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john cassaday’s captain america tribute

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If every dark cloud has a silver lining, then Captain America’s funeral was the silver lining of his death a few years ago. Well, the silver lining would have been the gut-wrenching epic of the surrounding 50 or so issues of Captain America with Ed Brubaker at the helm. So, let us just say this funeral full of Cap memorials by John Cassaday is not the silver lining. It is the vibranium-adamantium alloy lining. If you know why such an alloy is relevant here, you spend entirely too much time reading Marvel Comics. Welcome to our world.

These pages come from the fifth and final issue of Jeph Loeb’s Captain America: Fallen Son; Marvel Comics, 2007.

Behold.

 
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amazing heroes 58: alan moore interview

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This 1984 interview with Alan Moore comes from Amazing Heroes #58.
It features an introduction by Kim Thompson and a portrait of Moore by Steve Bissette.

 
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in blackest night by alan moore

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You can find this brief yet ingenious tale of the Green Lantern Corps in the single issue Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual 3, or in the highly recommended collection DC Universe by Alan Moore.

 
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The Origin of Star-lord

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Though we have a general consensus that the Star-lord Special Edition by Claremont and Byrne is one of the awesomest Bronze Age comics, Star-lord fans know a few gems awaiting those who dig deeper. Consider this origin story by the prolific Doug Moench. And dig that opening splash panel by Tom Sutton!

Do you absolutely desire your own copy printed on tree corpses? You can buy Star-lord’s origin in Marvel Spotlight #6; Marvel Comics, 1980. Oh, the scent of vintage paper!

Cover by Bill Sienkiewicz and Joe Rubinstein.


black panther’s unfinished business with the kkk

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When Marvel cancelled Jungle Action in 1976, they left an unfinished story about Black Panther and the KKK. Author Don McGregor moved on to other projects, and his Black Panther run is one of the Bronze Age’s great “unfinished symphonies.” We have scans of Jungle Action #21 where the story began with T’Challa’s nightmarish and fiery crucifixion. And you can buy the Marvel Masterworks Black Panther to read McGregor’s complete run.

 
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The story eventually found closure in the pages of Marvel Premiere #52. With Jeremy Bingham and Gene Day on artwork, Ed Hannigan gives a decent wrap-up to the Panther’s KKK battle. Even the racist-themed super villain looks pretty awesome in his splash panel, which is kind of a weird thing to say but there you go. Nicely drawn.

 
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Anyway, before we listed these two issues as a lot on Ebay, we snapped some photos you can peruse below. And if you understand the sort of madness that would drive us to photograph the page with the Marvel Value Stamp, then you are truly one of us. Enjoy!

 
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Titans Together: 24 George Perez Splash Pages

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Though thirty-four years have passed since Marv Wolfman and George Perez began their run on the Teen Titans for DC Comics, time has done nothing to diminish our affection for their work. Our gallery below presents a collection of splash pages and two-page spreads from the first twenty issues of The New Teen Titans, showcasing Perez’s knack for detail, action, and creative layouts. Romeo Tanghal’s ink work made him an integral part of the team. Nothing displays this better than the two pages (included in our gallery) penciled by legendary Superman artist Curt Swan in issue #5. Under Tanghal’s pen they seamlessly maintain the look and feel Perez established for the title.

 
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The New Teen Titans embraced the absurdities of superhero comics while taking them to a higher level with rich characterizations and finely-crafted emotional lives for its adolescent stars. It managed to be a grown-up book without being an “adult” title, and to handle many serious stories without veering off into the “grim and gritty” deconstructionism of more famous works from the 1980s. The New Teen Titans deserved better than the cheap paper and printing processes of the average comic book of its time. It thus became one of the first mainstream superhero books to change to a higher-quality printing process, though unfortunately this came near the end of Perez’s stint on the title.

 
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Readers would have to wait many years to see Perez’s outstanding art printed in a high-quality format it deserved. This began with The New Teen Titans DC Archive Edition in 1999, a four-volume hardcover reprinting #1-27, the first Annual, the first appearance in DC Comics Presents #26, and the Tales of the New Teen Titans limited series. Sadly, that printing only covered less than half of the incredible Wolfman/Perez run. Readers would have to wait even longer for a complete reprint of the masterpiece.

 
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More recently, from 2011 to 2013, DC Comics unleashed The New Teen Titans Omnibus. This three-volume hardcover series spans 1,720 pages, at last giving the outstanding series the treatment it deserved.

As a result, the demand for original printings of all but the earliest issues has significantly declined. So, if you enjoy collecting classics on a budget, you will find the original issues of New Teen Titans incredibly affordable. The upside of having the original issues is that you can truly enjoy the two-page spreads in a format where they open up completely and don’t lose any artwork in the ‘gutter’ between pages. We love omnibus formats, but sometimes a floppy old comic book that opens flat allows you to really take in the artwork as originally intended. The choice is yours!

 


Ten More Top Ten Favorite Single Issues

Since we posted Our Top Ten Favorite Single Issues in October, 2011, our fan-blogging obsessions brought many more printed treasures to our attention. One by one, we added them to Mars Will Send No More until today’s post can link you to every one of them for in-depth exploration.

Well, nine out of ten at least. Close enough for this summer! Qualifications for inclusion on this list are simple: The issue cannot be from a series already covered in our original Top Ten, and it must be brain-stunningly awesome. Six of them are black and white books, and we had only read three of them before we started this site in 2011. Allow us to present, in no particular order, Ten More of Our All-Time Favorite Single Issues. Click their titles to learn more about each one!

 
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Armadillo Comics #2 by Jim Franklin; 1971, Rip Off Press

 
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Man from Utopia #0 by Rick Griffin; 1972

 
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Lone Wolf & Cub #28; First Publishing

 
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Devil Dinosaur #1 by Jack Kirby; Marvel, 1978

 
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Cartoon History of the Universe #1 by Larry Gonick; 1978, Rip Off Press

 
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Anarchy Comics #1; 1978, Last Gasp

 
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Silver Surfer #1; Marvel, 1968

 
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Super Villain Classics #1; Marvel, 1983

 
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World Around Us #15: Prehistoric Animals; Gilberton, 1959

 

 

Psychotic Adventures #2. Last Gasp, 1974.
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This is the one we need to scan for the archives. You can sometimes find it in stock at MyComicShop, but Last Gasp seems to have run out of copies of both this and the first issue. That’s a shame, because it is one of the most intense, over-the-top comic book stories ever put on paper. Until we get it updated, you can see some short stories from issues one and three.

 

 
Runner up: Spectacular Spider-man #21; Marvel, 2003.
Our original Top Ten had a runner up, so let’s sneak one in here, too!

We don’t have scans of it but you can buy it cheap. The current plot description in MyComicShop is totally wrong, so let us set the record straight. This issue came at the end of Paul Jenkins’ enjoyable run on Spider-man. In this issue, Jenkins gives us a warm and personal evening with some of Marvel’s flagship superheroes playing a game of poker. The Kingpin of Crime shows up with a massive pile of cash asking to get dealt in, and tensions escalate. Rich with humor and lacking a single fist fight, this issue exemplifies the depth of character Jenkins brought to his Spidey stories.

But what about…?
Several noteworthy series have not made it into our Top 20 single issues. This includes works like DMZ, Clan Apis, Frank, 100 Bullets, and Sin City, where the entire series as a work of art outweighs any single issue. We will rectify this with future lists!


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