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25 Greatest Valiant Comics Stories #15-6

In honor of Valiant’s 25th Anniversary, we’re counting down your picks for the twenty-five greatest Valiant Comics stories.

You all voted, now here are the results!

Enjoy!

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Cover Theme Game for 5/13

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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Help Support Molly Danger Volume 2!

Jamal Igle used Kickstarter a few years back to launch Molly Danger Volume 1. It was a great book (I reviewed it here), but for whatever reason, Volume 2’s funding is not going as well (I pledged!), so if you’re interested in seeing Molly Danger Volume 2 come out (and you should be), go check out Igle’s Kickstarter for the book here.

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 137

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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25 Greatest Valiant Comics Stories #25-16

In honor of Valiant’s 25th Anniversary, we’re counting down your picks for the twenty-five greatest Valiant Comics stories.

You all voted, now here are the results!

Enjoy!

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Comic Book Six Degrees – Michael Chabon to Stephen King

As suggested by Jenos Idanian #13, the idea behind this game is to connect two comic creators to each other through artists/writers that they have jointly worked together with, in as few links as possible.

For instance, take connecting John Byrne and John Buscema.

Byrne drew Captain America with writer Roger Stern
Roger Stern wrote Avengers with artist John Buscema.

That’s a simple one, but presumably there are more difficult ones out there.

I’ll try to keep the ground rules brief.
1. We’re only using writers and pencilers for this game. No offense to inkers, colorists and letterers, but it makes this too easy if we count them.
2. Plotting counts as writing and breakdowns/layouts count for penciling. Finishes SHOULD count, but I’m not counting them for the same basic reason of #1.
3. Alterations by another penciler don’t count as a connection to the first penciler. Basically, you’re never going to connect an artist with another artist. You can connect writers with each other, though, if they co-wrote (or plotted/scripted) a story. And obviously if an artist wrote a story, you can connect an artist with another artist in that fashion (like John Byrne can connect with Jerry Ordway from Byrne writing stories Ordway penciled).
4. Only comic book stories count. No pin-ups.
5. If a comic story contains multiple writers and artists, it’s up to you to prove that the given writer actually wrote the page in the comic that the artist drew.

Every installment, whoever connects the two creators in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match.

NOTE: When you folks send in your answers, please include your suggestion for the next match in the event that your answer is chosen. And demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices within six moves. Thanks!

Last week’s match-up was Jim Steranko to Frank Miller. Five people were able to connect them in three. I randomly selected Freedy J. as the winner. Here is how he connected them:

Jim Steranko (art, plot) worked with Roy Thomas (script) on Strange Tales #154
Roy Thomas (writing) worked with Todd McFarlane (art) on Infinity, Inc. #14
Todd McFarlane (art) with with Frank Miller (writing) on Spawn #11

Freedy’s challenge is…

Michael Chabon to Stephen King

E-mail me your answers at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Do NOT post your answers in the comments section!

Whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of creators gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Review time! with The Wizard

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Hey, it’s another comic I received in the mail! As always, I love getting these and giving them some publicity, so let’s check it out!
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She Has No Head! – Strong Female Characters

Diana1Every once in a while I write a post just so I can use a comprehensive link in discussions rather than explaining myself over and over again. “No, it’s not equal” was born of this. Our issue today is not nearly as complex, nuanced, or far reaching as the subject of that post, but people misunderstanding the phrase “strong female characters” intentionally or innocently, and sometimes I just can’t tell which, is something that has been irritating me for a good long time.

Most of you probably don’t need this tutorial – everything I’m going to say here is honestly pretty basic and obvious (and I am by no means the first – or will be the last – to say it) but a surprising number of people still don’t get it. Since there ARE people that don’t get it, and still others who don’t get it to the tune that they think that writing “strong female characters” is indeed shorthand for tough badasses and that they’re doing “good work” by writing those one note characters, or by vilifying the idea of the “strong female character”…we’ll here’s my mini tutorial, rant, whatever you wanna call it. Enjoy.

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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Why Was Quicksilver Such a Crazy Supervillain During the 1980s?

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 reason behind Quicksilver’s dramatic heel turn in the 1980s (commenter Omar Karindu suggested I feature this, but I was already planning to do it, but he didn’t know that, so he should still get credit!)…
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Saturday’s Hit Parade

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Foundationed Deep – With Those Haircuts, Magneto and Quicksilver MUST Be Related, Right?

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today, we take a look at the hair-based connection between Magneto and Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch…
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The Wrong Side: Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) vs. Iron Man

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!

For the latest fight, we take a look at Iron Man’s battle against Monica Rambeau back when she was Captain Marvel.
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What I bought – 6 May 2015

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She took off her shoes. “My husband said he married me because he thought my feet beautiful. Did you ever hear of such a thing?”

I said to her, “I have heard of a man who married a girl because he heard her laugh beneath his window. And I have heard of a man who married a girl because she could dance a jig on a dinner plate and not break the plate and she was not a small girl. I know a man in County Monaghan who married a girl because she could not pronounce the letter r and he found that charming.” (Frank Delaney, from Ireland)
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #522

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-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, why did Nightwing and Oracle get engaged? What was the strange reason behind the Flash being called Flush Man in Argentina? Finally, did classic cartoonist Winsor McCay help inspire the United States to go to war with Germany with a famous animated film?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #239 – Marvel Crossover Mash-Ups in Honor of Secret Wars!

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…

Based on a suggestion by Merk, mash-up a famous rock star with a comic book superhero. Mick Jagger and the Hulk, for instance.

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

In honor of Secret Wars #1 out next week, mash-up two famous Marvel storylines. So, for instance, Planet Hulk and Planet of the Symbiotes becomes Planet of the Hulk Symbiotes. Feel free to just write, say, Armor Wars + Age of Apocalypse, Ultron Unlimited + Clone Saga, etc.

Enjoy!
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