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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 173

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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Thoughts on Steve Rogers’ Return as Captain America

Tonight, Marvel announced that Steve Rogers is returning as Captain America soon in his own new series, Steve Rogers: Captain America. So, let’s process the news!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Glorious Debut of…Capwolf!

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!

I don’t recall offhand, but I suspect that SOMEone must have suggested I feature this one over the years. Feel free to write in to take credit for suggesting it (although, come on, it was always going to eventually show up). Anyhow, today we look at the glorious debut of…Cap-Wolf!

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The Dark Knight Dialogues 001: The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

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The Dark Knight Dialogues 001: The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #38 (October 1994)

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What insane marketing hook did Marvel initially use for the Age of Apocalypse?  How did the average Person on the Street react to Wizard’s Bad Girls survey?  Why would anyone ask John Byrne about his breakfast?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Cross-Hatchings for January 2016

Just stuff. A little of this and a little of that. Nothing this week rated a full column on its own but I did get a couple of review items, and found some interesting old stuff as well. Indie superhero comics from Australia, The X-Files, Hard Case Crime… and me and my students did a fun author signing. All awaits you below the fold. Continue Reading »

House to Astonish Episode 141

We’re back for a new year in the tried and tested House to Astonish style (by which I mean “recorded with sound errors” – for some reason the laptop didn’t pick up the mic so the show recorded using the internal mic on the Macbook, which means a slightly echoey experience that long-time listeners will remember from our first year). We’ve got a good bit of chat about Civil War II, the newly-announced Poe Dameron ongoing, the all-new Wasp, Netflix’s potential Punisher series, titbits of info on the Wonder Woman movie and the creative team change on A-Force. We’re also casting a critical eye over the December sales charts, reviewing Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion and Spider-Man/Deadpool and the _fficial Ha_db_ _k _f the _fficial Ha_db_ _k _f the Marvel Universe. All this plus Barney Stinson: Hitler’s Wingman, a ham & egg breakfast and the Green Lantern Corps Rotary Club AGM.

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As usual, we want to know what you think of the things we’re talking about, including (but not limited to):

  • Where do you want to see Marvel take the Star Wars line next?
  • What low-selling titles do you think more people would enjoy if they gave them a shot?
  • What other Marvel characters should get their own Netflix shows?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 141 – All This and Civil War II by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments below, on Twitter, via email or on our Facebook fan page. And remember, there are super-awesome House to Astonish t-shirts on sale at our Redbubble store, and they really suit you.

2015 Top 100 Marvel Characters 100-1

You asked for it, and now you’ve got it! Yesterday and today, I’ll reveal the rest of the Top 100 for the DC and Marvel Characters Countdown votes. No write-ups, just the results, 10 characters per page (plus I’ll re-post the links to the top 50 on the final page). DC Comics characters yesterday, Marvel Comics characters today!

Enjoy!
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Marvel’s Strange Celebration of the First Martin Luther King Day

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

Today, we take a look at the odd way that Marvel handled the first year that Martin Luther King Day was celebrated as a federal holiday…
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2015 Top 100 DC Characters 100-1

You asked for it, and now you’ve got it! Today and tomorrow, I’ll reveal the rest of the Top 100 for the DC and Marvel Characters Countdown votes. No write-ups, just the results, 10 characters per page (plus I’ll re-post the links to the top 50 on the final page). DC Comics characters today, Marvel Comics characters tomorrow!

Enjoy!
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Abandoned Love: So Is Sabretooth Wolverine’s Dad or What?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. 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.

Inspired by a few commenters (namely Laurence S. and Gokitalo) who noted some lines of dialogue alluding to this storyline during my spotlight on the bizarrely awesome Elsie Dee, I figured I’d feature this unique edition of Abandoned Love, in the sense that technically, the same writer who abandons the plot is the same writer who INTRODUCED the plot, but in this instance, the introduction of the plot was in response to a longstanding belief among fans (and, at one point in time, the intention of Sabretooth’s creators, Chris Claremont and John Byrne) that Sabretooth was Wolverine’s father,,,
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #558

Welcome to the five hundred and fifty-eighth 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 Marvel’s classic 1980s Squadron Supreme series a mini-series because DC threatened to sue if it became an ongoing? Did Stan Lee really have Dan Adkins swipe Steve Ditko panels for Adkins’ Doctor Strange run? And did Harlan Ellison and John Romita Jr. nearly do a Doctor Strange series together?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #273 – Heavy Metal Week!

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…

In honor of the passing of David Bowie, the theme is, you know, David Bowie. Mash comic characters with Bowie, illustrate his song lyrics with comic book characters, have comic book characters appear in Bowie music videos, Bowie album covers, comic book characters as Bowie movie characters, whatever strikes your fancy!

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

In honor of the passing of Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead, it’s a heavy metal week! Either team-up or mash-up a notable heavy metal band with comic book characters!

Enjoy!
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Abandoned Love: Black Cat’s Short Memory When It Comes to Venom and Carnage

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. 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.

Based on a suggestion from reader John C., we look at how Black Cat had a bizarrely short memory when it came to Venom and Carnage…
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