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Top Ten Crossover Storylines in Comic Book History

What is a comic book crossover storyline? Well, it’s a comic book story that travels through at least two (but often more) different titles. For example, the classic Avengers/Defenders War took place between the two titles during the 1970s and is still talked about to this day by loyal fans. A crossover could also have one centric title, with several

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Marvel Comics to Remove Guns from the Punisher, Other Superheroes

Marvel Comics has announced that as of this summer, their heroes will no longer be using guns or firearms. Of course, this will affect characters like the Punisher the most, but other Marvel characters such as Deadpool, Cable and Black Widow will also be losing their guns moving forward, in favor of either bladed weapons or hand-to-hand combat. Not only

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Sit DOWN Sunday Comic Book News Livestream – 28 March 2021 Edition

On the latest installment of Sit DOWN Sunday (hosted on Patrick Thomas Parnell’s YouTube channel Riot Press Productions), The Splintering founder Blake Worrell got another chance to discuss recent comic book news with Parnell and Mermaids creator Adam Post. This week, we discussed Marvel leaving Diamond Comic Distributors, Netflix’s plans to produce a series based on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic,

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No, Marvel’s “Squirrel Girl” Comics Were Never a Success

Certainly Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has her fans, and they are quite a vocal bunch. A vocal, special bunch. Despite efforts to claim otherwise, however, the Squirrel Girl character has never really been successful in carrying her own solo book. And yes, that includes trade paperback sales, too. One of the more objective voices commenting on the mainstream comic

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John Buscema Artwork Stolen from Buscema Family in New York

The family of legendary comic book artist John Buscema has released a statement that a large trove of the late creator’s artwork has been stolen from the family. Here is the statement from John Buscema’s daughter, Dianne Buscema-Gerogianis: “I am reaching out to you all as 45 pieces of Dad’s original artwork was stolen from our family this morning. I

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In Memorium: Marvel Comics Inker and World War II Veteran Joe Sinnott

This past June, the family of Joe Sinnott announced that the legendary Marvel Comics inker had passed away. Sinnott was born on 16 October, 1926, so we’ve chosen to commemorate his life on what would have been his 94th birthday. Joe Sinnott was born the sixth of seven children in Saugerties, New York. After serving in the U.S. Navy during

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Top Ten Living Legends: Comic Book Writer/Artist/Creators WHO DO IT ALL

Welcome back to another Top Ten list here at The Splintering. Today, we’re spotlighting the top ten writer/artist/creators – essentially, those creators who “do it all.”  We’re taking everything into account on this one, including the creators’ writing, their artwork and their creations.  Read on and be sure to let us know who we may have left out in the

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Collecting Original Comic Book Art – The Basics

Comic book fans express their love and fandom of their favorite characters and stories in several ways.  They may collect every issue of a character’s comic book, obtain signatures from their favorite creators, cosplay in creative homemade designs, collect action figures or statues, and even commission sketches from their favorite artists. For me, the ultimate in collecting comic books is

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Timing is Everything: How a Three Year Delay Created the Definitive “Spider-Man” Story of the 80’s

Over the past 30-plus years, there have been numerous articles written devoted to the history of Kraven’s Last Hunt, a six-issue story arc which appeared across all three of Marvel’s Spider-Man titles in 1987.  The story by JM DeMatteis, Mike Zeck, Bob McLeod and others seems to be in constant print, with trade paperbacks and hardcovers still being produced today. 

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Newsstand vs. Direct Editions – The Original Comic Book Variant Covers

The word “variant” to comic book fans elicits a wide range of reactions.  From excitement and wonder to frustration and disdain.  People often forget that there were variants in play long before publishers began over-saturating the shelves with various cover images.  Yes, there was the classic Canadian or UK price variant, but I’m talking about the Newsstand vs. Direct Edition

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Comics Legend Dennis O’Neil Passes Away at 81

On Thursday, legendary comic book writer Dennis O’Neil passed away from natural causes. O’Neil began his comic book career at Marvel Comics, where he penned Doctor Strange and Strange Tales.  He would later bounce between Charlton Comics, DC Comics, returning to Marvel, and ultimately landing again at DC where he would become the editor of the entire Batman line of

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“Epic Battles of the Civil War” (Marvel Comics – Memorial Day Special)

“Early July, 1861. The war has started, and the first major battle is about to take place. The Confederate Army, under General Beauregard, is camped on the west bank of Bull Run, a stream in Virginia that flows into the Potomac River. The plan is to prevent the Union Army from getting to the railroad center of Manassas Junction… and

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Comic book pioneer Allen Bellman passes away

Golden Age comic book artist Allen Bellman has passed away. He was 95 years old. Bellman worked as an artist at Timely and Atlas before the company eventually became Marvel Comics. During his career, Bellman worked on some enduring superhero icons including Captain America, The Human Torch, and Sub Mariner Comics. Bellman also worked on Westerns, jungle adventures, mysteries, and

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Did Marvel rip off Kyle Ritter’s indie comic project “Starblades”?

