Brian Cronin

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The Line It Is Drawn: Comic Book Video Game Mashups

Fri, February 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

This week, our artists drew comic books mashed up with video games! Rocket Raccoon Vs. Space Invaders, Casper meets Pac-Man & more!

A Look at Jewish Soviet Relations in the '70s, as Shown in... "The Defenders?"

Fri, February 7th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

CSBG spotlights another now-dated pop culture reference in Steve Gerber's commentary on Soviet Jewish relations during his 1970s "Defenders" run.

POLL: Who Is Your Favorite "Punisher" Writer?

Thu, February 6th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

With a new "Punisher" ongoing series debuting this week, we want to know which writer's take on Frank Castle's solo adventures is your favorite?

TV Legends Revealed: Did Barbara Bush Write an Apology Letter to Marge Simpson?

Wed, February 5th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

Brian Cronin books a return flight to Springfield to discover whether First Lady Barbara Bush really penned an apology letter to Marge Simpson.

Take CSBG's Complete 31 Days of Comics Challenge!

Sat, February 1st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

All January, CSBG put together a daily list of comic-related challenges (like "What was your first comic book?"). Here is the complete list!

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Did Marvel Steal the Idea for Wolverine From a Fan?

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Did Marvel steal the idea for Wolverine from a fan? And how did a Marvel editor cleaning his office give us the greatness of Art Adams?

The Line It Is Drawn: Mashing-Up Hanna-Barbera and the Comics

Fri, January 31st, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

This week, it's mash-ups of comic book and Hanna-Barbera characters! Spider-Man and Speed Buggy, Kraven hunting Yogi Bear and more!

Remember That Time A DC Comics Superhero Had Sex With A Dinosaur?

Thu, January 30th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

CSBG's latest strange comic spotlight is a doozy about a DC Comics superhero who had sex with a dinosaur in order to save a planet!

POLL: Which Short-Lived Vertigo Series Should Follow "iZombie" to Television?

Thu, January 30th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

CBR wants to know what other short-lived, gone-before-its-time Vertigo series you'd like to see follow "iZombie's" path to TV.

Movie Legends Revealed: Was Vader Originally Not Luke’s Father?

Wed, January 29th, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

Brian Cronin uses the Force to uncover whether the original draft of "The Empire Strikes Back" depicted a vastly different Skywalker family tree.

Comic Book Easter Eggs: National Lampoon's... Iron Man Vacation?!

Wed, January 29th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

CSBG's latest spotlight on cameos and in-jokes looks at the Griswold family from the "Vacation" films visiting the pages of Iron Man!

"Which 'Brady Bunch' Actress Was Pepper Potts Based On?" & More Blasts From the Past

Sun, January 26th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Check out CSBG's archive of instances where pop culture of the past influenced comic books, like the surprising "Brady Bunch" actress who inspired Pepper Potts!

Was "Eclipso: The Darkness Within" a Gimmick or Good?

Sat, January 25th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Check out CSBG's collection of gimmick covers, including the latest, DC's "Eclipso: The Darkness Within" crossover, and whether the books were actually good.

What's the First Comic You Ever Bought?

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

In the latest installment of their monthly comic book challenge, CSBG wants to know what was the first comic that you ever bought.

POLL: Which Horror Franchise Do You Want To See Make the Leap to Comics?

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Which horror franchise you would most like to see follow Romero's "Living Dead" and make the leap to comics for the first time?

Comic Book Legends Revealed: Revisiting Joel Schumacher's Bat-Credit Card

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Does DC own a trademark on Superman's logo font? What strange way did Denny O'Neil react to the credit card scene in "Batman and Robin?"

The Line It Is Drawn: Gender-Swapped Comic Characters

Fri, January 24th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

This week, our artists drew your suggestions for gender-swapped comic characters. Hellgirl, Red Sonan & Conja and -- Doop?!!?

What the Heck is a 'Venus Butterfly' and Why is Spidey Doing It?

Thu, January 23rd, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

CSBG examines the pop cultural origins of a surprisingly racy reference in a 1987 issue of "Amazing Spider-Man."

TV Legends Revealed: Did Oprah Winfrey Gain Her Famous First Name Because of a Typo?

Wed, January 22nd, 2014 | Category: TV/Film

This week Brian Cronin digs into the oft-repeated legend that Oprah Winfrey owes her first name to a typo on her birth certificate.

The First Anti-Spider-Man Daily Bugle Headline" & More Comic Book Firsts

Sun, January 19th, 2014 | Category: Comic Books

Check out CSBG's collection of first appearances, like the first appearance of the Batcave or the latest -- the first time J. Jonah Jameson libeled Spidey!

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