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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 104

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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Comic Book Six Degrees: Magnus, Robot Fighter to Robot

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 Storm Shadow to Whisper. Tony F. was one of four people to get it in the maximum six moves. Here is how Tony 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!

Storm Shadow was in G.I. Joe/Transformers (the 2003 Image Comics one) with Optimus Prime
Optimus Prime was in New Avengers/Transformers with Wolverine
Wolverine was in Wolverine/Shi with Shi
Shi was in War of the Independents #1 with Badger
Badger was in Crossroads #2 with Jon Sable
Jon Sable was in Crossroads #1 with Whisper

Tony’s challenge is…

Magnus, Robot Fighter to Robot (from the pages of Invincible)

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 265: Marc Silvestri, Part 4 – X-Men #154

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issue is X-Men #154, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2004. Enjoy!
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When We First Met – The Cast of Gotham

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!

With the debut of Gotham tonight, I thought it’d be nice to spotlight the first comic book appearances of the various cast members on the show…
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75 Most Memorable Moments in Marvel Comics History #75-61

In honor of Marvel’s seventy-fifth anniversary, we’re doing a countdown of the most memorable moments in Marvel Comics history, based on YOUR votes!

Here are the first results of the countdown! Be forewarned, these memorable moments WILL include some spoilers of old famous Marvel stories!

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Year of the Artist, Day 264: Marc Silvestri, Part 3 – Uncanny X-Men #218 and #255 and Cyberforce #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 Marc Silvestri, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #218 and #255 and Cyberforce #1, the first two of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated June 1987 and December 1989, and the third of which was published by Image and is cover dated November 1993. Enjoy!
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Superman’s Parents Seriously Survive the Destruction of Krypton?

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 suggestions by Mac R. and Rob S., we take a look at a Silver Age example of “everything you thought you knew is wrong!” from 1969′s Superboy #158…
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Year of the Artist, Day 263: Marc Silvestri, Part 2 – Web of Spider-Man #22

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the issue is Web of Spider-Man #22, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 1987. Enjoy!
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Knowledge Waits: Every Supervillain Death by the Original Scourge of the Underworld!

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

Today we look at all of the various murders committed by the first Scourge of the Underworld throughout the pages of various Marvel Comics throughout 1985 and 1986!

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Superman Fought…Popeye?!?

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, based on the suggestion of reader Jonathan M., we take a look at the time during the 1970s (and even into the 1980s) where Popeye fought Superman and then actually sort of became a supporting cast member!
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Year of the Artist, Day 262: Marc Silvestri, Part 1 – House of Mystery #292 and King Conan #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marc Silvestri, and the story is “… And Spoil the Child!” in House of Mystery #292 and the issue is King Conan #13, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1981 and the second of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1982. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #489

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-ninth 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-eight. This week, did the U.S. government pay Marvel to do an anti-marijuana Spider-Man story? Why didn’t we get Frank Miller and Roger Stern together on Doctor Strange? And did Mark Gruenwald really regret creating the Scourge of the Underworld?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #207 – What If All TV Shows Starred Superheroes?

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…

Based on an old Axel Medellin suggestion, What if ___ and ____ had a baby? Name two comic book characters and our artists will draw their offspring/gene splicing!

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

Superhero-themed television shows seem to be taking over the airwaves, with a new superhero TV show seemingly announced every week. What if that were the ACTUAL case, though? What if EVERY TV show became superhero-based? Just in time for the new fall TV season, name a TV show that you’d like to see our artists redo as a superhero-themed show. Cast of Big Bang Theory as superheroes, cast of Scandal as superheroes, etc.

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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 19: Futures End #20, Futures End: Justice League #1, and Avengers #35

Comparing Futures End and “Time Runs Out” seems natural. It’s a bit difficult after 20 issues (and numerous one-shots) of the former and only one issue of the latter. You would think, under those circumstances, the future of Futures End would feel more fleshed out and compelling than the brief glimpse we get of Marvel eight months from now. I didn’t find that to be true. Avengers #35 was far more engrossing in the future it presents, how it relates to the ‘present,’ and how well it defines the changes that have happened. It genuinely feels different and new, like the future is supposed to feel. Has Futures End ever felt that way?

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