As part of their Marvel Future Fight mobile game, Marvel recently announced a new all-Asian superhero team: the Warriors of the Sky. The characters include War Tiger from Thailand, Blue Dragon from Vietnam, Sun Bird from Malaysia. and Shadow Shell from Taiwan, all of whom are identifiable with color-coded designs and animal “totems”. Looks fine, right? Well, as Twitter user

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DC and Marvel Comics artist Tom Lyle in a coma after suffering aneurysm

Longtime comic book artist Tom Lyle is in a coma after suffering a brain aneurysm. Tomb Raider artist Phillip Sevy broke the news on social media: “So my mentor & friend #TomLyle is in the hospital right now after suffering a brain aneurysm. The doctors are hopeful but he could use all the good thoughts/wishes/etc.” Sevy provided additional information on

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J. Scott Campbell reveals all five variant covers for “The Amazing Mary Jane”

Over the past 24 hours, renowned comic book artist J. Scott Campbell has teased out five variant covers for The Amazing Mary Jane #1, a spinoff book featuring Peter Parker’s stunning, scarlet-haired love interest. These variants feature M.J. styled in era-appropriate dress across a span of five decades: the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and I suppose the 2019 version is

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Could Conan the Barbarian join the MCU?

Marvel reacquired the Conan comic book license earlier this year, and since then, the Conan comics have been a fairly successful sales story, by modern standards, anyway. Marvel must be happy with the performance of the Conan property, because earlier in September, the publisher acquired the comic book rights to two other Robert E. Howard characters: Dark Agnes and Solomon

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“Graveyard Shift” creator Jon Malin defends fellow comic artist Rob Liefeld from detractors

Rob Liefeld is responsible for creating some of Marvel’s most enduring comic book characters from the 1990s. Deadpool, Cable, the X-Force- all of these were born of Liefeld’s brain, after which he went on to become one of the founding fathers of Image Comics. However, that hasn’t stopped Liefeld’s detractors from criticizing his work (including the often-parroted “Rob Liefeld can’t

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Crystal Dynamics’ “Avengers” characters get a face-lift

Following their reveal at the Square Enix press conference at E3 2019, the character designs from Crystal Dynamics’ upcoming Avengers game received quite a bit of ribbing and well-intentioned ridicule. The latest footage of Marvel’s The Avengers from Gamescom, however, seems to indicate that the artists at Crystal Dynamics have taken the feedback to heart. Take a look at the

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Comic Store Owner Perch reacts to Marvel’s “Absolute Carnage” and “Future Foundation” Events

One of the more objective & insightful voices commenting on the comic book industry is Perch, an anonymous comic book shop owner who has appeared on several social media channels including the Larry King and Alterna Comics YouTube channels. Below are Perch’s thoughts on how Marvel’s editorial practices are evident in two of the company’s current events: Absolute Carnage and

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CNN embarrasses itself with big “The Walking Dead” boner

If you still need yet another example of how awful “news” organizations are at doing their jobs, look no further than today’s comic book coverage on CNN, who apparently believes that Marvel must publish every comic out there without a bat in the logo. As we (accurately) reported yesterday, Image Comics has ended the long-running series The Walking Dead this

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Marvel cancels “Squirrel Girl”, the first Marvel comic series starring hero with Down syndrome (humor)

Sigh. Here we go again… Just when it looked like Marvel actually cared about inclusion, off they go and cancel their only series starring a superhero with Down syndrome, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, which will end with issue #50. Marvel’s excuse? They didn’t really give one. Some are trying to tie the book’s cancellation to abysmally low sales, but shouldn’t

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Comic Store Owner Perch reacts to Marvel’s cancellation of “The Unstoppable Wasp”

One of the more objective & insightful voices commenting on the comic book industry is Perch, an anonymous comic book shop owner who has appeared on several social media channels including the Larry King and Alterna Comics YouTube channels. Below are Perch’s thoughts on Marvel’s cancellation of The Unstoppable Wasp, and what major comic book publishers could learn about marketing

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In 1992, the creator of Rocket Raccoon had his life changed forever- now his caregiver is asking for your help

Bill Mantlo was a prolific comic creator before a hit-and-run accident in 1992 caused him to be in institutional care ever since. Mantlo created several characters during his comic career including Rocket Racoon, Cloak & Dagger, the Micronauts, and Rom. It may come as a surprise, however, that despite creating enduring characters that have appeared in video games, toys and

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Comic store owner “Perch” reflects on the industry’s February sales numbers

A lot of folks like to make hay out of comic book sales numbers every time new information is released. One of the more objective & insightful voices commenting on the comic book industry is Perch, an anonymous comic book shop owner who has appeared on several social media channels including the Larry King and Alterna Comics YouTube channels. Below

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Roger Corman’s cancelled “Fantastic Four” film from 1994 is now available to watch on YouTube

Before failing three times to impress fans of Marvel’s The Fantastic Four with big-screen adaptations, there was a fully-produced film in 1994 that was considered to be so bad, it was canceled before release. Executive produced by Roger Corman and directed by Oley Sassone, this ill-fated take on Marvel’s first family starred Alex Hyde-White as Reed Richards (Richaaarrrrds!!!), Jay Underwood

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