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G.I. Joe Comics: The Amazing World and Life of Larry Hama

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation makes its theatrical debut on June 29th, with plenty of licensed G.I. Joe comics on the way from IDW Publishing to greet it. Though the first movie wasn't that well-reviewed, it was still highly watched, and the excitement over the sequel has grown steadily since the undeniably awesome Superbowl trailer. Before the fervor builds to a level that goes on to devour the earth and stars, let's take a moment to appreciate the work of the man who made the whole G.I. Joe phenomenon possible: artist and writer Larry Hama.

Go to enough "How to Write Comics" panel discussions and you're sure to hear several pieces of advice over and over again: how to build a plot, create complete characters, dramatic rise and blah blah blah everything else you should realistically already know. The most important piece of advice is the one that only comes up at the best panels: go live a life. Go out into the world and learn and experience things, so you'll actually have something to write about. For living proof, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better example in comics than Larry Hama.

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Comically Vintage: Paleocomicologists with a Sense of Humor

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Comically Vintage
takes panels from our grandparents' comics and lets those panels stand alone in all their goofy, out of context glory. The site tends to stick to three main themes: over-the-top love and hate from romance comics, "jumping-gee-willikers" 1950s slang and the silly plot twists of Silver Age superhero comics. All three themes are comic gold

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The ‘Comics Stripped’ Exhibit: 100 Years of Comic Porn in One Room

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Comics, by their very nature, are poorly suited for museum exhibits. They require a lot of space to tell their stories, a problem that is typically solved by printing them on thin sheets of paper which are stacked and bound. Layi

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Deconstructing Lichtenstein: Source Comics Revealed and Credited

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Imagine you drew a comic book for a nominal fee and a world-famous artist recreated in paint a panel from that work and sold it for millions of dollars without you receiving any credit or royalties. Such is the case for numerous comics creators whose work was repurposed by Roy Lichtenstein, the uber-famous pop artist whose painting

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Transformers: The Cars Behind the Original Autobots [Infographic]

ComicsAlliance was approached by representatives of Carinsurance.org about running an infographic they had created on 'Transformers.' We ran the infographic, but after it was pointed out that there were errors in the piece and that at least some of the art work was taken without permission from DeviantArt artist pages, we have removed this post

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Batman Celebrates Christmas (circa 1968) in the ‘Cool, Cruel Christmas Caper’

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No matter where you are this Christmas, we here at ComicsAlliance hope that you're spending some time with the people you love most, because that's what the holidays are really about. And for me, that means spending some time with Batman.

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Archie Revives Ancient ‘Cosmo’ and ‘Sam Hill’ Properties

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In addition to its plans to bring Mega Man back to comics on a monthly basis, venerable publisher Archie Comics announced a number of other initiatives and revivals at last weekend's New York Comic Con. Such projects include the return of Archie's Katy Keene and Jos

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Anatomy of a Classic: ‘Fantastic Four’ #50

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Forty-four years after it was originally published, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's "Fantastic Four" #50 is justifiably regarded as a classic story and one of the building blocks of the Marvel universe. And until recen

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What’s in a Name? The Disappearing Art of Titling a Comic

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Probably the last thing most people consider remotely important in a comic is the name of the story in a particular issue, especially in the completely serialized world of modern superhero titles. Just give the s

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The 15 Worst Comments From Yahoo’s ‘Batman’ #1 Article

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Yesterday, Yahoo! News reported that comic book collector Mike Wheat of Fairbanks, Alaska was selling a copy of 1940's "Batman" #1 (featuring the first appearance of Catwoman and the Joker) that he bought for $300 from a guy who found in a dresser that he bought at a yard sale.

This is exactly the kind of story that the mainstream media loves to jump on when it comes to comics, as it combines the "buried treasure" aspect with the "comics can be valuable!" story and a hint of pop culture relevance. But it also ran on Yahoo! News, which means that it had a comments section open to millions of readers, especially the kind who like to leave comments on Yahoo! News articles.

As you might expect, the results are magical. That's why today, I've gone through all 460 comments (and counting!) to bring you fifteen of the absolute worst!

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