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Strange Tales No. 178 featuring Warlock by Jim Starlin

Comics

February 20, 2024|In Comics, Marvel

Even at this late date it's still hard to calculate the depth of the effect and influence this series had on me when I was a teenager. Wherever Starlin was drawing his influences from, the stories that leapt from the pages of Strange Tales and later the revived Warlock were told with distinct passion and a clear urge to push the boundaries of comic book science fiction.

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Judge Dredd by Chris Weston

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February 19, 2024|In Comics, Miscellaneous

It was an American future dsytopia through the eyes of a bunch of smartass and smart young Brits commenting on the world around them with typical humour and insight. Plus a lot of guns and action.

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Tarzan Annual No. 2 Annual Cover by Buscema & Hall

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February 18, 2024|In Comics, Marvel

Tarzan has always attracted some of the best illustrators of the day. In the mid 70s, Marvel had the licence to produce comics, and John Buscema drew a number of issues of the book.

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Supergirl Covers by Bob Oksner

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February 17, 2024|In Comics, DC

I have to say I don't know much about the life and career of Bob Oksner, but I'm not the first person to say "Why the heck wasn't he at the forefront of DC's artists during his time?"

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Marvel Classics Comics No. 36 A Christmas Carol Cover by Bob Hall

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January 18, 2024|In Comics, Marvel

Long-time comics book readers will remember Classics Illustrated, comics that were adapted from great works of literature. They ceased publication in 1971, and a few years later Marvel brought out their own line of classics. The first dozen issues were reprints of Pendulum Now Age Classics and for the rest of the run they were produced by Marvel writers and artists.

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Elvira's Haunted Holidays Special No. 1 Cover by José Luis García-López

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January 15, 2024|In Comics, DC

Cassandra Peterson created something pretty appealing with her horror host persona Elvira. From hosting movies on TV and becoming a star in her own movies to convention appearances and licensing her character for things like comic books, her media presence long ago went beyond what Elvira started out as.

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Showcase Nos. 101–103 Covers with Hawkman by Joe Kubert

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December 9, 2023|In Comics, DC

Joe Kubert started in comics as an adolescent in the late 1930s. His first Hawkman story was in 1944. In 1961, he and Gardner Fox reimagined the character for the Silver Age.

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The Flash No. 183 Cover by Andru & Esposito

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September 29, 2023|In Comics, DC

All the covers from Andru & Esposito's run on The Flash were well designed and reflected a sharp change from the early 60s. Love the dynamism and realism here.

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The Flash No. 279 Cover by Dick Giordano

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September 28, 2023|In Comics, DC

While Dick Giordano would be most-often paired as an inker to cover penciller Ross Andru during this period, Giordano remained a highly-skilled illustrator all on his own.

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Flash Gordon Starring Buster Crabbe

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September 27, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

Before episodic TV, people used to go movie theatres once a week to watch serials. Buster Crabbe, a champion Olympic swimmer, turned his fame into an acting career and when the comic strip Flash Gordon was adapted into a serial, he played the title character. He repeated that a couple of times for other stories.

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The Flash No. 282 Cover by Andru & Giordano

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September 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

Super-heroes have enough trouble with the villains. So you'd think they could count on their friends. All except for the flighty, fickle, foot-focussed Flash. Really, Green Lantern should flatten him with a big green fist.

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Green Lantern No. 29 Cover by Kane & Anderson

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September 24, 2023|In Comics, DC

It was certainly a more innocent time. It would be a few years before Gil Kane got truly dynamic with his layouts, so we have the gimmick of Black Hand wiping away half of Green Lantern with a high-tech Etch-a-Sketch®.

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Green Lantern No. 112 Cover by Mike Grell

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September 23, 2023|In Comics, DC

In the back pages of The Flash, Green Lantern had found a home after the book had been cancelled. A few artists did stories, but when Mike Grell drew the assignment and stuck with it, the feature was revitalised. GL graduated back to his own magazine.

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Green Lantern Covers by Brian Bolland

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September 21, 2023|In Comics, DC

There's a lot to be said about the lad from Lincolnshire, Brian Bolland, but his Wikipedia entry does a pretty good job of getting to the details, so I recommend reading that instead if you're curious.

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Strange Adventures No. 159 Cover by Murphy Anderson

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September 20, 2023|In Comics, DC

Who doesn't like astronauts and dinosaurs? And gosh darn it, why shouldn't we have stories with them both in it at the same time?

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Omniverse No. 3 Cover by Hannigan & Beatty

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September 19, 2023|In Comics, Marvel, Miscellaneous

Created by Mark Gruenwald and Dean Mullaney, Omniverse was a fanzine that lasted two issues. Gruenwald would go on to be a writer and editor at Marvel Comics, while Mullaney would found Eclipse Comics with Cat Yronwode.

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Worlds Unknown No. 8 Cover by Kane & Colletta

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September 18, 2023|In Comics, Marvel

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is one of my favourite films from childhood. Big adventure, cool Ray Harryhausen characters, Caroline Munro looking sexy (as she always did), Tom Baker as a fantastic evil sorcerer and John Phillip Law as a bright and adventurous Sinbad who looked like he was having fun.

