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Comic Book Easter Eggs – Terry Austin Popeye Easter Eggs!

Every week, I will be sharing with you three comic book “easter eggs.” An easter egg is a joke/visual gag/in-joke that a comic book creator (typically the artist) has hidden in the pages of the comic for readers to find (just like an easter egg). They range from the not-so-obscure to the really obscure. So come check ‘em all out and enjoy! Also, click here for an archive of all the easter eggs featured so far! If you want to suggest an easter egg for a future column, e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com (do not post your suggestion in the comments section!).

This week, all the easter eggs are Popeye cameos by the great Terry Austin!

Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 312: New Mutants #86

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from New Mutants #86, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated February 1990. Enjoy!
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What I bought – 31 October 2012

His father smiled thinly. “Perhaps not for a while. But in the end, someone always has to have his or her neck popped, as you so quaintly put it. The people demand it. Sooner or later, if there isn’t a turncoat, the people make one.” (Stephen King, from The Gunslinger)

Really, Marvel? So that's what happened to Elvis! Oh, it's here all right! So spooooooky! Well, isn't that unpleasant I don't know why they're under water, honestly It will make you feel better! 'Did someone put a Kick Me sign on my back?' Um, what? Orson ANGRY! Big fake star! Yet another one to dazzle me! Crossover!
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Committed: Diving into the X-Statix Omnibus

Last night in my dreams, The Orphan from X-Statix was asked to do an interview. In the way of dreams, I don’t remember what it was about. But I do remember that he didn’t say what he was asked to say, and while Spike Freeman wasn’t happy about it, the team loved it. I woke up gagging to get back to reading my giant comic book.

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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 119: The New Mutants Annual #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. This month I will be doing theme weeks (more or less), with each week devoted to a single writer. This quasi-week: Chris Claremont. Today’s page is from The New Mutants Annual #2, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated October 1986. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 62: New Mutants #100

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from New Mutants #100, which was published by Marvel and is cover dated April 1991. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 1: New Mutants #18

I was going to do something for an entire year, and I still might, but for now, we’ll see how doing it for a month goes!
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Comics You Should Own – The New Mutants #18-31

Well, that’s an odd collection of issues. Why those, you ask? Read on!
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Comics You Should Own Archive

Here are links to all the Comics You Should Own essays I have written so far. Plus, I’ve added some explanation.  Enjoy!
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Comics: The most versatile art form?

I was going to call this “Comics are awesome,” but I guess Bill Reed has already cornered the market on that title! Oh, and SPOILERS below, in case spoilering things bothers you. And some minor NSFW work stuff, too. Man, I’m out of control!
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Committed: Issues with Back Issues, pt. 1

022410_comics2Last week, on my last day in London visiting the house I grew up in, I decided to tackle my comic book collection. This is a pretty sparse little pile of boxes, taking up some space in my dad’s office. I really wasn’t sure what state they’d be in, or how I’d be able to find them (my dad’s way of storing things is… interesting to say the least), but I was pretty determined. After a day of moving the things that were in front of and on top of the boxes (it turned out he’d put boards on top of them and made them a table to hold a tv and other assorted detritus), we managed to unearth a rather neat little time capsule spanning my comic book collecting years of 1981-1995. Continue Reading »

Committed: Introduction

There’s nothing cool or sexy about reading comics. I mean it, and I should know, I’ve been reading them all my life, since I could only understand the pictures and wonder what the hell the words meant (but when the comic books you’re reading are your dad’s stolen Fat Freddy’s Cat, not being able to read detracts nothing). Up until very recently, my comic book habit was only just tolerated by most of my friends, I’d try to get them into it, giving them graphic novels and saying “Oh, I bought too many copies of Violent Cases, you might like it…” they didn’t). Time moves on, and now at least a few of them see the value of the medium, and I’m lucky to say that some of my friends are even fellow zealots.

010610_violentcasesBut when I was the only little english girl in the playground who wanted to play X-Men, running around pretending to be Phoenix with my telekinetic powers, or the Hulk (I really enjoyed growling “You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry”, and then roaring a whole bunch – who wouldn’t?), everyone else wanted to play Charlie’s Angels (and what were their superpowers? Long hair?) When people saw me reading Superman, or Love & Rockets, they balked. It quickly became pretty clear that comics weren’t socially acceptable. Even on my annual visits to America to visit my New York dwelling family, I only occasionally glimpsed a world of comic-influenced play, and that place was clearly reserved for the boys. I could ask to play with their Batman toys, coveting those batmobiles that actually shot little missiles (to this day I still fantasize about inheriting my dad’s), but owning my own superhero toys was a step too far into overt weirdo territory.

Nowadays, despite the growing popularity of comic books and the superhero medium, I haven’t really changed. Continue Reading »

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