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Why is Black Widow In Her 80s?

Why is Black Widow In Her 80s?

In Winds of Change, I spotlight retcons that I think should be implemented, like how I think Apocalypse should have been behind Wolverine getting his adamantium.

Today, let’s look at Black Widow’s age.

In 1972’s Daredevil #88, Gerry Conway firmly established World War II as being part of the Black Widow’s origin in her first real origin (an early Avengers story by Roy Thomas SORT of gave her an origin)…

Because of this, Chris Claremont famously used her as a child in Uncanny X-Men #268…

Due to that, there have been various explanations as to how she is still a fairly young woman to this day.

I don’t think it’s worth the rewards to the story. We’re seriously just all doing this based on a Conway story from 1972.

You know who else was tied to World War II? Reed Richards!

Have we come up with convoluted explanations for why he could have served in World War II? No (please, no one else come up with a convoluted explanation for how Reed served in World War II).

Conway didn’t do it because he felt that tying her into World War II was an important part of her back story, it was just something that could have realistically occurred in her childhood in 1972. It is NOT something that is necessary for the character, and I don’t think it even helps the character.

Yes, you got the whole “past romance with Bucky Barnes when he was the Winter Soldier,” but he literally could have met her at ANY time in the past. It didn’t have to be in the 1950s or whatever.

The whole “Red Room,” trained to be a killer from her youth, could be saved, just don’t have it be 70 years ago. Just have it be, you know, 30 years ago or whatever. Some nebulous time not connected to a specific date to age her.

Natasha being almost 90 is not something that helps the Black Widow’s storytelling engine (as our pal, John Seavey calls it, you know – the basic setup of the character and what drives her as a character). It doesn’t add anything of note and only makes her slightly more complicated as a character. So I think it should be either retconned or just ignored either way.

If you have a suggestion for a retcon that YOU’D like to see, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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Comic Legends: Was Kitty Pryde Deleted From Secret Wars?

Comic Legends: Was Kitty Pryde Deleted From Secret Wars?

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the six hundred and thirty-fourth week where we examine comic book legends and whether they are true or false.

As we’ve been doing it for some time now, one legend today, one tomorrow and one Sunday.

Let’s begin!

COMIC LEGEND:

Kitty Pryde was going to be in Secret Wars but then Jim Shooter took her out of the book.

STATUS:

False

One of the most famous comic book covers of all-time is Mike Zeck’s cover Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1…

However, a less famous, but still noteworthy image, is the drawing by Zeck that appeared in a lot of places, including the cover of Marvel Age #12, that looked like a first draft of the Secret Wars cover, only with Kitty Pryde on the cover!

This, naturally, led to speculation that Zeck was told by the book’s writer, Jim Shooter, to include her on the cover and then they had her taken out after they took her out of the book. Years and years ago, I did a legend where it was explained that, no, Zeck was just told to draw “The Fantastic Four, Avengers and X-Men” and he figured that they meant the current lineups of those teams, so he included Kitty, but then was told to take her out because she wasn’t actually in the book, so no one told him to include her on the cover (it is possible that he was told by a staffer who made the same mistake, so just noting in case it wasn’t actually Zeck who made the call).

However, this has led to another legend that while yes, Zeck did, in fact, draw her without being told by Shooter that she was in the comic, coincidentally Shooter HAD originally planned on having her in the story, but Chris Claremont asked her to be held out.

That is not the case. Kitty Pryde was NEVER part of the series. Shooter explained on his website that he never changed Secret Wars due to Kitty’s absence. It is quite possible that he DID ask Claremont beforehand if he had any plans for her or not, which is WHY she was never in Secret Wars, but whatever the case, she was never in the plot of the series.


Check out some legends from Legends Revealed:

How Did Abe Lincoln Growing a Beard Kick Start Milton Bradley’s Gaming Career?

Were Walt Disney’s Last Written Words Really “Kurt Russell”?

Did Van Morrison’s Record Company Force Him to Change the Name of His Song “Brown Skinned Girl” to “Brown Eyed Girl?”

Did Gone With the Wind Use the Word “Damn” in Violation of the Motion Picture Association Production Code?


Check back Saturday for part 2 of this week’s legends!

And remember, if you have a legend that you’re curious about, drop me a line at either brianc@cbr.com or cronb01@aol.com!

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Divided States of Hysteria Hate Crime Cover Draws Widespread Criticism

Divided States of Hysteria Hate Crime Cover Draws Widespread Criticism

A recently released cover for Howard Chaykin’s creator-owned comics series The Divided States of Hysteria #4, published by Image Comics, has attracted widespread criticism and condemnation for its graphic depiction of a violent hate crime.

