Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 25: The elephant is very like a rope




Panels from "The Monster" in The Best of DC [Blue Ribbon Digest] #41 (October 1983); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today in Comics History: And she'll have UN UN UN 'til her daddy takes the General Assembly away

Today in Comics History (as we like to say around here)...well, something something this!


Panel from Four Color #1349 [Yogi Bear Visits the U.N.] (January 1962), script by Paul S. Newman, pencils and inks by Fred Fredericks

Yep, it's United Nations Day! Founded on this date in 1945, the UN has been in a lotta comic books. (Almost as many as Wolverine!) In the absence of any other material tonight, let's front-load this puppet-town cow blog with a whole Dag Hammarskjöldfull of appearances by everyone's slim, tall building on the east side of Manhattan to celebrate United Nations Day! It also happens to be the same date from 1260, when Saif ad-Din Qutuz, third Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself. But I can't find any of my comic books about that.

Let's UN-wind by kicking off a series of DC comic book PSAs telling us how nifty the United Nations is!



A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 24: G-g-g-g-glrps!


Panels from "Halloween Adventure" in Sugar and Spike #49 (October-November 1963); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 23: Everyone run from the Pumpkin King


Panels from "The Halloween Monsters" in Sugar and Spike #37 (October-November 1961); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 22: Apparently Mr. Wilson lives in this neighborhood, too


Panel from "Sugar and Spike Tackle Halloween" in Sugar and Spike #31 (October-November 1960); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 21: You'll get a big delight in every bite of Hostess Pumpkin Pies


Panel from "A Real Halloween Goblin" in Sugar and Spike #55 (October-November 1964); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Monday, October 20, 2014

YOU ARE WRONG

Let's take a moment to point out that YOU ARE WRONG.

Hey, guy calling David Mazzucchelli's artwork in Batman: Year One "atrocious...trash...****..."


From the letter column of Batman #408 (June 1987)

YOU ARE WRONG



Tom Jones (from Scotland, not the more famous Tom Jones from Wales) thinks the art of Bob Brown is better than Jack Kirby:


From the letter column of Challengers of the Unknown #36 (February-March 1964)

YOU ARE WRONG



Here's a reader who appears to think Cable>Doop.


From the letter column of X-Statix #10 (June 2003)

YOU ARE WRONG



Guy who wrote into Starlog thinking he's being all clever about Alien:


From the letter column of Starlog #29 (December 1979)

YOU ARE WRONG



So, remember:


Panels from "The Malay Penguin!" in Detective Comics #473 (November 1977), script by Steve Englehart, pencils by Marshall Rogers, inks by Terry Austin, colors by Jerry Serpe, letters by Milt Snapinn

YOU ARE WRONG


A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 20: I'm walking backwards for Halloween


Panel from "Sugar and Spike Tackle Halloween" in Sugar and Spike #31 (October-November 1960); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Sugar and Spike Halloween, Night 19: The Haunting Return of Same Story, Different Cover

Left: cover of Sugar and Spike #55 (October-November 1964); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer
Right: completely redrawn cover of Sugar and Spike #89 (October-November 1971); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer
(Click picture to giant gourd-size)

And here's the #98 version is again as a widescreen pin-up on the back of a DC reprint digest!:


Back cover illustration from The Best of DC: Blue Ribbon Digest #29 (October 1983); script, pencils, and inks by Sheldon Mayer