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Jungle Jim No. 26 Cover by Pat Boyette

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September 17, 2023|In Charlton, Comics

Jungle Jim fights the Luftwaffe with only a 45. Can he and the lovely girl on his arm escape? Casualties so far: one Panama hat and one surplus canteen.

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Conan the Barbarian No. 4 Cover by Rob de la Torre

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September 16, 2023|In Comics, Marvel, Miscellaneous

Rob de la Torre is channeling the late John Buscema's work on Marvel's Conan the Barbarian on Titan Comics latest licensed series.

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Ghostly Haunts No. 42 Cover by Don Newton

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September 15, 2023|In Charlton, Comics

Don Newton was a brilliant figure artist with classical underpinnings. He was also a solid storyteller. Emerging from fanzines, he spent some time at Charlton, becoming associated with The Phantom, before moving on to DC. He was particularly fond of the Captain Marvel Family, but it was his time as a Batman artist that cemented his reputation.

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Green Lantern by Bender & Giella

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September 14, 2023|In Comics, DC

When veteran artist Howard Bender posted this 1976 pin-up that he pencilled and Joe Giella inked, I thought it would make a great Green Lantern cover.

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Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-39 Secret Origins of Super-Villains Cover by Dick Giordano

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September 13, 2023|In Comics, DC

Here we have another fine example of a new cover wrapping memorable reprints from the DC Comics archives.

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The Flash TV Special Cover by Williams & Robinson

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September 12, 2023|In Comics, DC

The 1990 Flash TV series only lasted one season, but it's well remembered. Star John Wesley Shipp joined the cast of the more-recent series as Jay Garrick and two other characters. Guessing he was good to work with.

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DC Marketing Art by Dick Giordano and Neal Adams

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September 10, 2023|In Comics, DC

Giordano and Adams were the 'look' of DC's brand throughout the 1970s, giving the marketing materials an iconic look that still has power today.

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Hawkman by Mike DeCarlo and Scott Dutton

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September 9, 2023|In Comics, DC

Mike DeCarlo made his name as an inker who worked primarily for DC Comics.

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Brightest Day No. 14 Cover by Ivan Reis and Hi-Fi

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September 8, 2023|In Comics, DC

There have been a lot of great depictions of Deadman since his creation in the 1960s. Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, José Luis García-López and more.

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Deadman No. 1 Cover by Neal Adams

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September 7, 2023|In Comics, DC

It was the perfect showcase for Neal Adams to work on as his first regular feature at DC Comics. Deadman – appearing in Strange Adventures – had touches of mysticism inside a Fugitive framework. And Adams drew the hell out of it.

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Space: 1999 by David & Dan Day

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September 6, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

David and Dan Day are Canadian artists with a number of comic book credits between them, plus they've continued to work as artists outside of comics. They're the younger brothers of the late Gene Day, who made a solid start in the business, particularly with Marvel Comics, before he passed away at a young age.

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Chamber of Chills No. 19 Cover by Lee Elias

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September 5, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

We've got a special post this time out. Not only do we have the best horror comic book cover of all time – Chamber of Chills No. 19 by Lee Elias, September 1953, Harvey Comics – we have two pages of development materials by Harvey's art editor Warren Kremer. Kremer should be remembered more today for the significance of his contributions, so it's nice to be able to shine a small spotlight on him.

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Limited Collectors' Edition No. C-27 Shazam! Cover by Bob Oksner

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September 4, 2023|In Comics, DC

Was there anything bigger and better in North American comics in the 1970s than tabloid/treasury comics? Big presentation. Longer page counts. The best stories reprinted or new epic stories.

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Captain Marvel Adventures No. 151 Cover by Kurt Schaffenberger

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September 2, 2023|In Comics, DC

Anyone who visits this site knows I'm a lifelong reader of DC Comics. But that doesn't mean I'm a fan of everything they've done. There have been a lot of great books, but there has been some pretty cutthroat and nasty business in their almost 100 years.

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Assignment: Earth No. 1 Cover by John Byrne

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August 11, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Movies-TV, Sci Fi

We return to one of my favourite topics, Gene Roddenberry's other ideas for TV series. The first one was Assignment: Earth, a back-door pilot that aired as the last episode of the second season of Star Trek in 1968.

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Sword of the Atom by Jan Strnad & Gil Kane

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August 4, 2023|In Comics, DC

The Atom had initially done well in the early 1960s as part of DC editor Julius Schwartz's retooling and revival of the company's Golden-Age heroes. Like Green Lantern, his tryout began in Showcase and he soon graduated into his own title.

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The Atom No. 29 Cover by Gil Kane

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August 2, 2023|In Comics, DC

You have to wonder about The Thinker. That helmet looks like it might give him some powers. Either to project his thoughts onto others, or to at least amplify is own intelligence.

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Doorway to Nightmare No. 3 Cover by Michael Wm Kaluta

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July 29, 2023|In Comics, DC

Another haunting depiction of Madame Xanadu by Kaluta.

