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... 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)


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


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


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


Flash Gordon #9 (Holiday, 1988)


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)


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


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


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)


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


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) 


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)


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


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


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


Batman #442 (December, 1989)



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)


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



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!).