Saturday, July 13, 2024

Remembering Artist Tom Palmer

Remembering artist Tom Palmer on his birthday (July 13, 1941 - August 18, 2022).  


Known more for his inking work than his artistry...

...he did do some incredible painted covers, here a couple for Skywald, with the title of Crime Machine (#1 from February, 1971 and #2 from May, 1971), a magazine with reprints of pre-code 1950s crime comics from titles including Parole Breakers, Murderous Gangsters, Police Line-Up, Behind Prison Bars, Famous Gangsters and Gangsters and Gunmolls.


Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Remembering Artist Murphy Anderson

Remembering artist Murphy Anderson on his birthday (July 9, 1926 - October 22, 2015) with a little look at his Strange Adventures...that is, two science fiction series he worked on, Captain Comet and the Atomic Knights.


Captain Comet was Adam Blake, a mutant born before his time with incredible mental powers, and the Atomic Knights included Gardner Grayle, who awoke to find himself in a post-apocalyptic world.


More on Captain Comet here, and the Atomic Knights here!

While a collection of the Atomic Knights happened over a decade ago, a planned Archive for Captain Comet never happened due to the end of the DC Archive line.


 

Friday, July 5, 2024

National Bikini Day 2024 With Betty And Veronica

Celebrating National Bikini Day with a pair of Betty and Veronica covers, featuring Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge in bikinis...


...with Betty and Veronica #54 (August, 1992) and #55 (September, 1992) with art by Dan DeCarlo...


...showing Archie Andrews captivated by the ladies' beauty!


Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy 4th Of July With The Marvel Family

Celebrate the 4th of July with family...the Marvel Family, that is, as Freddy, Billy and Mary play the fife and drum on this cover to Marvel Family #23 (May, 1948) (likely by Pete Costanza) in their super identities of Captain Marvel Jr, Captain Marvel and Mary Marvel. 

Inside the issue, the Marvel Family deals with the Sivana Family, Captain Marvel deals with a distant relative of Thor, and more stories with Junior and Mary!

Monday, July 1, 2024

Super Cowboy

Superboy takes to the rodeo, becoming a Super-Cowboy in Adventure Comics #132 (September, 1948) under a cover by Win Mortimer...


...but why?


Here's the tale...



Superboy - Super-Cowboy!

In this story by Bill Finger and Al Wenzel, Clark Kent's math teacher, Edwin Sayers, inherits what he thinks is a ranch, and takes his class out west to enjoy it.  Getting there, they find it not all it was promised to be, so Clark goes into action as Superboy, fixing it up and bringing in horses...all the while uncovering dirty deeds by Edwin's new neighbor, Ben Torpe, who was illegally syphoning oil from the area.

 


Thursday, June 27, 2024

Celebrating Writer Artist Dan Jurgens

Celebrating writer/artist Dan Jurgens on his birthday (June 27, 1959) with a look at his past, at a time between his work on Booster Gold and Green Arrow... 

...as he wrote and drew the 9 issue mini-series featuring Flash Gordon.


Flash Gordon, along with Dale Arden, was taken to the planet Mongo by Dr. Hans Zarkov, where they encounter Ming the Merciless, and over the course of the series, ally themselves Aura, Prince Barin, King Vultan, Prince Thun and Governor Xeo to defeat their evil foe.


Flash Gordon #1 and #2 (June and July, 1988)

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Flash Gordon #3 and #4 (August and September, 1988)

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Flash Gordon #5 and #6 (October and November, 1988)

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Flash Gordon #7 and #8 (December and Winter, 1988)

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Flash Gordon #9 (Holiday, 1988)

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Remembering Artist Alex Toth

Remembering master artist Alex Toth on his birthday (June 25, 1928 - May 27, 2006), with a look at his covers to Big Town.


Big Town was a popular radio and TV series, that lasted 50 issues in the 1950s, following the adventures of ace newsman Steve Wilson, as he fought crimes and deadlines, with the help of star reporter Lorelei Kilbourne, who served as his conscious.


Toth only covered these issues...


