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Review time! with Shattered with Curve of Horn

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“I travel the world and the seven seas – everybody’s looking for something”
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Year of the Artist, Day 197: Bernard Krigstein, Part 1 – Prize Comics #34

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bernard Krigstein, and the story is an untitled Buck Sanders tale from Prize Comics #34, which was published by Prize Publications, also known as Crestwood Publications, also known as Feature Publications, and is cover dated September 1943. All of the scans in this post and the rest of the series are from Messages in a Bottle: Comic Book Stories by B. Krigstein, which was published by Fantagraphics in 2013. Enjoy!
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Committed: Wolverine Wouldn’t Wax

071614_wolvie2As much as I enjoyed the last X-Men film (Days of Future Past), when Wolverine jumped out of bed in the 1970’s, his entirely hairless body came as something of a shock. Naturally I was happy enough to get a look at Wolverine’s bottom (seems fair, we see enough girl-butt in movies), but I found his complete lack of body hair incongruous, to say the least.

Now first of all, the 1970’s was definitely one of the hairiest aesthetics the world has ever seen. Secondly this is Wolverine we’re talking about, a man who’s mutant healing ability causes his bones to knit and skin to heal in front of our eyes. Does it not also ‘cause his waxed back to immediately regrow as well. Thirdly, most adult men simply don’t bother to wax or shave their bodies, particularly not men like Logan. Continue Reading »

75 Greatest Batman Stories: #40-36

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #40-36!

Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 94

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 196: Rob Liefeld, Part 5 – Hawk & Dove #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 Rob Liefeld, and the issue is Hawk & Dove #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 2011. Enjoy!
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Amazing Heroes: Stardust

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This is the first in a series of essays on the classic characters that are being made into action figures via the Amazing Heroes Kickstarter campaign by Fresh Monkey Fiction. The figures are Stardust, Captain Action, Black Terror, the Golden Age Dare-Devil, Champion of Mars, and Silver Streak. Historian Christopher Irving (Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and Graphic NYC) kicks it off with a look at Fletcher Hanks’ surreal hero Stardust the Super-Wizard. – BC

In the Golden Age of comic book history, when teenagers were scrawling out primitively-drawn comic book heroes for mostly unscrupulous publishers with shady backgrounds and questionable connections, one artist destroyed New York City over, and over, and over…
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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #45-41

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #45-41!

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Jonny Double to Johnny Dynamite

I name two comic book characters. You then have to connect the two using only shared appearances in comic books (official appearances in comics only – no cameos like Terry Austin sneaking Popeye into the background of a panel and no outside comic book appearances, like cartoons and the like). You have to do so using less than six comics total. Covers and pin-ups do not count – only actual appearances in the same comic book story (so it doesn’t count if they each appeared in separate stories inside the same anthology). Mythological characters, public domain characters (other than public domain comic book characters, they’re free game) and real people (by the way, unless a fake name is used for a real person, like Ronald Raygun or whatever, you can use the person even if they are not officially named in the comic) are unique to their own comic book appearances (so DC’s Thor is different than Marvel’s Thor, DC’s Ronald Reagan is different from Marvel’s Ronald Reagan, etc.). But a licensed character is the same in all of their various comic book companies (so the Marvel Red Sonja is the same as the Dynamite Red Sonja) and approved appearances by a real person can go across comic book companies, as well (so, for instance, you can use Marv Wolfman from his Teen Titans appearance to connect with Marv Wolfman in his Fantastic Four appearance – you just can’t use modern appearances by Jack Kirby from one company to connect to Jack Kirby appearances from Marvel Comics, since obviously Kirby can no longer give approval for his appearance). Approval tends to be the key.

Every week, whoever connects the two characters in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next week’s match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for next week). Last time was Pinhead to Faceache. Eric H. was the only one to connect the two in three moves. Here is how Eric connected the two…

NOTE: Before I begin, let me again request that when you folks send in your answers to please include your suggestion for next week if your answer is chosen. Oh, and it would be nice if you demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices. Thanks!

Pinhead was in “Pinhead vs. Marshal Law” #1 with Marshal Law
Marshal Law was in “2000 AD” Prog 1280 with Robot Archie
Robot Archie was in “Albion” #1 with Faceache

Eric’s challenge is…

Jonny Double to Johnny Dynamite

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 comics gets to pick the connection for next time around (I’ll pick a random winner in the event of a tie)!

Remember, only authorized appearances in comic books count (for instance, all the Marvel characters in Savage Dragon/Destroyer Duck do not count)!

NOTE: A reader asked me if a character appears in a comic but as a voice only, does that count? What do you all think? Vote in the comments – I’ll accept whatever the majority says.

Year of the Artist, Day 195: Rob Liefeld, Part 4 – Orion #8

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Rob Liefeld, and the story is “Deadend” in Orion #8, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 2001. Enjoy!
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3 Chicks Review Comics – Episode #066

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Inside this episode! 

So, first up we have a review of Grayson #1 by Tim Seeley, Tom King, Mikel Janin, and Jeromy Cox. Up next is a review of Captain Marvel #5 by Kelly Sue DeConnick, David Lopez, and Lee Loughridge. Following that we have an interview with the wonderful G. Willow Wilson, talking about all things Ms. Marvel. We close with a comics news wrap up and because we love you all very much, a couple dramatic readings.

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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Weekend with the Review Pile, Redux

Just trying to clean up the rest of the stuff from my to-review pile. Post-atomic horror, apes, steampunk cowboy vampires, and a few cats and dogs. No, really.

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Year of the Artist, Day 194: Rob Liefeld, Part 3 – X-Force #4

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Rob Liefeld, and the issue is X-Force #4, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1991. Enjoy!
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75 Greatest Batman Stories: #55-46

In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!

You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #55-46!

Enjoy!
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