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Comic Book Questions Answered: What, Exactly, Did Mephisto’s Spell in One More Day Do?

A few months back, I answered a question about who still knows Spider-Man’s secret identity in the Marvel Universe. During the discussion, it was evident that not a lot of folks knew what, exactly, happened as a result of Mephisto’s spell (or whatever you want to call it) in One More Day that took away Spider-Man’s marriage. Did it bring Harry Osborn back, as well? Did it hide Spider-Man’s secret identity? Did it bring back Aunt May’s house in Queens? I’ll answer it all here…
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Cyclops Ditched His Wife and Kid, But Don’t Worry, It’s Totally His Wife’s Fault

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 how the X-Writers tried to use retcons to help write-off and/or mitigate Cyclops’s behavior regarding him ditching his wife and newborn son to get check out his returned from the dead ex-girlfriend.
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Happy Mark Evanier Day!

The Bill Finger Award recipients were just announced for this year: Elliott Maggin and Richard Hughes. Both very worthy, no question. And both writers who have been largely and unfairly overlooked for an amazing body of work, which is the point of the award. Let me just say right up front that I do not for a moment suggest that there is any reason these two, or in fact any recipient of this award, shouldn’t be getting it.

Nevertheless, there’s a guy who deserves one of his own, and he probably never will get it… because he’s one of the folks who administrates the Finger Award and I suspect he’s too modest to accept one, plus it would look like a fix. Which is a shame.

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Top Five Wolverine/Jean Grey Moments

Here is an archive of all the past top five lists I’ve done over the years.

The friendship/flirtation between Wolverine and Jean Grey was so strong that it made its way into multiple X-Men films. Here, we’ll look at the top five moments between the two. Note that I’m excluding the current “Jean Grey from the past” from the list, as she’s pretty much her own character. I’m mostly excluding alternate universe stories, but I make a couple of notable exceptions.

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Abandoned Love: Wait, HE Was Going to Be the Third Summers Brother?!

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without retconnng away the previous story. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. 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 who the original third Summers brother was going to be.
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week Two!

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It’s the second week of DC‘s latest Great Rebirthening, and if you thought I was going to bail on these posts after one week of fairly mediocre comics, you thought wrong! I have store credit and I’m not afraid to use it, so let’s check out the shiny new books that DC unleashed upon us this week!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #579

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-ninth 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 Lee Bermejo’s Joker based on Heath Ledger or not? Did Grant Morrison almost create a FEMALE Doctor Who? And what was the original pitch for Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #294 – Lesser Known Four Horsemen of Apocalypse

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 for the next Line is…

Come up with a revelation more dramatic than Captain America being revealed as a Hydra double agent all along!

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

In honor of X-Men: Apocalypse, pick four comic book characters that you’d like to see our artists draw as the four horseman (you can suggest who’s death/famine/pestilence/war if you’d like, or just let our artists make the picks)

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Comic Book Questions Answered: Have Daredevil and She-Hulk Ever Faced Each Other in Court?

Reader Lee D. wrote in to ask:

I’ve got a question for your “Comic Book Questions Answered” column: Has Matt
Murdock ever faced She-Hulk in court?

Read on for the answer, Lee!
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The gloriously insane hot mess that is Wacky Raceland #1


Run, don’t walk, to your favorite neighborhood comics shoppe and get a copy of Wacky Raceland #1. Or, if you’re a godawful Millennial (you young’uns with your complicated hair and your fancy vests), download it onto your phone so you have to squint to read it. What’s wrong with you people? What the hell is wrong with good old-fashioned paper, which is how Ike read a comic, damn it! However you read it, you must read it. It’s just that important!!!!
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Left Unresolved – Did Spider-Man Ever Get That Favor Loki Owed Him?

In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

This week, we take a look at the infamous favor that Loki still owes Spider-Man apparently!
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Comics You Should Own – Terminal City


Where the grass is definitely not green (because there’s no grass to be found!), but the girls are pretty!
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Remember to Forget – That Time Professor X Would Have Made a Move On Jean Grey if Not For His Wheelchair

In this series we spotlight comic book stories that are likely best left forgotten. Here is an archive of past installments.

I have another column called “If I Pass This Way Again,” which is about plot points that were introduced once and then never addressed again. You would THINK that this one would qualify, but it does not. Today we look at the time that Professor Xavier was going to totally make a move on Jean Grey, except that he was her leader and he was in a wheelchair.
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #72 (August 1997)


Batman gains a new look, the X-Men gain two members, and Deadpool gains a conscience, all in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Yesterday in Olympia

The week before is invariably an ordeal, but the Olympia Comics Festival is worth it. It has become the high point of the year for both Cartooning and Young Authors. Continue Reading »


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