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Year of the Artist, Day 352: Frank Miller, Part 5 – Fanboy #5 and The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Frank Miller, and the issues are Fanboy #5 and The Dark Knight Strikes Again #3, both of which were published by DC and are cover dated July 1999 and [February] 2002, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 349: Frank Miller, Part 2 – Ronin #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 Frank Miller, and the issue is Ronin #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 1984. These scans are from Absolute Ronin, which was published in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 338: Howard Chaykin, Part 1 – Weird Worlds #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 Howard Chaykin, and the issue is Weird Worlds #8, which was published by DC and is cover dated December 1973. These scans are from Ironwolf #1, a compilation of the entire story which DC put out in 1986. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 337: Mike Grell, Part 5 – Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #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 Mike Grell, and the issue is Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1987. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 1989. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – December 2014

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It’s almost Christmas, so what better thing to do than treat yourself by pre-ordering comics from Previews #315! Whoo-hoo!
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Year of the Artist, Day 335: Mike Grell, Part 3 – The Warlord #49

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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 Grell, and the issue is The Warlord #49, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1981. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 334: Mike Grell, Part 2 – Superboy #221

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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 Grell, and the issue is Superboy #221, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1976. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 333: Mike Grell, Part 1 – The Phantom Stranger #33

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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 Grell, and the issue is The Phantom Stranger #33, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1974. Enjoy!
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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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