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Year of the Artist, Day 354: Jim Steranko, Part 2 – Captain America #111 and #113

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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 Steranko, and the issues are Captain America #111 and #113, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated March and May 1969, respectively. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: Captain America volume 3, which came out in 2014 (well, my printing did). Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 353: Jim Steranko, Part 1 – Strange Tales #154, 157, 165, 166, and 167 and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, 2, and 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 Jim Steranko, and the issues are Strange Tales #154, 157, 165-167 and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1-3, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated March and June 1967 and February, March, April, June, July, and August 1968, respectively. These scans are from Marvel Masterworks: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. volume 2, which came out in 2009. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 350: Frank Miller, Part 3 – Elektra Lives Again

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Frank Miller, and the issue is Elektra Lives Again, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1990. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 348: Frank Miller, Part 1 – Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #27 and Wolverine #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 Frank Miller, and the issues are Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #27 and Wolverine #1, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated February 1979 and September 1982, respectively. The scans of PPtSSM are from Daredevil by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson volume 1, which was published in 2008, and the Wolverine scans are from Wolverine, the trade paperback, which was originally published in 1987 but went through several printings. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 346: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 4 – Uncanny X-Men #205

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Barry Windsor-Smith, and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #205, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 1986. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 344: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 2 – Savage Tales #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 Barry Windsor-Smith, and the story is “Red Nails” (part one) from Savage Tales #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1973. These scans are from Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian #1, which was published in 1983 and features a colored version. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 343: Barry Windsor-Smith, Part 1 – Daredevil #51 and Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #12

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Barry Windsor-Smith, and the issues are Daredevil #51 and Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD #12, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated April and May 1969, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 340: Howard Chaykin, Part 3 – Star Wars #8 and Cody Starbuck

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Howard Chaykin, and the issues are Star Wars #8 and Cody Starbuck, the first of which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1977 and the second of which was published by Star*Reach Productions and is cover dated July 1978. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 339: Howard Chaykin, Part 2 – Marvel Premiere #32

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Howard Chaykin, and the issue is Marvel Premiere #32, which was published by Marvel (I know, right?) and is cover dated October 1976. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: The Punisher #1-4

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born. Click here for an archive of all the previous posts in the series.

Punisher1The Punisher #1-4 (Marvel) by Mike Baron, Klaus Janson, James Novak (#1), Ken Bruzenak (#2-4), Carl Potts

I’ve never been crazy about the Punisher. It’s not his morality (or lack thereof) I object to, though admittedly I do prefer it if my superheroes try to avoid using fatal tactics. Although…I guess he’s not a superhero in the strictest sense because he has no powers, but he wears a costume and has a codename and hangs out with lots of other Marvel super-folks, so I think the label still applies. At any rate, what has historically turned me off about the Punisher is that he’s seemed too simple to me, too one-note. Even the Hulk, a literal embodiment of instinctual rage, turns back into Bruce Banner sometimes, and thus has multiple facets to his personality. Frank Castle is always the Punisher and vice versa, his violent hatred for crime never subsiding or even being hidden under the mask of a secret identity. He’s so narrowly and determinedly focused on his personal war, it has never felt to me like he allows for much room for any storytelling beyond locating the next battle, the next villain to slay. I’m sure every creative team finds (or tries to find) their own angle, a way to freshen or expand Castle’s character and world so that he isn’t just the pissed off guy with huge guns all the time. Nonetheless, that’s the way he’s come across whenever I’ve encountered him in the past, and it has consistently failed to capture my interest.

Mike Baron and Klaus Janson’s The Punisher, which marks the first time the character ever had his own ongoing series, somehow manages to play up the single-mindedness I thought I disliked in Castle, yet still be a comicbook I enjoy. A lot of that is Janson, who does all the art from pencils to colors, producing strong work with several breakout panels over the course of these first four issues. Credit where it’s due, though, Baron writes Punisher as a man who’s not necessarily pleased with the life he’s chosen for himself, but commits to it 100% anyway, and that’s an approach I can get into. In his rare moments of self-reflection, Castle points out the same problems I just did above, namely that his life has no room for anything other than fight after fight after fight. He doesn’t exactly struggle with that, but he is at least aware of it, and somehow that tiny bit of acknowledgement, combined with Janson’s visuals, sold me on a hero I’d always avoided before. Continue Reading »

Flippin’ through Previews – December 2014

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It’s almost Christmas, so what better thing to do than treat yourself by pre-ordering comics from Previews #315! Whoo-hoo!
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Year of the Artist, Day 332: Joe Madureira, Part 4 – Inhuman #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 Joe Madureira, and the issue is Inhuman #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 2014. These scans are from Amazing Spider-Man #1, which was also cover dated June 2014 and contained a reprint of Inhuman #1 for some reason. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 330: Joe Madureira, Part 2 – Uncanny X-Men #312, #316, #328, #329, and #348

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #312, #316, #328, #329, and #348, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated May and September 1994, January and February 1996, and October 1997. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 329: Joe Madureira, Part 1 – Marvel Comics Presents #89 and #92

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Joe Madureira, and the issues are Marvel Comics Presents #89 and #92, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated November and December 1991. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 327: Erik Larsen, Part 4 – Amazing Spider-Man #335

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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 Amazing Spider-Man #335 (plus a few cameos from other issues), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1990. Enjoy!
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