The Chaykin-illustrated cover (viewable here, the image above is from the cover of the first issue of the series) shows a man that’s been hanged from a noose, with his genitals mutilated. A name tag is visible, reading a racial slur commonly used towards people of Pakistani descent.

The image was released online last week with Image Comics’ September 2017 solicitations on websites including CBR, but received attention Friday on social media after being pointed out via Twitter by comics journalist Rosie Knight, who wrote that the cover for the already-controversial series “manages to be the most offensive one yet.”

Quickly, both industry observers and professionals made their distaste for the cover clear on social media, including fellow Image creators such as Tini Howard, Ales Kot and Alex de Campi, who wrote, “Chaykin is punching down at marginalized groups so he can feel ‘daring.'” Criticism has extended to Image’s decision to publish such a graphic, disturbing and racially charged cover. Image Comics declined comment on the cover when reached by CBR on late Friday afternoon.

This is the second major controversy surrounding The Divided States of Hysteria since its first issue was released on June 7. The first issue included a transgender sex worker being attacked after her clients realize she’s trans, which received a vocally negative response for perpetuating the tropes of trans panic and transmisogynistic violence in fiction. The situation was exacerbated by the fact that it was published during Pride month, and was released with a Pride month variant cover.

Image Comics published an essay by Chaykin following the release of The Divided States of Hysteria #1, where he stated the series was conceived before the 2016 presidential election as the “darkest thing I’d ever produced, a dystopic poison pill bereft of my usual snarky comedy.” In light of Donald Trump’s subsequent victory, he wrote that now the series “seems almost naively cheerful and filled with hope,” and that “instead of ‘Trigger warnings,’ ‘Cultural appropriation,’ ‘Safe spaces,’ and ‘Social Justice Warriors,’ maybe we on the left should have put aside all this balkanizing nonsense and been fucking Americans for fuck’s sake.”

After the release of issue #1 and the associated criticism, Image Comics released a press release titled, “Chaykin’s The Divided States of Hysteria sparks industry conversation,” announcing a second printing of the issue. In the release, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson was quoted, “Rooted in the worst aspects of reality, this is indignant, rebellious fiction, designed to make readers both angry and uncomfortable, but more than that, it’s intended to provoke thought about how and why things have reached a state where the tools for progress—discourse, understanding, cooperation—are shunned in favor of treating anyone with an opposing viewpoint as an enemy combatant.”

An acclaimed writer and artist, Chaykin has also long been a polarizing figure in the comics industry, as the author of violent and sexually explicit work including Black Kiss. The Divided States of Hysteria was originally announced at Image Expo in April 2016, and tells the story of America in the midst of a second Civil War. Its fourth issue is scheduled for release on Sept. 13.

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Line it is Drawn: Rejected Marvel Legacy Titles

Line it is Drawn: Rejected Marvel Legacy Titles

Welcome to Line it is Drawn, our weekly gallery of amazing art by our great collection of artistic talent, all working from your suggestions!

So every week, I ask a question here. You reply to it on the CSBG Twitter page (just write @csbg with your reply), our artists will each pick one of your suggestions and I will post their drawings based on your suggestions here every week. So every week you will have a new question and you will see the choices picked from the previous week.

To qualify, you have to be following @csbg when you reply – so go follow us and then give your answer to the following question/challenge (All suggestions due by 11:59pm Pacific Friday).

The topic for the next Line is…

In honor of Spider-Man: Homecoming, suggest comic book characters that you would like to see the movie Spider-Man team-up with!

Read on for the drawings that came about courtesy of the last question/challenge!

In honor of Marvel Legacy, come up with some Marvel titles that are unlikely to return (the artists will choose a famous cover to homage themselves with the character).

Enjoy!

I’ll put them in alphabetical order based on the name of the Twitter user who made the suggestion.

All copyright and trademarks of the following characters are held by their respective owners!

BigMike20X6 suggested

Top Dog

Nick Perks is the artist for this one. Here is his website.

BigMike20X6, daviddwwilliams and KeithAlanMorgan suggested

ALF

The art for this one is by Dan Wolff. His website is here.

KeithAlanMorgan suggested

Marvel Mangaverse

Marco D’Alfonso drew this one. Here is his website.

KeithAlanMorgan suggested

The Adventures of Pussycat

The art for this one is by Matt Sandbrook. His website is here.

