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Year of the Artist, Day 221: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 5 – Rocketeer Adventures (volume 2) #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 Bill Sienkiewicz, and the story is “The Ducketeer” in Rocketeer Adventures (volume 2) #1, which was published by IDW and is cover dated March 2012. Enjoy!
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Saturday’s Reflex Reaction

My friend Mike Gillis at Radio Vs. The Martians dared me to write this one. So blame him. Continue Reading »

I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The Time a Guy Used the Powers of a Grumpy Orange Cat to Seduce a Beguiling Neighbor Lady

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’s story is presented to you by Jacque Nodell of Sequential Crush.

Hey y’all! Jacque here. If you are familiar with my blog, Sequential Crush, you know that I specialize in all things romance comics from the 1960s and ’70s — sometimes serious, sometimes a little bit on the kooky side. Today’s story is definitely one of the stranger romances. Join me as we take a look at how a plaid pants wearin’ guy used his grumpy orange cat to seduce his beguiling neighbor in “The Green-Eyed Monster” from Falling in Love #130 (March 1972). Credits for art here are a little murky, but I definitely see Tony DeZuniga (of Jonah Hex fame) in many panels. A colleague suggested John Calnan may have had a hand in this one as well. Anyway, on to the strangeness!
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Year of the Artist, Day 220: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 4 – Big Numbers #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 Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issue is Big Numbers #1, which was published by Mad Love (Publishing) and is cover dated April 1990. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #483

Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-third in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and eighty-two. This week, was there really a sexually suggestive Mickey Mouse milk ad from 1934? How did Casper the Friendly Ghost give us the Silver Age return of the Spectre? And what was Marv Wolfman’s “escape route” for keeping Barry Allen alive after Crisis on Infinite Earths?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #201 – Comic Book Crossover Battles!

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, Sonia Harris, Melissa K. and Ken H.

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 blog sketch artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post them 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…

The Guardians of the Galaxy have dominated the box office, but they’re not stopping there! They want to take over ALL movies! So mash-up the Guardians of the Galaxy (single members of the team or the team as a whole) with other famous movies! The Groot, the Bad and the Ugly, stuff like that.

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

After such a complicated week, we’re going back to basics, literally, with a repeat of the theme for the very first Line it is Drawn, have two characters from different comic book companies who have never crossed over with each other have a crossover. But let’s do a twist this time around, in honor of Uncanny X-Men #201 (and the Cyclops/Storm fight), have it be heroes from two different comic book companies who have never crossed over with each other FIGHTING each other!

Enjoy!
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Boys, Toys, Electric Irons, and TVs 13: Futures End #14

I can’t say if I’ve yet to do a post where I directly and honestly state what I think about Futures End. Usually, I hone in on an idea or an approach and run with it, more interested in the exercise than what I actually think as a reader. It makes for a more interesting run of posts (for me, at least), but does build up a wall of sorts. Here we are at issue 14 and you have no idea if I like this comic or not. My posts tend to lean towards exploring the flaws of the book, but that’s no indication of my enjoyment (or lack thereof) of the comic. Flaws are more appealing to me. I like picking things apart and seeing what’s beneath the seeming misstep. This week, I think I’ll try something different: a direct, honest exploration of my thoughts on Futures End #14.

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Year of the Artist, Day 219: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 3 – Elektra: Assassin #1 and 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 Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issues are Elektra: Assassin #1 and 8, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated August 1986 and March 1987. Enjoy!
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – The My Little Pony/Quantum Leap Crossover You Never Knew You Needed!

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 we take a look at an amazing crossover in the pages of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
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Cover Theme Game for 8/6

The cover theme game works like this: I’ll show you three covers. They all have something in common, whether it be a character, a trait all three characters share, a connection between all three characters, a locale, a trait all three creators share, SOMEthing. And it isn’t something obvious like “They all have prices!” “They all have logos!” “They all feature a man!” “They are all Avengers (who ISN’T?)!” “They’re all dead (who HASN’T been killed off?)!” “They’ve all been cloned (who HASN’T been cloned?)!” “They’re all mutants!” (who ISN’T a mutant?) “They’re all orphans!” (who ISN’T an orphan?) “They’re all legacy heroes” (who ISN’T a legacy hero nowadays?)! “They’re all by the same artist!” (too obvious) etc.

In addition, please note that you must have some familiarity with comic book history to correctly guess these themes. You cannot guess the connective theme just by looking at the covers solely, you must have some knowledge beyond the covers. The connections will ONLY have to do with connections in the actual comic books (so no incidental connections like “they share the same last names of Vice Presidents,” etc. Now, if the three characters were each named Gerald Ford, that’d be another story, as that’d no longer be incidental).

If you come up with an answer that works outside of what I intended, I’ll give you credit (well, provided I think it fits, of course).

One more thing – if there are floating heads on the cover, ignore them! They don’t mean anything! Same thing with corner boxes!

If you think you know the answer, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com. Don’t answer in the comments. This way, people who check in at different times of the day can still get credit for answering it correctly!

Here is an archive of all the past cover theme games, plus their answers. Before each new installment, I’ll post the answers to the previous week’s game.

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Year of the Artist, Day 218: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 2 – Moon Knight #23

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issue is Moon Knight #23 (with some context provided by issue #20), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated September 1982. Enjoy!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 97

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 217: Bill Sienkiewicz, Part 1 – Marvel Preview #18

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Bill Sienkiewicz, and the issue is Marvel Preview #18, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated Spring 1979 (it went on sale in May). These scans are from the trade Star-Lord: Guardian of the Galaxy, which was published in 2014. Enjoy!
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Howard the Duck Legends Revealed

With Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik’s classic creation, Howard the Duck, suddenly getting a lot more attention than he has received in years (likely not since George Lucas’ ill-fated Howard the Duck film in 1986) we thought it would make sense to spotlight the various installments of Comic Book Legends Revealed that featured Howard over the years.

Enjoy!
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Comic Book Six Degrees: Fin Fang Foom to Lord Fanny

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 Dawnstar to Purgatori. Will V. was one of a bunch of peoples to get it in three moves. Here is how Will 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!

Dawnstar appeared with Catwoman in Crisis on Infinite Earths #5
Catwoman appeared with Vampirella in Catwoman/Vampirella: The Furies
Vampirella appeared with Purgatori in Purgatori vs. Vampirella

Will’s challenge is…

Fin Fang Foom to Lord Fanny

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.

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