Friday, March 26, 2021

Happy Birthday Artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez


Happiest of birthdays to artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez!

Jose has done many covers (and interiors) for DC over the years, and these are two of his more recent (well, 21st Century) homages, based on classic Silver Age covers to honor editor Julie Schwartz, who used the idea of creating a cover then having a story built around it.

Hawkman #6 (February-March, 1965)

DC Comics Presents: Hawkman #1 (September, 2004)

Original cover by Murphy Anderson, 2004 cover by JLGL, inked by Kevin Nowlan.

Justice League of America #53 (May, 1967)

DC Comics Presents: Justice League of America #1 (October, 2004)

Original cover by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson, 2004 cover by JLGL.

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has done many covers over the decades, ranging from DC Comics Presents, Superman, Flash, Hercules Unbound and more, and looking forward to even more!


Thursday, March 18, 2021

Remembering Judomaster creator Frank McLaughlin

Remembering artist/writer Frank McLaughlin (March 18, 1935 - March 4, 2020), who is likely better known as an artist for the comic strips Gil Thorp, Brenda Star Reporter and The Heart of Juliet Jones, as well as inking many issues of the Justice League of America (including team ups with Black Lightning, the JSA and Ultraa) and the Flash (with Jay Garrick and Big Sir).

Frank was the creator/artist and writer of Judomaster for Charlton comics in the 1960s.  Judomaster was Hadley "Rip" Jagger, a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, who learned judo and karate after rescuing the daughter of Pacific island chief.  Judomaster premiered in Special War Series #4 (November, 1965), and had his own title, lasting ten issues (numbered 89 to 98, because of Charlton's habit of picking up numbering from other series), from June 1966 to December 1967.  

Judomaster picked up a sidekick in a youth named Tiger, and faced foes like sumo Mountain Storm, martial artist the Acrobat, swordsman the Cat and schemer the Smiling Skull.

Judomaster 89 and 90 (May/June and August 1966)

Judomaster 91 and 92 (October and December 1966)

Judomaster 93 and 94 (February and April 1967)

Judomaster 95 and 96 (June and August 1967)

Judomaster 97 and 98 (October and December 1967)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Green Lantern's Leprechaun, Owen Cooley

It's a little green-on-green action, as Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) faces off against Owen Cooley, the leprechaun in All-American Comics #70 (January-February, 1946) by Alfred Bester and Paul Reinman in "Love At First Blight!".

Cooley ends up in America by accident, falls in with some crooks, learns Alan is Green Lantern, and even thinks Alan's driver, Doiby Dickles, is his uncle!

Alan isn't the only one who has seen leprechauns, as his JSA teammate, Wonder Woman did a few times, as did the Blue Devil!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mike Zeck's Punisher Marvel Tales Part 1

After Mike Zeck drew the Punisher in a five issue mini-series in the 1980s, the popularity of the Punisher took off like a rocket.  There were many titles and appearances of the Punisher after, but, in a wise move, Marvel decided to reprint the early appearances of the Punisher form the 1970s in Amazing their Spider-Man reprint title, Marvel Tales.  But, to make them special, they had Mike Zeck redo the covers.

So, presenting the first seven covers, side by side with the originals, to show the contrast between 1970s and 1980s styling!

Amazing Spider-Man #129 (February, 1974)/Marvel Tales #209 (March 1988)

Original cover by Gil Kane and John Romita.

Amazing Spider-Man #134 (July, 1974)/Marvel Tales #210 (April, 1988)

Original cover by John Romita.

Amazing Spider-Man #135 (August, 1974)/Marvel Tales #211 (May, 1988)

Original cover by John Romita.

Giant-Size Spider-Man #1 (April, 1975)/Marvel Tales #212 (June, 1988)

Original cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giaoia.

Giant-Size Spider-Man #1 (April, 1975)/Marvel Tales #213 (July, 1988)

Original cover by Gil Kane and Frank Giaoia.  

This issue has the second half of the Giant-Size Spider-Man 4 (so, no "second cover").


Plus, most issues had a Spectacular Spider-Ham back-up, except this one, which reprinted Silver Surfer's first solo tale from Fantastic Four Annual.

Up to this point, the Punisher stories were by Gerry Conway and Ross Andru, with the next two by Len Wein and Ross Andru.

Amazing Spider-Man #161 (October, 1976)/Marvel Tales #214 (August, 1988)

Original cover by Gil Kane and John Romita.

Amazing Spider-Man #162 (November, 1976)/Marvel Tales #215 (September, 1988)

Original cover by Ross Andru and John Romita.

Seems a good enough place to stop, but check back soon for a second shot of Punisher by Mike Zeck!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Remembering James Doohan With Scotty Star Trek Covers

Remembering James Doohan (March 3, 1920 - July 20, 2005), most famous for his portrayal of Montgomery Scott, chief engineer of the USS Enterprise of the original Star Trek.

True, he didn't get the number of covers of Kirk or Spock, but he did make many of the group covers, as well as the movie covers.

Too busy studying technical manuals on shore leave to pose for covers!  It's how he keeps his reputation for being a miracle worker.