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The Fury of Firestorm No. 1 Unpublished Cover by Pat Broderick

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July 28, 2023|In Comics, DC

Firestorm had debuted during that misty time just before the DC Implosion and had come and gone.

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The Best of DC Digest No. 48 Cover by Bender & Giordano

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July 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

The digests were DC's reprint program during a time when the full-sized comics declared they were about "The New DC." DC had great reprints integrated into their regular comics going back decades, but after the DC Implosion they were very much about regaining ground and market share. So it's understandable that they wanted to keep the old separated from the new.

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Tales to Astonish No. 95 Cover by Marie Severin

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July 25, 2023|In Comics, Marvel

As I've mentioned a few times before, when I was growing up I didn't read nearly as many Marvel comics as I did DC comics. But that didn't mean I didn't have some great Marvel reading experiences.

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Dalgoda by Jan Strnad & Dennis Fujitake

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July 24, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous, Sci Fi

Dalgoda by Strnad & Fujitake occupies the same place in my memory and experiences as Don Simpson's Border Worlds. Both were wonderfully unique works of science fiction material from the mid 80s. Strnad had worked with Richard Corben, and one of Fujitake's influences was Jean 'Mœbius' Giraud, and so the connection to Heavy Metal during it's best years was strong.

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The Doom Patrol vs MODOK by John Byrne

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July 23, 2023|In Comics, DC, Marvel

I've never been big on the Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing (MODOK). He was a big head with tiny limbs and he fought Captain America lot. But, I gotta tell ya, he deserved better than what he got in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, both in the cheesy visual effects used to depict him, and in the "we can't take him seriously" vibe the filmmakers set for him. Corey Stoll deserved better. I'm sure his cheque cleared and he'll be looking for something a little less dopey to be in next.

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Underoos Concept Art by Alex Toth

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June 3, 2023|In Comics, DC, Marvel

Alex Toth was one of the true visionaries in the development of the visual language of American comic books. Eschewing the lush brushwork of contemporaries like Milton Caniff and Frank Robbins, he relentlessly simplified his linework and showed that a single line, perfectly placed was worth more than all the hatching and scalloping of lesser talents. He was also a vocal commentator and critic of trends in comics he thought strayed from a positive and progressive path of growth.

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Detective Comics No. 415 Cover by Adams & Giordano

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March 19, 2023|In Comics, DC

Behind this great cover by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano were two solid stories written by Frank Robbins. Batman was drawn by Bob Brown and inked by Giordano, while Batgirl had Don Heck doing full art.

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Swamp Thing No. 25 Unpublished Cover by Ernie Chan

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March 16, 2023|In Comics, DC

Those first 10 issues of Swamp Thing by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson were something special. Horror was enjoying a revival in comics thanks to a relaxation of rules enforced by the Comics Code Authority. Wrightson had emerged as one of the young stars of the moment and his work demonstrated mastery and continuous improvement.

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Detective Comics No. 473 Cover by Marshall Rogers

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March 12, 2023|In Comics, DC

With Neal Adams no longer drawing stories for DC, Batman in the mid 1970s settled into a quiet period with artists like Ernie Chan, John Calnan and regulars Irv Novick and Jim Aparo. So when Marshall Rogers arrived with inker Terry Austin, their stylish angular art and crisp architectural backgrounds brought something new to Detective Comics. Add to that superior scripting by Steve Englehart and their run is well remembered today.

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Doorway to Nightmare No. 1 Cover by Michael Wm Kaluta

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March 7, 2023|In Comics, DC

Designed by cover illustrator Michael Wm Kaluta, Madame Xanadu made her first appearance in this comic.

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Phoenix No. 2 Unpublished Cover by Sal Amendola

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March 5, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

Atlas/Seaboard was a short-lived comic company owned by Martin Goodman after he left Marvel. Producing a couple dozen titles, none lasted beyond four issues.

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DC Super-Heroes UK Annual 1982 by Brian Bolland

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February 26, 2023|In Comics, DC

In 1980, British comics didn't exist for me beyond the occasional Dandy or Beano annual that appeared in Coles bookstore in the small Canadian town I grew up in. I didn't like the look of those, so I never bought them.

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Demon with a Glass Hand by Ellison & Rogers

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February 9, 2023|In Comics, DC, Movies-TV

The Outer Limits was an important stepping stone in popularising speculative fiction. Premiering in 1963 it lasted one-and-a-half seasons and connected the more general The Twilight Zone with 1966's straight science fiction Star Trek. Many that worked on The Outer Limits later moved on to Trek.

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Witches Tales No. 10 Cover by Lee Elias

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January 21, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

It was pretty ballsy of Lee Elias in 1952 to draw the devil figure with androgynous characteristics on this fantastic cover for Witches Tales No. 10 for Harvey Comics. Perhaps that's why it was covered up by a text block once it was published.

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Black Cat Mystery No. 49 Cover by Lee Elias

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January 16, 2023|In Comics, Miscellaneous

When I look back at the few examples I've seen of what was considered extreme in comics by men like Dr. Fredric Wertham and Senator Estes Kefauver, I'm most often saddened by the energy and vitality I saw in that work versus what came later after the Comics Code Authority was established.

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