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Abandoned An' Forsaked: Who Killed Spawn?

Abandoned An' Forsaked: Who Killed Spawn?

In the latest retcon spotlight, CSBG looks at how Rob Liefeld's depature from Image Comics in the mid 1990s led to a major retcon in who killed the lead character of Todd McFarlane's Spawn.

Gimmick or Good? - Todd McFarlane's

Gimmick or Good? - Todd McFarlane's "Spider-Man" #1

In the debut of this new CSBG feature, we look at a '90s "gimmick" cover, the multiple-colored covers of Todd McFarlane's "Spider-Man" #1, and determine whether it was actually a good comic or just a gimmick!

"Claremont Sticks Up For Ms. Marvel" & More Meta-Messages

Comic book writers often use their characters to comment on the work of their peers, and CSBG's collection of these "meta-messages" includes Chris Claremont having Ms. Marvel complain about her treatment in "Avengers."

"The Saga of Teen Iron Man" & More Dropped Comic Book Plots

Writers often resolve the stories of creators who came before them, and CSBG revisits how in the 90s Marvel handled replacing Iron Man with a teenage version of himself from the past.

The Line It Is Drawn - Album Cover Homages

The Line It Is Drawn - Album Cover Homages

This week we pay homage to classic album covers, with Cyclops copying Michael Jackson's Bad," the Fantastic Four standing in for the Fab Four, the Robins as the Ramones, the Beatle's "White Album" and much more!

Wouldn't You Like to Own a Hypnocoin? Plus More Crazy Comic Ads!

Wouldn't You Like to Own a Hypnocoin? Plus More Crazy Comic Ads!

CSBG's collection of the oddest comic book ads of all-time includes countless ways to trick your dad into buying you a BB gun and, of course, ads for the legendary hypnocoin!

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak!

The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak!

22 weeks ago, CSBG began an experiment tracking how many weeks could go by before one arrived without a comic book cover homage being released. They haven't missed a week yet! Check out the covers featured so far.

The Line It Is Drawn - Superheroes Break Bad!

The Line It Is Drawn - Superheroes Break Bad!

This week, superheroes break bad as our artists draw your ideas for evil versions of superheroes! Are you ready for evil Tick? Evil Supergirl? Evil Sailor Moon? Or even -- evil ALF?!?

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Wonder Woman's Bondage Controversy

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Wonder Woman's Bondage Controversy

Was creator William Marston specifically told to reduce Wonder Woman bondage in chains by 50%? Did DC really win a trademark dispute over the cricket term "batsman?" All this plus another "Peanuts" mystery!

COMMITTED: Ten Great Superhero Boot Designs

COMMITTED: Ten Great Superhero Boot Designs

CSBG's Sonia Harris takes a look at superhero fashion once again, this time choosing her top ten favorite pieces of footwear and the artists who illustrated them.

Abandoned Love - Lemire's Scorched Earth Approach to

Abandoned Love - Lemire's Scorched Earth Approach to "Green Arrow"

In their latest spotlight on abruptly abandoned stories, CSBG takes a look at Jeff Lemire's recent debut on "Green Arrow," where he sent the previous status quo off with a bang -- literally!

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Robert Kirkman's

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Robert Kirkman's "Invincible"

In honor of the 100th issue of Invincible, CSBG takes a look at Easter eggs from Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley's hit series, including cameos from the Walking Dead, the Venture Brothers and...Sleepwalker?!

That Time Superman Had The Ability To Shoot A Mini-Superman From His Hands

That Time Superman Had The Ability To Shoot A Mini-Superman From His Hands

Ever wish you could see Superman shoot a miniature version of himself out of his palms to fight crime? Well, you're in luck, as you can see from CSBG's latest entry examining the strangest comics of all-time!

"Whatever Happened to Spider-Man's Baby?" & More Dropped Storylines

Sometimes comic book writers must quickly resolve the stories of creators who came before them, and the latest example in CSBG's growing archive shows how Marvel dealt with getting rid of Spider-Man's baby.

"Learning Batman's Secret Identity Can Be Fatal" & More Comic Book Patterns

CSBG's collection of recurring comic book patterns includes a segment spotlighting all the characters who discovered Batman's secret identity -- RIGHT before they were killed.

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Batman Week 2!

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Batman Week 2!

This week, it's another all-Batman TV series edition of CBLR! Did Frank Miller get the idea for Carrie Kelley from the "Batman" TV pilot? Was Batgirl originally going to get her own series? Find out today!

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Where's Waldo? In the Pages of

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Where's Waldo? In the Pages of "Gambit," Of Course!

Meanwhile, In CSBG's latest collection of comic book Easter eggs, we find Waldo hiding in an issue of "Gambit" and Julie Schwartz and Diane Duane working as doctors in "Uncanny X-Men!"

The X-Men and the Case of the Exploding Communion Wafers

The X-Men and the Case of the Exploding Communion Wafers

In the newest examination of the strangest comic book stories of all-time, CSBG explores when the X-Men foiled a plot involving the revelation that a mutant was pope and exploding Holy Communion wafers.

Abandoned & Forsaked: Nightcrawler Was A Priest?

Abandoned & Forsaked: Nightcrawler Was A Priest?

In CSBG's latest spotlight on abandoned and retconned comic book plots, Brian Cronin takes a look at Nightcrawler's short-lived tenure as an ordained Catholic priest.

"Jack Kirby Jabs at Stan Lee" & More Meta-Messages

Comic book writers often use their characters to comment on the work of their peers. CSBG collects these "meta-messages," including Jack Kirby's thinly veiled satire of Stan Lee and Roy Thomas in "Fourth World."

