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Articles by Erik Larsen

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Issue #13

How is it that some of the most iconic heroes in comics don't have recognizable faces? Ask someone to draw Dick Tracy, most everyone will draw him the same way. Archie? Same thing. But what about Batman/Bruce Wayne? Superman/Clark Kent? Erik takes a look at how few super heroes actually have specific looking faces.

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Issue #12

It's a big column this week as Erik talks about a number of the challenges faced by comics in the digital age, plus those comic fans who really aren't comic fans anymore (you'll understand when you read the column) and much more.

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Issue #11

"When Gene Colan draws a person, they're a real person with weight and volume. The emotion on their face is real. Gene sells the story, he sells the emotion-- he makes you a believer." Today, Erik shares his impressions of one of comics greatest artists-- Gene Colan.

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Issue #10

Now on his 10th column, and after stirring things up online a couple of weeks back, Erik takes a step back and properly introduces himself to his readers. Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Erik Larsen. Updated with scans from a 1982 interview about "Graphic Fantasy."

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Issue #9

Last week, Erik took the comics industry to task and his comments stirred people up something fierce. This week, Erik tells you something about last week's column you may not have known and has an entirely different type of story to share.

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Issue #8

Today, Erik shares with his readers an open letter to comic book creators everywhere, and it's not pretty. It begins: "Is that all you've got?"

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Issue #7

The question of aging comic characters, specifically those from Marvel or DC, is a complicated one. Ask fans whether they should age and most will probably say yes. Erik examines the inherent complications involved in aging comic characters and why most of them stay the same age for 30, 40 or even 50 years.

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Issue #6

Erik takes you inside Image Comics to discuss the kinds of submissions they get and if you've ever sent one, you need to read this column. Then, what brought around the collapse of the comics industry in the '90s? Could it have been one of comics' greatest icons? Plus much more. Updated

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Issue #5

Erik discusses the realistic portayal of our favorite heroes in printed form and on the big screen and when it does and doesn't work in both mediums. How important is reality in comics? In movies?

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Issue #4

"Your old stuff was better." Five words that can destroy a writer or artist in comics. But today's new stuff becomes tomorrow's old stuff and Erik takes a look at some creators from years past he loved and who he's keeping an eye on now.

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Issue #3

Have you ever been a fan of a comics creator that your friends thought was awful? Erik shares the story of one such creator who seriously affected his comics fandom from an early age.

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Issue #2

Erik comes at you this week with a mish-mosh of topics, including a look at comics he's recently picked up, two comics he heaps much praise upon ("Street Angel" & "Scott Pilgrim"), the book not published by Image he'd like to collect and much, much more.

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Issue #1

Image Comics co-founder and Publisher Erik Larsen joins the CBR ranks today with the debut issue of his new, weekly column. What does he have in store for you today? Well, we're not going to spoil it. Click on inside and you'll discover ONE FAN'S OPINION.

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