Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Justice Traps The Guilty Kirby 1940s

Been found guilty of not covering as many crime comics as needed this month, so, a special treat...fresh from the 1940s, covers of Justice Traps The Guilty from the Prize Group, with 11 covers by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon, covering the 1940s covers by Kirby/Simon (then they briefly went with photo covers to finish the 1940s and start the 1950s).

A look back at a time when justice was swift, and crime didn't pay!

Justice Traps The Guilty #1 and #2 (Oct-Nov , 1947 and Jan 1948)


Justice Traps The Guilty #3 and #4 (Mar-Apr and May-Jun, 1948)


Justice Traps The Guilty #5 and #6 (Jul-Aug and Sep-Oct, 1948)


Justice Traps The Guilty #7 and #8 (Nov-Dec, 1948 and Jan-Feb, 1949)


Justice Traps The Guilty #9 and #10 (Apr-May and Jun-Jul, 1949)


Justice Traps The Guilty #11 (Aug-Sept, 1949)

These don't quite have the innocence of the Guardian and the Newsboy Legion, but are interesting to look at!

Monday, May 29, 2023

For Memorial Day

Sgt. Rock and Easy Company were no strangers to the horrors of war, the worst of which was that some of them wouldn't be coming home.

We salute those who gave their all to defend our country on this Memorial Day with this Joe Kubert cover to Sgt. Rock #324 (January, 1979).

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Flash Facts Run Review

Time to take a look back at the race that Flash has run...

...with a look at a special issue that reviewed what happened the day a bolt of lightning hit a shelf of chemicals in the lab of police scientist Barry Allen...

...scarring him horribly, and leaving him paralyzed in a hospital for years....

...wait, what?

Yes, that is where the story starts for Flash #300 (August, 1981, by Cary Bates, Carmine Infantino and Bob Smith, with a cover by Infantino and Dick Giordano) in "1981 - A Flash Odyssey".

At Morningside clinic, Dr. Petrou is confronting the patient Barry Allen about his delusions (brought on by his accident and years of reading comics) that he is the fastest man alive.

Along the way, they go through Barry's origin, the origin of Jay Garrick, Barry's first meeting with Jay, reuniting the Justice Society of America and the multiple Earths with their own crisis and more. 

Covering the origins of Mirror Master, Pied Piper, Captain Boomerang, Weather Wizard, Kid Flash, Gorilla Grodd, Heat Wave, Captain Cold, the Top, Golden Glider, Elongated Man, Mr. Element and Dr. Alchemy, the Trickster, Rainbow Raider and the Reverse Flash (including Barry and Iris' wedding)...

...all to get to the reveal of the villain who pulled this magic trick on the Flash (where Barry outsmarted this foe, yet again!).

An issue that was a great way to review the live of Barry Allen, and cap the career of CW's Flash!


Saturday, May 20, 2023

Remembering Writer Gardner Fox

Remembering writer Gardner Fox on his birthday (May 20, 1911 to December 24, 1986) with a look at his work in DC's Silver Age, on the team he created...

..the Justice League of America!

Gardner wrote the first three appearances of the Justice League in Brave and the Bold, facing off against Starro, Xotar the Weapons Master (pictured on the cover of the Justice League of America Omnibus #1) and Amazo... 

...before moving over to its own title in, starting with #1 (facing Despero).  

Along the way, the JLA fought Kanjar Ro, Dr. DestinyFelix Faust, Dr. Light, and so many more; added members like Green Arrow, Atom and Hawkman; introduced Zatanna (who shares a birthday with her creator), as well as introducing readers to the multiverse with the Flash of Two Worlds (in the Flash's title), leading to the return of the Justice Society of America there, and becoming an annual tradition of JLA/JSA team-ups, which even introduced the world to the android Red Tornado, which ended Gardner's run on the JLA. 

For all this, and so much more (including Dr. Fate and Batgirl), Gardner, we salute you!



Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Superman Vs Luthor Over Washington

Superman faces Lex Luthor over the skies of Washington DC in this image from May from the 1977 Super DC Calendar, with art by Curt Swan and Bob Oksner.  