"Colossus and Wolverine Do the Fastball Special!" & More Comic Book Patterns

CSBG's collection of recurring comic book patterns includes Spider-Man's identity being revealed, Dr. Doom "dying" and the latest installment, Colossus and Wolverine executing the "Fastball Special" maneuver!

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Claremont's Secret X-Men Return

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Claremont's Secret X-Men Return

Did Chris Claremont secretly return to the X-Men books in 1999? Did Steve Ditko seriously turn down a chance to adapt Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" as a comic book? Plus, a strange Peanuts rumor!

Line It Is Drawn: Rock and Roll Superheroes!

Line It Is Drawn: Rock and Roll Superheroes!

This week, our artists drew your suggestions for superheroes joining famous rock and roll groups! Wonder Woman in the Eurythmics, Batman in Black Sabbath, Rage Against the Machine Man and much more!

How Did DC Comics Exit the Mod Wonder Woman Era?

How Did DC Comics Exit the Mod Wonder Woman Era?

In CSBG's latest spotlight on how comics drop unwanted plotlines, Abandoned Love, Brian Cronin looks at how DC Comics handled the end of the short-lived "Mod" era of Wonder Woman.

Comic Book Easter Eggs: G.I. Joe Easter Eggs

Comic Book Easter Eggs: G.I. Joe Easter Eggs

In their latest spotlight on comic book easter eggs, CSBG takes a look at a series of G.I. Joe in-jokes, including guest appearances by Spider-Man, Astro Boy, Flaming Carrot and more!

Abandoned & Forsaked: Betty Banner's Death - Fastest Retcon <i>Ever</i>?

Abandoned & Forsaked: Betty Banner's Death - Fastest Retcon Ever?

In his latest spotlight on abandoned and retconned plot lines, CSBG's Brian Cronin takes a look at the death and cremation of Betty Banner, possibly the quickest retcon in comics history!

"Are You Man -- Or Fiend From Hell?" & More Cool Comic Book Moments

CSBG's collection of cool comic book moments includes the resolution of the first dramatic confrontation between Batman and the grandfather of Damian Wayne, Ra's Al Ghul!

A Collection of Interconnected Comic Book Covers!

A Collection of Interconnected Comic Book Covers!

CSBG's newest feature collects interconnected comic book covers, like the recent three-part Marvel NOW! "Avengers" cover from Dustin Weaver and Ed Benes' two-part cover for "Justice League of America #1."

The Line It Is Drawn - A Pun-derful Tribute to Peter David

The Line It Is Drawn - A Pun-derful Tribute to Peter David

In honor of the great Peter David, the Line this week features pun-themed superheroes and villains, from Abra Kadaver to Snowclone to the battle between Rick O'Shae and the replicating More Man.

COMMITTED: Lemire Discusses Keeping John Constantine

COMMITTED: Lemire Discusses Keeping John Constantine "Real"

CSBG's resident concerned John Constantine fan Sonia Harris spoke with incoming "Constantine" writer Jeff Lemire about his take on the character in the DCU and taking on the legacy of the Vertigo staple.

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Why "Young Avengers" Is the Future of Superhero Comics

After giving the first issue of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's "Young Avengers" five-stars, Kelly Tompson further explains why she feels the Marvel NOW! series represents the future of superhero comics.

When Silver Age Lois Lane Met Someone With More Issues Than Her

When Silver Age Lois Lane Met Someone With More Issues Than Her

Silver Age Lois Lane is well known for her strange behavior (typically in an attempt to prove Clark Kent is Superman). Today, meet a man from the Silver Age who makes Lois Lane seem completely normal in comparison.

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Is "Europe" Just A Codename for Green Goblins' Deaths?

In the latest installment of ABANDONED AN' FORSAKED, CSBG explores the death and "resurrection" of Harry Osborn, including the strange way that both Harry and Norman Osborn spent their supposed "deaths" in Europe.

"Spider-Man Unmasked!" & More Comic Book Patterns

CSBG's collection of recurring comic book patterns includes Hulk complaining about puny humans, other characters picking up Thor's hammer and the latest edition -- Spider-Man's secret identity seemingly being revealed.

Brian Wood's

Brian Wood's "X-Men" Gives Promise to Female Leads Everywhere

In her latest segment of SHE HAS NO HEAD, Kelly Thompson explores the announcement of Brian Wood & Olivier Coipel's new "X-Men" title, comparing how far mainstream comics have come in handling female-driven superhero comics.

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Fellini's

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Fellini's "Flash Gordon," Allred's "X-Force"

Did famed filmmaker Federico Fellini really write an Italian bootleg Flash Gordon comic in the late '30s? Did Charlton Comics get its start in a PRISON? And where's Mike Allred's "X-Force" character The Horn?

That Time the Metal Men Responded to Reader Complaints

That Time the Metal Men Responded to Reader Complaints

CSBG examines the bizarre Silver Age story where the Metal Men sought out new foes in response to actual letters from readers complaining that their enemies were getting too repetitive.

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Leinil Francis Yu & Hidden Howard the Ducks

Comic Book Easter Eggs: Leinil Francis Yu & Hidden Howard the Ducks

In CSBG's latest Easter egg spotlight, check out superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu's devotion to getting Howard the Duck some attention, even if it is just from Yu sneaking him into the backgrounds of comics.

"Even X-Men Can't Survive Cremation, Right?" & More Abandoned Stories

CSBG examines abandoned comic book stories & ideas that were explained away by later writers, including this week's edition, the revelation that although he died and was cremated, Colossus is still among the living.

Comics Book Legends Revealed - Lois Lane, Shade the Changing Man

Comics Book Legends Revealed - Lois Lane, Shade the Changing Man

This week, was Lois Lane based on Jerry Siegel's wife? Plus, who was the original killer in "Countdown to Infinite Crisis" and did Peter Milligan plan to end "Shade, the Changing Man" earlier than DC wanted?

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