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Comic Book Six Degrees – C.C. Beck to J.H. Williams III

As suggested by Jenos Idanian #13, the idea behind this game is to connect two comic creators to each other through artists/writers that they have jointly worked together with, in as few links as possible.

For instance, take connecting John Byrne and John Buscema.

Byrne drew Captain America with writer Roger Stern
Roger Stern wrote Avengers with artist John Buscema.

That’s a simple one, but presumably there are more difficult ones out there.

I’ll try to keep the ground rules brief.
1. We’re only using writers and pencilers for this game. No offense to inkers, colorists and letterers, but it makes this too easy if we count them.
2. Plotting counts as writing and breakdowns/layouts count for penciling. Finishes SHOULD count, but I’m not counting them for the same basic reason of #1.
3. Alterations by another penciler don’t count as a connection to the first penciler. Basically, you’re never going to connect an artist with another artist. You can connect writers with each other, though, if they co-wrote (or plotted/scripted) a story. And obviously if an artist wrote a story, you can connect an artist with another artist in that fashion (like John Byrne can connect with Jerry Ordway from Byrne writing stories Ordway penciled).
4. Only comic book stories count. No pin-ups.
5. If a comic story contains multiple writers and artists, it’s up to you to prove that the given writer actually wrote the page in the comic that the artist drew.

Every installment, whoever connects the two creators in the least amount of turns gets to pick the next match (in the event of a tie, the winner is chosen randomly among the people who sent in challenges for the next match.

NOTE: When you folks send in your answers, please include your suggestion for the next match in the event that your answer is chosen. And demonstrate that it IS possible to connect your two suggested choices within six moves. Thanks!

Last week’s match-up was Terry Kavanagh to Terry Moore. A bunch of people used a move that I’m now outlawing, but I figure I have to allow it this time. Lynn J. was the randomly selected winner. Here is how s/he connected the two:

Terry Kavanagh to Deodato Studios in Avengers: The Crossing
Deodato Studios to Terry Moore in Lady Supreme #1

In the future, you can’t use Studios like that, as we don’t know if the same artists ACTUALLY worked on both books.

Lynn’s challenge is…

C.C. Beck to J.H. Williams III

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

Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for May 2015


Here’s another post that’s a bit late, but that’s the way it is! You know you love it when I blather on about comics, so join me under the cut!
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Our Saturday in Olympia

…and by that I naturally mean our annual class trip to the Olympia Comics Festival. Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – June 2015

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It’s a week late, but for some, it’s still too soon! Let’s dive into Previews #321 and see what’s the haps!
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Things That Turned Out Bad – Power Girl’s Magical Virgin Pregnancy

In this column, I will spotlight plotlines by writers that probably weren’t a good idea at the time and have only become more problematic in retrospect. I’ll try to stick with stuff that’s more ill-conceived than flat-out offensive (like racist stereotypes of characters during the 1940s).

Today, based on suggestions by readers Shaun M. and Luke M., we take a look at Power Girl’s magical pregnancy…
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House to Astonish Episode 133

It’s been a busy little week of news, and Paul and I have got chat about the Wicked and the Divine heading to TV, Tilda Swinton potentially joining the cast of Doctor Strange, the Lumberjanes movie landing at Fox, Stephen Amell’s dalliance with WWE, Mark Paniccia’s step up to X-Men senior group editor, the post-Secret Wars Marvel teasers, Brian Bendis and David Marquez’s Invincible Iron Man and DC’s half-page ads. We’ve also got reviews of The Covenant, Bizarro and Airboy, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is what it eats. All this plus Gary Oldman Logan, Rage Twix and Fear Twix, and Formula One’s legendary piranha pit crews.


