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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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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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Year of the Artist, Day 322: Nick Dragotta, Part 4 – Vengeance #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 Nick Dragotta, and the issue is Vengeance #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 2011. These scans are from the hardcover collection, which came out in February 2012. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 321: Nick Dragotta, Part 3 – The Age of the Sentry #6

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is The Age of the Sentry #6, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2009. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 2009. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 320: Nick Dragotta, Part 2 – X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #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 Nick Dragotta, and the issue is X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2006. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 319: Nick Dragotta, Part 1 – X-Statix #20

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Nick Dragotta, and the issue is X-Statix #20, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated May 2004. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 314: Michael Golden, Part 5: Uncanny X-Men #273, X-Men Unlimited #31, and Daredevil #65

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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 Golden, and the issues are Uncanny X-Men #273, X-Men Unlimited #31, and Daredevil #65, all which were published by Marvel and are cover dated February 1991, April 2001, and November 2004, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 313: Michael Golden, Part 4: The ‘Nam #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 Michael Golden, and the issue is The ‘Nam #3, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1987. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 312: Michael Golden, Part 3: Bizarre Adventures #25 and Avengers Annual #10

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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 Golden, and the issues are Bizarre Adventures #25 and Avengers Annual #10, both of which were published by Marvel and are cover dated March and [August] 1981. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 311: Michael Golden, Part 2: The Micronauts #7

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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 Golden, and the issue is The Micronauts #7, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 1979. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 309: Mark Texeira, Part 5 – Moon Knight #14

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Mark Texeira, and the issue is Moon Knight #14, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 308: Mark Texeira, Part 4 – Black Panther #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 Mark Texeira, and the issue is Black Panther #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated December 1998. These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 2001. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: X-Factor #12-23

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.

XFactor1X-Factor #12-23 (Marvel) by Louise Simonson, Marc Silvestri (#12), Walter Simonson (#13-15, 17-19, 21, 23), David Mazzucchelli (#16), June Brigman (#20), Sal Buscema (#22), Bob Wiacek (#12, 14-15, 17-19, 21-23), Dan Green (#13), Joe Rubinstein (#16), Randy Emberlin (#20), Petra Scotese, Joe Rosen, Bob Harras

I tend to enjoy any comicbook that looks at the inescapable personal torments, damaged relationships, and psychological strains of the superhero lifestyle. Secret identities, an endless and self-feeding cycle of violence, taking on the impossible responsibility of keeping the rest of the world safe—it’s bound to take its toll on anyone, and it’s nice when a narrative acknowledges that. X-Factor #12-23 digs deep into these superhero problems and their consequences, then piles on several other whole sets of problems, too. There is, of course, the classic conundrum of humans fearing/hating mutants no matter what they do, which is amped up more than usual in this particular series because of its foundational concept of X-Factor pretending to be mutant hunters. Though less explicitly discussed, there’s also an argument embedded in these issues that the whole idea of gathering mutants together and training them to use their powers and fight evil mutants might be flawed, that Xavier did both harm and good with the original X-Men and now, as X-Factor, those same characters are repeating his mistakes with a new generation. Then again, there’s no better alternative offered here, because if not protected, nurtured, and taught control, the young mutants of the world could potentially do massive damage without even meaning to. So X-Factor presents a pretty dreary interpretation of the mutant-heavy reality of the 1980′s Marvel Universe, one where there may not be any truly good choices for mutantkind to make, especially because, in that world, superpowers almost always lead to superheroics (or supervillainy), which in turn lead to their own significant stresses, injuries, etc. Continue Reading »

Year of the Artist, Day 293: Joe Quesada, Part 5 – Amazing Spider-Man #544

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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 Quesada, and the issue is Amazing Spider-Man #544, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2007. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 292: Joe Quesada, Part 4 – Daredevil #10

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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 Quesada, and the issue is Daredevil #10, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 2000. Enjoy!
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