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Year of the Artist, Day 229: Norm Breyfogle, Part 3 – So much BATMAN!!!!

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Norm Breyfogle, and the issues are … well, there’s just so much Batman, I actually separated the post into four parts, just like Our Dread Lord and Master does with Comic Book Legends! Up first: Detective Comics #607, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1989. Enjoy all the comics!
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Year of the Artist, Day 192: Rob Liefeld, Part 1 – Secret Origins #28 and Hawk and Dove #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 Rob Liefeld, and the first story is “A Princess’ Story” in Secret Origins #28 and the issue is Hawk and Dove #1, both of which were published by DC, the first cover dated July 1988 and the second cover dated October 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 182: Jack Kirby, Part 6 – Mister Miracle #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 Jack Kirby, and the issue is Mister Miracle #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1971. These scans are from the trade paperback Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus volume one, which came out in 2007. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 177: Gabriel Hardman, Part 1 – War Machine #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 Gabriel Hardman, and the issue is War Machine #5, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated August 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 173: John Paul Leon, Part 2 – Shadow of the Bat #41

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Paul Leon, and the issue is Shadow of the Bat #41, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1995. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 167: John Romita, Jr., Part 1 – Iron Man #120

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Iron Man #120, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1979. These scans are from the hardcover edition of Demon in a Bottle, which came out in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 161: Paul Smith, Part 3 – The Golden Age #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 Paul Smith, and the issue is The Golden Age #3, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1993 (technically, it doesn’t have a cover date, but it was published in October). These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 1995. Enjoy! I guess there are SPOILERS ahead, but the book is 20 years old, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
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Year of the Artist, Day 155: Michael Lark, Part 2 – Sandman Mystery Theatre #57 and Scene of the Crime #4

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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 Lark, and the issues are Sandman Mystery Theatre #57 and Scene of the Crime #4, which were published by DC/Vertigo and are cover dated December 1997 and August 1999. The scans from Scene of the Crime are from the trade paperback, which is cover dated July 2000. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 141: Mike Deodato, Part 3 – Batman #570

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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 Deodato, and the issue is Batman #570, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1999. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 139: Mike Deodato, Part 1 – Wonder Woman #85

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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 Deodato, and the issue is Wonder Woman #85, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1994. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 136: Bill Willingham, Part 3 – Justice League International Annual #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 Bill Willingham, and the issue is Justice League International Annual #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated 1988. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: Zatanna Special #1

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

Zatanna_1Zatanna Special #1 by Gerry Conway (not credited), Gray Morrow, Ben Oda, Carrie Spiegle, John Costanza

I was very excited to dig into this comic, because Zatanna is an awesome and often underused character, and the special is 64 pages, meaning I was in for a triple-sized treat of backwards magic greatness. Unfortunately, 64 pages ended up being far, far too few for the narrative told here, so instead of a dense punch of Zatanna awesome, I got a poorly-aimed slap. That’s not to discredit the book entirely, because there are some juicy ideas and lots of excellent artwork, but there’s also a jumbled rush to the pacing from top to bottom that greatly lessens the effects of any enjoyable bits.

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Year of the Artist, Day 111: Keith Giffen, Part 3 – Ambush Bug Nothing Special

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug Nothing Special, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1992. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 110: Keith Giffen, Part 2 – Ambush Bug #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 Keith Giffen, and the issue is Ambush Bug #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated July 1985. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 90: Steve Pugh, Part 2 – Animal Man #52

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Steve Pugh, and the issue is Animal Man #52, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1992. Enjoy!
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