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Year of the Artist, Day 163: Paul Smith, Part 5 – The Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #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 issue is The Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1, which was published by IDW (and DC, sort of) and is cover dated July 2013. 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 161: Paul Smith, Part 3 – The Golden Age #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 Paul Smith, and the issue is The Golden Age #3, which was published by DC and is cover dated October 1993 (technically, it doesn’t have a cover date, but it was published in October). These scans are from the trade paperback, which came out in 1995. Enjoy! I guess there are SPOILERS ahead, but the book is 20 years old, so I don’t feel too bad about it.
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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 archive!

Here is a listing of all the artists featured in my daily posts, “Year of the Artist.” Easy-peasy!
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Comics You Should Own – She-Hulk volume 3 and volume 4 #1-21

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The Dan Slott issues, basically. Yes, I know theoretically they’re not “volume 3″ and “volume 4,” as one of the characters helpfully explains, but I can still call them that!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 133: The Golden Age #2

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from The Golden Age #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated 1993. Enjoy!
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She Has No Head! – Kitty Pryde: Saviour Of Everything?

There was a pretty good discussion in the comments of my last post, as well as another CSBG post last week Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame Coverabout superhero comics and the issues related to appealing to both men and women, boys and girls.  Rather than get into a superheated battle over it, I thought rather I’d offer up a mini-series that I read in trade recently that I felt pretty well covered all those bases – likely to appeal fairly broadly to both men and women.  The book, Kitty Pryde: Shadow & Flame, has the added of bonus of being particularly topical since Kitty Pryde was just this past week returned to the X-Universe (from exile in a giant metal bullet hurtling through space) thanks to Magneto (and Matt Fraction) in Uncanny X-Men #522.

I wasn’t always a Kitty Pryde fan, in fact when I was younger I think I alternated between finding her far too bratty and far too perfect.  It was frustrating as a reader to see that it wasn’t enough for Pryde to be an adorably cute genius with some of the best mutant powers around and to also possess a pure heart, honorable soul, evocative innocence, AND a be a wiz with computers; but that she ALSO had to become a master martial artist whose fighting skills rivaled the best of the best.  It was a bit much for me and it’s true I often felt the ‘Mary Sue’ effect that I have heard some other readers complain of.  Over time however, and in the hands of some good writers and artists (Alan Davis of course instantly springs to mind) I grew fond of Pryde, especially as she outgrew her bratty streak.  She never became my favorite hero, but I found I genuinely liked her.

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