Monday, July 26, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Wonder Woman had Greek beginnings, but it took a trip to the future, where Diana helped President Virtura of the female kingdom of Noman against the male forces Prowd, the director of Elam in Olympic games, in a story by William Marston and H. G. Peter in Sensation Comics #83 (November, 1948) in "The Sinister Olympics".
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
This was the world of Earth A.D. (After Disaster), and the world Kamandi, the Last Boy On Earth, set out to explore.
Sadly, he didn't have a map with which to explore it!
Here, he encountered Great Caesar and his tiger-men cavalry, who were battling the leopard men. Kamandi was captured, and taken to the human slave pits (the mutated men thinking Kamandi just a dumb animal, which all humans had fallen to). There, he met the talking bulldog scientist Doctor Canus, who took an interest in the boy, and introduced him to Ben Boxer, a radioactive android who looked like a normal human...
The issue had a new story as well, entitled "Me!", with with Kamandi, Dr. Canus, Ben Boxer and Prince Tuftan (the son of Great Caesar) fighting gorilla commandos and meeting a new alien, which would come to figure in the future of Kamandi!
The issue also contained a lengthy article on the penciling talent of Jack Kirby, written by Steve Sherman.
Jack would soon leave the title after this story, but with this and other works, DC writers would start to flesh out the world after the Great Disaster (more on that here!), and though they took it in some unexpected directions, Kirby had laid out the map!Steel the Indestructible Man #6, Secret Society of Super-Villains #16 and #17 and more!
Monday, July 5, 2021
Another year, another National Bikini Day, and this time, just watching Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge..
...as are Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle and the boys from Riverdale, as on this cover to Archie's Girls Betty And Veronica #226 (October, 1974) from Dan DeCarlo.
Yes, technically a bikini is a two-piece, so these are swimsuits, but just enjoy the cover and the day....
Sunday, July 4, 2021
One of the things this special Marvel Treasury did was celebrate the 200th Birthday of the United States, which was celebrated heavily on July 4th, 1976.
Due to events in the story, Jack Kirby had a few pin up pages, where he explored the idea of Captain America, that, Cap was an institution, supporting America from colonial days, well into space and the future!
Best of all, in line with July being Western Comics Month, Cap even was ready to be part of the drive to expand the USA, heading out west to spread our country across North America!
These Captain America redesigns a wonderful "What If?" to the Captain America legend....
Friday, July 2, 2021
The framing story, "Behold The Wild Frontier", deals with a grandpa trying to get some logging done, yet his two wild grandsons are more interested in getting in the way. So, to calm them down, he sits them down and starts to tell him stories of men going out to tame the Western frontier.
Buffalo Bill (from Frontier Fighters #6 from July-August 1956 - cover not pictured),
Tomahawk (from World's Finest Comics #69 of March-April 1954) and Pow-Wow Smith (from Detective Comics #178 from December, 1951), with the last two not being featured on the covers, and a little Tomahawk history is here, as Pow-Wow Smith's is here!
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Friday, June 25, 2021
The story that allowed them to use two previous issues of the Justice League of America was having junior Super Friends Marvin White, Wendy Harris and the Wonder Dog are given a tour of JLA headquarters (the Hall Of Justice), as well a little history of the team as well.
Really, its just an opportunity for Toth to draw the Justice League and all its members at the time, as well as a few of the people who helped the team (which include Hawkgirl and Zatanna, as they weren't members at this time...
...likely this and a DC Super-Stars which reprinted some wonderful Zatanna tales are likely the reason she became a member of the JLA).
The treasury also had features on Super Friends animation (which Alex Toth worked on, providing model sheets for the characters.....highlighting the basics needed, which worked well for animation...).
Black Canary series in Adventure Comics!
mystery villain of the piece, and the other needs covering in the future!
A book collection, and artist, that had a lifelong effect on this old comic reader!
