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Remember to Forget – That Time Cyclops Ditched His Wife and Newborn for His Ex-Girlfriend

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

About a month ago, I talked about one of my problems with the original idea behind X-Factor, that the original X-Men deciding to become mutant hunters and thus make mutants more of a feared minority was an oddly bad idea for them to think made sense. At the time, I mentioned that I would eventually do a follow-up on the other major problem from the early days of X-Factor, and here is that follow-up – how X-Factor was built, in part, on the idea that Cyclops would ditch his wife and newborn son at the first chance he got to hook up with his thought-to-be dead girlfriend, Jean Grey…
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Comic Book Legends Revealed Addendum: Alex Ross’ Original Iron Man Design!

In this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed, I discussed how Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross did a pitch for the Iron Man ongoing series before they worked together on Marvels. Later, when Busiek relaunched the Iron Man ongoing series following Heroes Reborn, he ended up using Ross’ design for the Iron Man armor. Well, reader Dave Plunkert wrote in and shared with me a copy of Ross’ original armor design that he purchased years ago. Read on to see Ross’ original design for Iron Man’s armor!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #578

Welcome to the five hundred and seventy-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, did Fredric Wertham really claim that Batman and Robin were gay? Did Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross try to take over Iron Man before doing Marvels together? And was Captain America already set to relaunch as part of Heroes Reborn before Mark Waid and Ron Garney’s run even began?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #293 – TV Superhero Team-Ups!

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 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)

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

The TV season just ended, so let’s celebrate it by teaming up characters from comic book TV series. Dean Cain Superman racing Grant Gustin Flash. Stuff like that.

Enjoy!
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Rearranging the deck chairs: DC Rebirth titles, Week One!

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Much like I did with the “New 52,” I’m using my store credit to check out the “DC Rebirth” titles. As they’re being released on a staggered schedule instead all in one month, I figured I’ll do them week-by-week rather than all at once. But after one week, will I really feel like getting the rest? Let’s find out!
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Knowledge Waits: How to Pronounce the Name of Thor’s Hammer Plus Other Tricky Comic Book Pronunciations

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Reader Cardell G. wanted to know how to pronounce the name of Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir. So I figured I’d answer that question and tackle a bunch of other tricky comic book pronunciations!
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Left Unresolved – Why Did Jean Grey and Psylocke Switch Powers?

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

Today, we look into why Jean Grey and Psylocke switched powers.
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Reason to be Excited – Javier Garron’s Artwork

In this feature I spotlight things from comics (presumably recent comics, but who knows, I might go into the past, as well) that I think are worth getting excited about.

Today we look at the art of Javier Garron.
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Adventure(s) Time – A Face Only a Mother Could Love (Except…)

 

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Welcome to the second installment of Adventure(s) Time, where I examine a classic episode of Batman: The Animated Series, and an issue of its comic tie-in, Batman Adventures, that shares a similar theme.

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Top Five Age of Apocalypse Characters

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

The Age of Apocalypse was a famous X-Men crossover based on the somewhat basic principle of “What if Charles Xavier was killed years before he was able to form the X-Men? With the major ramifications being his friend, Magneto, formed the X-Men instead in honor of Xavier and the battle where Xavier died also woke Apocalypse up before the world had superheroes, so Apocalypse has conquered most of the world.” Therefore, since everyone grew up in a world conquered by Apocalypse, the characters were all drastically changed, personality-wise (some a lot more than others). Some of the end results were very cool characters. Here, then, are the top five Age of Apocalypse characters!
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Abandoned Love: Remember When Psylocke Had Magic Ninja Powers?

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 the odd point in Psylocke’s career where she had magic ninja powers (plus a magic facial tattoo, to boot!)…
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The Day Captain America Betrayed Me

I had another appreciation column lined up but with the news this week, I just had to get this off my chest. Never, ever, have I felt so cheated and upset over a comic book as I did when I got to the last page of that issue of Captain America. Continue Reading »

Remember to Forget – That Time Psylocke Was Sexually Assaulted by Her Brother’s “Evil Twin”

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

Today, we take a look at a weird plotline from the second volume of Captain Britain’s UK series…
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Left Unresolved – What’s the Deal With Apocalypse and the Celestials?

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

Today, we look into what, exactly, was the deal with Apocalypse and the Celestials?
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