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Comic Book Six Degrees: Storm Shadow to Whisper

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Secret to Slimer. Eric H. was one of three people to get it in four moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

The Secret was in “Young Justice: Sins of Youth” #1 with Batman
Batman was in “Batman/Danger Girl” with Abbey Chase
Abbey Chase was in “Infestation 2″ #2 with Britt
Britt was in “Ghostbusters: Infestation” #2 with Slimer

Eric’s challenge is…

Storm Shadow to Whisper

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 comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

Year of the Artist, Day 251: Brendan McCarthy, Part 5 – The Zaucer of Zilk #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 Brendan McCarthy, and the issue is The Zaucer of Zilk #1, which was published by IDW and is cover dated October 2012 (although it was originally serialized in 2000AD in March, April, and May of 2012). Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #070

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Inside this episode! 

We begin with a review of the brand new Jen Van Meter penned The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1 from Valiant with art by Roberto de la Torre. colors by David Baron, and a gorgeous cover by Travel Foreman. Following that we have an interview with the delightful Jen Van Meter to talk about Dr. Mirage, Hopeless Savages, Kickstarter Campaigns and everything else we can think of. Sue and I were both actually pretty under the weather this weekend so we ended up skipping a hot topic section, but tune in next week and we’ll try to do an extra special one to make up for it.

3 Chicks Review Comics is a podcast featuring female comics lovers and bloggers. Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass and Kelly Thompson from She Has No Head! Tune in to CSBG every other Monday at noon as we review comics and discuss hot topics of the week. In addition to the blogs above, you can also follow us all on twitter as well: Kelly and Sue.  Special thanks to Caanan Grall for our incredible 3 Chicks Logo and to Nik Furious for our awesome 3 Chicks theme song.

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage 1 Cover

Year of the Artist, Day 250: Brendan McCarthy, Part 4 – Revolver #1-6 (or Rogan Gosh)

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the comic is Rogan Gosh, which was serialized in Revolver #1-6, which was published by Fleetway and is cover dated July – December 1990. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So WHEN Did Thor First Meet Hercules?

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 take a look at the surprisingly complex history of when, exactly, Thor first met Hercules.
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Three Days in the Hospital… on the Final Frontier

I jinxed us, clearly, when I grumped about August last week. Because September gave us quite a kick in the slats right out of the gate as well. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 249: Brendan McCarthy, Part 3 – A1 #1 and Skin

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Brendan McCarthy, and the comics are “The Hollow Circus” in A1 #1, which was published by Atomeka Press and is cover dated 1989, and Skin, which was published by Tundra and is cover dated 1992. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy! (There’s some Not Safe For Work stuff below the cut, just so you know.)
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Year of the Artist, Day 248: Brendan McCarthy, Part 2 – Paradax! #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 Brendan McCarthy, and the issue is Paradax! #1, which was published by Vortex Comics and is cover dated April 1987. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #487

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-seventh 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 eighty-six. This week, was the Batman villain Anarky originally created to become the new Robin? Did Jack Kirby not know what color the Thing was going to be? And finally, did Iron Man really make an oddly sexual proposition to Captian America in a 1974 Cap issue?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #205 – What if Male Superheroes Had “Sexy” Variant Covers?

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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…

Comic Book Character Spokespersons! You simply pick a product and the comic book character you’d like to see as a spokesperson for that product. Green Lantern/Energizer Bunny, Flash/Nike, Spider-Man/Papermate Erasers, you get the drift

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

With all of the hubbub over the Milo Manera Spider-Woman variant cover, let’s do similar covers starring male comic book characters. So suggest a male superhero and our artists will draw an equivalent “sexy” variant cover featuring that character.

Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 17: Futures End #18, Futures End: Green Arrow #1, Futures End: Aquaman #1, and Futures End: Earth 2 #1

The first issue of Futures End ended with the death of Green Arrow and, aside from the funeral in the second issue and the two parts of Firestorm dealing with the fallout of not being there to save him, it’s completely faded from the book. It wasn’t until last week when Emiko mentioned the death of her brother to Barda that it really returned in any way. It’s been the sleeper plot of the book, there from the beginning, but never spoken of. I’ve been waiting to address it, figuring that the release of Futures End: Green Arrow #1 would be a good chance if the series proper hadn’t already done so… and who knew that the timing of that one-shot and the weekly series would be so good?

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Year of the Artist, Day 247: Brendan McCarthy, Part 1 – The Electric Hoax and Vanguard Illustrated #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 Brendan McCarthy, and the comics are The Electric Hoax, which was published in Sounds in 1978 and “Freakwave: A Stranger in Paradise” in Vanguard Illustrated #1, which was published by Pacific Comics and is cover dated November 1983. These scans are from The Best of Milligan and McCarthy, which was published by Dark Horse in 2013. Enjoy!
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Vote for the 75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History!

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Marvel Comics, we’re doing a poll where you folks get to decide what you think are the 75 most memorable moments in the history of Marvel Comics!

You folks all vote in the comments section here up until 11:59 Pacific time, September 18th. I’ll tabulate all the votes and I’ll begin a countdown of the top 75 beginning September 22nd (or thereabouts).

Okay, here are the guidelines!
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Year of the Artist, Day 246: Jason Copland, Part 5 – POP #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 Jason Copland, and the comic is POP #1, which was published by Dark Horse and is cover dated August 2014. It’s so new, I guess I have to throw a SPOILER alert into the mix! Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Archie Meets the Punisher!

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, in honor of the late Stan Goldberg, we take a look at one of the most famous comics he drew, the famed Archie Meets the Punisher crossover comic book from 20 years ago!
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