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Articles by Erik Larsen

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Issue #33

This Week, Erik Larsen makes his case for Captain Marvel (the Fawcett one). He provides you with some background on the character, what made him special and why more recent attempts at reviving the character got it wrong and how.

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Issue #32

Erik says, "If you're going to do the job you really should learn how to do the job." And isn't that the truth? Erik runs down some of the basics you need to know about starting in comics and how to go about learning more.

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Issue #31

To those of you out there wondering how to break into comics, Erik Larsen offers up some sound and simple advice on just how to do that in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.

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Issue #30

This week, Erik takes you down memory lane to discuss the subject he's most often asked to write about-- the early days at Image comics. What was it like? Was it as crazy as you might think it was? Erik sets the record straight.

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Issue #29

Erik shares the journey he took with the Marvel Comics character Nova, from the first time he read his adventures, through a period where his interest in the character waned, then his own chance to put his stamp on the character.

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Issue #28

Erik checks in and laments the loss of the letters column in comics. Erik notes it's more than just the loss of reader feedback, but the loss of a community of comic fans. Why should letter columns return? Come on in and find out.

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Issue #27

Erik discusses the joys of creating, on striking out and doing your own thing, and how he may have played a small role in the creation of characters from two of comics greats.

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Issue #26

Erik shares the story of one of the most heart-breaking moments of his life-- 1991, when his house burned down. What was lost? What does he miss? How did it affect him? Come on in and find out.

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Issue #25

Oh how the times have changed. It used to be that creators had to possess at least two certain qualities (you were really good, really fast or really nice). Today, add "connected" to that list. How has it affected the industry? Erik takes a look.

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Issue #24

We've seen it happen numerous times in comics. The death of or a major change to an iconic character, only to see it undone years, if not months later. Erik asks, why do comic fans keep falling for it?

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Issue #23

Ahhh the critic. Love them, hate them, they're out there. On message boards, Web sites, at conventions, you name it and they're there. What is the role of the critic? Erik discusses their place in the industry and fandom.

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Issue #22

Are you a singles or trade paperback kind of reader? Do you think we're living in a Renaissance age for comics, or is everything being publisher these days crappy? Erik takes a look at both sides of many of the arguments comic fans and creators have today.

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Issue #21

When is adding to a character's back story too much? The ex-girlfriend we never heard of before. The bad thing that happened that we're just now hearing about. Erik looks at the ever changing personalities of mainstream heroes and why it's not such a good thing.

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Issue #20

Writers constantly have to wrestle with how much detail or how little detail should be included in their stories. Erik takes a look at a number of very different types of books to examine the question of what's essential and what's not in comics.

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Issue #19

The ever shrinking comic. One day long ago comics were filled with 64 pages of content. That came down to 48 pages. Then 32. Finally arriving at today's standard 22 page comic. How did it come to this? And how do today's comics stack up against the past? Erik takes a look and has an opinion or two to share.

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Issue #18

The rip off. The knock off. Whatever you call it, there are numerous knock off characters floating around the comics world. Even some of the most iconic heroes take something from a predecessor. Are there any truly original characters anymore? Erik takes a look with some very interesting results.

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Issue #17

Erik returns to the swipe debate once again, elaborating on some of his earlier statements. Is there a difference between a swipe and an homage? And if what happens in comics happened in other industries, like music or film, don't you think legal action might be taken? Erik gives you much to ponder in this week's ONE FAN'S OPINION.

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Issue #16

In the past, comics were filled with captions and thought balloons and the like. These days? Not so much. Are we better off? What are some of the other tools creators previously used that they no longer do? Erik takes a look and thinks we might be missing something.

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Issue #15

The swipe. The debate has raged for years. Is it OK to swipe, or is it just stealing? Are there certain instances where it's allright, whereas there are other times where it's not? Erik discusses the ins, the outs and the ethics of the swipe.

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Issue #14

Continuity. Some fans care (a lot), others, well, not so much. But how does it work in the Image Universe? Does "Spawn" take place in the same universe as "Savage Dragon?" What about "Invincible?" Erik explains how it all works in this week's column.

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