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Foundationed Deep – With Those Haircuts, Sandman and Norman Osborn MUST Be Related, Right?

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at particular odd/strange/interesting instances of retroactively connecting different comic book characters (for instance, Uncanny X-Men #268 retroactively established that Wolverine knew both Captain America and the Black Widow from World War II). Here is an archive of all of the past pieces.

Today, based on a suggestion by John Trumbull, we take a look at the connection between Sandman and Norman Osborn, or rather, their hairstyles…
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Year of the Artist, Day 310: Michael Golden, Part 1: Batman #295 and Batman Family #16

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issues are Batman #295 and “Bull’s-Eye for Murder” in Batman Family #16, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated January and March 1978, respectively. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Silverblade #1-4

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Silverblade1Silverblade #1-4 (DC) by Cary Bates, Gene Colan, Klaus Johnson (#1), Steve Mitchell (#2-4), Joe Orlando, Gaspar, and Denny O’Neil

First of all, I do I realize that I’m reviewing only the first third of a 12-issue series, and that as such, my impressions of the book may be incomplete or skewed. For anyone who may think this is dumb/pointless, I don’t necessarily disagree, but the arbitrary rules I set for myself when I began this project were to read only comics with a 1987 cover date, and to select what I read largely at random, based on whatever I happen to come across or already own from that year. I’ve managed to stick to those rules so far, and I will continue even if it means reading only part of a whole. In the case of Silverblade, I picked it because I saw an ad for it in some other DC comic that I reviewed for this site before (I don’t remember which one…it may even have been more than one) and it looked interesting and weird so I figured I’d give it a go. I did no in-depth research, just went online and quickly figured out which issues were dated 1987, then ordered them right away. I legitimately have not read beyond issue #4 yet, because I don’t own anything past that point, since I only bought the ’87 issues to start. I will most likely end up getting the rest of the series eventually, partly because of being a completist, but mostly because this comic was every bit as bizarre and baffling as I’d hoped, and now I need to see where it all ends up. Before I do that for myself, though, let’s talk about these opening four chapters and how, despite a few big missteps, they manage to be a charmingly insane and delightfully horrifying start to this story.

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Year of the Artist, Day 309: Mark Texeira, Part 5 – Moon Knight #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issue is Moon Knight #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 2008. Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – That Time Spider-Man Fought…a Wall?

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 Chris R., we take a look at the time when Spider-Man fought a wall, a wall created by none other than Joss Whedon’s father, Tom Whedon!
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Committed: The Henry & Glenn Exhibition

P1120767bWhile I was at APE I missed the opening of a very interesting exhibition of art from indie comic book Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever at Los Angeles pop surrealism art gallery La Luz de Jesus. However, on Sunday I was able to attend the closing of the exhibition to take photos and speak to creator Tom Neely about the art, the book, and his work. (Please click on the photographs to see larger versions.)

Sonia Harris: When did you first create Henry and Glenn Forever and Ever? What inspired you?

Tom Neely: Henry & Glenn originally fell out of Gin Stevens beer bottle at a meeting of my art fraternity Igloo Tornado one night while we were having drinks and doodling on napkins at the Bigfoot Lodge. Somewhere around 2005, I think. It was just a silly idea that we started doodling together and we eventually made a little xeroxed zine of it – like 150 copies or so – and it just took off from there. Pretty soon we got an offer to turn it into a book from Microcosm and since the release of that version of Henry & Glenn Forever it has spread like a cult hit throughout the punk/metal/zine world. Continue Reading »

What I Will Be Buying Tomorrow

The votes are in and here is the top ten comics for me to try tomorrow as selected by you:

1. TOOTH & CLAW #1: 15 votes
2. GOTHAM ACADEMY #2: 11 votes
3. BIRTHRIGHT #2: 10 votes
4. GRAYSON #4: 9 votes
5. ROCKET RACCOON #5: 9 votes
6. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9: 6 votes
7. ETERNAL WARRIOR DAYS OF STEEL #1: 6 votes
8. ALL NEW X-FACTOR #16: 6 votes
9. SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #7: 5 votes
10. BATMAN ETERNAL #31: 4 votes

(In the case of the tie for fourth, I flipped a coin. In the case of the tie for sixth, I used an online list randomizer. And, in adding up the votes, choosing less than three comics didn’t make your vote count more. And, if you listed more than three, I only counted the first three you gave. The others are dead to me.)

So, tomorrow, I will be buying the top three books that my shop has — say there are no rack copies of Gothan Academy #2, I would move onto Grayson #4 and so on until I have three new books. I will then write about all three later this week. Maybe in separate posts. Maybe together. We’ll see how I’m feeling.

Thanks for your help!

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 110

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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Year of the Artist, Day 308: Mark Texeira, Part 4 – Black Panther #2

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issue is Black Panther #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1998. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 2001. Enjoy!
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Reminder: Pick What I Buy on Wednesday

There’s around 26 hours left in the comment-voting to determine which three comics I’ll buy on Wednesday. Head there, see the full details, and leave your comment.

Year of the Artist, Day 307: Mark Texeira, Part 3 – Megalith #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 Mark Texeira, and the issue is Megalith #1, which was published by Continuity and is cover dated 1989. Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #074 – The Phil Noto Interview

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We begin with a review of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Saga #24, last issue before the hiatus (and triumphant return again in 2015). We’ve also got a review of Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising #29. Next up we have an interview this week with the lovely and talented Phil Noto. Phil dishes on all things Black Widow, talks process, his forthcoming Marvel “snapshot” variant covers which came about thanks to his excellent tumblr Your Nice New Outfit, and gets geeky with us on favorite characters (I find a way to talk about Rogue, because I will ALWAYS find a way!) Sue and I also talk about the big Marvel Film announcements – most notably of course – Captain Marvel and after we’re done gushing about how excited we are about that we get into the continued nonsense that is a lack of a Black Widow movie. We also talk a bit about developments on the forthcoming Supergirl, and I get borderline inconsolable about the cancellation of She-Hulk. Enjoy!

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.

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Year of the Artist, Day 306: Mark Texeira, Part 2 – Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issues are Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated February 1985 and October 1986, respectively. Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 25: Futures End #26

This has been a year of considering the same things over and over again. I first did it with my in-depth examination of Age of Ultron #10. Now, I’ve fallen into that habit here every week, examining the same ideas again and again and again as they pop every week in Futures End and Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers titles. I’ve been doing it elsewhere in my life as well. It’s rewarding to continually find new things in the same. But, I want to try something different this week: a close reading of Futures End #26, where we’ll go scene-by-scene and see what’s there. Maybe I’ll just wind up repeating the same old ideas anyway. Who knows.

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Comic Book Questions Answered – Why Aren’t There Any Marvel Comics on The Big Bang Theory?

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.

Today we look at a question by reader C.M.Griffin about the reasoning behind Marvel Comics not appearing on The Big Bang Theory.

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