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Year of the Artist, Day 311: Michael Golden, Part 2: The Micronauts #7

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Michael Golden, and the issue is The Micronauts #7, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1979. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Strange Tales #1-7

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

StrangeTales_1Strange Tales #1-7 (Marvel) by Bill Mantlo (#1-6), Peter Gillis, Bret Blevins (#1-6), Chris Warner (#1-4), Larry Alexander (#5, 7), Terry Shoemaker (#6-7), Al Williamson (#3), Bob Wiacek (#6), Gerry Talaoc (#7), Randy Emberlin, Christie Scheele (#1, 3), Glynis Oliver (#2, 4-6), Paul Becton (#7), Bob Sharen, Ken Bruzenak, Jim Novak (#1-3), Janice Chiang (#4-5, 7), Ken Lopez (#6), Carl Potts

With a book like Strange Tales, where every issue is divided between two different narratives (or any number of narratives, but in this case it’s just the two), you always want some sort of connection to tie the stories together, something to bring unity to the title. Obviously the stories should work individually as well, but it’s nicer when there’s a bond between them, an identity to the series as a whole that fits with each section’s own goals and attitudes. Strange Tales is split evenly every issue between Cloak and Dagger and Dr. Strange, the two titles which it replaced. Because they’re both continuations of previously existing comics, it would be understandable if there wasn’t a ton of cohesion between their respective outlooks or aims. Whether through editorial design, creator collaboration, or sheer dumb luck, though, the two halves of Strange Tales find common ground almost immediately, and continue to examine the same core concept, though still in their own ways, right up through issue #7 where their narratives actually collide and briefly become the same. Both Cloak and Strange wrestle with remaining heroic while sometimes needing to act unheroically, and this struggle quickly becomes the center of Strange Tales. But the two men deal with their shared problem differently and end up in different places because of it, so their stories stand apart even as they come together, thematically and literally. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 232: Jim Lee, Part 1 – Alpha Flight #53

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jim Lee, and the issue is Alpha Flight #53, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 12: Mike Mignola, Part 2 – Rocket Raccoon #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 Mike Mignola, and the issue is Rocket Raccoon #2, which was published by Marvel and has a cover date of June 1985. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 11: Mike Mignola, Part 1 – Marvel Fanfare #16

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mike Mignola, and the story is “A Fable” from Marvel Fanfare #16, which was published by Marvel and has a cover date of September 1984. These scans are from Doctor Strange & Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment (which has other stories included, obviously), my copy of which was published in 2013 by Marvel. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for August 2013

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“Someone got hurt, someone got high, some of them left the rest behind”
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 53: Spectacular Spider-Man #28

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks, with each week devoted to a single artist. This week: Frank Miller! Today’s page is from Spectacular Spider-Man #28, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1979. Enjoy!
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Sunday Brunch: 12/26/10

Below the fold: presents left under the tree, stocking stuffer stuff, aired grievances, and other secular, nondenominational metaphors for stuff I found on the comics internet.

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