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Year of the Artist, Day 331: Joe Madureira, Part 3 – Battle Chasers #5

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issue is Battle Chasers #5, which was published by DC/WildStorm/Cliffhanger and is cover dated May 1999. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 326: Erik Larsen, Part 3 – Doom Patrol #8 and #13

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issues are Doom Patrol #8 and 13, which were published by DC and are cover dated May and October 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 325: Erik Larsen, Part 2 – Teen Titans Spotlight #10 plus a short web-slinging bonus!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Erik Larsen, and the issue is Teen Titans Spotlight #10, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1987. But before we get to that, I want to show a few scans from Amazing Spider-Man #287, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1987. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Blue Beetle #8-19

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.

BlueBeetle1Blue Beetle #8-19 (DC) by Len Wein, Joey Cavalieri (#12), R.J.M. Lofficer (#14-15, 17-19), Paris Cullins (#8-9, 11-14, 17-18), Chuck Patton (#10), Ross Andru (#15-16, 19), Dell Barras (#8-15), Danny Bulanadi (#16-17, 19), Carl Gafford (#8), Gene D’Angelo (#9-19), John Costanza, Karen Berger (#8-13), Denny O’Neil (#14-19)

To be a superhero requires a certain amount of optimism. It’s not just about having power, but also about believing that you can use that power to make an actual difference. It’s about picking the good side in the never-ending good-vs.-evil conflict that rages within and around us all, and convincing yourself and the world that you’re contributing something, that you’re genuinely helping your side win in the short- and/or long-term. I suppose this requires some level of ego/arrogance, too, and probably more than a little delusion. The titular star of Blue Beetle certainly possesses both of those traits, but it is the aforementioned optimism that shines through most brightly with that character and the series as a whole. Ted Kord earnestly, enthusiastically does good for it’s own sake, and seems to find that it is it’s own reward, too. His life is full of other rewards— money, status, romance, an entire corporation to run—but his superheroics are what take precedence and usurp most of his time, because that’s what most interests and satisfies him. It even, at times, gets in the way of his other obligations, but ultimately Kord chooses over and over to put his Blue Beetle activities first since he thinks of them as the most important, valuable work he does. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 318: Joëlle Jones, Part 4: Batman ’66 #10

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joëlle Jones, and the story is “Cleo-Bat-Ra” in Batman ’66 #10, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 2014 (for the digital comic – the print version is cover dated June). Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 310: Michael Golden, Part 1: Batman #295 and Batman Family #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 Michael Golden, and the issues are Batman #295 and “Bull’s-Eye for Murder” in Batman Family #16, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated January and March 1978, respectively. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Silverblade #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.

Silverblade1Silverblade #1-4 (DC) by Cary Bates, Gene Colan, Klaus Johnson (#1), Steve Mitchell (#2-4), Joe Orlando, Gaspar, and Denny O’Neil

First of all, I do I realize that I’m reviewing only the first third of a 12-issue series, and that as such, my impressions of the book may be incomplete or skewed. For anyone who may think this is dumb/pointless, I don’t necessarily disagree, but the arbitrary rules I set for myself when I began this project were to read only comics with a 1987 cover date, and to select what I read largely at random, based on whatever I happen to come across or already own from that year. I’ve managed to stick to those rules so far, and I will continue even if it means reading only part of a whole. In the case of Silverblade, I picked it because I saw an ad for it in some other DC comic that I reviewed for this site before (I don’t remember which one…it may even have been more than one) and it looked interesting and weird so I figured I’d give it a go. I did no in-depth research, just went online and quickly figured out which issues were dated 1987, then ordered them right away. I legitimately have not read beyond issue #4 yet, because I don’t own anything past that point, since I only bought the ’87 issues to start. I will most likely end up getting the rest of the series eventually, partly because of being a completist, but mostly because this comic was every bit as bizarre and baffling as I’d hoped, and now I need to see where it all ends up. Before I do that for myself, though, let’s talk about these opening four chapters and how, despite a few big missteps, they manage to be a charmingly insane and delightfully horrifying start to this story.

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Year of the Artist, Day 306: Mark Texeira, Part 2 – Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issues are Jonah Hex #89 and Hex #14, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated February 1985 and October 1986, respectively. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – November 2014

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For some reason, it feels like the Marvel brass are being tremendous douchebags this month. Why? Go below the cut, where all the secrets of Previews #314 will spill out!
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Year of the Artist, Day 305: Mark Texeira, Part 1 – Ghosts #108 and The Warlord #58

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issues are Ghosts #108 and The Warlord #58, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated January and June 1982, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 303: Ted Naifeh, Part 5 – Courtney Crumrin #9 plus some added Batman bonus material!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Ted Naifeh, and the issue is Courtney Crumrin #9, which was published by Oni and is cover dated January 2013. These scans are from Courtney Crumrin volume 6: The Final Spell, which was published in 2014. PLUS: There are some examples from Batman ’66, the digital version of which was published in October 2013 and the print version of which is cover dated February 2014. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 296: Lee Moder, Part 3 – Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. #0, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1999. These scans are from the Starman Omnibus volume 5, which was published in 2010. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 295: Lee Moder, Part 2 – Batman: The Last Angel

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Batman: The Last Angel, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 294: Lee Moder, Part 1 – Wonder Woman #73

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Lee Moder, and the issue is Wonder Woman #73, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 291: Joe Quesada, Part 3 – The Ray #1 and Ninjak #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 Joe Quesada, and the issues are The Ray #1 and Ninjak #2, the first of which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1992 and the second of which was published by Valiant and is cover dated March 1994. Enjoy!
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