Sunday, June 20, 2021
...here, on the cover of Superboy #69 (December, 1958) by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye, highlighting a tale from the past, when an earthbound Pa Kent taught the Boy of Steel how to fly!
Monday, June 14, 2021
Wednesday, June 9, 2021
...and, here are a few DC Digests that have his art on the cover!
Best of DC 17 (October, 1981)
A cover of Supergirl by George Perez and Dick Giordano, with issues inside reprinting Supergirl stories from Action Comics #256, #285, #318, Adventure Comics #424, Supergirl #1 and Superman Family #165!
Best of DC 21 (February, 1982)
The Justice Society of America are rebuilding on this cover, all by George Perez himself, with stories in this issue including DC Special #29, All-Star Comics #35 and Brave and the Bold #62!
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest 19 (March, 1982)
The original Doom Patrol are on view on this little cover by George Perez and Frank Giacoia, with stories inside including My Greatest Adventure #80, Doom Patrol #86, #91 and #90!
Monday, June 7, 2021
10 and 12 by Owen Fitzgerald
19 and 24 by Bob Oksner
30 and 33 by Owen Fitzgerald
But, why didn't Martin get his own title?
Friday, June 4, 2021
Enjoy National Doughnut Day with Jughead Jones, as he works hard on the cover of Jughead #222 (November, 1973) by Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick.
Wonder what the eating machine that is Jughead did with those donut holes?
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Monday, May 31, 2021
...here, in Unknown Soldier #216 (June, 1978), a soldier who had an old bugle ended up using it to save the day, before his life was taken, saving his friends....
...and that is the type of sacrifice we honor today.
Friday, May 28, 2021
How appropriate for today is National Hamburger Day.
Enjoy this cover by Dan DeCarlo and Rudy Lapick from Jughead #192 (May, 1971) and maybe a burger yourself!
Monday, May 24, 2021
Golden Age Flash and co-creating Black Canary, as well as others back in the day, then getting to bring back the Flash to start the Silver Age, co-creating Elongated Man, having the two Flashes meet...
...becoming DC's editorial director, then publisher...
...before moving over to Marvel to work on Spider-Woman, Nova and Star Wars (and others), before coming back to the Flash when Barry Allen got ready to face the Crisis.
Detective Comics #327
....the first of the "new look" Batman (including the yellow oval), Batman and Robin faced a mystery menace with a red X on their foreheads...that allows crook Frank Fenton to paralyze them and escape.
The Elongated Man story (also by Infantino) was reprinted elsewhere.
...where he comes home to find a Fred Dallman in his apartment....a bank vice president who tells Barry that another man will go to prison for a crime Fred committed. Barry works to clear the man, but also discovers Fred died in a car crash....before Barry met him in his apartment!
Infantino also co-created Captain Boomerang!
Adventures Of Rex The Wonder Dog #29
...where Bobo has to disguise himself as a human scientist to catch crook Larry the Lynx at a scientific convention!
Bobo, the Detective Chimp really had little involvement with the rest of the DC Universe until he showed up in Gorilla City during the Crisis On Infinite Earths (having long life as he and Rex found the fountain of youth in a DC Comics Presents back up years before).
Mystery In Space #57
...where Adam and Alanna faced giant aliens called the Rhollians who were affected by a material called Orichalkum, that made them grow to giant size. The aliens try to sink the island, and the island eventually does go underwater after Adam and Alanna gave them chase to let the island sink naturally.
Adam Strange and his adventures on the far away planet of Rann were still only a small part of Mystery In Space at this point, with two other stories in this issue.
Brave and the Bold #45
The DC Special also had a summary of Carmine's career up to that point!
Saturday, May 22, 2021
DC only published one issue of Sherlock Holmes, dated September-October, 1975, with Denny O'Neil adapting two works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930), with interior art by E.R. Cruz and Walt Simonson providing the cover.
A true mystery as to why there were never more, or where they would have gone from here....