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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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Year of the Artist, Day 80: Jill Thompson, Part 2 – Wonder Woman #46

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Jill Thompson, and the issue is Wonder Woman #46, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 66: Matt Wagner, Part 2 – The Demon #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 Matt Wagner, and the issue is The Demon #1, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 34: Bernie Wrightson, Part 4 – Batman: The Cult #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 Bernie Wrightson, and the issue is Batman: The Cult #4, which was published by DC and is cover dated November 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 24: Jim Aparo, Part 4 – Batman #420

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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 Aparo, and the issue is Batman #420, which was published by DC and is cover dated June 1988. Enjoy!
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for July 2013

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“Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free”
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Comics You Should Own – Sandman Mystery Theatre

The many, many excellent series that begin with “S” continue!
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