KeithAlanMorgan suggested and shurwitt suggested

Super Rabbit

The art for this one is by Gene Guilmette. His website is here.

LordAndrew suggested

Millie the Model

Nick Perks is also the artist for this one. Here is his website.

LordAndrew suggested

Nextwave

The art for this one is by Paul Shinn. His website is here.

LordAndrew suggested

Tomb of Dracula

Axel Medellin drew this one. His website is here

shurwitt suggested

The Human Fly

The art for this one is by Chris Marino! His website is here.

Wow, guys, what a great week!

Okay, folks, go tweet us suggestions for next week!

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Measuring Wonder Woman’s Comic Book Sales Power

The Wonder Woman movie has raked in $663.6 million worldwide, pleasing moviegoers and painting a bright cinematic future for the character, but what about her performance in the comic book market?

While Wonder Woman’s solo title has taken some breaks and seen five relaunches since its debut in 1942, it is considered to be one of DC Comics’ staple titles due to the character’s importance as a member of the Justice League, being one third of DC’s Trinity alongside Batman and Superman, and her status as a feminist icon and the world’s most popular female superhero. Yet despite all of that, the ongoing Wonder Woman series has never been a sales juggernaut on the level of Batman or Amazing Spider-Man that regularly dominate the monthly sales charts.

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Marvel Legacy Renumbering, First Big Storylines Revealed

New details have emerged regarding Marvel's upcoming Legacy relaunch. A new teaser image reveals which ongoing series will revert to their original numbering, and also the names of the new story arcs beginning this fall.

MARVEL LEGACY Story Arcs

Marvel's press release also offers new clues as to how the Marvel Legacy #1 one-shot will set the stage for the Legacy relaunch in September. That issue (from writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic) will introduce the very first team of Avengers, one that hails from the year 1,000,000 BC and includes characters like Odin, Iron Fist, Starbrand, Ghost Rider, Phoenix, Agamotto and Black Panther. The Legacy one-shot will span the history of the Marvel Universe and explore how that prehistoric team is connected to the present-day Avengers and the challenges that lay ahead.

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Daily Deals: 2017 Samsung 50″ 4K Smart HDTV for $530

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Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2021

Comic-Con to Stay in San Diego Through 2021

Comic-Con International will remain in San Diego, at least for the time being. The San Diego Union Tribune reports that the star-studded convention signed a deal to say in San Diego through 2021.

Comic-Con International, popularly known as San Diego Comic-Con, came to this agreement largely because of the local hotels. As in previous years, this contract renewal depended on the local hotels’ willingness to cap room rates through the three-year term. Approximately 56 hotels agreed to the contract, which means they cannot raise room rates — which are already discounted for the con — more than 4% between 2019 and 2021.

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“We have had to cap our attendance for many, many years so our income level is different and we have to be aware of that,” Comic-Con International spokesman David Glanzer said at the news conference that announced the deal. “But again, with the efforts of the mayor, the Tourism Authority, the hoteliers, we’re able to make what we have work.”

However, that doesn’t mean SDCC will stay in San Diego beyond 2021. Comic-Con International wants to expand it home base, the San Diego Convention Center, but has been unsuccessful so far due to lack of funding. Mayor Kevin Faulconer urged the City Council to call a special election last fall to suggest a hotel room tax increase dedicated to the $600 million expansion as well as homelessness and street repairs, though the motion was ultimately vetoed by the Council.

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“There’s no question that San Diegans understand how incredibly important Comic-Con is and not just Comic-Con but all the conventions that impact our city’s bottom line,” Faulconer said. “To have our flagship convention that has grown up with this city, you cannot take that success for granted… We need to get this center expanded, for the long term, for Comic-Con and for other groups.”

“We’ve made it very, very clear we would love to stay here, but the truth of the matter is we have operated shows in Oakland, in San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles and in Anaheim,” Glanzer explained. “If the worst thing were to happen, and that is we had to leave, we all can still live in San Diego and the convention can be in another city. That’s not what we want.”

SDCC attracts more than 130,000 attendees every year. This year, the convention will run Thursday, July 20 through Sunday, Jul 23 in San Diego, California.

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MARVEL LEGACY Will Leave ‘No Franchise Untouched,’ Promises ‘Classic Characters’

Even STAN LEE has something to say about MARVEL LEGACY.

MARVEL LEGACY Will Leave ‘No Franchise Untouched,’ Promises ‘Classic Characters’

Even STAN LEE has something to say about MARVEL LEGACY.