Sunday, May 21, 2017

Ten of a Kind: GRAB THE GLOBE!

(More Ten of a Kind here.)

Saturday, May 20, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 110: And that's how Kevin Sorbo came to star in a little syndicated action show called Thor: The Legendary Journeys

Panels from Journey into Mystery Annual #1 (July 1965), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Sam Rosen

365 Days of Defiance, Day 109: Be the change that you wish to see in the world

Panels from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015 series) #14 (January 2017), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Erica Henderson, colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Travis Lanham and Clayton Cowles

365 Days of Defiance, Day 108: You inspired my battleship!

Panels from USAvengers #3 (April 2017), script by Al Ewing, pencils by Paco Medina with Carlos Barberi, inks by Juan Vlasco with Carlos Barberi, colors by Jesus Aburtov with Andres Mossa, letters by Joe Caramagna

365 Days of Defiance, Day 107: Don't Let the Commies Drive the Moon

Panels from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #13 (April 1963), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Steve Ditko, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek

Yay, Reed! An excellent treatise on resistance. Hmm, but the Invisible Girl's scaredy-cat attitude in the same panel kind of ruins what should be a really powerful defiant moment. Let's see if we can fix that. Take two, Sue!

Ah! That's much better.

Friday, May 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 105: REC! I suggest Asgardians come to the rescue

AIEEEEEEE! EVERYONE IS ASGARD IS HELPLESS AGAINST THE THREAT OF MANGOG, the sum total of the hatred of a billion beings! Or just six Fox News watchers.

Panels from Thor (1966 series) #157 (October 1968), script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, letters by Sam Rosen

IT'S RAGNAROKIN' TIME, and we mean the nasty Ragnarok, not the cool, Led Zeppelin-scored Ragnarok coming in this fall's major motion picture from the good folks at Stan Lee Moviolas.

But wait! At the most dire moment, it's Balder the Brave and his Boisterous Billions of Battle Buddies, riding in like the cavalry (not to be confused with Ming-Na Wen)! Go Balder go!

I'm pretty sure this sequence should be scored to one of the greatest pieces of soundtrack ever composed. Take it away, Elmer Bernstein!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 104: Say the secret word and win a Wonder Woman

Panels from Justice League of America (1960 series) #55 (August 1967), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Sid Greene, letters by Gaspar Saladino

The rest of the comic is just a lot of punching accompanied by word association.

365 Days of Defiance, Day 103: Even I don't know why this guy is called "Snow King."

Does the Sub-Mariner need help to fight a big monster, namely Torg, The Abominable Snow King?

Panel from Sub-Mariner (1968 series) #55 (November 1972), script and pencils by Bill Everett, inks by Bill Everett and Frank Giacoia, letters by John Costanza

Well, yeah...actually he does, so the sailors watching the battle vow to stand with Namor against the weedy foe! And also: why isn't a creature named The Abominable Snow King white and furry and hanging around the actual snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas, not just some ice caves at sea? Hmmm.

I mean, I guess if the Abominable Snow King was actually a big abominable snow man, he could be easily defeated by tossing him down a ravine. Wait, no, that wouldn't work: bumbles bounce. Luckily these easily killed humans are leaping to aid the super-powered mutant, jumping up onto him. Dudes! This isn't a climbing wall at your local gym!

Still, Snow King climbing is is a little more exciting than rock climbing.

Later, just plain ordinary humans show up to put the kibosh on Mr. So-Called "Snow King" (yeah, I'm lookin' at you, Greeny) by bombing him from helicopters and sending out a buncha boats to save the other guys.

So, it's Snow King 0, Sub-Mariner 1, Humanity 6. Even Subbie has to hand it to them: in a thought balloon to save his own fishy face. Send those guys a nice Hallmark thank you card, Namor, ya bum!

So there you have it: Torg the Snow King! The monster so ice he only appeared in comics twice!

Panels from Avengers (1998 series) #43/458 (August 2001), script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Alan Davis, inks by Mark Farmer, colors by Tom Smith, letters by Albert Deschesne

To conclude: "THAT'S NO KING!"

365 Days of Defiance, Day 102: The Last Temptation of Matt Murdock

Panels from Daredevil (2016 series) #16 (March 2017); script by Charles Soule, pencils and inks by Goran Sudžuka, colors by Matt Milla, letters by Clayton Cowles
(Click bottom picture to Kingpin-size)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 101: Squirrel Girl: The Most Patriotic Marvel Hero of 2017

Panels from USAvengers #1 (March 2017), script by Al Ewing, pencils by Paco Medina, inks by Juan Vlasco, colors by Jesus Aburtov, letters by Chris Eliopoulis

365 Days of Defiance, Day 100: Tanks, Headline Hunter

Say, how will Headline Hunter (The Sensational New Character Find of 1941, if you don't do any other research) stop the Nazis, or the Fascists, of the Nazifacists, from smashing a tank into the British Parliament?

Panels from the Headline Hunter story "The Engine of Destruction" in Captain America Comics #6 (Marvel/Timely, September 1941), script by Stan Lee, pencils and inks by Jack Binder (?)

Why, of course he crashes a plane into it. That certainly won't hurt anyone or anything at all near the densely populated Parliament Square, I betcha.

Good thing HH bailed out that suicide plane and landed three miles away across the Thames. Still: advantage, Headline Hunter.

365 Days of Defiance, Day 99: Hope, Help, and Compassion for All

Panel from The Adventures of Supergirl (2016 digital series) #13 (September 2016), script by Sterling Gates, pencils and inks by Emma Vieceli, colors by Sandra Molina, letters by Saida Temofonte

Screenshot from Supergirl "Alex" (May 1, 2017), script by Eric Carrasco & Greg Baldwin, directed by Rob Greenlea

365 Days of Defiance, Day 98: While you were watching American Idol, this guy spent a mythical age defending your Asgardian rights

Take it from one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe: filibustering is a perfectly cromulent way to fight the power! You go, Volstagg!

