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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: Suicide Squad #1-8

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

Squad_1Suicide Squad #1-8 (DC) by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell, Karl Kesel (#1-3), Bob Lewis (#4-8), Carl Gafford, Todd Klein, and Robert Greenberger

The concept of Suicide Squad is elegantly simple, and maybe inevitable in the world of superheroes and villains. The difficulty of effectively imprisoning superpowered baddies has been explored in many ways in all kinds of comicbooks, and this series offers one more approach: a work release program for supervillains. And why not? There are all different levels of supervillainy, and as many different motivations for it as people participating in it, so anyone who wants to prove themselves less insane or untrustworthy than their peers might as well get a chance. Besides, giving them another venue/outlet for their abilities could potentially place them on a better path, even make them better people. Right?

Wrong, says Suicide Squad, which seems to believe that people, good or bad, pretty much are who they are no matter what. The book hinges on this philosophy, its drama fueled by the clashing and immovable personalities of its cast. In the world of Suicide Squad, the whole Suicide Squad project is a futile endeavor, an attempt to convince villains to act against their natures through an odd combination of bargains, threats, and field assignments. Trouble is, nobody can ever act against their nature in this book, so the Squad fails or at least half-fails on every outing, refusing to gel as a group and generally causing more harm than good to its members and the rest of the world.

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Year of the Artist, Day 89: Steve Pugh, Part 1 – Grimjack #69

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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 Grimjack #69, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated April 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 76: Kelley Jones, Part 3 – Grimjack #73

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Kelley Jones, and the issue is Grimjack #73, which was published by First Comics and is cover dated August 1990. Enjoy!
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Comics You Should Own – The Spectre

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There’s nothing better than a little Wrath o’ God, right?
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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 – Secret Six

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She has a lot of career left, but at this point, this has to be Gail Simone’s masterpiece, right?
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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for December 2012

I think this way of reviewing the many trades and older stuff I get is good, so I will continue doing so. I hope it’s good for all of you!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 324: Martian Manhunter #4

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Martian Manhunter #4, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 1999. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 295: The Spectre #9

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from The Spectre #9, which was published by DC and is cover dated August 1993. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 294: The Spectre #5

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be showing pages that are either scary or are part of “scary” issues (as scary as a comic can be, of course), because it’s October! Today’s page is from The Spectre #5, which was published by DC and is cover dated April 1993. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 181: GrimJack: The Manx Cat #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from GrimJack: The Manx Cat #2, which was published by IDW and is cover dated September 2009. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 147: Firestorm, the Nuclear Man #67

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Firestorm #67, which was published by DC and is cover dated January 1988. Enjoy!
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