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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #50 (October 1995)

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Wizard celebrates its fiftieth anniversary by revealing all of its secrets, Todd McFarlane offers a glimpse into his life, and one fan has a crazy thought — a Red or Yellow Lantern to join the Green Lantern.  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2016

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I can almost get past the cover of Previews #330 without bursting into laughter, but it’s really difficult! Let’s check it out!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #48 (August 1995)

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Wizard, and Jim Balent, continue to celebrate women in comics!  Tips for aspiring writers!  (None of them includes “befriend an editor…”)  Alan Moore and Rob Liefeld announce a new project!  And people are still excited about that FOX Spider-Man cartoon!  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

 

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #47 (July 1995)

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John Byrne sounds off!  Roger Stern…is more subdued.  Wizard casts a Sandman film, and tries to explain what this internet thing is supposed be!  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #46 (June 1995)

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Is any actor listed in the Gen 13 Casting Call under the age of twenty-seven?  What topic has been banned in Batman’s writers’ conferences?  Can Greg Capullo teach you how to draw?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #43 (March 1995)

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Howard Chaykin pays Chris Claremont what might be the greatest backhanded compliment of all time, Preacher quietly debuts, and Wizard runs what could be the best piece in the history of the magazine (honest).  All in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2016

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Yes, it’s time for Previews #329, with more good stuff than you deserve!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #42 (February 1995)

 

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Alex Ross welcomes you to Wizard #42 with the greatest heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe…plus, Dark Horse Star Wars comics are still in canon, Marvel purchases Malibu, Keith Giffen reveals which of his creations he hates, and one of the magazine’s worst features finally says goodbye.  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

 

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #40 (December 1994)

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It’s true:  Marvel’s X-titles have been cancelled.  Also, Rob Liefeld debuts Maximum Press, Frank Miller and Neil Gaiman are interviewed, and one lucky fan wins dinner with a guy in an X-O Manowar suit.  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics! Continue Reading »

The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #38 (October 1994)

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What insane marketing hook did Marvel initially use for the Age of Apocalypse?  How did the average Person on the Street react to Wizard’s Bad Girls survey?  Why would anyone ask John Byrne about his breakfast?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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1987 And All That: D.P. 7 #3-14

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.

CoverD.P. 7 #3-14 (Marvel) by Mark Greunwald, Paul Ryan, Romeo Tanghal, Al Williamson, Danny Bulanadi, Paul Becton, Phil Felix

Realism in superhero comics is an interesting struggle. Because there is an inherently fantastical element to any story involving people with impossible powers, finding a way to keep them grounded is not always an easy or obvious task. Typically, these are narratives about grown men and women who make up secret names for themselves and throw on outlandish, bright, skintight costumes every time there’s someone evil to punch. This is not exactly a genre that lends itself to a believable narrative.  And it’s not that every superhero story needs realism, but those that do strive for it often go the “grim and gritty” route, seeing brutality and depression as the only means of bringing their demigod-like characters back down to Earth. To keep things exciting and intense without always relying on larger-than-life, city-block-devastating action, creators will turn to the ugliest, darkest aspects of human nature and heighten them to superheroic levels. And certainly many great things have come from this strategy, but more and more often it feels like current creators are piling on the darkness without any rhyme or reason, and the results are just as unrealistic as anything, only bleaker and more violent. D.P. 7 offers a different approach, realistic not because of any darkness in tone but because of its pacing, telling its story in as close to real time as it can. At its best, this tactic makes the series better and smarter than your average comic book by far. But at its worst, it’s incredibly boring. As boring as real life. Continue Reading »

The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #37 (September 1994)

37-bannerYoungblood receives its first rebranding, Event Comics is still preparing to take over the comics industry, and Brute & Babe escape the pages of Wizard and star in their own comic.  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #36 (August 1994)

Can Wizard do a promo piece on the Spider-Clone storyline while keeping a straight face?  Will Event Comics change comics forever?  Can Zero Hour keep DC’s continuity straight for at least five years?  Find out in this week’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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Flippin’ through Previews – January 2016

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Whoo-hoo! Look at that date up there! It’s a brand new year, and a brand new Previews to go along with it! Let’s dive right in!
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The Guide to the Guide to Comics – WIZARD #34 (June 1994)

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Wizard celebrates women with another Jim Balent cover, TSR resolves the X-Men vs. Iron Man debate, and an anonymous Wizard copywriter makes J. Scott Campbell very angry.  All in today’s Guide to the Guide to Comics!

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