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Nathan Cosby and the fine art of the recap page

Fans of Marvel comics, and the creation process, would do well to follow the Tumblr blog of editor Nathan Cosby, which, in addition to dog photos, boasts brief interviews with the likes of Fred Van Lente, Brian Clevinger and Kurt Busiek, and this: a look at Cosby's approach to crafting a recap page, using Thor: the Mighty Avenger #4 as a sterling example.

"I like giving a new reader a sporting chance at understanding what they’re about to read," he writes. "Lil’ context & a few character names never hurt nobody. But I hate. Hate. HATE dry, text-heavy recaps with no art. When your recap’s so boring that a reader would rather skip it than know what’s happened previously, then your recap has no purpose. Might as well have an ad to start the book."

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