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How Has There Never Been a Spider-Man Story About Alice Tucker or Peter Doman?

Spider-Man has been around for over fifty years. As a result, his older stories have been sort of picked clean by writers looking for new meat for stories. So while I say this with tongue somewhat in cheek, I honestly am slightly surprised that a 1981 Annual that introduced a bunch of former students of Peter Parkers in high school haven’t been minded for any stories since…
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The Punisher in “Hostess Schmostess”

Brendan Tobin was late for this past week’s The Line it is Drawn Hostess Ad week, but I couldn’t not post his awesome piece, so here it is, based on a suggestion by BigBearSpeaks
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Review time! with Credence


“A mother screams and a baby cries, the memory gone before the blood has dried; a needle pricks the conscience to help it fade away”
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 146

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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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 145

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: Mike W. Barr to Greg Rucka

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 Flint Henry to Henry Flint. Matt L. was one of six people who connected the two in four moves. Matt was the randomly selected winner. Here is how Matt connected the two:

Flint Henry penciled Grimjack #81 with John Ostrander
John Ostrander wrote Rai and the Future Force #10 with Sean Chen
Sean Chen penciled Nova Vol.4 #1 with Dan Abnett
Dan Abnett wrote Death’s Head II #16 with Henry Flint

Matt’s challenge is…

Mike W. Barr to Greg Rucka


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)!

Comic Book Questions Answered – Why Weren’t the X-Men in Infinity Gauntlet?

Comic Book Questions Answered – where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Jazzbo wrote in to ask:

Was there a reason why the X-Men weren’t a part of the original Infinity Gauntlet series? Other than Wolverine and a brief cameo by Cyclops in one issue, no other X-characters are a part of the story, which seems like a strange choice as this was the height of popularity for those characters.I would assume there was some sort of editorial reason why they weren’t involved, although I guess it could just be that Starlin doesn’t like those characters? Anyway, I couldn’t find anything online about it. Thanks.

Read on for the answer!
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The Wrong Side: Hobgoblin vs. Four Foreigner Agents

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!

This week, based on a suggestion by Andy N., we take a look at a fight so controversial that it was eventually retconned!

I just noticed that Andy N. also suggested this week’s Drawing Crazy Patterns. Funny coincidence!
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Housebound Weekend In The Stacks

My various social media feeds are blowing up with news from all fronts; the outpouring of promotional clips and announcements from Comic-Con International, and closer to home, a bunch of hilarious party photos and such from Donna Barr and Roberta Gregory and others at the Clallam Bay Comic-Con out on the Olympic Peninsula.

Well, we’re not at San Diego this weekend, or even at Clallam Bay. Or at any of the half-dozen other local events we were thinking of dropping in on this weekend. Between the unscheduled Portland trip a couple of weeks ago and then the car suddenly sputtering out on us again, our recreational outings have been severely curtailed for the time being.

So I might as well get caught up with some quick capsule reviews of the books and comics that have been piling up here at home. Join me, won’t you? Continue Reading »

Drawing Crazy Patterns – The Justice League’s Headquarters Is Destroyed!

In this feature, I spotlight five scenes/moments from within comic book stories that fit under a specific theme (basically, stuff that happens frequently in comics). Here is an archive of all the patterns we’ve spotlighted so far.

This week, based on a suggestion from reader Andy N., we take a look at the Justice League of America’s headquarters being destroyed!
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When We First Met – When Did Wonder Woman First Fly?

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!

Reader Frank A. wrote in to ask when did Wonder Woman first gain the ability to fly?
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the chemical box // notes on Elektra Lives Again

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The chemical box was a podcast between Joey Aulisio and myself. It took us four years to record 25 episodes.

With that track record, we can’t begin this column by promising anything, really. No set schedule. No overall mission. Joey and I just work in a way that’s momentary, grabbing what we can when we can. The spontaneity is energetic, but admittedly it makes for limited workflow. You may get more of the chemical box here, in this form, but who’s to say? You may never hear from us again.

For now, just take the time and read these notes on Frank Miller’s Elektra Lives Again, and see this as a singular piece of content produced because the time felt right.  Continue Reading »

Comic Book Legends Revealed #531

Welcome to the five hundred and thirty-first 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, did Frank Miller want to make a creative personnel change in the middle of The Dark Knight Returns? Was Walter Simonson given approval of using Mister Fantastic and Invisible Woman in his Avengers run only to have that approval rescinded as soon as he began using them? And do we know of twenty-five “lucky” fans who tore a page out of Action Comics #1?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #248 – Modern Day Superhero Hostess Comic Book Ads

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…

If Ant-Man can have his own movie starring Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, what Marvel character COULDN’T? Name a lesser-known Marvel character that you’d like to see get their own movie, along with who you’d like to see star as that character!

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

Name a comic book character and our artists will draw a modern day Hostess Pie ad for them!

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Top Five Most Awkward Aunt May Moments

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

As the comics world reacts to the news of the casting for the new Aunt May in the Spider-Man films, I thought it would be fun to spotlight the top five most awkward Aunt May comic book moments (only the “regular” Marvel Universe, so no What If..?s, alternate universe Aunt Mays or Ultimate Aunt May)!

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