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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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Comics You Should Own – Sandman

Yes, I know I call this “Comics You Should Own” and not “Comics You Already Own,” but let’s check this out anyway – I hope I have something new to write about it! Plus: Yeah, this is really, really, REALLY long. I just want you to be aware of that. But there are lots of pretty pictures! I should apologize for taking so long with this – I started writing it in October, but it’s been a bear to finish, plus I had all the other stuff going on at the end of the year. I love doing these posts, but they do take up a lot of my time, and “S” is a deadly letter in the comics alphabet, with a lot of great and long series – I anticipate spending the entire year on it, and who knows if I’ll even get through all the great series that begin with “S” in the next 12 months! Anyway, read on … if you dare!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 361: Batman #426

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. As it’s now December, I will be examining the LAST pages of random comics, so watch out for SPOILERS! Today’s page is from Batman #426, which was published by DC and is cover dated December 1988. Enjoy!
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