in Slumberland, Belfast’s most bangin’ DJ and the gentle caress of a brick to the face.


As usual, we want to know what you thought of the things we’ve discussed on the show, including (but not limited to):

  • Should Vertigo be revisiting the hits of its past, even if those series were originally finite stories?
  • Does Archie still have a place with today’s young audiences?
  • What has you most excited – Marvel’s All-New, All-Different books, or the Image Expo announcements?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 134 – Nuts Flava by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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When We First Met – When Did Uncle Ben First Say “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility?”


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!

Today we look at the first time that Uncle Ben was given credit for telling Peter Parker that “with great power comes great responsibility.”
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How Has There Never Been a Spider-Man Story About Alice Tucker or Peter Doman?

Spider-Man has been around for over fifty years. As a result, his older stories have been sort of picked clean by writers looking for new meat for stories. So while I say this with tongue somewhat in cheek, I honestly am slightly surprised that a 1981 Annual that introduced a bunch of former students of Peter Parkers in high school haven’t been minded for any stories since…
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The Punisher in “Hostess Schmostess”

Brendan Tobin was late for this past week’s The Line it is Drawn Hostess Ad week, but I couldn’t not post his awesome piece, so here it is, based on a suggestion by BigBearSpeaks
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Review time! with Credence


“A mother screams and a baby cries, the memory gone before the blood has dried; a needle pricks the conscience to help it fade away”
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