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Year of the Artist, Day 188: Steve Ditko, Part 7 – Heroes, Inc. #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 Steve Ditko, and the story is “Cannon” (it’s untitled, but that’s good enough) in Heroes, Inc. #2, which was published by CPL/Gang Publications and is cover dated 1976. These scans are from Cannon, which was published by Fantagraphics and came out in March 2014 (and is well worth your money). Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – I Was Wrong, THIS Marks The Destruction of Feminism at DC Comics

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A promotional image from Finch’s Wonder Woman and Finch’s White Rabbit from his book The Dark Knight. Not nearly as different as they should be.

How do you top turning a matriarchal female society historically depicted as honorable in your comics into absolute monsters? For starters, you assign creators that either don’t know what feminism means, or worse, do know and are still afraid to use that word to describe the preeminent female hero in the world. In 2012 I thought feminism had been destroyed at DC Comics but I was wrong, because there were further lows to which we could descend.

We have found new depths as a creator (David Finch) assigned to the most important woman in comics doesn’t know what the word feminist means, or much much worse, knows what it means and doesn’t think that Wonder Woman is a feminist, in other words, he doesn’t believe that Wonder Woman believes in equality of the sexes.

You know what I can’t believe? That this kind of thing can still happen in the year 2014.

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Review time! with Under the Flesh #1

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“She’s a lady, she is mine – brush back your hair, and let me get to know your flesh.”
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Year of the Artist, Day 187: Steve Ditko, Part 6 – Beware the Creeper #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 Steve Ditko, and the issue is Beware the Creeper #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1968. These scans are from The Creeper by Steve Ditko, which came out in 2010. Enjoy!
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The Past Was Close Behind: “Say, I Didn’t Know Nick Fury Was Black?!”

This feature spotlights moments, exchanges, etc. from older comics that take on a brand new light when read in concert with later comic books. Here is the archive of previous installments.

Today, based on a suggestion by reader Peter Silvestro, who manages the Captain America Library (one of Julio Molina-Muscara’s array of Marvel character libraries), we take a look at an amusing comment by Quasar in a late 1970s issue of Captain America, twenty-five years before we got an actual black Nick Fury…
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You Decide – Who is the Greatest Superman Artist of All-Time?

We put this poll up in honor of John Romita Jr. taking over as the artist on Superman’s main ongoing title, but I forgot to post it here until now. Read on for the choices!
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Thoughts on the New Captain America

On Monday, Marvel will announce who the new Captain America will be (with the current Captain America, Steve Rogers, currently out of action due to events in Rick Remender’s run on the title).

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The answer is pretty much a given, as there’s about a 99.9999% chance that it will be a certain character. Read on for the spoilers of which character it will be and why I think it’s about damn time (also, regarding spoilers, the link above also pretty much spoils it, as well).
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Fourth of July Weekend with the Review Pile

I’m happy to be a U.S. citizen and everything that goes with it. I’m as patriotic as anyone, really. But nevertheless, I have to own up… I loathe the Fourth of July. Always have. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 186: Jack Kirby, Part 10 – DC Graphic Novel #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 Jack Kirby, and the issue is DC Graphic Novel #4 (more commonly known as “The Hunger Dogs”), which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1985. These scans are from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus volume 4, which came out in 2008. Enjoy! (Hey, can you name all SEVEN of the DC Graphic Novels from the 1980s without looking it up? I certainly can’t!)
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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked – So HOW Did Captain America End Up in Suspended Animation?

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 suggestion by commenter Bob, we take a look at how an error by Stan Lee in Captain America’s Silver Age debut led to a storyline that revealed that Captain America had a whole other adventure AFTER the flying bomb he and Bucky were on top of exploded over the English Channel!
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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 93

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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You Decide – Other Than Captain America, Who is the Best U.S. Patriotic Superhero?

As you celebrate the Fourth of July fireworks, we figured we’d check to see which U.S. patriotic superhero is your favorite?

Read on for the choices!
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Year of the Artist, Day 185: Jack Kirby, Part 9 – Argosy #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 Jack Kirby, and the story is “Street Code” in Argosy (volume 3) #2, which was published by Richard Kyle and is cover dated November 1990. Kirby drew the story in 1983, which is why I’m showing it before tomorrow’s entry. These scans are from Kirby: King of Comics by Mark Evanier, which came out in 2008 and is well worth your ducats. Enjoy!
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #478

Welcome to the four 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 previous four hundred and seventy-seven. This week, in what shocking way would Terry Gilliam’s version of Watchmen have ended? Who did Chris Claremont want to be as the fifth member of X-Factor instead of Jean Grey? And did the Superman writers really quickly split from John Byrne’s plots after Byrne had Superman kill in his final issue?

Let’s begin!

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The Line it is Drawn #197 – Celebrate the Fourth of July With Captain America!

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…

Based on an old suggestion by John Trumbull, the topic is character design What If? Like “What if Jack Kirby had designed Batman?” or “What if Spider-Man had been designed in the 1930s?” or “What if Archie had been designed during the 1990s?” Let your imagination go wild!

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

In honor of the 4th of July, come up with suggestions for Captain America drawings. Team-up characters with Cap, have different villains (or heroes, if you so choose) fight Cap, put Cap into different time periods, put Cap into different art styles – basically any idea you can come up with for a drawing centered around Captain America. Be creative! Go nuts!

Enjoy!
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