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Year of the Artist, Day 130: Walter Simonson, Part 2 – Detective Comics #470

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Walter Simonson, and the issue is Detective Comics #470, which was published by DC and cover dated June 1977. This scan is from Shadow of the Batman #1, which was published in December 1985. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 129: Walter Simonson, Part 1 – Detective Comics #440

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Walter Simonson, and the issue is Detective Comics #440, which was published by DC and cover dated April/May 1974. This scan is from Manhunter, the collected edition, which was published in 1984. Enjoy!
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What I bought – April 2014 selections

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I had killed a man. I had killed a man to get a woman. I had put myself in her power, so there was one person in the world that could point the finger at me and I would have to die. I had done all that for her, and I never wanted to see her again as long as I lived.

That’s all it takes, one drop of fear, to curdle love into hate. (James M. Cain, from Double Indemnity)
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What I bought – March 2014 selections

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On the narrow Augesd dam where for so many years the old miller had been accustomed to sit in his tasseled cap peacefully angling, while his grandson, with shirt sleeves rolled up, handled the floundering silvery fish in the watering can, on that dam over which for so many years Moravians in shaggy caps and blue jackets had peacefully driven their two-horse carts loaded with wheat and had returned dusty with flour whitening their carts – on that narrow dam amid the wagons and the cannon, under the horses’ hoofs and between the wagon wheels, men disfigured by fear of death now crowded together, crushing one another, dying, stepping over the dying and killing on another, only to move on a few steps and be killed themselves in the same way. (Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace)
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Year of the Artist, Day 58: Francesco Francavilla, Part 4 – Detective Comics #875

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Francesco Francavilla, and the issue is Detective Comics #875, which was published by DC and is cover dated May 2011. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 45: Marshall Rogers, Part 1 – Detective Comics #475

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Marshall Rogers, and the issue is Detective Comics #475, which was published by DC and is cover dated February 1978. This scan is from The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, my beat-up edition of which came out in 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 39: Dustin Nguyen, Part 4 – Detective Comics #840

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Dustin Nguyen, and the issue is Detective Comics #840, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 2008. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 5 February 2014

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“Well, I don’t really know how it feels, because I was so upset over it, but basically it feels like you’ve just tried to kill yourself. Until you almost kill a person you don’t really understand what it’s like to be a human being, how quickly and easily you can die yourself. Up to that point, I pictured life as something that gradually leads to death. And death was a process, something that happened over a period of time, eventually. Now I know that death is a halt. It just happens, suddenly. Life ends. Life just stops, and even if you’re ninety, it still happens right in the middle of your life.” (Jeremy Leven, from Creator)
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What I bought – 8 January 2014

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we cry we laugh we feel we love we live
in the coffin of our existence and
IT IS ALWAYS TOO LATE (Tommy Trantino, from Lock the Lock)
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What I bought – 4 December 2013

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“How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise.” (Don DeLillo, from White Noise)
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What I bought – 6 November 2013

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On the road, when I met people, I asked them always about the past. Only in this way could the present become comprehensible. (Robert Kaplan, from Balkan Ghosts)
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Why I don’t trust Scott Snyder

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As a writer, that is. I don’t know him personally, so maybe he’s an excellent dude, one you can trust with your life or your money or to babysit your kids. But as a writer … I just don’t trust him yet.
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Ecce picturae intra libros: Comics art for the week of 1 May 2013

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‘I met Andy Warhol at a really chic party’ / Blow it out your hairdo, ’cause you work at Hardee’s!
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What I bought – 27 February and 6 March 2013

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George looked at his granddaughter’s empty suit. He thought of Job. Satan lacked imagination. To crack a man’s faith, one need not resort to burning his flesh, ruining his finances, or any such obvious afflictions. One need only take a man’s species away from him. (James Morrow, This Is The Way The World Ends)
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What I bought – 6 February 2013

“Italians have made the family an extremist group. The family is the instrument of revenge.” (Don DeLillo, from The Names)

Heads on sticks! Holy crap, I love the covers of this series Everyone loves the Merrymaker! There are no ninjas in this issue Cover text! Groovy! Oh, Howard Chaykin - what happened to you? The buildings are attacking him! So misleading! He looms like a looming loomer! That dude doesn't seem to be helping all that much Come at us, bros! That's ... unfortunate Yep, here it is again Stretch, Conan, stretch! Blood!  BLOOD!
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