Big Town #8 and #9 (August and September, 1951)

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Big Town #10 and #11 (October and November, 1951)

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Big Town #12 and #13 (December, 1951 and January-February, 1952)

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Celebrating Actor Bruce Campbell

Celebrating the birthday of actor/filmmaker Bruce Campbell (June 22, 1958) with a quick look at four comics featuring Ash Williams (who came out of the Evil Dead/Army Of Darkness movies), here teamed with Darkman (another of Sam Raimi's movie anti-heroes).  

This four issue mini-series teamed Ash Williams with Dr. Peyton Wilder face the hordes of undead, all under covers by comic legend, George Perez!



Darkman Vs. Army Of Darkness #1 and #2 (October and November, 2006)

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Darkman Vs. Army Of Darkness #3 and #4 (February and March, 2007)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Unexpected Heat Wave

It's too hot to be writing about comics.  

This heat wave is melting everything...

...even this Bob Brown cover to Tales of the Unexpected #19 (November, 1957)...

...where our hapless heroes are in fear of melting in the face of a fearsome fireball!


Monday, June 17, 2024

Remembering Artist Wally Wood

Remembering artist Wally Wood (June 17, 1927 - November 2, 1981) with a couple of covers from September, 1951...Prison Break! and Strange Worlds!


Odd that these two covers for two different companies look like bookends....



Prison Break! #1 and Strange Worlds #4 (September, 1951) 


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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Happy Fathers Day Superboy

It can be a little rough for anyone that's lost a father on Father's Day, and Superboy is no exception, wanting to see dad one more time.

But, he had two occasions where the ghost of Jor-El visited him (sadly, not a real ghost, but trickery by dastardly villains, in Superboy #20 of June-July, 1962 by with cover by Win Mortimer, and this villain in Superboy #78 of January, 1960, with cover by Curt Swan and Stan Kaye).

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Remembering Artist Neal Adams

Remembering artist Neal Adams on his birthday (June 15, 1941 - April 28, 2022) with a couple of his most famous covers from his Green Lantern run with Denny O'Neil, Green Lantern #85 and #86, (August-September and October-November, 1971), with Green Arrow being confronted with his ward's drug problem..  


This was a big moment, not only for Speedy, but for comics in general, changing the dynamic of the kid partner forever...  

...these stories have been reprinted many times, with Neal providing even more raw emotion on the covers, but provided a wonderful window into the times they were made. 

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Remembering Artist George Perez Batman

Remembering artist George Perez (June 9, 1954 - May 6, 2022) with a character he didn't work with, and one that he did incredible work with.


While George Perez only did a few pages of interior work on Batman #400 (incredible, and likely to receive coverage at some point), he did get to do some exemplary Batman covers related to Dick Grayson (covering his time as Robin in "Year Three", as well as Nightwing, and introducing Tim Drake to readers in the expanded "A Lonely Place Of Dying" working in New Titans issues, which George did draw).

As always, letting his art speak for him....


Batman #436 and #437 (Early and Late August, 1989)

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Batman #438 and #439 (Early and Late September, 1989)

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Batman #440 and New Titans #60 (October and November, 1989)

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Batman #441 and New Titans #61 (November and December, 1989)

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Batman #442 (December, 1989)

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Friday, June 7, 2024

Celebrating Artist Rick Hoberg

Celebrating the birthday of artist and animator Rick Hoberg (June 7, 1952) with a look at his four covers for the last four issues of Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!


A fun look at funny animal characters, deftly drawn, on the fringes of the DC Universe, as you can see with the involvement of Changeling (formerly and later Beast Boy) and Gorilla Grodd.



Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #17 and #18 (July and August, 1983)

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Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #19 and #20 (September and November, 1983)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Switching To Adventure Comics

Before an alien ever helped Metropolis, or a bat protected Gotham, there were comics.  But, even the stalwart Adventure Comics was not that to begin with.


Adventure Comics started as New Comics in December, 1935, going under that title until New Comics #14 (March, 1937, though the cover said New Adventure), then being New Adventure Comics from #15 to #31, before settling on Adventure Comics with #32 (November, 1938), going from light comedy to kids adventures to full fledged adventures!


