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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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Stan Lee’s legacy of pushing boundaries and freedom of expression

There’s several memorials to the late, great Stan Lee at the moment, but as is often the case, the outspoken RazörFist highlights several of Lee’s lesser-known contributions to western culture, including his history with pushing back against the restrictions of the Comics Code Authority, pioneering anime in the West, and his dedication to freedom of expression I feel it’s worth

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Remembering Stan Lee – my favorite moment

I never met Stan Lee. I only knew the Stan Lee public persona through cameos, public appearances, and of course, through his work. There are already a large number of online memorials following Lee’s passing on Monday, many of whom are from friends, colleagues, and those who actually met Stan the Man over the years. I can’t honestly assert any

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Celebrated Batman artist Norm Breyfogle passes away at 58

“Aw, fuuuuuck.” That’s exactly what I belted out the moment I read that Norm Breyfogle had passed away on Monday. It didn’t matter that I was in public, or that I was surrounded by elementary-aged kids (and their parents). You know what? I’m not even really all that sorry, either, because this one stings. Breyfogle was the artist drawing Batman

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Marvel Comics mourns the loss of two beloved creators

On Thursday, the Marvel Comics community is in mourning following the deaths of two influential creators. Marie Severin    1929-2018 Long-time Marvel artist and Will Eisner Hall of Fame member Marie Severin passed away on Wednesday. Severin began her career as a colorist in 1949. She joined EC Comics to work with her brother, John, who was an illustrator for EC

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Interview: Comic artist Jon Malin talks “Graveyard Shift”, heroism, and who he most wants to punch in the face!

Last week, the crowdfunding campaign for Graveyard Shift launched via Indiegogo where it became an instant success. At the time of this writing, the Graveyard Shift project has raised more than $30 thousand with a few weeks still to go. Graveyard Shift is a 46-page graphic novel created by comic industry veterans Mark Poulton (writer) and Jon Malin (artist). Graveyard

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Stan Lee’s business manager arrested; investigated for elder abuse

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating Keya Morgan, former business manager to Stan Lee, for alleged abuses against the legendary Marvel Comics creator. The investigation follows a complaint filed two months ago in which the 95 year-old Lee accused Morgan of isolating him from his friends and family. According to the accusation, Morgan moved Lee from his home to

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Ethan Van Sciver launches Indiegogo campaign for new “Cyberfrog” comic, fully funded in 20 minutes

On Wednesday, comic book artist and YouTubeStar Wars commentator Ethan Van Sciver launched the long-awaited crowdfunding campaign for Cyberfrog: Blood Honey on Indiegogo. Originally seeking 8 thousand dollars to fully fund the project, that benchmark was reached roughly 20 minutes after the campaign went live. Van Sciver (Scriver?) created and published Cyberfrog comics from 1993 to 1998, but abandoned the

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