While Superman seems to be winning this battle, the Washington Monument might disagree.

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Happy Mother's Day With A Young Wonder Woman 2023

A Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there, and may your day not be as eventful as it was for the young Wonder Woman, who had to defend her mother, Queen Hippolyta, from the Sky Riders of Nebulosta in Wonder Woman #209 (December-January, 1973/1974) by Robert Kanigher, Ric Estrada and Vince Colletta (which was an Earth-1 version of the first Wonder Girl story from Wonder Woman #23 (May-June, 1947) by William Marston and H. G. Peter.   


Saturday, May 13, 2023

Celebrating Writer Marv Wolfman

Celebrating the birthday of writer Marv Wolfman (May 13, 1946).

With his incredible amount of credits, picking something to represent his work was rough.., why not pick the biggest of all...

...the 12 issue series, Crisis On Infinite Earths, wherein he and George Perez held the entire DC Universe in his hands as the DC heroes and villains battle the Monitor to save the multiverse!

A series where worlds would live, and worlds would die, the series did theoretically kill both Supergirl and the Flash, but, they both later got better (and ended up on the CW, wherein they met writer, Marv Wolfman, during that series version of the Crisis).

Friday, May 12, 2023

Casey Crime Photographer

A quick look back to a simpler time, when comics weren't based on the big mega movie, or even the latest TV series, but instead were based on novels and radio shows.

Such is the case with Casey - Crime Photographer!

The creation of novelist George Harmon Coxe, Jack "Flashgun" Casey was a feature of the pulp magazine Black Mask and in novels, as well as being a radio show before becoming a comic book.   

It followed the adventures of Morning Express photographer Casey, reporter Ann Williams, with Casey reporting his activities to Ethelbert, bartender at the Blue Note jazz club.

The first cover was a combination photograph and art by Allen Anderson, with interior art by Vern Henkel (with no writer on record)., and typical of the hard hitting crime based comics that were popular in the day.

Casey - Crime Photographer #1 and #2 (August and October, 1949)


Casey - Crime Photographer #3 and #4 (December, 1949 and February, 1950)


After the comic series, the feature was turned into a TV show, airing from April 19, 1951 to June 5, 1952, with Jan Miner playing Ann Williams (as she did on the radio show), and from April to June, 1951, Richard Carlyle was Casey, to be replaced by Darren McGavin for the rest of its run, who said of the series: "it was so bad it was never rerun, and that's saying something when you recall the caliber of television programs in those days".  

Darren would take the lead as a much more beloved (by the audience) reporter for the INS as Kolchak the Night Stalker, and the Casey comic turned into Two Gun Western #5 (November, 1950).


Friday, May 5, 2023

Celebrating Artist Mike Collins

Quickly celebrating the birthday of British comic artist Mike Collins (May 5, 1961) with a pair of his covers, featuring team-ups of speedsters....Flash and Aquaman in Flash #66 (July, 1992) and Wonder Woman and Jesse Quick in Wonder Woman Plus #1 (January, 1997).

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Celebrate Star Wars Day With Darth Vader

Darth Vader wants you to celebrate Star Wars Day, and here, that is being done with the cover to Star Wars Annual #3 (December, 1983) by Klaus Janson, released between Star Wars #80 and #81.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Remembering Artist Tim Sale

Remembering Eisner award winning artist Tim Sale on his birthday (May 1, 1956 - June 16, 2022) with a little Catwoman crime caper...Catwoman: When In Rome.  

This series was a murder mystery set during the time of Batman: Dark Victory, with Selina Kyle bring Eddie Nygma (Riddler) to Rome to chase down her possible family history involving Carmine Falcone of the Gotham mob.

To capture the foreign feel of the series, Tim echoed art from French/Italian  fashion illustrator, Rene Gruau.

Catwoman: When In Rome #1 and #2 (November and December, 2004)


Catwoman: When In Rome #3 and #4 (January and March, 2005)


Catwoman: When In Rome #5 and #6 (April and August, 2005)


Thankfully, this series has also been captured in a trade paperback, as well as in an Omnibus that includes Batrman: Dark Victory.