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Year of the Artist, Day 174: John Paul Leon, Part 3 – Earth X #X

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Paul Leon, and the issue is Earth X #X (yeah), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 2000. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 171: John Romita, Jr., Part 5 – Captain America #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 John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Captain America (volume ∞) #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated January 2013. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 170: John Romita, Jr., Part 4 – Uncanny X-Men #301

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #301, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated June 1993. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 169: John Romita, Jr., Part 3 – Daredevil #260

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Daredevil #260, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 1988. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 168: John Romita, Jr., Part 2 – Amazing Spider-Man #246 and 250

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issues are Amazing Spider-Man #246 and 250, which were published by Marvel and are cover dated November 1983 and March 1984, respectively. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 167: John Romita, Jr., Part 1 – Iron Man #120

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is John Romita, Jr., and the issue is Iron Man #120, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1979. These scans are from the hardcover edition of Demon in a Bottle, which came out in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 162: Paul Smith, Part 4 – X-Men Unlimited #43

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Paul Smith, and the story is “Lockheed the Dragon” in X-Men Unlimited #43, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2003 (actually, it doesn’t have a cover date nor indicia, so I’m relying on the Comic Book Database for that date). Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 160: Paul Smith, Part 2 – Uncanny X-Men #173

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Paul Smith, and the issue is Uncanny X-Men #173, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated September 1983. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 159: Paul Smith, Part 1 – Marvel Fanfare #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 Paul Smith, and the story is “Snow!” from Marvel Fanfare #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated March 1982. This scan is from the trade paperback, which was published in 2008. Enjoy!
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Year of the Artist, Day 157: Michael Lark, Part 4 – Daredevil #82

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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 Lark, and the comic is Daredevil #82, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 2006. Enjoy!
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1987 And All That: The X-Men vs. the Avengers #1-4

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

XvA1The X-Men vs. the Avengers #1-4 (Marvel) by Roger Stern (#1-3), Tom DeFalco (#4), Marc Silvestri (#1-3), Keith Pollard (#4), Josef Rubinstein, Christie “Max” Scheele, and Joe Rosen

25 years before the Avengers tried to take custody of Hope in order to prevent her from mishandling/abusing the power of a threat falling from space, they tried to take custody of Magneto in order to prevent him from mishandling/abusing the power of a threat that had recently fallen from space.

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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2014

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Could it be? After all these years? Is it here? Will it come out on time? Some of these answers can be found in Previews #309, so let’s go under the cut to find them out!
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What I bought – May 2014 selections

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“The novel I would most like to read at this moment,” Ludmilla explains, “should have as its driving force only the desire to narrate, to pile stories upon stories, without trying to impose a philosophy of life on you, simply allowing you to observe its own growth, like a tree, an entangling, as if of branches and leaves …” (Italo Calvino, from If on a winter’s night a traveler)
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She Has No Head! – The Disturbing Heart of DC’s Bombshell Covers

Ever since DC announced these covers, like many, I’ve had a wary eye on them. It seemed Bombshells Headerdisturbing that all the teasers we saw featured only women but part of me could not believe that in the year 2014 an entire company could be so magnificently tone deaf that they would create sexy variant “bombshell” covers featuring ONLY women.

And yet here we are.

All the covers have been released and all of them are sexy lady covers. Of course they are. Why do I even bother to hope?

This painfully reaffirms – in fact it screams from the rooftops – how DC views both men and women as characters and as people. Their message is clear – men can’t be “sexy bombshells” and women are and MUST be sexy bombshells. Their comics are for straight white males, full stop.

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Year of the Artist, Day 143: Mike Deodato, Part 5 – Original Sin #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 Mike Deodato, and the issue is Original Sin #1, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated July 2014. It’s a comic from the future!!!! Enjoy!
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