Friday, March 24, 2017

You're welcome

Panel from Journey Into Mystery (1952 series) #125, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Vince Colletta, words by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Today in Comics History: Ben Grimm accidentally invents TiVo

Panels from Marvel Two-in-One #100 (June 1983), script by John Byrne, pencils by Ron Wilson, inks by Frank Giacoia and Kevin Dzuban, colors by George Roussos, letters by Joe Rosen

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Today in Comics History: Bruce Wayne is tricked by a pyramid scheme

Panels from Batman: Book of the Dead #1 (June 1999), script by Doug Moench, pencils by Barry Kitson, inks by Ray McCarthy, colors by Dave Stewart, letters by Kurt Hathaway

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Today in Comics History: The White Event causes calculus to become startlingly erotic

Panels from The Draft one-shot (July 1988), script by Mark Gruenwald and Fabian Nicieza; pencils by Herb Trimpe; inks by Kyle Baker, Mike Gustovich, Klaus Janson, Lee Weeks, and Keith Williams; colors by Michael Higgins; letters by Jim Novak

Happy birthday to Timothy Dalton, cinema's only James Bond!

Panels from Licence to Kill one-shot (1989); script by Richard Ashford; breakdowns by Mike Grell; finishes by Chuck Austen, Tom Yeates, and Stan Woch; colors by Sam Parsons, Sally Parsons, Mel Johnson, and Reuben Rude; letters by Wayne Truman;
and from Angel Love #1 (August 1986); script and pencils by Barbara Slate, inks by John William Lopez, colors by Bob LeRose, letters by Bill Yoshida

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The 1978 2017 Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar: March Much-Ado

"March Is a Menagerie of Madcap Menaces!" in The Amazing Spider-Man Mighty Marvel Comics Calendar 1978 (1977);
pencils by Paul Gulacy, inks by Pablo Marcos
(Click picture to Superior Foes-size)

The 1978 2017 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters: March Mice-ing

Hey, it's March 1! (C'mon, go along with me on this one for once.) Time to say "bunny, bunny!" Time for things to come in like lions or lambs, to eventually go out the complete reverse way. It's also time to check in once again with The 1978 2017 DC Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters! So strike a pose, there's nothing to it: March!

"March: Green Lantern/Green Away" in The 1978 Calendar of Super-Spectacular Disasters; artwork by Mike Grell
(Click picture to Giant Rat of Sumatra-size)

In this month's exciting contribution to the all-out big-deal disaster that threatens to tear apart the entire DC Universe we dare not call it a crisis!): Hal Jordan and Oliver Queen are invited to be the grand marshals (as opposed to my sister, the grand Marshall) of the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade! Meanwhile at their homes, Green Lama and the Hulk sulk.

I bet they've been invited to marshal their way down Fifth Avenue by New York City Mayor Abe Beame, which is pretty odd, because he lives in the Marvel Universe!

Panels from Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976 series) #1 (December 1976), script by Gerry Conway, breakdowns by Sal Buscema, figure finishes by Mike Esposito, background finishes and colors by Dave Hunt, letters by Joe Rosen

And that's why Abe Beame breathed a relieved sigh and wiped his forehead with relief when Ed "How'm I doin'?" Koch defeated him in the 1977 Mayoral Elections.

Anyway, back in the 1977 DC Universe, thar be rats here!

And I think we all know who's responsible for that, right?: Neal Adams!

Cover of Batman: Odyssey (2011 series) #7 (June 2012), pencils and inks by Neal Adams

Still, Green Arrow shouldn't be left to fight rats, especially when it's his ward Speedy who has all the rat-battlin' experience!:

Panel from The Brave and the Bold #102 (June-July 1972), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Neal Adams, inks by Dick Giordano

Anyways! As I did last month, I've taken all the "clues" to the secret identity of the ultimate criminal mastermind from the previous month's calendar, and tallied them up by blacking out the squares on the big Justice League computertron featured on the calendar's final spread. Here's what we've got so far:

Wait, if you squint a little bit all those dots look like a bull charging...hey! No, it was not me! And if you think that the JLA computer is kind of weak sauce, just remember it was like forty years ago! Everybody's computer looked like a Lite-Brite! Cases in point:

Panels from:
Top: Superman (1939 series) #405 (March 1985), script by Craig Boldman, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Karl Kesel, colors by Gene D'Angelo, letters by Ben Oda
Middle: Iron Man (1968 series) #130 (January 1980); co-plot by David Michelinie; co-plot, script, pencils, and inks by Bob Layton; colors by Ben Sean; letters by Jim Novak
Bottom: Incredible Hulk Annual #6 (November 1977), plot by Len Wein, plot and script by David Anthony Kraft, pencils by Herb Trimpe, inks by Frank Giacoia and Mike Esposito, colors by Janice Cohen, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Finally, there's one more clue you'll find within the day boxes of March's calendar itself. Let's check it out with all the keen attention of Batman, the intuitiveness of Elongated Man, and the butt-scratching of Detective Chimp:

Hmmm, an outfit suitable for St. Patrick's Day. Could it be...Jack O'Lantern?

Maybe it could be...Tommy Monaghan, Hitman? After all, he is the only good thing to come out of Bloodlines!

No wait, I know who it is, and he's the perfect suspect, because he would not be invented for another seventeen years: Kyle Rainer!

The perfect crime!

365 Days of Defiance, Day 78: "Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism."*

Panels from Avengers (1998 series) #69/484 (September 2003), script by Geoff Johns, pencils by Olivier Coipel, inks by Andy Lanning, colors by Chris Sotomayor, letters by Albert Deschesne

* Quote by George Washington.