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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 155

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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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2015

Is Travis back? Find out below! (Hint: This is far later than I would have liked, so odds are good it’s because of Travis!!!!!)
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What I bought – 9 September 2015


“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

He turned.

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.” (John Fowles, from The Magus)
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – Did Deadpool Create Venom?

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 a bunch of suggestions, we take a look at whether Deadpool helped create Venom!
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The Wrong Side: Gambit vs. Gladiator

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 from reader David A., we take a look at whether using “the whole deck” would really make a difference against the Imperial Guard member, Gladiator…
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Déjà Vu on the Night of the Stalker


It’s probably my favorite Batman story of all time… well, okay, tied for first with “The Laughing Fish” and “Half an Evil.” Continue Reading »

Left Unresolved – What the Heck Was the “Prize” That the Upstarts Were Playing For?

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

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Jesse, we take a look at how the group of X-Men villains, the Upstarts, and their sick “game” (which involved killing lots of mutants) and how it sort of fizzled out there in the end without ever actually being resolved, including what precisely was the “prize” that they were fighting over…
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When We First Met – Who Was the First Superhero to Die in the Line of Duty?

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!

Today, based on a request by a few different readers over the years, we take a look at the first comic book superhero to die in the line of duty…
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Death is Not the End – How Did Dr. Octopus and Hammerhead Survive Being Ground Zero at a Nuclear Explosion?

This is the first installment in a new feature spotlighting the outlandish explanations for comic book characters (mostly super-villains) surviving seeming certain death.

We begin with a follow-up to today’s “Why Did Doctor Octopus Try to Marry Aunt May?” post, namely “How the heck did Doctor Octopus and Hammerhead survive being ground zero at a nuclear explosion?”
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Abandoned Love: So Who Exactly is the Sea Hag’s Son?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. 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.

This is a special guest star edition of Abandoned Love. Noted Popeye expert Fred Grandinetti contributed this piece about the strange history of how the popular Popeye villain, the Sea Hag, has oddly ended up with a few different sons over the run of the series. Be sure to check out Fred’s cool Drawing With Fred show (and, of course, his many books about Popeye, like “Popeye: An Illustrated History of E.C. Segar’s Character in Print, Radio, Television, and Film Appearances 1929-1993″. – BC
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #540

Welcome to the five hundred and fortieth 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, what was the strange origin of Spider-Man’s first Clone Saga? What was Juggernaut’s bizarre original look? And why did Todd McFarlane change the name of his toy line?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #257 – Superhero Horror Tribute to Wes Craven

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…

It’s time for the 2015 Update to the Super Dictionary! Suggest a word and a superhero (or villain) and our artists will produce a new addition to the Super Dictionary!

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

In honor of Wes Craven, who passed away this week, mash-up comic book characters with Wes Craven films. Here is a Wes Craven filmography if you’ve somehow never seen a movie and do not know who Wes Craven is.

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And Of Course – So WHY Does Doctor Octopus Want to Marry Aunt May?

In this feature I spotlight particularly outlandish/convoluted comic book plot resolutions.

Today we look at one of Doctor Octopus’ oddest plans, where he decided to marry Aunt May to gain certain things she didn’t know she had.
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1987 And All That: Silver Surfer #1-6

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.

37379_20060912133556_largeSilver Surfer #1-6 (Marvel) by Steve Englehart, Marshall Rogers, Joe Rubinstein, John Workman

I love Silver Surfer, but I haven’t read all that many stories in which he was the star. I never followed his title when it was current, and only obtained the 1987 issues a few years ago at a Black Friday sale. I did read his origin story as a kid though, and ever since I have been drawn to the idea of a man riding through the universe, out in the open, tapping into untold cosmic power. It’s a nice raw superhero concept that won me over immediately and stuck around even without a big library of Surfer-centric comicbooks.

What luck then, that Steve Englehart and company seem to have targeted the beginning of their run at just such a reader as me. The series plays up Silver Surfer’s space-traveling, ultra-powerful aspects, but is also a deliberate exploration of who he is as a man, a hero, and a character. I suppose my view of the Surfer will now be forever shaded by Englehart & co’s version, but so much of it was in line with what I’d imagined and hoped for already that I doubt anything significant has shifted.
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Review time! with Return to Rander: The Lone Savior


“Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it’s not for days and the people I meet always go their separate ways; sometimes you tell the day by the bottle that you drink, and times when you’re alone all you do is think”
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