As usual, we want to know what you think of the issues of the day, including (but not limited to):

  • What do you hope to see coming out of Secret Wars?
  • Who would you cast as the Ancient One?
  • What’s your favourite comics-to-TV adaptation?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 133 – Uncle Lemmy’s Big Idea by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think in the comments below, on Twitter (where I’m @housetoastonish and Paul is @ifdestroyed), via email to housetoastonish@gmail.com, or on our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget that if you want to look amazing and help keep us in Jaffa Cakes, our wonderfully affordable shirts are available at our Redbubble store.


What I bought – 3 June 2015


A man haunted by a fixed idea is insane. He is dangerous even if that idea is an idea of justice, for may he not bring the heaven down pitilessly upon a loved one? (Joseph Conrad, from Nostromo)
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I Saw It Advertised One Day – “Maybe This Batman Guy Will Work Out”: Promotional Ads for Famous Superheroes

This is the latest in a series (of indefinite length and regularity) of pieces looking at advertisements in comic books over the decades that amused me for whatever reason. In each installment, we’ll take a look at three ads!
Here is an archive of all installments of this feature.

Today we look at promotional ads for the debuts of famous comic book characters. Will this Batman guy stick? Let’s find out!
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DCYou and You, Week One


So DC just finished their latest big, continuity-fixing event, their this-time-it-really-counts and honest-and-for-true this-is-the-last-time-we’re-doing-this and don’t-worry-we-got-it-right-this-time event, in which I guess they decided the last 30 years didn’t count? Is that it? I don’t know, I’m just here for the aftermath. After less than four years of the New 52, now we have DCYou! Wait, DCYou? Really, DC? Okay, then. But along with new branding comes … new comics! All that was old is new again! All that had failed before will definitely not fail now! Let’s kick out the jams, because there’s one thing we can all agree on:
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Comic Book Legends Revealed #526

Welcome to the five hundred and twenty-sixth 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 Marvel accidentally end a crossover the wrong way? See how Ms. Marvel was replaced by She-Hulk in a comic! Finally, does Don Rosa really hate DuckTales?

Let’s begin!
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The Line it is Drawn #243 – Saying Goodbye to the New 52…

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!

This is a special surprise edition of The Line it is Drawn that is both commemorating the end of DC’s New 52 line of comics (the DCYou began this week) and also the 52nd birthday of our own Xum Yukinori, which just happens to be today. So I had our artists all draw a New 52 superhero along with Xum’s super-persona, Professor Xum.

(And as Nick Butch points out later on, our own David Branstetter also had a birthday this week. Happy Birthday, David!)

Next week will be the previously announced cover homage theme!

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The Wrong Side: Hawkeye vs. Hulk

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, we take a look at perhaps the most unlikely victory you’ve seen so far in these columns (something that even the story featuring the fight would agree with)…
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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – Even Thor is Obsessed With Who Would Win in a Fight Between Hulk and Thor

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 the issue of Journey Into Mystery where Stan Lee and Jack Kirby address the fan obsession with who would win in a fight between the Hulk and Thor by having Thor show a heavy interest, as well…
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1987 And All That: Wild Dog #1-4

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.

WildDog1Wild Dog #1-4 (DC) by Max Collins, Terry Beatty, Dick Giordano, Michele Wolfman, John Workman, Mike Gold

I have sort of a weird relationship with Wild Dog. Unlike most of the comics I review for this column, this is one I’ve read before. Multiple times, in fact. But I don’t revisit this series because it’s one of my favorites; on the contrary, I find it mostly disappointing, with too much wasted potential, mostly flimsy characters, and a glorification of violence that’s extreme even for a superhero comicbook. Wild Dog is arguably not a superhero title since the main character has no powers, but if you put on a mask and have a fake name, you’re a superhero in my mind. If Batman and Green Arrow count, Wild Dog certainly does. Anyway, my original point is that I’m not a very big fan of this comic, but even after all this time, I want to be a fan. I wish this book was better, meatier, more worthwhile. It seems like it wants to do a lot of things that I would really enjoy, but it never quite gets there, too trapped in its own weird structure and mixed-up priorities. Continue Reading »

Cover Theme Game for 6/3

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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