New Comics #1 and #14 (December, 1935 and March, 1937)

Covers by Vincent Sullivan and Whitney Ellsworth




New Adventure Comics #15 and #31 (May, 1937 and October, 1938)

Covers by Craig Fessel



Adventure Comics #32 and #503 (November, 1938 and September, 1983)

Covers by Craig Fessel and Ross Andru/Joe Rubinstein




Along the way, it debuted series like Sandman, Hourman, Starman, the Legion of Super-Heroes, and carried AquamanJohnny Quick, Superboy, BizarroSupergirl, Zatanna, the JSA, Dial H for Hero and more! 

A fine title, loved by fans!  To give you an idea of how long this title was around, when #32 hit the stands, it was there with Action Comics #6 (so Superman and Lois were around, but not Luthor) and Detective Comics #21 (pre-dated Batman!).


Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Official True Crime Cases Comics

As the super hero craze started to wind down at Timely (the comic company that was soon to be Marvel), familiar faces started to disappear to be replaced by the current fad...

...here, for two issues, Official True Crime Cases Comics, taking over the numbering from Sub-Mariner, with cover art by Syd Shores and Vince Alascia...then the title would change again to All True Crime Cases Comics, all from a much simpler time. 



Official True Crime Cases Comics #24 and #25 (Fall and Winter, 1947)

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Monday, May 27, 2024

For Memorial Day

Remembering our soldiers who had given their all for our country on Memorial Day...


...with this cover by Joe Kubert to Our Army At War #202 (February, 1969) featuring a final fate for Sgt. Rock, being mourned by Easy Company.


Friday, May 24, 2024

Judge Joker And His Jury

What happens when criminals take over the government?  


Why, you have events like this in Gotham, where the Joker is both judge and jury, holding trial over Batman!



The Joker Jury!

Here, in Batman #163 (May, 1964) by Bill Finger, Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris, Joker's attempted crime was stopped by the Gotham Fire Department, but gets free thanks to the Department of Public Works.  This helps Joker on a crime spree using city services, with the Sanitation Department, Department of Roads and Highways, leading Batman and Robin to his castle trap...which puts the Dynamic Duo in front of Judge Joker and his Joker Jury (Joker's henchmen acting like their boss).  Of course Batman can't get a fair trial under this system, and he is found guilty.  With a little trickery and help from Robin, they get free to stop Joker from robbing a Batman themed charity event, in this, the last regular Batman story before Batman's "New Look: debuts!

 

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monster Crime Comics


An expensive book for the time (a whole fifteen cents), Monster Crime Comics #1 (October, 1952) was a rarity at the time, with 52 pages for its one and only issue from Hillman (who published comics from 1940 to 1953).  

Sadly, it was just inventory crime stories, slapped with a slightly horrific cover, to try to use up some inventory stories as the Comic Code Authority approached....

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Celebrating Artist Jim Silke

Celebrating the birthday of artist Jim Silke (May 19, 1939), usually known for his pin-up work....


...but here, with his covers to the Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto three issue mini-series for Topps.



Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto #1 and #2 (February and March, 1998)

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Xena: Warrior Princess Vs. Callisto #3 (April, 1998)

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Sunday, May 12, 2024

Happy Mother's Day With Robin

Robin (Damian Wayne) was trying to be a good friend to Superboy (Jon Kent), as their dads, Batman and Superman are friends, but things got problematic when Damian's mother, Talia Al Ghul came around....trying to kill reporter Lois Lane (who was Jon' mother).


Oh, how difficult Mother's Day can be for some, as shown in the Parent Trap, in Super Sons #13 and #14 (April and May, 2018), first cover by Giuseppe Camuncoli and second cover by Jorge Jimenez (with both variant covers by Dustin Nguyen, with stories by Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi and Art Thibert.



Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Celebrating Artist Michael T. Gilbert

Celebrating artist Michael T. Gilbert on his birthday (May 7, 1951) by bringing out his friends.


Michael was the creator of Doc Stearn...Mr. Monster, and over the years, he met a few other characters, like Airboy and his cast of characters in Airboy and Mr. Monster #1 (August, 1987 for Eclipse), as well as a giant dinosaur (here, named Gorzilla) as well as Atomic Boy in Mr. Monster vs Gorzilla (July, 1998 for Image).