Tuesday, February 14, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 45: "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."

Although his exact birthday isn't known, it's generally considered that today is the birth date of statesman, abolitionist, author and leading figure in the African American history Frederick Douglass. What else do we know about Douglass? What, say, does the leader of the United States know about him?

"Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who's done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice." — The President of the United States, marking the start of African-American History Month 2017

Let's learn a little bit more about him, shall we? (And check the hovertext on each image for — not jokes, not today — more quotes from Douglass.)

Panels from "Frederick Douglass" in Classics Illustrated #169 [Classics Illustrated #169 [Negro Americans: The Early Years] (Spring 1969), pencils and inks by Norman Nodel

There. You now know worlds more about Frederick Douglass than the President of the United States. And about a lot of other stuff, too, I bet. You can learn lots more if you follow up by reading Douglass's own works and a solid biography of the man. Remember: "Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave."

Today in Comics History: Fat, black vulture, white head hung low, chewin' dead meat by the side of the road

Petey's got a hot date, Petey's got a hot date...

Panels from A Year of Marvels #2 (February 2016), script by Ryan North, layouts by Mast, pencils and inks by Danilo Beyrouth, colors by Cris Peter, letters by Travis Lanham

I predict this will not go well.


Happy Valentine's Day and enjoy yer date with the Vulture, Pete!

The still-beating kawaii hearts that Starfire adorably ripped out of the chests of her cute enemies

Panel from Teen Titans Go! (digital 2014 series) #16 (February 2015); script by Amy Wolfram; pencils, inks, and colors by Lea Hernandez; letters by Wes Abbott

On this day we can conclude, Morgan Freeman loves you, dude

"Easy Reader's Valentine" from Spidey Super Stories #8 (May 1975), script by Jean Thomas, pencils by Win Mortimer

Today in Comics History: Ben Grimm is in big trouble with Alicia for forgetting Valentine's Day

Splash panel from Fantastic Four (1961 series) #160 (July 1975), script by Roy Thomas., pencils by John Buscema, inks by Chic Stone, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by Ray Holloway

Monday, February 13, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 44: Mad mad boy grips the microphone wit' a fistful of steel

When we last left ex-con protagonist (if not hero) Steeljack, he was being drowned by villain the Conquistador. But can you keep a Robert Mitchum impersonator down? Well, you know what they say...

Panels from Kurt Busiek's Astro City (Wildstorm/Homage 1996 series) #20 (January 2000); script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Brent Anderson, inks by Will Blyberg, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by John Roshell and Wes Abbott

...Mitchum is so effective you can skip a day OR pound a villain into the ground! Mind you, the deodorant brand of the same name tended to focus more upon the skipping a day option rather than the latter.

Today in Comics History: We have a sudden realization that his last name actually wasn't "the Duck"

Panel from Howard the Duck (1979 magazine series) #6 (July 1980), script by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Mike Golden, inks by Bill McLeod, letters by Jim Novak

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Today in Comics History: Jeanne Constantine Still Won't Do Her Dirty Dishes

Panel from Jenny Sparks: The Secret History of the Authority #2 (September 2000), script by Mark Millar, pencils by John McCrea, inks by James Hodgkins, colors by Ian Hannin, letters by Bill O'Neil

365 Days of Defiance, Day 43: Steel Fightin' Man

At the end of a long story arc (made even longer by creator health-related delays in its publishing schedule), we catch up with Astro City ex-con and Robert Mitchum-lookalike Steeljack when he finally faces off against El Conquistador, the quite-mad hero-turned-supervillain behind a plot to kill supers.

Panels from Kurt Busiek's Astro City (Wildstorm/Homage 1996 series) #20 (January 2000); script by Kurt Busiek, pencils by Brent Anderson, inks by Will Blyberg, colors by Alex Sinclair, letters by John Roshell and Wes Abbott

He's badly outpowered. Will he give up? Heck no.

But will he succeed? Um, possibly not.

This ain't the end, of course! Tune in tomorrow!

Today in Comics History: Fans line up overnight for the Playstation '47

Panel from Girl from Dior graphic novel (April 2015), script and art by Annie Goetzinger

Saturday, February 11, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 42: Nova give up, nova surrender

Panels from Nova (2016 series) #11 (December 2016), script by Sean Ryan, pencils and inks by Cory Smith, colors by Andres Mossa, letters by Albert Deschesne
(Click top picture to Xandar-size)

Friday, February 10, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 41: A Little Rebellion Now and Then Is a Good Thing

Panels from Micronauts (1979 Marvel series) #9 (September 1979), script by Bill Mantlo, pencils by Michael Golden, inks by Al Milgrom, colors by Carl Gafford, letters by Joe Rosen

Thanks to Green Luthor for the suggestion of the excellent Micronauts series! More to come from this run!

Thursday, February 09, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 40: Get with the program

Panels from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015 series) #11 (October 2016), script by Ryan North, pencils and inks by Jacob Chabot, colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Travis Lanham

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 39: The Dem-O-Krahtz of Krypton

Panels from "The Dynamic Duo of Kandor!" in Jimmy Olsen #69 (June 1963), script by Edmond Hamilton, pencils by Curt Swan, inks by George Klein