Panels from The Mighty Thor (2016 series) #16 (April 2017), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Russell Dauterman, colors by Matthew Wilson, letters by Joe Sabino

365 Days of Defiance, Day 97: I'd buy this on a t-shirt

Panel from America #1 (May 2017), script by Gabby Rivera, pencils by Joe Quinones, inks by Joe Rivera and Paolo Riovera, inks by Josè Villarrubia, letters by Travis Lanham

365 Days of Defiance, Day 96: You can tell it's an evil universe because Diana's costume is black, shiny, and skintight

So, here's Diana, Princess of the Amazons, searching for a powerful ally on an Earth where Evil Superman and Criminal Batman have taken over the world! (Ooooooh!)

Panels from Superman/Batman #14 (January 2005), script by Jeph Loeb, pencils by Carlos Pacheco, inks by Jesus Merino, colors by Laura Martin, letters by Richard Starkings

She needs a powerful to battle Sinister Superman and Bad Batman. So who does she pick? Green Lantern? Aquaman? Scribby? Captain Morgan?

Nope. Uncle Sam. To be fair to Diana, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Flash and all the rest have been killed, so she couldn't go for them. But Diana: Detective Chimp!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 95: This sort of scene better be in the movie

Panels from The Legend of Wonder Woman (2015 digital series) #19 (March 2016); script and pencils by Renae De Liz; inks, colors, and letters by Ray Dillon]

365 Days of Defiance, Day 94: When Captain America wields his mighty pencil

Hey good people! I'm trying to catch up on this feature, so in the meantime, would it hurt you to do some work on it? No, it would not.

So get out your pen or pencils or crayon or El Marko and help Cap and Bucky fight the Nazi menace! Can you help Captain America save Bucky? Can you help Captain America find the spies in this picture? Can you believe you're actually drawing on your copy of a Golden Age Timely comic? Stimpy, you fool! You've ruined its priceless value!

Panels from "Sentinels of Liberty Secret Club News" in Captain America Comics #6 (Marvel/Timely, September 1941)

Friday, May 05, 2017

Today in Comics History: Commander Alan Shepard becomes second man in space and first astronaut to become a Batman supervillain

Panel from Detective Comics (2011 series) #49 (April 2016), script by Peter J. Tomasi, pencils by Fernando Pasarin, inks by Matt Ryan, colors by Chris Sotomayor, letters by Wes Abbott

Also, he was on Star Trek!:


For a second.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Today in Comics History: Captain America goes into suspended animation to escape encroaching speech balloons

Panel from Captain America (1968 series) #332 (August 1987), script by Mark Gruenwald, pencils by Tom Morgan, inks by Bob McLeod, colors by Ken Feduniewicz, letters by Diana Albers

Today in Comics History: First recorded occurrence of "Doing the Dew"

"May Day Dew!" from Wonder Woman (1942 series) #119 (January 1961), scripter and artists uncredited

Today in Comics History: Kraven's First Hunt

"Spidey and the Short Circus Make May Day Mischief" from Spidey Super Stories #11 (August 1975), script by Jean Thomas, pencils by Win Mortimer, inks by Mike Esposito, letters by Irving Watanabe

Monday, May 01, 2017

Today in Comics History: Tiny, tiny masthead enrages J. Jonah Jameson

Portion of the splash page from Web of Spider-Man (1985 series) #5 (August 1985), script by Danny Fingeroth, pencils by Jim Mooney, inks by Greg LaRocque and Kyle Baker, colors by Bob Sharen, letters by Phil Felix

The 1978 2017 Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar: May Misery

Geez, Peter don't know enough to come in out of the rain! What'll Aunt May say when you swing walk home soaking wet?

"May is a Dear Old Aunt" in The Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar 1978 (1977); pencils by Larry Lieber, inks by Frank Giacoia (Click picture to Rainy-Day-Mondays-Always-Get-Me-Downsize)

SPIDER-MAN NO MORE! Until the next issue, at least. This month's calendar girl picture recreates the one of the most famous images in Marvel comics, the classic John Romita Sr. full page where Peter gives up being Spidey, tossing his costume into the trash. Earlier in the day, the same thing was done by Bottle-of-Wine-Man, Bottlecap Girl, Mr. Pack of Matches, and Captain Cigarette Butt.

Page from Amazing Spider-Man (1963 series) #50 (July 1967), script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita, Sr., inks by Mike Esposito, letters by Sam Rosen

How iconic is this iconic scene that is an icon? So iconic that it's been referenced by more Spider-Man comic book covers than you can count on one hand! That is, six:

Why, it was even immortalized in real life, in the excellent movie Spider-Man 2: Electro Boogaloo:

It's such a classic that frankly, comic books themselves can't stop homaging the image:

Okay, fair enough, that last one doesn't really count: instead of a costume in a barrel and the hero running away, the costume is running away and the hero's in a barrel! It's a switcharoo!

Plenty of comic books do the same on interior pages. And I thought these things copied Romita...on the outside!

And let us not forget Mike Haseloff's (of comics blog Secret Wars on Infinite Earths!) revealing classic "Namor No More!"

Yes, "Spider-Man No More" has even crossed over to all those destroyed-since-2015 alternate Earths that the Watcher used to peep in on. What If... trash cans throughout the multiverse got used for uniform disposal?!?

You can even toss away...BWAH!...your human skin! Ick! Stop that, Zombie Peter!

Yes, it's a comic book tradition everyone has to try once in a while! Even though it doesn't always work.

So, Spider-Man No More, won't you?